10 June 2014

Obviously Brasil is painted ALL OVER THE PLACE! LIke literally every post, sidewalk and wall is painted the colors of Brazil. It´s like the 4th of July...Brazilian style. This isn´t the best example, but it´s the one I got a picture of while we were running to the LANhouse.
Dear People,                  June 9.2014                             
    This week the missionaries of Parque das Bandeiras were trying to figure out what exactly is the message that these people need to hear. Why do so many say that they know and yet they do not do? We came to the conclusion that so many people are so focused on the things of this world that although they say they love God more than anything, they don´t do what He asks. I´m sharing this, because it is something I think we could all use.
     Elder Richard G. Scott (via satelite) SPEAKS PORTUGUESE! It´s so cute to hear him talk. He has an english-spanish-old man accent and it´s adorable! But he´s so dedicated! He spoke about prayer, and I loved what he had to say. I may have stolen these notes from Sister Cabral...
-        Recognize answers to your prayers:
1.       Peace, comfort, safety—we know that the choice we made was right.
2.       Discomfort—we know that the choice is wrong.
3.       Nothing—to grow and exercise faith in Him. We exercise faith by being obedient to His commandments. When the Lord doesn’t give us an answer, we must ACT. We must also thank Him for trusting in us. IF we are (1) living worthy and (2) asking with confidence, God won’t let us go far without helping us. He wants us to act so that we can have necessary experiences.
-        If it is right, the confirmation will come in small inspirations. The feeling of peace is the most common testimony.
-        Sometimes the Lord makes us act so that we can exercise our faith before we receive an answer. That way, our character will strengthen and our faith will grow.
-        Rarely will the answer come while we are praying. Instead, it will inspire us when the Spirit can touch our mind and our heart effectively in quiet moments.
-        When we err and think that we aren’t worthy to pray, we must pray to ask forgiveness so that we can be cleaned and become worthy to pray. Subtle whispers will show us the steps that we must follow to become clean through the Atonement.
-        The most important principle in prayer is GRATITUDE. The sincere recognition fills our heart until it overflows with gratitude. Shouldn’t we thank Heavenly Father for the gift of prayer?
-        “Everything that you ask the Father will be given if it is for your good.”
-        Your life will be easier if you accept that everything that God does is for your well-being—whether you be rich or poor, free or enslaved.
-        He will always answer with what is best for your.
 Elder M. Russel Ballard also spoke via satelite.
_        Use technology wisely.
-        Have calm time to meditate, to have a personal interview with yourself, to hear the whispers of the Holy Ghost, to find peace.
-        During the sacrament, concentrate on the Spirit of the Lord. For this brief moment, be with Him.
-        The temple is a wonderful place to hear answers to prayers. (Your house has to be a temple.)
-        Battle against pornography – it is physically, mentally and spiritually destructive. It leads to depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. It is fatal – it destroys individuals and families. Like venom, it kills the body and mind. If you are involved, seek help with your priesthood leader and
They paint the streets for the COPA (world cup)
along with everything else. We found Argentina!

-        Who will separate us from the love of God? Tribulation, or anguish, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword? As it is written: 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8: 36-39)

I want to send so many pictures, but it takes forever to load them! 
Chicken foot is much better baked than cooked in a compression pot. 
It´s rather revolting actually (in the compression pot). 
It´s very strange to spit out bones when they´re spongey. 
It´s like they´re diseased. Gross, but baked chicken foot is tolerable. 
Just keep that in mind. I thought my poor little companion 
was going to cry after we pressured her into eating it. 
Nobody had a big lunch that day...

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