Tuesday, May 20, 2014

One more week of the MTC to go!! "I want to be able to bear my testimony with as much faith as Nephi did. To invite the spirit so that others will not be able to doubt what I say..."

Oi, minha familia e meus amigos!
Epa!!!!!  How time flies here in the MTC!  The days are long but the weeks happen in the blink of an eye!  What an adventure it has been!  I definitely do not feel ready to go to Portugal!!  Which brings me to my first point....  We all got our travel itineraries!!!!  We are all so excited to go! Even though we are all nervous, we are so stoked to get to our real missions!!  So basically this is how it is going.  I leave the MTC at 7 am on Tuesday and our flight leaves for Dallas at 12:25 we get there and then will have about a 2 and a half hour lay over and then we fly out at 6:35 pm to London!!  I thought that was so cool that we get to go through London!  We get there at 9:35 there time so whatever that is here nao sei..  But anywho we then have a 6 hour lay over in London which is a long time but there could be worse places to be for that long so I am not complaining:)  after that we will head out on our final flight to Portugal and we will get there at 6:00 their time!  Some fun fun stuff!  I am so excited but so nervous at the same time.  Yes, I will be able to call home at the airport too!:)  That is why I will need a calling card or two for the lay overs:)  So we are all very very excited to leave.  I mean the MTC is great and all but I am guessing that it doesn't measure up to Portugal I can't wait to send you all pictures and stories and what not!  I feel like the adventure is about to begin!:)   So this week on tuesday we heard from Elder L. Tom Perry, he spoke to us about the importance of companionships and it was awesome!  I can't believe that he is 92 and still going strong!  What a man!  Also this Sunday Elder Bednar came here for a question and answer session  after we watched a talk that he gave he a few years ago.  I think I may have talked about it it was called the Character of Christ, such a great and inspiring talk!  But anywho, he came and answered a few questions and I had one but obviously they couldn't pick on everyone so I was sad but it was ok!  It was great to see him there and feel his Spirit!  He is such a powerful disciple of Christ!!  One of the things that he said that I really loved was this, "I promise that if you pray earnestly every morning and every night for the gift of tongues and ask you friends and family to assist you, you will have an accelerated learning and extra help gaining that spiritual gift.  I am sure that you have been doing that already because there is no way I could be anywhere close to where I am right now with this language, but I would just ask that you keep it up!  Because I definitely need all the help I can get!:)  Thank you all so much for helping me with this and I promise you will all be blessed from it as well!:)  So next thing, I got to Host this week and escort new missionaries in!  And I was standing there waiting and I saw Nate's face peeking out the window and it took me a second to recognize him and I screamed!  NATE!!!!  ahah whoops, forgot he was an ELDER;)  But he drove passed and this older lady was like go get him!! So i ran down the sidewalk to catch up to him and I asked the other Host missionary there if I could take him!  It was so awesome!  I hope that it helped him a little bit.  I saw him again the other day and he is doing reall well  so far.  He will be awesome!:)  Maybe he will escort Chase in when he gets here!:)  I am so excited for Chase!  He is going to be such and awesome missionary!  I just know it!  I remember when we at EFY together!  So fun!  So yeah exciting stuff!  Also I hosted an Elder from Tanzania!  that was insane, coolest Elder ever!  He knows Swahili, some other african lanugage, French, English and is going to learn Spanish....  And here I am complaining about learning Portuguese!  On that note, I will not ever complain again because we talked to some Cambodian speaking Elders and...... yeah Portuguese is not hard.... haha But this past week we have been talking about the Book of Mormon a lot.  It is incredible to think of how improbable that it is for us to have the Book of Mormon!  There is such a power that will come into your life as you strive to read and learn from it every day!  I know that to be true in my life, the times where I have made mistakes or lost faith was because I was not reading daily from the Book of Mormon.  By reading the Book of Mormon and applying it's teachings and doeth the word, our testimonies evolve into true conversion.  And Elder Bednar told us straight up that having a testimony is not enough if we are not converted unto Chirst.  There are many promises in the Book of Mormon that if you are truly converted to Christ you cannot fall.  Cannot.  So I invite everyone to continue to read, learn, and apply to Book of Mormon daily and as you do that you will develop a relationship with the Savior and become more converted unto him.  One of my favorite scriptures I found this week Is 3 nephi 7:18 Talking about Nephi getting called to preach to the people "And it came to pass that they were angry with him, even because he had greater power than they, for it were not possible that they could disbelieve his words, for so great was his faith on the Lord Jesus Christ that angels did minister unto him daily."   i want to be able to bear my testimony with as much faith as Nephi did.  To invite the spirit so that others will not be able to doubt what I say and have that gift of the constant ministering of angels!  It hit me so hard!  I love it!:)  So yeah there is my spiritual thought of the week!  I am loving every second of this mission and I can't believe that I am a missionary currently!  Sometimes I forget and take for granted this wonderful opportunity!  Again I thank you all for your wonderful prayers of support that I feel each and every day!  What a wonderful blessing to me!!  Eu amo voces muito muito mais!  Obrigado por tudo voces fazem para mim!  
Com Amor
Elder Brandon Caleb Elredge  

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