Baptisms & Big Changes

So this week was the baptism of Lucas (Carla’s son). It was really beautiful and moving. His uncle was able to baptize and confirm him a member of the church. His uncle had been telling him all about the church for a rather long time (several years) and so when they were actually in the baptismal font he got rather emotional and teary-eyed. It was so spiritual and cute to watch. It must have been a dream of his to watch his nephew get baptised one day.

Also, during the confirmation he blessed him that he would serve a mission and I just about bawled my eyes out imagining him serving a mission. Certainly he will be an amazing missionary one day and will change the lives of many. He is a great young man and I feel really priviledged to have been able to help him on this path.

So this week we had a sort of despedida (farewell) to us six sister missionaries living together because of the transfers that were coming up. So as part of this farewell we decided to order pizza from Dinapole. This pizza is amazing folks! It comes with a chocolate stuffed crust and you can choose up to four different flavors for the pizza. Well, we ordered Friday night and all day Saturday, you would not believe it but, two of us started to passar mal (feel bad) including my companion Sister Q.

Well, most of the day went rather tranquilly because we were rather occupied with the baptismal functions. Luckily Sister Q. was able to use the chapel bathroom all that afternoon. However after the baptism, at aprox. 3am, my companion started vomiting and we had to go to the hospital! Irmão Roberto (our amazing ward mission leader) took us to the hospital. Wow. It was crazy! She got some medicine and she is feeling a lot better now, but in the moment it was very scary! – A bad case of food poisoning!

We received the transfer early this morning and I will be getting transferred out of Cefer, Porto Alegre. Actually, I was called as a Sister Trainer Leader yesterday!! Wow! I feel slightly overwhelmed and I am not so sure if I’m ready for this. I just hope that I can serve these girls like I know that Jesus Christ would. I will be going to Pelotas!!!! Yay! With a Sister D. (from Argentina). And we will be opening an area once again that belonged to Elders. Wish me luck! Wow! It seems like a whole lot of responsibility. Wow. I am left without words to express myself.

While I am grateful for this oportunity, I am extremely sad that I will be leaving Cefer and all of these recent converts. Seriously- I will miss Carla and Fernando and their family like crazy. I bawled my eyes out when I found out that I would be leaving these people for another area. However “Everything’s gonna be alright”-Justin Bieber.

Wish me luck on this new adventure!

-Sister Jessop

I am so excited for general conference this weekend! All of you have to watch all of the sessions! Love you all!

Happiest Week

This week was probably the happiest week of my mission!! :) On Monday we went to the Farroupilia which is like a cultural event of the Rio Grande do Sul. Lots of gauchos! That same day we were also witnesses for Carla and Fernando’s wedding in the cartório. Then on Tuesday we went to the temple as a zone. The spirit was so high! And on Saturday we had the marriage ceremony and baptism of the very best, most special family that ever lived. Wow! I am on a spiritual high! I am so very grateful for the Lord’s tender mercies. He really does bless us in this work.

We are teaching a number of really cool people (families) and I hope that Sister Q. and I get to stay another transfer together to baptize everyone! Hahaha!

Sorry it’s so short-I ran out of time.

-Sister Jessop

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Churrasco, baptisms and more

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Wow! This meat is enormous! I love churrasco!

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Me eating a celestial churro. Wow! It is sooo dadgum tasty.

Carla’s baptism

Carla and Fernando’s baptism and wedding party!!! It was so special!!

Another Week in POA – Brazilian Independence Day

First of all I didn’t write y’all yesterday because it was Brazil’s independence day so everything was shut down. Go Brazil! Woohoo! Independence! (Hehe)

So we had a baptism this last weekend of Irmã Necka (Maria Pereira). She is amazing! She is mother of a bunch of sons (whom we are now teaching as well). I am always so grateful for the members that do all that they can for missionary work… Shout out to Irmã Célia and Irmão Batista and their family! They do so much for us and Irmã Célia’s bolo (cake) is amazing!… She always makes good food for after the baptism.

