Friday, June 26, 2015

Cody's final email!

I´m coming home.... Words that I still can´t believe. The reality that my mission is basically over is something hard to believe. I mean, you give everything (literally everything) that you have into it for two years and in return, you are eternally blessed. I have been asked several times during this time I have had as a missionary, "What is the most important thing you have learned?" and to be honest, its hard to answer that question. I have learned so much these two years that I could write a book haha. But, one of the most important lessons I learned during this time is the importance of enduring to the end. Let me give you an example to illustrate my point: Before the mission, I was pretty dedicated to running. One of my life goals was always to complete a marathon (26.2 miles) and, if possible, do it in under 3 hours. A few months before the mission, I decided to take a shot at it and run the Oklahoma City Marathon. I remember starting out at a good, comfortable pace. Not running to hard, but fast enough to keep up with my goal pace. At about mile 10, I said good-bye to some friends I was running with and continued on the marathon course as they turned to finish the half-marathon. At that point, I decided to run considerably faster. A burst of energy came into me and I continued with that energy for quite a bit of time until mile 18. Mile 18 I hit, what runner´s call it, the "wall". In short, its when the body runs out of energy. I remember thinking " oh great, I still have another 7 miles and I´m hurting. What am I going to do now?" I continued to run through the pain until about mile 23. At mile 23, I began to think about walking. I knew that if I walked, I wouldn´t achieve me goal, that I would come across the finish line a few minutes after 3 hours. As these thoughts were running through my head, I remember seeing one of my summer coachs. He asked me how I was doing and I responsed, "Ive been better." Then, with a bit of encouragement and a energy pack, he told me to continue strong. Those last 3 miles were probably the slowest 3 miles I have ever ran in my life. But, I didnt stop. I continued strong and came across the finish line in 2:57:13. Life is a marathon. The mission was a marathon. There were so many times I wanted to stop and walk or I hit the "wall". But I knew my end goal. I knew how many more people I could help and how much better their lives would be because I didn´t stop. I don´t have words to thank ya´ll for "pacing" me through these two years. Your e-mails, letters, and support kept me on the course and at the right pace. I will forever be grateful. This Thursday I get on a bus to Porto Alegre, where I will stay until next Tuesday. Next Tuesday I get on a plane and arrive home on Wednesday. Next Monday I won´t have much time to talk, so it will be mostly confirming things before heading home. This week will be full of interviews, dinners, and finalizing things. The mission was a dream come true, a life goal completed. I will bring with me some much that will help me through my next marathon called life. I want to close this chapter of my life with my testimony, something that grew so much these two years. I know that I am a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ. I know that this is His Church and that it was restored on the Earth again through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the Book of Mormon is another testement of Jesus Christ. I felt the Spirit testify to me of its truthfulness. Feast upon the words of Christ. Live the Gospel. But most importantly, Preach it! Make it to mile 26.2 running! Eu amo vocês!!!! Um grande abraço, Elder Cody William Buhler Missão Brasil Porto Alegre Sul

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Updates on Elder Cody Buhler- he comes home this year!

Updates from Christmas and New Year's Hey Family, FELIZ NATAL! Can you believe its Christmas already? Seriously, after my one year mark, time is flying by. Its almost 2015! I guess I will start out by telling you all the times for Skype. Here we go: If anyone has problems or questions let me know. I hope this works out for everyone. remember, those are the times, give or take 15 mins to 30 mins. Well this week was tough. I came down with an intestial infection haha. Went to the hospital twice. got an ultrasound and blood test again. man, i cant stand the health care. unfortunately, with obamacare the same thing will happen in the U.S. okay, enough of politics though haha. anyways, doing better. i was out of the work for the entire week though, doctors orders. so, nothing new with investigators this week. sorry. I want to take a bit of time to talk about Christmas. I am so grateful for my mission because I have come to realize the true meaning of christmas. The Church has been doing a big campaign called He is the Present. I dont know if you all had the chance to see the small video. Its really good. You can find it on the church website. just type in he is the present on google and you will find it. So, as missionaries, we have been giving out pass along cards to people that talk about the film. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to give a class about the life of christ. As I was preparing for it, I took some time to think about the life of christ. He really is the present. He gave his life so that we might have a chance. The words of John explain it better -Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13) President Castro asked the same question this year to us that he did last year - What will we give Chirst this year for his birthday? What a great question! Its his birthday we are remembering. So, what will you all give Christ this year for his birthday? Family, thank you for being my Christmas present this year! I could write about each one of you all day, unfortunately i dont have the time to do so. You all have talents and abilities that have shaped my life, that really i dont have the words to describe. You mean the world to me. You have made this the best christmas that I have had. I love you all very much. Thanks for influencing my life, for helping me be the person I am today. Merry christmas and talk to you on thrusday! Be safe! Love you! Remember, he is the present, and so are you too! Love you! Elder Buhler Hey Family, how are you all doing? Well, has it not been a happy everything sort of week. We had Christmas, now Caitlin's birthday, and then the new year. okay, its the new year? what? its something hard to comprehend that I am coming home in 5 months. it still seems long and far from my hands, but then it doesn't. so in respect to time, that's how i am feeling haha. i will know for sure this week about my date. president still hast called me. probably get it today though. this week went really slow after chirstmas. we were a bit down and things were just hard. needless to say, i am so happy i got to talk to you all. everyone seems to be doing great. yesterday was a crazy day. we were walking by a field when i heared something crying. it appeared to be under a tree so i looked further and found two new born puppies. as we looked around, no one was around nor was the mom of the puppies. so we jumped the fence and went to work to help them out. we got the first one out and then took to an investigators house to help him get out of the rain. the second one we went back for and unfortunately, it was hurt bad. some animal had bit it in the back and was bleeding bad. these puppies were only about 3 days old and hadn't opened their eyes yet. anyways, we took the other back and tired everything, but it didnt make it. flies has laid magets in it and it was too crazy. anyways, the other one is doing good and has a new home with some neighbors of the investigator. we named him Thor. i will send a picture next week. brasil has a big problem with stray dogs being born like that cause there is so many road dogs. its sad. well, i hope you all have an awesome new year! 5 more months! Love you so much! be safe and see you next week! love you! Happy birthday Caitlin! Elder Buhler