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September 27, 2017

Transfer 9

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August 14, 2017 “Semana 6”

This week was very very special–Yesterday, after sacrament meeting, IdêMarie was baptized!!

It was literally a celestial moment– Robson, Ivanete and their family were inactive for a few years, but are coming back into activity because of their sweet girl and their sons are the age to prepare for a mission. Yesterday, Hyrum (Idêmarie´s bother) baptized her and Irmão Robson conferred the gift of the Holy Ghost–I don´t know how to describe the feeling that was there. It was as if the room was full of, not just people, but full of angels. It was super beautiful and it really strengthened my testimony that the priesthood really was restored and that Christ lives and guides His church. The church is true! There is no other place, nor moment that we could have felt the things that we felt at Idêmarie´s baptism. It was just so sweet. Truly Celestial.
Also this week we talked to a lot more people in the street and taught a lot more lessons! It was so good. The more people we talk to, the greater chance we have to find the Lord´s elect.
Also, today is the first day of my last transfer! That´s so crazy! Me and Sister Libanio aren´t companions anymore! 😦 We´re going to be picking up our new companions at the bus terminal this afternoon–my new companion will be Sister Fernandes! I have no idea who she is, but it will be good!
I know that our Savior lives. He loves us. This is His church!
Boa semana!
Sister Cox
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August 21, 2017 “Semana 5”

his week was super rad! We worked our socks off and found 13 new people to teach!! Woo hoo!

I have almost 0 time left sorry folks! But the first week of the transfer was full of miracles, rain rain raaiiinnn and also, we laughed a LOT.
Boa semana!
Sister Cox
 August 28, 2017 “Semana 4”

This week was so good. SO GOOD!

We are teaching the dad of one of our recent-converts–Jaimi. He has so many problems and difficulties–principally with drinking. He really has the desire to change but struggles a lot. We brought two members of the ward with us to teach him about the Book of Mormon and talked about how much it will help him. The two members that came with us passed through the same thing with addictions and drinking but found strength throught the Book of Mormon– And Jaimi is reading!!
Also, Juliano, our future missionary!! He came to church on Sunday!! Woo hoo!!
And the other Juliano that the other sisters were teaching was baptized on Sunday morning!! It was so special!!
Other wonderful things happened this week but time is running out! I learned a lot this week about the pure love of Christ–He never forgets His children!
Love you all!
Sister Cox
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September 4, 2017 “3 Semanas”

Helloooo

This week was a good one!–well, it was kind of strange. I got sick this week! So we lost a day of work, but I got better! I think it was the first time since my training that I´ve had to stay at home because I´ve gotten sick. But I won´t get sick again. 😉
Buuutttt Jaimi is progressing!!!! 8 days without drinking!!! We´re so happy for him! We went to church this Sunday, but he didn´t stay for sacrament meeting. He left early and we didn´t even have time to catch him before he left– there were some other investigators that decided to come to church just to see how it is. So we were talking with them to see if we could visit them to share a message another day at their houses and in the process, Jaimi left! Noooooo! But its ok…next week… But yeah, the people that came to church–Tiago came with his girlfriend and he´s also our neighbor lol So we´re gonna be going to teach him on Tuesday! And Rafael–a pastor from another church came to just see how our meetings are. He didn´t want to pass us his address to receive a message. Que pena, né?
Juliano juliano juliano. We´re trying to help him have real intent and read the Book of Mormon. But he´s started living the Word of Wisdom! So thats rad!
Also we had Zone Conference this week! And it was all about the Power of the Book of Mormon. We started walking about with the Book of Mormon in our hand to do contacts in the street and everywhere and it makes a huge huge difference! I was like, “What the heck and I´m learning to do this NOW???“ Oh my goodness the Book of Mormon is literally something magical.
I love you all!!
Tenha uma boa semana!
Sister Cox
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September 11, 2017 “2 Semanas”
This week was so crazy–it was Independence Day of Brazil on Thursday!! So, since we are in the beach área, there were tooonnnssss of people here from Curitiba and various other cities. Alllll tourists. But, it was ok! Everyone was at home because no one left town to travel because they´re already here by the beach! Blessings. But seriously–in the U.S. the Holiday is one day. 4th of July, we celebrate on the 4th of July. But here, every Holiday lasts 4 or 5 days. haha
But it was seriously so strange to see everything so crowded this week.
We taught a new investigator this week–super elect–Flora! She´s 9 years old and she was the one that found us! It was so crazy. We were walking down the street one day and she was walking home from school. She stopped us and asked “Are you the Jehova´s Witnesses?“ And we were like “No, we´re the Mormons! Have you heard of the Mormons?“ and she was like “Yes! I learned about them at school!“ Umm….school? Ok. We got her address and said we would pass by to visit her (um, dangerous. the 9 year old passed her address to total stangers. good thing we´re representatives of Jesus Christ.) We went to visit and her grandma didn´t want to let us in– she was like “Don´t waste your time here–I´m already Catholic and I´m not going to be changing my religion any time soon.“ But Flora was standing right there dying of excitment because we had actually showed up at her house–and she started begging her grandma to let us in. We told her our message talks about Jesus Christ and how we can grow closer to him. In the end she let us in and the Lord totally softened her heart. She let Flora come to church with us and  Rossana–Flora´s grandma–even called us the next day saying that she´s acutally not Catholic and she wants to start going to church with us!! What?! #milagressãoreais
Also, we didn´t get an opportunity to teach Jaimi much this week– because he was selling Churros on the beach all week long–but at the end of the day one day, we went to see him and buy churros! He´s been reading the Book of Mormon and still hasn´t been drinking! This week, now that the Holiday weekend is over, he will be at home–so we can keep teaching him and help him accept a baptism date!
Boa semana pra vcs!
Sister Cox
September 17, 2017  “Semana 1”
No Email….
So I will write something here.
It is a privilege to be called to carry God’s message. The person who is asked to carry a treasure with them and deliver it in countless ways and at a moments notice sometimes with great sacrifice and hardship to themselves is automatically yoked with our Savior, Jesus Christ.
“Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.” Doctrine and Covenants 123:17
I love you Sister Emma Cox. Thank you for your service to your earthly and heavenly family.
Mom
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Transfer 8

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OK! So I will take some time to write a group email.

This week was crazy good–we are preparing 4 people to be baptized! Some of them might take more time, but others are SET!
IdêMarie–she´s gonna be baptized this week! And actually, it won´t count as our mission´s baptism. It´s the ward´s baptism. But, Marie is 8 years old and her family was less-active until now. They´ve decided to come back to church! So the bishop asked us to help prepare her and teach her to be baptized. She´s such a sweetheart. I´ve loved teaching her!
Mauro–so he´s kind of strange… On the way back from a district meeting, I started talking to him on the bus and gave him a Book of Mormon. We agreed to listen to our message and we got his address. But when we went to his house, he lives alone, so we couldn´t enter his house. So we taught him outside. And he even read the Book of Mormon and accepted a baptism date and went to church the next day (last suday)!! So elect right?? Except that…he kind of has a crush on the American sister. GAH. So lame. So when we followed up with him this last week, my new companion totally ROASTED him with our purpose and why we´re here and who we are, etc and we taught him about baptism and the plan of salvation and what it means to be baptised. So he got a little toasted. He didn´t go to church yesterday…but we´ll be following up with him this week!
Lucas and Isabelle– 20 and 17 couple. They´re crazy–like, parties and dancing crazy. But Lucas accepted a baptismal date! But then Satan invited him to a party saturday night and so the next day, they didn´t go to church.
But its all good! We´re finding lots of awesome investigators and working hard doing our best.
Also I talked to an old guy in the grocery store about the gospel and ended up being invited to a party to dance with him…and then go to his house… and it was very strange….crazy elderly brazilian men…
But the church is true and I love you all!
Boa semana!
Sister Cox
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July 17, 2017 “Semana de Milagres!”

Soooo if I were to write down eeevvveerrryyytthhiinnngggg that happened this week, you would all die. Or maybe not die, but it would rock your socks off (I don´t think that´s even a real expression, but you get the picture)

First, let be talk about Isabelle–she´s 17 and so cute and she has accepted to be baptized on August 5th! Her life isn´t the easiest and when we taught her the first time, she opened up a lot to us. As we have been teaching her, I´ve loved testifying that she has a Father in Heaven who loves and cares about her. And that as we follow His son, Jesus Christ being baptized by one who has the proper authority, we are able to feel of His infinite love and peace. We can be new people and she can have an eternal family someday. We got to go to church with her and acompany her in Young Womens–it was so good! It was all about covenants and baptism! haha She liked it a lot!
Also, we went to find new people to teach one day felt to knock doors on a particular street–but not just start with any house, but walk allllll the way to the eeeeennnnndddd of the street. So we followed the Spirit and knocked on the last door. And this lady answered and it was one of those people that are like “I´m going to answer the door even though I don´t want to because that´s what good people do, but I already have my religion and Jesus in my life and these girls don´t really know anything that I don´t already know“ and she didn´t let us in to hear our message. So we were like “What the?? Whyyyyy?“ But then we started going back up the street knocking doors and everyone was rejecting us, BUT THEN, this guy walked out and was like, “What church are you from??“ and us, bracing ourself for one more rejection, introduced ourselves and asked to share a message and he accepted! We entered and he was like “Oh wait, my wife is on her way“ So we waited and when she arrived, she brought news that her good friend had just passed away–and there we were, ready to share about the Plan of Salvation! It was so cool! There were 5 people there to listen and accepted another visist to learn more about the restored gospel. It was a miracle!
And later that day, we went to teach our investigator, Márcio, who is athiest. We got to share with him about faith and taught from Alma 32. And the spirit was so simple and sweet as we testified of how we can grow our faith in Christ and how it will help us change our lives and overcome challenges. When we read in Alma, he was like “Wow, its like literally me!“
So this week was full of faith growing and miracles! Way cool! That´s all I have time for, but I love you all!
Boa semana!
Sister Cox
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July 24, 2017
The closer I get to coming home, the more I love the mission and the more joy I feel. Its gonna be really rough having to leave this place. Especially this ward! This ward is so crazy–but I loooovvveeee thhiiiissss aarrreeeaaaa!!! I feel so much joy here! And sharing the gospel! And we have progressing investigators!
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July 31, 2017 “Tá difícil–tô sendo mordida até o pó”

So this week was a good one–it was kinda slow, but it was good.

  Highlights:
– Our athiest investigator prayed that his water would turn on soon and right after he said amen, the water turned on #faithbomb!
-We got stuck at an investigators house for three hours because she was preaching to us about how   “`Sunday` “ is a day made by MEN—Domingo foi feito por Satanás!  `Sunday´ was made by SATAN.“ and how the world is coming to an end. We tried explaing the Lord´s day and about the restoration–but it didn´t really work out… it was crazy.
-There was an almost state-wide black out and it was really crazy–because it was night time and walking in the street at night and its a black out and theres wilderness everywhere–lets just say, I was super excited  “Woo hoo! Only on the mission!“ and my companion was dying of fear. But it worked out. We lived 🙂 haha
-We marked a baptism date with Marilene! She´s already sharing the gospel with everyone she knows! She´s awesome! We´re going to be trying to teach her about the word of wisdom this week–it will be great!
-I´ve had alergic reactions to bug bites this week. FUNNNN.
The Church is true! The Book of Mormon is true! The Gospel is true and its really good news!
Love you all!
Boa semana!
Sister Cox
ps. no pictures still because the computers at the internet cafe aren´t too great. :,(
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August 7, 2017

Thiiisss week was a week of little miracles–there are some weeks that we find lots of new people, they progress, they go to church, they want to be baptized,etc!! And those weeks are so rad.

But this week was a week of little miracles.
-Our investigators with baptism date started avoiding us, but we got to teach his cousin about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon.
-Another investigator is moving away, but they will be moving to Paranaguá, and its the Elders´area there, and so they will be able to help Washinton a lot more. Also, they will have more time to go to church! Until now, they haven´t made it to church because they´re super busy with their other church–but now they will be able to go!
-Zone Conference!
-On the bus on our way back from the conference, I sat next to a man and about 20 minutes into the drive and noticed he was crying. I started talking to him and his wife is in the hospital and he´s super worried he´s going to lose her. They´ve been married 37 years. I got to tell him about the atonement and the plan of salvation and the temple–how he can have an eternal family. He doesn´t live in our area, but he gave us his address so the missionaries can contact him!
We´ve been emphasizing a lot in our lessons about the Book of Mormon–its the keystone of our religion and contains a fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! It is what makes us different! Its more of God´s word revealed for our days! It really responds the questions of our souls. I love the Book of Mormon and what it teaches us about Jesus Christ and the miracles He works in our lives.
READ the Book of Mormon. Its the best book on earth! and the most correct!
I love you all!
Last week of the transfer! Next week there are going to be some changes around here–so maybe it´ll be a little crazy haha
Send me emails people! I love mission advice and I love to hear about your lives!!
Boa semana!
Sister Cox
photos:
-Maitê, the cousin of one of our investigators drew princesses on our hands…haha
-our washing machine broke a few weeks ago and my companion and I intulated a new washing machine. #whoneedsmen
-Minha companheira linda de São Paulo!

Transfer 7

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May 23, 2017 “Tchau Curitiba! Hola praia!”

Olá da praia de Matinhos!

