December 23, 2019


Paranavai, Brazil


Elder Standage

Dear Family and Friends

The year has already come and gone (almost). This weekend in general and today reading letters from all of you I have truly felt a lot of love. I know my Savior loves me. I see His hand so clearly and plainly in my life. I could say so many things right now about how I have seen Him bless me and those around me this year. But I just wanted to share with you a scripture and an experience.

Friday we went to Colorado! Not Colorado State, USA. Colorado is a little city about an hour north of Paranavai. There is a group of Saints there. The group belongs to our branch, and so we set up the trip to go there, strengthen the group, and teach some people who have been going to church but aren´t members. The trip did not go as planned, but it was incredible. We saw a lot of miracles that I won't be able to put in the email, but I will try to tell some experiences. We got there Friday at about 4:30 and checked into the hotel. We had planned to meet with the mission leader at 6:00 at the hotel, and so in the meantime we went to find the bus station to ask what bus we could catch to go home Sunday night. On the way we passed a group of women locking up the Wizard English school after the days work. I felt like I should talk to them, but I thought it strange. We stopped on the corner across the street, and one of the women said: Elders! Come here! She was one of the members there, Trina. She gave us her number and asked if we would like to visit some people that night. We said no we already have things planned, but got her number. We found the bus station and went back to the Hotel to wait for Eduar, the mission leader. Then we got a call that he got called in to work for an emergency and was going to work until very late. So we called Trina, and she invited us to choir practice! We went over there and after choir practice met a great family that part of them are members and made friends. The ward mission leader had to work Saturday too, but she helped us find people to teach, and we had some truly incredible lessons with people. A Lot of other things happened, but I just feel grateful that Heavenly Father put everything together that was wrong just right because we were trying our best. The fact that the ward mission leader got called into work could have ruined the trip, but with faith and miracles, I know we were able to accomplish exactly what we were supposed to. We were able to coordinate the missionary efforts there so that the members can teach people in the absence of missionaries. Our meetings with members and non-members alike gave a feeling of excitement to everyone that the gospel is being shared. Many times life is like that. We don't know why things happen sometimes and our circumstances seem less than ideal. But the truth is that there is one key that means that everything will turn out alright in the end, like it did here. I was able to share this with the congregation Sunday morning in Sacrament meeting. My message was about looking to Christ, which goes way beyond The Christmas season. Doctrine and Covenants 19:23 and 6:36 "Learn of me, and listen to my words. Walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and ye shall have peace in me." "Look unto me in every thought, doubt not, fear not". He is the key. If we look to Him, we have forgiveness for the mistakes we make along the way. He can make our weaknesses become strong. And He can give us peace in every moment. Through him we can accomplish our purpose. So He promises in that scripture and many others in the Bible and the Book of Mormon.

In the new video of the Christmas story, I identify most strongly with the actor who plays the first wise man. I feel his hope when he sees the star. I feel his faith as he leaves everything he owns and crosses the desert to find the Christ child. And I know, as he did, even though I have never seen the Savior face to face, that Christ is our Savior.

As a missionary, my calling is invite people to repent and come closer to Him, the Savior Jesus Christ. And this Christmas season, I invite every one of you to evaluate the way that you live that scripture. Not to say you are particularly failing or succeeding. We are all somewhere in the progression of our relationship with God. But now, as Elder Stevenson said, is a perfect time to evaluate how you look unto the Savior in every thought. What do you do on a daily basis that turns your thoughts to Him? Then pray to Him and ask how you can do better. Show Him that you want to have the best relationship first with Him, just like the relationship that you hope to have with your family, friends, and relatives. I know that you will find ways, just as the wise men did, to get closer to the Savior Jesus Christ.

I know that He is my Savior. I love you all a lot. Merry Christmas.

-Elder Wells

P.S. Here is the video


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