Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Mission Week 61: January 29, 2018

January 29, 2018

MY BIRTHDAY WAS WONDERFUL!!!

My companion and the other two sisters in my house made cake and made my bed with little gifts and notes. It was sweet- and they planned a big party for me at the district meeting that day- the elders all brought lots of soda and the sisters brought my cake and lots of snack foods- it was a surprise and they all sang to me-- so sweet! The entire zone was there and it was so precious! Especially because I am new to the zone!

Then my phone was ringing off the hook- missionaries from all of the mission and members were calling me to wish me a happy day! So many emails of love and cards too!

SISTER PEREIRA CALLED ME! It was so kind, she was so sweet and said that she had had my b-day marked in her phone for months and that she loves me like her true daughter and that she and Presidente love me and are proud of me. We talked for awhile and it made my heart happy to think that she would take the time to wish me a happy day! So sweet!

Then a ward member- Irma T. who is like the missionary mama here made me a yummy cake but I didn't know she was planning it and ended up traveling the night of my birthday to Marilia to do divisions and so I didn't get to eat cake at her house-- but I thanked her and felt happy!

MY B-DAY WAS SOOOOO HOT-- WE WERE SOOOO HOT AND THE SUN WAS KILLING US- BUT IT WAS SO HAPPY!

Then I traveled to Marilia- a city close to Bauru- and did my division with Sister Costa who was Sister Alston's companion in Bauru- the sister you guys met on that facetime call with Mateus' family-- it was sooo fun! Sister Costa will end  her mission this transfer and was super emotional saying goodbye to me... I know I can call her whenever but it was hard. shes a great sister and has always been a great friend to me! She even took me out to acai ice cream for my birthday during the division-- we found lots of great people and mark more baptisms in her area- it was lots of fun and lots of hard work. She is a great sister! We stayed with them in division for 2 days and then on Friday we went with them to their zone conference with Presidente in Marilia. 

Even though we already saw the conference in Marilia- we will have our zone conference here in Prudente tomorrow- should be a good day!

When we got home on Saturday we were exhausted but went to work in our area--- WE BAPTIZED THREE PEOPLE ON SATURDAY NIGHT! SOOOO WONDERFUL-- G. 10YRS OLD, J.A. 50, AND L. 18!!! GREAT PEOPLE THAT WE HAD FOUND LAST WEEK!!

Mission Week 60-January 22, 2018

January 22, 2018


HAPPY BIRTHDAY SISTER TYSON!

THIS WEEK WAS BUSY!

We baptized J. (14)- he and his family moved in to the house next door to ours 2 weeks ago and we stopped to talk to the family- we ended up finding out that all of them were baptized in Londrina years ago but moved a lot and never found another chapel in the new city and so they ended up becoming less active. SUCH A GREAT FAMILY AND WE WERE SO BLESSED TO FIND THEM- even though they live next door to our house and we all live so close to the church!- the family has a mom- L. and dad, R.- and J. 14 and his siblings are J. 22 and J. 17 who has a son R. who is 2! We have created a great friendship and J. WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO WASN'T BAPTIZED! HE ACCEPTED AND WAS BAPTIZED ON SATURDAY! We are reactivating the family and they were all in church on Sunday! Sooo great! They are happy!Tonight we will have family night at their house with another active member family! And they are so great they always bring us dinner in take out boxes every night so that we can eat dinner when we get home! Such good people with great hearts!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!

MY CHRISTMAS CAME IN THE MAIL FROM YOU! I LOVED MY STOCKING! AHHHHH! THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH! I AM BEYOND THANKFUL! I WAS NEEDING MASCARA AND TREATS! LOVED DADS SASSY GUM TOO! THANK YOU THANK YOU! I GOT LOTS OF CARDS TOO! OH AND SUMMER ENDSLEY SENT ME A NICE CHRISTMAS EMAIL THAT I FORGOT TO TELL YOU ABOUT- I THANKED HER, BUT PLEASE THANK HER AS WELL!





I CUT MY HAIR! ITS A LONG BOB! I LOVE IT AND PRESIDENTE DID TOO-- IF I MAY!

I AM HEADED TO BAURU THIS WEEK TO DO DIVISIONS! SOOOO EXCITED!

WE HAD LOTS OF PEOPLE IN CHURCH ON SUNDAY SO THAT MEANS MORE BAPTISMS THIS WEEK! WE ARE SSOOOO HAPPY WITH EVERYONE'S PROGRESS!!!! 


Mission Week 59: January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

This week was a good and hard week for me....

