July 10, 2017 “Baillão”
OK! So I will take some time to write a group email.
July 10, 2017 “Baillão”
OK! So I will take some time to write a group email.
May 23, 2017 “Tchau Curitiba! Hola praia!”
Olá da praia de Matinhos!
May 29, 2017 “Lost lost loooosstttt….”
This week we got lost a lot. And in the process of getting lost, lots of hilarious things happened. And we got very wet–because it rains a lot here. For example–
June 5, 2017
We found some families with lots of potencial and I made cookies for my companions!
This is the other apartment in front of our house and also the city Matinhos fits between these gorgeous hills and the beach.
June 12, 2017 “Summing up!”
So I don´t have much time, but this week was a good one! Some key events:
-ZONE CONFERENCE! Its always just too good! Our zone is so teeny tiny but it´s so much better to have zone conference with just one zone! We went to eat Churrasco (Brazilian BBQ) and it was so awesome! Of course, I was sitting close by a Sister who is Gaúcha and Gaúchos loooovvveee BBQ and they know about every kind of meat and which ones are the best–so it was great!
-The other sisters had a baptism!! And we were able to have investigators at the baptism to watch and feel the Spirit working! Me and Sister Kehr sang some hymns with suprano/alto parts and it was sooo good! We sang in english How Great Thou Art and we both forgot the words hahaha
-We are here in Curitiba today because Sister Santos had to go to the dentist! So while we are here, I took advantage and bought social pants! lol because the sisters can use pants now! I was almost eaten alive by mesquitos this week so it had to be done! I´ll send pictures next week!
Love you all!!
July 3, 2017 “Transfers”
I only have 2 minutes left–I don´t think I´ll be able to send a group email!
March 20, 2017 “Compartilhar O Evangelho Restaurado!”
We went to invite an investigator to Irene´s baptism and he gave us peices of fried fish..it was interesting…
We ate chile, cheese bread, and Cami turned 16 this week and so I had to remember! Woot woot!
April 17, 2017 “Plano de Felicidade :)”
This week was quite interesting–as always haha
April 24, 2017 “Nossa lei é trabalhar, trabalhar!”
January 23, 2017
Oi gente! Tudo bem?
So–some quick highlights from this week because I don´t have too much time:
This week was so hard but I´m discovering that the hardest weeks are the ones that I learn the most from.
February 25, 2017 “I didn’t write a group email–lol”
I did not write a group email today–so sad. But my mom doesn´t even send my emails on anyways. So its no big deal haha (ouch….:)
March 6, 2017 “No Subject” 🙂
This week was an adventure (what week isn´t??)
October 31, 2016 “Dia das Bruxas”
This week was super swell– we kind of ran out of phone credit and so we couldn´t call any of our referrals, members, investigators, or anyone to confirm appointments or get addresses… So we were even more unplugged that usual haha it was an adventure!
This week we were knocking doors and to my horror we knocked on a door and three old ladies in skirts anwered–Irmãs from a really popular church called the Assembleia de Deus (Assembly of God). This church is super strict and sticks to the bible hard core. But the old ladies let us in and we started our message about the Restoration–at one point one of the Irmãs pulled out her huge Bible and started flipping the pages and I was like “Ohhhh no, here we go…“ But then it was kind of anticlimactic (is that the right word..?) because they didn´t really understand the concept the we are missionaries and not prophets and the lady that answered the door to let us in doesn´t even live in that house, and the other doesn´t even live in Curitiba and the other wasn´t really listening… I don´t even know… But they liked the message and at least the seed is planted 🙂
Yesterday we went out with a recent-convert,Yvener, to visit his friend Agnaldo–Walking to the house, Yvener told us about his friend and when we got there we got to know his friend more and talk to his wife, Andreia, and his family and we started our message. When we got to the part about how Joseph Smith restored the keys of the priesthood and the authority to baptise, Andreia started to cry– We talked about how through the Restored Gospel and baptism by the correct authority, we can be cleansed from all the wrongs we have made in the past and start completely over and have a new life free of sin. They accepted the challenge to pray about Joseph Smith and be baptized when they receive an answer. It was such a powerful lesson and when we asked if we could come back another day to follow up, Agnaldo literally exclaimed “Can you come back everyday?! I´m here every day! Can you come back tomorrow?!“ haha
I know that it´s the Spirit confirming the truth every time these people want us to come back–its not something WE are doing that make them feel so good in that moment. It´s the Spirit confirming to them that what we are saying is true.
