Thank you so much for all of your emails and notes of love!!! They make me so happy!!!! You have no idea how excited I was to get your letters in the mail too! Like i told you, I got 3 letters the first day I was here at the CTM from mom and dad and so it takes about 2 weeks for mail to get to me when you send it straight from the US- which is good! The letter you sent through mission ties/mr. cheneys got to me on the morning of the 14th and they said you sent it on the 12th!!!! Amazing!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! such a fun thing for me to hear and be able to communicate with you guys so quickly!!!
The cookies as Mr Cheney's are awesome and I get free ones for signing up so thanks for that too!!! Allies pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are still better but I'll take what i can get!
Everyone here at the CTM is impressed by how much i have already heard from my family--- I've received so many emails and letters already!!! I am so blessed! I wont have time to respond to everyone individually but please know that I love you all so much! Please don't stop writing to me!!
Mom-I loved that you gave me all the updates about everything! It was so fun to read that and hear that you guys are all enjoying the Christmas season!!
This week has been so great!!!! I've had to come out of my comfort zone more and more this week and its been awesome! Tomorrow my companions and I go proselyting in the streets for 3 hours by ourselves! Crazy! but we are glad to be let our of the CTM for awhile- the CTM is guarded 24/7 with large gates and armed guards so its not the safest area in Sao Paulo but I'm way excited!
This Sunday- in two days- I am giving a relief society lesson in English haha about Christlike attributes. Sister Grahl- the CTM president's wife asked me and I am happy to do it! I haven't had very much time to work on my lesson and I wish I could do gingerbread houses about his attributes like we did when mom taught in in mission prep hahaha, but it will be good. I'm just teaching 6 girls and a few leaders so it will be simple and hopefully good!
I am glad you guys are having fun with Christmas celebrations so far. I love it! Christmas should always be with family or companions haha and serving others!!! It makes me so happy!
I'm so glad that im not in the snow!! It is pretty warm here- not super humid but hot- usually between 75-80 during the day and between 75-90 at night!! It's hard to sleep sometimes but we have a fan in our rooms and a fan in our classroom where we spend most of our day so that's great!
My days are all pretty much the same at the CTM-- we study, study, study, and study! We practice teaching investigators twice a day- which are our two instructors- and some days we go on splits with the Brazilian missionaries and teach lessons that way---its fun! We have physical activity time outside every night and can play basketball, volleyball, or walk on the track. we eat a lot here- my companions are always hungry, but I feel good and don't eat too much- I'm not in love with the food but its totally fine! I've already lost 15lbs and didn't even realize it hahaha but I haven't used very many snacks yet which is good cause I can save them and share them! Most nights I fall asleep before the lights are out hahaha but I love to stay up and talk in Portuguese with our Brazilian roommates!!!! IT'S my FAVORITE THING EVERRRRRRR!
We have devotionals every Sunday and Tuesday evenings and we can listen in English with headsets--- this past week a young stake president from Sao Paulo came and shared mission stories and did an amazing job-- his message was that we should love the people in our area and always say good things about wherever we serve!!!! I loved it! And then they played the video of Christ serving people which the song HIS HANDS playing throughout the video--- I LOVED IT SO MUCH!!! I FELT THE SPIRIT SOOOOO STRONG!
This week I learned so much about spiritual gifts that heavenly father blesses us with-- you guys should read Doctrine and Covenants section 46! I loved studying that this week! I have been really trying hard to have the spirit with me and have been reading my patriarchal blessing to know what my spiritual gifts are and to try to obtain the gift of tongues! I have already seen that the gift of tongues is real because of so many experiences which I don't have time to write about today but I am so grateful to know that heavenly father gives us these gifts if we are faithful and if we humble ourselves--- Ether 12;27!
Also- watch President Uchtdorf's Mormon message called YOUR PRIVILEGES-- OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT-- its super cool if you apply it what we are trying to do as missionaries-- we cant just sit back and do nothing- we need to embrace fully the opportunities we've been given- even if that means learning a difficult language!!! Portuguese sounds like Italian, Chinese. Spanish to me right now but I love it, especially when we sing hymns!
I'm seriously learning soooooo much- especially in Portuguese- I know how to pray, share my testimony, teach decent lessons, and sooooo much more already!
I'm sorry I'm running out of time and have so much more to say!!! I'll write more next week and try to send a letter through the missionary ties place too!!! I love you guys so much! Sorry I can't answer every question like I want to! But please know that I am so grateful for you and for all you have done for me!I hope you take time this week to think about spiritual gifts and about the attributes of Christ that you can develop in yourselves! Thank you so much for all the updates everyone! Mom, I was dying about the fact that you couldn't copy and paste hahahaha and I'll write more about my awesome district next week!
ALSO- I AM ASSIGNED TO CALL HOME FOR 30 MINUTES ON CHRISTMAS DAY AT 130PM UTAH TIME! I HOPE THAT WORKS FOR YOU- I KNOW YOU HAVE CHURCH BUT LET ME KNOW IF THAT WORKS--- I CANT WAIT!!! HAVE QUESTIONS READY!
Love you all with all my heart! Thank you for all of the love and prayers!
-SISTER KALEE TYSON (KALEE GIRL)