Dear Family and Friends,
So the emergency transfer this past week made things a little crazy and so we weren't able to work too much. My companion is Elder B*******. He is really awesome. We actually met when I was companions with Elder S****** in the office. He was part of Mission staff. So it was good to catch up and get to know what is going on. He is from W*********, the city (I don't know the name) is 40 minutes from S*********. He loves the people and teaching them the gospel. This will be a good transfer.
Today we did a lot of walking. It is getting pretty hot over here. Like really hot. I am surprised at how hot it is. But at the same time it is not that hot. Only like 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Not too hot. I'm just not used to it yet. I am realizing how late this E-mail will be. There is actually not too much to talk about. The members here are noticing that I forget a lot of things and they have joke going on that I don't know anything. I'm getting better, but at times I do forget some things. That has been something that I have struggled with my whole life. Planners help with remembering things, but at times I don't remember to put it in my planner. Or I put it in and I forget to look at it again.
Elder N**** felt that he knew our family very well since he read all of the Christmas letters of our family. He had a few favorite stories and also liked how Dad described me as oblivious. I think it is funny as well. I have been a lot more relaxed when people tease me and have learned to just laugh a long with them. Anger and contention just drive the spirit away and it is against the doctrine of Christ. It is actually quite interesting, the doctrine of Christ because Christ stated his doctrine many times. It's the Gospel, which is: Faith, repentance, baptism by immersion, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. That's it. His doctrine also states that we stop having discussions of deep doctrine because that will only lead to contention. This is all in 3 Nephi 11. We missionaries of the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints are going out to the world, and preaching Christ's pure doctrine. His doctrine. By studying and feasting on the words of Christ we can come to a full understanding of the gospel, which is the doctrine of Christ. This is what we should worry about. Not what Heaven will look like, or if everyone has beards in heaven, or when the holy ghost will actually receive a body. All of that does not matter to us and the understanding of it will not help us get into heaven. What matters is the Gospel and that is why we preach it to others.
I love you guys, and encourage each of you to look for missionary opportunities.
Elder Kevin Brady