Week 58: Make your destiny

Loved ones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My area is wonderful and my companion is crazy and we are so happy together, we are having so much fun and working so hard. The Lord always compensates, gente.
This week was so good, I got to know my area, which is HUGE. The biggest area I have had until now; we walked SO MUCH this week hahahhaa. We found a tiny town that is part of our area that reminds me of that town in the middle of the woods in the movie Big Fish (remember Steph?) but like way more sketchy hahahhaha love it
Also we have AMAZING investigators, several families that we are going to marry and baptize, and I am teaching english again!! It was so fun, there are mostly kids, but it’s awesome, and we have so much fun, and two of them went to church for the first time yesterday, and brought their families with them!!
I don’t remember much more of what happened this week hahaha know that I am in love with this place, with these people, it is a branch, my first time in a branch, I bore my testimony yesterday of how much I already loved it here and how much I already loved all the members and they all came up to me afterwards and hugged me and welcomed me and I felt so loved and I am so happy here. We are going to qualify this branch to be a ward.
Also, we live with two other sisters!!! And it is SO FUN. I LOVE IT.  We have already played many pranks and made lots of messes hahaha
Missionary life is so so so good. I am so happy serving the Lord with all that I have. I am SO TIRED hahaha but it is the best kind of tired I have every felt in my life, and every morning, the Lord gives me just enough energy and strength and excitement to give all I have every day. This gospel is wonderful, please please please never forget in the difficult moments. Remember, the Lord ALWAYS compensates when we don’t give up; the sun always rises after the night.
Sister Marques and I’s (? lol forgetting english) new phrase is “Make your own destiny”. Make your own glorious destiny choosing Heavenly Father and the Savior and His perfect gospel every single day.
I love you all!!!!!!
Photos!
1. My new comp, Sister Marques! We are literally crazy
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3. pt. 3
4. pt. 4
5-6. The attack of the toothbrush series hahahhaha (just a couple)
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Week 57: TRANSFERÊNCIAS TCHÊ

Hello loved ones!!! Sorry for the short email this week, long story short, I was transferred! I am now in Pelotas once again, the place where I was born (where I started the mish lol) but in an area way distant, literally in the middle of nowhere, like Bagé. It seems President Cruz is liking putting me in the middle of nowhere with lots of cows and horses and rolling hills. No complaints; it’s beautiful out here, especially at night with the view of the stars.

ANYWAys my new comp is Sister Marques! She seems way cool, I’m excited to be here. The only thing I know about this area is that is a branch; my first time working in an official branch! I’m stoked. Our mandate is to turn this branch into a ward, and it’s going to happen.

Okay I love you all and I’ll have a better update and more photos next week!!

Com amor,
Sister Smith

Week 56

Hello loved ones!!!

This week was so so good. Heavenly Father is very merciful with His children, and this week I was a witness to this. We are seeing so much progress in our ward, the frequency has almost doubled since my first Sunday here. The members are working together to reactivate the lost sheep, and several have already been reactivated, including Carmen, Katiuska, whom I LOVE, and Irio, who will receive the Melquesideque Priesthood in a few weeks, and we are working steadily with others. Luiz, our recent convert, received the Aaronic Priesthood and passed the sacrament yesterday!! It was the cutest thing ever. He got a little lost lol, but it’s all good. The sacrament was passed, and that’s what matters. And Heavenly Father is placing His elect in our laps. Yesterday at church, in the middle of sacrament meeting, a woman showed up. I went to talk to her. She said that she had always wanted to visit, but the church was always closed. But today she was passing, saw that it was open, and entered. She said she loved it. It gave her a relief from the anxiety that she feels because she has to take care of her son who is sick. She said that the words are beautiful, and that she will return the next Sunday with her son.

Also, yesterday night, we had a devotional in the church and Emerson brought one of his friends. He introduced us, told us that he had tried for over a year to bring his friend to church, but it was the first time that he came. We taught him about the Book of Mormon in that moment and marked another day to teach him more. He said that he likes our culture, and would like to be baptized. (!!!)

Also, Bressan, our golden investigator, went to church yesterday, and he told his friend who is a member in the other ward that he felt like he had to go to our ward yesterday to receive an answer. And he was so happy the whole time, I think he received an answer. (!!!)

