It's pday for me here at the Provo MTC, and I'm sitting in the laundry dungeon where I will be in captivity for the next two cycles. I just got back from the temple and have to say, it was wonderful! All I could feel was love!
My companion, Elder Richardson (Brazil, Brasilia Mission), is from middle-of-nowhere Missouri and is super rad! He has such great faith! We have been teaching a (volunteer MTC teacher) investigator named Douglas for the past little while. It's been going well! I have been blessed with the ability to speak Portuguese relatively well thus far. One thing that I have learned from this is that the language of the holy spirit is universal and will fill in what your words fail to communicate. Livro Mormon... uh... Bom!
We are the only elders in our district which, is very deviant from the norm. My companion is the current district leader which means by default I would be made district leader at the three-week mark, except, I GOT MY VISA! Which means, on August 18th, I will travel to the Brazil Missionary Training Center in São Paulo, Brazil to finish my pre-field training.
Not gonna lie, the food is pretty great here! Too bad it keeps making me sick! Gym time is fun. There is a pretty fun game that they play here called spike ball. It's kind of like volleyball meets squash meets trampolines. It's a lot of hard work here so getting some play time is very relieving.
Speaking of hard work, I would say I've been doing a lot, except the entire time I've been here, I have felt a great tailwind of power pushing me through it! It's so awesome! Thank you for the prayers and love, because I felt their affect in my capacity and comfort while I have been here. I am starting to understand the great power associated with the calling of a full-time missionary and how absolutely lucky I am to be a true messenger of Jesus Christ representing his Love and his gospel.
I know that God lives. He is our loving father, who has blessed us with the opportunity to enter this mortal state to learn of and experience adversity and to learn to have faith. Because of Jesus Christ, death has no victory, and sin has no binding power. We all, regardless of where we are in life, have the opportunity to enter into the straight and narrow path which leads to happiness and eternal life.