Saturday, October 29, 2016

Week 17 oi meu amigos!!!

October 24, 2016

HI everyone!

I love you all lots!!!! This last week was super good! And I´m super happy here in Guarapuava, Brasil!!! (I don´t have a ton of time left to email, so sorry this will be a little bit shorter than normal)

What happened this last week... MY FIRST BAPTISM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHK. Literally one of the happiest moments of my life. I definitely started crying when they entered the baptismal font. My heart just bursted with happiness because I know how much their life will be blessed because of their decision.  *happy tears*  They- Elizandro and Paula- are so wonderful.  I know they will be life-long converts.  I can already feel their testimonies!

Funny story: one day this week we made a contact and the woman asked my companion where she was from, and proceeded to say that my companion had a foreign accent, and I didn't! hahahahahaha yeah I wish that were actually true... maybe in 9 months!

So last week I had the goal to be more aware of, and grateful for the daily miracles that I have everyday.  I bought a little journal to write down the miracles everyday.  This week they ranged from being able to talk about mine-craft (in Portuguese don't forget) to a 7 year old for about 30 minutes, to having 2 baptisms.  Miracles range from all sorts of degrees!!! I realized the other day as I was walking up a super steep hill, in the sun, that I had a smile on my face.  And I thought "huh. Why am I smiling right now?? I´m tired, hot, and super hungry."  I was smiling because I wasn´t thinking about those things. I was thinking about the tender mercies, or MIRACLES, that God has blessed me with. 

I really know that God blesses, and wants to bless His children- US- and He blesses us MORE when we are grateful for what He has already given us.  I have felt that this week.  

I know that God loves each of us.  I know that Christ lives. E eu sei que a Igreja de Jesus Cristo Dos Santos Dos Ultimos Dias รฉ o UNICO Igreja verdaderia. 


xo Sister Councill

Week 16 Hi From Brazil

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Week 15 pictures

Week 15

Week 14


This week was a lot less crazy than the previous week! My new companion is Sister C. Silva! She is from Sรฃo Paulo and has almost been out on the mission for a year! She just got called to be a Sister Training Leader. She is a LOT less talkative than Sister Angulo was, so that´s been a transition for me, but also really good because I´ve been able to speek a lot more during lessons! Also she doesn´t speak any English๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜Œ Soooo that´s been jolly fun! But I really love her- we have pretty similar personalities :) She is a wonderful missionary and a good example for me. I can see why she is a leader in the mission. I am grateful I have the chance to finish my training with her. (only 4 more weeks of being a "greeenie", WHAT?!! )

When Sister Angulo headed to Curitiba on Tuesday, she took the phone with her and forgot to pass it to Sister C. Silva, so this week we have been working without a phone. Talk about difficult!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also since Sister C. Silva is new in this area, it´s up to me to "be in charge" of where we go and how we get there. I´ve been in Guarapuava for 8 weeks and still don´t know my way around ๐Ÿ˜– It´s been a little difficult this week, not gonna lie, I keep expecting myself to be fluent in Portuguese and know the streets and where our investigators live, but I don´t yet. wahoooooooo. I would be really grateful if you all could pray specifically that I am more kind and loving to myself and my abilities. Obrigada๐Ÿ™ƒ

THIS WEEKEND WAS GENERAL CONFERENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man I was so excited for it. Like Christmas excited. General Conference happens every 6 months. It takes place on a saturday-sunday. There are 4 sessions, 2 hours long, and I wish there were more!!!! The Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and the Apostles speak to us. It´s literally the best. You can read, watch, listen to the talks at  DO IT. ☺ Promise your day will be better if you do!!!

SO as you know.. right now I´m kind of living in Brazil, where everyone speaks Portuguese.. as a result, I watched Conference in Portuguese, instead of English.  Man, let me tell you HOW MUCH I sincerely missed hearing the voices of them--- Folks, I am realizing more and more each day how blessed I am, and all of you are, for knowing English, and living in the United States. It´s so easy, comparatively, for us to actually watch Conference at the Conference Center, or visit Nauvoo, Palmyra.. etc. --- but I only understood about 50% of what was being said. But let me tell you- Did I feel the Spirit? YES.  Did I find comfort in just simply seeing the faces of the men who lead us? YES. I absolutely did. And it was wonderful.  

Sunday morning during my personal study I was reading in 3 Nefi 18:25, "..come unto me that ye might feel and see.."  Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ do NOT expect us to understand 100%. They want us to simply feel and see. Can you imagine how comforting that was for me?  I couldnt understand a good portion of what the Prophet and apostles were saying, but I DID feel their love and their spirit, and I found comfort in looking at them.  It´s really such a wonderful and comforting principle- God knows we won´t be able to understand everything, but He has provided us with a way to see and feel. That is through the Holy Ghost, the scriptures, listening to the words of our Prophet and apostles... Our Heavenly Father is so kind and loving. I testify of that truth.

I love you all lots, and think and pray about you all!!!!❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

XO Sister Councill