Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Transfer 9 week 1

Was hoping i would have another six weeks to work in Julio, but looks like God has another plan for me! Im being transfered to Banderantes, my new comp is 4 month Sister V. Morais. I am looking forward to learn with and from her, I hear she is hard worker and knows her scriptures well. She is more timid, but im sure we´ll find things to joke about.
It was great to see ya´ll yesterday, was the best christmas ever,
its was white. WHite with the baptism of Alexandre! and his family was there so it was good. His grandma Euredes said that she´d like to visit church with Alexandre. the zone leaders got switched into Julio and so i gave Elder Conceição the stare down....take care of Alexandre and baptise his family, ya hear?! It will be good for him to have some priesthood examples in hhis life, bishop wants him to be recieving the office of a deacon really quick.
will talk to ya next week!
happy new year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

transfer 8 week 6

hello family and friends!
This week has been another week of interesting experiences, We are working with 13 year old Alexandre who has a baptism date for Christmas day. He is really excited and getting involved with the ward. He is trying to make changes in his life, as he was a street kid for a while. Some members helped him get his biked fixed up so he bikes the long ride to the church almost everyday to play ball with the youth or whatnot. ITs hard for his family to believe that he is actually being honest about where he is at, as he´d been a kid playing in the streets and never saying where he is at. The gospel changes people. Thats for sure.
So friday our neighbors who are members of the Assembly church invited us to their secret friend night. It was quite the experience. Moises was really cool about us ´mormons´ he thanked us for being present and explained a little about our work for the people there. We for our thank you sang a hymn. but before we sang they said the prayer. I say they because their church prays differently thank ours. One person begins to pray aloud and then everyone prays at the same time; it super confusing because it becomes to the point when people are shouting and you just dont understand anything. Then after the prayer we sang. Okay, so honestly we are not good singers, i could say we are close to terrible. Nothing anyone would pay to see. But the spirit was with us and helped us to sing. Like sister Lima, she was shocked that she was able to sing the soprano part and not get lost or loose the notes. The last verse the spirit was especially strong. IT was a night and day difference between their prayer and our hymn. AFterwards sister Lima heard one of the youth say, wow they sing so good!

So we hear stories about dogs chasing missionaries....well i hadnt ever heard of a dog going after a sister missionary so i decided the doggies just like elders.
That was wrong. There is an evil black and white dog that has tried to bite me three times, the third time he almost got my leg, left a small hole in my skirt where his nasty teeth caught hold. thank goodness sister chatwin had her waterbottle of power to hit him!

The great Apostacy still continues to this day. We met a pastor of an Assemblian church this week too. What i found extremely interesting is how he started off bashing other churches, saying how other churches do false healings and so have their church to get money. That so many people are being confused by false teachings. I said to him, well, as it says in matt 24 in the last days even the elect will be confused. He then said that he didnt hold a lot of stock in profecies, just faith in Christ. yep. So to show how he practices what he preaches, he gave us his card for us to give to our pastor to call him to come preach in our church and he wont charge us. And if we have any deaf or blind or those who cant walk, he will heal them. He is preparing to resssurect the dead too. Then suddenly he begins to pray and after the prayer looks at me and says with in this week you will recieve a vision as a answer to the prayers you have been seeking.
whooeeeyyyyyy. First, everything you said is hypocritcal to your first statements. And second, you dont have any authority over me to recieve revelation for my life. But thanks anyway.
Everyday you see something different, thats for sure.
The church is true, God is in charge. We just got to be obedient and share the gospel with others.
Love ya´ll
Merry Christmas, FELIZ NATAL!!
amo voces,

transfer 8 week 5

Christmas Christmas time is here, time for joy and time for tears.
we´ve been good but we can´t last, hurry Christmas hurry fast!

So thats kinda our favorite song here in the house, gotta sing it with the voices of the chipmunks.
This morning i made a video to send for my weekly letter home, but what do you know? I bring everytiung
I need to the lan house other than my camera.
but I probably need to learn how to zip a file so I can actually send it to you thourg emailo.

So we had our christmas/zone conference this week that was totaly awesome. We got to watch some
clips of mormon tab and from the prophet too. I just love how sincere and inspired our leaders are.

