The temple in Porto Alegre is soooo great! Its kind of tiny!
But its super awesome! lol I went with my companion, a member of the church,
and two less actives that have only 15 percent of vision! They are sisters and
they are sooo great!
Those 3 elders are my friends from the CTM in San Paulo! It
was super cool to get to see them again! Then I got to see Sister Mariz! My
trainer! And the last photo is of my District leader, the tall one. And his
companion who was in the CTM with me also! They are super cool!!
The first one is from when I found a package of reeses that
they were selling and I may or may not have bought the whole package! lol... it
was about 20... and I may or may not have eaten them all.. lol The other photos
are from the mission tour! The first one is mom's friend Sister Baptista that is part of
missionary moms! And the other one is Sister Leal! She is sooo great!!
This week was super great! We had a
TON of work to do! I hope Fathers Day was great for all those Dads and those
future Dads too!
I especially want to say Happy
Fathers Day to my Daddy! Thank you soo much for always being a Dad I could look
up to. You were always someone who put aside work just to play with us. And you
made sooo many sacrifices to support our family! I know that Every Daddy needs
a baby doll and every Baby doll needs a Daddy! lol maybe not a Dad who teaches
his baby doll that the Little Red Riding hood pulled out a machete and skinned
the bears. But, only because that’s my daddy! And the other baby dolls can’t
have him! lol I really hope you enjoyed your day yesterday!
I want to say Happy Fathers Day to
ALL of my Grandpas and Uncles! But, especially to my brother Adam! I am so
proud of the Dad you have become and the example you set for your daughter! You
follow Dads footsteps. And hey, I didn’t turn out too bad, right? lol Keep
doing what you all do! I see the happiness that your families bring in your
lives! I love you all so much!
Okay, so this week was a tough one!
But, we got through it! A lot of our appointments fell through! But, the ones
that didn’t were PERFECT! We met 3 new FAMILIES this week. I LOVE teaching
families because that is our purpose right? Bring families together for
eternity! And that’s exactly what we are doing! Mom, Gisele told me that she
added you on Face book and that you have been conversing with her! That is soo
great! I love that you are becoming friends! You can get juicy details from her
about the mission life! lol And your other friend took a video of me that I
later found out that you put of Face book! Great! lol Sorry, I started speaking
in Portuguese because it was really hard to speak in English!
Anyways, this week we traveled to
Porte Alegre for a MISSION TOUR! We got to hear from Elder Leal and his Wife!
They are super great! They gave us sooo much advice about teaching and meeting
new people! And literally talked about EVERYTHING that I needed to hear! It was
such a spiritual day! I LOVED it! I wish I could have videotaped it and send it
to you guys! But, one thing that his wife talked about is Family History! I
seriously used to think that it was soo boring! But, seriously it’s not! I
could have soo many more baptisms on my mission just by teaching about family
history! lol She traced her family history all the way back to Adam and Eve... seriously...
she showed us... What a powerful woman! lol I am soo ready to start doing that
work when I get home! But, guess who can help me! ALL OF YOU!! I really would
like help from you guys to start a lot of the work that Grandma has done! So,
when I come home I can start helping! DO THE WORK! It soo worth it!
Well, I don’t have much time! Today
really isn’t our pday! Because tomorrow we will be going to the temple!! And I
will take a TON of photos! lol I am soo excited! I love each and every one of
you!! Never stop learning! Because the learning never stops coming!!
We did FHE again and I taught more
people how to make cookies!! Before you know it ALL of Brazil will know how to make
cookies! haha it was super fun! And of course my companion had to take a
picture of me eating!! We are thinking about getting a gym membership here...
Its super cheap and its way safer than running on the road!
Anyways, HI everyone!
This week was super great! We had
soo much fun with sooo many families! We didn´t have a baptism this week but we
have some that are preparing for that super special day! I usually make
brownies for that day! lol This week I got to answer the hardest question
We went to the house of that super
lovely family I was telling you all about and they told us that their friends
were saying some things about the church. Like Baptisms for people that already
died.. The funny thing is that I had just been studying about that this
morning. And I really wanted to just ignore the question and save the response
for another lesson. But, they ended up directly asking if we had something like
baptizing people that already died. And I looked at my companion, who is a
newbie and looked at me like, "I don’t know the reference for that".
