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
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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
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-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
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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