Monday, August 28, 2017

Mission Week 39: August 28, 2017 9 Months in the Mission! Half Way!!!

Editor's Note: We can't believe that Sister Tyson is half way through her missionary service in the Brazil, Londrina Mission! We have been so blessed by her service and we are so proud of all that she has done and experienced in this special place! Here is the latest...

August 28, 2017

Sister Tyson & Sister Pereira (Mission President's Wife)


 This week was a good week--- the Zone Conference was awesome- I cried as Presidente gave his training on how we need to be working always in order to set ourselves up and other missionaries up to be baptizing weekly!


We will baptize N. this week! We will baptize her on Saturday!
 
9 months tomorrow!!!!
THE MISSION GOES BY WAY TOOOOOO FAST! I AM LEARNING AND LOVING IT SOOO MUCH! I CAN'T IMAGINE EVER LEAVING!
I love my Savior. I am doing this for Him. My testimony of Him, Heavenly Father, and the Holy Ghost have grown sooo much since I started my mission. I love them and know that they love me because they trusted me enough to send me to serve here in this wonderful place with these wonderful people!!! MY HEART, as always, IS SOOOO FULL OF GRATITUDE FOR ALL THESE EXPERIENCES! This is the hardest thing that I have ever done, but I am growing and doing my best to do the will of The Father. He lives and He is guiding this work!!! I love Doctrine and Covenants 18 when it talks about how great will be our joy if we bring one soul unto Christ...I am here to bring as many souls unto Him as I can...but, if I only manage to bring one soul unto Him during these 18 months...that one soul is going to be MINE!!!! I KNOW HE LIVES, AND I LOVE HIM!!!! I AM BEING MORE AND MORE CONVERTED AS EACH DAY PASSES AND I NEVER WHAT THIS SACRED TIME IN MY LIFE TO END!!!!
Here are some of my 9 month pictures--- HUMP DAY IN THE MISSION--- NOTICE THE CAMEL IN THE BACKGROUND... HEHEHEHE!


LOVE YOU ALL!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mission Week 38: August 21, 2017

August 21, 2017

We are teaching a little girl named N. and she is beyond precious! She is 9 years old and lives with her grandma, aunts, cousins, etc. We met her mom and have been teaching everyone in that house, but the mom recently left to live in a different city to take care of her uncle who is sick... N. is soooo special...she learns so fast and has so much faith. she has her own bible and is able to read and explain what she is reading to us and her gma!! ITS INCREDIBLE!

Sister Silva found N. in the street on Sister Silva's first day and we have been teaching ever since!!! N.'s grandma goes to a different church, but is always participating in the lessons. they live in a humble home...

BUT ANYWAYS...N. is special! This week we explained baptism to her and she said, "Sister Tyson, I want to be baptized like Jesus was baptized. Will you baptize me?" MIRACLE!!!!! We went to pick her up yesterday and walked her to visit the church for the first time. It was precious, we walked with her and she grabbed my hand and stayed holding my hand the whole rest of the time until we got to church. She is a chatty little thing and the members loved her!!! She was so cute and ran off to primary with the other little girls. I introduced her to some of the little girls her age who are always clinging to me during sacrament meeting (helping to build friendships) and she did great!!! 

I took her to the baptismal font to show her what it was like, and she said, "so you will go into the water to baptize me?" and I explained to her simply that another missionary- an elder- my friend, would go into the water with her, say a prayer, and baptize her because he has the permission from Jesus to baptize. She then asked why women cant baptize and I was so impressed by her question- then I explained that women have the special job to have babies and be mommies and that because Jesus is a man, he gave the special power to baptize only to men. But, I reassured her that I would be standing right up against the glass of the font, watching and encouraging her until she came out of the water and then I would help her get dried off and changed again for the after party! 

I knew she understood my explanation because she went around telling R. and other members that although she was disappointed that I couldn't baptize her, she understood that it was because I would be a mommy someday and that Jesus only gives authority to men!! hahahaha precious! She explained perfectly!!! soooo smart!!!
Sister Silva will invite N. to be baptized tonight!! First time she has invited someone to be baptized! and then I will get the baptism form filled out and work with the grandma. I was worried about baptizing this little girl without having anyone in her family being baptized too, because its hard for a little kid to stay active without the parents being involved, but I am teaching everyone in her family at the same time and will help them to overcome some addictions and build more faith after N. is baptized. I CAN NOT TELL HER THAT SHE IS NOT READY JUST BECAUSE HER GRANDMA/MOM AREN'T READY. She is ready to be baptize. I know that Heavenly Father knows that she has so much potential to be a huge leader in the church someday. N. was sweet too and kissed my face as she whispered, "Sister Tyson, I want to be a missionary like you someday." MY HEART MELTED INTO A PUDDLE FOLKS!!! THESE BRAZILIAN KIDS WRECK ME.... THEN IT GOT WORSE... her little 4 and 5 year old cousins said the closing prayer at our last lesson with them and they said, "Jesus, please bless our sisters that they can come back to us and that we can sleep good and be happy always," and they were on their knees and everything!! THEY SAID, "OUR SISTERS"... MY HEART CAN TAKE IT MUCH MORE! I CAN NEVER LEAVE THESE KIDS!!!!

The primary is already involved and I have a leader in the primary who is 19 and planning on serving a mission, that lives close to N. who has already agreed to pick her up each week and take her to church even after I get transferred- and she will pick her up for the primary activity this week!!! ORGANIZING FRIENDSHIPS AND GIVING THE WARD RESPONSIBILITY REALLY WORKS MIRACLES!
N. sat next to me during sacrament meeting and colored in my notebook-- I will send a picture of what she drew. She drew me with the Book of Mormon in my hands... we are teaching so many people about the Book of Mormon right now so it is hard to remember who is learning what and so I asked her, "have you already learned about the Book of Mormon?" and she said, "no, but you will teach me about it soon!" I LITERALLY WAS SO CHOKED UP. I HAVEN'T EVEN TAUGHT HER ABOUT THE BOOK OF MORMON YET, BUT IT IS ALWAYS WITH ME WHEN I TEACH HER AND SO SHE ALREADY KNOWS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS!!!! We happened to be talking about the importance of the Book of Mormon in Relief Society yesterday and I cried as I showed the women in my ward the picture and explained that even young children who have never been introduced to the Book of Mormon before can feel of its importance based on how we live our lives and study the Book of Mormon ourselves! So sweet!


In other news, as Sister Bott was leaving to Cambe (my last area), I told her that I had organized the area book for her to go and find and baptize all of those people that I had been teaching.

This week, the AP's called me and told me that they were going to do a conference call between me and Sister Bott because there was a little boy there who would not get baptized without talking to me on the phone!!! When I heard Sister Bott's voice, I burst into tears! lol!! She explained the situation and said, "Sister Tyson, everyone is here ready to baptize this kid, but he said that he has to talk to you first. Sister Tyson, you are our secret weapon in convincing this kid to be baptized tonight!" Then I talked to E. (the little boy)--- I WAS A WRECK! I talked to him about everything and about how important it was for him to be baptized. I promised him that he would be blessed and that the problems at home would get better if he would have the faith to be baptized. He kept telling me that he missed me and I told him that I love him so much!!! he said, "Tia (aunt), I will be baptized when you get here to watch it happen." 

E. was firm on his decision that he wouldn't be baptized without me being there...Sister Bott was disappointed but laughed and said, "Sister Tyson, everyone here (members and investigators) are cracking down, saying 'we want Tyson, we want Tyson!' I am starting to think that you did too good of a job over here...." hahaha

We will see what Presidente says..he wants baptism...and I will be baptizing here in Bauru this week (fingers crossed) but rumor has it that he might let me go back to Cambe for a day to baptize some of these people and come back...who knows... I would be more than happy to! We have our Zone Conference tomorrow so I will talk to Presidente then.

