Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Returned With Honor

Elder McBarron left Vitoria, Brazil yesterday at 5:00 pm Vitoria time to return home.  It took him over 27 hours to finally make it home.  What a glorious moment to receive your missionary back home!  Elder McBarron was released as a full-time missionary today and we are so happy to have him home!

Monday, April 8, 2013

4/8/13 Email From Vitória

This week was fine, we worked a lot and went to conference which was really good, I loved it.  I watched it for the last time in Portuguese while I am here on the mission.  I am completely tired and, well, that is that.  I still have one more week of work and that is going to be fun.  I am ready to come home but I still want to work a little more.  I am going to be home in about 8 to 9 days.

We did not have our baptisms because of a few unforeseen complications, but we will hopefully get the baptisms this week. 

I am doing all I can while still having fun while I still have time to work here on the mission.  I have ideas that I want to do with my life and, well, they are just ideas.  I will have to bring them to the Lord when I get home because I will probably not receive revelation for this while I am here on the mission when I need to be receiving different revelation.

The first thing that I want to do when I get home is just hang out, maybe watch some movies, listen to music, play some games, and more.  I would like to go to the temple, but I am thinking it might be better for me to do that another day.

Miss you and can´t wait to see you soon.
Elder McBarron

PS  Here is a picture of me and my companion Elder Powell

Monday, April 1, 2013

4/1/13 Email From Vitória

This week just flew by, I don't really remember much of what has happened. We are actually getting along in the house.  I do remember that one day I got soaked to the bone in the legs because of the rain.   I also had a really good seafood pie (made of fish and shrimp) for Easter that was really good.

I gave a talk yesterday on Easter. I was trying to figure out what I was going to talk about beforehand during the Sacrament and I had a really good experience in feeling the Spirit when I was doing that. I felt the Spirit strongly when I was thinking about the Resurrection and the Atonement and that helped me figure out what I was going to talk about. Then I started talking and the words just started rolled off my tongue when I was talking. I could definitely tell that it was the Spirit guiding my words because I only know about the topics that I talked about, but I really do not know what I actually said and that only really happens when the Spirit talks through me.  Afterwards a lot of people came up to me and said that they liked it.

We did not have our baptism this week, but it will happen next week. He ended up going to visit his family this weekend. We did mark another baptism date this week. 

Last night when we were at that house of a recent convert, I had another experience where she was not really wanting to read the Book of Mormon.  Then I started reading with her and that is when I had a feeling to ask her if she is doing her Personal Progress program and she said she was.  I was then able to help her figure out where she needs to focus in Personal Progress to help her with that problem and another one that came up as well, which was personal worth.  She is going to be working on those and it was definitely the Spirit that helped me figure out how to help her continue doing what she needs to be doing.

I got my travel information today, I finally just called the secretary today and asked him to send the information. I don't think that there will be any other missionary with me when I am coming home, that should be weird.  Life is going by quick, I am not ready to be done working, but I am ready to come home. My body is definitely saying that I am tired. I am excited to be coming home in a few days. I am a little anxious but I am also wanting to work until the last moment. 

So other than that I really don't remember much. I am just getting really tired and we are trying to find people to teach.  That is about all that I can remember.  Next week I will have a picture of me and my companion for you.  I think that I am getting a little crazy, you can ask my companion and he will tell you that I am being a little crazy.  Well, I have to go now, miss you!

Elder McBarron

Monday, March 25, 2013

3/25/13 Email From Vitória

This week we have been geeking out a lot, we were both sick for the whole week and well we had to stay at home for the whole week pretty much, it was pretty much just Sunday that we left the house other than to go to the pharmacy to get medicine. I had a fever of 101.8 and it got to about 102.1 at one point, not fun.   Being sick for the whole week was the worst and best part of the week. The worst part because we were stuck at home with nothing to do, the best part because we got to rest. 
I am actually still a little bit sick, but a lot better than I was.

This week we had a major rain fall and now part of our house is pretty much destroyed.  I took some pictures of the flooding that happened here.

The most spiritual part of the week was yesterday when we gave our investigator a Priesthood Blessing.  He wasn't at church so we went over to visit him and he was sick.  We gave him a blessing and it was just a really good experience.

I have not gotten my flight info yet, I don't know why, but if I don't receive it this week, I should get it this next p-day.  I will have to see what is going to happen with my flight schedule and all that because I will probably be traveling for about 24 hours to get back home and that is going to stink.

I really don't have too much more to say because we were at home for the whole week just resting and talking with each other.  We are working and we are trying to work smarter and not harder.  We do have a baptism for the 31st and that is really cool.  Oh, and I almost stepped on a dead pigeon this morning, that was pretty weird.  Miss you!

Elder McBarron