Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mission Week 49: November 6, 2017

November 6, 2017

This week was another great week here in Cascavel! We baptized E. (22)! We found him last week in the street walking and he was so prepared by the Lord to hear our message! He is great and is so excited to meet all of the young women as well! Young Single Adults that is!

We marked 3 more baptisms for this week so we are excited to see what will happen!!! The members are so excited to give us lots of good references!!! We are sooo blessed that they are finally having good experiences with the missionaries!!!!

I TAUGHT ENGLISH ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE CHAPEL!! IT WAS SOOO FUN! I will keep teaching every Wednesday to the members and visitors too!! Good turn out! Presidente has been encouraging me (pushing..hehe) for a long time and has given me all access to materials! My class is great! We had ten students this week, but we will have more next week! Our two baptisms, J. and E. also participated! They both want to serve missions in Utah close to you guys!!! hehehe
 
MEGAN PENNI (Kalee's Trainer) IS EMAILING ME RIGHT NOW- remember when I was with her in Quebec just one week when I first got switched from my first trainer? Then I stayed with Sister Ppenni just one week until I got moved to Leonor with Sister Santana-- well, during that one week with Sister Penni in Leonor, I invited a man and his family to be baptized- FIRST INVITATION TO BAPTISM I EVER MADE AS A MISSIONARY- and he accepted- W. and C. - but they weren't baptized for a few reasons....I saw C. while I was in Cambe by chance because she happened to be working there and she remembered me and we hugged and I re-invited her to be baptized (even though she was still living in Quebec)---- well, Sister Penni just told me that W. and C. were baptized this week!!!! After almost a year from the first time they were invited by me! SOOO HAPPY!
 

Mission Week 48: October 30, 2017 Cascavel

October 30, 2017

THIS WEEK WAS GREAT AND HARD! Leaving Bauru literally broke my heart....I love those people... R. and her family and other members took me and Sister Alston out for a zoo trip and yummy food that I love in Bauru to send me out with a bang-- so many tears shed at church and the whole Monday....the members were all emotional and so was I...MY BRAZILLIAN FAMILY IS IN BAURU! Leaving my daughter was also soooo hard....she is so great... my phrase for the Bauru people and Sister Alston was, "when you need me and want me, I can stay, but when you want me, but no longer need me, I have to go..." #nannymcphee.... hahahaa

Saying goodbye to N... that was tragic...she sobbed in the chapel and the members could not take it...my heart was literally ripped out of my chest...as I held N. in my arms, and we both cried, I begged the members to take care of her for me... and told N. that she couldnt lose faith and gratitude to the Lord for bringing me to her door.... it was a special moment and I felt reassured that the members will take good care of my sweet Sister Alston, N, and other converts there!

As I was leaving last week- Sister Alston and i were teaching A.- the boyfriend of a member and I was anxious to set up our area to have a baptism during the first week of the next transfer whether we would stay or not, and when I got transferred this week, I told Sister Costa (the sister who will finish Sister Alston's training for me) that i had left them a ton of people to baptize this week- i explained that it was important to me to see that alston would keep baptizing in a good rhythm there in bauru... AND GUESS WHAT?! THEY BAPTIZED A. ON SATURDAY! I AM SOOOO HAPPY FOR THEM!!!! HEAVENLY FATHER ANSWERED MY PRAYERS! SOOOO HAPPY FOR THOSE TWO GREAT SISTERS!!! 

AND THIS WEEK IN CASCAVEL, my companion and I BAPTIZED AS WELL! 

WE BAPTIZED J.! HE IS 21 AND WAS A WARD REFERENCE! HE WANTS TO SERVE A MISSION! THE LORD DEFINITELY PREPARED HIM FOR US!!!! 30 MEMBERS CAME TO SUPPORT THE BAPTISM!! It was so special- as a sister, I have a personal rule that I don't let the Elderes enter the water with my baptisms, I feel like the will have many opportunities to baptize their own converts, and I like to give members opportunities to perform ordinances and create friendships with my new members and so I always invite youth or other men in the ward to baptize for me.

This time, I invited the Relief Society president's husband to do it. I had just met them, but I felt strongly that he should be the one to baptize J. He happily accepted. after the baptism, I realized that he, his wife, and his teenage son were crying... come to find out, this man was a recent convert of a few years and had never had the opportunity to baptize someone before! His teenage son who is preparing to serve a mission was so touched to see his dad baptizing and it was a blessing for all of us! Small detail, but soooo special for that family!! Only God knew!