This week flew but lots happened! I don´t even know where to start with the majority of this emails but one of the highlights is our investigator Launi!
She´s SUPER elect! We found her when we went to teach a recent-convert and wouldn´t ya know, this family already taught her practically everything about the Gospel and the Church. We got to know her better and she´s so cute and so prepared by the Lord. The first lesson we taught she was already talking about how she wants to do baptisms for the dead for her family that has already passed away! And serving a mission! It was almost unbelievable–me and Sister Cordato were like “Oh my goodness somebody pinch me, this is too good to be true!“ When told her we would like to mark a baptismal date for December 10th, her eyes got super big and she said “December 10th? That´s so close! YES!!“ The Lord truly prepares his children to receive the Gospel. She is such a special daughter of God and I know she will feel like a completely new person after she´s baptized. The only setback is that she lives in a different area/ward, so this week we´re going to have to help her transition to another ward. We don´t know yet if we are going to get to teach her the rest of the lessons, which is SO sad because WE LOVE HER. But the important thing is that she can make this covenant with Heavenly Father and prepare to create an eternal family. She´s SO excited!
November 28, 2016 “#Seja a Luz do Mundo”
We saw so many miracles this week I don´t even know where to start!
December 5, 2016 “It´s gonna be a WHITE CHRISTMAS!”
This week we had a lot of appointments fall through and whenever we had an appointment fall, we did a service project instead. We showed up to teach a lesson at one of the member´s houses, but our investigator didn´t show up. Instead we tried to help the family not kill each other in the process of fixing an old closet. While the Irmã was hammering old nails into places they really shouldn´t go I got to thinking about Nefi and how he must have been reeeaaalllly truly inspired when he built the ship crossing to the Americas. Also, he was a man, and so he had the man power to hammer things. So that must have been a blessing. #sacerdócio Also, we tried to help our other investigator clean her room this week… She lives in really really humble circumstances…And she likes to collect things…and so we kind of left 3 hours later having done…not a lot…I had a dream that night about cockroches and trying to clean a room full of things I couldn´t throw away… Mas tudo bem! Vamos ensinar esta semana em vez de limpando por que, eu não aguento mais 🙂
Também, algumas semanas atrais, nós recebemos uma referência de um Americano que apareceu na capela um Domingo. Esta semana, nós fomos lá para ensinar aquela referência. Só que, nós estávamos na casa da Regina (aquela casa super humilde). E fomos direito para o casal (referência). E daí, chegamos no apartamento deles.The guy is LOADED e nós ficamos super awkward porque nós chegamos lá molhadas até o pó da terra por que tomávamos chuva, o apartamento tem um motif que é BRANCO, o elevador chega na frente da porta do apartamento e eles moram no 15° andar. Até Sister Cordato não sabia como agir. Foi um shock we didn´t know how to handle. Eles nós deram cookies que nós não sabíamos como comer e 5 tipos de bebidas para escolher. E nós estávamos tão desconfortáveis, nós escolhemos água. Minha nossa, estávamos morrendo. Mas, nós compartilhamos o vídeo, Seja Luz do Mundo e marcamos para voltar semana agora. No fim, aprendemos que precisamos ter mais confiança em nossa mensagem. Eu estava trabalhando nisso durante estudo esta semana.
December 19, 2016 “Feliz Natal!”
6 dias até Natal!!!
December 26, 2016 “White Christmas”
Feliz Natal para tudo mundo!
January 2, 2017 “Feliz Ano Novo! Happy New Year!”
This week was really interesting, because the streets were pretty much dead with everyone gone for the holidays. And since we are relatively close to the coast, everyone went to the beach this week. So not only was it hard to find new people, but also it was difficult to find recent-converts and less-actives and even members to visit because no one was home! But even still, this week was a good one!
