Another week

Family & Friends,

This week was really great 🙂
We’re still teaching [Redacted] and she’d awesome. She’s been going to church for about a month now, and seminary too. This week we read with her 1 Nephi 3. When she read verse 7 she liked it so much that she asked for Sister Riasco’s highlighter to mark it. And then she said “After I’m baptised and have been a member for a few years I want to be a missionary too because y’all help me so much. I’d like to help other people”. I almost cried, it was so beautiful.
This wed I was in the middle of teaching when I got a call for the mission office. It was the secretary asking me what airport I’d like to arrive in when I’ll go home. In my mission you always get your itenirary when you’ve onloy got 6 months left. Receiving that call was a shock. And super… weird.
And then today in my email was my itenirary. Weirder.
But 6 months is still lots of time. Lots of time to do lots of things. I’ve still got a LOT of work ahead of me.
The main focus this week was [Redacted], preparing him to be baptised. His baptism was Saturday, and it was really awesome.
I’m feeling super great about baptising young men. The church needs more ´priesthood holders.
that about does it.
Thanks to all of you for your support
~sister Pew
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Another week

Family & Friends,

Well we had another great week here in Santos Dumount.
For one thing we had interviews with President. I always love the interviews, because I get to learn lots of things from him.
Another thing really special this week happened in a lesson with one investigator, [Redacted]. We read with her 1 Nephi 1, and it was so cool. Obviously I´ve already read that chapter about a million times, but it was her first time ever. To hear her comments, to see things through her eyes… It was a really neat experience. It was almost as if I was reading it for the first time too. I love the Book of Mormon. I love all of the things I can learn, and spirit I can feel when reading. It’s really incredible.
And then Saturday was [Redacted]’s baptism. [Redacted] has lots of family members and friends that are members of the church. They always invited him, but he never accepted it. Until now 🙂
Finally the time was right, once again his cousin gave his adress to the missionaries. And he accepted everything. He was so happy to be baptised, and I think his family even more happy for him.
This experience has shown me a lot. Sometimes it isn’t the right time for our loved ones to accept the gospel. But we can’t give up hope. The time will come, and our joy will be full.
I feel very grateful to be serving the Lord. To be priviledged enough to see such things. The gospel really is true. The attonement is an amazing thing.
~Sister Pew

Another week

Family & Friends,

Well we had another great week here in Santos Dumount II
We’re still teaching [Redacted], and he’s really awesome. This week he went with his cousins (that are members) to institute, and was at church Sunday. He said that he felt really great there, and wants to be baptised. Wahooo 🙂
[Redacted] was at church too, and said that she felt really light and happy there. She’s only 15 years old, and teaching her is really fun. Teenagers can be kinda cute, when you’re not living with them. 😉
[Redacted] (like many teenage girls) really likes Justin Bieber. Really I should say that she LOVES him. The other day we were teaching her the 10 commandments. When we talked about not worshiping idols I gave the example of Justin Bieber. And she said “Don’t worry I know that God has to be first. And that we have to give thanks to Him for allowing Justin Bieber to come to the Earth.”
We nearly died laughing.
haha
Sunday was holiday here in Brasil. I remember when I was a kid and it was mother or father’s day I’d be like “But when’s kid’s day?” And mom or dad would be all “Every day is kids day. Blah blah blah.” Or whatever.
Well here in Brasil kid’s day exists. And it’s not like some trivial thing no one actually celebrates like grandparent’s day. Adults really give presents to kids, thier kids or not. And there were lots of parties in the streets. Trampolines, cotten candy, and all those types of things that kids love. It looked like lots of fun, but of course we can’t participate.
Oh well I’m not even a kid any more.
Any ways, have a great week
~Sister Pew

