Monday, August 10, 2015


Sister Castro is back in GUATEMALA!!! She was such an awesome missionary and example to me! i learned a bunch from her. and this week, when she was leaving i had to stay with her during all of the activities for the missionaries going home and everytime president or sister Oliveira said something for the missionaries going home, they looked to me and said ``not you. dont listen to this yet.`` haha and sister castro and I got to sleep in Presidents house and it was definitley THE NICEST house i´ve seen yet in Brazil. then we woke up at 3 AM the next day to go to the airport, said our goodbyes, then went back to presidents house. just me, President and Sister Oliveira.. i was on my very best behavior. haha BUT the good news is president gave me permission to sleep until 7. then i woke up and we went to the office and i spent my day there waiting for my companion. 

My companion is a Part-Time missionary because our mission doesnt have sufficient sisters- SO she is from a ward super close to my area, Verdão, and shes just staying for this transfer. i was a bit scared to have a part-timer because that means she didnt pass through the MTC and she knows nothing about the rules or how to teach the lessons. President told me i´d basically be giving all the lessons and doing everything alone. Then she arrived, her name is Sister Amorin, and the first thing she said was ``look. dont be afraid to make me walk a lot, okay?? we´re gonna work this transfer.`` and WOW. she is AMAZING!!!! she has so much love and excitement to be here serving the Lord. it seems like shes already been a missionary for some time, and i forget that she knows nothing, so sometimes i start doing something or saying something and shes goes ``wait. what is that?? what are we doing??`` its pretty funny. haha but I´ve seriously been so blessed with the companions i´ve had and Sister Amorin is no different. Shes going to get her mission call while shes here with me and she´s gonna have her bishop bring it to her so she can open it with me. Its amazing that just in one week we already have made a strong friendship. i dont have a picture of her but ill send one of us next week!! :) 

also this week i learned something interesting... Mosiah 3:19 

For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.

SO. if we have a ``natural man`` we also have a ``spiritual man`` and when we do the things our natural man wants, our spiritual man is getting weaker, and likewise, when we do what our spiritual man wants, our natural man gets weaker. yesterday during Gospel Principles class, the teacher said that ``our bodies are instruments for our spirits`` and i thought about this verse about the natural man. 
i also had the thought that often times, we get that backward and our spirts turn into the instruments of our bodies. 
how often do we feel the desire to read the scriptures but watch tv, or do something else instead? 
how often should we wake up early for church or seminary/institute but end up sleeping in? 
how often do we have people to visit, church lessons to prepare, spiritual tasks to do, but put off these things until after we have served our natural man? 
it was a super big eye opener for me. I definitely need to strengthen my ``spirital man`` more, so that he can be in control of my ``natural man.`` not the other way around.

Have a great week! love you all!! 

-Sis Lloyd 

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