So this week I was transfered from the city to the beach! I´m so pumped its rediculous! The transfer I was really nooot expecting, at all. Sister Miranda and I were only together for 5 weeks! Não é suficiente! Mas tudo bem.
But this week we were working to help Benedita accept a baptismal date. She´s literally so cute–she´s a small, plump little lady who lives alone and loves loves children. She doesn´t know how to read, so all of her grandkids and daughters and in-laws that go to check on her almost daily read to her. And she´s been having them read the Book of Mormon to her. She knows that the Book of Mormon is true and believes that Joseph Smith was a prophet, but doesn´t feel that God will let her accept to be baptized because of her past. We´ve been trying to help her understand that repentance is real, but so is forgiveness. She made some good progress this week and really felt God´s love for her and her family. Since she doesn´t know how to read, we have been teaching one day, reading with her another day, so that her testimony of the Book of Mormon can be strengthened along with helping her along with keeping other commitments. She´s wonderful! Sister Miranda will take good care of her!
Also Eddy, our friend from Haiti, is firme forte to be baptised on the 3rd of June! He´s having a really hard time finding a job and learning the language, but I know that if he keeps enduring just a little longer, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost will help him to learn the language. The Lord will bless him for his obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We received the transfer Sunday night at 11 o´clock and allllll day Monday we were in the process of transfering! It was crazy! I was with Sister Kehr (americana) and we took a taxi from the mission office to the bus station. There we met up with my new companion, Sister Santos (from Acre, Brazil–northern brazil!) and Sister Kehr´s companion, Sister Gomes. We arrived a little bit late–me, Sister Kehr and Sister Gomes bought our tickets, but then there weren´t enough seats on the bus for Sister Santos (that´s kind of rediculous because the buses are huge) and so I had to buy another ticket for another bus for later. And so Sister Kehr and Sister Gomes left us without a cell phone and we showed up later. We arrived really late and there was no one at the bus station to pick us up, so we had to call the assistents from a pay phone at the bus station so that they could call someone in the area to come get us. We finally got to our house, but there is only enough beds and tables and things for 2 sisters. So last night we pushed the 2 matresses together and all slept on the floor. It was very interesting. Needless to say, didn´t sleep much. But it was fun!
Today we got more beds and everything is waiting at our house to be put together! We live three blocks away from the BEEAACCHHH and we are super excited now to do our morning excercises and start working in this area! I´ve heard that the people here are super receptive!! Whoo hoo!!
Boa semana pra vocês! Vamos ter batismo logo logo!!
Sister Cox
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Packing up! Boxes withith boxes!
Sister Miranda! Looovveee herrr!! So sad we only had 5 weeks together!
On the way to our new area–its soooo beautiful! 3 hours out of the city Curitiba!

 

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–

We were looking for an address of a referal we received from the other pair of Sisters. In the process of looking for this address, went down the same street 4 times. And every time we walked down the street, we passed by a house and every time we passed by the house, Sister Santos would look over at the window of the house, and see the people inside talking and doing their thing. (Also it was raining and it was night time). The fourth time we passed by the house, we stopped in the front and I was looking at the map trying to find the street. Meanwhile, Sister Santos stopped right in front of the window where the people were talking and was kind of just day-dreaming there. But then we noticed that the people in the house had noticed her and were pointing out the window at the strange woman in the street. Then sister Santos says “Do they think I´m a lost soul or something…? Ok, then I´ll act like lost soul“ (All while I was trying to read the map in the dark and totally not paying attention to what was happening) So Sister Santos acted like a lost soul from a horror movie, looking straight into the window of the house, using a broken umbrella in the rain, at night, with a really freaky lost alma facial expression. Then there was a woman sitting with her back to the window and she turned around to see Sister Santos through the window and literally let out a scream! Right at this moment I figured out where we were supposed to go and started walking and Sister Santos also—it wasn´t until after Sister Santos explained what had happened that I understood why the woman screamed. I totally died laughing! These poor people…
But anyyywaaayysss—this week was lots of getting to know the area and the members and fixing the mess that was our house. But yesterday we got to see all the members and have ward coucil and we went out to teach with a member–we visted her friend, Rose. The members here are sooo good! And really, missionary work here is alive and moving forward because of the members! They share the gospel with their friends and love those that come to church for the first time and are genuinly concerned for these people! It´s wonderful and I can´t wait to see miracles happen here!
Boa semana!
Sister Cox

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June 5, 2017

We found some families with lots of potencial and I made cookies for my companions!

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This is the other apartment in front of our house and also the city Matinhos fits between these gorgeous hills and the beach.

 

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June 12, 2017 “Summing up!”

So I don´t have much time, but this week was a good one! Some key events:

-We went running on the beach one morning for our morning excercise and the next two days we were totally dead haha but it was worth it!
-One day it was super hot in the morning and so we left our umbrellas at home–but later, it was night time and got really cold and starting raining. And we had planned to knock doors–so we starting knocking and the first door we knocked on a lady answered and let us in. She doesn´t have a religion because she´s been waiting for someone who can answer her questions about where we go after this life, and about what happens to our families–We explained the Plan of Salvation and really wants to go to church with us! It was a miracle!
-We passed by a drugged-up man in the street totally fighting with someone—but there was no one there…That happens kind of a lot…
-The other companionship of sisters are going to have a baptism this coming week! Woohoo!
-I found out that our totally elect haitian investigator, Eddy, was baptised last Saturday!! Woo hoo! I was so happy for him!
-We got lost one night and had to walk by the beach for 40 minutes one night to get home–I think its probably the best way we could have gotten lost haha
This next week we will be having our Zone Conference! Its gonna be awesome!
That´s all folks! Love you all!
Boa semana!
Sister Cox
ps. I am literally the worst at taking pictures…Sister Kehr has all the pictures we took from this week. But next time I´ll send more!
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June 19, 2017 “So short”
Weeelll I have almost 0 time again but here´s the rundown of this week!:

-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!!

Boa semana!

Sister Cox

June 26, 2017 “Just call me Sister Pants”
Thiiisss week was interesting.

But it was good! On Monday we went to Curitiba because my companion had a dentist appointment. And since it takes 3 hours bus ride from Matinhos to Curitiba, we sent emails from there–but the only lanhouse(internet cafe) there close to the bus terminal is in the mall. Soooo we went to the mall. And I got permission to go into the mall to buy…drum roll…PANTS! Social pants. And I used those babies alllll week. ITS THE BEST. Because here in Matinhos, there is lots of water. And with water comes mesquitos. And with mesquitos comes Dengue fever. And the past few weeks, I´ve been getting a lot of mesquito bites. Solution: pants! Its the best. I feel very revolutionary.
Also, we had divisions this week! So we woke up early and went running on the beach and it was glorious. Also we took a few pictures… 🙂
We have a lot of fantastic investigators really searching for the truth! We are teaching a young family and they are wonderful–the only problem is that its super hard to find them alll at home to teach them, especially the father. The hardest thing is helping them to come to church! Its so so hard!! But with Christ, we can do anything!
Overall I have been learning a lot about patience and charity. And faith. But also I realized this week how much I love being a missionary! Its wonderful!
That´s all I have time for!
I love you all!
Boa semana!
Sister Cox

 

July 3, 2017 “Transfers”

I only have 2 minutes left–I don´t think I´ll be able to send a group email!

We marked a date with an investigator! Transfers! New companion! 12 weeks!
Love you bye!
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Transfer 6

March 20, 2017 “Compartilhar O Evangelho Restaurado!”

Olá gente!
This week was so good–we had Zone Conference and learned about how we can share the message of easter with everyone! We started using the vídeo “Graças a Ele“ when we go knocking doors and people are so much more receptive when they hear that we would like to share a vídeo about Jesus Christ and easter. It gets us in the door and gives us an opportunity to mark a day to come back and share about the Restoration. Its so good! I love Easter! We found some amazing new investigators this way!
We also found a new investigator, Irene. Irene was an ex-investigator that had a baptismal date but the date fell-through and we don´t even know why–but she accepted to be baptized April 8th! She came with us to a Ward activity and we even got some more referrals from the members!
Its getting colder!! Its so crazy! Sorry this email is a little…little.
Have a wonderful week!
Sister Cox
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March 27, 2017 “Batismo de Ouro!”
This week we were a part of the great journey of Marcelo toward eternal life! After 2 years of receiving the missionaries he was baptized and received the Holy Ghost! It was one of the sweetest experiences I´ve had yet on the mission and an experience I will never forget! He has had so many trials with mental problems and medicines that don´t work and so many things and he has been searching for a way of relief. He believed that baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost would help him find relief–and he was baptised. Marcelo is so timid and serious–and when he showed up to his baptism, he was very serious. But when he came up out of the water, he was smiling and as he conversed with all the brothers and sisters that came to his baptism (that weren´t very many), he was laughing de verdade! And when he received the Holy Ghost, he was absolutely filled with light! Such a big change in less than a full day and it was a miracle and the greatest joy to see!
But I know that its not just the missionaries that can feel the joy of helping someone come unto Christ–its any member of the true church! And Elder Oaks and Christ have shown us how! In three simple steps, you can share the gospel with the Lord´s elect–
Elder Oaks taught last general conference in his talk “Share the Restored Gospel“ 3 ways to start sharing the Gospel:
1. Pray to have the desire to share the Gospel.
2. Keep the commandments.
3.Pray to have inspiration about what we should do in our individual circumstances to share the gospel–pray with real intent, or with the commitment to act on the answer you receive. “As we demonstrate faith, opportunities will come without any obligated or forced answer. They will flow as a natural result of our love for our brothers and sisters.“
Elder Oaks also taught 7 ways to not only share the Gospel, but share the Gospel effectively:
 
1. Testify of the effect the Gospel has in your life.
2.Invite others to learn about Jesus Christ and His Gospel, not just to learn about the church.
3. Serve our neighbors and friends with love and empathy.
4. Don´t limit ourselves to only our circle of friends. Here on the mission I´ve learned so much that I literally to know anyone–but when there´s someone prepared to hear the Gospel from you, it´s as if you´ve known them forever, and they´ve known you forever too. This was the case of my dear friend Luciana. And she was introduced to the church at Pizza Hut from the mission president from the mission that covers the northern part of Curitiba–from someone she didn´t even know. But she was prepared! There are people prepared for you too!
5.Leaders and teachers (whether president of the beehives or elders quorum) can set apart one sunday planned especially for those who are being introduced to the Gospel.
6. All of us know many who´s lives would improve by the Restored Gospel. Are we reaching out to them?
7. Social media. LETS GO YOUTH!
I love you all and challenge you all to share the gospel using the tools and testimony that the Lord has given each one of us! Vamos lá!
Boa Semana!
Sister Cox
ps. this was a rough translation from Elder Oak´s talk that I read in portuguese so its probably a good idea to go read the actual talk in english haha
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April 3, 2017 “Graças damos, ó Deus, por um profeta”
Hello!
This week was quite interesting–Sister Martínez and I have been running into a lot of crazy people…and some of them, multiple times. We talk to them and try to share a little bit about the restored gospel but most of the time, they start trying to sell us something. Like yesterday, we were talking to a guy and when we invited him to church he was like “You know, I work at this pizza place and we´re having a sale–its X$ for 2 pizzas!“ But last week, there was a man that came up to us in the street and was like, “Hey, you got my contact information and I´ve been waiting for a visit!“ So we marked a day to go visit him and what do you know—We found a family! He has a wife and two kids! Something we weren´t really expecting based on his appearance. Just goes to show that no matter what, don´t judge a book by its cover! Everyone is a child of God. We are going to be following up with them this week!
Irene is going to be baptized this week! She´s reading two chapters of the Book of Mormon every day and is so good. She´s really quiet and doesn´t interact with a whole lot of people, but she´s very in tune with the Spirit–every time she reads the Book of Mormon, she feels good inside and she feels peace. And she´s living the Word of Wisdom so easily! I know its because the Lord really does prepare people to receive the Gospel and He loves His daughter, Irene.
Marcelo is so good too! He was baptized this last week and me and my companion can really see a difference in his countenance–its so wonderful! He has a light that he didn´t have before, even though he was going to church every week and reading the Book of Mormon. Being baptized and receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost really does change people! Baptism helps us to be reborn and the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost fills us with light! Its so special to see that change in people, even when they still have challenges to overcome. Marcelo and his family, because of their experience at his baptism, are super motivated to be obedient to all the commandments and council from living prophets. I know that remembering their spiritual experiences will help them through hard times!
We got to watch General Conference live at our Stake Center–it was so good! I received a lot of answers to a lot of questions and doubts–I know that Heavenly Father answers our fasting and prayers. Maybe its not in our time, but if we keep asking and have real intent and faith in His, an answer always comes. I love President Monson and know he´s a prophet of God! Jesus Christ is our Savior and our Prince of Peace.
Boa semana! Amo vocês!
Sister Cox
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This week was cold and also I made tortillas! 🙂
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April 10, 2017 “I have no time – Part 1 and 2”

We went to invite an investigator to Irene´s baptism and he gave us peices of fried fish..it was interesting…

Irene´s baptism!! Whoot woot!
We ate hamburger and hot dog at a member´s consession stand across the street from the church 🙂

 

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

This week I learned a little bit about the role we play in helping others feel the Spirit, and more importantly, the role Jesus Christ plays in helping others feel the Spirit.
Sister Martínez and I had been teaching the Plan of Salvation in a way that we weren´t really teaching the Atonement in an effective way. We were in a lesson with our investigator Danielle, and we taught the whole Plan of Salvation and we got to the end and I realized I hadn´t really talked about Christ´s role–that´s a huge no no!! The Spirit testified the same thing to Sister Martínez–we hadn´t talked or testified of Christ! What?? Who does that?? So we decided to study together about the Atonement of Jesus Christ in the Plan of Salvation–it was a wonderful experience. I learned (or, more like re-learned) of physical death, spiritual death, and trials. That seriously, our life without Christ is nothing but darkness and trials and death. Its awful. Super duper horrifically awful. That only through Christ, we will be resurrected. And through the gospel of Christ (faith, repentance, baptism, gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end) we overcome spiritual death. And throught he atonement, we can have peace and comfort. And only then, we can have joy.
After studying more, we had another opportunity to teach the Plan of Salvation to a very elect family, João and Maria and their son Iuri. And this time, we explained and taught Christ´s role in our lives clearly and simply. As we ended the lesson, the Spirit was so sweet and so clear. Testifying of Christ brings the Spirit of revelation.
Really. Because as we ended and prayed, the family offered us food. But we have been told by our leaders that when we accept food after a lesson, it drives the Spirit away. So we denied the food. But then the Spirit told us to accept the food. It was very strange. We even left the house not accepting the food. But Sister Martínez and I felt so strongly we needed to go back and accept the food. It was so strange, but we repented for not listening to the first prompting and went back. They were really happy! I don´t know why the Spirit would tell us to stay and eat food at an investigator´s house. Sometimes the Spirit tells us to do things we don´t understand. But I do know that I felt so much peace as we followed the prompting. I don´t know what difference it made to João and Maria and their progress in accepting the Gospel, but I do know that it made a difference in my progress in learing to recognize and follow the Spirit and the peace that it brought to me and we follwed the Spirit.
I love studying about the Gospel and what difference it makes in our lives–and actually, and more importantly the difference that Christ makes in our lives. And being able to see it work day after day. We have infinite chances to start over and in the end, everything that is unfair in this life will be made fair through the atonement.
I don´t have pictures because this internet café doesn´t let us upload pictures.
But I´m so grateful for easter and for second chances!
This transfer Sister Martínez was transferred to Campo Comprido and I stayed here in Acordes. My new companion is Sister Miranda from Argentina!
Love you all!
Boa semana!
Sister Cox
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April 24, 2017 “Nossa lei é trabalhar, trabalhar!”