We did divisions in Tupã again with another dupla and it was awesome! We marked lots of baptism dates and received revelation to help them! It was such a cool experience! We were happy with their progress and were happy to stay with them for a few days to learn and help them out. Great sisters with lots of potencial! 

We got home to Planalto and rushed to confirm people to bring to church- it was chaotic but we managed to teach and find more people to bring to church. Unfortunately our baptisms for the week fell through--- C. (who said that she knew I was sent to her for a reason) hadn't talked to her husband about her decision to be baptized and so when we went there to take her to the interview--- she said that her husband was really mad and that they had fought about her baptism and that she thought it would be better to wait until he cooled down. We assumed because we had asked her several times that her husband was on board, but we never talked to him because he travels for work--- and then she dropped the bad news on us. We tried everything but ended up not having her baptism this week- I have faith that this upcoming week will be better for her.... sad times...but happy that she still wants to progress!
 
 

Mission Week 58: January 8, 2018

January 8, 2018

Hey everyone! Mom and dad!

I missed your faces this week!!! 

This was another good week in the mission! We baptized two young women- (both 12 years old) A. and N.! They are so great! I don't have pictures this week but I will try to send you some if I can! We found them both recently- my first week here in Planalto and they were both baptized and confirmed this week! Both great girls with lots of potential! 

My divisions in Tupã went well and we stayed with them all day on Wed and Thurs- they are good sisters- we did some good training with them and feel like Presidente will be happy to know that they are progressing in obedience and in the work. We had a good experience there and I just love being with the sisters.  It was amazing to do companionship study with these sisters and to have received revelation from Heavenly Father to help them individually. The Lord seriously guided my divisions this week- such a testimony builder of the power of fasting and praying with specific names and areas in mind! The Lord is so merciful! 

We returned to our area on Friday morning and went out to work- we are lucky to have Sister Marshall and Ferreira in our area to help us keep the work going in our area while we travel- we marked more baptisms for this week as well! So exciting! Sister Pinheiro (my comp) isn't feeling great so we talked to Sister Pereira and ended up having to stay inside on Saturday and Sunday (yesterday) to let her rest. We travel so much and have so much going on that it is hard to take a minute to eat right, sleep well, etc, and so it was good to have some time to catch our breath this weekend knowing that we are going back to Tupã again this week to do divisions again with the other companionship that lives and works there as well. Should be great!
 
This week another miracle happened! THE LORD IS SO MERCIFUL! 

So, last week we were knocking doors and met a woman named C.- She accepted our invitation to come to church and she came last week! She was well greeted and treated by the members and really had a great experience- she was in the new members sunday school class and the topic was the word of wisdom- I ended up sharing my testimony about how grateful I was for this commandment. Afterwards she told me that her heart was touched by my sincerity and testimony.

Then we went to do our divisions in Tupã and the other sisters in our area went and taught her- they marked her baptism date and were so excited! 

Sister Pinheiro and I got back into the area on Friday and were exhausted but went to visit her for the first time as a companionship. C. was super great and told us that she is planning on moving herself, husband, and 11 year old daughter to the united states this upcoming year. we were excited and she and I talked a bunch about what her transition will be like and about how becoming a member of the church now would help her adjustment there in the states. We had a great conversation and she was soooo great and then we read with her in the Book of Mormon. We explained to her about Lehi's vision and she was amazed. She said that she already has a testimony that the Book of Mormon is true and is reading by herself. So awesome!! 

My companion shared the most sincere testimony of the Book of Mormon that I have seen her share during our two weeks together as companions and in all of the other times before that I have seen her teach- she even got emotional which really isnt like her--- then it was my turn.....I shared my testimony that I have NO DOUBT whatsoever that the Book of Mormon is the word of God- that it is the most true book that was ever written and that will ever be written- I talked about my experiences and difficulties and how the Book of Mormon has changed my life and the lives of those who I have served up until now---

C. with tears in her eyes thanked us for bringing her the truth-- she was so sweet and said, "for these last two weeks I have been praying so hard to find the truth- to find a church that would be the best fit for my family and that would leave me without doubts-- I was praying to know if going to the united states would be the best change for my family and I prayed that God would send me a sign; a messenger... I was looking for some sunshine to show me the way." We listened quietly and then she said to me, "when you came to my door that day last week, I first saw your smile and then your name tag- you invited me to visit the only true church and promised that I wouldn't regret my visit that it would bless my family to find the way back to God and then you took down my address and phone number and left," then she said, "I felt so strongly that you were that messenger..sent from God during a week that I was praying harder than ever for a sign-- then I saw your blonde hair, bright smile, and thought 'God is funny..He actually sent a ray of sunshine to my door!'" we all laughed and cried together!

