2.02.2017

week 76 - This is my last week in the mission.


1/30/17

I had diarrhea this week, but i´m better now.
the work is great! We met an ELEITA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! she went to church and she is just loving everything. She calls us to mark the appointments...she has 3 kids and dad she is just the most elect that I have met in my life!!! SERIOUS!!!! We will try and baptize her tomorrow before I go home, but if it doesn't work out, I will be okay cause I know that she knows she found the right place for her and her family
so yeah I don´t have a lot of things to say because I feel like I can just talk to you guys in a little bit...haha
So did Doug decide where he wants to go yet? Tell baby G that we can do a girls night EVERY night when I get home haha!
I´m excited to go to the temple and to be with family again! I want to visit everyone logo...saudades demais!

but yeah! So dad asked me about going to corolla in Feb...is that going to happen or is dad just talking stuff?

any other news?
will i have a cellphone when I get home?

Miss you so much!! I can´t wait to see you guys!!!!...I sent dad an email about an experience that we had this week with a guy in the street!..look at his e-mail after!


Mom's note:  my last email to Natalie on her mission:

I can’t believe this is my last email to you on your mission.  I”m sure you can’t believe it either.
We have been counting down and getting everything ready for Friday.  Well, I will close this email and chapter of writing to you in Brazil.  In John 1; 4 it reads,  “I have no greater joy than to hear my children walk in truth”.  Thanks for bringing such “joy”  to dad and me by serving and sacrificing these past 18 months.  We are so proud of you and grateful that Heavenly Father has entrusted you in our care.  We love you and are so proud of you and can’t wait to welcome you home this Friday!

See you in 4 days!!!!

love,
mom

Moroni 8:3

Natalie's Response: haha I love that scripture...it really hits home for me! :)

We kept our Christmas tree up so we could celebrate Christmas with Natalie.


2.02.2017

Week 74 - I can't believe that I got my travel plans!




1/9/17
I can´t believe that I got my travel plans...like WHHHAAATTTTTTTT






haha Doug..he´s improving!! but it would be awesome if he could be there in the airport...tell him to keep looking!!!!!!!!
Family is great..Gram sent me an email and said that everyone is sick..worried about Pappap with double pneumonia.
I went shopping today...I bought a bunch of things really cool!! I bought something that it´s like a little makeup holder of lipstick...really cute!! I bought 6 of them...i thought of dad when he bought all the sunglasses holder things!! haha super cute


1/2/17

so this week was just really rough. I think I have never experienced so much rejection in one week than this past week. I had to go to an area called Pirangi to do a division there. I stayed with a Sister called Sister Guimarães from São Paulo, and Sister Stadler stayed with Sister Redford, an American.  It was good because we found a lot of good people to teach. WE found one lady who said that she was already baptized in the Assembly but when we started to teach about the 3rd lesson which is about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we explained how is the right baptism and everything. During the lesson she started to cry. I was like ummm okay it´s the spirit but she´s not saying anything so let´s just say a prayer and leave. So we said the last prayer and then at the end I asked her if she was okay...she started crying more and more...haha I was like alright...já era! haha but then something amazing happened. She said that she was grateful for everything that she learned there in the church and in the Bible, but she feels like something is missing. That the people in the church aren´t practicing what she is reading and studying in The Bible. She has always felt that there was something missing and that she was always praying to God to help her find what that thing she is missing in her life. WE told her that God answered her prayers and marked her baptism. I don´t know if she went to church Sunday but I know that if the sisters there keep teaching her and if she does her part to receive her answer, she will be happy to know that she found the truth.
But yeah When I came back to my area it was just SUPER ROUGH!!!! This week was the first time in my life/ in my mission that I had to knock on doors...and it didn’t even work out!! Sister Stadler and I are trying really hard to use all the topics that they have in Teach My gospel to find people. We are starting to work with Less Actives. WE visited one family on Saturday that is less active and miracle. They went to church yesterday. they said they were missing church and that they just needed a little help to get the courage to go back. Sister Stadler and I felt so good about that.