This week we worked até o pó da terra! It was so good!

We did a lot of following up and finding this week–we followed up with some couples and families that are having difficulties coming to church. Everyone sleeps or travels on weekends. Gah. Tá bom.
Yesterday we were at church and a young man showed up that we had never met–his name is Eddie! He´s from Haiti and he came to investigate the church all by himself. He´s very receptive and we marked an appointment to meet with him this week–he´s been in brazil for a year already, but we will be teaching with Madeleine. Madeleine will help us teach because she is from Haiti and is a recent convert in the ward. She´s so good! She teaches so clearly and knows the doctrine of the Gospel.
We also followed up with Emerson and Ewellen–they didn´t come to church because they thought we were going to call them to confirm going to church. But they accepted to be baptized! They´re not married yet, so we gotta help them get married so they can be baptized. And this next week we will be following up with them and help them come to church on Sunday!
I love you all!
Boa semana!
Sister Cox
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May 1, 2017 “Chamados a Servir”
This week was absolutely crazy—but that´s normal! And it was good!

This week we went to the center of the city two times because my companion had to fix her visa and documents to preach the Gospel legally here in Brazil. It was an adventure, because the day we had to go to the federal police department, the city buses weren´t functioning because everyone was on strike (there´s a law that the government here is trying to enforce about retirment age and everyone is super mad about it), so we had to wait a long time for taxis to come get us to get to the center and to get back home. It took a looonnggg time….but it was good! There were 12 missionaries in our group–mainly Americans to renew visa. I already renewed mine, so I was just there with my companion to tag along.
We also had a Mission Tour this week! Elder Aidukairis from the seventy came to do a training with us. It was very good–alllll of us called to repentance in many things like planning, studying, teaching. Everything–but we learned and thank goodness that we can repent. I learned lots about that part of the doctrine of Christ this week. Repentance is when we change and improve. We have to feel guilty at the beginning, but that´s like the batery of the car that will ignite the engine. After that, as we take the sacrament and ask the Lord for help, the Spirit and power of the Atonement becomes our fuel. And then we can start moving forward and progressing. And we are changing things and trying our best to help this area progress!
This week we had a ward missionary activity where the members went out to distribute pass-along cards. Me and my companion split up and I went with one of the Irmãs in the ward. We had our map and I asked her “Ok–here´s our map and the streets that we can follow. Let´s follow the Spirit and see which street calls our attention.“ She pointed to the same street that called my attention too and we went to start knocking doors and talk to people in the street. We got addresses from 6 people–and the majority of these people had met a member named Nina. I had never met Nina but the Irmã that was with me said that she had met Nina. Nina was a member of the Acordes Ward years ago–her story is way cool. She met the missionaries and said “I accept your visits but I will never be baptized into your church.“ But she took the lessons and was baptized and was an incredible member missionary until she passed away about 10 years ago– These people that we talked to, when we asked “Have you ever heard of the Mormons?“ they remembered immediately their friend Nina that invited them over to watch a church film or participate in a FHE, etc. They all remembered Nina! After 10 years of her not even being here on earth. But it just goes to show that really, the seed was planted and now the seed has grown and in the next few weeks, the fruit may be collected! Never be afraid to be a member missionary!
Love you all!
Boa semana!
Sister Cox
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May 8, 2017 “È Verdade!”
Olá! So this week we had loads of people to teach and are working towards baptism with a few—but my favorite part of this week was when we taught Eddy and Neudes!

Eddy is from Haiti and is reading the Book of Mormon in Criole! This week we followed up with him and it was wonderful– its literally the best thing ever. I think the best things on the mission is the conversation about the Book of Mormon and the prophet Joseph Smith: when you ask them “Did you read the Book of Mormon and pray?“ and they say “Yes.“ Internally you get excited and a little anxious and then you ask “How was it?“ and they say “It was good. Really good“ You ask “How did you feel?“ and they say “I felt good. I felt peace and confort and I felt like a burden was taken off my shoulders“ And in this moment you start jumping up and down inside knowing the Heavenly Father keeps his promises and that the Spirit had answered their prayer! And then you can ask “Do you believe the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that Joseph Smith was a prophet?“ And when they say “Yes“ ITS THE BEST THING EVER. Obviously, that´s not the end. But its a great great beginning. With Eddy, that´s how the conversation went! Even though me and my companion teach and converse with him in Portuguese and English and todas as coisas, the Spirit is there to help! And Eddy accepted to be baptised! 03 of June!
I love the Book of Mormon and know that its the word of God and I know that this is the only true church. I´m super inperfect in teaching and explaining that to people–but I hope that they can understand. The Gospel is just too good to deny!
Also, Mother´s Day! Mothers are amazing and don´t forget to tell your mother you love her!
Boa semana pra tudos vocês!
Sister Cox
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One more pair of shoes down! Whoo hoo! And I ran into some members from my first area! They´re so cute!
May 15, 2017 “Não falo criolo…”
I don´t have too much time to write but this week was a pretty good one!

We have been teaching Eddy and he´s progressing well! He is really seeking the truth and is trying really hard to do his best to follow Christ and to progress in the language (he´s still learning Portuguese) and everything. He went to church on Sunday and is firme forte to be baptized on the 3rd of June!
This week we had to cut a lot of people from our teaching pool because they weren´t progressing. People here are so nice and receive us really well–but keeping up with commitments is a toughy. It was kind of a bummer, but this week we´re determined to find the Lord´s elect and help them come to know of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Boa semana pra vocês! Até mais!
Sister Cox
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Transfer 5 – A Whole Hand

January 23, 2017

“Zoo Transfers!”

Hello everyone!

So this week I have no time because I´m being transfered! After 6 months in Campo Comprido, I will be transfered to Acordes– mission President took the Elders out and is putting in Sisters–so me and another Sister will be the first sisters to work there!
Also, I´m 20! It was super fun to have a birthday here! Some members did a suprise party and later that week our district did a party for another sister and me haha We ate lots of cheese bread and cake!
Lots of baptisms to come in this area–Campo Comprido! I´m kind of sad that I won´t be here to see them but it will all be awesome!
Love you all!
Boa semana!
Sister Cox
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January 30, 2017
“Muro.”

Oi gente! Tudo bem?

Week #1 in Ala Acordes! I´m here with my cute new companion, Sister Martínez from México! Its really hilarious when we do contacts in the street because everyone asks us about the wall that President Trump is going to build between the U.S. and México haha
We started off this week cleaning up the mess the elders left behind haha. The first thing my companion said when we entered the house was “Ewww…man smell!“ But after we got things all organized, we hit the pavement with our pass-along cards and trusty map trying to find investigators, recent converts, less actives and members. We talked to allloootttt of people trying to find street names, people, etc and we did a lot of walking and knocking. I felt like those elders in the missionary remix of “Hello“. It was great.
Our bishop is great and our ward mission leader. Our area is mega huge, but we´re excited to find all the people the Lord has prepared for us here!
I love you all! Boa semana!
Sister Cox
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-the wall #lettherivalrybegin #jk #unitedbybrazil #andthegospelofjesuschrist
-my companion introduced me to a new thing—hot spice and mango…? it was very exciting to try and not too bad!
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February 6, 2017
“Cachorro Quente (Hot Dog!)”

So–some quick highlights from this week because I don´t have too much time:

-We picked up a less-active family to walk to church together and a stray dog followed us alllllll the way to church (it took an hour to walk there) and then WAITED for church to end and walked with us allllll the way back. Silly thing.
-Our daily schedule changed and that doesn´t mean much to you people but it means a lot a lot to us! Our study time was cut and we can decide how we want to rearrange our schedule based on the needs of the area. It took some adjusting but we´re really excited! The Lord is putting A LOT more trust in His missionaries and excelerating His work. We have a lot more prositying time!
-I learned a lot this week about patience with myself and with others–without patience, we can´t teach by the Spirit.
I don´t have time and this week was a little dry (….lacking in baptisms…) but we´re super excited to find the Lord´s elect this week!
Love you all! Boa semana!
Sister Cox
ps. no pictures because this internet is a little fishy if ya know what I mean ;P
February 13, 2017
“Milagres!”

This week was so hard but I´m discovering that the hardest weeks are the ones that I learn the most from.

This week we went to the center of Curitiba to renew my visa and it was way rad. I don´t have much to say about it. But I really liked it! It was weird to be with a few other americans for the purpose of doing american things…haha
We saw a few miracles this week– one of them is that we showed up at our investigator´s house, Luciane, at just the right moment. She was having a hard time because she is unemployed and can´t go out to find a job because she has two little boys. She was feeling so awful and we got to tell her about how if we always seek the spiritual things first, all others will fall into place. We got to testify of the peace and comfort we feel as we read and ponder the Book of Mormon and pray to Heavenly Father about what we´re going through and how we can feel our prayers answered when we go to church. It was a lesson truly led by the Spirit because me and my companion were totally on the same page with the scriptures we shared and what we were saying. She agreed to come with us to church!
The sad part–we went to pick her up and she was sleeping. Gah. Tá bom. So we went to church. And then something really crazy happened! In the middle of sacrament meeting a random guy walked in and me and Sister Martínez recognized him. We had talked to the guy in the street the day before– actually I was talking to this guy and he wasn´t hearing me very well and he was kinda strange and so I was like “Here crazy man, here´s an invitation and the address to the church.“ Because we usually leave an invitation to go to church when the person seems a little fishy (like…using drugs strange…) But he went to church! And like it a lot! So later we went to visit him and share about the Restauration…And it was a very interesting lesson because he´s half deaf and doesn´t know how to read…So just imagine cute Sister Martínez and her cute voice and the guy isn´t understanding anything. OK, so Sister Cox takes over. Now imagine Sister Cox practically yelling the first vision. Yep…it was interesting. But the guy wants to be baptized so what´re ya gonna do??
This week I learned that our progress as missionaries and as people can´t be measured by our calling or leadership position. And in all truthfulness, our progress can´t be measured at all. Because our real personal progress comes as we learn to love others and desire for their salvation. Its something that happens on the inside and that can´t be compared to other people. And it´s what brings us the most peace and joy. Above all the commandments that Christ gave and gives today, He has taught that above allllllll of them, the greatest commandment is to love Him and then to love His children. And so with this theme of LOVE, Happy Valentines Day!
Boa semana!!
Sister Cox
ps. I found mac and cheese at the grocery store today and i was so happy.
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Subway with my Mexican and we made tacos and cookies at a family night our second week here!
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February 20, 2017
“Quente quente quente”

Hello!

So this week was really crazy and good! We found lots of new people and are getting the hang of things. This week we finally got our ward mission leader called and set apart–so that will help a ton!
Valdemar is still going strong. Little by little. We have to teach him part by part because if we tried to teach him like any investigator, he wouldn´t catch it all because he doesn´t hear well. But he´s so funny–one day he bought us a 2L bottle of Coke, but we can´t drink coke. So he drank it all himself. The next time, he bought us a 2L bottle of orange Fanta. But we weren´t able to drink it all. So he drank the majority. The next time he bought us a normal bottle of orange Fanta–and we were fasting… Oh it was so bad… Poor guy drinking alllll this soda and he´s diabetic. So the next few days, he wasn´t able to walk properly. Oh it was so sad. But he still likes us and is praying to know that our message is true. We have lots of hopes for him!
This week was super hot. And there was one day this week literally allllll of our appointments fell through. All of our appointments and alternative plans and the alternative plans to our alternative plans. It was very sad. And there was no one in the street because it was so hot outside. It was an interesting day.
But this week, overall, was really good. We went to a lunch appointment one day and found an american guy from California that speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Tagolog (because he said all his girlfriends were from the Philipines haha) We marked a day to go visit him and teach! Our mission President is going to go with us too because he´s from California. Its gonna be awesome!
That´s all for now! Ficam firme, forte!
Boa semana!
Sister Cox
 P.S. We had a super “ratatoullie“ moment the other day when it started to rain really hard and really suddenly (typical Curitiba) and we were walking in the street and there was a huge gross rat swimming up the gutter—oohhhhh it was so grooooosssss……

 

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….:)

The temple is so wonderful and everything´s just dandy.
Boa semana!
Sister Cox

 

March 6, 2017 “No Subject” 🙂

This week was an adventure (what week isn´t??)

