Monday, April 14, 2014

april 14, 2014... novos inícios‏

super excited about my new companion i’ve heard good things about her and she’s been serving in an area that seriously is the power house of the mission… and she’s brazilian! my portuguese is fine, actually almost good -minus my accent, but it will be good to have my first brazilian companion (i don’t count when i was in trio haha)
pday with the district again… sister pereyra’s last regular pday as a missionary (today she’s in santa maria for interviews with president) 
taking sister pereyra to bus stop this morning 

 last sunday with sister pereyra
rain making things cold!!! yayayya. i’m ok with thisJ   
sister williams, pereyra, marinho, faldmo... santiago missionaries
president parella came to town and gave us new mattresses and heaters! heaters… like the kind grandpa ross always used to buy for our bedrooms when he came to south dakota. yayayyay!
having all these pdays with the district with so much to do i don’t get to nap!!
having to lie all week to my companion so we could try and pull off a surprise for her before she leaves to go home from her mission
here we all our with some of our ward in santiago saying goodbye to sister pereyra
the fact that i’m a witch on our district t-shirts because other district missionaries couldn’t say my name “faldmo” so they called me sister voldemort
sister marinho & i sporting the district tshirt... can you see me-- faldmo/voldemort in the hood???
can you see what i'm famous for saying around the missionaries???
i did a quick little division with a member and it may have included dropping off her daughter (maria) at school (who i love soooo much. she’s the cutest). it was so weird… like i was back at DV dropping off maggie and sam. but she was so cute she introduced me to her teacher and friends. 
darling maria... the cutest little girl in all of santiago:)
our district t-shirts with the design elder dias did of us all

elder dias has quite the artistic hand to design a district tshirt before our group breaks up

two people baptized in our little district and city!! 
this 12 year old boy is named gilerme(sp?)... the elders taught him and he was baptized sat. he stopped the missionaries on the street and asked why all the cities have mormons? he was baptized 10 days after meeting the missionaries and always beats us to church on sunday:)
pulled a little surprise for sister pereyra the end of the young women’s new beginnings program with the help of some ward members
1/2 uruguay, 1/2 brasil... saying good bye to sis pereyra
rio grando do sul flag... the state of brasil where you can find this santiago district of missionaries

a young man in the ward got his call. here they do things a little different and your stake president gets your call and gives it to you. so sometimes they pull surprises on you. we were planning an easter activity to give it to him and surprise him but the bishop got his itinerary for his flight to the brazilian ctm and he reports may 1st! so after sacrament meeting our bishop announced he had a surprise and asked him to come to the front. when he saw the bishop had his call, he started crying and it honestly was such a tender moment. he has been waiting a long time because his call got sent back to him because there was some things that needed to be completed but he is so ready to go. before he even started opening his mission call literally almost everyone in the congregation was crying. he opened it and he will be going to the same mission that one of the elders from this ward is already in. he’s leaving in two weeks! way crazy. it was awesome to see though and also to think about when i opened my call and all of the thoughts and excitement i had before i got here... not that i don’t have the same feelings now but missions truly are so life changing. 
a last stop at the town entrance for those leaving santiago, brasil
the activity the ward had saturday was new beginnings, or novos inicios… it’s when the young women welcome the new girls that will be coming into young womens’ during the calendar year. i got thinking about the new beginnings that we all can have. for me.. this week is full of new beginnings. a new transfer with a new companion. i truly am excited about this opportunity and new beginning. i’ll stay in the same area here in santiago, but there is still lots of work to do here and we will get it done :) but also… every week as members of the church we have a new beginning. after we worthily take the sacrament, we experience a new beginning. our sins are washed away, like they were after we were baptized. we don’t have to wait for transfers or new years for new beginnings, we just have to go to church on sunday and renew our covenants through the sacred ordinance of the sacrament.
sister pereyra and i at her going away surprise... from uruguay to brasil and back to uruguay.

butttttt. sorry about the past weeks and my letters being lame. i’m trying to do better... but by the time monday comes, I’ve forgotten so much of what happened during the week! hahah. i love you all!!

xoxo sister faldmo
we are teaching this sweet family and they are very special to me...
stay posted to see what is up and coming for them.

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