Week 45: FSJDLKFJSODIFJ

I had no idea what to put as the subject line hahhaha BECAUSE SOOOOOO MUCH HAPPENED THIS WEEK.

I was transferred! Emergency transfer because we are only three weeks into this transfer. The APs called us Saturday morning during our casual daily planning to inform me that I had to say goodbye to all of my loved ones in my beloved Celestial area and pack all of my bags because Sunday afternoon I would have to catch a bus (6 hour bus ride) to the southern part of the mission. So after a moment of denial and shock came the anger and then the despair hahaha. Sister N. Souza, my beloved companion who truly had become my best friend, and I cried for a while then left to work and say goodbye to my loved ones.

THEN started the insanity. Sunday afternoon Junior and Cassia’s parents drove all of us to the bus station and their car is super old and janky and had all of us crammed in and my two giant suitcases, and so, lo and behold, half way to the bus station, the car stopped in the middle of the intersection hahaha. We were already running late because I had to say goodbye to other loved ones that morning and so in that moment we all jumped out of the car and started pushing it to the side of the road. After about five minutes of lots of praying and the car making a super ugly throwing up sound lol, the car started again, but we had to push it and jump in one by one as we were pushing it and it was DOPE IT WAS LITERALLY MY OWN LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE MOMENT (for those who know that it is my favorite movie and know that one scene that they have to push the van) and we were all laughing and it was wonderful. But then we showed up at the bus station running, looking like crazy people, only to find out that I had missed the bus by three minutes. THREE MINUTES GENTE. And so we called the APs and got chewed out and then returned home. Which was low key awesome because I got to go to church and say goodbye to all of my loved ones that I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to. And then we received a call that we had to return to the bus station to pick up Sister N. Souza’s new companion. So we went, picked her up, then returned home.

AND THEN we planned a prank on our other convert, Gustavo. Junior invited him to their house to meet the new sister, but he didn’t tell him that I stayed. So he went to their house and I hid out back, and then Junior said a prayer to bless the food and he said, “It would be great if we could feel the presence of Sister Smith here, as if she were here, please bless that we can feel her here.” And then I showed up in the middle of the prayer and Gustavo opened his eyes and freaked out hahahha it was great. And then I had to sleep on the ground in our apartment that night seeeyaaaaa

So I had to leave for reals yesterday afternoon, Junior and Cassia and Gustavo went with us to the bus station which was THE WORST IDEA EVER because I BAWLED my eyes out as the bus drove away and I had to leave them and my beloved best friend, Sister N. Souza there.

Anyways, it was an adventure, and although I was super sad to leave my area and my favorite people, I am very grateful to be here in Bagé! I am with a Sister from Chile, again! Woohoo! But she is dying; she will go home this transfer. So I have to learn the area in 3 weeks… seeeyaaa we’ll see how it goes. I have faith in the Lord, He will provide. And I feel really good here. I know I am supposed to be here now, and I am praying that the Lord will guide me so that I can make a difference here.

I LOVE YOU ALL, I’ll have more updates next week.

Photos:
1. Eva, my love, that we reactivated before I left
2. My last selfie with Junior and Cassia 😥

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Week 44: Mother’s Day and Dad’s Birthday and Rain and Sickness and Jeffrey R. Holland

Hello dearest friends and family!

How are you all??

It was WONDERFUL to see my beautiful family last night, despite the technical difficulties. I love you all very much. And Happy Mother’s Day to all wonderful mothers!!! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY-O LOVE YOU

This week was a rougher week tbh. It rained the whole week, both Sister N. Souza and I are sick, and NO ONE was home. It was super weird. Literally none of our investigators were ever home. Either that or they hid from us… lol possibility

BUT anyways it was rough. And we are having a hard time getting our investigators to church because our church is being reformed so we are using the stake center which is super far away.

I felt the adversary working on me this week. I have never been so aware of my weaknesses in my life. But I am striving to turn to the Lord because I trust in His promise that everything will work out for those that love Him.

OKAY I RAN OUT OF TIME (thanks Stoophy lol) BUT I LOVE YOU GUYS AND PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE READ THE TALK, “An High Priest of Good Things to Come” by Jeffrey R. Holland IT IS WONDERFUL AND IT MADE MY WHOLE WEEK

Photos!! We went to a cool lake thing with one of our investigators. Low key almost fell in lol and we sat and meditated for a while. It was great.

