Monday, September 26, 2016

barroada



My heart is so happy today! We watched the general women´s conference yesterday & it was so fun to sit with our recent converts for their first conference. Hahaha it was funny to hear our new firends comments during the choir part because they all freaked out and said “why are all of those women so blonde?!” and when they showed the presidencies they asked..“how did all of those women plan to wear jackets in different colors?”.. these are things that I never paid attention to, but it´s so true! I loved all of the talks, especially President Deiter F. Uchtdorf´s talk on faith. It felt like home to see the conference center and to hear their voices when the translator was taking breathers.

So I have to tell yáll about Edina! Edina is a miracle! Edina owns a church (similar to an Elevate Life or Grace Avenue church in TX) and she owns a food truck that has the best French fries ever. Edina is Geovana´s mom (the teenage girl that said she looked like rhianna in her baptism clothes hahaha), and Edina was baptized yesterday! Edina started going to church with Geovana and loved the feeling of calmness and she loved relief society! She was feeling super guilty about leaving her church, but she felt like God was calling her to start attending The Church of Jesus Christ. She said a prayer during sacrament meeting last week asking if she should be baptized, and she received her answer! Tears were streaming down her face and she knew that it was truly Heavenly Father telling her she finally found where she needs to stay. Edina had a dream when she was 17 that stayed with her for her whole life, and when she told us what her dream was about, Sister Bispo and I could not believe what we were hearing. She said that in her dream she was dead and she was in front of a beautiful white building that almost looked like a castle (she later confirmed it was the Salt Lake Temple ahhh), but a man dressed in white told her very gently that she can´t enter because she is not sealed to anyone. When Edina used the word “sealed” I was like “no way how does she know this!!” Haha it was the second lesson! We told her about temples and forever families and she was amazed at this answer to her dream she had so long ago! Another fun fact: her husband and Geovana´s dad was already baptized in another part of Fortaleza 30 years ago and had not been going to church since.  This family is so special and I am so amazed at God´s timing and his plan for them!  The week before Edina´s baptism was a literal #babylonia bc everyone from her old church was persecuting her and telling her off and all of her “friends” were abandoning her and I was feeling so bad for her, but she was so calm about everything! She said “I have complete conscience of what I´m doing! I have an answer from God, and I need to trust in what HE is telling me to do”.

Her example of trust in the Lord will stay with me forever! I read this scripture in Mosiah 4 this morning and it reminds me so much of Edina


And again I say unto you as I have said before, that as you have come to the knowledge of the glory of God, or if you have known of His goodness and have tasted of His love, and have received a remission of your sins, which causeth such exceedingly great joy in your souls, even so I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God and your own nothingness, and His goodness and longsuffering towards you, unworthy creatures, and humble yourselves even in the depths of humility, calling on the name of the Lord daily, and standing steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come, which was spoken by the mouth of the angel.

Paz do Senhor for all of yáll!!! Stay away from the bala perdida e barruada, viu!!!!
Tchauzão!!!
Sista Moon



 Joâo Victor.. in the middle of everyone is the best future missionary ever! He was baptized yesterday, and he woke everyone on his street up for church. Hahaha some of them came with us! wahoooo




Presidente Leite made an appearance!! he talked in our sacrament meeting about saving those around us 



 a sassy pose courtesy of sister bispo haha meow


 Sister Boldrin and Sister J. Santos


Sister Boldrin again! She went to a 5th harmony show the night before her mish and is super fun. 
I hope we will be companions one day!




we found (donuts) in a hopeless place!!!! Sister Boldrin is the most swag




Pictures from the week before - Mallory didn't have a blog post, but sent some pics


 zona messejana
Monday, September 12, 2016

hey now hey now

Hello loved ones!!

I have no time today so forgive me!! But this week was wonderful. I´m kinda getting to the point where I don´t wanna leave (hehe jk mom).

“For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles ; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith.” 2 Nephi 27:23

I love our God of Miracles!! He is willing and ready to move mountains for us, but it depends on us and OUR faith! Geovana, was baptized this week, and SHE is a miracle. I will tell yáll the whole story next week!

Two cheek kisses,

Sister Moon



 FUN FACT:  People want to know less about dangue/zika than the restoration.  My first and I hope last slammed door was during "helping hands".... lol sorry for protecting your fam from DANGUE!




 I feel like Rhianna in this outfit

 
we in the caaaaaaar
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

sou madrinha

So transfers were yesterday, and drum roll….. I`M STAYING in Ala Castelo with Sister Bispo! Haha, I thought for sure one of us would be transferred, but it´s awesome because we will be able to work together for a little bit longer.

This week, Fatima and Gilson, were married and baptized in the same day!! Lot´s of life changes in like 4 hours.. haha, but it was wonderful and beautiful! I love watching people I love come unto Christ. We went to the “Centro” of Fortaleza, which is the other mission, so it was fun to see the other side of the city that we never see!

About three nights ago we met a woman who was a referral from of other missionaries, and she was LESS than pleased to talk to us, but she invited us in her house to sit down and drink water (even when Brazilians are mean they are nice, I love this culture!! Haha). She asked me why I came to Brazil to walk every day in the hot sun. I get this question almost every day, and I always say that it´s because I love my Savior. We ended up sharing a lesson with her, and she is amazing!! 

But today I found a more complete answer to this question, “Why do we serve?” President Uchtdorf said:
“I am here because I desire with all my heart to follow my Master, Jesus Christ. I yearn to do all that He asks of me in this great cause. I hunger to be edified by the Holy Spirit and hear the voice of God as He speaks through His ordained servants. I am here to become a better person, 
to be lifted by the inspiring examples of my brothers and sisters in Christ, and to learn how to more effectively minister to those in need.

This quote is from a talk from President Uchtdorf about being genuine, and after reading today, I want to be more genuine, and more like our Savior! He is humble, kind, and loves without expecting anything in return. He loved us first!

#LINKONTHEBLOGBUTLITERALLY

Love you all!!!
Sister Moon

































Is it the Salt Lake Temple? Or a huge Catholic Church?


Fatima: "I´m going to be sick!!!" #brides