Tuesday, December 20, 2016
This week was crazy week. First off, Sister Campos´ foot got worse and when she called Presdient, he thought it best if she returned home from her short term mission. She was distraught and was very sad because she is an increadible missionary who works increadibly hard and is always happy. Ayways, we had an emergency transfer and looks like I am training again...! Her name is sister Fogo and she only had 2 weeks in the mission field. She is great. She is also doing a short term mission but she will stay for 6 months!
But the whole emergency transfer thing was very rough especially because SIster Campos and I were visiting 50 different people and when she suddenly left it was all up to me to help these people (because sister Fogo didnpt yet know them).
I had such a spiritual experience one morning during my personal study. I was thinking about all these people, and opened the Bibile to Proverbs 16:20 that says, "He that handeleth a matter wisely shall find good. And whoso trusteth in the lord, happy is he". This scripture lead me to a fervent prayer and asking the Lord about each of the 50 people was sincerly looking for the truth. It is truely increadable how our heavenly Father answers our prayers. Each name that we needed to visit, i felt such a strong impression in my heart.
Yes took a lot of patience and focus, but I know that the Lord was there with me, letting me know which of his children is looking for the Restored gospel.
Anyways, this week our zone sang christmas carols in an elderly home! What a sweet experience watching these olddies light up and clap along to our music!
So this sunday we had the greatest kids come to church! Ingrid (13 yrs) and her brother Ian (8 years). Their mom doesn´t believe in God because of an experience that she had with her first born son die at 10 years old. She didn´t come to church with Ingrid and Ian, but we are working with her to see the light of the gospel. I know that the restored gospel is what she needs to heal from the loss of her son.
CHRISTMAS is so soon! Crazy that it doesn´t even feel like christmas because it is so hot and there is no snow! But loving every minute of this brazilian christmas cheer!
I love my Savior. I as so greatful for love that he has for each and everyone of us! He lives and is watching over all of us.
Can´t wait to hear about what you all do for christmas! love you all!!
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Here are some snippits of our week:
Met an investigator named Viviani who shared a tender experience with us. She said that when she was pregntant the doctor told her that her baby was going to be born with either with a disorder or heart problems. She said that she prayed each day that her baby would be born perfect. But one day she had a dream that told her that she was praying wrongfully and that she needed to be praying to be capable and prepared to raise a children, no matter the circumstance. She learned to trust in the lord and have comfort that Gods plan is for our benefit and learning.
Love a scripure moroni 8:16 it talks about how a perfect love for heavenly father casthen out all fear. Wow. At times I have fear or am nervous, but I learned that this means that I need to have more love for my Father in Heaven. Learn to love him in a way that I understand that he has a perfect plan for me!
Aurtor and Tiago went to church again! Aurtor is a great example for his family, always wanting to pray and read the book of mormon. What a strenth that 9 year old has.
Sunday there was a talk about tithing and I really liked this statement:The people who have faith in the promised of the Lord, don´t have the means to NOT pay tithing.
This week I really have been working on looking at people through spiritual eyes. We have been teaching there 17 year old girls who have lots of piercings, tatoos and from their appearence you never would think that they would be interesed in our message. But to our suprise they said that they both got goosebums when we taught the restoration, and they agreed to be baptized!
I know that each and everyone of us is a child of god. We need to see others as our brothers and sisters. Everyone needs a friend, everyone needs CHRIST and everyone needs the restored gospel. See others as God does, and don´t judge others by apearence! We all need to improve!
This week I really learned that effective prayer takes effort. Really pour out your heart to him. Tell him your fears, worries, experiences, hardships, weaknesses. he already promises that he will answer. We just need to simple ask.
pics: thanks for the little kid clothes! he loved them!
jefferson and his family are moving to porto alegre....but the missionaries there will come visit them!
I can´t believe that Thankgiving has snuck up this week and that Christmas bells are just around the corner! Man does time pass fast!
So first things first, I just have to get my "thanks" out. I am so extremly greatful for my loving, huge, loud, increadible and inspiring family. From my grandparents, to parents, to cousins, aunts, uncles, siblings, nephews, nieces, brother/sister inlaws...the list could go on and on. But each and everyone of you truely have a special place in my heart. I have come to realize how truly important famly is here on the mission. At times I took my family for granted, but here in Brazil I have realized that i am imensly blessed. Thank you all the experiences and never-forgetting memories . Thank you for your love, support, and letters! I couldn´t be more happy to call you all my family! I know that our family can be eternal, and that we can be with one enother forever. What joy!