IT WAS SOOO GOOD TO TALK TO SITER BOTT!!! R. WAS WITH ME SO SHE ALSO TALKED TO SITER BOTT FOR A FEW MINUTES. SISTER BOTT KEPT SCREAMING AND SAYING, "YOU DID IT TYSON! YOU PREPARED ALL OF THESE PEOPLE AND NOW WE ARE GONNA FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED HERE!"

Oh and SHE BAPTIZED MY LONG TERM INVESTIGATOR N!!!!!! N. WAS SOOOO STUBBORN AND WE WENT THERE SO MANY TIMES, BUT FINALLY SHE WAS READY AND SISTER BOTT WENT AND BAPTIZED HER!
I am sooooo happy!!! We are all on the same team- it doesn't matter if we are planters or reapers, we are all here to build up the kingdom!!! My heart was at peace to know that I did my part to help set these people up and that I worked so hard there. The Lord is soooo merciful, and as hard as it is to be without Sister Bott and to miss seeing these baptisms of the people that I struggled and prayed so hard for, I AM EVEN MORE HAPPY TO HEAR THAT SISTER BOTT IS HAPPY AND SEEING THE BAPTISMS FLOODING IN!!!!! MY HEART IS THRILLED!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mission Week 37: August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017

This week was crazy---- let me explain what has happened....

The transfer ended two weeks ago and Sister Bott stayed- it would be her 4th transfer here in Bauru Centro, but the transfer had passed and she would stay...or so we thought... this Monday right now... we were just enjoying our pday like normal- when I wrote to you guys saying that we would be getting another sister, that was true, but the AP's called too soon without understanding Presidente's plans.

PRESIDENTE CALLED ME LATER AND TOLD ME THAT HE WAS CALLING ME TO TRAIN A SISTER FOR CURTO PRAZO- THIS MEANS THAT THE SISTER LIVES WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF OUR MISSION, AND WILL COME FOR 1 TRANSFER TO GIVE THE MISSION A TRY AND THEN SUBMIT HER PAPERS!!

HE EXPLAINED THAT SISTER BOTT WOULD BE HEADED TO CAMBE-- MY LAST AREA- TO HELP FINISH THE TRAINING OF ANOTHER SISTER AND THAT I WOULD TRAIN HERE IN BAURU CENTRO.
 
PRESIDENTE explained that he could not think of a better sister to get a future missionary excited to serve. He had planned to keep Sister Bott with me for one more transfer, but when he had received notice from this stake president that we would be receiving a sister de curto prazo (short term), he knew that he had to split our companionship and call me to train her. And it worked out to send Sister Bott to Cambe to finish the training of another sister there...Sister Bott is sooo ready!!! He talked about how great she was and how we were both ready for this....
MY MIND IS BLOWN... I KEEP TRYING TO HAVE FAITH THAT THE LORD TRULY QUALIFIES WHOM HE CALLS.... THIS IS NOT COMMON! USUALLY AMERICANS TRAIN WITH 1 YEAR IN THE MISSION.. FOLKS... I HIT 8 MONTHS LIKE 2 WEEKS AGO!! I FEEL SO INADEQUATE...BUT I AM TRYING TO BE THE BEST EXAMPLE THAT I CAN BE AND TRYING TO SHOW SISTER SILVA THAT THE MISSION IS FUN AND THAT WE CAN HAVE A BLAST AND BE OBEDIENT AT THE SAME TIME!!!
She is so sweet. she has been a member for two years and is from a city called Cianorte in Maringa, Paraná. she and her younger siblings are the only members in her family- she is learning super quickly and is already doing something that I can't teach her--- HOW TO HEAR AND FOLLOW THE SPIRIT. I am teaching her how she can recognize when the spirit talks to her, because she is still learning basic gospel principles, but she is flying!!!! It is funny cause the branch presidente in her area was my last zone leader in Tiradentes- Elder Teles!

 WE had stake conference yesterday and Elder Aidukaitis of the 70 was presiding because we got a new stake presidency here in Bauru... super cool!!!!!

Oh and Presidente & Siter Pereira came too! Super fun to see them!!!! My bishop went out of his way to talk to Presidente Pereira about me!! President Pereira said to me, "Sister Tyson, minha filha, the bishop of your ward really really likes you, he says you are getting everyone in the ward excited to help with the work- keep it up!"

Then, after the conference- the bishop and his wife -I ADORE THAT FAMILY--- told me about their conversation about me with Presidente Pereira.. they said they have never had as many members giving references or had this many people reactivated in all of the time they have served as leaders in the church- bishop has already served for years as a branch presidente, bishop twice, and stake presidente. they said, "everyone likes Sister Tyson, she is our sunshine here in Bauru!"

MY HEART IS BEAMING!!

R. AND V. HELPED ME FIND MORE SHOE INSERTS TO PROTECT MY FEET!! YAY!!!! BLISTER FREE FOR THE REST OF THE MISSION!
IT WAS HARD TO SEE SISTER BOTT GO--- THIS WEEK WAS HARD FOR ME!
R.i and V. and L. helped us get her off and we all cried like babies!! It was sooo hard-- then I stayed with R. and V. and L. to eat dinner at a restaurant - I taught a lesson in English to the server- and then they took us back to the bus station to pick up my new companion and then to eat the most incredible churros in the world!! Sooo great!!! They are the best people!! They really are my family here in Brazil! It reminds me of when it was just me, Allie, you and dad living together after I got home from college last year--- I adore these people!!! THEY HELP ME SOOO MUCH!

It's so kind to hear the sweet things that people will say- helps keep us going, but SERVICE IS NEVER ABOUT THE ACCOLADES! I AM SOOOO HAPPY TO JUST BE TRYING TO HELP IN ANY WAY THAT I CAN!

I AM DOING THIS BECAUSE I LOVE MY SAVIOR AND LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THESE PEOPLE!!! MOM, MY HEART CANT TAKE MUCH MORE!!!! I AM GOING TO BURST! I KNOW I ALWAYS SAY THAT...BUT ITS SOOO TRUE!

Mom, dad--- I don't know if I can come home..... my heart is bursting... I miss you guys more than anything, but my heart is planted here in Brazil- in every area, in every house of every member, active or not, investigator, and with every companion.... I can't even imagine the pain of taking this name tag off of my chest... the thought of it KILLS ME!!!
I AM SOOOO HAPPY- GENUINELY THE HAPPIEST I HAVE EVER BEEN IN MY LIFE- I am sooooo grateful.

Today, we will shop in Bauru and try to find a watch for Sister Silva- I am showing her all the good shoes and stuff to buy for when she heads to serve in her real mission...it will be fun!!

I love you guys more than anything and am sooo grateful for you guys!!! Thank you for your support and encouragement-- I am praying for you guys always and hope you know how truly happy I am to be here! I love the Lord and am seeing His hand everyday in my life- hope you guys are too!! Thank you for all of the mail too!!

xoxoxo!
 have a great week! tchau!
-Sister KALEE JAE  TYSON





Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mission Week 36: August 7, 2017

August 7, 2017

A.P.'S ARE CALLING RIGHT NOW TO TELL US THAT WE ARE GETTING A NEW SISTER TO STAY WITH US IN A TRIO UNTIL THE END OF THE TRANSFER-- SHE GETS HERE TONIGHT!!!! TODAY WE HAVE TO GET ANOTHER MATTRESS BROUGHT INTO OUR APARTMENT AND EVERYTHING! WE WILL PICK HER UP AT 11:15 TONIGHT!

Monday- I bought a new black dress-- simple and cute.

Tuesday-- we had lunch at the irmãs house- L.- she is the one who made us that cute fourth of July lunch! We had Sister Araujo with us because it was transfers and her new comp hadn't shown up yet-- we ate yummy chicken stroganoff and chocolate fondue with bananas and strawberries! Then, right after lunch we went and bought more chocolate and fruit to eat fondue again later that night! So fun! 

