Monday, February 4, 2013

February 4, 2013

Me and Bruno ! 
 Baptism!  Yeah!  All of the family and a friend, and us!
 Me and Elder Crandall !!
 Bowling!  That was Sweet!
 My Brownie Birthday cake!
 Yup ... I'm painted on a wall ...
 Going away party!  We'll miss you Elder Hendrixson!
 The new Elder, Elder Long, who now lives with us!  (Poor him, ha) 
Look at them shoes!  Ha.

Wow, the weeks are just flying by ... Its crazy. Its weird to think I only have a few more weeks left. Oh well, its time to go out with a bang. So, I am still here in Jaguaré with Elder Allan, though Elder Hendrixson was transferred and now Elder Long (Utah) is living with us too with his companion Elder Vazquez. Sounds crazy with all the people getting back from missions, and it'll be great to see them. So this past week we had a going away party Tuesday night for Elder Hendrixson, and then started our next transfer. This past week was great as we were able to baptise a young boy of 13 years of age (Bruno) that is the cousin of Léo.   He is an awesome guy, and it is great getting to work with him, and all their families. We also are working with several other people ...  and aside from getting avoided by some ...  others are progressing and have great potential. We hopefully have some baptisms on the way too. I am happy, and having a great time preaching and testify of our Savior and Redeemer. I am so grateful to be a part of this great and marvelous work. Its strange to think it will end some day, but I will do my part until I am released from my duties as a full time missionary. The great part about the Gospel, is that it applies to all. Its sad at times, that the world grows so far away from the paths of God. I was reading in the scriptures today, and came across a scripture in Alma 41:11. Truly people only think they are happy when they follow the natural or carnal man, but really they are far from it. What is one small moment of false and indignant happiness compared to an eternal happiness without end? The path that we need to take is here, and once we know it, we need to continue until we reach our destination. The path does not move itself, it is us ourselves that move from the path. But just as much as we move away, we can return. And we can only return through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, and that he loves us, and that through His atonement we can overcome the natural man and have no reason to fear. The Gospel is a message of Joy, and it will bring all those that follow it a greater joy and happiness. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's church, and the Kingdom of God, on this earth. I love you all, and hope that this week is amazing for all of you.

Elder Tanner Ross Paxman

PS:  There are some great foods here like Pão de Queijo which is amazing. Its bread with cheese in the batter. Basically a roll made of cheese. Its good stuff. Most the stuff here - they have there. Or at least I could make it. Like Puddim. Its really good stuff too. Its like pudding, but its more solid and is in a round form. The chocolate is different here so that it doesn't melt at such a low temperature ...  I think the American is better ...   As for fruits; some are seasonal.  Some trees give fruit two or more times in the year normally. Some give fruit all year round too. It depends on the fruit.

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