"And now, my son, I have told you this that ye may learn wisdom, that ye may learn of me that there is no other way or means whereby man can be saved, only in and through Christ. Behold, he is the life and the light of the world. Behold, he is the word of truth and righteousness." ~Alma 38:9~
Week 8 Well, I am here and things are going well. I am learning the language quickly and I am noticing that every day I am improving. I am proselyting a lot and we are having some success. I am eating very well every day; we have a member feed us lunch (which is the equivalent of dinner here) and I have a good breakfast every day (THANK YOU MOM FOR TEACHING ME HOW TO COOK AND CLEAN!) Also, it is safe to say that my area is the most organized place in the house, aside from the kitchen (which I organized).
It is good to hear that everyone is doing well. I am glad to hear that you got my letter and I hope you get the next one I sent about a week ago. If you send a letter, a trick I learned is to put a Virgin Mary stamp on the seal and put Virgin Mary stamps both in and on the package (that way they won't open it and if they do, they will feel very, very bad).
Well, I hope that everything contunures (I wasn't sure what this word was, so I googled it. It's Portuguese for "continues" which is good. Nathan is really struggling right now with the language, but if he's slipping Portuguese words in his email, it means he's starting to transition to fluency.) to go well for you and I hope that you always remember that the Lord is there for you when things seem to be going wrong.
Week 7 Hey, this is just an email to let you know that I am alive and that I am finally in the Campinas mission home. I won't be able to email you until next Monday. I will tell you more then. I love you all so much and as soon as I can, I will send all the pictures I have taken over the past month (there are some pretty freaking cool ones if i do say so myself).
Check out Adventures of a Mission President's Wife (blog) and Brazil Campinas Mission 2015-2018 (facebook page). My mission president is President Hill (and Sister Hill, his wife).
Like I said, this is just to let you know that all is well and that I have finally started my mission, so I will tell you more next Monday.
Week 6 Everything is going well here. I leave for Campinas next Tuesday and things are starting to wind down here at the MTC. I am healthy, gaining weight and muscle ( My goal is to do at least 50 push ups, 50 sit ups and 15 pull ups a day). We were able to hear from Elder Neill L. Anderson here at the MTC this past Wednesday and I was able to shake his hand. It was awesome. As for the house... holy crap are you building a castle? (I sent pics of the footings for the foundation.) It looks huge!!!! But I cant wait to see the finished product. Well, it is always good to hear from all of you and I am so happy to hear all is going well. I will send more pictures as soon as I can. I love you all so much and a pray for your saftey and for the Lord to bless you every day. The Lord loves us all and he will help us if we ask for help. I know that's true because that was how I was able to get through life in the MTC and I will probably use it a lot in the coming weeks/months until I am fluent in Portuguese and know what I am doing :). Love you all and hope you have a fantastic week. Sincerely Elder Nathan Jardine
Week 5 Well, I have officially been out here for 31 days and honestly, it doesn't seem that long. I am glad to hear that everything is going well and that the Lord is blessing you. As for your callings, have fun!! (Rich and I were sustained today as the 13-14 year old Sunday School class instructors.)
Things here are great. This last Tuesday, we said good-bye to our district friends. I was surprised by how much I bawled and by the impact we had on them. There are a few MTC traditions here and we were privileged to be able to get to participate in one of them by being the district who gets to keep "the book" which was started by this district. What "the book"is is it is the testimonies of all the missionaries who go through the Brazil MTC and only one American district keeps it in their room until it is passed down, and we were the district, so it's a pretty big honor. The reason I cried so much when they left is because I looked at them with the same eyes I use when I look at Jaron and Hayden and that got me thinking about them and that night I spent a good 15 minutes crying. But I'm good now, so it's all good.
This is my second to last p-day before I leave for the field.
I am really loving the MTC. I am seeing myself become more fluent each day and I haven't felt the Spirit stronger anywhere else in my life (aside from the temple).
I miss you all. I love you and I pray that the Lord will continue to bless your lives.