Bishop picked me up late at the bus station on Tuesday night and gave us the reference of J. We met with J. for the first time on Thursday and invited him to be baptized on Saturday (2 days later)--- he was so well prepared already and I knew and felt the Heavenly Father was saying, "Sister Tyson, you need to be here, thank you for letting Bauru go- all is well"

J. kept asking us why we are so happy-- working in the streets and in the rain... and he said that he wanted to be a missionary too to understand the happiness that we exude! so sweet!

My companion (Sister Teixeira) and I made chocolate cake for the baptism too! 

We did a musical number- "I Need Thee Every Hour" in Portuguese AND I SANG A VERSE BY MYSELF IN ENGLISH!!!!!!! DO YOU BELIEVE IT? THE CROWDS WERE IN TEARS-- EVEN MY DISTRICT LEADER, ELDER KING FROM LAS VEGAS, AND HIS MEXICAN COMP CRIED DURING IT!! THE SPIRIT WAS SOOOO STRONG!!
 IT WAS SUCH A GREAT DAY!! AND YESTERDAY AFTER THE CONFIRMATION AND CHURCH, WE INVITED E. TO BE BAPTIZED--- WE FOUND HIM IN THE STREET ON FRIDAY, HE CAME TO CHURCH, LOVED IT, AND IS PLANNING TO BE BAPTIZED ON SUNDAY THIS WEEK!!!

ALSO, a young couple who we ate lunch with yesterday told us that the wife's little brother lives in our ward as turns 8 this week- his mom is not a member, but that we can baptize him on Saturday this week as well!!!!!! His name is A.-- we are hoping that it works out!!!

We have a big area here and lots of rain this week, but we are here to open the area again and to work well with the members, so we are doing great and loving life here already!

The members treat us so well and are so excited to have sisters!!! Presidente reminded me that if anyone doesn't treat me or my companion with respect that he will close the area again instantly- hahaha but we wont have any problem with that! WE'VE RECEIVED SO MANY GREAT LUNCHES AND GIFTS ALREADY FROM THESE TALENTED MEMBERS! They are helping us with our house as well! We live on the street of the chapel and close to yummy cheeseburger places and a big grocery store so I am stoked! The house needs some work, but we are already turning it into a sister's house! hahahaha The office elders gave me a budget that I asked for, so we are happy campers! hahaha

These members are soooo talented! I will explain in more detail next week, but we are blessed to be here!

My District Leader is awesome and my Zone is great! Sister Whitehead from Salt Lake is in my district which is a blast! And Elder Benvenuto and his great comp are my Zone Leaders! We are all excited and working hard!!! 

THE LORD HEARS OUR PRAYERS AND ANSWERS! Our Zone was blessed with 9 baptisms this week!

I know that Heavenly Father lives and answers our prayers. I know that His will will always be done and is always what we need even when it hurts at first. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and changes lives! I am seeing the hand of the Lord each day and His tender mercies are endless!!! I am doing this because of Him. He is my strength, and as we sang this week at J's baptism, I truly need Him every hour. 

J's Baptism!


Mission Week 47: October 23, 2017 TRANSFERRED!

October 23, 2017

I AM BEING TRANSFERRED AGAIN.....WITHOUT SISTER ALSTON.... I AM BEING TRANSFERRED TO FOZ DO IGUAÇU

I LEAVE BAURU TOMORROW MORNING.... someone else will finish my daughter's training and I am soooo sad! I don't want to leave her!

MY NEW COMPANION IS SISTER TEIXEIRA---SISTER BOTT LEFT ME AND WENT TO FINISH HER TRAINING IN CAMBE.

I am happy to accept the Lords will- He HAS GIVEN ME NO REASON TO DOUBT HIM!!! I LOVE THESE PEOPLE, BUT I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOVE EVEN MORE OF HIS CHILDREN IS BEAUTIFUL FOZ!!!

I am excited but I am sad today! it will all work out....I trust the lord--R. read me some of the FB postings from you guys about me! Love you guys sooo much!

I will be in Zona Foz but serving in Cascavel ward 3!

Love you!

Sister Tyson

Here are some pictures of Sister Tyson on her last P-Day in Bauru with her Brazilian Family.















