Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mission Week 49: November 6, 2017

November 6, 2017

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

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

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

Mission Week 48: October 30, 2017 Cascavel

October 30, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

J's Baptism!


Mission Week 47: October 23, 2017 TRANSFERRED!

October 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love you!

Sister Tyson

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















Mission Week 46: October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017

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

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








Monday, October 23, 2017

Mission Week 45-October 9, 2017

October 9, 2017

A few updates from us-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mission Week 44: October 2, 2017

October 2, 2017

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

I AM LOVING ALL OF THESE PICTURES!

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

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






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

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

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

Monday, September 25, 2017

Mission Week 43: September 25, 2017

September 25, 2017

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



Mission Week 42: September 18, 2017

September 18, 2017

I'M A TRAINER AGAIN!!!!

MY DAUGHTER... Sister Carly Alston ----(the sister I'm training) is AMERICAN! SHE IS FROM OREM, UTAH! SHE WENT TO TIMPANOGOS HIGH SCHOOL AND HAS TWO OLDER SISTERS- SHE IS THE FIRST MISSIONARY IN HER FAMILY TO SERVE BESIDES HER DAD. 

She went to the University of Utah for one year and now she is here with me! She is so great and is already learning fast! She is so cute and I love her so much! We have soooo many things in common and I just love her and am so blessed to have her as my daughter in the mission!
I was not expecting to get an American trainee!! Only 2 foreigners arrived- one American and one Mexican sister and Sister Bott and I, with the least amount of time in the mission got the two foreigners to train!!!!!!!! WE ARE SOOOO HAPPY!


I DIDN'T THINK I WOULD TRAIN AN AMERICAN! Especially cause I'm considered such a young trainer and because of the language, but right when I saw Sister Alston, I felt that she was my daughter!!! She is wonderful and we are soooo happy!! She is so willing to try and is so easy going!!!
This was a crazy but good first week back in Bauru. the members freaked out when they heard that I was coming back and we already have family nights marked for every single night this upcoming week and into next week because the members are so anxious to have us over and are excited to bring friends that aren't members yet! We are soooo excited! Sister Alston is working on understanding me and the Brazilians which is totally normal, but we are doing lots of language practices andI'm trying to slow down a little bit so that she can understand me a bit more easily. She is so determined and so willing to work! Sooooo great!
The training day is so fun! On Monday night, I traveled from Maringa with Sister Trindade because she was also called in to train and we slept in Cambe with Sister Bott!! It was so fun! Then we all got up super early and went into Londrina to have training with Presidente and then we all met the new missionaries. we all got to great all of the new missionaries and in that moment, I felt like Sister Alston was meant to be my daughter in the mission...I didn't get my hopes up...because I still didn't know....its always a surprise for the new missionary and the trainer that day..but I felt so strongly that she was sent here for me!!

Then, we heard some more trainings from Presidente and then the AP's put up a big PowerPoint slideshow of everyone of the new missionaries one by one with their trainer and area. and then they new missionary and the trainer jump up and run to hug each other! I was so nervous to see who would be my trainee and hoping that it would be Sister Alston....she hadn't left my side since she got to the mission office and so I felt like maybe she was hoping to be with me too. when it was officially announced, Sister Bott and I were in shock that we were the youngest trainers and that we were being trusted with the only two foreigners!!! That means that we will have to help teach the language, culture, everything from scratch! What an awesome privilege and opportunity to learn!!!

After that, Sister Alston and I were on cloud nine and Presidente knew it...hahaha we all went to Presidente's house and had lunch and took tons of pictures and then Presidente did some more trainings! 

After, we went to the bus station and rode 5 hours to Bauru-- got here about midnight and R. and V. and the Elders picked us up there at the bus station in Bauru...we were EXHAUSTED but so happy to be able to rest!!!

Sisters Alston & Tyson

Sisters Tyson & Bott

Sister Tyson & Sister Pereira




N. is so great and I was so anxious to get back to her! SHE FREAKED OUT WHEN SHE SAW ME WALK INTO HER HOUSE! MY HEART MELTED! and Sister Alston afterwards said, "I never want to leave the mission! now I understand why you always tell me that you love being a missionary! It's because of kids like her, isn't it??? 18 months isn't long enough!" Soooo cute! 

Shes right, and I do always tell her that I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!

