Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Today is TRANSFER DAY! And after a glorious seven months in Santo André, I am being transferred to Parque Bristol! It's more towards São Paulo, and I will be right next to the zoo and botanical gardens. I am pretty excited. I will be serving with a sister who only has three months in the field, don't know much about her but am super excited to meet her! AH! I am ready for this new adventure.
This week we visited the son of Paulo (our recent convert), Guilherme. Paulo was pretty excited for us to teach Guilherme. He only has 15 years but is a great young man. He is really searching for an answer to whether or not the church is true. He really wants to know and this makes it a bit easier for us because he is willing to do the compromissos that we leave with him (reading the Book of Mórmon, praying, etc). And every time that we visit or see Paulo, he asks how it's doing. Since Paulo and his wife are separated, Guilherme lives with his mom and Paulo just goes and chats with him almost every day. So in other words, he already knows how it's going so maybe he just wants to hear it from us. You could say Paulo is pretty anxious to go to church with his son and give him a better life. It's pretty cool to see, and I am super glad that I played a part in it all.
We also visited a lot of our investigators this week to give one last lesson, Sister Taffarel and I together and to take loads of pictures. I have met some wonderful people here over these past months and it is hard to let them go but I know that they will be in good hands. Sister Taffarel is staying here and a sister that already has more than a year under her belt with be her companion so our investigators will be well taken care of.
Hope you all are doing well and are having an awesome summer!!! Enjoy it!! Love you all!!
Monday, June 13, 2016
E AÍ FAMÍLIA?!
Guys guess what?! It's the last week of the transfer already!! Ahhh nossa time really does fly...it feels like just yesterday we were starting the transfer. Well anyways, this past week was pretty awesome! We worked really hard, acompanhamos (forgot how to say that in English..)(follow up?) with a lot of our investigators and have a really good group of strong investigators. We're really excited about this and of course this happens right as the transfer is ending but we will leave them ready and strong for the other sisters that will work here or who knows, for us if we stay!
I would like to tell you all about one of our investigators real fast. His name is Oseias. Oseias is an older man who has already retired but is the busiest retired man I have ever met. When we first met him, he told us that he had already been taught by the elders (so more than a year ago because sisters have been serving here since March of last year). He already went to church with them and like it a lot. He said that what we teach is simple and makes sense and that's why he enjoys it. The last time we visited him, we taught the restoration. He had a few questions which he was not afraid to ask, and we were able to answer them all. He also came to church yesterday!!! We were so excited to see him there all dressed up in a suit and tie! He was born Mormon but just hasn't realized it yet.
We also had a mission tour with week with Elder and Sister Fortunato. Elder Fortunato is a setenta(Seventy) and was mission president of the Belo Horizonte mission. I learned a lot with them about missionary work and how we can be missionaries with mais success. One of the things they talked a lot about was about attitude. Ah guys attitude is everything!!!! I learned that our life really depends on our attitude. As we are positive and upbeat, even when things don't go our way, we will be so much more blessed and successful and be a light for others. However if we let every little thing irritate us and bring us down, we will be like Eeyore, all grey and depressed because nothing goes right. I know that as we try our best to look at the positive side of things. Look for and do the little things, we will feel more of Heavenly Father's presence in our lives. sooooo keep smiling and think happy thoughts!
That's all for this week folks! I hope you all are enjoying summer break! I love you all so much!! Have the best week ever!
Love, Sister Hilchie :)
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