Thursday, September 27, 2012


 Carissa with her first baptism
 Carissa and her trainer, Irma Lira and all the Elders!

 See our bright little flower!

Pictures!!!  September 17th

September 26,2012

So 1st thing, don´t stress you didn´t receive an e-mail yesterday. Our lives got turned upside down flipped around and rotated and any other way you can think of to manuver a life. Anyways, long long long story short. Yesterday two other sisters came here (the rest of the world had P-day) and we went on splits and worked. Today Sister Lira and Sister Barbosa went to the temple and I stayed here in Caxias with Sister Fernandes (From Sao Paulo) and we are having Pday today.Its going to be a very interesting birthday. 

OH MY GOODNESS THIS WEEK, honestly I don~t know where to begin!! It has been a rough week for me emotionally. But Heavenly Father knew that and gave us soooo many incredible blessings. 

One incredible story, I don~t know if I´ve written about the Haitianos we´ve been teaching. Remember all the humanitarian projects and things that happened in our Stake for Haiti? I now know them! they are incredible! They don~´t speak very much Portugues. But they are so ready for the gospel. Edvard, has had a baptismal date for about 2 weeks now for this next weekend. But his friend Joseph (who speaks a little ENglish) has been very hesitant. There are others but i´ll just write about these two for now. Anyways Joseph doesn~t understand very many words in Portugues but he understood baptism, and it kinda became a joke between all of us when we´d talk about baptism to invite him to be baptized. And he would always say after Edvard, after he saw Edvard´s baptism. well on sunday we had a miracle. he was a lot more open and joking around with us, usually he is very reserved (I understand why, its really hard to understand and requires a lot of concentration). Anyways we invited a friend of theirs (a brazillian) to be baptized too and she accpeted, only she lives in the area of those Elders so they get to teach her :( We turned and asked Joseph if he would be baptized with Edvard....HE SAID HE WANTED TOO!!! Not just yes but i want to be baptized with him!!! BASICALLY we were just overflowing with happiness. They love having us visit them...they´ve received visits from other Religions (while we were visiting them sometimes haha awkward) but they always tell us they love the spirit we bring and talking with us. 

Oh my goodness I have so many stories for this week!!! We have5 or 6 baptims this weekend. We need everyone's prayers. We love these investigators and each one is so special and has overcome so much.   

I have learned the importance to have a profeta (prophet). there is a scripture I read the other day, i don~t remember where butit talks about how there will be false christs and people performing "miracles" trying to lead the hearts and the elect astray. There truly are people searching for the truth but they get distracted and confused. Its so wonderful when they learn the truth, recognize it and want to change and accept the fullness of the gospel. 

Another incredible story....HAS PUPPIES in it too! I´ll send pictures the next time I send home a card (i think next week). Anyways we can´t knock on doors near other churchs. There has been one house (i´ve always felt a connection with....and i love the dogs in the yard) Chowchows...they´re little bears!!!! Anyways we were working on the street next to this particular house and we started talking with a family. They were not interested AT ALL but in their rush to get us to leave they gave us two references. They told us to visit two of their of them was this house!!! We on our own couldn~t knock there but the Lord truly works in mysterious ways!! And we could! Anyways we met the daughter and when we returned we met her mother. AND SHE IS SO AWESOME!! They have chow puppies and as we talked i expressed my love for her dogs haha she brought out the puppies so we could see them! Oh my goodness...seriously i just about died! And the blessings continued, i had my camera because we had had Zone conference that day. Usually I don~t have my camera but that day i did. (i may have already told you this story but it makes me happy and so i´ll tell it again)

Anyways i´m glad all is good at home. and wow lots of new things happenening how exciting! Gold bond is good, i will listen to the song today because yes it is on there, Oh can you make me a copy of josh groban (espeically the chrismas cd), 

Monday, September 17, 2012

17 September 2012


Package, yes I got everything...lots and lots of socks haha. And yes i did get the mp3 speakers and everything. You put the new batteries inside already and it must have been on the whole time it was in the package cuz they were dead when they got here :( but its all good cuz you had the spares and I found a place that sells AAA batteries. Yes the Nutella was awesome i~ve been eating it with my bananas yummmyyy. and the Jelly Bellys...i finished them today haha. No but everything was successful. No worries. All the horror stories about packages... aren~t common. (according to Irmao Israel).  Oh but you asked about supplies last time. I~ve been trying to find those footies (the tights/socks that are just for your feet perfect for flats) I can~t find any here. And they are starting to get wholes in my toes too. gah my feet are so obnoxious. 

And thats so awesome you have a baptism coming up!!!! We had one on Saturday. A member called us up and said her mom wanted to be baptized....we all thought her mother had already been baptized and was just inactive!!! Probably the easiest investigator I~ll ever have. She already knew everything and was such a pleasure to teach. And her baptism was really special especially for her family!

Spring is basically here. Instead of April Showers its Setembro Showers! Its hot one day and cold and raining the next. Its going to be hot hot hot hot soon. Luckly this winter here apparently wasn~t very bad. (and I spent most of it in the CTM) Last night we had hail apparently. I don~t know because I was sleeping (I wasn~t feeling good so i went to bed earlier and missed it). But don~t worry today i~m much better. 

We have a pavillion:????? cool!!!

And yes Sister Lira is still with me. For two more weeks. Transfers will be the 1st week in October. She~ll be heading home and I´ll probably stay here for another transfer. but who knows. 

