Hayy everyone! Sorry I haven´t been able to write a long
email! But, This week was a great week! We got a lot accomplished! Lol
So, this week started out super great knowing that my brother
Chris will be marrying such an amazing person Jodee! She is super perfect! lol
Congrats! (Someone give me her email so I can send her weekly emails too)
And our Pday was just FULL of rain!! We had planned to play
basketball and soccer but it started pouring down rain! So guess what! We
played anyways! We got soaked but it was soo worth it! The next day I woke up
soo soar.. I haven’t used any other muscle besides my legs in a really long
time. So, if I am getting fat. Don’t worry I will have soo much time to be
skinny when I come home! lol At night, we got to go to a member’s house, where
Tássi (a member from Portão) came to visit me as a surprise! She is soo
special! We got to go on tradeoffs with her and we really got a lot
accomplished this week! She is soo special!
The rest of my week, you could tell through the pics it was
super good! Lol So, that is already self explanatory! lol
I got to give a talk this past Sunday! I just kind of bore
my testimony, usually that lasts for about 10 to 15 minutes. How can you bare a
testimony about the TRUE gospel of Jesus Christ in less than 5 minutes? You
just can’t! Lol So, I talked a lot about why I decided to serve a mission. And
trust me the decision was not an easy one. And now being here, I am learning ton
of more reasons to stay. But, staying is also not too easy. Hearing the lives
of soo many people moving on is probably the hardest thing. But, I really am
not missing out on anything. This experience is the Best experience of my life.
And I know that I will NEVER have this opportunity again. Maybe I will have
some opportunities similar. But, never this one. So, I was reading a talk given
by Gordon B. Hinckley in 1995. A year after I was born. He said that "A
TON of women are serving missions today, not because they don’t have anyone to
marry, or because they don’t know what to do with school or with their lives,
but because they want to give back just a little piece of sacrifice that The
Lord made". And that is probably the biggest reason. Don´t get me wrong, I
truly believe that some women have a calling to be married and sealed in the
temple at a young age. Each women or person is different. Like my mom. She didn’t
have a chance to serve a mission as a missionary. But, she got the chance to
serve her mission as a mom. And she is truly the biggest example to me. I am
now realizing how many sacrifices she made in my life to get me to be who I am
today. She didn’t have the training that I am getting right now. She just had
to learn the hard way. And boy did she learn. I know I am not perfect, but I
also know that I would not be here helping these people in Brasil without her
help. And not only her help through her words, but through her example! I love
you soo soo much mommy! Thank you for putting up with me! So, I ended my talk
inviting anyone that has a desire to serve a mission, MUST serve a mission. If
the feeling is there, it’s because the spirit is telling you that you need to
go! The blessing of a mission will never stop. And the blessing of Repentance
will never cease to exist. It’s our own self desire that needs to change. I
promise that serving a mission is NEVER a wrong decision and that you will be
blessed because of your decision. Maybe you won’t see the blessing right away.
But you WILL be blessed. Any age is the right age!
So, my talk was about that more or less. And I almost cried!
Can you believe that! lol But, I wanted each of you to know that I love each
and every one of you with all of my heart! I miss you with a cherry on top! And
I am soo sorry that you all are missing out! lol But, I will fill you all in
each week! lol Love you!
Okay, so in our house we like to have themed nights! Like
once a week we pick a theme and this week was mexican! We ate tacos and we made
mustaches and everything! We are soo weird but it makes things interesting! lol
Dont judge just laugh! lol
So, I am now serving in an area called Passo Fundo! Woohoo!
I LOVE this area! There are soo many people here that are just waiting to be
baptized! The members here are soo geat! So, that is a picture of my new
companion! She is from Portugal! She has a super weird accent! But, she is soo
sweet! lol She likes things on the beach! So we have a lot in
Just this week, we met 6 people that now have a goal to be
baptized in 2 weeks! The members are super involved in missionary work! And
they always ask us if we want food! What a blessing! lol Everyone wants to cook
for us! lol I think I might get fat in this area! But, that okay! lol
We live with two other sisters! One is Brazilian and the
other is from Portugal also! So, again I am the only American! But, really I
like it that way! I get to learn the language faster! They are teaching me how
to do some dances from Portugal! I love my new area and although I was sad to
leave my other area I know one thing is for sure: God will never leave us sad!
Sometimes we think a moment in our lives is the worst moment ever! But, really
it just means that God is preparing something better for us!!
I wanted to invite you all to do something that has helped
me! Every night before you go to bed make a list, not just a list in your head,
but make a list of every blessing you have in your life and you will begin to
see how many blessing you truly have and how little trials you truly have! I
love all of you with all of my heart!!
I bought rings for a couple that I helped get married! They
are soo cute! I was soo sad to leave them! The other picture is of us carrying
our luggage! lol! The elders came to help us! The bad part is that ALL FOUR
sisters were transferred!
I absolutely LOVE conference! I know that sounds weird! But,
that is something I have truly grown to love on my mission! I really never
realized how great of an opportunity that is! To get to hear the Prophet of the
Lord! I hope all of you got to watch conference this week! I pretty much
learned the whole gospel again in 2 days! lol they all had soo many inspiring
words! I took lots of notes!
