Another week

Family and Friends,

Well another great week in my new area, Feitosa.
We worked & walked a lot this week. It was awesome. I’m still getting to know the area, but I’m liking it a lot. The members are awesome here, this week they gave us about 7 referals to visit. woot woot.
We visited one lady, [Redacted]. She’s 61 years old but doesn’t look or act like it 🙂 She’s a really happy person and very receptive of us.
We also visited [Redacted] a young lady that has a few kids. Her mom died recently so we taught her about the plan of salvation and she liked it a lot.
Really we worked a lot, but unfortunetly most of the people we taught didn’t go to church. But the Lord is so good with us that a lot of new people were there. So in the end it turned out great.
And also wed was my birthday. My comp made breakfast for me and decorated the house as a surprise. Then we worked as normal during the day. Our last apointment was to visit an inactive member in the house of the president of relief society. Well turns out it was a surprise party for me. They made a huge chocolate cake for me that was delicious 🙂 so my birthday was pretty great.
Thanks for all your support,
~sister pew
 the photos:
my birthday suprise (i’d been awake for 5 min when we took this photo, that’s why i look awful)
my birthday pizza lunch
and our district meeting
Amanda gets a birthday surprise

Amanda’s birthday surprise

birthday pizza lunch

Birthday pizza lunch

District meeting

District meeting

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Another week

[January 12]

Family and Friends,

Well this week was… interesting.
Started out pretty normal. Last p’day we went and visted the beach to take a few fotos and enjoy the sights there. That was pretty cool because it used to be my area, so it was great to see it all again. It’s really beutiful there.
Later in the night we visted the nephew of a member. His name is [Redacted] and he’s really great. He was at church last week and really liked it a lot. He’d like to be baptised and really only needs a little preparation. Really meeting him was a blessing.
Friday I got the schock of my mission.
I was in the middle of a lesson with my recent convert when our cell rang. It was the mission office informing me that I’m being transfered to Maceió… The next day. Yeah it was an emergency transfer. I was super schocked, and really sad to have to leave so suddenly. But my president called me to explain that it’s nothing to worry about, that we didn’t do anything wrong. It’s because I need to switch places with another sister that has lots of health problems. She’s been working in a really big area, but isn’t able to work. So she’ll be going to my tiny area, and I was transfered to her HUGE area.
The name of my new area is Feitosa, and yeah it’s really big. But I love big areas because you never run out of things to do 🙂
Really it was a schock, but in the end a good thing because I wanted to return to Maceio, and my new comp Sister Paiva is great. She wants to work and be obedient, so that’s perfect for me 🙂
I’ve only been here for one  day really but so far i’m liking it. I’ll be able to say more next week.
Thanks,
~Sister Pew

Another week

Family and friends,

Well this week was probably worse than the week of christmas really. New years here is a big party that goes on for days. And envolves lots of drinking.
All the loud music is driving me crazy. I’d like to know who is it that’s already drinking and listening to loud music 6:30 a.m.
New years nigh we stayed indoors. I remembered the games that we always did at the Ashford’s new years even party and did them with my companion. We did that whole see how many m&m you have of each color thing. There aren’t magic 8 balls here, so I made a dice out of construction paper and on each side wrote a response like “yes” or “never” and we asked a bunch of silly questions. Acording to the dice I’m going to marry a guy from Italy and have 5 kids… so that’s pretty good.
I tried sleeping at 10:30 like normal but all the music and firework woke me up a few times. Sighhh.
The rest of the week we managed to teach. We’re trying to get some of [Redacted]’s cousins and family to go to church, but so far without much luck.
We’re still teaching [Redacted] and she’s doing great. But her dad wants her to go to church a lot more times before her baptism.
We started teaching [Redacted] and her daughter [Redacted]. They have lots of family that are members but were never interested until now. Now they’ve started going to church and plan to stay. The only problem is that [Redacted] doesn’t want to be baptised. She believes that you can only be baptised one time, and since she’s already baptised in another church she can’t be baptised ‘again’. We’ve tried explaing authrity and the Restoration, but she doesn’t get it.
Then there’s her daughter [Redacted] that wants to be baptised, but an’t because she’s going through the process of divorce so that she can marry her curent boyfriend. That whole proces is super complicated here in Brazil and will take a while. Sighhhhhh….
And that about does it for now.
~Sister Pew

Another Week

[December 29]

