Elder D. Todd Christofferson came and it was "bom demais."

May 4, 2015

Sounds like Dad’s really enjoying the unemployed life. I’m sure he’s enjoying a computer in his office that has a screen 10 inches bigger than the TV he bought me for college ;) haha. I always thought it would be cool to have one of those giant Macs that you see at Best Buy. So we didn’t end up having the “Last Supper” for Elder Vallos because every one of our investigators or recent converts wanted to make dinner for us haha for his farewell. So yesterday and today I’m in a trio with Elder Benitez and Elder Alexander, however tomorrow my new companion will arrive, Elder Moroni. I lived with him in my first area. It’s been a while but we’re good friends. This will be his last transfer, and its only 5 weeks. 

So this week Elder D. Todd Christofferson came and it was "bom demais". 
Elder D Todd Christofferson & wife, Katherine
When you sit and listen to an apostle it’s like sitting and listening to Jesus Christ. He came with his wife and Elder Costa (from the 70) and his wife as well. I really liked what Elder Costa taught us about reaching our potential. He said that he often thinks about his heroes and examples in the Book of Mormon of the many missionaries that had so much success. He said he ponders often about why they had so much success, and he came to the conclusion that it was because they understood who they were (children of God). He then went on to read the end of Doctrine and Covenants 138 with us.. I think verse 55-58.. that talks about who we were in the pre-existence, and he
Elder Claudio Costa & wife, Margareth
told us that we are all included in that scripture that talks about the great and noble spirits that were prepared to teach the restored gospel in the last days. (for scripture reference click here) https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/138.55-56?lang=eng

Sister Chistofferson also spoke to us. What I remember the most was a story about Elder Christofferson’s mission. She said that while he was serving in Argentina, there was a new city that the mission president wanted to start the church in, so he took 4 of the best missionaries he had in the mission, obedient, diligent, knowledgeable, good missionaries, and sent them to work in that city to start the church. She went on to explain how they worked hard for about 3 weeks and they became worried because they were having no success whatsoever. With the lack of success, they decided to have a fast to discover what they were doing wrong, and what they needed to change. During the fast, while they were praying, they all received a strong impression that the work in that city was not going to progress until they started to love the people. And surely enough, when they received that prompting they made the changes necessary and the church began to grow.... It’s the same thing for us in our mission… if we start to actually love the people, they will feel a difference. And this week I began to think about who we are as missionaries and members of the church. As Elder Christofferson put it, we are saviors to these people, and I started to think about how important I am, or we are, to the eternal happiness of everyone that is in the road or walking past me or who I visit, because we were prepared since before the world was created, until moments before we were born, to bring our brothers and sisters into the Lord’s restored church.   

So the opportunity we had to see Elder Chrstofferson was great. This coming transfer will be the best one yet. Things are great here on the mission. You guys will love it here when you come to visit in....5 months! 0:   This week I’ll pass the 1 year and 6 month mark #4thQuarter I forwarded the email that our secretary sent me so hopefully that helps. Can’t wait to talk to you guys on Sunday. Have a good week! Love You guys.

-Elder Udy

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