I explained to her about how she had been the answer to my prayers! That I had been transfered during the middle of the transfer from an area and people that I loved and that it was hard for me to understand why God was doing this- transfers of this kind were rare or never as missionaries, but that I had just trusted that He knew why He had sent me to this area in the right timing-- and that hearing this was an answer to my pleads with the Lord to know why He had moved me again. I felt so strongly that the Lord knows me- that He loves us and that He knows better than we do- that my plans are nothing and so insignificant in the grand scheme of things. I was reminded to trust Him and to show gratitude in the difficult moments. SOOOO MERCIFUL-- I start to complain or to question and He is always here to tap me on the shoulder and said, "I havent given you any reason to doubt me before now- so just trust me! Oh ye of little faith..."
 
Love,
 
Sister Tyson


Friday, January 5, 2018

Mission Week 57: January 3, 2018

January 3, 2018

THANK YOU FOR THESE GORGEOUS PICTURES! THE WEDDING LOOKS LIKE IT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!!! SOOOOO MUCH HAPPINESS IN MY HEART SEEING THIS TODAY!

SORRY THAT I AM ONLY GETTING ON TODAY-- BECAUSE OF THE HOLIDAY- THERE WASNT AN INTERNET HOUSE OPEN ON MONDAY OR YESTERDAY SO TODAY IS THE DAY!

I AM DOING DIVISIONS IN AN AREA CALLED TUPÃ WITH MY NEW COMPANION.

I just wanted to take the minute, I have to explain the transfer- yes I was transferred without notice in the middle of the transfer- Sister Sadleir from California was a Sister Training Leader as well in Sao Paulo and went home a few days after Christmas-- finished her mission- and President called and transferred me to be with Sister Sadleir's companion (another sister training leader) to work in Sao Paulo. I was soooo sad to leave Sister Anjos and to leave everyone that I love in that area and zone..my recent converts were all crying and the members as well... my heart hurts still... I don't know why I am back in Sao Paulo exactly but I am trusting that the Lord has a reason.  He has never given me a reason to doubt and so I am just trusting and moving forward. 

I am serving in a branch (for the first time)- my area is called Planalto and it is in Presidente Prudente, Sao Paulo--- my companion is Sister Débora Pinheiro from Fortaleza- she has 1 transfer more than me--- we are living in 4 sisters-- Sister Marshall who was also trained by Sister Penni- from Michigan-- sooo great--- and her companion is Sister Ferreira, my old companion! I don't know much about the area or branch yet but next week, I will write more details...

We are in divisions today and I am happy to be helping the President and the Sisters! It's cool to enter other areas and receive revelation that can help these Sisters! I love it!

I LOVED SEEING ALL OF YOU ON CHRISTMAS! WAS SOOOOOO WONDERFUL AND I LOVE YOU ALLLL SO MUCH! THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING!

Tell everyone that I love them! Love these fotos!!!! Congrats on putting on a wonderful wedding!!! 

-Sister Tyson
Brazil Londrina Mission Christmas 2017 Can you spot Sister Tyson? :)

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Mission Week 55: December 18, 2017

December 18, 2017

THIS WEEK WAS BUSY!!

I AM BURNED TO THE CRISP!! I AM GETTING SOOOO TAN!! HAHAHA IT IS SOOO HOT HERE-- WE ARE DYING BUT WORKING OUR FACES OFF!

Unfortunately, our baptism for G. fell through this week. I was so sad because G. really wants to be baptized like Jesus was--- we aren't going to give up... its sooo hard when family members negatively influence others from doing what is right- I AM SO ANNOYED WITH SATAN AGAIN THIS WEEK-- READY TO PUNCH HIM IN THE FACE....like seriously he needs to get away....I'm sure hes annoyed with me too...GOOD THING- he knows that even though I am far from perfect, I love to tick him off- so I'm am working even harder, inviting more people, and following the rules as best as possible to bug him and to receive more guidance from the Lord....
 
I'm still teaching English but it is overwhelming- we have more people coming which is great, but with all of my traveling it is hard to keep it up each week-- we already have to cancel again this week--- sad face- and I have no time to study English lessons to teach... its hard but I will have the members help me out.