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Week 43: Great is our God gente

Hello loved ones!

I hope you all had a wonderful week. My week consisted of some pretty extreme ups and downs, but as always, the extreme and wonderful ups make up for the extreme and annoying downs. One of the wonderful ups was a wonderful experience that I was needing.

On Saturday we went with our Bishop (who is amazing and I love him) to visit a woman who´s son had been killed recently, who had been baptized in our ward but recently had become inactive. So we went but before entering, we were in the bishop’s car and he said a prayer and then he told us, “Do you know who is in there now? Satan. He is there now. But do you know what you have? You have an infinite mantle of power, more power than you can imagine. You don’t even know how much power you have in you. Satan, he will leave when we enter, because we have the power of God with us, in the name of Christ, and Satan trembles at the name of Christ.” AND I LITERALLY GOT THE CHILLS IT WAS SO DOPE, THE BEST PEP TALK I’VE EVER RECEIVED IN MY LIFE

And so we were walking up to their house and I had the Book of Mormon in one and and the Bible in the other, and I could feel the power that I had in that moment. I felt small and weak and afraid, but I felt the empowering and completing strength of God with me. And when I spoke with the woman and her family, I felt the spirit speak through me. I don’t even remember what I said, but I think that the spirit worked through me and I think it made a difference. And then after we went to a ward activity (and side note, I LOVE this ward, it feels like home and I never want to leave this area), but when we were leaving, Bishop said to me, “It was a privelege to see the power of the mantle working in you tonight. Well done.”

ALSO Junior received the Priesthood yesterday!! And we already started planning the baptism of Henrique, his son, and Gustavo will receive the Priesthood next Sunday.

God is good, and the Priesthood is real. God’s power is real, and it is here on earth, and it is more powerful than we can imagine, and all we need is faith and trust in Him. How wonderful is this gospel??

Don’t have much more time but this was definitely a wonderful up of my week that I wanted to share with you guys. I love you all!!

Also STOKED for mother’s day!!!

Photos!
1. Our new investigator loooooooooolololololol

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Week 42: The miracle of the white jumpsuit

Good morning loved ones!! I hope you all had a wonderful week.

Gustavo was baptized!! And I have to tell you guys literally the coolest story of my life. Because of a super long series of events, Gustavo had to be baptized yesterday before Sacrament meeting started. So we planned everything certinho and we had lunch with Gustavo and his family and then we went to the church in Uber (super fancy). We arrived there on time, but as we were searching for the white jumpsuit for Gustavo, we could only find a baby sized jumpsuit (Jk not literally baby sized that is an abomination but like for an eight year old). And so we were frantically searching in this tiny room that is where the jumpsuits stay but also they put everything else there, it’s like those storage rooms that everyone just throws in the stuff that they don’t know where else to put hahaha. So we were throwing clothes around and everyone was waiting and Sacrament meeting would start soon and in the midst of this tumult, I thought, let’s pray. Obvs. And so we prayed and literally the moment that the prayer ended, Gustavo, his inspired spiritual self, said calmly, “I wonder if it’s under that posterboard” and we looked under a giant posterboard that was on the highest shelf and, lo and behold, there was a white jumpsuit that was perfectly Gustavo’s size. And it was the most happy moment of our lives, we started screaming and jumping and crying and praising Heavenly Father. And Gustavo hahaha. And then we went and he was baptized and he said he felt like he was floating and that he was super happy and it was wonderful.

And so we see how the Lord provides the way for those that trust in Him 🙂

Also, I gave a talk in Sacrament Meeting yesterday about trusting in the Lord, which was perfect. Something that I am having to learn a lot here on the mish. But this is one thing that I know for certain, that the Lord provides for those who put their trust in Him.

Alma said,
And thus we can behold how false, and also the unsteadiness of the hearts of the children of men; yea, we can see that the Lord in his great infinite goodness doth bless and prosper those who put their trust in him…for I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day. (Helaman 12:1, Alma 36:3)

And all we have to do is trust in Him! How good is our Savior.

Also transferencias!!!!! Guess what!!! I stayed!!! This is now my fourth transfer in Jardim Vila Nova…. which I am STOKED because I LOVE this area and the people here and we have a lot of investigators with lots of potential and I am trusting in the Lord that He has something else for me to do here.

