Andy's Mission Scripture

Andy's Mission Scripture:

"I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy."

~Alma 29:9

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

On Monday we had a quick email to arrange Skype details...

Cant wait to talk and maybe see you guys! IF we dont SEE each other tomorrow, we will just have to wait one more month...I love you! I hope you guys have a splendid Christmas Eve! Im having a really hard time believing that its the end of the year...This has truly been the Fastest year of my life...As my last Christmas as a representative of our Savior Lord Jesus Christ its a little tough not to get sentimental...Im not sure if im happy our sad...Im sad that i will not be able to invite people to come unto Christ  everyday in the year to come but im happy to know that truly my mission doesnt end and i will be able to invite people to come unto HIM through my example...Until TOM!!! Love. Elder ANdy

Then on Christmas we were blessed to have a great time on Skype with Andy...he got emotional as we asked him how he was feeling about it being his last month in the field...he is so sweet.  Then he and a member who was there with him sang "The First Noel" in Portuguese for us!  Andy bore his testimony in Portuguese too..then we signed off...only to see him in a month!!!

Baptism of Willians!

Special Zone Conference for Christmas!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

LAST transfer day! Andy staying wrap it up!

Andy's note to us this week was very short and mostly just some personal stuff and arrangements to talk on Christmas (woo hoo!) but here are some things we gleaned from his note to President Hall, along with some cute pics!

  • He took some members/investigators to Stake Conference on a bus that broke down and caused a little delay but overall everyone was good.
  • He is not transferring or changing companions...he'll finish his mission out where his is and he seems happy!
  • A new Elder came into their District with this transfer.

    Bus ride to Stake Conference!

    Andy and Elder Elverton who he hadn't seen in 4 months.

    The parents with their children,
    the youngest duckling of the group, Elder E. Souza! 
    Elder Gomez was made a trainer!

    Andy and his pink camera
    (his old one broke and he
    bought this one a while ago)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Andy has the Spirit of Aloha!

Oi Dana!!!

Feliz Aniversário!!! Parabéns!!! Happy Birthday!!!  I hope you had a great sunday birthday! I sure had a great sunday yesterday! I baptized a young man named Felipe whose 16 years old. He´s Cristovão´s neighbor, literally right beside his house, like their houses are glued together. Felipe looks like a rebellious one but he is a real down to earth guy, really sees the importance the gospel can have in his life. The Book of Mormon and Cristóvão played a huge role in his conversion...We taught Felipe mostly with Cristóvão and it was just so cool hearing Cristóvão testify of the truth! They both LOVE to play guitar and they are serious fans of Classic Rock! There is a member here named Will who is a guitar teacher who has become a big friend of theirs...Felipe is going to feel right at home with the guys here...lots of them play guitar. I have high hopes for him...We had a great week! As i mentioned in my email to the President, Felipe brought a friend (Sárvio) to church and i believe that Sarvio liked it a lot. Im so happy to see how the Gospel is influencing their lives  and how they are sharing it already! I beared my testimony yesterday and i realized that it was my second to last time as a missionary...I cant describe how i feel...I know that im going to just pass the next testimony meeting crying...haha Anyways...Last email i said that this decision to where to go to college was going to be the hardest of my life...well i lied...Hawaii!!! Here I COME!!! I thought and prayed a bunch...I just feel good about Hawaii and every way possible...not just because its Hawaii...but i just feel like its the place for me....My planner even before i knew i was acepted is decked out hawaiin style...I put one of  those temple cards you sent me on the front... SO go ahead and sign me up for Hawaii!!! :) Who knows...maybe after a transfer over there ill go to Idaho....I know my friends are not going to like me for this and its a big sacrifice of fun and good times i know i would have with them, but there are plenty of new people to get to know.
Love, Elder ANdy
Felipe's Baptism!

Cristóvão - Andy has this young man doing a painting
that he's bringing home for a gift for the family!

Andy is re-gifting a banner we sent him back in Sept!!