Heavenly Father is so good, gente. This is the last week of the transfer. These last two transfers have been the most difficult for me thus far, but it is in these last two transfers that I have grown closest to Heavenly Father and my Savior, that my weaknesses have turned strengths, and that Heavenly Father’s hand has been most manifest in my life and in the lives of those I am serving and loving. I love this area SO MUCH. I thought that I would never love an area as much as my last one. But I was wrong 🙂 I love this area and these people so much and  I DONT WANT TO LEAVE but probably will. “Aonde Mandareis Irei.”

Cool quote of the week:

“I have learned that where there is a prayerful heart, a hungering after righteousness, a forsaking of sins, and obedience to the commandments of God, the Lord pours out more and more light until there is finally power to pierce the heavenly veil… A person of such righteousness has the priceless promise that one day he shall see the Lord’s face and know that He is.”
-President Spencer W. Kimball

I love you all!!! I am always praying for you all.

Photos!! Not sure what is the order lol but we made a TON of cake for our activity (I am dope at making cake now prepare yourselves family and friends) and our activity, where everyone ended up in the Celestial Kingdom 🙂 Not very many people came because of a misunderstanding also because of the rain. But still, it was wonderful and spiritual. It will all be worth it when we all make it to the Celestial Kingdom. This I know 🙂

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Week 55: 2 Corinthians 6:9

Hello loved ones!!! This week was a week of miracles. It was a week of miracles in the sense that we are alive… hahahhaa just kidding. Both Sister Araujo and I got super sick this week. BUT- miracle, we wanted to work, we didn’t want to have to stay home, so we asked for strength and Heavenly Father gave it to us. And we were able to leave the house every day and work! And now we are both healthy and happy 🙂

Once again I can’t remember anything that happened this week hahaha but it was a really really good week. It should be freezing here, but in reality, it is super pleasant. Like I think it skipped winter and went straight to spring. Not complaining. We knocked a TON of doors this week, which was so worth it. We found 5 wonderful people on just one street that accepted us and our message and a baptismal date!! MILAGRES. Unfortunately, none of these people made it to church yesterday. But the next Sunday they will 🙂

Fortunately, we received a reference from the other ward, and we started teaching him. He is super elect, super prepared, só falta ele casar. But he went to church for the first time yesterday, and during fast and testimony meeting, three of his friends from the other ward (which is super far away) showed up and sat with him and then bore testimony and it was the cutest thing ever. I felt so grateful in that moment for the opportunity that we have to go to church and renew our convenants every Sunday; it really is the most merciful thing ever, that we can be cleansed every single week, as if we were entering in the waters of baptism again every single week. Loved ones- make the sacrifice to go to church every week and fulfill your callings and partake worthily of the sacrament. Heavenly Father will renovate and elevate and illuminate and edify you every single Sunday.

I love this gospel SO MUCH. I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior, I feel very close to them, and I am so grateful for the trials, for the trials permit these things.

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Photos!
1. ovelha lol 2. I found that giant snake from the second Harry Potter film
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5. My daughter and I
6. I drew Jesus lol a lot of time without practice sorry

Week 54: He Will Place You on His Shoulders and Carry You Home

Hello loved ones!!! This was another week that FLEW BY. I cannot believe how fast time is flying. This week was a wonderful week of work and finding new people to teach and the Lord providing for us in every moment. I don’t have much time again today, but I wanted to share with you guys a quote that I read from Utchdorf’s talk, “He Will Place You on His Shoulders and Carry You Home”. DOPE talk.

“We are created by the Almighty God. He is our Heavenly Father. We are literally His spirit children. We are made of supernal material most precious and highly refined, and thus we carry within ourselves the substance of divinity.

…the moment we choose to incline our hearts to our beloved Savior and set foot upon the path of discipleship, something miraculous happens. The love of God fills our hearts, the light of truth fills our minds, we start to lose the desire to sin, and we do not want to walk any longer in darkness.

We come to see obedience not as a punishment but as a liberating path to our divine destiny. And gradually, the corruption, dust, and limitations of this earth begin to fall away. Eventually, the priceless, eternal spirit of the heavenly being within us is revealed, and a radiance of goodness becomes our nature.”