We got Sister Araujo to her companion and then made it to our ward activity- THE TALENT SHOW-- MOM, CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT I DID THAT? I HAD SOLO PARTS AND IT WAS IN FRONT OF MY WHOLE WARD!!! WE WERE EXPECTING ON PERFORMING CAUSE WE DIDN'T THINK WE WOULD BE ABLE TO GO, BUT THE WARD CALLED ON US TO PERFORM AND WE DID!! #HAVE TO GIVE THE GOOD FOLKS WHAT THEY WANT..... #DEDICATED TO MOM, ALLIE, KENNEDY, AND ALYSSA WEBB!!! 

My voice is still kind of weird from having that cold a few weeks ago, so it probably sounded terrible, but I SANG A SOLO!! And all of the ward showed us all of your guys comments on the Facebook post about it! lol!!! I thought you guys would be shocked... I shocked myself!! SISTER BOTT likes to perform. IMAGINE...ME...ME...ME..PERFORMING A DUET WITH SOMEONE IN FRONT OF TONS OF PEOPLE!! WHAT ARE EARTH? 

I AM LEARNING SO MUCH! Sometimes we do things out of our comfort zones to make other people happy and to bless their lives.... we can't be selfish with our talents...hehehe look who is talking... these people have blessed my life and I had to give them what they wanted! lol!
 
Wednesday-- zone meeting- 
We almost meet our last goals for our mission! Our goal for the transfer-- 168/170 confirmations!! yay!

We had a yummy lunch at bishop's house! It was so good and so glad that his wife finally let us wash the dishes after!! Bucket list item! haha

We visited some menos ativos and some widows! So great!!! 

It's so cool! We have seen so many miracles this week just by being at the right place and the right time, doing the right thing--- R3!! SUCH A BLESSING TO BE FEELING AND TRYING TO FOLLOW THE SPIRIT SO MUCH IN THE MISSION!
  
THURSDAY/FRIDAY-- 

LUNCH AT STAKE PRESIDENTS HOUSE--- OUR STAKE PRESIDENT WILL BE RELEASED THIS WEEK AT OUR STAKE CONF- THIS WEEK 12/13--- PRESIDENTE PEREIRA WILL COME TOO! 

On Saturday we took I. out for ice cream to see how she was doing this week after her baptism and to teach some things to her-- she said that she felt so clean and welcomed at her baptism and that she was excited to meet new friends at church too! We were thrilled! It was a great recent convert lesson with a 9 year old! Gotta take them for ice cream!!! Soooo precious!

We got her dad to confirm that he would bring his whole family to church yesterday and we were so happy--- unfortunately--- they didn't show up.... in fact, all of the people we had confirmed for church hadn't shown up! So sad--- we will find out what happened at then go back and help them this week!!!! WE LOVE THEM SO MUCH ALREADY!
 
 I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THIS IS THE WORK OF THE LORD--- I AM NOTHING WITHOUT HIM-- I CANT SPEAK PORTUGUESE WITHOUT HIM, I CANT FIND, TEACH, BAPTIZE, BE A GOOD COMPANION, or ANYTHING ELSE WITHOUT THE LORD!!! I LOVE MY HEAVENLY FATHER AND AM TRYING TO SHOW HIM THIS BY THE WAY I AM TRYING TO SERVE.... IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT SERVING A MISSION- ITS ABOUT HOW WE SERVE!!!
 
One fun challenge for you guys this week--- I love doing this during personal study sometimes--- all of you take a piece of paper and write down your stresses, personal questions, worries, etc--- all individually-- then ask Allie to open the Book of Mormon to a random chapter and read it together... Start with prayer of course-- and see if that chapter answers any of the questions that you guys had about life- to resolve worry, stress, etc. I WANT TO HEAR HOW IT GOES--- SIMPLE THING, BUT HAS HELPED ME WITH MY TESTIMONY OF THE BOOK OF MORMON- I LIKE TO DO THIS WITH MY INVESTIGATORS AS WELL!

Mission Week 35: July 31, 2017

July 31, 2017

THIS WEEK WAS A WEEK OF MIRACLES!!!! 

FIRST OF ALL!!! SISTER BOTT IS STAYING IN BAURU CENTRO FOR HER FOURTH TRANSFER! WE WILL STAY TOGETHER! SHE IS GOING TO BE MY CO-SENIOR COMPANION! I AM SO HAPPY! WE ALREADY HAVE SO MANY NEW PEOPLE TO TEACH!!

WE BAPTIZED THIS WEEK!!!!! 

Long story.... when I wrote to you guys last week, I was feeling really nervous about not baptizing here with Sister Bott. This is considered one of the hardest, if not the hardest areas in the whole mission to find people- let alone to baptize- and this transfer we had so many goals in the mission and in our zone to baptize. 

We have worked endlessly this transfer to use the Spirit to help us find people to teach. When I arrived in Bauru and had knocked doors for a few days, it was clear to me that regular proselyting would not be very effective here in Bauru Centro- because there are many apartment building and nicer homes and less houses to try. We prayed and fasted to know how the Lord would have us approach this area. 

We were inspired to ask the Bishop for a list of incomplete families-families with menos ativos or active members who had family members living with them that werent members. I believe we received that list in the end of our 2nd week here. 

We were able to have some really cool experiences with our visits. We werent finding anyone that could be a true possibility for baptism, but we did find the F. family. 

J., A., N., and I.  We felt strongly to keep going to their house and on this past Wednesday- Sister Bott said to me, "Do you think we should try something else? Do you think we should go back to that house- they are never there...but I dont want to give up just yet.." I thought really hard about it... I prayed about it, and then felt very strongly that we needed to go back just one more time the next morning. 

We went back to their house on Thursday morning (July 27) and J. was there!!! He told us that we could come back that night at 6pm and that we could find his wife and daughters at home!!! (We had already talked to his wife and daughters one other time when we had gone by- but this was the first time that we had been in contact with them for a few weeks). TENDER MERCY!!!! 

Later that night, we went back to their house and only N. (16) and I. (9) were in the house. We were obviously wanting to find them with their mom- but asked if we could go in. We talked to them for two hours, just making small talk, talking about the United States, and talking about cute girly stuff--- gaining trust and friendship... then their mom got home. (both parents work non-stop-- their mom is a nurse and works many hours). 

A. (the mom) talked to us and we explained to her that we could not find records of her and N. on the church records-- meaning that we knew she had said that she was a member of the church- they had both been baptized but that maybe the paper work hadnt been filled out correctly. (I remembered that even the Bishop gave us their family because he was under the impression that only J. was a member of the church)--- I explained to her that we would try to find the records again, but if not, she and N. would need to be re-baptized and confirmed again. She was remarkably calm about it and we explained that if that would need to happen, she could be baptized with both of her daughters on the same day----- long story short----- we told her we would look harder for her records and let her know asap!

Anyways.... we explained to A. and her two daughters that night that we loved them already and knew that Heavenly Father loves them and so He sent us- His representatives- to invite them to  experience the peace and joy of a family united in the Gospel. A. cried as she explained that she hasn't been able to come to church for a long time because of her work schedule. She said that us coming was an answer to her prayers--a cry for help that she thought wouldnt be heard. She cried and said, "I have been so far away from Heavenly Father these last few years, but I have always tried to say my prayers and ask him to help my family make it back to church--- I want the Gospel in my home, but I need help--- I know that Heavenly Father hasnt forgotten me because He sent you to me and my daughters. You guys never stopped coming by these last few weeks--- GOD IS MERCIFUL- HE ALWAYS COMES BACK." 

MY HEART WAS SO TOUCHED! This sweet mom just needed help!!! She signed the papers that hour to have her daughter baptized-- I. (9) and we told her that we could do it on Saturday (two days later). She explained that she wouldnt be done working until at least 8:30 at night and we told her that we would baptized her at 9pm if we had to! We let her know that we would call the bishop to confirm whether or not A. and her other daughter were members or not and then plan the details of the baptism(s). She agreed and we left. 

