So It is really now counting down the days, i am now coming home soon. I really never thought that this day would come. While you are on your mission, you almost think that it will last forever, and then before you know it... it´s over. Its kinds a strange feeling. I have so many emotions, one day i´m happy the next sad, the other excited, after i´m nervous. Its kinda funny sometimes. But this week i have had alot of time to reflect on the things that i have learned on my mission and how i can really apply it in my life.
In this area we have been really blessed and i know that. But like always on the mission and in life, there always comes those bad days everyone in awhile, or weeks. Alot of things went wrong this week with our work, but that´s life, it always happens. This is one of the reasons why i was able to reflect on alot of things that i have learned here on my mission. I see how we can really use the atonement in our lives and the infante love that Christ has for us. That no matter what happens we can keep our heads held up high and look forward to tomorrow and know that tomorrow can always be a better day. So with this and alot of other things that i was thinking about i am still happy and just moving on, because I know that God has a plan for us.
But there were also alot of good things that happened this week too! We went to the temple. Sister Harris and I wanted to go for the last time. I love the temple here it is so pretty. At the temple we ran into alot of people. I ran into my last companion, Sister Menezes, she brought some of our recent converts there, so it was great to see everyone. They were all excited to see me. Also, we met alot of people who just recently got home from their missions, alot 2 weeks ago, some 2 months ago, so it was very interesting talking to them because i am going to go home soon. It was a nice relazing day with a picnic at the temple.
I also had my last interveiw with the president this week. I knew that i was going to be going home soon but i wasnt believing it untill then. He thanked me for my work and it was a very nice interview that i had, i loved it. But of course it made me sad that i was going to be living this all behind. But I will be starting a new fase of my mission.
I am truely blessed to be doing this work of the Lord. And I will continue working hard this week and give it my all. I hope all is well with everyone and I look forward to seeing everyone soon. Have a great week.
Hello there everyone, This week, as all the others, was another good week. But this week has been super hot!! Everyone here says that the month of March is the worse month for heat, so am going to go out of here with a bang. It has been nearly 100 all week long. (i believe). We leave on the street and start sweating super bad. And we are running to at least find a bit of shade. Because we are right on the beach here it seems alot hotter! But at least it gets a little bit of ocean breeze. But we continue to press forward. But I have an accomplishment this week!!! For about the last year on my mission I have been working on my personal progress and rushing to get it done before the end of my mission. Before i left my last area in várzea, i actually finished it!!! I didn't tell anyone, because I was waiting to receive the young woman's medallion. And Guess what? I finally received my Young Woman's Medallion!! Doing all of the Personal Progress her on the mission and in Portuguese. I loved doing it. I had the opportunity to do my Personal Progress with alot of recent converts, all of the young woman that i was able to teach I always helped them get started on theirs too. Every day we are striving to live a more Christ like life, but really through personal progress we can see the steps we can do and accomplish to get every bit closer to being more like Christ. But this really is a program that we need to do through out our life, not just when we are Young Woman, on the mission, serving in the Young Woman's, we should always remember the things we learn through this program to help us throughout our lives. But I am very grateful that I had this opportunity to be able to accomplish this while I was here serving the Lord. But had many things that happened this week. We spent a lot of the week getting ready for a baptism that was really special. There was a lady who got baptized that we were helping. She is already older in age, she has 3 daughters in the church, 2 son in laws who are bishops, one who is the stake president, and has a grandson on the mission. She has been taught by missionaries before, but we were finally able to touch her and she accepted to be baptized. She is already very dedicated to the church, but her faith that she has is what impresses me. Almost every time we see her she tells us a new story of a trail she had,of someone saying something bad about the church. But she stays strong and continues forward in her faith. During her baptism, is was very spiritual. Some people bore their testimonies and there was not a dry eye in the room. It was very special to be able to see her join her family in the waters of baptism. And to see them even more united. Really God´s plan that he has for us is perfect, and I am so grateful to know of his great love that he has for us. This week we were able to meet a lot of new people and do new things, knocking doors all day and no one letting us in, miracles of people showing up to church, members doing all they can to help us, cleaning the church until we are exhausted, running from cows in the street, sleeping standing up, running in the street to catch a bus with our grocery sacks breaking and all of the good things that happen in the mission. Everything that happens i love, the bad things i laugh at and learn from them, the good i cherish forever. I am truly grateful to be part of this great work that the Lord has for us. I hope that everyone enjoys their week and sees the little miracles that the Lord puts in our lives every day. Until Next week. Love, Sister Rebecca Nelson
I hope that every one's week was amazing. This week here sure was. I can really see that all my hard wok here in the mission is paying off in this area. I can not express how grateful i am to be here in this place. I love the area, love the people, love my companion and everything else. I really love working here. This week some exciting new things happened. I will give the highlights on what happened.