Mission Week 46: October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017

THIS WEEK WAS FULL OF MIRACLES AND WENT BY SO FAST!
I have to get offline, but I just want to say that I love the Lord and I love all of you. I am so grateful to be a missionary and to be here right now! I know that Heavenly Father not only lives and loves us, but that He is in the details of our lives. He is working miracles everyday and I am so lucky to be able to be apart of it. I love my Savior- for Him, I am here. I never want to leave this life as a missionary behind...thinking about it makes my stomach sick...I LOVE THESE PEOPLE, I LOVE MY COMPANION, AND I LOVE THIS SACRED WORK!!
I know that with Christ at the heart of everything we do, we can do amazing things!!!! Thank you for all of your support and love! I love being a missionary!
 
Have a great week and know that you are in my prayers always! I know God loves me because He gave me the opportunity to have you as my PARENTS!

love you so much! have a great week!!!! thank you for everything!
-SISTER TYSON








Monday, October 23, 2017

Mission Week 45-October 9, 2017

October 9, 2017

A few updates from us-

Monday- we worked all of my documents out in londrina so I will be able to stay in Brazil!!! yay!!! haha and then afterwards, the Londrina elders heard that we were in town and went a little wild and 12 of them showed up at the office to take me and my daughter to get açai/icecream! Hahaha not sure how the word got out that quick but when I asked them they just all said, "when you hear that Sister Tyson is in town, you get the elders together!"....Eyes are rolling but they are great and we had a good rest of P-day until the elders took us to the bus station to head to Marilia (another city) to sleep for the night--- another 3 hours on the bus....

Monday night, we were picked up in Marilia, Sao Paulo by one of my best friends, Elder Greer from Utah- and some sisters and Sister Alston and I slept in Marilia instead of traveling two more hours into Bauru because our Zone Conference was going to be the next day in Marilia with the Presidente. 

Tuesday we had a wonderful conference with Presidente! He shared a beautiful video about a man named John Tanner who literally consecrated his life and money to help Joseph Smith and the early saints! It was beautiful! I cried- truthfully, whenever Presidente Pereira gives a training, I always cry because it's always so beautiful and so inspired!!! He related the video to our missions and how we need to be more fully dedicated to the service of the lord- not just making a contribution, but being consecrated! Love that man and love the Spirit of the conferences! 

At the Conference Presidente and Sister Pereira gave me a certificate for having a "casa celestial"--- celestial house award because my mission apartments/houses are always so organized apparently...then in front of everyone (3 zones) sister pereira said, "come give your mama a kiss!" and Presidente said, "Tysinha (little tyson), you cant give your daddy a kiss but come shake my hand!" OH WOW....as if the zones didnt already make fun of me...hahahahaha

Then Presidente played a video- a clip from American Idol in front of the zones just for me....its this girl singing terribly but it sounds like she was saying, "Kaleeeeeeee" and presidente prefaced the video saying, "this video is for my little Sister Tyson"....soooooo funny! The folks were losing their minds! 

Presidente and I talked after lunch and he was soooo sweet- he got choked up and told me that he loves all of the missionaries but that I am like a true daughter to him and sister. I told him about how much I love them and how this week was harder because of Kade's wedding that I will miss, and then he told me that he is so grateful that the lord sent me to their mission that God will always love me for giving up other important things to do His will. He didn't need to say that, but it made my heart happy to know that this man who I have so much respect and love for knows that I am here because I love the Lord more than anything else....I AM SO BLESSED TO NOT JUST HAVE A GREAT MISSION PRESIDENT, BUT MISSION PARENTS!!!

THIS week was great in our area- the members are incredible and giving us tons of references- this week an irma brought take out lunch for us and left three names on top for us to visit! Soooo rad! 

L. is 14 and is one of the members nephews! He is getting baptized on this Saturday and we are soooo excited! His mom is not a member but she is the irma's sister and we were able to get into their house to teach L. and his mom!  WE ARE THRILLED! L. IS SO EXCITED TO BE BAPTIZED and already has tons of youth in the ward who are including him.

N. is doing great! She is working on her faith in god award already and as one of her activities, we will help her teach the Word of Wisdom to her family for fhe tonight and then I can mark off on her little booklet! CUTENESS ALERT: remember how this little girl lives in a house with a ton of family members and how she is so poor? Well, yesterday, she and her little cousin came to church and N. pulled out a wrinkled 2 reais and said, "Sister Tyson, where can I pay my tithing?" MY HEART!!! THE MEMBERS ALL CRIED AS THEY WATCHED ME TEACH N. HOW TO FILL OUT A TITHING ENVELOPE! SHE IS PRECIOUS!! TRULY MY LITTLE CONVERT!!! She will be at the primary activity again this week and she is working on memorizing all of the Articles of Faith! I am in love!