I could she the hope in A.'s eyes. We werent just there to baptize her youngest daughter... we were there to remind A.,  that HEAVENLY FATHER ALWAYS GIVES SECOND CHANCES... or in this case, 20 chances (we literally went back to that house soooo many times- almost gave up, and then went back one more time!!!!)

THAT NIGHT OUR HEARTS WERE ON FIRE!! I CALLED THE BISHOP IMMEDIATELY AND HAD HIM SEARCHING FOR BAPTISMAL FICHAS/RECORDS. He got right on it and luckily found that A. and N.'s records had just got put into the wrong folder with another family's records. So that is why we didn't know if they were members or not. 

I explained everything to bishop and told him that we would probably be having a baptism two days later at 9pm in the evening! He laughed and told me that he would be happy to come and help us baptize regardless of the hour. He is so great- older man- already was a stake president and is just amazing!!! He said something that made my heart so happy, "Sister Tyson, I want you to know that I trust you and Sister Bott. I know you work so hard and I know that the Lord trusts you to do everything in line with His will. So, if you want to baptize a little girl at 9pm on a Saturday night- I will be there and will bring the whole ward with me! We are here to support you and we are so grateful for you!" 

The next day- Friday- was a rush! We went and picked I. up at her house to take her to the chapel and show her the baptism font. I thought it would be a good idea for her to have a chance to see it and practice before the day of- especially in such a quick situation like this---- she was nervous but asked lots of cute questions- I even walked down into the dry font with her and explained everything to her. It WAS PRECIOUS! She hadn't been in the church for years so it was cute to see her face light up as memories were flooding back to her. 

SATURDAY WAS EVEN CRAZIER!!! I HADN'T RECIEVED FULL CONFIRMATION THAT THE BAPTISM WAS GONNA HAPPEN UNTIL 6PM!!! I HAD BEEN CALLING MEMBERS ALL DAY TRYING TO ARRANGE EVERYTHING, SISTER BOTT AND I HAD OTHER COMMITMENTS TO FULFILL, AND THE BISHOP WAS WAITING FOR ME TO CALL HIM AND TELL HIM THAT WE WERE FOR SURE GOING TO HAVE A BAPTISM THAT NIGHT. 

I had talked to A. that morning and she said that she didn't know if we would be able to baptize I. that night. SISTER BOTT AND I WERE PANICKING AND ON OUR KNEES AND FASTING ALL DAY LONG! 

I DIDN'T HAVE CONFIRMATION FOR A., SO I HESITATED TO MAKE FORMAL PLANS WITH THE WARD-- BUT AT 6:30, I FINALLY CALLED OUT TO EVERYONE. I TOOK A LEAP OF FAITH---- Rosivani and Valci and Lisley went to the store and bought cake and drinks to bring, the elders were on standby with the jumpsuit and getting to our chapel, and bishop was getting to program ready. Before we had even had a firm go-ahead from A., Sister Bott and I had so much faith and went to fill up the font!!!!!

I was about to call A. again, when N. called me at 7:30 and said, "my mom happened to get off from work early and is going to change her clothes and drive us over to the chapel--- we are all ready to go- I. has her towel and is excited-- can we come over there right now?" I agreed to meet them at the chapel and then hung up and started screaming!!! I LITERALLY WAS BOUNCING OFF OF THE WALLS!! I WAS SOOOO NERVOUS THAT EVERYONE WOULD SHOW UP FOR THIS BAPTISM AND THAT IT WOULD BE CANCELLED!! SISTER BOTT AND I RAN AROUND OUR LITTLE APARTMENT SCREAMING AND THEN DROPPED TO OUR KNEES AND PRAYED-- JUST WITH GRATITUDE FOR THIS MIRACLE!!!!!!!!

Sister Bott finished I.'s KitKat cake and we ran to the church---- we had an incredible turn out from the ward!! 9pm at night we had 21 members there to support us! We had only told people that there would be a baptism only 2 hours before but everyone was there!! The whole primary presidency even came with a gift to welcome I.!!!! Some primary kids even did a musical number during the baptismal service!!! Full decorations, food table, desserts, and other snack food was brought by the members and set up for after the baptism!!!! The members even went and picked up my district leader and his companion so that they could arrive on time!!!! I CAN'T EVEN EXPLAIN HOW MANY TENDER MERCIES WE SAW THAT NIGHT!!! OUR WARD WAS INCREDIBLE!!!! We ate lots of great food after the baptism and I could tell that I. felt soooo special!! She was beaming!!!! She was sweet and helped me serve cake to everyone in the room! She told us later that she was so excited to have found her "new family"!!!
 

WE BAPTIZED CUTE I.! I. WAS CONFIRMED YESTERDAY. N.- HER SISTER IS ALREADY SIGNED UP TO GO TO GIRLS CAMP THIS YEAR!! WE ARE SOOOO THRILLED.

A. wept at the baptism and yesterday at church. She said that she had never felt so much Christ like love in her life-- and felt a peace come over her that we were there to help her family to be together forever and happy!!! MY HEART WAS ON FIRE--- IT STILL IS!!!!! 

Bishop already has interviews marked with A. and J., and we will be doing lots of family nights over there at that house!!!

MY HEART IS SOOOO FULL! THIS IS WHY I AM HERE--- I MISS EACH OF YOU TERRIBLY-- BUT I AM HERE TO UNITE FAMILIES HERE IN BRAZIL!!! 

I have truly seen the hand of the Lord this transfer and so much this week. I am sooooo grateful for a great companion who I am able to feel the Spirit with as we work. We worked sooooo hard this transfer and we fasted and prayed endlessly--- we went back to these houses soooo many times and after all of the effort we put in--- all I can say is that HEAVENLY FATHER LIVES. He made this happen. He is soooo merciful to all of us, and HE MADE THIS HAPPEN!!!
 
 

Mission Week 34: July 24, 2017

July 24, 2017


Rosivani & Val

This week was much better- I am feeling better and Sister Pereira has been calling all week to check on me. I told her that I am better and still working hard, she was just nervous that I would get worse- But, I am doing much better and we worked hard this week!

This week, we taught lots of new people. We had asked our bishop a few weeks back for a list of part member families. We felt strongly, after much prayer and fasting, that in this area- knocking doors would not be worth our time, but that working with members, menos ativos, and part member families would be the better route. WORKING WITH MEMBERS IS ALWAYS THE BEST ROUTE! 

We received a great list of people to try to contact from our bishop and this week we really got started. I feel sad because we only have one more week to work before the transfer ends and so we were getting started on this list really late in the transfer, but we were excited and went right out to find these people.

We were able to locate a find some great families who are members or less actives who have kids and other relatives who are not members. We had some great lessons with a few of them and felt confident that they would come to church this week. Unfortunately- none of these people came to church... we were disappointed, but still feel like we need to go back and teach more this upcoming week. 

This week, Sister Bott and I were talking a lot about what is a successful mission- what is success to each of us. Here in Brazil, in our mission especially- we are feeling very pressured to baptize. There is soooo much pressure that I sometimes feel like I could scream! We are constantly given goals and goals and more goals to get people in the water, and it is stressful. I want to baptize. I haven't baptized since i was in Leonor... I know that helping people to make their baptismal covenant with the Lord is a huge part of my purpose as a full time missionary, but I get frustrated with others  when they say that they are not happy because they are not baptizing. 

Folks!!! HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE.

This week- Sister Bott and I went to visit one of the names on our list. We didn't know the member (inactive), but we went to their house. When we got there, I knocked and an older lady came out. I asked her if she knew a "Hermes O." and she told me that he was her husband, but had died 5 years earlier!!! She explained that he was a member of the church but that she wasn't. She didn't want to let us in, but I felt prompted to tell her that we wanted to visit her.

