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From Elder Castillo (Portuguese version that he wrote himself!)

Na minha vida como missionário há muitas coisas que são muito boas, sentir que estou ajudando as pessoas saber que podem conhecer mais sobre este evangelho e mudar suas vidas é algo incomparável, mas todos sabem que ser missionário é um desafio, não é algo facil ser rejeitado tantas vezes e também não é facil andar no Sol durante o dia todo. Agora quero falar sobre essa questão em especial, andor no Sol; qualquer um sabe que estar caminhando muitas horas é algo ruim e ainda mais quando tem aquele amado Sol no Brasul, aquele Sol que queima até os pensamentos, é por isso que muitas vezes oro para que esfrie um pouco ou para que chegue um pouco de chuva, mas Deus sempre dá alguma solução para não ser quiemado por completo no Sol. Agora há uma coisa bem interessante que acontece ao chover; é verdade que um pouco de chuva em um dia quente é algo infinitamente gostoso, mais aqui acontece algo antes de sentir aquele alivio da chuva para esfriar o ambiente, se eu quiser chuva no final, tenho que suportar um dia de calor intenso, é interessante que antes da agua, o dia fica ainda mais quente, quase insuportável, e acontece que penso porque não temos chuva ainda? Porque Deus permite que soframos desta maneira em baiso do Sol tão quente? E dá para meditar muito e pensar porque existe esse calor intenso, mas o que não sabemos às vezes é que esse calor é só a preparação para aquele esfriamento tão desejado; Depois do clima quente, cuando pensamos que vamos morrer finalmente é quando aprece um pouco de vento mais ou menos frio e é quando penso que Deus está sendo um pouco misericordioso e por isso mandou vento, mas o que nem penso é que ainda há algo melhor depois daquele vento e é a tão esperada chuva que chega para nos ajudar a trabalhar e animar.
Muitas vezes nossa vida é semelhante a um dia quente no Brasil, sentimos que estamos sendo provados além do que podemos suportar e que já não podemos mais, que Deus se esuqeceu de nós e não temos s sua ajuda; nos questionamos de Deus realmente é misericordioso, se realmente sabe que estamos sofrendo, se temos algo depois daquela tribulação, mas poucas vezes lembramos que Deus é nosso Pai e que nos conhece e sabe quanto podemos suportar, que a sua sabedoria é maior do que nosso entendimento, nos esquecemos que ele disse “meus pensamentos não são os vossos pensamentos, nem vossos caminhos são os meus caminhos” (Isaias 55:8) e é assim que Ele sabe a medida de provações que precisamos para crescer em Fé, em amor, em paciência e em diligencia, em esperança, em oração sincera e em compaixão. Porque “todas as coisas foram feitas segundo a sabedoria daquele que tudo conhece” (2 Néfi 2:24) e sempre devemos aceitar a sua vontade antes da nossa, porque não sabemos em que momento vem essa chuva - a tranquilidade depois das tribulações, mas ele sabe e cedo ou tarde essa paz chega aos nossos corações porque “fiel é Deus que não vos deixará tentar acima do que podeis, antes com a tentação - ou tribulação - dará tambpem o escape, para que a possas suportar”. Deus é nosso Pai Celeste, confiemos nele e coloquemos nossos fardos aos pés do Salvador, e confiemos que eles podem nos ajudar a contiunar a viagem no meio desse calor sem saida, no meio dessas tribulações sem solução, porque no final sem nenhuma duivda chegará o alivio para nossos pés cansados, nossas costas destruidas e nosso Espirito sem forças. Sei que Jesus Cristo vive e que nos ama de uma maneira pessoal, Ele sofreu por um periodo de tempo algo que nem podemos imaginar mas ele o suportou e abriu a porta para que possamos vencer nossos problemas, ele nos deu uma saida, ele nos concedeu a sua vida e nos deu a esperança de que tudo melhorará, “portanto todos os que crêem em Deus podem com segurança esperar por um mundo melhor, sim, até mesmo um lugar à mão direita de Deus, esperança essa que vem pela Fé” e é por isso que sei que estamos nesta jornada com a companhia de nosso Pai, nosso Salvador e o Santo Espirito ao nosso lado. O calor passará, o vento chegará e a chuva cairá. Sei estas coisas com tudo o meu coração, em nome de Jesus Cristo, amém.

Elder Castillo says!

Well, I’ve been kinda busy and didn’t have time to post every inspired message from Elder Castillo here but..I’m free now! Wich is great! so Elder Castillo’s sent me two new messages and I’ll post here both of them.

October 2nd.