V. got called to be our ward mission leader and R. will teach gospel principles to the investigators and new members! WE ARE SO THRILLED! They have always been our biggest supporters anyways, just so glad that it is official now!!!!! We love them sooooo much!

We are still teaching that  lady- E.- who we found knocking doors a few weeks back- she came to church again yesterday and is loving it! she didnt go to the conference last week and she told us during our visit that she was feeling a lack of peace during her week without being a church with us! She is praying and reading the Book of Mormon and said a prayer in front us, thanking the Lord for sending "two angels" to her door. She is wonderful and is progressing super well!!! 

Some many others and I have so many stories to tell, but really- yesterday Sister Alston and I were surrounded in sacrament meeting with our reactivated members, recent converts, and investigators and our ward frequency was the highest it has been all year with 100 people in sacrament meeting! My heart was so grateful to a loving Heavenly Father as I looked around that chapel and saw the beauty of it all! I CAN'T BE ANY HAPPIER AND I NEVER WANT THIS TO END!!!!
 
 

Mission Week 44: October 2, 2017

October 2, 2017

I AM IN LONDRINA AGAIN BECAUSE I HAVE TO DO DOCUMENTS AGAIN...AND THEN TRAVEL BACK FOR THE CONFERENCE IN SAO PAULO IN THE MORNING, BUT WE ARE HERE--- WE DON'T HAVE LOTS OF TIME TO EMAIL TODAY-- SORRY!! SAD FACE!

I AM LOVING ALL OF THESE PICTURES!

I'm so glad that everyone is doing well and everyone is happy!!!

General Conference was good- we watched it at the stake center and on Saturday we watched in Portuguese. We are going to print the talks and study them better--- then on Sunday we watched them in English at the stake center on the computer! I LOVED CONFERENCE! IT WENT BY WAY TOO FAST!!! NEXT WEEK I WILL WRITE ABOUT MY FAVORITE PARTS---but I loved Elder Zwick's talk!!!! So beautiful! and Elder Hallstrom's on miracles! I AM SEEING SO MANY MIRACLES EVERYDAY AND LOVED THAT TALK! I also like the talk about the Mardesich's--- I had a feeling that it was them!!! Oh and I felt like Elder Anderson killed it at the end in paying tribute to Elder Hales and Presidente Monson! So powerful and I had goosebumps the whole day!!!!!! MY HEART IS SO HAPPY! CAN'T WAIT TO REREAD AND STUDY AGAIN! CONFERENCE GOES BY TOOOO FAST!!!!!






Also, we are still working with A.- who moved into Bauru- member ref- and her non-member husband and kids! We are hoping to baptize them on the 14th as well!! They are doing great and learning lots!

And I.- 65 years old--- I will write about her story next week, but she loved church and can't wait to come back- she accepted the invitation to prepare for baptism!

Sister Alston and i are going to be praying and fasting lots this week to try and baptize all four of these people- I., L., M. and D.  on the 14th!!!!! PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE AND KNOWING THAT IT IS POSSIBLE---with hard work and lots of prayer of course!!!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Mission Week 43: September 25, 2017

September 25, 2017

THIS WEEK WAS AWESOME!!!
WE HAD FAMILY NIGHTS EVERY NIGHT WITH MEMBERS AND THEY INVITED NON MEMBERS! WE HAVE A WHOLE NEW GROUP TO TEACH! FAMILIES READY TO BE BAPTIZED ALREADY!!!! WE HAD SO MANY APPOINTMENTS THIS WEEK THAT WE HAD TO MOVE SOME TO NEXT WEEK!!! SOME NIGHTS THIS WEEK I EVEN CANCELLED SOME FAMILY NIGHTS BECAUSE I COULD MANAGE TO DO 3 EVERY NIGHT! WE EVEN COMBINED SOME FAMILIES TO GET EVERYONE IN!!! WE ARE SO HAPPY! WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE AND SO MANY PEOPLE IN CHURCH FOR THE FIRST TIME YESTERDAY! THE WARD WAS SOOOO EXCITED!!!