She tried to send us away, and I started to turn away- when she called me back and let us in. We stayed and talked to this widow (R.) for over an hour! She started out cold, and then ended up hugging us, kissing our faces, and praying with us. She has lots of interesting thoughts with regards to religion- but she warmed up and was such a sweet lady. She has gone through a lot and has so much faith. 

I am not sure if she will join the church....but my heart was at peace knowing that whatever happens, Heavenly Father sent us there for a reason to remind her that she is not alone. She ended up commenting to us before we left, "Eu me-sinto que Deus mandou vocês aqui pra me-ajudar. Eu sei que Ele não me-esqueceu." (I feel that God sent you to me to help me. I know that He didn't forget me.)

I have lots of other stories like that from our week this week!

I was feeling very stressed about not having any baptisms to show from a ton of hard work this transfer, but then I was at peace in my heart this week- knowing that Heavenly Father sees ALL! Even our smallest efforts to strengthen another is an effort worth taken! 

I am a successful missionary, as stated in preach my gospel page 10, if I am feeling the spirit testify to people through me, I love the people and desire their salvation, and if I obey with exactness.

"The only person who determines the limit of your success is you" -Elder Ballard

"Of all the things you could do to show love for Jesus Christ, there is nothing greater or more important than to report that we TRIED to bring souls unto Him. "- Elder Ballard

I can honestly report, that I am TRYING to baptize, I am trying to love, and am trying to do my best!

I am so grateful for this work and for the opportunity that I have to grow and to serve as a servant of the Lord. He lives; He loves each and everyone one of His children. I AM SO HAPPY- MY HEART COULD EXPLODE!

Mission Week 33: July 17, 2017

July 17, 2017

This week was week number 4 of our 6 week transfer... it was a big week for us, but turned out to be a very difficult week for us. 

Monday- we had p-day with our zone. We played games, basketball, volleyball, and of course soccer, at the church with all of the missionaries from our zone. We have an average sized zone with 20 missionaries. It was a fun day! I enjoy spending time with the missionaries in our zone! Lots of fun energy! Sister Bott and I also went and purchased red shirts to match the elders in our district who bought matching ties and asked us to coordinate our clothes with them for the following district meeting... precious!!! 

Tuesday- CONFERENCE WITH THE PRESIDENT! We got up at 3:30am to get ready and walk to our stake center to get on the bus to go to Marília- another city in São Paulo where the conference would be held. We ended up leaving the stake center at 6am and arrived in Marília with the other zone. It was fun to meet up and chat with some of the other missionaries from the other zone who I have already served with in other areas! It was really fun! Then, we got started right off with Presidente giving an incredible training about the importance of teaching repentance with power and about finding new people to teach! It was incredible! I love him sooo much and am so grateful for a presidente who is inspired by God!
 
Wednesday- We had the sister training leaders with us for the day to do divisions with us.. It was a good division and we learned lots! I was with one of the sisters and we taught a woman named M... she is 90 years old but you would hardly know it because she is in such great shape! She has 7 children and even great great grandchildren! She has amazing faith and is interested in learning more about the restored gospel. We taught her the gospel of Jesus Christ and about how baptism, in order to be valid in the eyes of God, needs to be done the way Christ was baptized- by immersion, age of accountability, and by priesthood authority of God. She has already been baptized in several other churches and so she didn't accept very easily...but she was funny and nice about it and accepted our challenge to pray to see if she needed to be baptized or not...hehehe cute, funny old people... we shall see!

Later that night, Sister Bott and I went to teach the boyfriend of a member in our ward. The member is a somewhat recent convert.  She is 46 and her boyfriend is 54. Her boyfriend told us that he grew up as a Jehovah Witness.... and that he fell away when he separated from his wife recently. 

We taught P. (the boyfriend) and her about the gospel of Jesus Christ and testified of baptism and the plan of God to this couple.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday---I HAVE HAD A YUCKY COLD!

THE MEMBERS ARE AWESOME AND BROUGHT US FOOD to help me feel better!!! 

Val and Rosivani hired a man to come and handle the issues with our cold shower and plumbing issues in our apartment and brought us tons of food!! They were soooo great-- Val is a protective husband and father and has literally taken us in as his own daughters! He brought in a man to take care of all our house issues and left and said, "I hope you know that this is what I would do for my own daughter- you are my daughters now..and I love you both! If you need anything, you call me directly!" I thanked them graciously and told him that our real parents would be sooo grateful to know that we are being taken care of sooooo well!!

AND THEN...THAT NIGHT, ROSI AND VAL BROUGHT US BED COMFORTERS!!! DU-VE BLANKETS! MINE IS GRAY AND BLUE WITH A WORLD MAP PRINT!!!! ITS SO CUTE! THEY SAID THEY NOTICED THAT I DIDN'T HAVE A THICK BLANKET ON MY BED AND COULD TELL THAT I LIKED THE COLOR GRAY SO THEY BOUGHT ME NEW BEDDING!!
 
 

Mission Week 32: July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017

This week was a wild one for me....

My fourth of July was wild--- we had a district meeting and sang the national anthem... in ugly voices...hahaha and the awesome elders from my district came and did divisions in my area to help us find more people to teach! 

Sister Bott and I booked another baptism with D. and then we went and ate Açai which is a delicious sorbet and ice cream with lots of toppings!! YUM!

Sister Bott and I are planning our official fourth of July celebration for this Friday-- we are going to dress up fancy, make our table in our house up with the fourth of July table settings you sent, and take lots of pictures as we order pizza and expensive grape juice to eat and celebrate!!! We are excited!!!
Soo... we had D. marked for this last Saturday-- two days ago...but we marked his date on Tuesday and on Thursday we went to his house with our bishop to teach him and follow up with him and he said that he didn't feel ready to be baptized yet...

He had already been baptized in a different church-- our bishop is a convert (a lot of time as a member already but a convert) and actually was a member of the same church that D. is apart of, so he was able to share his testimony and connect with D. on a special level. It was soooo powerful to teach this investigator with our bishop. I felt the spirit so strongly as our bishop testified of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the name of Jesus Christ. I could tell that D. was feeling it too, but by the end of the lesson, he was still saying that he didn't think he was ready to be baptized just yet.

We got him to agree to go to the interview on Saturday night and to pray to know if it was time to be baptized yet. 

Then we waited at the chapel...and fasted, and prayed, and called him... and he didn't show up for his interview.... my heart was sad. I know that he is ready and that we have taught him everything and have worked hard to teach him with members and to TESTIFY with power....but my heart was comforted as I remember the wonderful, sometimes frustrating, gift of Livre Arbítrio...(free agency). 

Yesterday, I wasn't expecting to see D. at church, but he came!!! He will be traveling this week, but still wants to come to church and learn as much as he can. I am happy and at peace to know that he is showing real intent and that he will be feeling more prepared and with less doubt soon!!!

Mission Week 31: July 3, 2017

July 3, 2017

BAURU!

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LOTS OF ENERGY IN ZONA BAURU!!!

WE LITERALLY HAVE THE BEST DISTRICT IN THE MISSION!! I AM SOOO HAPPY! MY AREA IS A HARD AREA AS FAR AS PROSELYTING GOES, BUT WE MARKED 4 BAPTISMS THIS WEEK!! WE ARE THRILLED!

SISTER BOTT IS GREAT... SHE WASN'T FEELING SUPER WELL THIS WEEK, BUT SHE IS A GREAT COMPANION--- WE HAVE SOOO MUCH FUN TOGETHER AND ARE LEARNING LOTS.... 
I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH!! I MISS YOU AND WILL CONTINUE TO, BUT I AM LOVING MY TIME HERE SERVING, FINDING, AND ABSOLUTELY LOVING EVERY MINUTE!

THIS IS THE HARDEST THING I HAVE EVER DONE IN MY LIFE....mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially, but SPIRITUALLY, MY HEART CAN'T TAKE MUCH MORE!

