50 And I said unto them: If God had commanded me to do all things I could do them. If he should command me that I should say unto this water, be thou earth, it should be earth; and if I should say it, it would be done.
51 And now, if the Lord has such great power, and has wrought so many miracles among the children of men, how is it that he cannot instruct me, that I should build a ship?
-1 Nephi 17: 50-51

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

MTC Week 4

(Last night Julianne prayed for Elder Sharp that he would get his Visa in two weeks so he could go to Brazil...)

I'm so glad Julie prayed for that - haha I would love that!! Although Carlsbad [California] wouldn't be bad either :)  (Where his good buddy is serving).

MTC update!

I think the theme for me this week was being the best tool for the Lord's hand. I am trying so hard with the language, studying the scriptures, and staying focused. I definitely wished I knew a bit more about the doctrine behind the rules, because when you teach that then the Spirit testifies of the truthfulness of it a lot more. 

Last Sunday I was watching an MTC devotional (on Sundays we watch a church movie or MTC devotionals).  It was on Thanksgiving, and it was a thing by the Holland family.  I got to see a different side of Elder Holland.  He has a funny sense of humor, and he loves his family so much, especially his wife.   It made me love him even more! Anyway a few of them bore testimonies and a few more did musical numbers. The Elder Holland's wife talked to us and there were a lot of notes to write!  Finally, Elder Holland talked, and I wrote this down at the end of my notes from him:

-I AM DONG THIS MISSION FOR MY LORD AND SAVIOR. So I need to start treating it as such and work harder and study more.
-My mission will mean the world to me and I can ensure it will by how I serve and how I live each day. I gotta work harder and have more tenacity when things get tough. I need to study more about Christ and His Characteristics.

It was a very powerful devotional for me and made me wanna get out of here and on the field. I was reminded in an interview with my teacher Irmão Cope about the Apostolic promise that if I read my Book of Mormon all the way through in my mission language then I'll be fluent. So that's what I'm doing now in most of my study time is reading that and writing words in English over words I don't know. It's exciting because the further along I get, the less I gotta look up! It takes a long time but it's going slowly but surely. :) I'm really trying hard to devote myself more to God's will as well and do what He says no matter what He says. It's kinda exciting to see how that'll turn out.

My companion, Elder B., seems to be hurting more and more every day and I'm worried about him.  I am constantly praying for him.  He seems to be constantly looking at others and seeing what they did, and he keeps his spirits up. He is definitely a big example to me of despite your trials you can still be happy and turn out instead of going within. I'm so grateful for his help and example. 

I got some awesome news!! My companions and I got one of our investigators to commit to baptism!! It was so cool! I had felt inspired to have her read 3 Nephi 11 after we left. Then, I read it later in English and was like WOAH - that's what Marli needed (my investigators).  Anyway, the next lesson we were teaching her about the Holy Ghost and I was testifying about it and suddenly the Spirit was testifying through me and was.... I cant describe how it felt -- except for that it was like I went into Super Saiyan with the Spirit.  My Companions said they felt it come off of me! It was awesome!  Anyway, she said yes and we got her to stop drinking coffee too!!  Which is huge for a Brazilian they start drinking that right after they stop drinking their mother's milk!

Any way I gotta get goin!!

Love ya'll and prayin for ya! and thanks for the prayers!
Elder Sharp

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