"My beloved friends from TumblrStake:
I’m grateful for the opportunity I have this evening to share with you some thoughts I have today. I’m happy because I have the Gospel in my life and I want you to know that you can be happy too, maybe you think you don’t have the perfect body, or the perfect face, maybe you think that you don’t have a normal family or a normal life, maybe you think you can’t choose whatever you want because the church has too much rules, maybe you think that you’re were forsaken because you’re not worthy. Let me tell you something… you are Loved. Our Heavenly Father loves you, Jesus Christ gave His life for you, He gave his life so you can go on with your own life, it’s wasn’t just for some people, it was for everybody and that’s was because He loves you. You can’t imagine the infinite love of Jesus Christ and no one can imagine the pain He suffered, because that was purpose. We don’t need to suffer like him, we don’t need to die for our sins or for our imperfections because He already suffered. He knows every single problem, pain and sadness, and we can be strengthened by His hand. We are not perfect and we won’t be perfect right now, we need to understand it. Please don’t give up and always try to do your best. I love you all!”

October 15th.

 ”Hi my dear friends, I’m grateful for this little oportunity to share a few words with you right now. I’m happy here, it’s not easy but life wasn’t made to be easy, right? But I’m receiving so many blessings, I’m enjoying this time. The GC was great and I really enjoyed it too, I just want you to know that I love you so much and I hope you are doing well. Pray, study, observe, serve, love and pray again. Are we true disciples of Christ? Then arise and shine forth, we need to show the world who we are, we are the light in these times of darkness, don’t ever think that your light isn’t brilliant enough or that your light has a weird colour, just show them who you are and give help to the weak, prayers to the tired and hands to the poor. We are here to serve and not to be served. Do your best. Don’t ever give up. I wanna know about you. See you later, my dear friends.”

Enjoy!

Letter from Jorge.

Good morning/evening/afternoon, I don’t know haha I’m really grateful for this little time that I have here, I’m grateful for my Heavenly Father and all His blessings, I’m grateful for the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ and His infinite love for all of us, I’m grateful for my family and for you, brethren. I can’t express how joyful I am in this moment, I don’t know why, but I really want you to know some things. I love you all, people, I really love you and I can’t imagine my life without friends like you, maybe you weren’t my entire “social life” but you helped me in the hardest times before my mission and look where I am Now. It’s unbelievable, I’m serving a mission, suddenly I realized that I’m on my mission, and it’s awesome, you can’t imagine… when I was in my house I didn’t imagine a mission like this. I really want to talk about an idea that started to grow up inside of me and to run around my head it’s about Sacrifice. Sacrifice is the most important word in this work, there’s no blessings without sacrifice, there’s no redemption without sacrifice, there’s no salvation without Sacrifice. Adam and Eve sacrificed their simple life and everything they had for giving us the opportunity to learn by ourselves, to choose by ourselves. The prophets sacrificed their lives for this work; Lehi and his family sacrificed their good life in Jerusalem. Jesus Christ sacrificed His own life for us, simple little humans; He sacrificed everything He had for us, sinners. Joseph Smith sacrificed his life, his family, his reputation, his last breath for bringing this Restored Gospel to every nation. The pioneers sacrificed their lives too, they sacrificed EVERYTHING. Can you believe it? Can you see it? It’s all about sacrifice. And now I see it, we need to sacrifice a lot of things, time, money, family sometimes to serve the Lord, and everybody needs to do it, it’s not because I’m on my mission, it’s because I realized that the gospel it’s about giving our heart and our lives to our Heavenly Father; right now we don’t need to leave our children and our wives to serve a mision, right now we don’t need to consacrate all our money to maintain the church, right now we dont’ spend 12 hours at church. Jesus Christ is just asking the 10% of our money, 3 hours from our entire week, 2 years of our life and we are saying that it’s way too much? Please, think about it, we are happy, we have the truth, we are the warriors of the Lord, our life is simple yet, we’re not leaving everything yet, all that is required from us is a little bit of our time and of our love. This is a work of love. The prophets loved the world, Jesus Christ love[s] the world, Joseph loved the people. We are not perfect, I know it. I’m not perfect, I’m still working on loving everybody but we need to do our best, we need to do everything we can, our salvation and everybody’s salvation is in our own hands. Please dear brethren, do your best, I know you can, I know it seems hard sometimes, but the blessings are way too better! I’m happy here, I’m not doing my normal life, I’m not listening to the music I want and I’m not seeing my family but I’m still happy… why? Because I’m serving the Lord. Serve the Lord with your heart. Smile to everybody. Help somebody. You are the light of the world, I love you all. I know that my Redeemer lives and that’s why I’m here, He lives and He already did His part, He’s waiting for us. In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.