So, I told Gizele, our investigator, that we have an ordinance which is really special that
only happens in the temple! Thank goodness we already talked about temples with
her and Valdir. They both started to shut down when I said that. And I told
them my testimony and my companion shared hers. Then we opened up in 1 Corinthians
15. This chapter talks a lot about life after death. There is one verse, I think
its 29 that asks why the dead need to be baptized. It talks about resurrection
and I bunch of stuff. But, most importantly it talks about the dead needing to
be baptized to enter into the kingdom of God. All those who are baptized can
enter. So, what about those people that didn’t have a chance to hear the word
Christ? Or those people that weren´t invited to be baptized in this life? Christ
is fair, right? So, why wouldn´t he give everyone the opportunity? I really
didn´t think that I could answer that question directly and look what happened!
They ended up loving the idea that they could baptize their family members that
didn’t have a chance to be baptized!
Then, on Sunday I got to bare my
testimony and Gizele and Valdir were there. I bore my testimony about how I
wanted to know EVERYTHING before I served a mission. I wanted to the answers to
all the questions. And I remember on day when Dad told me that, that would
never happen. It isn’t possible to know everything. But, he told me that I only
needed to know one thing, that the Gospel is true. And with that I can testify
to every aspect of it. I then talked about when I was little and mom always
told me I could go up there to the front and bare my testimony which always
started with, “I know this church is true". This Sunday I really began to
think about why everyone says that. And how each person got to that point where
they KNOW it’s true. Each person said it wasn’t just one moment but it was
learning something new each day. People start with that because they really do know
that The Gospel is true. How beautiful is that! The next Fast and Testimony
meeting listen to each person as they start with that phrase! It truly is
beautiful! Thank you daddy for telling me that all I need to know is that The
Gospel is true. And thank you mommy for always helping me realize that there wasn’t
a moment that I didn´t know if it was true! I love each and every one of you
soo soo much! Thank you all for being a part of my life and helping me grow up
to be who I am today! Especially you boys! yall are who I look up to! Never
forget that there will always be someone looking up to your examples!!
I can't ride a horse but I can pet it!! And that cup is super cute! I really want one! lol The last photo is of a brand new puppy that reminds me of Cindy! ( my old dog) and the owner said if I come back in a year I can take her home with me to the united States!! woohoo!!
This week was super great! We taught
a ton of new people! But now we are soo exhausted!! Our Sister Leader Trainers
did a division with us this week! And guess who is a Sister Leader Trainer!
Sister Oliveria! Woo hoo!! So, she went on splits with me! I missed her soo
much!! She is soo great! But, my new companion is super great too! We were
working with a less active family this week and they are soo great! They have
two children that are blind! And they are soo great! They are like 20 years
old. Tassi is one that teaches lessons with us! She is super active and only 4
months as a member! The rest of her family is inactive! But, they all LOVE us!
And that is super good! This week we are going to do a Family Home Evening with
them! One thing that I will always remember about home is FHE! How we always
learn together and have fun together! Its sooo great! There is a book here that
talks about 3 major things that we can do to strengthen our families! It’s
called 3 maneiras simples de tornar sua familia mais feliz! I am almost
positive they have this book in English! You all can look on www.mormon.org
to see if they have it! But, if you don’t already have one of these in your
house, you should definitely get one! It’s super great! Another thing that we
have been using a lot this week is "Family: A proclamation to the
World" and that little piece of paper is soo great! I love that Mom always
has one hanging up in our house! I don’t know if you all have ever really read
that thing, but you should! Seriously! It’s so great! Anyways the time is
running out! But I want each and every one of you to know how much I love you
all! Every single one of you has been a blessing in my life and a HUGE example
to me and others! Don´t lose sight of what you know is the path! I love you all
soo soo much!