Its interesting to see how much this work truly is the Lord´s and how much we need to follow the spirit.
As we had switched areas this transfer, sister Lima and I are still getting to know all the neighborhoods
in our area. We went to one that is pretty much close to the end of the world, is over an hour´s walk to get there.
our first time there we were looking for a less active. the street she lives on i didnt even know was a street.
the houses dont even hardly have numbers. we only found one person in the front of her house and she wasnt
all that friendly. This last thursday we had divisions with our zone leaders and i decided to try that street again
to find that member. we ended up encountering three families. one of which when we retuned the next day, the
grandson Allesandre was there. He didnt seem to be paying alot of attention to our lesson but at the end he asked
us about baptism, why its important. Really the whole time we were teaching the plan of salvation, it just want feeling
like it was the right thing to be teaching. in the middle of the lesson the thought was, you need to talk about baptism.
but being the orderly ignorant person i am, i retorted to myself, how am I going to talk about baptism in the middle of this lesson? i have no idea how i would switch to that topic with out it being weird. Well, even though i was denying the spirit, the spirit spoke to that 13 yr old boy and we ended up finally teaching what he needed. He has his date marked for Christmas day, as he said, the best Christmas present I could have; He loved church. He said he didnt know how to explain why he liked it; just that is was different than any other church he visited, ´´´there is no comparasion´´ is how he put it. His life is difficult; abandonment, drugs, lots of things but he wants to change.
if you want to change, the restored gospel of Jesus Christ will definaitely do that. If you are willing to do your part.
I love this work, I love this gospel. This church is perfect, as it was organized by the only One who is Perfect.
Merry Christmas, Feliz Natal ya´ll!
So what are the christmas plans? I kinda would like to know what hour will be better for the phone call for christmas, i can call either the 24th or 25th, Irma Neide is letting us use her computer that has skype and we will be there christmas day, but i dont know what hours you have church and stuff; so let me know what hour would be good and I will call the day before to get things organized better. We have a whole hour to talk with our families, President authorized!!!
love kristin

Monday, December 5, 2011

week 4 transfer 8

THis week has been flying by! we have been working with a few families so hopefully we will be able to help some more people make the convenent of baptism in the incoming weeks. I have been learning alot more about diligence and faith, and listening to the whisperings of the spirit. SEriously, the things we learn on the mission we take into our lives. we are working with an 8 year old girl, Rafaela. Oh my gosh. The moment we met, I just have had this feeling that I have to help her be baptised. She is such a speciall little girl, and she wants so much. I could tell she wants to be part of the church before she even said anything, I could see it in her eyes, practically begging to be invited to be baptised. We were able to teach a lesson with her aunt (A member) and her brother (member less active) and mom (penticostal). Matilde (mom of her) said, hey its your choice not mine, and during the lesson Rafaela spoke up. ´´I have my answer, I will be baptised.´´ immdeately Matilde said No. Never has the word No cut my soul so deeply as it did. I failed to hide my tears. We talked more with Matilde about her doubts and talked alot about the true power of priesthood and profets and she began to soften. Now its in her hands to do her part to pray. We will conitnue working with them, I cant stop, those eight year old eyes will haunt me for the rest of my life If I dont help her. We are wroking with the mom of a recent convert. She loves the church, from the two visits she has had. She likes that we learn there and that it is peaceful. Her experiences with other churches she has had spirits enter into her so she stoped going to churches. She isnt married so we haave to work with that too. We finaily we able to go to her house (its pretty much the end of the world where she lives...dirt road and then take the path through the trees...its a beautiful farm) Zelia, her daughter told me last night that I will be the one to help her mom. I hadnt noticed, but Mercedes always almost cries when i am around. She had a baby girl die and somehow I remind her of her little girl, i have her face. ( I always knew there had to be a reason I have a child´s face!) We are trying so hard to find people who are ready to accept the gospel. Another woman we met in a part of our area i have never been to. I lost our map and so i said lets ask those women and talk about the church. We ended up sitting down and teaching the message of the REstoration and Elza accepted the invite to be baptised. She has been reading teh pamplets and parying and really looking forward to going to church. She totaly recognizes that the apostacy happened. Its a great privelgde and responsiblity to work with all these special people. Just got to live up to it!
Love you all,
photo 1: a thank you box i made for elder luz. we have a joke about me and maybe one time there was a situation similar to the drawing i made....
photo 2: the scary green dress we found in the house......yikessss
photo 3> sister feirra and I....celbrating one year of mission with açai!! yummmm