Jorge is on the field already as some of you know, and he sent this for you all:

Dear brethren, I’m so grafetul for being here, I’m really happy for serving in this marvelous work. I’ve been missing you a lot! I miss your love, your kind messages and everything, but I know I’m doing something better, something that I need to do for my Savior, He gave his life for me, and I have to give at least 2 years of my life helping others. Being here is one of the best things I could ever imagine, I can’t imagine being somewhere else, this place is awesome and I know that I’m in the place at the right time. I hope you’re doing well, I want you to be strong ALWAYS, dont’ ever give up, try your best, you have EVERYTHING in your life, if you have the Gospel, you can defeat everything. Don’t give up, try harder and be strong, you’re all in my prayers and I wanna know about you, I haven’t received mails from you or anything .-. Please tell me everything c: I have a little bit of time in my week and I’d be glad to know more about you. I’ll be waiting for you and I hope you’re enduring. See you later, my friends, I’ll try to write more often, now that I’m not at the MTC I have more time c: And that’s it, I love you all! … My best wishes, Elder Castillo.

ps: If any of you want his mission address just ask here :)

Elder Castillo says.

Estoy feliz, muy muy feliz de estar sirviendo en la obra del Senor, yo se que es esta obra es verdadera, lo se con todo mi corazon y no quiero esperar mas para ir a ayudar a las personas a conocer a Cristo, realmente se que no es una fabula, el Espiritu me lo indica a cada momento, se que mis oraciones son contestadas a cada momento, se que mi familia estara bien siempre, se que no puedo dejarme vencer por Satanas, yo soy mejor que el, puedo hacer esta obra y quiero poner todo mi empeno en hacerlo. Los amo a todos y espero que todos puedan conocer el Evangelio, lean sus escrituras, oren a menudo y no dejen de ir a la iglesia, es la mejor cosa que podrian hacer en toda la vida. No puedo responder mas emails xD por favor, me dan ganas de responder, pero no puedo, son reglas, nadie me controla pero debo hacer lo correcto, obedecer con exactitud. Ya hablo muy bien portugues, me entienden, aun me falta un poco pero se bastante.


Elder Castillo.

Letter from Elder Castillo, to Tumblr Stake.

I`m happy here guys, I`ve been here for more than a month and I`ll be out on August 14th, sorry I didn`t talk before, but I have a little bit a time every Thursday D: I love you so much and I want you to be strong, I want you to be the best of the world, don`t ever forget that our Heavenly Father loves you and wants you to be faithful, please don`t forget to pray, to fast, to learn and to study more abou the gospel, I don`t have too many time, but I`m glad to serve the Lord, it`s the most amazing experience and you should be wanting to serve hahaha And please write me haha nah I`m kidding, but I want to know how are you, because I dont` know anything about you! I love the Gospel and don`t ever give up because serving God it`s the most amazing experience of the whole life. Be strong.


Elder Castillo.

As some of you may know, Elder Castillo is now in the São Paulo MTC, Brazil. He&#8217;s doing pretty good and he&#8217;s happy. 
He&#8217;s district leader already!!! So, I guess he&#8217;ll do great on his mission.
Write to him!!! If any of you wants his address, just ask here :)
He loves letters and it&#8217;s a supportive way to let him know our love about him! So, let&#8217;s write alot! :)
(In the photo he&#8217;s with companions, MTC President and wife.) 

c:  

Goodbye, my friends.

Okay, I’m leaving. I’ll be set apart in 1 hour and I wanted to say goodbye to all of you. I’m leaving in 12 hours, I’m ready, I’m excited, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. I’m not a man of long speeches, but I want to thank you for all your support, strength and love you gave through all these months. I cried here, I laughed here and I fell here, but now I’m here saying goodbye because I’m leaving for my mission, I can’t believe.

The road is hard but we have our Heavenly Father, we have Jesus Christ, we have the Holy Ghost and we have each other. Thanks Tumblrstake for your support, I won’t name you one by one but you know I’m grateful for your love <3

I’m nervous now!!! And well, Andresa will be my admin during these 2 years, she’ll post info about me :D so if you need to ask me something and I don’t answer via e-mail, maybe she wil know why :)

This church is true, Jesus Christ lives and loves us, our Heavenly Father listens to our prayers and He won’t let us fall, NEVER. Respect each other, Love each other, Serve each other. I love you so much and I’ll be waiting your letters and e-mails!! 

GOODBYE TUMBLR/TUMBLRSTAKE, this is my home and I’ll be back in 2 years, my friends. 

tamingbucephalus:

Christus statue in Temple Square in Salt Lake City, UT.
faultyclockwork:

(via Fotoblur - out of the shade by Anton Falcon)
crooksh4nks:

Light, and countryside

Listening to the entire discography of Emilie Autumn

I won’t be able to listen to music until 2 years more ;_;