Week 38 - Let's go CAVS!

Let’s GO CAVS!!!!!!!!!
haha I miss basketball. We only have soccer here! ha-ha how awesome is that...I love being able to say that yeah I already went to these amazing historical sites...took advantage of them all these years!  I LOVE THE PICS OF THE FAM..sinto tanta falta de vocês!!! oh mom...skype will be hard for me to speak English, just letting you know!
so yeah this week was crazy! I got the call on Monday night that I would be training again a new sister. Sister Lerner was sad and she started to cry...me too, but I was excited too to train again since I left my first Filha in Mossoró!
So yeah Tuesday I had to go to Natal...9-hour bus ride, with Elder Silva (another elder from Zona Sousa that would train) to meet my new companion. We got there late but it´s all good cause I got to see some other missionaries too...like a family reunion. So yeah...We got to Natal and the next day I got to meet my FILHA!!!!!! Sister M. Silva from SÃO PAULO. she is so presh! Love her...I was just really tired this week cause of the trip but I am so excited for this transfer to help my fliha and to be with her in Sousa!! This week we had a great baptism of a family...AHHH IT WAS AMAZING!! I just got a little homesick just thinking of our family, but it´s just so amazing to see the changes in their lives and to see repentance changing how a family acts and treats one another! I cried a little bit on Sunday just seeing this amazing family being baptized together!!! I love this Gospel!!!!
This week I was studying the End of Alma and it talks a lot about Moroni and the wars and what not! but what amazes me is the preparation that they did to defend themselves from the Lamanites. Moroni and his people built fortresses for all the cities! And every time the prepared effectively they won the war. They had faith that everything would turn out right IF they did their part and prepared!!! I am trying to apply his in my life in the mission where I have affective and efficient study and plan eficaz (?) and to do everything I can to be prepared to do the Lord's work and He will do his part!!
but yeah I´m running out of time so I got to go but just remember I love you all and I´m so happy to have a family like you all!! Keep serving and loving and helping others! HELP THE MISSIONARIES!!!! haha work has got to be a little difficult there!!! 
manda um abraço pra todo mundo! amo voces DEMAIS!!!!
-Sister Natalie Talentino

moroni 8:3


week 37 - Working in Sousa

That mermaid picture is me...haha!!  (mom note: Natalie always told Genevieve that she really was a Mermaid - G still wondering if it is true (:). That´s so funny that baby g is still thinking about that lol!! but yeah mother´s day is in 3 weeks...I don’t know where we will go to do skype or what time, but the rule is to only have one ligação (call) but we can do a conference!?? what would be easier for you guys?? what´s your guys’ schedule, like what day will you guys leave and what not?!
But yeah this week was a great week! Sister Lerner and I have been praying and fasting to find families and men to teach and to strengthen the branch here is Sousa. SOO MANY MIRACLES HAPPENED this week! just recognizing the Lords hand in our work! One day, for example, we were heading back from lunch and our plan was to go home for about 1 hour to do some paper work and what not, but what came to mind was to visit a less active and his wife who isn’t baptized yet. When we got there the Less active was there, José Carlos, and he was smoking a cigarette. So we stopped and started to teach him a little...then after a little bit a man walked in front of his door and José Carlos called him to sit and listen to us...hahah it was crazy! His friend´s name is Paulo and minha nossa he was a talker and he had lots of questions. He would ask a question and then before we even finished answering him he had another question. haha it was like alright let´s go....in the end we marked to go back and teach his friend and his family later in the week. When we were getting ready to leave, José Carlos and us were outside of his house saying bye to him and then out of no where he points to a man walking down the street and he said you should talk to him. he needs God in his life haha...so José Carlos called him over and we met Mariano! Let me just tell you that this was the turning point of our week. Mariano invited us to his house and we stayed in the front to talk to him and his son Mateus (18 yrs. old) who was baptized about 6 year ago but not confirmed and we marked to go back the next day in the morning so that we could teach his whole family!! LET ME JUST TELL YOU THAT THIS FAMILY IS SO PRESH!!! I LOVE THIS FAMILY!!! we went back the next day and taught The Restoration and marked their baptism for 24 of Abril, and then we filled out their baptismal forms. This family we have Mariano as a single dad, with Mateus (18) and Crisneyan (15) and Crystielle(11) and Isaac (10..the same age as Genevieve so I feel really protective of him haha)...also Marina lives with them who is 13 years who is the girlfriend of Crisneyan...the situation is complicated! but all this week we went back everyday to see how they were, to teach them a little more, to see if they read the Book of Mormon! the first day no one read or prayed, only the dad...the next day everyone read and prayed and they all are really excited to go to church, to keep learning and to ask questions and read the Book of Mormon!! The changes in their lives is just amazing!! I love this family. Saturday we taught the commandments and they have some problem with the Word of Wisdom with coffee and cigarettes. Matues smoke about 20 cigarettes each day, and some of the family drinks coffee. we let Mateus smoke 10 on Saturday and then on Sunday when we asked him how many he smoked he said that he only smoked 10 on Saturday and so far on Sunday only 1...on Sunday he only smoked 5...MIRACLES!!!! he said he doesn’t have that much vontade (?) to smoke anymore!!! Sunday we got to their house and everyone was all ready to go!! everyone LOVED church and they stayed after to see a baptism that the elders had and Matures said that he felt something special in his heart. Everyone we so excited to see the baptism and they all said that they just felt so good at church and they loved every bit of it. Mariano said that he LOVED church and it is just so amazing to see this family grow and grow. Tonight we will have a Niote Familiar (Family Home Evening) with them and they requested that we talk bout Temples...haha I just love this family...I feel like that I came to Sousa just to find this family! Yesterday night (Sunday night) we visited them to see how they were doing, to mark a part in the book of Mormon to read and to give them Cevada to drink instead of coffee. we asked them if they read the part we left for them to read (everyone read) and then Mateus started to explain what he understood (3 Nephi 11) and when he was explaining everything he understood I felt the spirit so strong. I felt like I was the investigator and that he was a missionary teaching me and helping me understand when Jesus Christ came to the Americas. I started to have tears in my eyes just thinking about how his life will be so much better and how much happier they all are because of the gospel. After every lesson they all are like alright who´s going to say the prayer and their prayers are just the sweetest things!! I just feel so blessed to help this wonderful family...Iove them so much!!
we had so many other miracles happen where the Lord just put people in our path to find and teach these people. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!! I love my Savior and I hope every one has a great week!!
Ask for miracles with faith and they will happen!!!