Mission Week 41: September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017

WE STILL DONT KNOW ABOUT THE TRANSFERS!!!! I AM ALMOST CERTAIN THAT I WILL TRAIN A SISTER STARTING TOMORROW, BUT LITERALLY PRESIDENTE HAS NOT FINISHED THE TRANSFERS YET AND SO NO ONE WILL KNOW UNTIL LATER THIS AFTERNOON! THIS NEVER HAPPENS!!! EVERYONE IS ON EDGE....if I get called to train a new sister, I will travel tonight or tomorrow morning to pick up my new "daughter" and eat lunch at the Presidente's house will all of the other new missionaries and trainers....fingers crossed...but either way..I am fine to be with anyone in any area. I am not sure if I will stay in Bauru Centro another transfer...but the ward members have been calling me all week asking me if I am coming back.....we will see this afternoon what Presidente decides.......

When I talked to you guys last Monday, I was in Presidente's house still....we ate lunch there- me, Sister Silva, and the Pereira's and then we took Sister Silva to the bus station to head home. she was emotional saying goodbye to me and I told her I loved her.

I slept on Monday night in Cascavel with some sisters there and we had a good time- it was Sister Penni's last area before she went home and I missed her so much!

The next day was the conference in Cascavel and i saw lots of old friends-- Sisters Cisneros, Sadleir, etc. and it was fun. I didn't participate in the practices or anything because Sister Pereira and I were designated companions.

I seriously LOVE MY MISSION PRESIDENTE AND HIS WIFE!!!! I FEEL SO LUCKY TO BE ABLE TO FEEL OF THEIR GOODNESS AND SPIRIT, especially during our travels this week!!!!!!!!

On our way home after the conference on Tuesday, Presidente dropped me off in another zone in our mission, closer to Londrina, called Maringá. I spent this week with the sister training leader, Sister Trindade, because her companion went home (finished her mission). Sister Trindade is considered an official companion for me, my 10th in 9 months....lol...because I spent a full week with her already. She is from Rio Grande do Sul-- Patricia Trindade- she is 25 and more quiet at first, but she is soooo much fun! I know that we probably wont stay together after today, but I loved this week with her! We worked super hard here in her area and felt the spirit so strong in our lessons this week! She is so fun! she wants to get to know Zach better.........:) !!!!! She loves "all of me" by John Legend and almost died when I told her that that is Zach and my duet go-to song together!! lol!
 


 
 
Sister Trindade wants to get a card from you, mom!!!!! hehe

I was in contact with Bauru all week, trying to help my investigators and ward to progress while I was traveling. It was hard to leave my area and investigators this week, but the ward was awesome and kept things afloat for me this week. 

N. WAS CONFIRMED AND HER GRANDMA WILL BE AT CHURCH THIS WEEK- HER GRANDMA TOLD THE MEMBERS THAT SHE WANTS TO START COMING TO OUR CHURCH TO SUPPORT HER GRANDDAUGHTER!!! yay!!!!!!

I MISS N. SO MUCH AND AM HOPING TO STAY IN BAURU TO KEEP HELPING HER! I know even if I get transferred out of Bauru today, I still need to go back and get my suitcases so...I will see her again.... I HOPE TO ATLEAST STAY ONE MORE TRANSFER THERE...we will see...the Lord knows what is best!!!!

This week was awesome!! I am usually a home body, even in the mission, I like to stay in my area, working and just focusing there, but this week was a blast! I saw the whole mission in 2 days! I am tired, but Sister Trindade and I had a great week with her investigators in Maringá. We also found lots of new people for her to start working with this new transfer. 

On Wednesday- she said that she thought it would be a good idea to knock doors to find people, but she was unsure where to start knocking. We went back and forth for a few minutes, looking at our map...but then I concluded, "sister, vamos fazer uma oração.. posso fazer?" Then I said a prayer. We stood there in the street and I prayed, making a promise with the Lord that we would do our part to talk to everyone possible in the following hour to find people to receive our message, and that in return, we wanted to find 5 people ready to receive us during that hour. After the prayer, we knocked just two houses and WE TAUGHT 5 PEOPLE!!! SERIOUSLY, AFTER THAT PRAYER, WE KNOCKED ONLY TWO HOUSES AND FOUND THE 5 PEOPLE WE HAD ASKED THE LORD TO PREPARE FOR US!!!! PRAYER IS REAL! WE HAVE TO BE SPECIFIC IN OUR PRAYERS, MAKE A PROMISE WITH THE LORD, AND HE, THROUGH OUR FAITH AND WORKS, ALWAYS KEEPS HIS PROMISES!!!!!! WE WERE SO HAPPY!

Its the seemingly little things here in the mission that really are little things at all. I AM SEEING THE HAND OF THE LORD IN EVERY DAY AND I LOVE HIM SO MUCH! BEING A MISSIONARY IS THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!

Mission Week 40: September 4, 2017 Happy Labor Day!

