Monday, February 3, 2014

Hello Hello!
Phew! It has been a busy week. We are running around like chickens with our heads cut off. There are so many people to teach and visit! It is such a wonderful problem to have. Unfortunately, no one is really progressing right now, but we have taught a lot of great lessons this week and are talking to TONS of people. We have a few really great investigators that would be ready for baptism if they just came to Church. We will continue to work hard with them and the ward and hopefully they will have to desire to visit and see the difference in the only true Church of Jesus Christ.
We did some neat service projects this week too. One family in the ward (Irmão João e Irmã Marlene) was moving across town and their son (Irmão Tiago e Irmã Fabiana) moved into their old house. Don´t worry, they are both still in our ward, they just now have a nice upgrade (one even has air conditioning:) ). We helped them move out of the old and into the new. The second family lived in an apartment on the fourth floor...Let´s just say those escadas were a trial in my life. I don´t know how many times we went up and down, but we did a lot of great work! It was fun to see so much support from the ward come together too to help each other. We finished super fast. My leggies are a bit sore today but it was totally worth it. I want to go to every service project after the mission that our ward ever has! They are so fun.
Our ala de inglés was also way fun this week. Sister Hoggan and I taught parts of the body this week. We sang heads, shoulders, knees, and toes together. It was awesome to see all of these adults singing and dancing to head, shoulders, knees, and toes with thick Brazilian accents. That must be how they all think of me to listen to me talk in Portuguese! I am really enjoying teaching this class.
Speaking of which Portuguese is going great. I can understand almost anything and think this language is just beautiful. We have had some good language studies this week and I am beginning to learn the little details of grammer that aren´t really the basics anymore. We are supposed to study the language every day of the mission until the very end. I am excited to really become fluent and to learn all the little picky details about Portuguese. I know the gift of tongues is real and that God is really helping me a lot. I was a little nervous about the language when I heard I would be with an American companion but things are really going great and I am still learning a ton. I am SO grateful for the chance to learn a new language and culture. This is such a wonderful experience unlike any other I have ever had or will ever have. What a blessing it is to be a missionary in Brazil.

Love ya,
Sister Marchant

P.S. I bore my testimony for the first time in Sacrament Meeting this week. It was short and sweet and about the Atonement of Christ, that we can perservere and overcome with the guidance of the Holy Ghost any trial that comes our way. The Spirit is so real and will help us to understand more of what the Atonement means for us personally. Testimony Meetings in this ward are great! A swarm of members always gets up at the very beginning and you have to go fast if you want a chance to speak. There are no silent pauses here! Luckily I was playing the piano like always so I was already on the stand and could sneak over real quick to get in line in the beginning. I love this ward!

Oi Presidente,
Isto foi uma outra boa semana. Foi um pouco mais difícil e nós estamos bem cansadas, mas nós trabalhamos duro e estamos felizes. Estamos tentando trabalhar mais com a ala também. Falamos com mais ou menos cinco pessoas para sair conosco e ensinar, mas tudo caíram. Porém, ainda tivemos algumas lições boas, especialmente com recém conversos. Estamos começando ensinar algumas pessoas da área dos Elderes de Campos Eliseos (incluindo recém conversos) porque eles não têm muito tempo no campo. Estas lições foram maravilhosas. Eu amo ver quando um pesquisador ou membro aprende alguma coisa nova e finalmente faz sentido para ele quando estamos ensinando. Isto é uma de minhas partes preferidas da obra. Eu amo ensinar a verdade!
Nós também ajudamos com duas mudanças esta semana. Foi muito bom e nos sentimos muito úteis. É legal ajudar pessoas em maneiras diferentes e ver todos os aspetos de serviço. Depois da missão eu quero servir em qualquer  maneira possível em minha ala. Nunca aprecia antes a  diferença podemos fazer em nossas próprias alas quando nós servimos e levantamos onde nós estamos. Eu nunca tenho que parar ser um missionária e ajudar onde eu mora.
Obrigada  por a entrevista e o treinamento! Nós estamos aplicando os ideias melhores para estudar e estamos vendo um diferença grande. Eu AMO estudos e agora estou aproveitando melhor.
Sister Marchant

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