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Monday, January 30, 2017

Nossa semana

Querida Fam-

Mosquitos mosquitos mosquitos.... The problem isn't during the day, I have to put on repellant when I sleep... it's annoying. Also, rain, sun, rain, sun, repeat.

As many of you probably know, we had a transmission for all of the missionaries worldwide on Wednesday. The apostles and other leaders taught about the importance and power of our calling to teach repentance and baptize converts. I learned a TON, and wrote a bunch of notes. They also made a change, freeing up the daily schedule to be adapted better to the local culture and needs of each mission. Next week we'll find out how these changes will affect the mission here. Also, they reduced the number of key-indicators to just four, which will change the way we work a little bit. I liked it, I'm excited to see the effects in the coming months and years.

One wonderful experience we had this week was with a less-active member named Maurício. A few weeks ago a member who lives close told us that Mauricio lived closeby, and that nobody had been to visit him in years. Elder Meireles visited him last week on a division and taught the restoration, but I only got to meet him on Friday. He served a mission from 1977-1979 here in São Paulo, and said he passed in Itaquaquecetuba and Penha (but in the time what now is a stake was a mere branch or ward). Very kind, very courteous. Anyways, as we taught him the Plan of Salvation, the Spirit entered in a calm and powerful way that testified of the importance and truth and perfection of God's great plan for all of us. He wept as he bore us his testimony, and committed to reestablish the habit of daily study and prayer, and said he would come to church for the first time in a very, very long time. Yesterday when he arrived, many members greeted him with kisses and hugs and smiles, and I sat by him during Sacrament meeting. I felt a warm gratitude in my heart for my calling, that amazing comission to call God's children to join His flock, and to call back those who have wandered. The gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone. So come. 

I love you all!

Elder Merrill

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