September 4, 2017

HEY! I DON'T HAVE LOTS OF TIME! I AM SORRY!

THIS WEEK WAS CRAZY!!!
 
THE BAPTISM WAS FANTASTIC!!!! THE WARD WAS SOOO WONDERFUL AND THE PRIMARY TOO! THE PRIMARY KIDS SANG, "I LIKE TO LOOK FOR RAINBOWS" AND DID THE PARTY FOR N. her grandma and cousins were there and the whole day was soooooo special!!! MY HEART WAS BEAMING WITH JOY! I SERIOUSLY LOVE THAT LITTLE GIRL AND HER FAMILY SOOOO MUCH!!!!!

I WAS SO GRATEFUL AGAIN FOR SUCH A SUPPORTIVE WARD!! THEY ARE WONDERFUL AND HELPED US SO MUCH WITH EVERYTHING THIS WEEK!!!

After the baptism, we went that night to N.'s house to follow up with her and she said, "Sister Tyson, I have this warm feeling my chest and I don't know what it is...it feels like so much happiness...it kind of feels tight in there..." hahhaaha I explained to her about how it was Heavenly Fathers way of telling her that he was proud of her decision... in my mind I thought, "if she thinks she is feeling good now, just wait until she is confirmed and given the gift of the Holy Ghost!" 
 
It was honestly sooooo sweet!

Her grandma goes to another church and has never prayed in front of us during the many lessons we have taught them, but when we came back to their house that night she prayed out loud in front of us and said, "Lord, thank you for sending these young sisters to me and my family. I know the Lord sent them for a reason- to save my granddaughter and the Lord was merciful to us today. I know that their work is not done here yet, but that these girls will come back to help my whole family be saved as well," 

MY HEART IS BEAMING!!!!! I AM SOOOO GRATEFUL. I know that this baptism was not me nor my companion- THE LORD WORKS MIRACLES AND THE SPIRIT PREPARES THE HEARTS OF THE WILLING. I love the Lord soooo much and am seeing His hand everyday!!!!!!!!

Yesterday, we had Stake Conference again in Bauru and so Presidente and Sister Pereira came to Bauru and then we traveled in their car to do a devotional in another part of Sao Paulo on our way home to Londrina. Presidente thought it would be best for me to travel with them and Sister Silva to Londrina and spend the last week of the transfer her in Londrina with other sisters so that Sister Silva could get on the road home early in the day.

Sister Tyson with V. & R.

Sister Tyson with L.

Sister Tyson, Sister Pereira & R.

Sister Tyson, Presidente Pereira & V.

So.... we traveled late last night in his car with him and Sister Pereira and had a blast chatting for hours until we got to Londrina at midnight. I am still at the Presidente's house as we speak using his computer to email. WE SLEPT IN HIS HOUSE AND IT WAS SOOOO FUN! SERIOUSLY LIKE A HOTEL!! EVEN IN THE BATHROOMS THEY HAVE COMPLIMENTARY TOILETRIES WHICH I WILL BRING HOME FOR MOM'S SAFE KEEPING!!!

PRESIDENTE wants me to come back with my husband and you guys before he finishes serving his mission-- he offered to let all of us stay in the MISSION HOME WITH HIM AND HIS FAMILY! HAHAHAHAHA

Today, I will spend the day in traveling to Maringa- another city close to Londrina- with Presidente and Sister Pereira. we will take Sister Silva home and then I will spend the week as the companion to the Sister Training Leader. I will help her in her area in Maringá......I just brought clothes for the week....but my heart thinks that I when this week ends, and the new transfer starts.... I will get a trainee again and start the real training of a new sister arriving from the CTM....Presidente told people in my ward in Bauru that there is a big chance that I will return to Bauru just to pick up my luggage and then be transferred to a new area........he told R. and V. that he has big plans for me coming up and wants me closer to him.......I would be soooo sad to leave Bauru....devastated.....but I have faith and know that whatever happens,..it will be the Lord's will.....and who knows??? Maybe I will end up going back to Bauru next week for good......PRESIDENTE HASNT DECIDED YET....SO I WILL TRAVEL WITH HIM THIS WEEK AND SEE WHAT HE WANTS ME TO DO.....PRAY FOR ME AND FOR HIM HEHEHEHE

WE WILL BE RECEIVING 7 NEW SISTERS IN THE MISSION THIS WEEK...SO I MIGHT TRAIN AGAIN.......FINGERS CROSSED HEHEHE 

I am honestly happy anywhere with anyone!! I JUST LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!! I NEVER WANT THIS TIME TO END!! SOAKING UP EVERYDAY!!!
 
 

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!