-Sister Talentino

oh..i forgot to tell you that when i was in mossoro I had my first dream in Portuguese. It was everyone in my disrict at the time eating lunch in costco! hahah good times!! LOVE YOU


Week 36 - You don't have the WhatsApp?

                                                        I found this !

Send pics of baby Arlen!!!!!! aww haha baby g is so cute!! ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD!! Throwback minha nossa!!! love that movie!! conference was great! I only got to assist one session in English because we don’t have any other American sisters in our zone or district, only 4 American elders and me, so I couldn’t just stay with the elders alone haha! I wanted to assist in English, but it´s cool to realize how much I have learned and know in Portuguese now, cause when I got to the mission, we had conference about 3 weeks after I got here, and I didn’t understand hardly anything...so yeah I have a lot to learn ainda but it´s just really awesome to see the work and help of the lord with the dom das linguas (gift of tongues). haha!!!
We have been praying and fasting to find families to help our branch turn into a ward and help our district turn into a stake...cause when that happens there´s more of a chance of getting a temple in Natal!!! WAHOOO WHEN THAT DAY ARRIVES, I WILL CRY!! There is a lot of opposition and people that don’t commit! they say they know what they should do but they just don’t do anything about it!! but really Heavenly father has blessed us so much , we have found some great families to teach! it´s just hard to get a whole family to go to church cause they are just used to working on Sundays and getting everything ready for the week on Sundays and minha nossa everyone is like no I need to make lunch I cant go to church in the morning if I have to make lunch....!!!!!!   Lunch here is sooo big, they start cooking at like 8-9 in the morning!!! it smells sooo good in the streets though hahah!! we are teaching a couple families really great.  I really do miss just worrying about my clothes and makeup before church, but now we run around to wake people up and try and get the motivated to go to church with us!! our church starts at 8:30! don’t have a lot of members, but the church is growing, just got to liven some people up here in the ward!! LETS GO PEOPLE!!! but yeah we had some opposition this week...for example we had one guy that straight up told us that we were wasting our time and that the scripture in the bible in Atos (Acts ?) that talks about false prophets is really talking about us missionaries and then as I got up and straight up left him and his loucuras (ramblings) behind he said that we will go to hell....haha after that I was just so angry at him and how he was disrespecting us that way...but then I started to think of the primary song I´m Trying to be like Jesus haha and then I started to smile and talk with more people in the street and invited them to church! It´s really important. What I’ve learning in the mission, is that in these moments it´s really important to keep on trying, to look up in faith and to remember that I KNOW this church is true and that I KNOW MY heavenly FATHER AND MY Savior love me, and just to keep on working! if we stay sad or angry, that´s what Satan wants, so it´s important to use the Atonement in our lives to stay positive and hopeful and to keep testifying of the truth.
I love this gospel, and I have faith that through the trials that I am having here in Sousa will help me get closer to my Savior and that the day with arrive when I get to see the fruits of my labors! I am truly so grateful to be a missionary in Brazil...I’m so grateful for this gospel, for the Book of Mormon and for the Atonement in my life!!! I love my family too...mom and dad, thanks for being so great! dad, your email to Scott and me was just amazing, it´s so nice to know that I have wonderful parents that have a strong testimony of the Gospel! Keep serving and loving others!!! manda um abraço para the Mowreys!! love them all!!

Funny experience: we were walking down the street and some guy pulled over and stopped on his motorcycle and he started to talk about WhatsApp (an application that everyone has here..like imessage on the iphone) and I was like oh no sorry we don’t have Whatsapp...haha he just looked at me like what are you crazy..?? then I realize that there was a guy behind me sitting in a chair outside his door haha the guy on the motorcycle was talking to him but I was just like in the zone walking and thinking to myself about stuff and I was just like minha nossa how embarrassing...but after that we started to talk to them and invited them to church and we are starting to visit one of the guys..haha funny how things work!!!

Can you guys send me a recipe of cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting...thanks!!! 
love you guys!! have a great week!!!

Sister Talentino

I love the sunsets here!
 Preaching to the cows!
Herbies everywhere!