Something funny that happened this week. So it was at night time and we were walking in the street and I saw a Manga tree. And what did I see. A beautiful manga ready to eat. hahah So I stopped and started to throw whatever I could find to knock the manga off of the tree...wasn´t working. So I threw me planner top try and get it.didn´t work and my planner landed in the street. I picked it up and then tried to throw it again. As I started to throw it, I thought, I shouldn’t throw this because maybe it will go over that wall...hahha but guess what happened, I threw it and it went over the wall hahha., I was like awww are you kidding me. and what´s worse, it was a wall to a house that was for sale, so no one lived there to help us get my planner hahah. We started to try everything to get it but it just wasn’t working, finally I had to jump the gate...haha it was ridiculous. So I climbed the gate and got my planner and climbed back over. I hurt myself a little but but nothing serious, just a bruise. What is worse is that 1. we saw that there was a camera across the street that probably saw everything hahah 2. we knocked off the manga and it wasn’t even ready to eat in that moment, it was all hard.
HAHA got to look at the brightside sometimes!!!

but yeah, my mission is almost up but I am working and talking with everyone that I can, and Presenting my testimony to everyone.
I know this church is true, and I know that my Savior lives and knows me and will help me when I need it.

have a great week! :)

2.02.2017

week 73 - Some Christmas Photos











2.02.2017

week 72 - Christmas Skype

Natal mission - Celebrating Christmas


So great to talk to Natalie in Christmas!
Natalie didn't write the next day.  She had already said everything the day before.


2.02.2017

week 71 - Christmas Skype coming up!

Natalie’s email
12/19/16

I don’t know exactly where we are going to use skype for Christmas because a lot of members have invited us already so now we need to choose!
So there will be a problem because this Sunday the meeting will be at 4 in the afternoon, so only after 5...I think if we mark 5:30...or 6 it will be good!
Right now I am in cidade Verde...I´m in the capital!! YESSS and the ward is AMAZING!!! they all love the missionaries and want to help...the lunched here are amazing too...a area really sheaky and fancy with money!
My companion is my daughter...Sister Stadler!! I AM SOOOO HAPPY!!! ILOVE HER!!!! I was her companion in Mossoro but I was transferred to Sousa for an emergency transfer so I didn´t get to finsh her training...but now we are together again!! :) I AM SO HAPpY!!!!
sometimes I have moments where I am just so sad to think about leaving the mission, but it will be good to see you guys again haha! 

I am excited, we are opening this area so we are working really hard!!! Merry Christmas...it doesn’t even feel like Christmas!!! but that´s okay!!!

2.02.2017

week 70 - Starting my mission in Natal and ending my mission in Natal






12/12/16
This week was good!! I´ll send a little message of an experience that happened yesterday!!!
So yesterday at church is was a little different, we had a transition of a program only for people in Brazil! But guess what happened when the video started to play...it was in English!!! without subtitles!! PRONTO!!! everyone started to just look around and some of the leaders got up to see what they could do to help out! Then all of a sudden people started to look at me...hahah I am the only American in Caicó..kkk..so they were like Sister go up there and translate for us!!! At first I was like no way, just wait it out it will be okay! But they I was like no I´ll go and help!!!
So I went up there and they got me a microphone so that I could start to translate a little bit. I said a prayer about a billion times so that The Lord could help me with this little task!
It was really cool to feel the spirit helping me...I would listen and then I knew exactly what I had to say. Maybe I didn´t translate it 100% but I knew what I could say to get the point across! I had to translate for about 10-15 and then they got it all set up. I was so relieved cause they said the Elder Holland would talk too...can you imagine!! haha Translating Elder Hollands words...Nossa haha a lot of pressure!! But it was just a little spiritual experience that I had yesterday that I wanted to share! It was really cool to feel and recognize the gift of tongues that I have been able to develop in this short time that I have been here in Brazil!!
 I love it here!! I will miss it so much!! I am starting to feel that it is coming to an end, I can´t believe it!
#7semanas I will give it my all to end my mission with my head held high and with a ton of Spirit :)
I love this gospel! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
yeah...I’m super happy to end my mission there, but I will miss everyone here!! I spent 6 months in caicó..haha I love the members here!!  but I´m happy that I won’t have one more transfer here because it´s physically and emotionally challenging here. but it´s good cause I feel that my faith has grown because of the hard area!

but yeah...Started my mission in Natal, and now I’m going to end my mission in Natal! :)