Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Hey everybody!!! How is everybody doing?! So the reason I am emailing today is because we went to the Houston temple today so PDay was on Tuesday! It was incredible! I loved it so much! Definitely one of the highlights so far! But this has been an awesome week for a few reasons!

First of all, we met an awesome awesome awesome person named Nelson! He is 22 years old, and is such a cool nice kid! We met him when we were backing out the car and he started talking to us about how he saw us around and for some reason he wanted to be doing what we were doing and that just the day before he had been thinking about his purpose in life! Like, that's the best question to get as a missionary! And so we had him come to a scripture study class that our ward has on Wednesday nights and he absolutely loved it! And then, he came to church on Sunday and the ward (which normally wasn't too excited about missionary work) was so nice and friendly to him! So he is golden and is such a good friend, but the story gets even crazier! While we were teaching him his aunt walked inside and we had talked to her the week before but didn't know they were related! So hopefully we get to teach them both! So that was super exciting!! 

Also, I dont know if I have ever told you about Tracy and Dennis, I think I did, but they are this couple that are baptist, but more importantly they really are trying to do what is right. They just want to follow Jesus Christ. So on my first or second day out here we went to their house and I gave Tracy a blessing because she was sick, and it helped her get better. But we met with her and Dennis on Sunday and taught an awesome lesson that I could tell they loved and she confessed that when we came over the first time she had tried to hide from us, but something told her that we were servants of Christ and that she should talk to us, after which we gave her a blessing which was amazing to her and testified to her that we were servants of Christ. Wow, I like couldn't stop smiling it was awesome! 

I have seen so many miracles out here, I know its what I should be doing right now, even though its hard sometimes. Anyways, I hope all is well back home! Connor that is so cool about volleyball going to state! Honestly, that is so exciting good job! 

About my Visa, I should find out tomorrow if Im staying or going! Oh and I get to skype next week on Mothers day! I am doing it from our friend Jason Lowrys apartment and it will be at around 11 o clock Arizona time!!! 

I love and miss you all, and hope you are having a great week! Que tenha uma boa semana! (PS i will send pictures in a few minutes!!)

-Elder Hoopes

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