Another week

Family & Friends,

Well this week was normal, and we actually got to work 🙂 A lot really, which is all I want. We’re working with some really great people right now.
 We’ve been teaching one guy, [Redacted] that was at general conference yesterday. He seemed to like it a lot 🙂
And also a teenager girl, [Redacted]. She’s really sweet, and wants to be baptised. But it’s a bit complicated with her family.
The highlight was Saturday when one of our investigators [Redacted] was baptised. Sis Riascos had been teaching him with her companion before I got here for a long time. He kept going to church but said he didn’t feel ready for baptism. Finally he accepted a date to be baptised.
This week when we visited with him he said he’d been praying, and had felt the spirit really strong, and all his doubts went away.
It’s amazing how that works. You can have all the knowledge in the world and still not believe the gospel. But when the spirit speaks all those small things don’t matter any more.
I feel really blessed to know [Redacted], and to have come in at the last minute to steal the glory of his baptism. Haha just kidding. But seriously he’s great.
Thanks for all your love & support,
~Sister Pew

Another week

[She wrote this September 29.]

Family & Friends,

Well this week I arrived in my new area with my new companion Sister Riascos. She´s from Colombia, and really great. The area here is called Santos Dumont II. Really different from my other area. A lot less organized, a lot less pretty. But I´m liking it 🙂
In my other area i stayed there for 6 months, so everyone pretty much already knew me. But because i´m new here of course i have to answer the same questions a hundred times “Where are you from?” and all that. The other thing everyone askes is how much time i have in the mission. For the first time when i reply and people discover that i have 11 months they´re all like ‘wow your almost to the end.’ and i´m like “no! i still have lots of time”.  I can’t believe (nor accept) that I’m not still in the begining.
But any ways , the area is great.
We´ve already started teaching some really awesome people. Like one lady [Redacted] that we taught. She showed a lot of interest, and accepted baptism, woot!
Sis Riascos is great but like most of my other companions has problems with health. And y´all know what that means. Yeah we went to the hospital already. Twice. She gtot really sick and couldn’t eat anything, or do anything. It was awful. But she’s better now, and we’re working 🙂
That about does it. Thanks for all your support,
~Sister Pew

Another week

[She wrote this September 22.]

Family and friends,

Welp this week was better 🙂
With the ward split we got a new part added to our area, which meant new places to go and people to teach 🙂
Especially a lady we’re teaching right now, [Redacted]. She has five kids, and is really great. They went to teach, and are really liking everything. We’re helping them for baptism, but they have to make a few life changes before they’re ready.
Thursday we had a really great zone conference, I learned a lot. And it was also really great to see everyone, especially my trainer since she’ll be going home tomorrow.
Yeah it’s transfer time again. Of course the work got better my last week here 🙂 haha.
I was transfered to return to Sergipie. I’m nervous of course, but mostly excited 🙂
The only sad part is Sis Rodriguez & Almeida will be going home. They’re the other two sisters i’ve been living with. They’ve officially finished thier missions and will go home tomorrow. They’re both super awesome.
I love them.
But it’s especially hard because I’ve lived with sis Almeida all of my mission.
In all my time here I only lived without her for one transfer. She saw my birth and now I’ll see her death.
But that’s how it goes in the mission. Always some coming and some going.
Thanks for all your love & support,
 ~Sister Pew

Another week

[I’ve managed to get about a month behind posting Amanda’s emails. She wrote this September 15.]

Family & friends,

Welp this week started off with us going to the hospital. My companion had some really serious back pains. I don’t know how to explain all the medical terms in English, but she has a pretty serious problem. Don’t worry, no one’s going home (yet) but really…

And it turns out I’m famous at the hospital, people there remembered me as the girl that freaked out when she got a shot. haha 🙂

The rest of the week we tried working hard, but mostly the results were disapointing. Oh well, it happens. But we have great zone leaders that are really trying to help us.

Yesterday the ward here split to create a new ward, Pratagy. Sister Caetano and I will be the sisters of the new ward, and we’re excited. We lost parts of our area, but gained new parts which will be a blessing considering how sick I am of the streets in my area.

The bad news of the week is there’s a bad virus going around giving everyone diarrhea. Thankfully I don’t have it… Yet. But the other Sisters I’m living with got it. And they got it BAD. I’ll leave out the gory details, but suffice it to say that we kept a box of matches in the bathroom.

haha

And that’s pretty much it for this week.

love,

~Sister Pew