Last monday we didn´t have P-day because our Zone went to the temple! It was probably the greatest thing of my life. The temple is such a beautiful, wonderful place. Sometimes its so hard to see past all of the things people say to you in the street–good things and bad things–about the philosophies of the world and all of this confusion. But the temple always reminds me that the Church is true, really we have to have a more eternal perspective that any other person so that we can testify of eternal truths to other people–and they can feel of the same eternal love and peace and comfort that we feel in the temple. It´s literally heaven on earth.
Also this week we had divisions (me and another sister trade places for a day). And in the process of the division (it was crazy) I lost my bag (actually…another companionship of sisters lost my bag) and it was a great adventure to try and find it. But it worked out. We found it in the bishopric office haha.
Almost all of our investigators fell through this week…so that was kind of sad…But we´re excited to come up with new ideas to find new people and the Lord´s elect!
I don´t have much more time but I love you all and hope everyone has a good week!
Boa semana! Amo vocês!!
Sister Cox
pictures: after the temple with Sister de Jesus (literally greatest name ever haha) We lost my bag during divisions….
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March 13, 2017 “The Lord Accepts Dandelions”
Hello!

One more week in Acordes! This week was quite the adventure–my companion has been having problems with her knees and so this week we walked real slow and went to get to an MRI. Poor Sister Martínez. But she´s doing better! And we got to take advantage of being close to the mission office, and picked up my box! It arrived! Woo hoo! I loved the Peter Rabbit and everything and all the skirts–Literally, me and Sister Martínez were so excited! New skirts are like gold out here haha
Also, we´re living in a house that used to have 4 sisters, but now its just me and Sister Martínez—so the Elders from the mission office came and took all the extra stuff (beds, tables and chairs)..it was very strange to have elders in our house, even if it was only for a half-hour. And they inspected the house to see if it was in good condition and they looked and our oven and were like “Does this work?“ And it didn´t. And they were like “Well we have a new one. Do you want it?“ So we got a new oven/stove! So that was cool. Now we have a giant box to play with and a new oven!
This week we have been trying really hard to find new people… This area is really difficult as far as finding goes–and when you find people, helping them progress is hard too. But Jorge is so awesome! He´s practically Mormon already. Seriously. The only problem is that his fiancé doesn´t want to change her religion. And Jorge is so “peace and love“ he doesn´t want contention with his future wife. So he´s resisting being baptized. But he KNOWS it´s true and he wants so badly the blessings that come from temple marriage and eternal families. He´s trying to convince Dulce to believe too. He´s just too good.
This week I was feeling so sad because we have various investigators that know the Gospel is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet and the Book of Mórmon is true–but they still don´t want to progress. I just don´t understand and sometimes its so frustrating! And then you´ve got everyone watching you and you have to try and be perfect and at the end of the day you just think,“Será que o Senhor aceitou o que eu tinha que oferecer hoje?“ “Could it be that the Lord accepted what I had to offer today?“ Even though its not a lot? But President Cuvilier said something I liked. He said that we are all God´s children. And when a little child brings us a dandylion, are we going to say to them “Um, what is this weed doing here? You don´t have anything better?“ Of course not! If a little child brings us a dandylion and says “I picked this for you!“, it means so much! It has so much value! And that´s how the Lord feels about us–when we feel like we have only dandylions to offer instead of roses, we can feel ok about it! That´s the miracle of the Atonement! We don´t have to be perfect in this life. Just give it our best. And if our best is a dandylion, tá ótimo!
Love you all!
Boa semana!
Sister Cox

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Transfer Three and Four

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October 31, 2016 “Dia das Bruxas”

Hola!

So, transfers are out and I have good news and bad news–
The good news is that I will be staying here in Campo Cumprido in the shadow of the temple! Woo hoo! And more good news, Mariana is getting baptized this Saturday! We´re really excited for her! She´s such a sweet heart!
The bad news is that Sister Costa will be transfered to another area :,,( I´m super nervos to stay in this area and have a new companion–I have to know the bus routes and how to get to peoples´ houses and how to give directions and its so crazy. But it will work out. Right now we are still making the transition and so we are in trio–woo hoo! Its a party! But tomorrow we will go pick up my companion at the mission office and Sister Costa and Sister Mendoza will go to their area and me and my companion will come back to Campo Comprido. I´ve never met or talked to my new companion Sister Cordato, but I´m excited to meet her and learn even more! This coming week is gonna be busy!
But this past week was really awesome! We marked a date with Mariana and we are preparing her to be baptised this coming Saturday! Also, we had a Mission Tour! Elder Costa, the Area Seventy of Brazil came to give a conference. It was sooo inspired and sooo cool. The first time I heard him speak was while I was still in the CTM, and I didn´t understand anything because, hello, Portuguese. But 6 months later he came to our mission and the conference was amazing! I understood allll oooffff iiitttt!!! Benchmarks! On our way back to our area I realized that I actually understood and was like, “Wait….what? I speak Portuguese! Cool!“ Sister Costa was laughing at me for that.
Also, I got to meet Elder Costa! I was talking to Sister Cuvilier after the conference and he came up and asked “`Where are you from?“ Me: “Arizona“ Elder Costa: “Which part?“ Me: “Gilbert“ Elder Costa: “Aw. There is a very beautiful temple there, right?“ Me: `´Yes!“ Elder Costa: “Do you know who dedicated the land to build that temple?“ Me (thinking): “Oh man I should know this but I don´t…“ Elder Costa: “ME!“
It was so cool!
Later one of the assistants to the President came up to me and my companion and said to me “Sister Cox, after lunch you are going to be interviewed by Elder Costa“ The first thing I thought was “Oh no…what did I do?“ But it was all good! Mission president had selected a few missionaries to be interviewed by Elder Costa previously 🙂 It was really simple and brief but it was so good. One of the things that I loved (I loved all of it but I don´t have time to write everything he said!) was a promise he gave– He said to talk to children. One of my greatest weaknesses is talking and conversing with people (And that weakness is kind of awful when you´re a missionary haha) But Elder Costa gave the promise that if you can talk and converse with a child, you will be able to talk and converse with anyone and you will be happy because you will have love and you will have friendship. This is a rough translation–its more beautiful in Portuguese. But as I´ve tried to apply this promise just the last few days, I´ve noticed a dramatic difference in my level of confidence and level of happiness and level of love I feel for the people here.
I know that Heavenly Father speaks through our liders and His servants. When they speak, the words are from our Lord and Savior. As we follow the prophets, we are following Christ and Heavenly Father and the promises they give are real.
Amo vocês! Boa semana and Happy Halloween!
Sister Cox
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November 7, 2016 “BATISMO!”
Ok ok so this week was crazy! We had transfers and I have a new companion! Her name is Sister Cordato! She´s from São Paulo and she reminds we a lot a lot of Challis! She is really diligent and I´m really excited to be her companion!
Highlight of this week: BATISMO!!!! Mariana got baptised this week!! It was such a special experience and I´m so grateful I got to be a part of it. The baptismal service was really kind of funny because it was very much not what I´ve experieced but the ordinance and the covenant are the same and they are so powerful.
I don´t have much time left but I´m so happy that Mariana could be baptized. I loved seeing Irmão Flavio baptize her. It really was so special and I know that baptism by the correct authority really is the only way we can enter the kingdom of God and have heavenly peace and joy during our life here on earth.
Boa semana! Love you all!
November 14, 2016 “Olá gente! Tudo bem?!”

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.

Espero tudos vocês tem um boa semana! Amo vocês!
Sister Cox
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November 21, 2016

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!

Also, our testimonies of the law of the fast were stregthened this week– We received 4 referrals this week and these people are SO elect and prepared, only to find that they actually don´t live in our area and we can´t teach them (we passed them on the the missionaries that CAN teach them). So Sister Cordato declared “That´s it! I´m thirsty for justice! We are going to fast to find the elect in OUR area!“ So we did– and this Sunday, the members in our ward brought SO  many of their friends so church! We had forgotten that this Sunday was the Primary Program–and so there were so many people that came to watch and listen. It was so special and so sweet. Children have so much innocence and are provided with such a huge portion of the Spirit–to the point that they even help with missionary work! We had 12 people in sacrament meeting that aren´t baptized (YET)!! One of which cried through all three hours of church because she was feeling the Spirit so strong and she just felt so good. Her name is Sonha and she´s another elect! 🙂 Temos MUITO trabalho para fazer graças ao espirito das crianças! Que bênção!!
It was such a good start to a LOT of work to be done because we are determined to have a WHITE CHRISTMAS and baptize one of the Lord´s elect on December 24th or 25th. With so much help from the members and leaders and, of course, the Lord, the future looks pretty promising!
I´m so excited for Christmas here in Brazil! And since Thanksgiving doesn´t exist here, we can start putting up Christmas decorations way earlier! #foreignmissionperks
But since Thanksgiving DOES exist in other parts of the world, here are some things I´m super mega grateful for:
-That the gift of tongues is real. Halleluia. Because without it I would probably be dead.
-My super awesome family (including mom, extra moms, sister, extra sisters, brothers, extra brothers, etc *wink*wink)
-Claro, o Evangelho de Cristo.
-TODAS AS OUTRAS COISAS QUE EU NÃO TENHO TEMPO PARA ESCREVER
Happy Thanksgiving! Feliz Natal (que esta vindo rapido demais!)
Amo vocês com todo meu coração!
Sister Cox

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November 28, 2016 “#Seja a Luz do Mundo”

We saw so many miracles this week I don´t even know where to start!

Laune is so ready to be baptized its rediculous. The first day we taught her she had already read the Book of Mormon until Alma 42!!! She´s so so excited! I love teaching her and being her friend! She calls me hot-sauce because its summer here and I´m always red haha. Tudo bem. Also we found a lovely new investigator Regina! She is so spiritual and reads the Bible every day, but she stopped going to her other church because she uses a wheelchair and nobody was willing to pick her up and take her to church. One of the Irmãos in our ward went to pick her up this Sunday and she even brought some of her nephews. William is 10 and at the end of church he asked us “Can I come back every week?“ Yes, sir. We´re excited to follow up with them this coming week! We´ve been working a lot with the members and have been receiving referrals left and right and allll over the place! We even received a phone call from Rio Grande do Sul from a girl saying that her boyfriend lives in Campo Comprido and he wants to be baptized! What??? People—that doesn´t happen. We´ll see just how far that one goes! Temos fé!
Also, we had divições (divisions) this week on Thanksgiving! Going into the divisão I was super anxious because hello two americans together is quite a sight here in Brazil. But it worked out! We even found new people to teach! And at the end of the day, me and Sister Pattee celebrated Thanksgiving after the manner of Charlie Brown with a dinner consisting of toast and popcorn 😀 T´was amazing.
Really, so much happened this week that I have no idea how to tell it all. But Something I really loved is that I´m so happy to be a missionary! I love the Christmas message we get to share with everyone about being the light of the world! It´s truly so powerful and wonderful to think about how we can truly be like Christ. Sister Cordato and I felt so much of His love this week and saw the Lord´s hand so many times. Remember that we can truly be the light of the world and share the light with everyone you know!
I love being missionary and the Church and the Gospel is surely true! Brasil é a melhor lugar no mundo! Amo tudos vocês! Boa semana e Feliz Natal!!
Sister Cox
pictures:
-Thanksgiving!
-Missão Brasil Curitiba Sul version of “Happy Thanksgiving Charlie Brown“
-Sister Cordato and I make food em casa
-#trio

December 5, 2016 “It´s gonna be a WHITE CHRISTMAS!”

Hellooooo!

This week was slower as far as how many people we found and taught but rich in miracles! The highlight: We marked a baptismal date with Regina and her neice and nephews (Bruna 18, Victor 13, William 10) for December 25th! They are so humble and have such a hard life, but they love learning about the Gospel. Really the Church of Jesus Christ is perfect and Heavenly Father thought of everthing when He organized it. We also contacted some referrals and they too are so elect! They have some problems with work, family, etc and so we think it will take a little longer to get them to church, but we are excited to teach them! This week we will also be preparing Luane to be baptized and confirmed this coming Saturday and Sunday. She´s so cute and so excited! We love her and can´t wait to see her be baptized and literally start a whole new life as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ.
Every week I´m more and more amazed at how inspired our leaders are, how perfect the Gospel is, and how perfect Jesus Christ is. Just this morning, my companion and I were talking about how wonderful and amazing and incomprehensible it is that Christ is literally PERFECT (and I realized also that seriously what a blessing it is to be on the mission– almost the only place where it isn´t weird to have a full-out conversation about Jesus haha)
But really, the church is true and Heavenly Father has a perfect plan for each one of us.
Amo vocês! Boa semana e Feliz Natal!!
Sister Cox
ps. no pictures because….i didn´t take any this week…but my companion did and I will send those next week!
December 12, 2016 “We taught a millionaire this week!”

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.

Amo vocês!

Sister Cox

December 19, 2016 “Feliz Natal!”

6 dias até Natal!!!