The mission conference is tomorrow in Londrina! I am stoked to see Sister Alston!!! We leave Cascavel today at 4pm with our zone! ALL MISSIONARIES 140 WILL BE IN LONDRINA TONIGHT FOR THE CONFERENCE TOMORROW-- NO IDEA HOW WE WILL ALL SLEEP THERE BUT I KNOW PRES IS ALREADY LOSING HIS MIND WORRYING... HAHA
 
we have another baptism marked for a girl named paula (13) she is so great and is going to be baptized on christmas eve! she lives with her dad whose birthday is today (73 years old- she is the youngest) and she has a hard life...but loved church this week and is so excited for her baptism! I AM HAPPY FOR HER!

The hard part is that we will be in Londrina from tonight until Friday morning because we have the conference tomorrow and then Sister Anjos and I will be traveling doing some visits to other sisters in the mission.
 
 
 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Mission Week 54: December 11,2017

December 11, 2017

J.- recent convert- is the 2nd counselor in the YM's and is loving it! He helped put together a great activity this week to raise money for the youth to go to the temple and is a great home teacher already! Spending Sundays making visits! He is wonderful and I am beyond proud of him- preparing to recieve blessing patr. and to serve a mission!

E.- paid tithing and is on track to get the Melchizedek Priesthood! doing great and helping us find and teach his friends! E. BLESSED THE SACRAMENT YESTERDAY FOR THE FIRST TIME AND I CRIED! IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL! HE AND J. CALL US EVERYDAY WANTING TO BAPTIZE, WITH REFERENCES, AND WANTING TO FEED US! SO PROUD OF MY SOON-TO-BE ELDERS!

D.- received the Aaronic Priesthood yesterday and he and his wife will get a couple calling this week! He is happy! He is doing FHE this week!

T. will stay with the young women because I felt like the RS was too advanced for her even though she is 18. She is happy and will also receive a calling with the YW!

A.R. will get married to the member named S. this week on Friday before the ward Christmas dinner! I asked P (returned missionary- daughter of D.) to do her makeup for me and I am planning on helping with her hair for her big day!

MY RECENT CONVERTS ARE ROCK STARS AND ARE DOING SO WELL! ANXIOUS TO FIND AND BAPTIZE MORE WONDERFUL CONTRIBUTORS TO THE LORDS KINGDOM!

This week we found more people to teach and marked a date for baptism with a 13 yr old girl named G. She was a referral from the Sisters in the other ward. We went there and taught her and her mom. They were so receptive. I brought P. (rm) with us to teach and Sister Anjos said that it was her first ever lesson with a member in the mission! I was shocked because I love teaching with member and love teaching the members how to teach others- the Spirit is always so strong and the investigator automatically has a friend to follow up with them and to fellowship. THE LESSON WAS INCREDIBLE..if I may... and we taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. G. accepted to be baptized this upcoming Sunday and her mom was great as well. Her mom was actually a pastor of another church for 11 years, but told us that she always felt like she was missing something, that in that other church she felt like she has been suffocated- that her agency had been taken away but strict rules and doctrine of men. She felt the Spirit and accepted our invitation to pray about her own baptism! We are hopeful that she will be baptized with her daughter! So happy!

We also found a widow named E.- she has been visited by the elders years ago but they could not enter her home because she lives alone- hey left the Book of Mormon but didn't explain.....HHHMMMPHHH...they also didn't leave her in the area book--shocker again--- and so we found her knocking doors. She explained that she read 11 pages of the Book of Mormon and knew that it was true but lost contact with the missionaries. We are working with her and are hoping to baptize her soon as well! So exciting!

This week we know we need to do divisions with the sister to help them to baptize and with other difficulties, but we also know that we need to baptize in our area to set an example for them...its a tricky balance...we are deciding with Presidente to see if we will go out to train/work in the sisters areas this week, or stay in our area to build up our area to be ready to go to the Christmas conference and do divisions next week.... we will see what he decides.. either way I am excited!

Our goal for the month of December with our sisters is 25 baptisms!! Lots of work and prayer ahead!

I studied in Matthew 10 today- I loved the promise that if we lose ourselves during this time doing His work, we will find ourselves- and that whoever proclaims His name unto men, He will speak for us to the Father--- so special! I am trying to do this- with this new assignment, I am under even more pressure- the Lord is putting me in the fire to be refined-, and I am grateful, because in order for a ordinary stone to become a diamond, heat and pressure is needed--- I am excited to continue learn lots and help serve the Lord and other missionaries-I feel so humbled and inadequate, but I know that this is the Lord's work and he will help me!