Anyways, So I found out that I won’t get to see
this wedding that I helped put to together! I don’t know where I will go, but I
know that wherever it is, they are needing me! lol I am soo glad that I get to
see a new area! I loved this one, and I love all of these families we are
I don’t have a lot that I could say this week that would
compare to General Conference! But, I just hope that all of you go the chance to
watch it! If not! PLEASE GO WATCH IT!! If you have time, just watch one talk at
a time! It will truly be worth it! I didn’t get to watch the Relief society!
So, if anyone wants to give me some details about that! That would be great! loll
I just wanted to let everyone know I am so happy here! And
that I truly love all of you!
A special shout out to my new Sister Brittany! I love you
And to my beautiful niece aizy! I missed you soo soo much
this week! And don’t have forget what king of heart you have!!!
Sempre com amor,
p.s. These are some photos from my friend that was in the
MTC with me in Provo! She didn’t get her visa and ended up serving in
independence, Missouri! She is here now!! how cool! The other photos are of our
This week was such a great week! I really had a fun time
with my companion and we took lots of photos this week! Transfers are coming up
next week and I am excited to see what happens!
Anyways, I learned something really really important
this week; obedience. Why do I have to obey every single rule on my mission and
in my life? Why can’t I wake up at 6:35?
Because if I wake up late, that means I won’t do my best to
really exercise and if I take my time to exercise I will start to get lazy and I
would take a bath really slowly. And if I take a bath really slowly then I will
cut into my study time and distract others. If I didn’t study a lot then I have
nothing to share with my companion during companionship study. And if we don’t
have anything to study, we could end up goofing off and not studying our
language also! Then, we would be late for lunch and our whole day would be
late! Maybe we pass the street at 11:15 instead of 11:10 and that one person
ready to hear the gospel already passed by. Okay, maybe God would give us
another chance and put someone else on the street that was ready to hear our
message. But, we were too busy laughing and talking and goofing off that we didn’t
even notice that person pass by. Then we lost another soul that was ready to be
saved. And a lot of times we think, "Oh it’s just one person, no big
deal". But that is a big deal. What if we were the only chance that person
had. What if our salvation is affected because of that one person? What if I
made a promise with that person that I would talk to them and teach them the
gospel before this life and I didn’t do my part? Maybe they would have accepted
and maybe not. But that is something they would have to deal with. Those 5
extra minutes that I spent sleeping in, could affect the salvation of just one
person. And maybe my purpose in life was just to talk to that one person and I didn’t.
I like to think about this as a member of the church too.
What if I had the opportunity to teach a friend or a neighbor or even a family
member and I didn’t. What if my purpose in life was just to talk to that one
person and I didn’t even do my part. I know how difficult it is to just go out
there and share the gospel. But, I have learned that it really isn’t that
difficult. As missionaries, we do at the least, 120 contacts in a week. That is
the smallest number that we can have. And our branch has talked a lot about
missionary work! We learned that nearly 90 percent of recent converts that
stayed firm in the church were references. And nearly 80 percent of them really
stayed firm in the church. Out of the other 10 percent, only 2 percent stayed
firm in the church. That number is sooo large! So maybe you ask why that number
is soo large. Because Gordon B. Hinckley said a new convert needs 3 things! A
calling, a friend, and the influence of the gospel (lessons). If someone has a
friend who is a member of the church, they already have two of the three things
that they need! And they are more likely to stay firm in their decision if they
have another person pushing them to be better. I wanted to invite my family and
friends to do this goal with this branch here in Santa Cruz. They have a goal
for each person to do 3 contacts in a week. 3 friends that maybe need the
gospel in their life. Maybe these three will all accept, maybe none of them
will accept the gospel. But, you would feel satisfied knowing that you at least
did your part! By doing this, I promise that you will end up inviting those
people that you already promised! I love each and every one of you! Have an amazing
week and read D&C 24:12!
After the Sister Missionary conference, we got to stop by
the temple store and we took a photo! And on the Onibus, we passed the Grêmio
Stadium! Its a soccer team for this state! Like the Jaguars... but better!
Depois conferência das Sisteres, passamos por a loja do
templo e tiremos fotos! Também passamos o estadio do Grêmio!!! WUU HUU!! Foi
So, the first photo is for mom! I bought a new dress for 7
dollars! lol Mommy taught me well!
The other one is a selfie! just because I wanted to! But the
one with that big church is a catholic church that is super super huge and is
in the middle of the city! So, we took a picture! lol One day it will be a
temple! jk jk! lol
Anyways, so we found out that our investigator isn’t legally
married!!! So, we get to plan a wedding in a week! That’s so perfect right?! A
whole week... haha We can make it work!
Yesterday, we had a meeting with our District, because we aren’t
a stake yet and we are a branch also so The Mission president is over our
District! But, he announced that bc of our work we he sent papers to the
prophet this week for this disctrict to become a stake!!! Woo hooo!!!! I am soo
excited! Sister Wright and President Wright are the cutest things ever!!
Also, we found out that the baptism of our investigators
will be on Sunday!
Sister missionary conference is this Wednesday! and OH! and
one more thing to top everything off is that we may or may not be moving houses
This week will go by sooo soo fast! I am super excited for
all of this!! Sorry this email is soo short this week!!! The Maid of Honor gets
to do everything right... Yup she asked me to be the MOH.... yay...! lol no
really I am excited! i love you all ssooo soo much! I will right more next