Monday, November 18, 2013

"... the fruits of our labors" November 18, 2013

●since they don’t have thanksgiving here… christmas decorations started a long time ago and this week we got to decorate the mission office!! lights, trees, and stockings. and downtown will be decorating tuesday! tomorrow we will see the finished product :)

                          sister clay and I helped out the elders in the mission home with their tree
                                                                               my stocking is hanging in the mission
                                                                               home waiting for all of your letters:)
got to go on split with & sis sis J this week... love her!
●i tried to explain how to make french toast in my broken portuguese. the next morning my sweet companion tried it out and gave me some. let’s just say i need to work on my cooking vocabulary... “A” for effort. 
me & my comp sis mora... just hanging out on the porch after teaching an investigator @ their apt
●when all the neighbors listen to our message-- five lessons in one sitting ladies and gents. #efficient. (mom did i spell that right lol oops… no she didn’t so i obliged)
●an investigator gave us coca cola this week #merica #notaddictedipromise
●somehow we had a hurricane here friday. i’m serious. it was insane!
everyone is REALLY short here... but we
passed our cleaning check with elder olivera and got peanut butter! ●when an investigator asks if we (mormons) can wear makeup… conveniently on a day we didn’t have a lot of time to get ready. do we really look that bad?
●i put on jeans today for the first time in… since the provo mtc. so like 12 weeks. AND THEY FIT!! thank goodness. --today we’re having a zone picnic in centro and we get to wear jeans!!! #itsthelittlethings
   maybe the best dessert yet. a brownie with homemade
chocolate and strawberries. I DIED. thank goodness for irma patrica
●i now know why we have lunch with members. not because it’s cheaper for us or good to build those relationships… but because i almost set the apartment on fire today!

●one of our recent converts is friends with a sister from my provo district on facebook. (long story) sister shumway (shoutout) was chatting with her when we got there, and we got to give her some references of friends and family. --heads up to y’all in the states. just because i’m miles away doesn’t mean i’m not trying to teach you too!

●I LOVE THE YOUTH OF THE CHURCH! shout out to nat! she’s learning english and preparing to finish high school there. 1: we talked in english 2: her testimony is rock solid 3: i think she’s already a better missionary than me. 

●this sunday two of our cute investigators… 13 years olds, were waiting for us in the street before church and trying to wake up their neighbor too. #FELICIDADE!!!

●we got to talk to the young women about missions this week! it was suppppa special. when you talk about this experience (serving a mission) you start to notice how important it is to you and how grateful you are for it ALL (ups and downs and inbetweens)
 sister mora & I and this amazing YW pres
after speaking about serving a mission to the YW
in other news… i heard mr lonely and kiss kiss on the radio  in a store this week. 

this week was legit. as mentioned above... i love the youth of the church and those here in camobi. i think i’m still considered the youth of the church but they are so much stronger than i was 5 years ago and they strengthen my testimony all day errr day. parabens parents! also… the Atonement. i feel really strongly about this. when you think about our message, the gospel of Jesus Christ, everything-- EVERYTHING is only possible and works because of the Atonement of our Savior. i’m trying to study it more so that i can bear stronger testimony of it because i am convinced that if i do this-- people will understand the importance of the gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives.  
here's my zone... with me in the farrrrr back left
sunday we had a five investigators at church and it was legitttt. i think we are starting to see the fruits of our labors. 
 ariana... an investigator that we are teaching who is a gift from God to us... LOVE
"Now behold, we can look forth and see the fruits of our labors; and are they few? I say unto you, Nay, they are many; yea, and we can witness of their sincerity, because of their love towards their brethren and also towards us."

all is well here. lovin life. getting tan. my jeans fit… and i LOVE this work. 

sister faldmo
no longer 101 dalmations... 101 days on the mish:)

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