Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I got my shoes well there here in Campinas but there is a little problem, I have to go in and pay a tax of 80 dollars to get the package, what did you guys declare on the package? I heard that if you declared that what is in side is more than a certain price they put on a tax but I will find out everything this next week when I get my package and let you all know how to avoid the extra tax.

These last week went very well, Gustavo a young man that we were teaching was baptized and we just need to baptize his dad to completely have everyone in the family baptized it will happen very soon I hope. This is the last week of Elder Pietz here in the mission, and we are trying our very hardest to do our very best to go out with a bang to help as many people as we can. We are helping a young woman stop smoking this week so that she can be baptized this Sunday, she feels she needs to get baptize but we just need to help her overcome this obstacle.

The mission is very great a great blessing to serve the lord and learn and Grow.

Talk to you later


Elder Sands

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I can't believe that Brother Osborn passed away?

It sometimes is so hard to see people that you know end their mortal existence and going to the spirit world but I have a Peace and comfort that they are doing a wonderful work and that they fulfill their purpose here on the earth.

Sorry I didn't right to you guy yesterday Elder Pietz and I went to the temple for all of the missionaries going home this transfer, it was wonderful, it was the first time in the Campinas temple but I loved the sweet spirit there at the temple. After that we went to do a little shopping. We went to a tie shop where they sell really good cheap ties like the ones Karyl got for us. There wasn't enough time yesterday to write.

Thank you for that good lesson on obedience which is really true and I will do better to be exactly obedient in all that I do.

This week we are planning two baptisms for a young man whose entire family are member except for his dad, and a woman who we have been helping quite smoking.

This is a great work and there isn't another place I rather be to really help everyone receive the restored gospel being baptized with the authority of God.

I love you all

Elder Sands

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Thanks a lot for making the order for the shoes, I figured I will take a little bit of time to get them but that will be worth the wait. My other shoes are getting worn but they are fine and I think they will last until the end of my mission.

For Mother's day I will be using Skype because it is a lot easier and cheaper and to tell you the truth I don't know how to call, and Skype is a lot better. I think that I will have to do it the day before that Sunday to use the Lan house but I will tell you the time and day the week of Mother's day.

To tell you all a little bit more about my new area of Avaré, this is a city a little bit bigger than Perdoes and is a Branch too. The members are really good. They are willing to work, they are excited and they share their love with the people visiting, the only problem that I know about is the fact that a lot of people have become inactive because of past problems which is hard for people to forgive. Elder Peitz and I are teaching some of the best people I have seen of my mission so far. We are teaching a man, named Roberto, that is like that kind of investigator we find in the Ensign who has a strong testimony and is willing to sacrifice anything to live the Gospel. Another, named Carlos, is a English teacher that knows the Book of Mormon is true and likes the Book of Mormon so much that he painted one verse in 3 Nephi on is wall. We are also helping a lady who is overcoming her addiction to smoking so that she can be baptized.

For the first time in my mission I am really starting to see the vast blessings arrive, and the diligence and hard work has really paid off.

I will talk to you all later.

Love Elder Sands