I guess I should finish the R--- story. We lost contact with him. :( He moved and doesn~t know where he moved too, just that its in the area of our ZLs. It was really hard for us. We´ve stopped by his house a few times and talked to his cousins and brother but they don~t know and are usually less than helpful. Hopefully he remembers the things we taught and someday will take the initiative to find the church, or that the missionaries will knock on his door again. 

Oh but next week could you E-mail me pictures of short hairstyles. Its starting to get hot and having long hair is horrible :D I have some examples on my computer. and if you look up Alice from twilight (i can~t believe i~said that) something similar to that. I~m hoping that will be easier, cooler and cheaper cuz i won´t have to buy as much shampoo and conditioner lol. 

Well this week we worked, walked and walked and walked and hiked and hiked a ton. OHHHHH how could I forget! We had a special zone conference this week!!! Two zones juntas! Foi muito legal!!!!! (was SUPER COOL!) We had Elder Mazacati (idk if thats how you spell it, he´s a 70 and 2nd counselor in the area presidency for brasil. It was an incredible meeting. He talked about so many different things. But an elder asked him about how we can be more happy during our missions. I really liked the question because at times it is really hard, but his response was so profound. Our testimonies. When we remember why we are here and have testimony of what we are doing we will be happy. 

Well so next week is my birthday and its going to be very very very different. At first we thought I would be going to the temple with Sister Lira that day. (Your last week before you go home everyone in you `group´ goes to the temple...and their companions. But our area is really far and its really expensive to go. There are two sisters in our Zone leaving this transfer. Sister Lira and Sister Barbosa. So they will come here to our area, I will stay here with the companion of Sister Barbosa and Sister Lira and Sister Barbosa will go to the temple. Kinda bummed I dont get to go, but there are areas that have more opportunities to go, and its a lot cheaper.  But it will be interesting on my birthday to be working with another sister, not my companion. Wish me luck....we´re going to get so lost. Our area is huge!!!! I know most of it but there are still parts i get turned around in. 

Well I love you and miss you tons and tons. Dont really have lots of exciting stories this week. Just the Baptism!!! Whooohoooo haha. 

Hope all is well
10 September 2012

Family!! (and mom cuz i think your the only one that reads the whole thing haha)

I was kinda excited last week to maybe get to talk to you, but oh well. haha But I received your package this week!!! Yeahhh thanks!! ...I was very excited for the Jelly Bellys and fruit snacks (they are so expensive here, 3R$ for a small pouch, thats like 1.50 for one little pouch from the box! And the sour skittles I gave some to Sister Lira and she ate them before I could tell her they were sour (we were talking to our Zone leaders on the phone too) Oh my goodness probably the funniest thing that happened this week! 

And tell the Primary thank you that was so sweet and I loved all their pictures and messages! This week was our Primary Sacrament Meeting...and I got to sing with them! I sang the 2nd verse from I~m trying to be like portugues ahhhhh. I don~t know if I~ve already told you my Phantom of the Opera story but I~ll write it just in case. So a few weeks ago we were walking in the rain and i was singing. And started singing from Phantom of the Opera. Sister Lira recognized it, and from then on everyone members house we go to she tells them I know how to sing it and i have to sing it. haha its so funny. Well This happened in the house of the Primary President and she asked me to sing in the program. So i did, and tonight we are having FHE at their house, a night of talents. And I have to sing (by request) Phantom. Wish me luck lol. 

And yes i have a ^signing journal too.( I had asked Carissa if she has a signing journal-- it is a book that other missionaries write their testimonies in )  Started it in the CTM. This next month I~ll have to start handing it to members and missionaries cuz I~m pretty sure I~ll stay here in Caxias another transfer but who knows after that. 

For the most part, I~m pretty well set. I wish i had a flashdrive, but I~m debating buying one here, idk. its like 50-60 R$ but its 16G so perfect for all my photos. 

OH my pyro family i love it.   (We had several fires in the firepit this week!)

Supplies?? so far are good. Just sunscreen I think i~m gonna start going through pretty quick. We spend so much time outside walking walking walking walking. They is a rule in the ´whitehandbbook´ we´re not allowed to go mountain climbing....we climb ´mountains´everyday haha. literally hill after hill after hill up and down up and down and down and up. 

We did have one really interesting experience this week. We contacted the African (i think i told you about him, from sinagul). He doesnt speak very much portugues but Saturday we met with him to teach him the 1st lesson he~s masumeno, I was 50% sure that signifies muslim now i~m 99% sure haha. Anyways We met with his neighbor too, whose brazilian and christian. We taught the restoration to them both. Sister Lira didn~t understand that they don~t believe in Jesus Christ, or the Bible and it was so funny watching them try to converse and not believe the other. She was trying to explain so he could understand, because he doesn~t speak very much portugues, less than i, and he was trying in the Portugues he knows to explain his beliefs to her. He explained that has two wives, and then his friend leaned out the window and in broken portugues said he wanted to marry a brazilian...Sister Lira. you you you he kept saying... Our new investigator (their neighbor) and I could not hold back the laughs. It was so ridiculous. And really difficult because I don~t remember much about the Koran anymore, it was really difficult to prepare to teach them. gah why don~t i remember the things i study!!! Definitely was an interesting experience. 

I mailed some more photos last week, so i don~t know when you~ll get them but you should eventually haha. 

Oh this week we are having zone conference with two zones. kinda excited and we should be having a baptism this week too!! 

well i love you and am glad all is well. Tell Lauren and Chris Hi for me. and the passantinos....everyone haha
Love you guys