THIS WORK IS SOOOO BEAUTIFUL--- SEEING CHANGES IN PEOPLE BECAUSE OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST AND HIS PURE LOVE IS INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL AND MEANINGFUL! 

I am seeing changes in our investigators, other missionaries, my companions, the members, random strangers on the street, and most importantly, in myself!

MY HEART IS SOOOO FULL....WHAT IS THIS CRAZY ADVENTURE WE CALL FULL TIME MISSIONARY SERVICE??? SOME JUST CALL IT CRAZY, BUT I CALL IT "THE BIGGEST BLESSING OF MY LIFE"!!!!

My love for others, myself, and the Lord is growing more and more everyday, every prayer, and every lesson taught/learned. I AM HERE BECAUSE I LOVE MY SAVIOR, AND I KNOW HE IS ALWAYS BY OUR SIDE!!!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Mission Week 30: June 26, 2017

June 26, 2017

MY NEW COMPANION IS AWESOME!!!!!!! SHE IS SOOOO GREAT AND SERIOUSLY AN ANSWER TO MY PRAYERS FOR THE LAST 3 MONTHS!!! I AM SOOOO GRATEFUL AND HAVE A GREATER TESTIMONY THAT HEAVENLY FATHER LOVES US AND HEARS AN ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS!!!

LETS BACK UP FROM THE BEGINNING....

MONDAY (THIS PAST WEEK)---- 
So, after I got done emailing you guys and heard about the transfer, I was kinda freaking out--- I would be turning to be a senior companion, moved to an area farther away for the first time, and with ANOTHER AMERICAN WITH LESS TIME THAN ME IN THE MISSION!!! I WAS EXCITED BUT OVERWHELMED! Just the week before, I had been talking to some of the other American sisters with much more time than me, and they were saying, "I cant wait until my Portuguese is good enough, so that I can be trusted to be with another American companion," and I thought, "me too! I want to have an American companion again someday!" but then when I saw Sister BOTT on my transfer email, I freaked out! So much excitement and sooooo many nerves all at once! 

Sister Ferreira and I went back and finished up getting our stuff ready to go- and I. and J. (members who I love and gave the BYU shirts to) picked us up and took us to Londrina. They were so cute and emotional to say goodbye to me... I was happily surprised to see that they felt about me how I was feeling about them and their sweet kids! I will miss them sooooo much! They took us to the mission office and waited for us while I went in to make plans with Presidente and Sister Pereira.

Presidente wanted to send me out that night to get to my area to work the whole day on tuesday, but I explained that it would probably be better for me to stick to my travel plans so that I could travel with Sister Whitaker who is a new sister and has never traveled before---and because Sister Pereira and I had already made plans to go to the Costco store together again. I walked him through the plans and he was awesome and let us keep it!!!

MY NEW AREA IS THE CENTRO CITY OF BAURU- SO WE HAVE A CHALLENGE BECAUSE WE DONT HAVE MANY HOUSES TO KNOCK AND THE HOUSES WE DO HAVE ARE LOTS OF WEALTHY PEOPLE AGAIN...WE do have some favelas which are the homeless neighborhoods...but we will really have to be creative to work well with the members to get into more apartment buildings here....a little different than what I'm used to, but I am excited for the challenge! I am pretty used to being in wealthy areas by now...hahaha

WE ALREADY MARKED TWO BAPTISMS IN OUR FIRST 2 DAYS THOUGH! HAHA ONE WITH A 14 YEAR OLD GIRL NAMED M.-  WE ARE GOING TO WORK HARD THIS WEEK TO HELP HER PREPARE FOR BAPTISM. 

AND WE HAVE D. WHO IS 65 AND SINGLE -- HE IS EXCITED TO BE BAPTIZED THIS WEEK SO WE ARE HOPEFUL THAT HE WILL KEEP HIS COMMITMENTS THIS WEEK!! 

My apartment is right by the chapel which is soooo nice and we literally live in the middle of the city! It's sooo fun! Sister Bott is a real foodie so we are going to be spending lots of fun days and money to try lots of yummy dessert places and food that she didn't get to try with her other companions! haha we are excited!!! We are already making huge plans for the Fourth of July--- #AMERICANAS DUH!
 
 
My apartment is old, but its not terrible and I feel comfortable already! #tendermercies! haha

Anyways...my district is really cool! We have some really cool elders and Bauru is known for baptizing lots, so the pressure is on! but I am excited!!! Lots of changes to the zone this time, but it will be good!

Bauru Centro Ward-- because it has more money- the people are more professionals- its expensive to live so close to the cities--- the people are older and we only have 10 youth in our ward... of course iIalready have talked to the bishop and he is wonderful!! And the Ward Mission Leader and I get along great!! They had us speak yesterday in sacrament and I spoke about charity and missionary work. I told the story of Christ by the sea shore asking his apostles if they loved him and they telling them to feed his sheep---- I gave ideas about how we can serve just because we are living the first and great commandment to love God and others. The bishop afterwards told me that I was an answer to the prayers of the ward--- that they need new, and young, and excited missionaries to help the ward have new life and excitement-- that because the ward is older, the members are more complacent with the attitude of,"I've already done my part"--- I was so happy to have had to opportunity to speak the first Sunday getting here to really establish myself in this ward! I literally hugged every irmã (sister) in the ward and people were flooding us with references after sacrament meeting!! SO GREAT!!! 




Mission Week 29: June 19, 2017

June 19, 2017

So--- today we have transfers... I HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED TO BAURU, SAO PAULO....I WILL BE A SENIOR COMPANION WITH SISTER CARYS BOTT- AN AMERICAN SISTER!!

I AM SOOOOO NERVOUS... I was hoping to stay in the State of Paraná...but nope... I will go to Bauru...I told the Lord in my prayers that I would do whatever He wanted me to do.... I am nervous about having an american companion because it is so easy to speak in English..and I want to keep progressing in Portuguese....I dont feel ready for this at all...hahaha but I know that Heavenly Father knows of my abilities and is ready to put me up to another challenge! 
 
The elders in my zone told us on Friday that we should plan on being transferred...lots of anticipation, but gave us time to update our area book and visit members and investigators for the last time here in cambe....

Before I get too ahead of myself---- P-day de Zona was sooooo fun! We had a blast playing soccer and card games as a zone! I seriously have loved my time in Tiradentes!!! I will be sad to leave so of my best friends but am trying to have faith that all will work out in Sao Paulo as well! 

Tuesday was a super hard day for me! Members were calling wanting to tell me that Kade was arriving=== they are fb friends will you guys and they showed me some pictures of him arriving...my heart was so happy to see everyone happy, but it was also hard to see! I WANT TO BE HUGGING MY TWIN RIGHT NOW!" HAHAHA BUT I FELT EVEN MORE MOTIVATED TO FINISH THIS WEEK OUT IN CAMBE SUPER WELL! OUR NUMBERS AND LESSONS THIS WEEK WERE GREAT! I FELT REALLY HAPPY ABOUT HOW WE FINISHED OUR TIME HERE IN CAMBE.

SISTER PENNI- SENT ME A HUGE PACKAGE ON TUESDAY TOO AND IT ARRIVED IN PERFECT TIMING ON A HARD DAY! SHE SENT SOOOO MANY FUN THINGS! LOVE HER SO MUCH AND MISS HER EVERYDAY!
 
 

I gave the BYU shirts to I. and J.--- she cried and their kids were emotional when I told them that it is possible that I would be transferred...they will take us into Londrina today with all of our stuff...I will miss them and soooo many other people here in Cambe!!!!! My heart hurts!!! J. & I. loved the shirts and were asking lots of questions about BYU--- they want their daughter to go there to study someday--- they have always wanted to visit the US.
 
