Sunday, April 17, 2011

Great News From Home

April 11, 2011

Well, it's AWESOME to hear so much great news from home. Congratulations to you all! Just as President Monson and Elder Scott drop some cane and tell us to just GET MARRIED so many marriages are happening in our family! (You don´t have to tell them I said that...) I was really excited to hear about all of them, and though I am not trunkie at all, I AM SO EXCITED FOR BECKY AND TERRY! Just a funny thing I noticed. I´m going to have to join the club eh? Ha ha! It's also so awesome to hear about all of the people who will soon be leaving on missions from our ward! Congratulations to all of those guys! Anyways, things sure have been progressing here. We continue to get to know our area better and we found a new place to move to. We just have to find out if President Da Silva approves it. But enough about that. The work is moving along. This past week was filled with some interesting experiences. We visited a couple of people who hadn´t been to church in a while. We shared some spiritual thoughts with them and talked with them. The spirit was so strong in some of these lessons, and in one occasion we got to give a blessing of comfort. Miraculously, many of them came to church this last week and it was a very spiritual testimony meeting. It's just so amazing to remember that the Lord really does have angels in all parts of the world, lifting up the down trodden and inspiring the afflicted. I bore my testimony and I just felt this love for the people. We as members of the church have the opportunity and responsibility to be examples of the believers and help in ANY way we can. I have felt my testimony grow so much about that. I know that The Lord trusts so much in us and we can truly be His hands here on earth. We have found quite a few people here to teach in La Paloma. The issue is as always getting them to progress. But we just have to have patience and keep helping and inspiring them. I know the Lord loves each and every one of them so very much. Like you said Dad. Charity is so important. Without it, nothing would have any meaning. I love how its put in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Charity never faileth. With that note, I gotta go. Have a great week and keep the faith! I LOVE YOU!! Love your son and missionary, Elder Boyce K.C.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Beautiful La Paloma

What an amazing General Conference. It was so moving and like Elder Holland stated, really was the word of the Lord sent unto all nations from that one place. It’s amazing to watch Conference from a foreign country. Although I was able to view it in English, which is quite a miracle and blessing, I loved being there and seeing that it really was being watched in all the world. I loved all the messages and I think I found something the Lord wanted me to hear in each one. I feel that as each Conference has passed, I have received council for that specific point in my mission. For example, I remember my first conference; a talk that really motivated me was Elder Holland’s talk on the Book of Mormon. It inspired me to just go out and work. These past years have brought so much instruction to me, and I am just so happy that we have living prophets and apostles. We must NEVER take it for granted.

It was a pretty nice week. A little slow due to the traveling we had to do to watch General Conference in nearby Rocha. But, we were able to find a family to teach! We are also really trying to get to know the members better and help them share the gospel with their friends. It’s going to take a whole lot of patience and some time, but I know that if we just keep at it, the Lord will bless us and we will be happy and love the people. I love how much this last conference was focused on service and how we just need to BE more Christ like and go DO IT! Strong advice. Like Nephi of old stated, ¨I will go and do...¨ He is definitely a model of that for me. I don’t know if I told you before, but to make matters even more interesting, we have to find a new place to live because Elder and Sister Hegerhorst are going to be leaving soon. That makes things a little shaky too, but the ward has been on the lookout for something and it has helped us get to know our area a whole lot better. La Paloma, as you can see from the pictures I sent, is BEAUTIFUL! The people are great and the members are really firm. Our Elders Quorum President is a convert of just a few years, but he is so awesome! He is in a wheel chair, but he is so willing to do all he can for the work. He is always trying to help us find someone to share the gospel with. Being here has been a really humbling experience so far, and as you said Dad, an experience of lots of growth. I shouldn’t be surprised. Since when is that new on the mission? Ha-ha! Well, my time is about up. Until next time! Know that we will be working hard and having fun!