This week was interesting (como sempre)–we talked to a lot of people in the street trying to share the “Be the Light of the World“ message and pass-
along cards and encountered some interesting people– one told us “Oh don´t worry! I´m a prophet, I already know who Jesus is!“ Another guy told us that Santa Clause is a demon of Satan. And another lady stopped and looked at the card, then looked around and called to a construction guy working near by and said (rough translation) “Oi, you, hansome man! Come here and read this for me because I can´t read it!“ when he came over she gave him the pass-along card and walked away. Awkward…
Also, we had a baptism in our ward! It was such a sweet experience! It wasn´t nessassarily OUR baptism because Carla is 8 years old, and she´s the daughter of a recent-convert, Yvener, and one of our “eternal investigators“, Edwine..But it was the cutest thing of all time to watch  Yvener, baptize for the first time! We are working with Edwine (mother of the family) to be baptized. But its really hard because they are Haitian and Edwine doesn´t like Portuguese…she speaks French and Creole… But it will work out!
Also, we are working with our investigator, Regina, to be baptized December 25th! Buuut, we discovered that she has problems with coffee and guess what?! Satan is oh so very tricky– Because Regina uses a wheel chair and is super humble. So we figured “Oh good, it will be hard for the adversary to get to her because she can´t really do a lot by herself. And so WE can help her and she will have good influences!“ And guess what the adversary decided to do?! Give her a computer with internet! And she´s a very inteligent person and so she´s going to invesigate all that she can about the church–but the internet can be a very horrid place. So we´re preparing for some new challenges. But Regina is truly one of the Lord´s elect. She reads the Book of Mormon and wants to pay her tithing and she likes going to church! She even fasted on Fast Sunday without us knowing and she received a testimony of fasting all on her own! We´re praying a lot that our “Data de Fé“ can really happen and she can be baptized on Christmas day 🙂
But this week, I learned a lot about patience. There are a lot of children in Regina´s house and sometimes it´s really hard to teach her because the kids are being absolutely insane. Like, seriously. Sister Cordato and I almost lost it. But we prayed and studied a lot about how we could have more patience so that Regina could feel the Spirit. And it helped me a lot to think of how Christ feels about little children. And how He loves them “with a perfect love“. And thinking about that love has helped me a lot with having patience with everyone. Because all of us are children in the Lord´s eyes and He loves us “with a perfect love“. Which is charity, and “charity never faileth.“
I love you all!! Feliz Natal para vocês!!
Sister Cox
pictures:
-Carla´s baptism!
-Super ward missionary Giovanna taking a selfie!
-We sometimes find slugs in our house lol

December 26, 2016 “White Christmas”

Feliz Natal para tudo mundo!

This week was so crazy. I don´t even know where to start…There´s also so much stuff that I wanted to say during the Christmas skype call that I didn´t get to say! 1 hr passes so fast!
Wellll, we worked a lot a lot a lot with Regina this week to help her prepare to be baptized–we called her everyday to help her not drink coffee, we went to the temple, taught the last of the lessons, and she had her interview! It has been quite the journey–I feel like we´ve been working with Regina for so long but its only been a few weeks. But this week we saw so much progress. Since she stopped drinking coffee we have been able to see (literally see! its incredible!) her testimony growing, and her spiritual comprehension increase. Without knowing, she practically bore her testimony to us, sharing her thoughts and feelings about the true Church of Jesus Christ. When we took her to the temple, it was such a sweet experience. I love the undeniable, peaceful Spirit we can feel when we are near the House of the Lord. On Christmas Eve, Regina passed her interview with flying colors! And the next morning she got baptized! It was an experience I will never forget…for many many reasons…one of them being that I was really stressing out because she uses a wheelchair and baptizing someone that uses a wheelchair isn´t really that easy…Just think about it…
On Christmas Eve we had dinner with our ward mission leader´s family at a fancy little rented out reception place…I don´t even know how to explain it. But it was so fun! I love the members here in Campo Comprido!
We also had some really interesting adventures. Like, on Christmas day, I accidentally locked myself in the bathroom of a member and we had to use lots of tools to take the lock off the door (it got very stuck…) It was kind of hilarious. Also I was sweating like nobody´s business because it was really hot on Christmas and the member´s house had a roof of tin… It was a memorable experience.
We also had Christmas Conference this week and it was so good. There was a talent show and lots of food (physical and spiritual)
I loved talking to my lovely family and it was so fun! I love and miss you all! I think the hardest part was trying to remember English…It was interesting…haha
Feliz Natal e Novo Ano para vocês!
Sister Cox

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.

Happy New Year! Love you all!
Sister Cox

January 9, 2017 “Batismo!”

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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…

We also started teaching Mateus (Matthew)! Mateus is 19 years old and he found the church through his “friend“ (because they´re a little more than friends now haha), Raquel (Rachel). Raquel is a young woman in the ward– He said he really noticed something different about her and wanted to find out why that was. Well, my friend, welcome to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! We had such a special lesson with him and Raquel. Mateus shared how when he prayed about Joseph Smith he really felt this was the right path for him. Raquel shared her testimony and it was such a sweet experience. I think my testimony was really strengthened in repect to how the examples of the young women in the church really to have an impact on peoples´ lives. We marked a date with Mateus to be baptised at the end of this month!
Also we had a Family Home Evening with Yvener and his family! We´re trying to help his wife progress towards baptism– it´s kind of inevitable that she will be baptised because with Yvener´s level of conversion– its just rediculous. He reads the Book of Mormon and church manuals and Liahona allllllll thhheeeee tiiimmmeeee. Edwine just needs to be baptised already and she knows it too.
Also, this week I was really hungry during personal study and so I warmed up some beans and rice that one of the Irmãs gave us. And when my companion noticed she was like “OK, wait–are you eating beans and rice for breakfast??? An American is eating beans and rice for breakfast. Can I take a picture??“ Oh it was so funny. She says I´m more Brazilian that she is! Haha not true!
Hope you all have a wonderful week!
Sister Cox

 

January 16, 2017 “Happy Birthday Beautiful Emma”

Transfer Two

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September 26, 2016 “Palavrão”

Hola!

So…this week the ultimate Portuguese blunder: I said a cuss word in Portuguese! I was trying to say “The cookies are in the kitchen“…and it came out wrong…so that was cool…now I know not to say the word “kitchen“ wrong!
I don´t have a lot of time to explain everything that happens during the week but here are some of the highlights:
-This week we had a ward activity about the Plan of Salvation and the Iron Rod. It was crazy. But it was good! One of our less-actives brought a whole bunch of investigators and so it was really fun!
-We´re teaching a family of Haitians! The dad of the family is a recent-convert and he´s super strong and converted. He goes to church every sunday and loves learning about the Gospel. He brings his 8-year-old daughter, Carla to church every week! Yvener and Carla speak Portuguese, but Edwine, his cute cute wife, isn´t baptised because when another set of sisters were teaching her, she could only speak French and Creole and so the sisters stopped teaching her. But now we´ve started teaching her and Guito, Yvener´s brother! Edwine understands most everything now in Portuguese. But Guito just barely arrived in Brazil two weeks ago, and he doesn´t speak any Portuguese. We were in a lesson teaching them and Sister Costa was speaking in Portuguese– my heart was just tearing because you can see in their eyes when they understand the language. And Guito was totally lost. And I´ve been through that! It was so sad! It was so sad to see and know exactly was Guito was feeling and this total lack of understanding and to feel like an alien creature that no one understands and he doesn´t understand anyone either. I think we all feel that way in some form or another at times–that no one understands us and/or we don´t understand them. And so I tried something else–I spoke to him in English! And his eyes just lit up and he smiled so big and he understood and he spoke to me too! And I got so excited to see him realize that someone understood him and he could understand someone else. And thinking about it, it just reminded me again that we all have moments, big and small, where we feel totally depressed and sad and that no one understands. But we have a Savior who understands us perfectly and He communicates with us perfectly. And when that understanding comes, that beautiful Haitian smile breaks through and we smile with our eyes too. And it just made me think again how the Atonement is to make us happy. And Jesus Christ made that possible.
Amo tudo vocês! Boa semana! Smile this week knowing that you always have a Savior who will undertand!
Love, Sister Cox
photos:
-our Tree of Life at the ward activity
-Sister Costa having a blast
-Lucas Harry Potter was the photographer at our activity. This kid is always wearing some kind of Harry Potter clothing, so everyone calls him Lucas Harry Potter haha
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October 3, 2016 “Conferêcia!”
This week was full of Conference!! We had a Zone Conference and then we had General Conference!

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!

Sister Cox

pictures:

-walking through a park to get to the Lanhouse (internet cafe) today!

-signature tree of Curitiba

-the street we live on

-tapioca with banana

October 10, 2016 “Esperança”

I have no time left!

This week was a good one! My companion had a birthday (she´s 20 now!), we had a Zone activity, and this coming week I´ll have 6 months on the mission already!
This area is super difficult. We´ll have an investigator that starts progressing and then moves away (happened twice already), our recent converts know everything about the Gospel but don´t live any of it, and our less-actives and even re-activated less actives have problems with health, work, etc. and even members of the ward who have been members of the church for years are falling away. But this sunday we were talking to the Bishop in our ward about these things. And he talked about how really, truly, these are the last days. And, the Curitiba Temple is in our area. So, OF COURSE Satan is working the hardest he can. I received an email this week that I loved: “… if the Church wasn’t true, Satan wouldn’t work so hard to oppose it.  The fact that there is opposition to the Church is evidence of the fact that the Church is true.  Satan would not waste his time and effort fighting against something that is false.  His efforts are laser focused on opposing and leading people away from truth.  So, when we encounter opposition from the adversary in our efforts to live and share the gospel, we can have increased confidence that we are actually doing what God wants us to do and that we are on His errand.“
Satan is working but we have to work harder.
I literally have no time. I love you all!
Sister Cox!
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October 19, 2016 “Milagres”

Ok.

So this week was full of adventures! We had a Zone Activity last p-day that was really exciting.
This week we went to teach a lesson as our last appointment of the day–and we got out of the lesson feeling pretty discouraged…and THEN, Curitiba happened and it started POURING. And we didn´t bring an umbrella…So at first we were like, You´ve got to be kidding me. But then we were like WOOO MISSION MEMORIES!! We arrived home literally drenched but it was fun! Good times!
On sunday we saw a lot of miracles! We had two investigators, Edeline and Julia come to church and two recent converts that had said earlier in the week that they wouldn´t come to church! They came! Woot woot! One of them has a son that was baptized the same time she was. And she´s been sending him to church but she never comes herself. And her son has been getting really sad because he loves his mom so much and wants her to come to church. And so this sunday we went to her house after going to pick up our investigators. We got a ride for our investigators and then went to Maria´s house– she was suprised when we showed up but we were like “COME ON MARIA LETS GO TO CHURCH!“ She had just woken up when we got there and so we helped her get ready and we got to church just in time for sacrament meeting– and when she walked in, her son, John Bryan, turned around and the look on his face was so priceless! He was so happy and got up and went to sit with his mom. It was such a sweet experience!
That´s all I have time for and I wish I could write more and organize my thoughts better every week. But just one last thing, we went to the temple today and it was such a wonderful thing. I love sitting in the Celestial Room–I was thinking about how so many people just don´t have any idea. There are some things you just can´t put into words and how I feel when I´m at the temple is one of them. Its like you´re in direct contact with Heaven. And the temple is the only place we can feel that.
I´m so grateful for the temple and for the Gospel and I love you all!
Boa semana!
Sister Cox

 

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!

 

 

This week we helped one of our recent-converts move houses and it was super fun! She´s 78 years old and she has cloths and shoes até o pó! She also knits cool hats and so we wore hats while we helped clean and organize her new house. It was so so good. I love service and I love Angela ❤
Also, we are teaching a nine-year old girl named Mariana. She lives with a million of her cousins and family and she wants to be baptized! She is so sweet and so cute! We are really excited for her and to see her progress. She´s already been to church and she has a cousin and a friend that have already been baptised helping her a lot. She says she has really received an answer. We are really excited for her 🙂
Also this week we have been really anxious because next week is Zoo Transfers. Sister Costa has been in this area a really long time and so she will probably be transfered and I will stay here. I´m kind of freaking out. But it will all work out 🙂
Something I learned this week is that service is the best thing ever. I loved helping Angela with her house. I don´t know exactly how to explain it but service is something that makes you feel so happy inside and my testimony was strengthened a lot that when we serve, our love increases for that person and your love increases for the Lord and for those you serve with.
I love you all! Boa semana!
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Service with Angela

Training Done Transfer One

8/8/2016 “Scraped knees, mold, and zoo transfers :)”

Another week in Brazil!

So…at the beginning of this week we were walking to the bus stop to go to a district meeting. And the bus started coming up the street and we weren´t at the bus stop yet. So we were scared we were gonna miss it. So we started running. And…I totally biffed it lol so two bleeding knees later we´re on the bus and made it to our district meeting on time haha. So this week I was working around bruised knees. It was an adventure haha 🙂 Tudo bem!
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Also this week we cleaned our walls because S. Calevoso kept getting sick from the mold all over the place. It was so fun! Not the S. Calevoso getting sick part. That was sad 😦
 It was like…repentance. It was really gross and black and when we cleaned it up, it smelled REALLY bad. But afterwards, the wall was white and our house felt so clean and nice. haha #humidity #mofoatéópó (mold like nobody´s business) The funny thing is that we´ve been in that house for 12 weeks and just barely cleaned it up–don´t procrastinate the day of your repentance. Also, I haven´t gotten sick yet (except one day when I first arrived in Gralha Azul) so that´s always a good thing haha bênçãos.
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We went to the temple to help our recent converts do baptisms for the dead–all the missionaries in our zone do that every transfer. And since our recent convert didn´t get in to an interview on time, we just helped with other missionaries´ recent converts. 🙂 But the temple is so pretty! We got there earlier than last time and so the sun was still out when we arrived there. You guys, Curitiba is beautiful. And then you just add a temple to the picture and its pretty much the Celestial Kingdom. I can´t wait to actually do a session there!! Hopefully sometime this transfer!
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Mas então! This weekend was transferências! And I´ve been transferred to Campo Cumprido to be companions with Sister Costa (the sister I worked with for divisions!)!! Wooo hooo! We´re both super excited! Transfers are still going on so we´re in a trio right now! Sister Angulo is from México and Sister Costa is from Brazil and they are HILARIOUS. Oh my goodness its so much fun. I love them! Its going to be so sad when Sister Angulo´s companion arrives and we´re not in a trio anymore 😦 But its ok! Its been so fun! And I´ll still have Sister Costa and so it will be rad! She´s so super warm and fun and loving. Its gonna be great!
But yes…That was this week. This week I learned a lot about how we can have so much peace and so much happiness when we are obedient and honest. Honest with ourselves, honest with others and with our Heavenly Father. There´s no other way to gain the same divine peace than through being honest and having integrity 🙂
I love you all! Boa semana! 🙂
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8/15/2016 “Costa and Cox”

First week in Campo Cumprido was probably the greatest thing of my life.