This week we brought E. and N. to church! They are both 12 years old and are friends...they are always in the street and are soooo great! They both come from really difficult homes and we have taught both of them with their families... they are the only two investigators within their families who are progressing right now. They are still young and keep promises to go to church, etc. they were soooo cute and begged us not to leave them...we will stay in touch on emails and are sending the new missionaries who will come to Cambe to visit them. They always run in the streets when they see us and yell, "tia! tia!" Its sooo cute and I will miss them soooo much! 

J., L. & F.---- L and F. have been my long term investigators in Cambe- they want to be baptized but have problems with some commitments--- their daughter J. is a member and served a mission but now has gone inactive. I love this family and was so happy to visit them for the last time last night! I told L. that I will see his baptism before I leave the country next May! haha he agreed to call me when it happens!!! I will keep reaching out to J. to try to help her... I will miss them dearly!

I also said goodbye to N.--- my other long term investigator... she was emotional and so was I... she promised that I will see her baptism as well!!! Fingers crossed!! I bought a baby blanket from her to remind me of her! Love her!

G.-- cute girl in the pictures--- granddaughter of a member-- 11 years old!! She cried when we told her that we might not stay! I love her to pieces and will write to her while I am away! She is precious!
 
This week there was a big service day at the big grocery store in Cambe---- we were invited to participate with our ward and community to help separate donated clothes for people in need! It was so fun! We even took a picture with the governor of Cambe! We had a great day serving!! Look it up on youtube--- dia do bondade em cambe- brasil-- muffato...mãos que ajudam... it was such a great day!
 
THIS WEEK- I had a really cool experience in Cambe--- we have a central part of the city where there are shops and more people and we ran into a Bolivian man named S.-- he was selling bracelets and things from Bolivia on a little cart and I had to stop and buy from him! He was sooo cool and he and I spoke Portuguese and Spanish to each other! I got his address to pass to missionaries where he lives and we talked about some of the differences between the culture in Bolivia and Brasil! It was sooooo cool and we took lots of pics with him! Then he introduced us to his Turkish friend M.-- who lives in Brasil now with his wife who he met on the internet-- but he only speaks Turkish and English-- so he and S. communicate as best as they can... they are good friends and M. told me that he met S. in the street and that S. was the first person in Brazil to have enough patience to try to speak to him even with the language barrier. SO SWEET! We taught M. a lesson on a park bench in English and got his address to send missionaries to his house as well! 

Before we started teaching him, he mentioned that he wanted to go buy a beer, but I told him that I wanted to teach him first... we talked about his beliefs about god and Allah- and I taught him about the Godhead... after we talked he left to buy his beer... I didn't think much of it, but when he returned, he came back with treats and juice for me, Sister Ferreira, S., and him-- he told me that he felt like drinking a beer after talking to me wasn't the best choice! haha made me happy!!! 

I am loving the exposure to different cultures, people, backgrounds, religions! It is so cool! I was speaking in 3 languages! haha it was so great!

I went into a big Catholic church to visit this week! It was different but super interesting! haha good times!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mission Week 28: June 12, 2017

June 12, 2017

THIS WEEK- I was thinking a lot about when Christ was walking near the sea shore and his disciples were trying to catch fish. They weren't having much success, but when Christ told them where to cast their nets--- they brought up sooooo many fish!!! Christ said, "Come unto me, and I shall make ye Fishers of Men,".
 
I thought about this a lot this week-- that as missionaries-- we are in the field, fishing. We are working hard to find all of the people out there wanting and waiting to hear the truth of the restored gospel, but sometimes, we don't always CATCH/or see the results of our efforts...

That is how it has been here in Cambé for our companionship. We are working hard, we are fishing- we have tried many neighborhoods, planned activities, done divisions with other missionaries, and prayed lots, but still, we haven't seen the fish!!! 

This week, my companion and I were feeling a little bit discouraged- transfers are next Tuesday and we have had two transfers in Cambé without a baptism...I found myself asking the Lord in my prayers, "where are the fish?" "where are the people in Cambé that are ready to hear thy message?" "Who can I help?"--- but then I was reminded that Christ told his disciples that they needed to have faith, and follow Him. And when His disciples did, OH HOW MANY FISH THEY WERE ABLE TO CATCH!

I am learning so much--- I told my companion that sometimes we just need to exercise faith to continue FOLLOWING HIM, despite whether or not we are seeing the results of our efforts. Heavenly Father knows and sees even our smallest effort to bring His children back to Him, and so, if He is satisfied, we need to be as well-- but if He is not, and it is not hard to know...WE NEED TO KEEP ON FISHIN!!! 

I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity to not only learn how to fish, but to learn how to be a FISHER OF MEN. I am learning so much and I know that Christ is always aware of us. This is the hardest thing I have ever done, especially now that I have gone 2 years being separated from my own twin brother and now will go another year away, but I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT EVEN IF I DON'T SEE THE RESULTS OF MY EFFORTS, I WILL ALWAYS KEEP CASTING MY NET! I know that Heavenly Father sees it all, and I am doing this for Him!
 
I am feeling lots more confident in Brasil! I feel comfortable! iIam still learning so much about the culture, language, people, etc, but I am feeling more comfortable with everything..

I hope to stay one more transfer in Cambe, but at the same time would be happy to leave and challenge myself in a different way--- I am finally feeling comfortable enough in the mission, with comps, and in Brazil to just go with the flow with the transfers... this is a happy feeling! Less nerves, more excitement to see what will happen next!
 
I'll be honest- there are some days in the mission field when I want to just collapse and stop--- days when it is super hot or super cold like this week (down to 5 degrees celsius)--- and no one wants to let you in... it is exhausting! But, I always remind myself that I can not stop moving, finding, and serving, until I have passed through even a fraction of what Christ passed for me.... I tell myself this knowing that I will never, ever get close to doing what He did.

This week we were knocking doors and found a woman named D. She is a single mom with a 15 year old son and 10 year old daughter. We met with them and they go to another church called "Paz e Amor"- they are really big church goers... we introduced the Book of Mormon and they were ecstatic to accept it! They thought we sold Books of Mormon and worshiped Joseph Smith... haha so they were happy to hear the truth. I am excited to see where things go with them. They were super cute and wanted to send you guys pictures of me! haha this week we will visit them again and try to teach them everything we can!!! They are already reading the Book of Mormon! I think our only challenge with them will be teaching them about authority- that only the Church of Jesus Christ has authority to perform baptisms and such...but I am hopeful!

We had lunch again with I. and her family, they are so great! Love that cute family!

This week I met with Presidente Pereira again--- he is so great!!!  He said that these past few weeks, his wife has been begging him to let her call me- she said, "I miss talking to Sister Tyson--- can I just call her and chat?" hahahaha he told her that she can call anytime.
 
 
Sister Tyson with Sister Perreira (mission president's wife) and another sister missionary
 

Mission Week 27: June 5, 2017

June 5, 2017

THIS WEEK WAS AWESOME! We are working in a new part of our area and it is an area that has so many families in their homes together during most of the day!!!! It is a new subdivision here in Cambe that is owned by the government- the families there either have no income whatsoever, or they have one small income to support their families, so the government helps them temporarily. It is sad to see that many of the parents in the families turn to drugs and alcohol do deal with their financial issues, but the families in this subdivision are younger and humble. WE HAVE 37 NEW INVESTIGATORS THIS WEEK!!! WE ARE CATCHING FIRE, FINALLY!!!!

We are still in the beginning processes of teaching and contacting these new families, but I am hopeful that we will start seeing the "fruits" of our labors here in Cambe during these last 2 weeks of the transfer!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!

Yesterday we did an activity with the youth in our ward and we had a great turn out! We did a practice with them about how they can invite their friends to come to mutual, church or seminary! It was awesome! My companion did the spiritual thought and I did the games and the practices! Then, the YW presidency made pizzas and brought soda for everyone. It was awesome!