A miracle really happened this week. We were finally able to talk to an eternal investigator this week. She has been going to church for about a year but never was able to talk to the missionaries because something always came up. We met with her Monday and asked her how she felt about Church, she then bore a beautiful testimony of the church and started crying, the spirit was super strong. We then at the end of the lesson invited her to be baptized for that same Saturday. She was shocked thought about it then said with tears in her eyes, alight, i accept. It was one of the best lessons i have ever had. We then met with her doing the week and got he ready for baptism. Her baptism had a bunch of people and she was feeling the spirit super strong. I was blessed to have the privilege to help her in this journey in her life.
Yesterday evening there was a Regional Fireside about missionary work. President Lanius (our mission president) was giving the fireside with an area seventy, and invited Sister Harris and me to bare our testimonies about missionary wok]k. I was excited and super nervous at the same time. But we bore our testimonies and everything was great. A lot of people came to talk to me afterwards and ask me questions. President also asked us to sing the mission hymn that we have, but reverently for everyone. Wow that was interesting. Usually we scream and yell stuff for fun. So we got all messed up and half way through we forgot pat of the hymn, hahha, it was funny. But we carried on. But i loved hearing all the things that wee said and the animation of the youth that were prepping for missions that were there. It made me have a lot more animation for the work too. I am really excited and privileged to be a missionary now. And i want to try and give my all these weeks as I work.
I am continually working hard and trying to give my all to the wok of the Lord. Every day I come home more tired, more exhausted, more burnt and everything, but yet every day i am more proud of the wok that i am doing here and know that the Lord is pleased with me and the wok that i am doing here to help bring his children unto him. I am very grateful to be here serving the lord in this great force. I hope that everyone has a great week and that you can feel the Lord´s love with you.
I am just dropping by a quick Hello. I have been trying to orginize things for school when i get back for registration and everything, so i ran out of time. But thought that i would atlest drop by a quick hello.
This week was great! We had a miracle baptism. On Friday he informed us that he wanted to be baptized, and the baptism happened the next day! Everything went super smoothly too. We went to a retairment home this week with a member who works there. I really liked going there. There was this old lady that was a bit crazy and thought i was her granddaughter, and started crying when i left. We had a suprize birthday party for and investigator this week and made tacos!!
We got alot of sun, sweat, and work done this week. We are continuing working hard every week and trying our best to serve the Lord. But that is a super fast recap of what happened this week. I hope all if well with everone.
But I will wirite more next week. I hope that everyone is well. Hugs for everyone!!!
This week has been amazing. It has been a great new start for the end. But let me explain abit about where i am at right now. I am in the area Candeias, in the City Jadoatâo (which is right on the other side of recifie) Our area is right on the beach and you can see the beach from our house and smell the ocean air, I love it. There are a lot of building in our area, and one might think that this might be a challenge and hard. But this area truely is blassed. The ward is huge, there are a ton of members, and they are all super will to help. I would love to stay working here for a long time. And i am almost sad that i am only going to stay here for about a month. Sister Sampayo and I are kind of opening an area. There were sister and elders in this ward, but now there are 4 sisters, which is alot differnt for me, but its super great. But we are taking over what the Elders were doing here, their investigators and everything So this week we were a bit lost, but it was all good, wo still worked really hard. We dont live with the sisters in our area, but we eat lunch with them and everything. We live with 3 other Sisters in the zone, and live in their area, but its right on the side of our area. You can walk from one chaple to the other in about 20 mins. It truely is amazing!!! I love it all. I am just over filled with joy and excitment about the work here.
This week we have been working hard. We even had a nice day at the temple too that was nice and relaxing!!! But this week we have just been trying to invite everyone to be baptized. I love working with Sister Sampyo, we lived together and loved it, but working with her is amazing too. But we are now happyly preparing a lot of people to be baptized here in a little bit. It was amazing people who seemed to be eternal investigators we invited to be baptized and they all accepted. There were a ton of people and church that were visiting, I am just so happy with the work that is happening here.
I realized that now that i am heading onto the end of my mission I am truely able to apply EVERYTHING that i have learned here on the mission into reality. I feel now finally that i am becoming the missionary that i wanted to be and the one that the Lord has wanted me to become, it has just taken me a year and a half to do that. haha. But I am Truely greatful that i have this oportunity to serve our Lord. I am so excited about all the people who are now choosing to serve the Lord and the missions that are open. i just LOVE THE MISSION! And Excited to do this work!! I hope all is well with everyone!