Sorry for no blog last week...there wasn't too much to update on. The most exciting part of the week before last was that we got to eat at a Chinese Buffet before district meeting and it was awesome. We were on exchanges that week and all 3 of us are new so it was quite the challenge. Sister Rowbury was with us...she's from Idaho and we volunteered at the 100 year Dam Celebration! It's a big deal here.. This past week has been much better though!
I heard a talk last Sunday about trials and how to overcome
them. This woman in our ward was in a tragic accident 7 years ago and she won't
ever be able to walk again but I have never seen her without a smile on her
face so the message to this story is come what may and love it. The Lord will
We also, for the very first time, had someone actually let us
in her house to teach her! She had never heard of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints or Joseph Smith or the Book of Mormon and it was just amazing
to be able to share with her the Restoration and the things which we know
to be true. We're hoping she comes to church soon! She seems really interested.
While along this journey we came across a man who owned a peacock farm! So this
is me in front of that...he owns 32 birds! Not interested in learning about
the church but it was fun to meet him and his birds nonetheless.
Now for the
moment you've all been waiting for...I know that God answers prayers. I GOT MY
VISA!!!! I can't believe it! And of course the week that I finally get really
excited about the work, great things are happening. Pageant starts tomorrow,
we're finding people to teach, and bam! I'm going to Brazil!! Definitely not
complaining, I am SO excited but it's just funny how God works. He tests our
patience and sees how we endure trials, then we are always blessed in the end
and I know that's true. I heard a great quote
yesterday in church "Adversity is like manure. It stinks but it will help
you grow." Funny but true!
I was also blessed to see 2 wonderful families from
home: The Hilton's and the Bartholomews!! Just when I was getting homesick I am
blessed with such sweet people. It was so good to see you all!
lesson I learned this week was to be thankful for all the things we are
given and to take nothing for granted. We have another woman in our ward who
has cancer and is currently going through some chemo treatments which make her
weak and therefore unable to attend church. What a wonderful woman, she is so
sweet and loving. We were talking about Salt Lake City and the temple there
because that's where she was married and she just started crying because she
has such a strong desire to go back but with her current condition she can't
travel. My heart just broke for her.
I reflected upon how I was just there in
April and how it was so normal for me to be there since I feel like I'm always
in Utah...but I will never think of it the same way again. Some people would do
anything to go back and be in the house of the Lord where we can truly feel His
presence and love.
We are so blessed as members of this church and I know that
miracles do happen! But it is all based on our faithfulness to keeping the
commandments perfectly. Thank you all for your prayers!! I am so humbled to be
going to Brazil after spending some time here in Nauvoo. I hope everyone's 4th
of July was fun! We had a great day of fireworks at a member's home. We got
invited to 3 places and got to go to all of them! The members here are so
wonderful to us. Love you all!
Sao Paulo Here I Come!!!