Also this week we had an FHE at Carla and Fernando’s house. It was amazing! We invited Nelci (recent convert) and Paulo (investigator) to participate as well. We talked about Jesus visiting the Americas and watched a video that went along with that message. There is a series of artwork that depicts super well His visit to the Americas. This artwork is super lifelike and breathtaking. It depicts Him embracing a number of American Iindians and Him ordaining the 12 disciples as well. It’s pretty cool. So Carla is a confeiteira and Fernando is a cook (as his profession). Basically we ate really well during the FHE. We ate a shrimp and fish soup with rice and ate one of the most delicious tortas de bolachas (tort of cookies) that I have ever eaten. It was sooooo good!!!

I’m sure you haven’t noticed all my talk of food but yes, I am getting fatter on the mission because the food here is really amazing…or at least all of my muscle mass is slowly turning into just fat. But that’s kind of a lie as well because we do walk all day everyday, so I’ve gotta have at least some muscle right? But no worries, I’ll slim down before I return home. Hahaha!

So we are so very priviledged (and spoiled) here in Porto Alegre (Zone Partenon) to have training sessions with President Cruz and the assistants with great frequency. I think that this week we will meet with them every single morning to practice and better the way we teach the Restoration. We (as a zone) are working on bettering our teaching tactics to allow the Spirit to play a more present role in the lesson. I am personally working specifically on bettering the questions that I ask the investigators that require them to ponder upon and apply the doctrine we teach them

And this week was super cool because I did a split with Sister G. (my old companion from the MTC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) It was so very cool. We got a chance to catch up to one another and got to share some of our experiences with one another. It was so cool and strange to teach with her again. Exactly one year ago we were companions in the MTC teaching our fake investigators with broken Portuguese by reading the lessons directly from Preach my Gospel. Wow. We have certainly come a long way since then. One year ago we almost solely spoke English to one another and now we only speak Portuguese. How things have changed. But change is really good. I have certainly changed a whole lot since that time in the MTC.

This Sunday we will have ward conference and the ward goal is to get as many people as possible to church on this very spiritual day. We are inviting absolutely everyone to come (especially less actives). This ward really needs to have a good frequency on this day. I’m not really sure how this works, but I think that it has to do with the fact that the church records are closing or something like that because of General Conference which is coming up. IDK. All I know is that it is really important that we bring everyone we can to church on this day.

So this next week is set up to be super cool as well. On Monday we (all eight missionaries of this ward) are going to go to a Farroupilia with our mission ward leader (Roberto) and that evening is the marriage of Fernando and Carla. Then on the Tuesday we’ll have a ward activity in our condominium, and Wednesday is temple trip day!!! So it is likely that I will email y’all on Wednesday next week…just to let you know.

My testimony is strengthened every single day out here on the mission. I see so many little miracles but when it comes to writing them I end up forgetting all of them. But I will make an extra effort to notice and record some of the miracles I witness this next week. Love y’all so much!!! Have an amazing week family.

-Sister Jessop

Missionary Life in Porto Alegre

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We went to the temple this week with Nelci (recent convert) and Paulo (investigator). They really loved seeing the temple. We taught them a lesson about Eternal Marriage inside the visiting center of the temple. It was super cool and spiritual. We are working really hard to try and baptize Paulo. He is a batukeiro (like espiritismo…african religion that has lots of different rituals and other things.) He knows that he needs the gospel in his life, he just has to make a decision to be baptized and quit smoking. He is really amazing and his wife (Nelci) is such an example for him. I want to see them sealed in the temple together one day!!!
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This is the child of our ‘elect couple’ (Carla and Fernando). His name is Teodoro and he has a big sister as well. This family is absolutely amazing! Right now we are just waiting for the day of the marriage to arrive…unfortunately there is a mandatory 20 day waiting period. They keep progressing every day and are the very best investigators that I have ever had.
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This is a photo with all of my companions all at the same time! (except my mother- Sister T. who has already passed away on the mission). Haha! Sister G., Sister Q, Sister J.L., me, Sister L., and Sister A.O.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was so cool to see them all together at the same time. I am grateful to God for the time that I spent with each and every one of them. They are truly special daughters of God. They are defenders of the truth with testimonies that shine like rubies.
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We had a conference where we were able to hear from Elder Aidukaitis of the seventy. The whole mission gathered in Porto Alegre to here him speak about how we should be more obedient and how we can and should better our planning methods. Elder Aidukaitis is a really inspired man. Through his testimony of Jesus Christ it seemed to me like he had seen God before. Wow. Powerful. I hope to develop a testimony of that magnitude one day. Jesus really is the reedemer of mankind and my personal savior. So cool.
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Our last zone picture!
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Baptism!!!
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Churrasco at the stake presidents house!!!!
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My companion is really funny. I just had to include this one. Hahaha!
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Us eating pizza!!!!
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The pizza gigantic
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All Is Well in Porto Alegre