We have seen a lot of growth already in Regina and how she´s already trying to help her family be fortified by the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. It´s been the greatest miracle to see the change in her life and in her countenance and her family! Even her crazy crazy nephews are behaving better! haha
But here are some highlights from this week:
It was really hot this week and I turned red, Sister Cordato made juice that looked like puke (don´t worry, it was very good and not puke tasting), we went to McDonalds for New Year´s Eve, last p-day we went to the Urgent care because I got a weird purple bug-bite–the doctor guy saw my name and he asked if we were brazilian. My companion said “I am, but she isn´t“ and so he started talking to my companion as if I didn´t understand anything. Its always funny when that happens–Sister Cordato gets mad because she doesn´t like playing the role of my mother haha–But anyways, moral of the story is that the urgent care is close by the temple and so on the way home, we got to pass the temple! We are preparing our cute investigators, Milena and João (John) to be baptized this coming Saturday! We´re so excited for them! Milena is 10 and João just turned 12 this week! Also, New Year´s Eve we had to be in our house at 6pm because its dangerous to be in the street at that time on a holiday here. Because everyone is partying and lighting fireworks that are, in reality, bombs. In few words, midnight sounded like war haha. Also, New Year´s here is like Thanksgiving in the U.S. and so our meal Sunday was super huge and super delicious! Also, the members that fed us Sunday are totally crazy and taught me a Portuguese tongue-twister. I´m still working on it haha
This week, I was filled with so much love for Jesus Christ and who He is and who we are. He loves us and I know that He has a plan for each one of us. He knows your name, He knows my name, and His way is simple and clear and pure. And it is the most joyful path we will ever walk. Its super rough sometimes–super rough– but it is joyful. I know that as we place Him in the first place in all things, He will bless us.
January 9, 2017 “Batismo!”
Hello! This week was way rad! We had another BAPTISM!! Woo hoo!! Milena and João! Their baptism was so sweet and so happy! People, it was so good. Our recent convert, Yvener (from Haiti–he´s literally the greatest person) baptised them. It was so sweet because Yvener is still learning Portuguese and so his accent is so funny and so cute. And it was his second time baptizing, so he´s still so new but such a worthy priesthood holder. And Milena and João!– Literally, Milena came out of the water laughing, she was so happy to be baptized! It was so cute and so sweet. I just wanted to dance the whole time–but that´s not allowed…
January 16, 2017 “Happy Birthday Beautiful Emma”
September 26, 2016 “Palavrão”
I loved General Conference! I love that we have a living Prophet on earth today! We have 12 apostles and leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ. They are inpired men and women and they speak to us for our day and our circumstances. Christ is at the head of His church. Heavenly Father knows and loves each one of us. I loved the talk by Elder Rasband– NEVER forget the times when your testimony was flourishing. Never forget sacred and personal experiences where you felt the light and love and certainty of the Gospel. Never forget those who love you and what you have already accomplished. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and is the fount of the plenitude of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love the Book of Mormon! I know that eternity is real and that our convenants are real. We are part of something huge and joyful and beautiful. I love the temple and I love our leaders and our prophet and I know its all read and true.
I love you all!
-walking through a park to get to the Lanhouse (internet cafe) today!
-signature tree of Curitiba
-the street we live on
-tapioca with banana
I have no time left!
October 24, 2016 “Até o pó!”
So this week we learned that we can record our voices and send a recording to our families every week! Woot woot!
8/8/2016 “Scraped knees, mold, and zoo transfers :)”
Another week in Brazil!
First week in Campo Cumprido was probably the greatest thing of my life.
So funny story–last week I sent an email and the Portuguese word for “poop“ is “Coco“ not “Caco“….Just thought I´d clear that up before I begin with this weeks happenings…
This week. Was an adventure.
So. Me and Sister Costa are kind of strange people. Last P-day we bought matching sweatshirts we found in the men´s section at this super cheap “everything“ store by the bus station where everything is 12R$ (about $3.50) Annddd we found this other sweater that was kind of too hilarious to resist–its pink and flowery and says “Live you dreams“ Sister Costa was like, “Oh these Brazilians, trying to speak english hahaha!“ It was great. Matching blusas!
September 5, 2016 “Inglês!”
This week was full of adventures! But I don´t have time to write them all how I want to. Que raiva hein?
September 12, 2016 “Cookies Demais?”
September 12, 2016 “Estamos em Greve”