I have been called to serve in the Brazil Londrina mission for 18 months. I report to the Brazil MTC on May 9th 2012. I will miss my family, friends, and worldly possessions, but am excited for the opportunities that await me as a missionary. My purpose as a missionary will be to invite others unto Christ. My mom (and family) will be posting emails from me on my blog.
Monday, June 3, 2013
Campo Mourão is an amazing area and its been really great. Sister H. has only a few more weeks than me in the mission (in the field its one transfer, but I arrived in the CTM when she had 3 weeks in the CTM) but it's going great together. It's fun to work with her and teach together. We have fun with our accents and learning little bits of Spanish. Sister B. is companions with Sister S. from the Northern part of Brasil - this is her 2nd transfer.
Campo Mourão is an amazingggg branch. It's growing a lot and the branch has a plan to divide into 2 wards by January. Our attendance at church was 115 so its a good little branch. The city is small, but one person said it has about 60,000 people. But I'm not sure how many people are here. The branch is really involved and everyone is really excited to see the branch split. So we have a lot of work and service to do to see the growth that needs to happen. Our members are willing and excited to give references and to help. I love that!! It's so great to know that our members have trust in us and that we have so much more purpose in the work when our members work with us.
Campo Mourão is about 3 hours from Maringá which is where most of the other missionaries in our zone & district are (not the same part of Maringá where I was, but a different part of the city). So when we have district meetings its a 2-3 hour bus ride each way. So it makes some days of the week really short.
For example, today Sister. H. and I are leaving for Londrina for the mission leadership meeting and we won't get back until the afternoon of Wednesday and then Thursday we'ĺl be going to Maringá for our district meeting. So it's going to be a crazy week, but weŕe excited to work here and to work with our investigators and this branch.
One of our experiences really neat, was teaching a woman, called Marcia. We had a really powerful lesson with her about the Plan of Salvation. She lives alone and her mom and dad both passed away some years ago. But we talked about how through the Gospel, our families can be together forever. I love how the Spirit testifies of truth that we can receive answers from God and know for ourselves what things are true. Marcia has fear of water.. ha but weŕe working with her and I'm so excited to see her progress. Yesterday in the testimony meeting one brother in the branch talked about the story of the Brother of Jared and how God illuminated the rocks after Jared found them and brought them. God can do the same thing with us. If we do our part, and do a little work, he will do the rest, he will help us and bless us to do what we need to do.
I love you all and hope you all have a great week!
And happy Birthday to Brian tomorrow!!!!!!
PS - weŕe getting a little bit of cold here, like 50 degrees. But I think it gets down to 40 or so a night. but chilly neh? But normally its a lot hotter during the day-like 75 maybe... Love you all!!