Transfers!

I am being transfered to Bagé! I absolutely cannot believe it though, because I have heard that Bagé is one of the hottest places to be at during the summer. Wow. I am going to roast and pop like popcorn there. I will gain a different Brazilian companion (Sister L.) From the very begining of my mission, I always asked God to give me Brazilian companions to help me learn the language fastest. Well my prayers are certainly being answered, because Sister L will be my third Brazilian companion!

I am a little bittersweet about leaving this area however. The members here are amazing and hardworking, and our investigators were progressing really well too… However I am extremely excited to have a new start in a new area with a new companion. The mission is all about learning. As a missionary, you have hundreds of conversations, you make a thousand mistakes and you learn a trillion ways to improve and adapt. I am glad to have a clean slate and leave some of my old bad habits behind. I will make this transfer the best transfer yet! I´m not saying that I regret my work in Rio Grande, but I am ever grateful for the opportunity to keep improving and keep changing.

The Lord makes us uncomfortable in many instances; whether it be stressful/new callings in the church, a new home, new friends, an extra difficult class at school, a tough coach, or elevated pressure at the work. All of these are opportunities for growth. The Lord stretches us to allow us to grow. He expects us to rely on him and try our very hardest to make the best of every opportunity. Sincerely, if we rely on the Lord (independent of whatever type of hardship, difficulty or stress) and work our tails off anything is possible. We can work miracles in every aspect of our lives if we trust in God and His judgement. But we musn´t become discoraged when the Lord chastens us or humbles us. Often times things do not turn out the way we want, but that only means that there is a better route and God can help show us the right way.

Bagé is this new opportunity for me. I can´t wait to arrive there and give it my all.

The church is true, and Jesus Christ is ever present in our lives. Have an amazing week y’all!!

-Sister Jessop

Working Hard

So here in Brazil there is a thing called civil union. (I think it exists in the US too.) A civil union here in Brazil gives a couple the exact same rights and benifits that a marriage license would. To make a civil union with another person costs close to nothing to make. With a civil union you can be married to various people (independent of sex) and you have no sort of obligation (legal or otherwise) to that other person. To be baptized and become a member of the church you must be legally married (which is a rather difficult process with money involved). Well this week we taught several couples that are in civil unions with one another and let me tell you- it is difficult!

The humidity here is great. My only complaint is when I get home really sweaty and sleep in my hot sweat. Actually another complaint is when things get moldy. Just about anything that gets a smidgen of water on it will start getting moldy if the water stays. For example, my face wipes are starting to smell a little funny. Ick. It´s a little odd.

Sister JL´s foot has started to hurt really bad. (She had tendinitus or something…in the FOOT). This has really slowed down the pace of our work. It´s also slowed down our walking pace. Wow. I never knew that I could walk so slowly. But she is still working like a champ!

Otherwise the work is good. Love you!
-Sister Jessop

Christmas in the Mission Field Pics

Talking with the Family via Skype on Christmas Day
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Christmas Dinner
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Christmas Dinner
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Sister Lim~ and me.
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Sister Lim~
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Baptism of Vitoria
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Baptism of Vitoria
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Eating PB&J’s!!!
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Christmas Apartment
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Mission Apartment Kitchen
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Christmas Decorations
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Lizzy with her Christmas Stocking (on the day after Xmas)
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Lizzy’s last zone in Rio Grande do Sul.
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