My companion is literally the greatest. She likes to eat food. We get along really well.
So yes. Transfers left us and our house and everything in kind of a mess– and the Sister that was there before me has a heart problem and so the work in this area has been kind of inconsistent. So this week we did lots of cleaning and organizing at home, lots of contacting, and lots of teaching. And it was so great! We had a lot of ups and downs–like how we had an investigator at church but the rest of the day the streets were full of drunk people and Brazilian thug music because yesterday was Dia dos Pais (Brazilian Father´s Day). But that´s just mission life I guess haha 🙂 Tudo bem!
But yeah let me tell you about our investigators! Rubia and Caio– a mom and her son! Rubia is so sweet and Caio is so cool! He´s 15 and is obsessed with the United States and Adrianna Grande (or some celebrity with a name like that…I don´t know!) But he´s super receptive and intelligent and listens and remembers everything we teach. We marked a date with him for 27 August woo hoo!
But yeah–wanna hear my Portuguese blunders from this week? We were making a teaching record for Caio. And the first time I tried writing his name on the teaching record, I wrote “Kyle“ because “Caio“ is pronounced like “Kyle`´ with a Brazilian accent. But then Sister Costa is like, “Um..no that´s wrong.`´ And so I tried again and wrote “Caeo“ because the letter “i“ here is pronounced like we pronounce the letter “e“ and sister Costa was spelling the name for me… but I guess my handwriting is really weird because when she looked she thought I had written “Caco“ which is Portuguese for “poop“ She read it and just DIED lauging and I´m like What?? and she´s just like “CACO!!! HAHAHAHA!!“ It was hilarious hahaha
But yes. We had some good laughs this week. And also I learned more about love. And how sometimes we´re afraid to love someone completely because we know we aren´t going to be here forever–for me, I was thinking of how I´m in love with this area and these people and that´s going to make it really hard to leave. But we were reading a scripture in Corinthians with a less-active this week about charity–and how charity is the pure love of Christ. We know that Christ loves each one of us more than we could ever comprehend. But we also know that He suffered more than we could ever comprehend. And we also know that “charity suffereth long“. And so when we love, we are becoming like Christ. And since Christ already suffered, we don´t have to suffer loss when we love someone. We can love completely without that fear of suffering because we can turn to Him and He will take that suffering away. All He wants us to do is LOVE and enjoy it and be happy 🙂 I don´t even know if that makes any sense…it makes sense in my head haha
If you see my brother Adam this week SING HIM HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Its his birthday on the 19th!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADAM!! 12 YEARS OF AGE ROCKS!!!!!
I love you all! Boa semana para vocês!
Sister Cox
pictures:
Sister Costa and Sister Cox–our last names are the names of different bones in the body (in Portugues) Costas= backbones and Cox (the pronunciation) = tailbone haha we´re really cool
Also, I ate this really awesome exotic fruit this week!
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August 22, 2016 “When life gives you oranges…that are actually lemons…?”

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…

Anyways. So here in Brazil, the lemons are orange…so when I went to the really awesome fruit market last week and bought oranges…they were really lemons… haha tudo bem! #whenlifegivesyouoranges? ANNNDDD, when you ask “Is this an orange?“ no one will give you the same answer because they respond “No, thats a alskdhgo“ “No, thats a çlejrp´tu“ “No, thats a erpotuwqe“. You guys, an orange is an orange. These Curitibanos…
But this week was way good! Caio is progressing…Well, another funny story. So, we had marked a baptismal date for this coming Saturday, but it fell through because Caio didn´t come to church Sunday (that was a little complicated because we had Stake Conference). So we went to visit him last night and remarked a date with him for not this coming Saturday but the next one– and he asked “What time Saturday?“ and we said “7pm“ and then HE says “Oh…well…I don´t think that will work out because I have church 7pm Saturdays.“ My companion and I were like, Uhh….Ok, we obviously missed something here. We kind of panicked there for a second but cleared things up…hopefully…haha I´ll let you guys know in the week to come… OH and then we ended our message and Caio was like “Hey, say the prayer in English“ and I was like, “Oh…um…ok“ and I COULDN`T DO IT. I literally couldn´t remember the words—I´ve been praying in Portuguese since the CTM. Every single prayer. And when you´re a missionary, thats kind of a lot of prayers…. It was crazy. I couldn´t believe it. AH! Maybe I´ll get the hang of Portuguese after all haha 😛
So, at Stake Conference, one of our less-actives and one of our recent-converts received the Melquesideque Priesthood (how do you spell it in English? is it the same…?) and we were so happy and so excited for them! It was such a happy moment.
This week I was kind of amazed at the amount of love I feel for these people. My companion, Caio, Rubia, our little pool of investigators, our district and zone leaders, our President. I love them so much all I want to do is serve them–
This week was SUPER wet and SUPER cold and so Sister Costa got sick and we had to stay home one day because of the rain and cold. And S. Costa felt so bad that I had to stay inside all day when I wasn´t sick at all (I don´t know how that keeps happening…) But it was totally good with me because I got to serve Sister Costa and make her soup and ginger milk with honey (hot milk with ginger and honey–I learned it does great things for sore throat) and hot chocolate and juice. I loved serving her!
I love serving people here in Brazil and all our crazy adventures and learning this language and being a missionary!
I love you all! Boa semana!
Sister Cox
picture: my orange lemon
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August 29, 2016 “Blusas, Brigas, e Brincos”

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!

We had divisions again this week! I went to another area to be companions with Sister Pattee for the day. A few funny things about this situation: I only have 4 months here in Curitiba, Sister Pattee is American with only 3 weeks in Curitiba, I didn´t know her area and we´re both Americans still learning how to be missionaries and how to speak Portuguese… Annnddd we knew eachother before the mission! We were in the same YSA ward at BYU and she lived in the apartment right below mine! haha It was really crazy. But yeah..we went to go visit a part-member family. When we got there, the mom had just left but they let us in… but the girls in the family were totally in the middle of an argument and then the little brothers joined and then the mom came back and joined in too. One person would leave, one would go after them, we would hear some screaming and yelling, they would come back, they would start yelling at eachother in front of us. And the whole time they´re all talking really fast and so I´m barely understanding what´s going on and poor Sister Pattee too…yeah…it was an adventure. I returned to Campo Cumprido and Sister Costa with a whole new appreciation and love for everyone and everything.#brigas #lessonlearned
But hey, on the other end of the spectrum, this weekend was really great! One of our recent converts is engaged to one of our other recent converts! Haha the funny thing is that Angela is 68 and Valdimo is 58. Moral of the story? ITS NEVER TOO LATE! You can´t put an age on love! Haha
And at church on Sunday Sister Costa´s grandma showed up! It was a really exciting, strange moment…? We called President and everything´s alright haha Her grandma gave us a bunch of stuff too–she´s so cute! I love these Brazilian grandma´s! They´re literally the greatest!
And wowza–so yesterday we were contacting in the street and we tried to talk to this rapaz (young man) but he signed that he couldn´t hear and just avoided us. This is the second time this has happened–encountering a deaf person in the street. And both times I´ve been so shocked that they´re deaf that my Portuguese totally slips and I say out loud “They can´t hear!“ haha But Sister Costa says that that´s so strange that in her 6 months on the mission she has only ever ran into deaf people with ME. AND DURP I totally haven´t taken advantage of it!! I don´t know how similar Portuguese sign language is to American sign language But yeah–I JUST realized yesterday that UM DUH TRY AND SIGN WITH THESE PEOPLE haha so next time I´ll do better haha
But this week I realized (re-realized) how grateful I am for the sacrament. We were explaining the importance of the sacrament to our 15 year old investigator this week. And we used the analogy that not taking the sacrament is like not taking a shower. Your body needs to be cleansed and renewed or else, like Caio informed us, you will get a rash in places you never want a rash. And so we need the sacrament to cleansed and renew our spirits. I know that baptism, the sacrament and repentance is the only way we can have that renewal to our spirits. The Sacrament is an incredible blessing to all of us!
I love you all! Boa semana para vocês!
Sister Cox
pictures: matching sweatshirts, divisions with Sister Pattee, earrings that Sister Costa´s mom sent us 🙂

 

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?

Mas, tudo bem! This week we taught a lot more lessons and we found a new investigator named Darci! He (yes, he) is super duper sweet and accepted a baptismal date the first lesson! He has had a little contact with the church because he transports trees and landscaping–and he was the one who trasported the trees to the Curitiba temple! And he had already had some contact with other Evangelist churches but he said he never felt anything and was never interested and never let missionaries (Jehova´s Witnesses or others) past his gate. But the other day when we were knocking doors on his street we saw him sitting on his front porch and I waved to him. A couple days later we knocked/clapped at his gate and he let us in. And in the middle of the lesson he asked “What are you doing that´s making me feel this way?“ BOOM– Its called the Spirit wanna get baptized? Haha he´s pretty much golden and we´re super excited to work with him this week 🙂 We´re still teaching Caio but he hasn´t come to church since the first week we were teaching him so his baptismal date keeps falling through 😦 But we have faith he will get baptized eventually!
Also, we started teaching an English class this week as a way to get referals! It was the greatest thing of my life. Everyone here knows a little English but its kind of funny because most of the time its totally wrong or its something they´ve heard from songs by Adel or Bioncé. Fazer o que neh? haha
I´m super grateful to be here in Campo Cumprido! The members here are so wonderful and I´m starting to realize just how fun and crazy and wonderful Brazilians are haha Its the best! Heavenly Father has definitely blessed me with the best of everything here! Its still really hard but I love it!
Love you all! Boa semana!
Sister Cox
photos:
English class and Caio! Also we figured out that “Caio“ in English is “Kyle“ so I was right the first time! He really likes Arianna Grande…this kid haha

 

September 12, 2016 “Cookies Demais?”

This week…

This week was interesting…Just to give you an idea, one of our less-actives has a son that got sent to prison, our super awesome investigator has an ex-brother-in-law (how does that even work?) who is a pastor of another church that was visiting and so our investigator didn´t want to visit with us this week, lots of our recent converts don´t want to go to church aannnddd me and Sister Costa were eating cookies alllll week long…Annndd my trainer S.Calevoso finished her mission and she´s home now–and she´s dating an elder that served in Campo Cumprido the transfer before I got here…its really strange…what even is dating??
But yeah. The last couple weeks we´ve been working on knocking on doors of this one street–we´re convinced it is a blessed street. We´ve found new people to teach there and had an investigator come to church! He´s super sweet and old and we have high hopes ;P But it was kind of funny because his hearing isn´t all that great and he´s really independent…so as soon as he knew what class or what room to go to, he almost completely ignored us and just WENT. We were like, “Um. Ok cool haha“ but then church ended and he was OUT of there. We barely caught him before he left! haha So I guess we´ll see about that one haha
Also a few other highlights from this week:
-Family night with the family of our recent converts (the old couple that´s getting married soon) We shared a message about missionary work and they got really excited to share the Gospel! The dad of the family is literally Brother Jensen speaking Portuguese haha!
-Cookies até ó pó–literally I never want to eat cookies ever again.
-We found a little friend on our floor–this tiny little lizard. But I didn´t want to pick it up and Sister Costa even less so…and so I put a tupperware over him…and then forgot about him…and he might have died a little bit…poor guy…
-English class again! We had new people! One of which is a recent convert named Lucas and he is a fan of Harry Potter–to the point that he died his hair red and wears some form of Hogwarts attire every day haha
Also not this sunday, but a couple weeks ago I forgot to tell about how the Primary President called us into primary to bear our testimonies–Two elders and sister Costa and I–and when we were standing in the front, one of the little boys said “Olha! Agora tem três marrons!“ (Look! Now there are three brown people!“) and my companion was like; “Sim! E uma branca!“ (“Yeah and one white!“) Good to know no matter what country you´re in, children always have something awesome to say 🙂
I love you all and hope you all have a fantastic week!
pictures:
-my companion is really cool
-that moment when brazil doesn´t have chocolate chips and so you resort to chopping a chocolate bar
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September 12, 2016 “Estamos em Greve”

Oi gente!

Então, eu quero escrever em Português mas se faço isso, ninguém vai me-entender…infelizmente…Mas esta tudo bem!
This week was the last week of the transfer! There were a lot of changes, but the good news is that me and Sister Costa are staying together here in Campo Cumprido! But like I said, there were still a lot of changes. Before this transfer our area was split into two parts (Campo Cumprido A & Campo Cumprido B) And so me and Sister Costa worked in one half of the area/ward Campo Cumprido and a companionship of Elders worked in the other half of the area/ward. But this transfer, President took the Elders out of the area and left all of it to me and Sister Costa–so now we will be working with the whole ward/area instead of just one half. So it should be interesting… We´re a little anxious but we´re excited! We´ve got our work cut out for us haha We were so sad though! Our district was so cool! But it will all work out! New transfer, new district, new people! Woo hoo!
One of the highlights from this week was a lesson we had with a family– the dad of the family is less-active but the mom isn´t a member. They have two little kids: a 7 yr old daughter and a 2 yr old son. Their progress is pretty slow because we can only teach all of them together once a week– and its been difficult because their kids are kind of craazzzyyy and the 2 yr old José likes to throw EVERYTHING. (The lesson about the Plan of Salvation a couple weeks ago was interesting…we brought pictures…needless to say they ended up in allll kinds of places.) So THIS week I was kind of anxious about teaching them because the Spirit hadn´t really been able to testify to Luciene (the mom) because she was always stressed out about her crazy two year old. But this time we brought a member with us–André. And wowza it was so awesome. We taught them the Restoration and used a video (videos are great). The kids were totally calm the whole time and Luciene totally opened up and was so much more relaxed. The Spirit was so there! I was really grateful for that moment because it was a moment where Luciene could have a spiritual experience and really understand and feel the truthfulness of the Restoration.
This week I also learned that we have to be bold. We have the truth. And not just a peice of it, we have ALL of it. And if we aren´t bold enough to share it with conviction and clarity, the Spirit can´t testify of its truthfulness. We can´t be wishy-washy about the truth. The world is so full of wishy-washy-ness its rediculous. We can´t be like the world. We have to be bold!
Share your testimony with someone this week!
Boa semana! Amo vocês!
Sister Cox
pictures:
-I didn´t take pictures this week lol but heres a sign the mission secretary gave to us: all the banks that are closing put up a bunch of these signs on their windows. Its so not funny but it is…
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In Training

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5/30/2016 “Minha nossa! (My goodness!)”