Family and Friends,

Well the dreded week of Christmas finally passed, and we were able to teach… A little.
Wed I was able to skype with my family, but that gave me a head ache. We couldn’t find a lanhouse in my area with skype so we had to go to a lanhouse in another area (about a 40 minute walk). That lanhouse had cameras, but not headsets with a microphone. So we asked all the members we could think of if they had head sets to lend us. Finally we managed to find two. When we went to the lanhouse skype wasn’t working. It wouldn’t let us log in, or the camera didn’t work or something. Ugh. We switched computars about a millon times. But finally after trying for more than an hour I and my comp managed to get it to work and I was happy to talk with my family 🙂
On Christmas itself working was pretty much impossible. The strets were full of drunks and parties and loud music. Knowing this our President said that we could spend Christmas with members.
So we had lunch with a family, and then they took us for a small tour of the city. The streets were deserted. It was really great to see the beach and stuff. Brasil is so pretty, sometimes it’s nice to be able to see more of it.
Then in the evening we went to a wedding, and spent the night inside because the streets were getting dangerous.
On christmas eve there was so much music that kept going until about 3 a.m. And when we woke up at 6:30 the music was already going again.
The rest of the week things calmed down a bit and we managedto teach people.
[Redacted] went out with us again and introduced us to more people.
We’re still teaching [Redacted], and yesterday she finally went to church 🙂 she’s reading the Book of Mormon, and really progressing a lot.
Honestly it was kinda hard to feel the “spirit of christmas” with all this partying and stuff, but I still tried to think of Christ.
The thing that kept passing in my mind during the week is a line from the hymn “Joy to the World”
“Joy to the world, the Lord is come… Let every heart prepare Him room”
I kept thinking of how I could make more room for the Lordin my heart, and the heart of the people I’m teaching. I’d like to invite y’all to do the same 🙂
~sister Pew

Another Week

[December 22]

Family and Friends,

Well yet another week has gone by…
The start of this week we were having a lot of trouble finding people to teach. With the holiday season everyone is either going on vacation, or drinking in the streets. But thursday we had lunch with some members, and they invited thier neighbor [Redacted] over. She seemed nice, so we took the chance to go over to her house afterwards to talk with her.
We were trying to teach her about the Restoration when she told us that she’s a prophet. Apparently God talks with her, and called her to be a prophet. And in her church they go to the mountains to pray and see the face of God.
So… yeah. She’s a bit crazy.
The other day we were walking down the street after an apointment fell through when I saw [Redacted]. [Redacted] was baptised a little less than a year ago, and we’re trying to help him come back to church. I felt the strong urge to go talk to him and ask if he knows anyone we can teach. So we did and he said “Yeah I know a lot of people” and took us to visit his friend [Redacted]. We ended up teaching [Redacted] and his family, and it went really well.
So yesterday we went out with [Redacted] again, he knows a lot of people, and isn’t embaressed to talk with them about the church. It was awesome. Really gave me an example for how I should be after I get back from my mission.
In the spirit of Christmast we went out with a couple of the youth from the ward here to sing christmas carols. It’s something that basically no one ever does here. We had to compete with all the parties in the streets, but managed to sing for a few people. And everyone seemed to like it a lot.
I hope all of y’all have a great christmas!
~sister Pew

Another week

[December 15]

Family and Friends,

Well this week there isn’t much to say. We spent so much time in meetings and stuff… bleck
First of all Wed was my missions Christmas Conference. It’s in Maceio, a 5 hour drive from here so we had to take a bus over night to get there. It took forever, and I basically didn’t get any sleep. more bleck.
The conference itself was pretty cool. I got to see a lot of people that I haven’t seen in months. There was a talent show, and I really wish I could send videos because people did lots of things really impressive.
Mostly people sang or played instruments, it was pretty cool.
Then we had to get back on the bus to return. Another night of sleep lost.
So pretty much we lost two days of work. ugh.
And then Fri we had our zone meeting… Something for which I’ve long since lost enthusiasm.
The rest of the time we’ve been trying to find people to teach without much luck. But sometimes it’s like that 🙂
That’s about all…
Oh wait! The other day we saw a street fight. It started off with two girls arguing and then one pushed the other. Another lady came up to try and stop them, and then out of nowhere atleast 10 other people came and got involved. It was awful. But thankfully my comp and I weren’t harmed in any way.
And the next day a rabid dog almost bit me. I got away at the last minute. It’s a shame really, my future husband would have been even more beautiful.
have a great week,
~sister pew

Another week

[December 8]

Family and Friends

Well we had a pretty great week here… More or less.
The bad part was that my companion has some health problems. For a while now she’s been having lots of pains in her knee and back. This week we went to my favorite place (the hospital) so that she could do some tests and all that fun stuff. Basically she needs physical therapy, but can’t during her mission. And she might have a hemridge (or however you spell it, I really don’t know)
So we had to spend some time inthe house so she could rest up. And the medicine she’s taking makes her pass out (see photo).
But despite this [Redacted] was baptised Saturday 🙂
Before y’all start to get impressed or something I think you should know, we had nothing to do with it! [Redacted] is an incredible person. Only 11 years old, but has so much faith. He’s neighbors of some church members and wakes up even before they do Sundays and wakes them up so they’ll take him to church. Really we didn’t do anything, he’s a person prepared by the Lord.
Another miricle happened Sunday. We were fasting for a few things, one of which was to work better with the members of the ward here. And then after church two of the young men from the ward here asked if we could go with them to visit thier friends. We were like “yes!”
So we went with them, and they introduced us to [Redacted] and [Redacted]. Our lesson with them was awesome, and we’re super excited keep working with them.
The Lord is so amazing. He doesn’t always respond to our prayers so fast of course. But really it was perfect timing 🙂
I feel so thankful to be serving here. The work truly is better when members and the missionaries work together.
~Sister pew