Letter #49 09/12/11 cumpliaños increible

hey fam.

i dont even know where to start with the thanks --   oh my heavens.
i received 5 packages saturday night from  the mission president.
and they were all stuffed!   prettty sure i was one of the happiest
missionaries on the planet.   give a huge thanks to the kilbournes for
all the supplies, the socks--- my old socks all had holes but now i
have new wool socks.   and all the medical stuff for the blisters.
thanks so much.    give a big thanks to ronette and grandma for their
packages. i{m pretty sure i have enough poptarts/granola  bars/
oatmeal creampies and other goodies to last me for a very long time.
i{ve been sharing some with my zone because they all got a  bit tiffed
when they saw that i received 5 packages.  but they{re satisfied now
haha.    also all the pens, gluesticks, tape, markers are going to be
perfect.  i lost my last pen that i brought with me from the mtc
friday so it was perfect timing.
     and most of all thanks for the boots,  they{re awesome, those are
going to stay dry for sure.  and they look super smooth.      those
ties are perfect.  who picked them out, the purple one is smooth.
and the blue one too.   and i love the ring and the clip.   ha.  my
companion has the exact same ring so now we{re twinners--    i love
the pillowcase as well.   ah everything i got was so great.  -- you
guys werent suppose to send stuff this year.   i{m on my mission--- =)
      i loved the tape.   super super good.   thank you so much for
your support.   i{m so grateful that i have a family that i know loves
me and i love you all so much.     that tape was so full of love.
every person who spoke in it.   chad, ben, all the neighbors,     oh
my heavens,  when all those little kids spoke into it.  i was like --
no,  tanner and tod are not talking already-- holy moly how did that

but seriously give ben a big hug for me.  his testimony and jacksons
touched my heart.  i love them so much.     and give slater a big hug

side note -- bens armenian sounds sick

as for my bday... this week was good.   we ended up with only 2 in
church.  but no problem. the one that most counts came! so thats good.
 A was there. and everythings in order for her to get married
and baptized this week. with a little help from the lord.   if her
husband goes and turns their papers in today we{ll  be all good.

i{ve never seen someone so ready.   she has a powerful testimony of the

but the best part of this week was that we had a district conference
with all the members from all of Cd. Del Carmen.   it was super neat.
thats why the president came.  i dont think i{ve attended a better
stake/district conference in my life.  super powerful.  in the adult
session, the missionaries performed as a choir again.  that was neat.
 but the most powerful part was the mission president.  he didnt plan
anything but did it all by the spirit.  when he started he invited a
12 year old girl up from the audience to sing in front of everyone,
she had no idea before hand that he was going to do this, and she
almost didnt go up, but with a little help from her parents she sang a
solo in front of everyone.   her voice was like an angel and the
spirit entered the room so powerful.   and then the president
talked about the reason that we complete with our covenants and the
love that should exist between the different members.  he gave stories
of incredible service, that people did in his home ward.  i think it
was exactly what this island needed.  there is a huge lack of love and
fellowship here.  its like everyones in the church just for
themselves.   but seriously the whole conference was incredible . i
was spiritually uplifted.

i{ve learned a lot this past week in my study of the scriptures and
from some splits we did with the zone leaders.       i{ve almost been
here for a whole year and it really gets me thinking about what i{ve
really accomplished here.  i know i{ve accomplished a lot and i{ve
grown a lot... but i{m just being an average missionary. nothing more.
 and it makes me sad -- but in the past few days i{ve decided to

in my study of the scriptures i was reading in 1 john 1:5-7  where it
talks about the need to leave the darkness and walk in the light,
christ is the light and how we walk in the light, is by doing things
like he would do them.  by having the spirit. by being worthy, by
being willing to sacrifice ourselves, and our will to the lords,  by
repentance -- in spanish in the bible dictionary it says repentance is
to have a new heart and a new mind.   we have to leave our old heart
behind and our old mind for a new one. one more full of love and the
attributes of christ.  so thats going to be my goal for the next few
weeks.  i love what it says in ephesians 5:8  that at times we walked
in darkness -- but its time to become a child of light.   i want to be
a missionary of light.  so that people can see in me the light of
christ and have desires to follow him.

i love this gospel so much and i{m greatful for the chance i have to
share it with the people of mexico.  i testify that this is the only
true church.  and the only church with which the lord is well pleased
as it says in D&C 1:30.   i know that this church has the authority of
god to perform the sacred ordinances necessary for salvation and
eternal life with our familes.  i know joseph smith saw god,  i know
he was a prophet,  he sealed his testimony with a life time of works
and endurance through trials and eventually with his own blood. the
book of mormon is true.  its the evidence of everything we hold dear
as members of the church. it the keystone of our religion.  i love
that book with all my heart.   it is the source to a pure testimony of
the restauracion.   the spirit is real. the priesthood is real. the
covenants we make in the temple are real.  the church of jesus christ
is the lords kingdom restaured on the earth in preparation for the
second coming. i know these things because i{ve felt the spirit of the
lord in my heart and in my mind, and i know they are true.
god is our father. he loves every one of his children.
of this i testify in the name of jesus christ amen.

love you all and hope you have a wonderful week.

-it might be good for dad to study chapter 10 of preach my gospel.
its all about how to teach.   also the chapter about compromisos.

and tell jack i felt the exact same way when i went to efy--

-elder lloyd

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