Monday, July 24, 2017

July 24: The week we ate eggs for breakfast

This week I´d like to relate just 3 experiences....

First, we taught a really awesome family this week. Their neighbors invited them to church (they didn´t go) and then sent us to go visit them. First people that I have met that have a horse!

Second, I was on the bus sitting next to a young woman just feeling a bit melancholy when the thought came that to be happy you just need to serve somebody else. And so I started up a conversation with the girl next to me. And then I felt better. And she said we could visit her this week. Yay!

Third, on Saturday we were exiting the house of a member. S. Salazar and I had the distinct impression to go visit _______, a girl we are teaching whose mom won´t let her be baptized. So we went to her house and her mom was home and we were able to reason with her and make a deal. _________ only needs to show that she has the desire.

This week in my studies I have been learning a lot about being a true follower of Christ and taking His cross upon us. These means giving up the praise and pleasures of the world. I thought about how the response to Joseph Smith´s prayer changed his life. How afterward he suffered so much hatred and sadness and how his life was made so difficult through choosing to follow God´s will for him. But in the end he became more like Christ because of what he did. So it´s all for the best.

 The man said the horse didn´t bite and handed me the rein but I didn´t believe him for a second  haha

A house.

S. Salazar eating a pastel

Typical lunch. It is going to be weird to return home and eat meat with the rest of my family.

July 18: The week I talked to a man on the bus about grace and repentance

Sorry I didn´t tell you all last week, but yesterday we had zone conference, so today is our p-day! 

Zone Conference​​
This week we taught a wonderful woman who is trying to make changes in her life the Plan of Happiness. She has 4 young children and lives with her husband (not sure if they´re married or not yet). I can´t wait to teach her and her family again this week!

These past two weeks two people that I had taught in Teresópolis were baptized! First _____, and then _______ was baptised on Saturday and was confirmed and given the Aaronic priesthood on Sunday!  

This week it was confirmed in my heart and in my mind the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know it´s true. I have seen people transform their lives by living this Gospel, forgetting themselves and giving their efforts and desires over to serving God and serving others. 

"And he who shall find his life shall lose it, and he who shall lose his life for my sake, verily I say unto you, he shall have eternal life." -somewhere in the bible, from memory

Free popcorn and cotton candy!

 Palace de Cristal 

Conferencia de zona foi top demais. 

Here are some things I learned:
"You have control over your life.  Be a good person. Who you are makes more of a diference than what you say. Do not worry if you don´t speak perfectly. Many of the prophets were slow of speech (Moses, Nephi, David, Daniel, etc,)
Ask yourself: What could happen because of me or not?
Emotional inteligence: Somebody who identifies their emotions easily and has the capacity to motivate themselves and continue onward, even in the face of frustrations and disillusions. 
Every excuse, even if it valid, weakens your character."

Funny story during splits in Petropolis: We had just gotten done teaching these two women about the law of chastity and planning their weddings etc.when we decided to talk with their brother about playing futebol at the capela. He didn´t want to leave the bedroom but when he did he had a towel wrapped around his waist! His sisters yelled "mentira! Ele tem shorts em baixo." and he revealed that he did indeed have shorts on underneath and we invited him to play futebol. The expression of horror on Sister Gamorana´s face was hilarious though. MIne was too probably but I couldn´t see it.

Ready para andar de motor. 

July 10: The week a man got hit by a train

Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone! 

This past week we worked really hard following up with the three people who had baptism dates for this saturday, but it didn´t turn out that they were ready this Saturday.

We were fasting and praying for these baptisms to happen, and on Sunday somebody pulled us out of the Principles of the Gospel class to talk a woman who who wanted to talk to us. She said, "Entâo, eu queria ser batizado." She has been going to church for a long time, and so this Saturday will be her baptism!  

The mom of a young woman we are teaching does autopsies and so we hear all sorts of stories.

We had lunch with the first person to be baptized in Três Rios and his wife. It was crazy to think how much the church has grown in this little city. 

Yesterday we talked with a young woman who is athiest and a lot of what I learned in my philosophy class came rushing back. Some of the rhetoric that members use doesn´t really make sense to people with lots of doubts. 

There is a member here who was given a Book of Mormon 11 years ago and after 10 years somehow started talking with missionaries through . He and his son are active members of the church. We are teaching his wife who went to a devotional last night with the president of the Campinas temple. It was super great!

Reuniâo de distrito


View from a member's veranda.

Cookies I made in the microwave... The things you learn on the mission!

July 3: Três Rios!

I really like it here! Três Rios is about 2 hours from Rio de Janeiro and an hour and a half from Juiz de Fora. It is way hotter than Teresópolis but it´s been a bit cold because it´s winter for real now. 

My new companion is Sister Salazar, like I said she is from Chile. She speak Spanish, English, Korean, and a little bit of Japanese. She is super patient and really cares about the people we teach. We have only been in Três Rios one week but already we have been seeing miracles.

On Saturday we had prayed to find someone who was willing to receive the message of the restoration. That night, S. Salazar felt the prompting to knock on a particular door. We did and the woman with her adopted twins welcomed us in, saying that just this past week she had been talking with a relative who is a recent-convert about the church. So we got to teach the restoration to her!

The branch here is super excited and is always inviting family and friends to church. 

I know God answers our prayers! 

Have a great week everybody!

Fotos 1-3: Três Rios
Foto 4: A photo with my face in it

June 26: Tansferido


Family Home Evening!

This is in the neighborhood where we had lunch.

Same day, other mountain. It doesn´t show in the picture but the clouds were glorious.

Eu,  S. Tamblay, and Irmã Erineuza
After 6 months in linda Teresópolis I received the call last night that I will be transferred to Três Rios, RJ! WOOO! Everybody says good things about this area and I am super excited to be able to serve there with Sister Salazar, another Chilena! It´s a big change to be leaving my first área but I know that God puts us where we are for a reason!

I gave a talk on Sunday in church. First time I spoke that I had more than a 10 minute notice before speaking haha.  

On Friday we and the élders held a talent show combined with the ward that share the building with us. It was a ton of fun! We had two teams and games between acts. Afterward there was people dancing and eating cake. It was great!

We taught some lessons and knocked some doors. I could feel the truth of our message this week really strong. I love these people and I would climb a thousand staircases to go talk to them :D I am so grateful for my Savior, for this gospel, and for the sacrifices and examples of Jesus Christ and His apostles, Joseph Smith and the pioneers, and for President Thomas S. Monson and the leaders of the church. I am especially grateful for the families that give so much of their time, talents, and resources to help others come unto Christ. You are truly lights to the world! 

Talent Show!

June 19: The week members gave us cake and presented us to their neighbors

This week had lots of highs and lows. We had splits in Petropolis, I learned so much. One thing Sister Andrade always talks about is how life is short, and so we need to follow Jesus Christ fast. Her and her family are members faz 2 years now and both her and her sister are serving missions. She is such a good example for all of us!

We met some really awesome people this week. It was so good to be able to visit people interested in learning more with members. Yesterday on Sunday we met/taught two different families! 

Before sacrament meeting we were out in front of the church inviting people to enter. We eneded up talking to this one young man who was very interested in learning more. He was surprised to see us, two young people from different countries, inviting people inside, because he´d heard other people say not very nice things about our church, that it is a cult. 

I really liked what one recent-convert said to us in Petropolis. "My life is very very blessed because of the Gospel. Very. People say that this religion is false, but I don´t give an ear to them. But let me say something... there are lots of things to study and learn in this church!" 

But I know that as we study and pray, ponder and ask God for understand, we can come to comprehend God´s plan for us, and the atonement of Jesus Christ.