WHOA I’M A MISSIONARY GUYS IT’S KINDA CRAZY.

ENTÃO.
EU. NÃO. FALOU. PORTUGÛES.
So the first day was reeeaaall long but it was still good. I traveled with one other Brazilian Sister and Elder Carson (from AZ) from the CTM to Curitiba and that´s when it began: ONLY PORTUGUES. I just followed whatever people were gesturing for me to do. It´s pretty much how I´ve survived this week haha…
So my first area isn´t the main city of Curitiba. In Brazil they always have a main city (Curitiba) and what they call Enteriors (<–spelling?) (smaller cities surrounding the main city).
And so I´m in Mafra! With my companion Sister Quiñones! She´s from Chile and only has 12 more weeks of the mission–which is the length of my training. Então, she´s my first companion and I´m her last! And so the first day we and two other Sisters (One from Natal(which means Christmas!) Brazil and the other from Chile as well) traveled to Mafra via onibus. The busing system here is crazy high-tech and awweessooommeee its so exciting! Anyways. We arrived at our casa and ewwww. Elders lived there before and it was so so so disgusting. We got there at about 9pm and were cleaning until 12:30 and when we woke up in the morning we cleaned some more. Oh it was gross. ELDERS. POR FAVOR. But I guess we can forgive them because they left food–even though some of it was old and smelled like canned dog food and all that. And so its the four of us Sisters here. Me and Sister Quinones cover Mafra and the other Sisters cover another area across the way called Rio Negro.
And so we´ve been contacting a lot. There´s only a small branch here–Uma Ramo. And I really don´t understand what´s going on the vast majority of the time so I just do whatever my companion does and so I don´t really know the members very well because I don´t understand what they´re saying…. but from what I can tell the members are so great! A lot of them are converts. The Presidente de Ramo and his family are wonderful. We´ve had almoço (lunch) with them a couple times–because we don´t have dinner appointments. Almoço is the biggest meal of the day and so that´s pretty much the greatest, I think. We´ve had almoço with members almost every day since we´ve arrived so that´s really fun. They have a thing for gelatin desserts…ew…but that´s ok because they also have fruit and creme as desert! Fruit for dessert guys. Its so good. AH LOVE IT.
Also we´ve been doing a lot of contacting–via clapping in front of people´s houses and having their dogs run out to the gate (everyone has a gate with a lock on it) and bark at us. And depending on the street people let us in and we teach the first lesson and etc… But yeah. My companion speaks NO english so I guess that´s a good way to learn Portugues. Also she´s pretty much the Chilean version of Mary Poppins haha I LOVE HER. And I´m learning A LOT from her because she makes me do EVERYTHING I absolutely DO NOT want to do– I don´t speak any Portugues and she makes me teach lessons and invite people to be baptised and all that stuff.She´ll be talking during a lesson and then look at me like “Ok you´d better say something because I´m not saying a word.“ Uhhh…. there have been a lot of awkward silences. She literally just sits there WAITING. AH. But its good because I hope that helps me learn faster…or I´ll just be the cause of the apostasy of every Brazilian I try to teach…There was one lesson my companion just sat there staring at me and it was so rough.The lady was super nicebut it was still so rough. And so when we finally got out to the street again I just broke down. And my companion doesn´t speak English and I don´t speak Portugues and so I could´t explain anything and she was just frustrated because I didn’t talk very much during the lesson and it was so bad. But we had to keep going because we couldn’t just stand there while I was having a break down so we went to the next house and clapped and someone came out and she made me talk to that person too. GAH. And as we continued I pulled it together but it was so rough. I was just like “Oh my goodness whyyyy do people do this mission thing??? I don´t know if I´ll ever learn the language or if I´ll end up doing any good here or if people will love me or just judge me cause I´m a spoiled american or just what even??“ But then I kept thinking and praying and I realized that that´s what faith is. Faith is NOT KNOWING what will happen or what the purpose is or if you will fail or succeed or if this is right or wrong or if people will love or hate you for what you´re doing but MOVING FORWARD ANYWAY trusting that the Atonement has made up for whatever you have done, are doing, or will do wrong. Also, I remembered the Elder from our stake who what from Tonga who was learning English. And everyone loved him not for his English, but just for who he was. And I remembered a RM Sister I met once at institute who served in Brazil who said she learned to language,but she also said there are other ways you can communicate while you´re learning Portugues. And so that brought me a lot of peace.
And so, this week I´ve been learning about faith. And also how to be positive while doing it. Its all ok and I dont have to be stressed or overwhelmed or unhappy because Christ already suffered all that. And this is HIS work, not mine. Isaiah 5:3-5
I love you all!
Sister Cox
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6/13/2016 “Morte-valdo”
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Oi tudo bem?!

Então this week was kinda crazy…
So Curitiba is really cold and wet. And it has a bad effect on the people so its hard to find investigators…é triste. But we do have this one investigator. Ohhhh man we visited her this week and it was a very interesting experience. Just a little background, Luzinete is Jehova´s witness (Everyone here in the city has their religion. Its terrible.) and she saw the Sisters walking down the street one time and told them ´´Hey! You´re the Mormons right? I want to learn more about your religion but you know I´m not going to join ok?´´ Oh. Challenge accepted.
So this is what happened: We showed up to Luzinete´s house (and a lot of houses here are really two houses behind the same gate so neighbors are really family…something like that? I don´t even know) and her neighbor had fallen. He was an old guy and so when we got there everyone was kind of in a panic because he was just laying on the ground and his arm was bleeding. Luzinete was just told us to go wait in her front room. Her neighbor was ok (I think…?) and so she came back in with her husband and was like ´´Ta bom. Pode comencar.´´ (´´Ok. You can start.´´) We do all the convites (invitations) like starting lessons with a prayer and all that but she doesn´t ever let us and she doesn´t ever want to pray or read what we invite her to read but you´ll see why in a second— So I don´t speak a whole lot of Português very well but I can understand pretty much everything. And so Sister Calevoso does a lot of the teaching. And for this particular lesson we were teaching about the Book of Mormon. And Sister Calevoso went alllll Isaiah and Bible on this lady it was craaazzyyy and you could just see Luzinete totally understood everything and you could just see in her face she felt in her mind and heart the Book of Mormon is true. And so we invited her to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. But she said (more hesitantly than usual but still) ´´Not now…maybe later´´ We think she is scared to pray because she knows that God will answer and she´s afraid He will answer ´´Yes.´´ She´s afraid of change. But she doesn´t have to be, because Christ and Heavenly Father and the Spirit will be there every step of the way. The Gospel isn´t something God has given us to weigh us down–its meant to make you life the happiest it can be. I just wish I could communicate that to her–in Portuguese… Mas, tudo bem.
So here´s the funny part. So we ended the lesson and Luzinete´s husband had just been sitting there listening the whole time–and then Sister Calevoso went to the bathroom and so I was just talking to Luzinete and her husband and her husband started saying stuff like “Where are you from? Estados Unidos! Nossa! You speak so well! Your practically Brazilian! Your hair is so beautiful! Nossa!´´ and then he started talking to S. Calevoso when she came back in and her family is from Argentina but she was born in Miami and speaks spanish, english and portuguese with NO accent and so this guy started getting really really excited and talking her to about how amazing she is and accents and nossa! And then is was just all down-hill from there– and I realized more clearly this man wasn´t actually ´´all there´´ (if ya know what I mean)– he just talked faster and faster and more excitedly and then we got up to try and leave and we went to shake his hand (this whole time he just kept talking very excitedly) and he wouldn´t let go of my hand as he was talking to Sister Calevoso and she´s trying to help us get out of there and long story short he gave us both a kiss on the cheek and a hug before we could get out. AHH we were dying laughing when we finally got out to the street IT WAS HILARIOUS WE ARE SUCH FUBECAS IT WAS CRAZY AHHH. And so, it turns out, that this man is 82 years old, his mind isn´t all there, he´s only been married to Luzinete for 3 years, and she´s his third wife…uh, what?
Brazil man…Brazil.
So yes. So also, this week was transfers and since we´re super close to the mission home, we had 4 other sisters staying with us in our little apartment and so it was definitely a party. Im staying in Curitiba with Sister Calevoso to finish training and hopefully learn more Portuguese (woot woot!)
So that´s all I´ve got for you people this week. I hope you´re all enjoying the sun because its UH. COLD down here.
Love you all!
Sister Cox
Photos:
1. Mission tour last week with Presidente Callister
2. Transfer party at our apartment

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6/20/2016 “Yur Mom”

Good news! The shift key works this week!

So I got to shake hands with Elder Holland. AH! That was THE coolest. I dont even know how to describe the experience well enough. Its Elder Holland, so naturally it was an Elder Holland talk that we got. And all of the Americans were really excited to hear him but, no joke, we thought maybe we would still have to use headphones to hear a translation from Portugues to English because we thought maybe he would receive a huge outpour of the Gift of Tongues and say everything in Portugues. And he had us going for a second when he started his talk ´Bon dia…´ then he continued ´Bem vinda. Parabens. Guarana…´and a few other words I cant remember and then he stopped and said ´thats about all I know in Portugues so I think I should just stick to English´ We were relieved! And it was amazing. He talked about how we need to be ´champion´missionaries. He related it to swimming a race– when we all start out, we start together and excited and fresh and everyone looks like a champion. But God hasnt called us to BEGIN His work. He´s called us to finish it. And so we only really know who the real champions are at the END. If at the end you´re still working hard and going strong. He said this is the key to be a champion ´Kick when you dont want to kick. And stroke when you dont want to stroke.´ Doesnt that sound just like Elder Holland?? There was a whole bunch of other amazing stuff and it was a wonderful and enriching experience. Now just to apply it…
Also. We went proselyting this week! It was our second round! The first time was during our second week or something like that and it was way rough but still a good experience. So THIS time was so much different. The purpose is to place Book of Mormons and get contacts for other missionaries in the area. So we were walking around and, trying to follow the Spírit, I initiated a conversation with this sweet old lady in a park in downtown Sao Paulo and she said her name was Beatriz. AH. First of all I had to tell her how much I loved her name because Im a fan of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit and allllll those homies. So yeah. Then we started getting to know her and teaching her a little about the gospel and she just started pouring out her heart and there were tears. From what I understood she had been having heart problems for a couple of months and she just felt so sad and so confused at everyone preaching goodwill (she had some catholic background and at first didnt want to take the Book of Mormon we were trying to give her) and yet she felt so alone and confused. And so I got to tell her about how there was a boy named Joseph Smith who felt the same way. And Im not entirely sure I was understanding her correctly or if I even said the right words cause at this point I cant really remember how we got the the end result which was SMILES, Beatriz saying over and over “Obrigada, obrigada, obrigada”, hugs, she said she was going to read the Book of Mormon and wanted to meet with our missionaries and gave us her contact information. I loved her. She was the sweetest. I hope the missionaries find her.
Also, our instructor Irmao Valente told us we were going to be here for an additional 6 weeks because there were too many missionaries arriving in the field at a time and so we were going to just go through the same material and same schedule we´ve had for the 6 weeks we´ve been here.
And I totally believed him.
And I was the ONLY ONE.
DUMMBBB.
It was totally a joke and he had other instructors in on it so I totally fell for it and I was just like ”HOW AM I GOING TO DO ANOTHER 6 WEEKS OF CTM??” OH man it was so embarrassing they totally had me going there.
AND THEN one of the Elders had to do this really really freaky GOLEM impersonation TO ME that was so scary I thought I was going to die. It was so  scary just believe me please.
Also I used a ”Yur mom” joke for the first time in 5 weeks. Someone was doing a lesson plan and said ”No way I have I way better scripture” and then it just came out I couldnt hold it back ”Your mom is a better scripture.”
It was hilarious just trust me. Ive been trying so so so hard not to use those jokes. Its ok I repented for that one I wont do it anymore. I love you mom!
Next email you get I will probably get to send pictures finally and I´ll be in CURITIBA!!
I love you all!! Have a wonderful week!
Love, Sister Cox

 

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6/27/2016 “Girias (Slangs)”

Hello my people!

I have no time but here´s a little peak at how my Português is going:
We were walking down the street knocking/clapping in front of doors and this house had a pretty yard (I´ve been trying to just practice phrases to my companion and she corrects me) and so this is how the dialogue went down–
Me: ´´Como se diz `yard`?´´
S. Calevoso: “Yard?? Sei la“
Me: “Esta terra aqui? Eu gosto desta terra aqui.“
Ohhhhhh it was hilarious you people just don´t understand we´ve been lauging about it all week long hahahaha
Sister Calevoso has been teaching me A LOT of slang and I don´t understand perfectly was everything really means and so the other day at district meeting I said ´´Ahh, que legal!´´ (English: ´´Oh cool!´´) to President Fernandes and his eyes just got really big it kind of shocked him. Oops. Haha.
But hey this week we get a new president!!! I´m sad President Fernandes and Sister Fernandes and their family will be leaving because they have really truly blessed my life, even in the short 5 weeks I´ve been here. But I´m super super excited to meet our new president! woot woot!
That´s all I´ve got for you all! I love you and hope you all have a WONDERFUL week!
Love,
Sister Cox
pictures: study area and minha companhiera

7/4/2016 “Tem que rir pra não chorar!”

 

So this week was really hard but also really great!