Today we went down to the ‘carteira’ with the elect family (Fernando and Carla and their cute children) to mark the date of the marriage! We will be the witnesses. It was really cool and we took a mini-trip into the Porto Alegre North mission to accomplish this with them. They are so amazing! They are a gift from God to us sister missionaries. They are the ideal family that every missionary wants to baptize. I am so grateful for them. They already have such firm testimonies in the restored gospel. For example: I watched Fernando grabbed the tithing slip this last Sunday… and he and his wife are going to show up this Saturday to clean the chapel. I mean, they aren’t even members yet!

So the stake president of the Partenon Stake spoke with our mission president about the stake’s earnest desire to split up. (To become two different stakes instead of one because right now there are 9 whole wards in this stake). So President Cruz has given this new initiative to each set of missionaries within the zone to baptize three men in one and a half months. We are all super excited about this new goal that we have to divide the stake. We are pulling out all the stops and I know that this will happen!

To help with this, they called three new sister missionaries to help in the Cefer ward (our ward). The role of these sisters is to work only with less actives and help rescue members that are afasted (?) from the truth. These sisters now live with us, which makes our lovely home a whole lot more cramped (but that’s another story.) All in all, the zone is super psyched about the work that we have ahead of us and super focused on this new goal. I hope that everything goes well.

So this week we had one day that turned out to be super lame (like it rained and we found no one at home, nor was there anyone in the streets to talk to.) However we continued working all day that day even though it seemed like we found absolutely no one to teach. We kept walking to and fro without people to teach. However that very night I read about patience and how we need to be patient with the Lord’s timing in all that we do. We have to accept all trials because they are for our benefit.

Well we decided to be more patient and the Lord rewarded us the next couple days when we were able to find several families to teach, along with a seriously elect man named Voldney. Voldney accepted baptism (in reality most people do on the first invitation.) He accepted baptism with all of his heart after we taught him about the Restoration. Even when we started teaching him I envisioned him dressed in the white baptismal clothes. Thank goodness he does not work on Sundays so that he can come to church!!! Woohoo!

Anyway it’s been a great week. I love you all and miss you all very much. Ciao!

-Sister Jessop

Update – Apartment and Investigators

This week went pretty smoothly. The furniture for the apartment arrived this week. This means that we are officially sleeping in beds, and studying with tables. I completely unpacked my suitcase for the first time in a while, and let me tell you it is glorious!

Carla and Fernando are progressing very well. As far as their marriage goes, they are so anxious to get baptized that they are looking for the fastest way possible to get married. As of now, we are just waiting for a document to arrive from Rio de Janeiro and then it’s all set to mark the wedding date. Sister Q. and I are really hoping that they can be baptized this month (August.) We are fasting and praying that everything goes super smoothly with their marriage.

Today I get to watch a marriage take place! Nelci is getting married to Paulo and then Nelci’s baptism will be the following Saturday. We are so excited and my companion gets to be a witness. So cool!

Anyway I am really short on time today because we can’t be late to the wedding. But the work is going super great here in Porto Alegre. I am learning a lot and the gospel is changing me as a person. Thanks for all of the wonderful support that you guys give me. I love you all soooooo much!!!

-Sister Jessop

P.S. I became rather emotioned upon hearing the news of Dash. ;( He was a REALLY good dog. I hope that all of you can feel comforted even though this had to happen. Follow Jacky and pray a lot and Heavenly Father will comfort you. He is definitely in dog heaven right now. 😉 LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I miss you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!