 
The language is great! I was told that I am fluent this week! haha Not true, but I have some of the people fooled!! I have a long ways to go and still have an American accent, but I am trying to learn lots everyday! I have understood 90% of everything people have said for a long time-- pretty much in the CTM (MTC) I understood a lot...but now, I don't even skip a beat with the people in the street--- which is a blessing from the Lord! And I love joking in Portuguese! I am learning lots and still need lots of help, but with time! Portuguese is hard!! Sometimes I doubt why Heavenly Father thought I was smart enough or capable enough to learn this difficult language.... everyone speaks it differently and have different accents! It's so hard--- and it has so many rules! I know that the Lord doesn't give us any challenge we can't face, but man! It's a challenge!

I will give the training for my district this week--- I am nervous but excited!
 
 

Mission Week 26: May 29, 2017

May 29, 2017

This week we did divisions with two recent converts- two young women- and it was so fun to teach them how to invite people in the street--- they literally had some much energy and were running through the streets inviting people to come to church! It was precious--- so happy to be helping future missionaries!!!!

We will do a youth activity this upcoming Sunday to help the youth in our ward get excited for missions and doing missionary work now in our ward--- I'm really excited!!!

This week we didn't teach very many lessons because we were making lots of new contacts and picking up referrals in two new parts of our huge area, but it was a good week!!!

This week was also cool because I taught a lesson with the young woman T. while we were on divisions. I taught the Plan of Salvation to an older widow and she was soooo sweet! The Spirti was so strong and we took photos with the lady afterwards and ate fruit off of her trees outside her house!

We passed another lady in the street and the Young Women invited her and her friend to church. The women started to refuse the invitations and so Sister Fereira and I jumped in to help "rescue" the teens from the rejection. HAHAHA and as soon as I started speaking, the woman stopped me and said, "Have we met before? I know I have heard your voice before, it is so familiar to me." She asked me lots of questions to see if we had met before and I reassured her that I am new to Brazil and so it was not likely that our paths had crossed before. She then concluded, "I think I must've known you before this life, like we were friends or something."






Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Mission Week 25: May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017

THIS WEEK- this week was rough... the rain really slowed us down! My companion was so happy to receive the package you guys sent with all of the American goodies!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! EVERYONE AT OUR ZONE MEETING SAW THAT SHE GOT A PACKAGE FROM MY FAMILY! HAHA IT WAS REALLY FUNNY- I didn't receive a package, but lots of letters and so they were like so confused..but so jealous-- they call mom, "the only mom who didn't forget"- that is moms nickname in our mission! haha Because when I first got in the mission and was receiving so much mail, everyone told me that in a few months down the road, everyone sending mail would forget about me and I would receive less and less....but after 6 months, I AM STILL RECEIVING SO MUCH MAIL AND SO ARE MY COMPANIONS (FROM MY FAMILY) HAHAHA MOM HAS AN AWESOME REP IN MY MISSION! HAHA I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH!

My companion was beyond thrilled!
 

 
The Webb's sent her a card too! Bro. Webb wrote to my comp in Portuguese and Sis. Webb sent those GLOW IN THE DARK STARS TO HER!!! SOOOOO CUTE!! MY HEART IS SO GRATEFUL!

This week we had an awesome lesson with N.-- our long time investigator-- I invited two awesome elders-- zone leaders-- to come and teach her-- they both taught her in the past and she loved them--- I had talked to her the night before and we discussed her upcoming medical appointment and she explained her nervous feelings about it--- and I asked if maybe she would like receive a priesthood blessing. She happily accepted and we brought the elders to teach and give her a blessing! The Spirit was incredibly strong and I gained an even stronger testimony of the priesthood!! N. after 6 months of going to church and having 6 sets of missionaries in her house, went to be interviewed for baptism! She said that for the first time- she felt Christ's love when my companion and I taught her! SUCH A MIRACLE!! She went to the interview and our district leader said that it was one of the best interviews hes ever had-- she is incredibly prepared--- she still has many things to resolve with her health, and so, we are hoping she will accept to be baptized in the next few weeks! We will see.... she still feels like she needs more time...so we have to start working with other people and leave her to decide for awhile...but I am hopeful! I love her so much!
 
This week we are working on getting the awesome youth in our ward involved in the work! we will do divisions this week with some cute young women who are recent converts!  we will teach them how to do door contacts and more about the temple-- they will divide with us and find people to take to church this week! they are precious and soooo excited!! we are hoping to get all of the youth to bring their friends to church!! we have lots of ideas!! trying to help them do missionary work and prepare to become missionaries themselves! i am so excited!!

Yesterday was Stake Conference and we took a bus provided from the church with the members to the chapel in Londrina! President and his wife spoke about missionary work and the temple president from the Curitiba temple was there to speak about missionary work beyond the veil! It was great! 





Sunday, June 4, 2017

Mission Week 24: May 15, 2017 Mother's Day!

May 15, 2017

Hi mom and dad!

YESTERDAY WAS SOOOO AWESOME! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING! IT WAS SOOOOO GOOD TO HEAR YOUR VOICES, SEE YOUR FACES, AND JUST FEEL CLOSE TO YOU!

I am seriously so blessed to have such a great family!!! My heart is so full--- I wish I could have had more time to talk with you both and to hear more about everything you guys are doing-- but I hope you know how much I love you!!!! 

It was so fun to see everyone's faces! the time talking to you all goes so fast, but it was soooo great! I hope everyone felt like they had a chance to talk to me..and to share what they wanted to share! I sure loved it! 

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Mission Week 23: May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017

Not much from Sister Tyson this week. She was sharing with us the time that she will be on Skype for Mother's Day.

Mission Week 22: May 1, 2017

May 1, 2017

We had an awesome zone conference and learned lots about how to better feel and recognize the Spirit! it was great- and then we had interviews with president- he was super great and told me that he has still been in contact with you guys--- he was so nice to send you guys pictures! 

Then my companion and I started working normally in our area on Thursday- she told me to pick a street to knock and I prayed to know which street Heavenly Father wanted us to visit.... I chose a street called Francisco L Hernandes- I didn't know why in that moment- seemed like a random street on a huge map, but, I felt like that was the street Heavenly Father wanted us to try and so off we went.

When we arrived at the street, we had only knocked 3 doors when we found the reason why Heavenly Father had sent us there.. WE FOUND M!

She let us come into her house to teach her a message. She lives alone is an older lady- shes a widow. We started asking her inspired questions- to get to know her better. I asked her, "how many kids do you have?" and she said, "I have 5, but now I only have 4 because God already took one of my sons back to live with him."

Right then, my heart was sooooo full of gratitude! I knew Heavenly Father told me to visit that street to find maria and to help teach her that she will see her son again. After losing my own cousin this past week, I knew that my experience with grief and loss could help relate to her loss. She lost her son only 3 months ago. My companion began to explain the first parts of the plan of salvation lesson to her and then when it came to the part about our life on earth and the atonement, my comp stopped and turned to me.... I then explained the Christ not only suffered for our sins but for our pain, sorrow, and grief. He is the only person who truly understands how M.and I feel about the loss of dear family members-- I testified that God has a perfect plan and if we follow that plan, and rely on the atonement of the savior, that we will see Gunner and her son again. She and I both cried together as I explained that this plan gives me hope for a better tomorrow- the because Christ died and because he lives again, Gunner and her son are resting and waiting for us- that we don't need to be alone in our grief because there is someone who knows perfectly of how we feel. THE SPIRIT WAS INCREDIBLY STRONG- I FELT THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD RIGHT THERE WITH US- as if he was saying to me, "Sister Tyson- this is why you are here doing this-"

I AM SOOOO GRATEFUL! 

WE found another single mom with 3 young kids on the same street who said they have been looking for a new religion- this single mom also lost her 13 year old son 4 years ago- and we shared the plan of salvation with her too! She and her kids were at church this sunday for the first time!!! soooo exciting!!