Here were some ´´highs´´ this week:
-I ate baked chicken and rice with bananas on top. Bananas for daaayysss guys! Its the greatest!
-People here light fireworks every night–but Sister Calevoso says that people here use kites and fireworks (not at the same time) to signal that the drugs are in #childhoodcrushed
-We got kissed on the cheek by a drunk man (more on that in a minute)
-We have an investigator with a baptismal date! Woo hoo!
-NEW PRESIDENTE Ê DO ROCHA ATÉ Ó PÓ!! He´s SO rad I can´t even handle it.
Anyways, so let me tell you a little about this drunk man and our investigator–
We were knocking/clapping doors and this cute old lady let us in and we sat down and were talking to her when her grandson, Bruno, walked in. The grandma was catholic and so wasn´t entirely interested but Bruno stayed and listened and said he would pray about Joseph Smith and all that good stuff 🙂 So then we went to follow-up real quick with Bruno and we just talked to him outside his front gate because we were on our way to another appointment–and he said he recieved an answer and he just felt so much weight lift in his heart. He´s just so good!
 BUT THEN his uncle shows up and this guy was drunk off. his. rocker. And Sister Calevoso is really good at keeping her cool–and I´m sooo not. And so he´s going on about things like ´´OH. You´re missionaries? Well, you see, I´m catholic–and I have a VERY strong belief in God..etc´´ and then things like, ´´Oi vocês estão muito lindas!´´ and compliments and that–but this guy is drunk até ó pó (the literal translation is ´´until the dust´´ but its the equivalent of the American slang ´´like nobody´s business´´). And so Bruno is just super duper sweet–and he was sooo embarrassed and this crazy uncle and S. Calevoso was just handling it so well that the whole situation was just HILARIOUS and so I was trying SO hard not to laugh–but is ok Bruno was trying not to laugh too, so no one was offended but still it was so bad.And so Bruno´s uncle eventually left but right before he just went for it and kissed S. Calevoso on the cheek and then me too and I was like `´What in the world?! AGAIN?!´´ Oh it was so bad but oh so funny…But wait, it gets better—
And so we went back to teach Bruno about the LDM (Livro de Mórmon) and S. Calevoso at the very beginning said ´´We can´t teach it today–it doesn´t feel right´´. Tudo bem. It was revelation because while we were talking to Bruno about the pamphlet his uncle shows up AGAIN even more drunk than the last time and sits down right next to Sister Calevoso and starts talking and complimenting and was like ´´What do you think of my life?? I´m a drunk, I smoke, I´m a sinner´´ And S. Calevoso responds `´Well, you have your agency and its your life`´ and o chiu do Bruno (Bruno´s uncle) responds `´Nossa. Você esta MUITO inteligente!´´ You guys—I LOST IT. I actually started laughing and was trying so hard to hold it back but I COULDN´T and Bruno was just dying too and it was a MESS. When we went to leave, we said a prayer but during the prayer the uncle took S. Calevoso´s hand and right when we went to get up he started leaning over to kiss her on the cheek and she´s like ´´Não pode não pode não pode!!´´ BOOM. Too late. Then he tried to kiss me on the cheek but I was ready and so I fended him off alright.
You guys it was just toooooo funny and we were DYIIINNNGGGG
I´m out of time but just so you know the next lesson with Bruno was SO good because his uncle was sober and Bruno is super receptive to the Spirit and accepted to be baptised 23 de Julho! Woo hoo! We are excited!
Also we´re planning an atividade with our ward to train the members how to be member missionaries! Curitiba is actually a very very European city, and so the people here are not like the rest of Brazil in their super open, crazy, warm, party personality. And so we´re trying to work through the members here in our area.
This week the sun came out too! It was so wonderful. So many blessings.
Also this week I learned a lot about how to laugh about things that are completely out of your control. There are things I could (and have) become really preoccupied and worried and stressed over that are really something I can´t change–like mission rules, trying to learn Português, really awful lessons, etc But really, Satan tries to use those things to take away your happiness. Sometimes you just have to let it go. My companion told me after the incident with Bruno´s uncle–´´Tem que rir pra não chorar´´ which is ´´Take a laugh to not cry´´ Men are that they might have joy. So Heavenly Father taught me this week: Let go of things you can´t control. Do your best, and the Atonement will take care of the rest–the Atonement is something that allows us to laugh and have JOY. Everyday.
I love you all! Remember: Tem que rir pra não chorar!
Sister Cox
picture: our window every morning 🙂
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7/11/2016 “Food Poisoning”

Hello family!

So, first, every week when I use Portuguese words in my email, the following week I figure out that I spell the words wrong so I just need to stop haha
So last P-day Sister Calevoso and I went to the sister´s apartment in another area for 4th of July! We made American food and it was super fun. I should have taken a picture but I forgot 😦 But hey, pizza, french fries, chicken nuggets and cake and ice cream. It was beautiful.
This week my poor companion got food poisoning. She already says all the time she feels like her physical well-being is on the decline because she´s at the end of her mission, so the food poison didn´t help too much. We had gone to a buffet-style restaurant for lunch (they have a lot of those here)
with a member, and later that day S. Calevosoasked for a blessing for health from our ward mission leader (not anticipating the food poisoning reaction–just for overall health) That night she was vomiting aaallll night long and so we had to stay home the next two days. It was so sad…She stayed in bed and I did lots of reading and writing in my journal. So that part was good 🙂 And my companion is doing A LOT better now! woot woot! Yesterday was our first full day in the street since she got better and it was really good.
 I didn´t get any food poisoning at all. Bênçãos. Sister Calevoso thinks it was the chicken she ate because I didn´t eat any chicken. In fact, I didn´t really know what I was doing and was just trying to get my food and get out of there as fast as I could–so I ended up grabbing this really sketchy-looking hamburger thing…But no food poisoning! Então tudo bem!
We went to visit Bruno yesterday because he didn´t come to church this Sunday or last Sunday (BUT we´re really pushing for this coming Sunday! We hope we hope we hope because he´s soooo gooooooooood!) and we showed up right as his uncle was leaving…to go to the bar…haha And he tried to kiss us again but its ok–I´m going to be a pro at fending off drunk men from kissing me by the end of my mission haha. Bruno was super repentant about not coming to church. Oh my goodness he felt so bad. So maybe he will come next week. We hope!
And then we went to visit our recent-convert and SUPRISE! His daughters were there too!! He´s divorced and so his daughters don´t live with him and he hasn´t seen them for a looonnggg time– But yesterday they were there!! And they´re so so so darling and I love them. One is 3 and the other is 8. It was such a beautiful experience to see him and his daughters together—and it kind of hit me that this is what the Gospel is for. To help our families be the happiest they can be. Because, a family without the Gospel can be pretty happy–REALLY happy, because families are naturally ordained of God. But when you give a family the Gospel to live by, that family can become ETERNALLY happy. And its the greatest thing EVER.
I love you all! And I hope you all have a super fantastic week!
Sister Cox
picture: I just thought I would introduce you to Nascau–chocolate milk/hot chocolate mix that I pretty much depend on every day of my life here. And everyone here in Gralha Azul (our area) drinks it. #ilikebrasil
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Pictures: My district in front of the São Paulo temple, my comp. for divisions from Cabo Verde (in pink), the view from our dorm window was beautiful at night (just imagine it), my comp for divisions from Curitiba (in blue) and my roommates for the second half of our CTM experience!! Woot woot!

 

7/18/2016 “Vocês estão importantes!”

Hello my people!

So this week we had our district meeting and we did a scripture-mastery scripture-chase. Meu gente, it was really intense. I thought scripture mastery games in seminary could get pretty crazy–but then I came to Brazil and did one with the missionaries. Whoooaaaaa it was super hilarious! Scripture masteries in Portuguese–its my new project.
This Saturday we did a training with the members in our ward about how to be a member-missionary. Not a whole lot of people came, but it was still super awesome! I got to compare the gospel to scorpion hunting. Woo hoo! But seriously, we have really awesome leaders here. Our Bishop and ward mission leader are super involved and willing to help with anything.
Not a whoolllee lot happened this week–appointments fell through and no one likes to let us in when we knock doors…these German descendants are killing us haha Its like that ´´Hello´´ missionary remix. Literally. We were out with our Ward mission leader knocking doors and he started singing it in the street haha Oh Irmão
My poor companion keeps getting stomach pains and pretty much pain all over so our schedule gets pretty messed up some days. I haven´t really had a problem with anything…yet…? Poor thing 😦
So just a little something I learned while we were preparing for our activity this week– WE NEED THE MEMBERS. Missionaries can´t do this work alone. We need members to love and help our investigators and recent-converts and less-actives just as much as the missionaries and ultimately love them like Heavenly Father and Christ would. Members are IMPORTANT.
I love you all! Hope you all have a wonderful week! Read the Book of Mormon and invite your friends to church!
Love,
Sister Cox
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7/25/2016 “Oi gente!”
This week was SO full and SO awesome.
On Tuesday we had a Zone Conference and got to know our President a little more! He changed a few rules that made us all super excited: We can listen to FSY music every day in the morning and at night (before we could only listen to MoTab in the mornings and FSY music on P-day). As a Zone we can go to the temple to do a session once per transfer (WOO HOO!!!) and also we can do more Zone activities (I don´t know what the rule was before…) President didn´t change the rule that we can´t drink Coke and so everyone is all bumbed out about that haha But he´s the best guys. We all love him!
But yes. So after Zone Conference we had divisions–and so I was with Sister Costa for a couple days in another area! Sister Costa is from northern Brazil and she´s literally one of my favorite people on earth now. We stayed SUPER busy in her area. The same day as the conference we had lessons until it was time to go home. The next day we didn´t have a lunch appointment and so we got pizza (one for lunch and we kept the other one for later…) and then we were out allll day teaching with one of the ward missionaries here. She was super awesome too! She just recently returned from her mission and so she could have been wearing a nametag totally passed as a misssionary (haha actually a lot of people could probably do that) When we got home that night we pretty much had a party (after planning and everything) and ate pizza and listened to music and it was so fun! Don´t worry, we went to bed on time :)By the end of divisions we were like, ´´Lets just be companions ok??´´ I don´t even have words haha But it was so awesome! And I learned A LOT. It was such a great experience.
We also had an activity in another area working with the youth doing contacts and getting referrals–It was super crazy! By the end of the activity, the sisters in that area had 107 referrals! S. Calevoso wants to do that in our area now haha And after the activity we had Brazilian BBQ and it was so fun!
AND we had a Zone Activity TODAY for P-day and it was so fun! We played frisbee, basketball, ping-pong and ate food. Need I say more?
So all-in-all this week was amazing. The language is coming along still 🙂
I also learned that more than Heavenly Father wants me to be a perfect missionary, He wants me to be a happy missionary.
I love you all!
Sister Cox
pictures: Zone activity and divisions with S. Costa

 

8/1/2016 “I forgot a title last week lol.”

 

Holá!

Another week in Brazil eating lots of rice and beans and meat and bananas woot woot! We also got a lot of referrals this week and so that´s always a good thing 🙂
O my goodness so I´ve been in training for the last two and a half months and my training is almost over! Its like, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel haha kidding kidding (but really). So this next week is transfers and I don´t know if I´ll be staying here in Gralha Azul with Sister Calevoso (she´ll be leaving in the middle of this next transfer whoa she´s so excited to return to Miami!) or if I´ll be sent to another area. We´ll see! I´m excited either way 🙂
But hey, just a highlight from this week: Yesterday I walked into church and one of the Irmãs came up to me and took my arm and started walking me up to the pulpit saying ´´You play piano right? Will you play for us today for sacrament meeting?“ And I´m like “…Um yeah but I don´t know all the hymns“, meanwhile in my brain I´m like,OH no this ain´t gonna be pretty. So I get up and play hymns I actually know for prelude–but then I actually look to see what hymns they wanted me to play for the rest of the meeting and LOL I don´t know any of them…and sooo my brain is totally failing on me along with my Portuguese. So the Irmã leading the music looks at me right before the opening hymn and I´m like, “Eu não sei esse hino.´´ and she´s like ´´tudo bem´´ So I´m sitting there behind the piano as everyone sings acapela lol embarrassing até ó pó. Then the couselor in the bishopric conducting the meeting came up to me and was like ´´what sacrament hymns do you know?“ …Oh great…“Um..this one?“ HA. Except not because I actually don´t really know how to play any of the sacrament hymns. Then I play one hand for the sacrament hymn. Then during the sacrament the coucelor comes up to me AGAIN and is like “What hymns DO you know?“ Ok. “Nearer My God to Thee and We Thank Thee O God For a Prophet.“ Beleza. Só que não because I assumed that the coucelor would announce those hymns in that order–hahaha nope. He announced that we would sing “We Thank Thee O God For a Prophet´´ first as the rest hymn and “Nearer My God to Thee“ for the closing hymn. And to tell the truth I was still thinking about how embarrassing it was that I couldn´t play the first two hymns, so I totally missed that he announced the final two in a different order– so when the rest hymn comes, everyone stands up expecting to sing a happy jubilant song about the prophet and I start playing “Nearer My God to Thee“ Everyone looked really confused, and I was confused and it was a mess haha but then everyone flipped to the right page and sang “Nearer My God to Thee“ standing up…it was weird…
In the moment, I wanted to cry of embarrassment (even though it wasn´t THAT big a deal) but then I remembered a part of this talk “Come what may and love it“ where (I think it was Elder Worthlin..?) it said that to get through hard or embarrassing experiences, sometimes you just have to laugh about it and move forward. And I was thinking about how that´s such a great way we can apply the Atonement–laugh about the stuff you do wrong because really, its alright.
And so now I have a story to tell my posterity about how I ruined a sacrament meeting in Brazil because I didn´t know Portuguese very well hahaha 😛
Love you all! Boa semana para vocês!!
Sister Cox
picture: When you´re doing weekly planning and companion inventory gets a little out-of-hand.
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