On Monday 10 August 2015 Elder Kamilos wrote:
Dear Mom and Dad,
LAST ONE! I hope nobody expects a really long, elaborate message today. I thought it best to keep it simple, due to the fact that I´ll be home this week and I´ll be able to tell all about this last week and any other stories in person. Really, the only big news is that everything went perfectly with Laryssa´s baptism!! Her brother and sister were present, and a few other close member friends were there. It was very simple, and one of the most spiritual baptismal services I´ve been to. She actually ended up being baptized on Friday morning, and so I was able to confirm her on Sunday! She truly is one of God´s elect, and we knew that right from the beginning. And the great thing is, I was able to give my last talk in sacrament meeting, and all of our recent converts were there! I´ll still be around during these next few days, but it was good to be with all of them in one place at one time.
I know this work is of God, and that the truth has been restored on Earth. I know Christ lives, and that he loves us more than we can comprehend. God is our loving Heavenly Father. I don´t know how many times I´ve testified of this during these last two years, but no matter how much time goes by, the truth will always remain the same.
I pray that I will be able to take all of the experiences, lessons, and miracles back home with me and apply them in my life as I take the next step in this mortal journey. I have a much deeper understanding of the Plan of Salvation, and this will make all of the difference in my life and my future. I pray that the work continues to accelerate, and that I will still be an instrument in the Lord´s hands for the rest of my life.
I know these things are true. I´ll see y´all in a few days!!
On Monday 3 August 2015 Elder Kamilos wrote:
Dear Mom and Dad,
Once again, it seems like these last weeks and months have just flown on by! But the great news is that I will be ending my mission with a baptism!! Yesterday was Paulo Henrique´s confirmation, and Laryssa has accepted to be baptized on the 9th! She is truly one of God´s elect, and it has been such a great experience and privilege to teach the restored gospel to her. And I say that humbly, because I know that I am simply an instrument in the Lord´s hands, and that the true teacher is the Holy Ghost. She originally had told us that she wouldn´t be able to come to church yesterday, but about 2 hours before the meeting started, she called us and said she would be coming! On the way to church she told us that she had gone to a concert the night before, and while she was out with her friends, she bought a beer, took 2 sips, and then she just lost the desire to drink (we had taught the word of wisdom just a few days earlier). She also mentioned that she hadn´t drinken coffee since that lesson, at first to prove that she wasn´t addicted, but then she told us that she wanted to do what is right. After the meeting, we asked her how it was for her, and she said, "you know how you have those moments when... you just know something? That´s how it was for me today. I was expecting an answer from God in the form of a dream, or vision, or something obvious, but as I was listening to the testimonies, I just felt that... I now know." She absolutely loves reading the Book of Mormon. Her experience reminded us a lot of Parley P. Pratt, haha. She said she just felt no desire to eat or sleep when she started. She just wanted to read, and read, and read! I´m pretty sure she´s already past 2 Nephi. Anyway, I´m really excited for her baptism on Sunday!
As for the suit, it´s in... decent shape. The problem is that it just hasn't been cleaned in a loooong time. It has a good deal of mildew. But I´ll do what I can to clean it up a bit, at least to get the smell out. It really needs to be dry-cleaned, but I just don´t know where to find one around here, haha. It´ll work out. Other than that, it´s in pretty good shape, I think. The problem is that I just hardly ever use it.
So I guess that´s it!! I´m very excited to go to the temple next Saturday! Bro Nock sent an e-mail confirming the 15th.
Until next week! I´m sure I´ll have at least one more chance to e-mail before I get back.