I love you all!!! Trust in the Lord. Love Him. Come to know Him.

Photos!
1. Batismo!!! de Gustavo, the inspired one
2. Membros da Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos Santos dos Últimos Dias!!! Hollerrrr. Gustavo doesn’t look happy but I swear he was lol
3. Junior waves hi to you guys…. hahaha jk he’s camera shy

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Week 41: Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire

Hello family!!!!

This week was a wonderful week of miracles.

We have an investigator that we found two weeks ago knocking doors. His name is Gustavo and he is 20 years old. He let us in and we shared the message of the Restauration and he loved it. We returned a few days later and taught the Plan of Salvation and he loved it even more. We challenged him to accept a baptismal date and he said, “Yes, absolutely. I want to. I think this is what I have been looking for, I think this is what will change my life and my future.” And then the next time we taught him, I had had a rough week (last week lol) and I was feeling super down and I was feeling like I wasn’t good enough (surprise surprise). And we taught him and I taught him with all the conviction and love for this gospel and for the Savior that I have, and at the end, out of nowhere, he told us that what we do makes a difference. That none of our work is in vain, and that we need to keep going and keep making a difference with many more lives. And I just stared at him and almost started crying hahaha. It was exactly what I needed to hear.

My loved ones, Heavenly Father hears our prayers, and He loves us. He knows when we try our best, and He will bless us for giving our all, even when our all is not nearly sufficient. He usually will bless us after a little trial of faith, but does that little trial of faith not make the wonderful response to our prayers in the end so much more sweet?

So Gustavo will be baptized this Sunday!!!!! It will be a wonderful day and I am very excited. The Lord truly does prepare His people, His elect, and He truly does answer our prayers.

“Lift up your soul in prayer and explain to your Heavenly Father what you are feeling. Acknowledge your shortcomings. Pour out your heart and express your gratitude. Let Him know of the trials you are facing. Plead with Him in Christ´s name for strength and support. Ask that your ears may be opened, that you may hear His voice. Ask that your eyes may be opened, that you many see His light.” -Elder Dieter F. Utchdorf

The power of prayer is so real, I experience it every day here in the mission. When you are feeling weak, get on your knees, and the Lord will make everything right,

I love you all!! Have a wonderful week 🙂

Photo! of our zone 🙂

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Week 40: Birthday and Easter and Musical and the Humble

Loved ones!!! Thank you all for the birthday wishes, it meant the world to me 🙂 Also I can´t believe that I am 20…. I don’t feel like it yet. And apparently I don´t look like it either. Everyone says I look like I´m 15 lol good times

These lovely ladies that threw me a festinha:

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But this week was wonderful!!! We had a very full week and we worked até o pó, and walked and walked and walked até o pó also, to visit all the people we needed to. Which was good because on my birthday I ate waaaaaay too much haha. Almost every house we went to had cake and sweets and all kinds of food. At the end of the day, I literally thought I was going to explode. But it was wonderful nonetheless 🙂

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I was blessed with a wonderful wonderful wonderful experience on my birthday during our lunch with some members. We ate with a couple that I had never had lunch with before because they are always working, but my birthday was a holiday here so they could give us lunch. So we went and it was a humble house, pretty normal. But we entered and they gave us lunch and they had to sit in their room because there wasn´t enough room at the table because they had like a million grandkids there with them. But they welcomed us so incredibly happily, making sure that everything was good and that we liked it and they seemed so concerned with our well being it was the cutest thing ever. And then afterwards I had planned to leave a dope message about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ but something made me wait to say something, and in that moment they told us that they wanted to show us a couple of those Bible videos that the church did because I told them that I had never watched all of them, only a few. So we went to their room where they had a little computer and they had already downloaded all of the videos. But what struck me the most was that every single picture they had hung up was a photo of Christ or of the temple. They were very humble pictures, taken from Lianhonas I think, nothing extravagant. And they put on the Bible videos and they looked so excited to watch them, even though they said they had already watched them a million times.

