Letter #99 8/27/12 Great Letter from Matt!

hey fam, how }s it going!

its been another good week here in Gaviotas.
i dont know if i told you last week but i got your package! and it was
soooooo good.   ha.  i seriously loved the tape you sent.  especially
all the stuff jack and slater sang.  super funny.  and the treats have
been seriously great as well.  and the pics!  i loved the pics of
powell and the parade!  it was all super great.

and i´m glad you chose not to send a package for my birthday.  i was
going to tell you that.  i{ll be home soon enough!  and i{ll be able
to eat all the oatmeal creme pies and pop tarts i want haha.

i have been thinking a lot this week about something i read in Acts.
i love the example of the apostles of christ,   even though they were
imprisoned, and whipped and beaten, and their lives were put in
danger, they said "For we cannot but speak the things which we have
seen and heard.",     they really understood the gospel of jesus
christ and knew that sharing it with all the other sons and daughters
of god was more important than whatever else.

i finished the book of mormon this week and started again in the
introduction, and i really liked something that the three witnesses
said, -- "and we know that it is by the grace of God the Father, and
our Lord Jesus Christ, that we beheld and bear record that these
things are true.  --And it is marvelous in our eyes.-- Nevertheless,
the voice of the Lord commanded us that we should bear record of it;
wherefore, to be obedient unto the commandments of God, we bear
testimony of these things "

i loved this part  because as a missionary i have seriously felt the
same way,   i cant express how grateful i am to the lord for the
things he has allowed me to see in the past two years,  and i know
that it is only by his grace, and by his power that i could have these
experiences.   and it is only by his power that i{ve arrived to this
point in my mission.      and it truly has been Marvelous to my eyes.
and to be obedient to the commandments of the lord and like the
apostles of the primitive church,  i cannot do more than speak and
testify of the things which i have seen and heard!

i love the gospel, and i love the atonement,  i know that there is
only one way to be happy in this life and it is living the gospel of
christ and losing ourselves in his service.  i have felt so much more
happiness as i{ve tried to lose myself and only think of others.
and i know i{m not perfect,  but it is my goal to keep striving to be
like christ,  not only for the next month and a half, but for all my

everythings going well here.   -- this is elder rodriguez{s last week
in the mission.   crazy eh.   i{m going to have to work hard so that
he doesnt stop working before his times up haha.

hope your all doing well-  have a great week!
-elder lloyd

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