Monday, June 23, 2014

FIFA: World Cup Soccer

Well, this week was actually really tough, for various reasons. But, Elder Imperador and I were able to mark the wedding date of Vitor and Naiane, and we were able to find a way to pay for the Regina and Epit├ício´s wedding also! It looks like this next transfer we are going to have some solid baptisms, but right now our area is suffering. 

On every mission, yes, even Fortaleza, there´s difficulties. Now, I´m starting to experience those difficulties. Out of about thirty new investigators that we find every week (up to now in the transfer we´ve had 81), none of them have gone to church. Finding people is not the problem here in Fortaleza, but finding those that will recognize the True Gospel, and that are willing to accept and follow it, is starting to get really hard. The worst part of these difficulties is watching someone that you´ve baptized, with whom you´ve felt the spirit, fall away from the Church; especially when the reason is one that should be easily solved. However, I imagine that it wasn´t easy for Christ either, as the only perfect Man, to watch so many people reject His True Doctrine, after that he had shown such love for them, and preached to them the way of Eternal Life. Despite this, I know that Christ rejoices even more in the fact that there are many who accept the Gospel and follow it, and I know that I can learn to rejoice with these righteous ones also. It´s going to be a little hard in this area for a few more weeks, but I know that it will be a lot better in the future, because the eternal goal of righteousness will always triumph!

Well, that´s about it for this week. See you all later!

Elder Bishop

The World Cup has actually been really cool. Only during Brazil does it get in the way of our work. But all throughout the city, people have decorated the streets with Brazil´s colors.  It´s really awesome. And I´m silenting rooting for the US, because we´ve never accomplished anything cool in the World Cup, and it would be super cool to be able to say that I was there in the fray when the US first won the world cup! 

Grandpa is looking great now! All smiles! 

Hey, is Carson interested in engineering? Because I feel like he would be perfect at that. He´s got the genius and the creativity. 

Sounds like when I used to play piano! I´d really like to learn how to play again. It´s pretty useful as a member of the Church.

My son is great! A lot of the time I feel like he´s training me, instead of the other way around.

My health is fine. As I´ve heard is the case in most of the Brazil missions, my mission also is two big years of the squirts. Everyday. But everyone that lives here is fine! Although they get really weird reactions to weather changes. Such as when it rains, everyone gets a cold. 

I love you Mom! See you later!

Elder Bishop

Dear Elder Bishop.    June 23, 2014

We are curious to learn about how you have been surviving in your apartment with the World Cup going on. I Imagine you are experiencing some very different and foreign moments as you observe the community members of Fortaleza celebrate their teams success. We watched the USA v Portugal game yesterday and we're distraught when Portugal scored in the last 45 seconds to TIE the game. It was heartbreaking!!! The competition was quite intense and very exciting to watch.

Grandpa continues to gain movement and energy and mobility and appetite. Carson, Jess, and I enjoy going to his floor and play cards and eat FREE root beer floats, chips, and cookies. My siblings have been able to FACETIME with him and interact that way. Thank you so much for your prAyers. I have felt the power of your spiritual energy. When I read Grandpa your letter, he got very emotional and was very uplifted by your powerful words. Thank you for putting your thoughts on paper.

Carson spent last week at CAPS attending a class on Final Cut Pro: editing software. The first day was a bit overwhelming and he was upset that I signed him up, but by the end of the week, he was excited about what he learned.

Jess is taking voice and piano lessons and I really try to keep her motivated to practice. She gets a little snarky and negative, but I am determined NOT to give up! She got a very cute haircut and looks energetic and cute.

Your picture of the 6 Fortaleza members was so inspiring and when I posted it to FB, IT GOT so many likes. Your family and friends were inspired by your faithful and diligent testimony shared to these delightful and eager people. I am so excited for your experiences. How are your "fathering" responsibilities going? What a great opportunity for you to practice your leadership skills and language. Your companion is lucky to have such a great trainer!

How is your health? Particularly your allergies. Do people in Brazil suffer from sneezy and runny eyes or are their immune systems fighting these allergens?

Dad is busy with work and has been working many hours last week. He is tired and worn out, but will persevere. He gets a vacation this week.  YEAH

WE LOVE YOU and are so thrilled for your wonderful example of Christlike service and love for the people you teach and serve!

Love-- mom

Ps glad the package finally arrived!  Sorry about the stale Oreos!!

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