Welllllllll transfers were last night. good old transfers! i am staying here in embare but stokes left to go be a zl. so my new comp is elder chase. i havent met him yet... im still with stokes until like 2 today. but yeah. i have mixed feelings about it... im excited to stay here in embare. kinda. idk.. i just feel dull about all of it. i didnt know what i wanted to happen but i wanted to stay with stokes. we had a lot of fun together. i dont really know anything about chase either. so we will see how it goes. we are going to be living wtih 9 people in this freaking house. so kill me. that is so awful! so many people. but ill stay with maughan and the two new assistants to the president which is awesome. its a blessing to be able to watch and learn from the leaders of the mission! so i am excited about that. and i didnt have to pack up all my stuff. i think i will probably stay one more transfer here too. i think this is the area where i will learn portuguese. something crazy is elder roy johnson my mtc comp is with elder lindsy. that blew my mind. first of all lindsy has one transfer on us here in brazil ( he served one transfer in the states). but he and johny were BEST friends back home. like it would be like me and pat or al being comps... so i thought that was very bold. we are in the same district though so itll be cool to see him a lot.
ummm my week was good! it was just a normal week in the mish i guess. we walked a lot. then we walked some more. i had a VERY hard time with one of the sisters this week. but i have repented and humbled myself dont worry. everything she did bothered the heck out of me and the things she would say, her voice (really high), and how she tells everybody what to do and it infuriates me! then one day we were all going to lunch and we stopped at an pesquisadors house and i saw her and her comp from cape verde teach a lesson. that is when i completely changed my opinion. i dont really have a problem with her anymore. and i knew i needed to change. she brought the spirit so strongly and it really hit me. sisters are good. sisters are good. so that was a humbling and good experience that happened.
another day it POURED rain again and today i will send pictures :) so woo woo (thanks for the hint erin). and another amazing experience was our district meeting this last week. we went to the zoo and and found a quiet place and had 45 minutes to study the first vision and have a personal experience with it. so we did and then met back up and all bore our testimonies about joseph smith and the first vision. it was SO powerful. i felt the spirit soooooo strongly. just pondering that experience that joseph had. he saw... he literally saw our father and our savior face to face. he was told to restore the gospel and all the responsibility would be his. and he did it. despite everything that happened to him. and then in the final moments of his life spent with 3 other men who truly knew with all their hearts that he was a prophet of god and that he restored His truth to the earth again, and together they died. and i can only imagine the smile on christs face when joseph returned to him. i imagine it something of the atonement of the savior when christ returned to heavenly father and said well done my son. well done. i think that is what happened to joseph. well done joseph... well done. it has so much power.. the first vision. i know... i truly know with all my heart that joseph was a prophet of god. he truly saw god the father and his beloved son. he truly restored the gospel of jesus christ to the earth in its fullness. i know its true. and because of the one man we have the church and gospel being spread to all the world. and satan has lost. we are the dispensation that will succeed.
not much else happened this week that i can think of. stokes and i were pretty good friends- and i made this idea up. im hesitant to do it because idk if it is... yeah. well this is my idea. sometimes doing contacts is anything but fun. so like shawn spencer i want to introduce my companion like this! oi tudo bem? meu nome e elder sharp e isso e meu compeheiro elder 123clap your hands and then just keep rolling with it! and think of all the good ones that shawn did from psych! i think it would be sooooo funny! and so fun! so well see if im brave enough to do it.
mom you will be happy to know that my bathroom time is a joke here as well. this week sister emacura said elder sharp you live in the bathroom! and at first i was slightly embarassed... then i just accepted it and said sister... i have three homes okay- the utah home, here, and the bathroom. im sorry but that is just the way it is. i am officially too comfortable with the sisters.
last night was sister cabrals bday and so our zone went over to their house. i LOVE pres and sister cabral sooooooooo much! oh my gosh! so much!
one more thing i learned this week is that we will be held accountable at the last day for people who dont accept the gospel. we, as missionaries, stepped into something very serious. we are the ones to give them the option of accepting the gospel. we have to do everything in our power to get them to accept it and have a testimony of it. if we do not do everything we can... than we will be held accountable. so that is why we work our hearts out here. that is why we give 100 percent every single day and are 100 percent obedient. the only way to have the spirit is to be pure. and we are purified through repentace and obedience.
the mission is hard, there is no doubt about that. but i love the lord. i love the people here and the opportunity and priviledge to represent the savior jesus christ and do his work. the work will never slow down. so here is to another week of the mission.
i love you all
All my love,