Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Dear Family and Friends,

I had a wonderful Spiritual week in the mission field Sharing our Heavenly Father's Gospel.  It was a busy week but with lots of fun and many great experiences.  The weather is still really nice here in Arizona in the 80's during the day and the nights are not too cold yet.  To start off my awesome week on Tuesday, we had our zone interviews with some great teaching on adjusting to missionary life booklet, being focused on our purpose, cleanest car awards which Elder Bartleson and Elder Knobbe - Assistant to President Won, teaching by Elder Rodgers on reporting accident's online, and teaching members about online proselyting and how we can help them do their missionary work online.  I had a very brief interview with President Taylor on keeping strong through the rest of my mission and told me that he will let me know when my exiting interview will be later when I go back to the mission home next Monday.  On Wednesday, I was on exchanges with Elder Searl in my area.  We had a great day teaching investigators, contacting people, and setting up lessons with members.  We had a great lesson with Joseph on the Word of Wisdom.  He had questions about tea and coffee and we told him that it is a commandment from God and how we show God through Faith that we will be blessed by keeping the Word of Wisdom.  He committed to come to church but when we knocked on his door on Sunday, he was not there.  We also had a wonderful lesson with Julie on the Plan of Salvation and how we continue to progress in this life to learn the things that will help us return to live with God.  It was so good as we ended with the Atonement and how Jesus Christ died for all of us because of his Love for all us.  We also had a lesson with a new investigator Dominic on the Book of Mormon.  It was a bit frustrating because he had questions about the Trinity and we would answer his questions through the Book of Mormon and he would always refer to the Bible for the answer when we would ask him what he thought.  Then on Thursday, I was on exchanges with Elder Wardle in my area so for 2 days I was not with Elder Cook.  I had a great exchange with him mostly visiting members and investigators and street contacting people.  A great experience after visiting a member and setting up an appointment with them we saw a neighbor next door that was moving out so we offered to help.  The husband accepted us to help and when we went into the house we saw the wife that looked stress and she said you guys are God sent to help us.  We helped them move some of the big furnitures onto the trailer and they appreciated our help.  We got their number and will stop by again before they move by the end of the month.  On Friday, we had our Trainer/Trainee Followup Meeting which was great to discuss how we can help other companionships with their struggle in the 12 week training program.  Then in the afternoon, I had my last District Meeting teaching my district about how we can help our investigators come to church and partake of the Sacrament.  It was perfect because our district has been struggling getting investigators to come to church, so we discussed some great ideas that will help.  Then in the evening, we had a lesson with Lea on the Restoration watching the video with her.  On Saturday, we woke up early to go to the Mesa Temple to do a 6:30 am Endownment Session which was spiritually wonderful to feel the spirit and remembering the covenants that I have made because that last time I did a session was in December of last year at our Christmas Conference.  The new temple video was amazing with the new scenery and acting.  A great young family - The Warrens took us and they are planning to move in November which we were sad to hear because they were one of our favorite families to visit especially after 8 pm - which is tough to see people because many people are getting ready for bed especially families with kids.  Then for lunch Elder Bartleson was on exchanges with Elder Hernandez and picked us up and we went to "L and L" to get a plate lunch which me and Elder Bartleson went to with the Goodwin Family over a year ago when we were companions.  It was a great time to talk about our mission and all the great experiences we had.  The food was very ONO, I got the Lau Lau and Kalua Pork plate.  Sunday was a great Sabbath Day with some great speakers on Faith and Enduring to the End.  I also went to our Monthly Stake Coordination Meeting with the Stake Presidency discussing the missionary work in the Deer Valley Stake and how we can help the members and investigators that we are helping to come closer to Christ.  That was my wonderful week here in the mission field.  I cannot believe in a week I will be done with my mission and heading home from "THE BEST TWO YEARS OF MY LIFE".  I am so grateful for this time that I have to Serve the Lord and helping others feel the Happiness and Joy that the Restored Gospel can bring to their lives.  I have learned and grown so much from losing myself in the work and doing all that I can to help others feel our Heavenly Father's love for them.  This has been the greatest work and calling to be a Representative of Jesus Christ and be an instrument to do his Marvelous Work.  My mission has truly been the Foundation for the rest of my life.  I am so grateful for the experiences that I have had to help others feel the Spirit and help strengthen their Faith in Christ.  I have seen so many Miracles in my life and in others as I trust in God and Keep his Commandments.  I am so grateful for the Blessing that I had to see many of the people I had to help them come unto Christ through Baptism and Receiving the Holy Ghost to help them in their lives.  I got a Facebook message from Destiny and Jason Davis in Buckeye on Thursday and they told me that in September they spoke in Sacrament, they got a calling to teach the 8 & 9 year old, and are preparing to go to the Temple next March to be sealed in the Temple.  That brought me great joy to hear that they are active and preparing to make additional covenants in the Temples.  That is what this Gospel is all about Sealing Families for time and all Eternity in God's Kingdom.  I testify that through our Heavenly Father's Plan we can have Eternal Joy in Eternal Life with him and our Families Forever.  I know that our Heavenly Father lives and loves us all.  Jesus Christ is our brother that fulfilled the Atonement to pay for our sins so we can be worthy for Exaltation as we live his Gospel.  I know that the Gospel has been restored through Joseph Smith and we continue to have the Priesthood Key's through our prophet, Thomas S. Monson.  I am so honored to have the Priesthood to perform Ordinances for others that brings them closer to God.  Going on my mission is the best decision in my life because I have learned so much about the Gospel and it has strengthen my Testimony in our Savior.  I will truly miss being a full-time missionary but hope to take all that I have learned and continue to Share this Gospel as a member missionary.  I loved feeling the Spirit so abundantly in my life to guide me in blessing the lives of our Heavenly Father's children.  I love you all and thank you very much for all your support of encouragement on my mission.  I have felt your prayers and loved the letters and emails that kept me strong in doing the Lord's work.  Take care and hope to see many of you next week.  Thank you for reading my journey of my mission in the ARIZONA PHOENIX MISSION (APM) the #1 Mission in the World.  I am so grateful for President Taylor and Sister Taylor for all they did for me.  Grateful for ALL my Companions that has helped me grow and strengthen me through the hardships.  Thankful for the assignments I had to be a Senior Companion, Trainer 3 times, and District Leader that have helped me bless the lives of other Missionaries.  I am so grateful for all the Areas and Members that I had to get to know and Love through out my mission.  I am very grateful for my Family and Friends that helped me as I was serving my mission.  I am very grateful to my Heavenly Father who loves me and blessed me throughout my mission and Jesus Christ for atoning Sacrifice so we can have immortality and eternal life in God's Kingdom to have the Fullness of the Gospel.  See you all soon.  I testify this Gospel is True and this is the True Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! 

Love Always,
Elder Lance Kuhi Cabral

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