In that moment as I looked at them, the spirit filled me completely; I was overwhelmed with their humility and their complete discipleship. I heard in my mind, “These are they who will inherit the kingdom of God.” I couldn’t hold back my tears; I felt with my whole being that I was in the presence of two spirit children of Heavenly Father that He loved and treasured very very much, and that would surely inherit His kingdom. At the end of the videos I shared with them my impressions and the spirit filled the room even stronger and everyone started crying lol but it was a very very special moment. Honestly the best birthday present that I could have received. I have continually reflected on that moment, and how it doesn´t matter one bit if we know all of the scriptures, if we have all of the learning about the church, if we have riches or whatever. Truly what is important, what our Heavenly Father wants, is a broken heart and a contrite spirit that are fullly devoted to the cause of His kingdom. It was dope, and something I will never forget.

Also we had our musical that we have been preparing for for years!!! Jk for like 3 months but still. It was about the Restauration (? forgot how to spell it in english) and we sang “Que Manha Maravilhosa” and “Assombro Me Causa” among a bunch of others, but these two stuck out to me especially as we sang for a bunch of people. The spirit was so incredibly strong as we testified through song to these people about the truthfulness of what we preach. Even though being a missionary is freaking hard sometimes, I LOVE love love being a missionary. There is truly no better title that I could bear than a representative of the Savior.

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And yesterday our eleito Gustavo went to church with us!!! Satan tried to keep him from going; he said he got lost like 20 times and what would have been a 10 minute car ride turned into a 30 lol but he made it and it was wonderful!!!!

Sorry for the novel, but this week was a really good one. Obviously not all of it was good, actually there were a few moments that were one of the hardest that I’ve had here on the mission. But, the tender mercies and miracles of the Lord make up for every single heartbreak and hardship and trial. And especially with the knowledge that Jesus Christ lives, which we celebrated with Easter this weekend. What can be a more hopeful and wonderful message than because of Christ, the grave has no victory, death no sting.

He lives! I know that my Redeemer lives.

To use the words of Elder Holland, “I testify that He lives, that the whole triumph of the gospel is that He lives, and because He lives, so will we.”

I love you all!!! And I love our Savior. 🙂 Remember Him always.

Com amor,
Sister Smith

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Week 39: General Conference and Temple and Blessings and Love and Wonder and Beauty and

Hello loved ones!!!!!

These past few weeks have been wonderful. Among the best of the moments were General Conference!!! and TEMPLO!!!!! I love love love love love love the temple. It truly is the house of the Lord, and how priveleged are we to live in a time where we can partake of all of the ordinances of salvation that bring so much peace and hope and joy in our lives? For those who live five minutes away from the temple, please go often for me 🙂

General Conference was amazing. I went with the question, “What lack I yet?” And I received an answer in the first session with the talk of L. Whitney Clayton. When we are doing our part, when we are giving our best, we don’t have to stress about if we will be enough. We know when we give our all, and when we do, we don’t have to constantly think that we aren’t good enough. I don’t think the Lord likes it when we beat ourselves up for thinking that we will never be good enough. But instead, we can give it our all, and when we have done that, we give it over to the Lord and trust that He will handle the rest. If we have faith in the grace of the Lord and do our part, we will always have peace of conscience and a bright hope for a joyful and wonderful future.

Sweet President Monson; I had a wonderful moment when he spoke. Although he is old and his health is not as it used to be, the power and spirit that he eminates (? don’t even know if that´s a word anymore hahaha) is undeniable. He is a prophet of God, this I know for sure, and this is one of the most hopeful things that we can know; that God still speaks with His people.

My efforts to trust completely in the Lord are paying off. We are seeing lots of miracles, and we are being instruments in His hands in doing much good. God is good, gente.

Okay one more thing!!!! I read this quote from D. Todd Christofferson in a talk that he gave called, Saving Your Life. I encourage all of you to read it, it is AMAZING. He said, “As the heavens are higher than the earth (Isaiah 55:8-9), God´s work in your life is bigger than the story you´d like that life to tell. His life is bigger than your plans, goals, or fears. To save your life, you’ll have to lay down your stories, and, minute by minute, day by day, give your life back to Him… The theme of the Savior’s life was, ‘I do always those things that please the Father.’ I pray that you will make it the theme of your life. If you do, you will save your life.”

SO GOOD AND SO TRUE.

Anyways I love you all!!!!!!!!

Oh also I got bangs lol #vidaloca