August 11, 2014

            This week was pretty good. We worked really hard, like always, and then on Thursday we had interviews with presidente. We had a former missionary visit with us and he spoke a lot of great things that I was really needing to hear. It was a really good time and I had a lot of things to ponder and reflect on.
            We had a baptism on Saturday and it went really well. We are excited for the kid, and we have some great people coming up. Unfortunately I think we might stop teaching Adrianna and Leandro if they don’t go to church this next week. They still need to get married in the future also, and we just don’t want to waste our time on people that aren’t going to progress.
            Anyway yesterday was father’s day here in Brazil and it was a tearjerker. It was really great to see Kaique and his mother, I sure have missed them but unfortunately I never ever have time to just relax and talk with them. I am just always running around during church.
            But I have felt so close to the Savior recently and it has been a marvelous time at the end of the mission.  I never thought it would be like how it is. So much yet so little has happened. I can’t believe that soon enough I will step back into the world and worry about those things. I would much rather just focus on others lives for a while longer. I love the gospel so much, I am so grateful for the opportunity to hold the priesthood and to be able to act in the name of the Lord. I love my Savior and I am so grateful for my family and for Him.
            Love you all have a great week.
Elder Paynter

Kaique wrote:
I just want to thank you for everything you've done, I'm so proud for have an eternal friend like you bro! Brazil, me and my family will miss you tons when you go away to your home. Love you bro, don't you ever forget that.