Yup. It was a long week. One of the longest I have seen here on the mish. We actually had a pretty awesome week with our lessons and such. We taught a lot of lessons and we also taught a lot with a recent convert here. It was so cool to take him to visit our investigators and then they ask him, how long have you been a member? and he´s like.....2 weeks. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH Anyways, it helped a lot of our investigators see that they don´t have to learn everything before getting baptized. The other great part is that this recent convert got baptized 3 weeks after going to church for the first time! It really made me see how our testimonies can help others. This recent convert also was SUPER happy to help us and loved going to visit everyone. He talks A LOT. We had a great Family Home Evening on Saturday with a family in the branch. We invited family that we are teaching. We watched The Restoration and had a great time playing games and eating popcorn. Also our investigator family LOVED IT and their son asked us like 30 times when we were going to do it again. Yesterday (Sunday) was a bit hard because our investigator that had his baptism marked for this Saturday didn´t come :( BUT we had several other investigators there that are progressing really quickly. And here we are. I got the news about Wyatt and it´s a bit strange. I also got my travel plans. I will leave on March 15th and I will get home on the 16th! (Wayyy too much time on the plane) I hope everyone has an awesome week! Don´t forget to read the scriptures, they will help you in every situation. Loves, Sister Helm
Monday, January 25, 2016
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
So the fun topic this week is rain! When it rains, it pours. THIS IS TRUE PEOPLE.
We had a crazy start of the week traveling to Itabaiana to do divisions with the sisters there. We left our other companion with a member for two days while we were there. So the fun thing is that there is no bus that goes from Estancia to Itabaiana. So we had to go to Aracaju and get a bus to Itabaiana from there. LOTS OF TRAVELING.
We were so incredibly blessed this week. It is interesting to see how blessings come in all sorts of ways. In the smallest things we can see God´s hand in this work.
We had a great time in Itabaiana! They had a ward activity when we were there and it was super fun to get to know a few of the members there. I did divisions with Sister Monteiro from Cape Verde and Sister Davis from Corning, California. It was so good to be with them and help them a bit.
Then we got back Friday morning, worked in our area for that day and the next day we were traveling to Lagarto for a meeting with our zone and Presidente Gomes! The meeting was good and we got mail! I got an awesome letter from some of the Primary kids from my home ward (MELBA 1ST) that made me laugh.
We rushed back to Estancia after the meeting to work in our area for a bit, trying to follow up with all our investigators so that they would go to church on Sunday. It was a super long day made short because we had a TON of stuff to do.
SUNDAY. You are all wondering where the rain was in this week right? I am getting there don´t worry. On Sunday we ran around trying to get people to go to church and MIRACLE OF ALL MIRACLES.....Cleonancio finally went to church. Yup. Hold the applause people. We were so excited! Also Eliziane went to church and she and her mom are seriously like the coolest ever.
And now for the rain:
We were teaching Cleonancio when the rain started. So a bit of rain. And then the sky opened and a literally ocean dropped on Estancia. Minha nossa tanta chuva. We got absolutely soaked (to the bone) and when we were going home we had to wade through the rivers, I mean streets, to get home.
Woo and so that was my week.
But really it rained a lot and I won´t dry out for a week.
Have a great week everyone!
Monday, January 11, 2016
Our week was a bit tight. We ended up getting another one of those great calls from Presidente. It went like this:
´Hello, good afternoon Presidente!`
´Good afternoon Sister Helm, it sure has been a while since we talked´
´It sure has Presidente!´
`Yeah I think it was last year ne´
´hahahaha Presidente that was a good one´
´Sister, I need you help´
´(inside my head: ah crap, not again)´
But it wasn´t that bad. So that I have another companion! I am in trio with Sister Guedes! Haha she came back to me!
It was crazy running around trying to get everything worked out and we had to go to Aracaju to get her but now she is here and it´s all good.
We had a great p day last week making pudim! It is super good and easy to make and I am glad I finally learned how. I think it will become a p day tradition because it is Sister Walker´s favorite dessert.
I had a great time doing division with Sister Oliveira! We taught a bunch of lessons with members and had a great time partying it up on the street! It was great to be with her for at least one day.
We will be going to Itabaiana this week! Woo wooo more partying haha
I am sooo grateful for being here in Brazil. It´s the best. Quão abençoada que eu sou!
Have an awesome week!
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
I don´t know what is wrong with this computer....
But. I hope New Years was great for everyone! I just worked and worked and there was no one on the street but its going great.
We had a fun week trying to find our investigators (they were hiding from us) and trying to find other people to teach! Yay! But it was a good Sunday yesterday. We had a Lisiane there. She is super cool and she likes to make cake and it looks like she will make a cake for us on Wednesday when we go to teach her! Woowoo!
I am excited to make 2016 an awesome year. It will be great fo sho.
Well that´s about it because I am out of time!
Love you all!
LESS THAN A YEAR UNTIL CHRISTMAS!
I sure love Christmas.
We had a fun time eating A LOT of food, listening to Christmas music, exchanging gifts, avoiding the drunks, singing carols to EVERYONE, reading the Nativity Story in Luke about 300 times, talking about Christ, talking with our families, and the other million things that happen at Christmastime on the mission.
Long story short: it was a good Christmas.
I am so grateful for these two Christmases I had here in Brazil. I won´t ever forget them. I had the wonderful opportunity to learn about the real meaning of Christmas. I had the chance to share with these wonderful Brazilians about the hope we have because of this birth. I loved getting to know my Savior better this Christmas season. I hope you all took a bit of time to do the same. I am incredibly blessed to have had this opportunity.
After Christmas and New Year the excitement and craziness will end. But that we never let that light of Christ end. That it might stay with us until next Christmas.
I hope you all have an amazing New Year. Take advantage of this wonderful time of the year.
Luvs to all!
Woo well we are doing our best to spread the Christmas Spirit here in ESTANCIA.
It was a bit of a crazy week trying to find all the investigators that the sisters before us had taught but it went well. We had a baptism too! The sisters taught a young man named Rodrigo that is super cool. He was sooo prepared and excited. He is super excited to serve a mission in a year from now.
We are still getting to know our area and everything but as soon as we got in here in Estancia we left doing contacts with EVERYONE. We hardly don´t stop to breathe because we are always talking with someone. It´s going great!
Sister Walker is the bomb! Haha talk about good times on the street. We are planning a super TOP Christmas!
Talking of being on the street....Sister Walker and I get a whole lot of weird stares. We are both tall and white. Everyone asks if we are related. uuhhhhh nooooo.
Well I hope that everyone has an absolutely AMAZING CHRISTMAS!
Read about the nativity story in Luke 2!
Loves, Sister Helm