I must first apologize because I only have 15 minutes to write this email.
This week has been a little crazy. We’ve had an alarming amount of rain. (My new raincoat is definitely getting a work-out) A lightning storm brewed while we were in the house of a new investigator this week. The thunder was so stinkin loud that I nearly hit the ceiling out of surprise and fear. It was pretty epic though.
We had splits with the sister trainer leaders this week. I sure learned a lot. I got to spend the day with an American! It was super fun. Her name is Sister N. and she returns in one week. !Crazy! If she FB friends me, please accept her. She is from Lehi and is studying at BYU. It is so much easier to understand her Portuguese than my Brazilian comp. Its a joke. The Brazilian natives speak as if they’re from another world.
We spent 3+ hours on a lesson with one girl yesterday. Wow, it was a long time. While we should not have wasted that much time it was extremely difficult to give a lesson to her because she believes in God but does not believe in Jesus Christ. She was very educated and knew the Bible very well, but she was very confused about her religion. I hope that the spirit can work with her to soften her heart.
I love all of your wonderful support and prayers. Keep being the wonderful people you are. Look to Christ as an example. He will truly help you and change your life for the better.
I get to go to Pelotas tomorrow for a conference thing! yay!
Sorry this was so short!
This week has been a bit different.
My companion and I had a couple squabbles but it has all been resolved now. (I hope). I really am just looking for ways to serve her and show her how much she means to me and to this mission. She really is a bang up missionary (slang for really good missionary).
It has been super rainy and is a bit insane. I’m talking massive thunderstorms with lightning and thunder all night long. One night my comp and I just stayed up to watch the lightning from our bedroom window. The lightning strikes way more often than utah lightning (this probably has something to do with the fact that there is a coastline at the top and bottom of my area). We’re surrounded by water on the top and bottom. Maybe I’ll send a pic of our map – its trippy. Not gonna lie though, the lightning has been pretty dang cool. However it is not very conducive to missionary work. For some reason nobody is in the street to contact when its pouring rain and the puddles are insurmountable. Also- people dont like to let you into their house when its raining (I still dont know why…).
We had lesson with a really cool family though. We contacted them in the street and later had the restoration lesson. They told us they had their own Book of Mormon and so we waited while they found their absolutely ancient Book of Mormon. Another missionary had given it to them many years ago. No seriously this book of mormon is old. The Elders that gave it to them wrote their testimonies in the front cover of the book in 1995. That is the year I was born!!! That means that the seed was planted by an Elder the same year that I was born. That seems insane to me. Not only that, but the edition of the Book of Mormon was actually from 1981. Anyway, they seemed way receptive to our message and they kept agreeing to us and drawing all these parallels to what they already believed in. But of course when it came to the baptismal invite they scattered like ants just before we were going to give it. Sad……. The only other problem is that the dad is going to Porto Alegre for a back surgery next week. Oh well I still have a really good feeling about them and I am confident that they’ll be baptized in the end.
I love y’all sooooo much. I’m so glad that everyone is doing well. And Im so relieved that you got my handwritten letters. I will definitely send more now that I know they’ll actually get to you. I’m sorry that I didn’t have time to respond to all of your emails individually this week. Oh and I got your letters!!!!! It was seriously one of the happiest things to get those letters. Send me more! And I’d love more physical photos.
Everything is great here in Rio Grande. Seriously. I just want the work to pick up a bit more. Be praying for more progressing investigators for us here!
Lots of pics in this one. Okay so I have no time to write! Ah! But I arrived safely. I hope you enjoy all the pictures. I am in Gaucho land in Rio Grande. Everything about the field is way different from the CTM. I already miss the planned meals and schedules. Out here you make your own schedule. Weird. Talking with ‘real’ people is a lot more intimidating. I had my very first baptism already! Yay! Anyway I love you all so much. There is much more to come next p-day. Sorry but today was mostly a sending pictures day. 😛
The view of Rio Grande from my mission apartment.
A pic of Sister T (my new companion) and me after a long day of training and traveling.
A baptism in my first week. A really cool guy.
President and Sister Swenson in Porto Alegre
Sister Remmington (from California,) Sister Larsen (from Taylorsville, Utah,) Sister Guy (my companion from South Jordan-she’s the best) and me at the Campinas Temple
Us saying goodbye (kind of). I love these girls so much.
Elders Willoughby, Ockey, Hale, Garrett, Sister Guy, me, Sister Larsen (sadly in the shade,) and Sister Remmington. My absolutely amazing CTM district. I cried, sweat, and bled (not really) with these wonderful folks. I can’t wait to hang with them after the mission.