I love you all!!! Thank you for you love and support and letters and emails. They mean the world to me. Mission life is wonderful. Hard as heck, but so incredibly worth it, and I wouldn’t rather be in any other place. I have a fiery testimony of this gospel, all because God is so good, and He shows His infinite goodness to me every single day.

Photos!!!
1. Bernardo’s baptism! The last brother of our family of gold. The parents will soon join :)2. Thales, our recent convert, baptized him! It was very very special
3. Trying to take a good selfie with my daughter lol
4. Success. … as successful as it gets on the mish

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Week 53: And they went about doing good, for God was with them

Hello loved ones!!!! Don’t have much time today, but I just wanted to share with you guys a few things from my reading that I found that I liked this week 🙂

“The ‘what’ and ‘how’ of obedience mark the way and keep us on the right path. They ‘why’ of obedience sanctifies our actions, transforming the mundane into the majestic. It magnifies our small acts of obedience into holy acts of consecration.”

“The Lord has two homes: heaven, and a grateful heart.”

“No matter how serious the trial, how deep the distress, how great the affliction, God will never desert us. He never has, and He never will. He cannot do it. It is not His character to do so… He will always stand by us. We may pass through the fiery furnace; we may pass through deep waters; but we shall not be consumed nor overwhelmed. We shall emerge from all these trials and difficulties the better and purer for them.”

And of our Savior, Jesus Christ, it is said, “He went about doing good, for God was with Him.”

Loved ones, let us go about doing good, because God is with us.

I love you all!!!!! I sent a bunch of pictures lol sorry overload.

1. Mariana and Luiz’s baptism!!!! From the family of gold that we found. Their brother will be baptized this Sunday! And the parents soon to follow 🙂

2. Heavenly Father showed us a good morning.
3. We splurged
4. “To command nature, it is necessary that we know how to obey nature.”
5. Gaucho youth
6. Me trying to be hardcore lol
7. Ma girls
8. We found a dope field that we entered that may or may not have been trespassing
9. I frolicked in this dope field with my true love: the Book of Mormon
10. Cheesy name tag photo

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Week 52: Things are heating up here in Bagé

Hello loved ones!!!!

JK IT IS FREEZING HERE IN BAGÉ. But things are heating up in the missionary work sense haha. But for real it is cold as heck here

Another week of missionary work. This week passed by INCREDIBLY fast. And lots of things happened.

Unfortunately, Alison decided that he didn’t want to be baptized, for now. That was sad. But we are going to keep working with him, and trust in the Lord´s timing.

We had a zone conference with P Cruz and it was SO GOOD. I am so grateful to have such an inspired man as my mission president.

Sister Araujo and I found a golden family this week. Cassandra and Jaderslay, and their three children, Mariana, Luis, and Bernardo. They are wonderful, they are so incredibly excited about church and the gospel, they have already started reading the Book of Mormon every day. Unfortunately, the parents have problems with the word of wisdom. But it’s all good because God is powerful and they have the desire to improve their lives and they believe wholly that through the gospel they will be able to do that. Also, they have to get married, but that is a small obstacle 🙂

ALSO other golden family, Ozana e Helen, mother and daughter. Helen only has 11 years but she already did visits with us and she is a brilliant little light.

ALSO other miracle, this Sunday we woke up and it was raining and FREEZING. Which means: zero people want to go to church. So I was like “are you kidding me” with Heavenly Father (lol first mistake) but I quickly repented hahaha and maintained my faith that he would provide a way. And so we went to the houses of our investigators, the members, inactives, everyone, calling, asking favors, promising blessings, etc. It took about an hour and a half but we left our house way early and we were prepared. And so finally we arrived at church with almost all of our investigators that we planned to be there, 10 in total. Everyone was wet from the rain, cold, but so happy. The spirit was so strong and I was so so grateful for our dear Heavenly Father’s mercy and love. I knew that He wanted His children in His house on Sunday, and so I knew that He would provide a way, and He provided. GOD IS SO GOOD GENTE

I love you all!!!! Don’t have photos this week, sorry!!! Next week!

Com amor,

Sister Smith