During this thankgiving season it is so wonderful to take a minute to reflect on our lives. And to really realize how good the Lord has been to us!
Anyway, a highlight of this week was the family of Vive and Tiago! This past Sunday was their second time coing to church and their son Aurtor (10 years old) even participated in the annual primary program (singing louder than any other kid in the group). Aurtor kept begging us for a book of mormon and he is already reading!
Our little branch is growing! The primary president said that they started off the year with only 2 kids. And now there are like 15! The spirit that little kids bring is so tender, and there is so way to describe. I am greatful for children and their great angelic influence in our lives!
We are getting Clayton some church friends to help him get over his alcohol addiction!
A miracle that happned this week is that the family who has a brother who is a bishop in another city finally is opening up for us to start visiting them again! They closed us off for a bit, but now that their mother passed away, they are realizing the importace of the Great Plan of Salvation. We had a family night with them and 5 members came along to help! Turned out great! We had mac n cheese, pinaple cake, m&ms, and japaneese soup.
Something that I have been thinking alot about recently is How/What God thinks about me. I want to be a daughter that he is proud of. A daughter that he trusts to be an instrument in His hands. A daughter who makes a difference among his children. I want him to know that I love him and that I am devoted to do his work.
I want him to know how greatful I am for his Love, and for the sacrifice of his son Jesus Christ.
How do you want God to see you? What can you change so that God sees you as someone he can rely on?
I know that our Heavenly father only wants the best for us. I know that as imperfect as I am, I can be 1 with the Savior as he is 1 with Heavenly father. I know that through repentance, anyone can change, anyone can have a new start. I know that no habbit, addiction, crime or "bad person" is exempted from change and forgiveness.
I know that we need to loose ourselves, and find our true selves through the dicine direction and love of Christ. Let him be your light!
Love you all!
Have an amazing week!!
Monday, November 14, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
October 17, 2016
Well transers were this week and sister berry is off to zona Passo Fundo! It has been such a privlage to be her companion. She is so hard working, inspirational, and always looking to improve.So my new companion was a bit of suprise. We got a call from Presdient Campos yesterday night wondering when we would arrive back to our appartment. He told sister berry that she would be transfered out and that he personally would bring me my new companion....his daughter!!! She has already put her mission papers in and wanted to do a "short term mission" while she is waiting to to hear back where she will be serving. Let´s just say I was more than excited about this! she is truely amazing and has such a desire to serve. So I guess that means I am training again? What is hard about short term missionaries is that they just go directly to the field (no CTM training). So looks like we are starting from scratch here, but I know that she has just a huge potential! I am really really excited to get the work rolling.This past transfer had been really hard. I feel like I had worked harder than I ever had on the mission, and yet we had no baptisms. I couldn´t help but doubt myself and always wonder what I was doing wrong. I felt stressed all the time and at times not good enough. But wow did that change. I prayed and prayed for guidence, and an answer to know what I should do. I know that God answers our prayers and he loves us. There was one moring that truely made me feel like a special daughter of my heavenly father. I was reading in mosiah and the first few chapters are just amazing. The speech of King Benjamin. I felt such an overwhelming feeling that I just need to have peace in my heart, Have trust in the Lord and do not faulter. I know that this is the Lord's work, it is on his time, and in his hands. I feel so blessed to be lead and guided by the most powerful, but loving person that exisits. Do we realize how incredibly special we are to our heavenly father? He always wants to help us. When we try our hardest to do his will, he will grant upon us the most wonderful blessings.Remember to pray as if it all depends on the Lord. Then get on your feet and work as if it all depends on you. Life isn't hard, because it isn´t supposed to be. Learn to be greatful for your enjoyable experiences, but also the most difficult ones.This week we met so many amazing people and I know that the blessings are comig! Two families that are legally married and looking for a church. I feel the spirit working within me, and I feel honored to be a tool in the Lord's hands. I honestly feel such a love and such a need to help God's lost sheep. The children that want to find the way back to him, but know not where to find it.Something I was also thinking about this week: Can the lord trust me to the an angel in another persons life? Will I obey the promptings of the spirit when they come upon me? Yes, I am one person, but I can do so much because of the power I am recieving from my Heavenly Father.I love my family. Remember to always put the lord fist. because we will not faulter with him at our side.Have an amazing week, love you!!Sister Hannah