Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Date: 08/25/14 11:21:53
Subject: What a ward!
 
Hello there dearests,
This week was HOT! I don´t understand how it can be the middle of winter and still be super quente. But I better get used to it because it is just going to get hotter here with each week. Soak up the coldness there in the states when fall comes in.
Fall? I cannot believe we are already close to the end of Agosto. These weeks are zooming by. Síster Hoggan and I are trying to aproveitar todos os momentos left because she only has three weeks! This week we had some AMAZING reuniões familiares. An elder in our zone meeting said something interessante: that having FHE is a commandment from the prophet, not só for families, but for every member of the Church. That means us too as missionaries should strive to have FHE every week with some family in order to follow the prophet completamente. I love FHE here na missão então quero ter mais. (sorry i have português on the brain today). On Monday we had FHE with a few differente single moms in João Rossi. (One sad thing about this ward is that there are TONS of single moms. I don´t know what happened to all of the husbands here but there are tons of moms in the ward and not very many single men. We need to bring them back together!) It was SUPER great, one of the best FHEs that I have been to. We played o gato e o rato (I´ll teach you when we get back) and had coca-cola cake (yes, they drink so much refrigerante here that it even goes into their desserts). Then on Sexta-feira we had a reunião familiar with a part-active family. The dad is the Elders Quorum Presidente and the Mom is menos-ativo. They have two little kids that are Adorable. We taught them how to make chocolate chip cookies (something no one has ever seen before here) and had a quick lesson da Liahona. It turned out super great and was lots of fun. It was funny how much of a delicacy cookies are here. This family had never made them before (most people haven´t here) and loved them a lot. And...all of them came to Church on Sunday! They said they already tried to make them again. I love FHEs.
Church this Sunday was jam-packed. The Presidente actually came to visit with three of his kids and their families. I have never seen that chapel so full. There were 198 people there in a little chapel, so they were setting up folding chairs in the aisles and you almost couldn´t walk through. What a great problem to have! The stake is working on perhaps building another chapel in our area or splitting the ward. It is still a long way coming, but it would be a dream come true for us. I hope we get there!
Life is good. We are working and walking until our legs fall off, but luckily for me I have super great shoes so it is no problem. I am feeling healthy and strong still (which is a huge blessing because there have been lots of missionaries with medical problems), just too hot all the time. Thank you so much everyone for all of your prayers and thoughts! I am very blessed and can see your prayers working in my life daily.
Love ya,
Síster Marchante

P.S. Mom, could you possibly send me some more pairs of those footie-socks? They are working super great, I just use them every single day so they get old fast. Thanks bunches!


Obrigada Presidente,
Estamos saudáveis e felizes! Fizemos um projeto de serviço hoje da manhã que foi muito bom. Ajudamos na mudança de um contato fizemos duas semanas atrás. Ela se mudou de sua apartamento no Centro para uma apartamento em João Rossi, quais ambos estão na nossa área! Acho que ela vai tornar-se um pesquisador bom aqui logo. Eu amo projetos de serviço e espero que as pessoas deixariam que ajudemos mais. Você ganha amigas imediatamente quando faz serviço juntos.
Nossa semana começo com uma visita a Bebedouro. Fizemos divisões com Síster Shipp e Síster Vaneza. O ramo em Bebedouro é ótimo. As Sísteres tinham um casamento o dia antes (wooo!), e chegamos para a festa rapidinho a noite. O ramo aceitou a gente como se fosse nós estávamos as pessoas de honra. A festa tinha muita gente para apoiar os noivos. Não ficamos muito lá mas foi uma noite muito feliz para tudo mundo. O próximo dia eu saí com Síster Shipp, e visitamos alguns recém-conversos e pesquisadores super chiques. Foi um dia de sucesso. Elas estão batizando muito e a área é muito abençoada. Elas estavam falando que Bebedouro talvez possa usar uma outra dupla, e acho que elas merecem mais porque elas estão batizando muito e o ramo está animado. As duas são missionárias que trabalham muito arduamente, e elas têm testemunhos fortes no evangelho. Elas vão ver muito sucesso durante suas missões.
As Sísteres em Semanário em Franca estão batizando também e estão felizes. Acho que elas combinam muito bem com uma à outra. Elas são tranquilas e diligentes. Vamos visitá-las está semana.
Síster Sena e Síster Kunkel são maravilhosas. Eu amo morar com elas! Elas estão trabalhando muito bem e estão vendo milagres diariamente. Elas sempre estão felizes e trazem muito alegria em nosso lar. Síster Kunkel é uma treinadora e líder fantástica. Síster Sena está aprendendo rápido e é uma pessoa muito feliz também.
Nossa ala está ajudando mais agora. Foi lindo ver tantas pessoas na Igreja domingo, não? Não tivemos muitos pesquisadores lá, mas tivemos quase todos os menos-ativos que estamos ensinando! Temos um novo líder da missão da ala, Irmão Leonardo, que voltou da Missão Recife recentemente. Ele está animado continuar trabalhando na obra missionária e tem muitas ideias boas para nossa ala. Temos fé que coisas muito boas vão acontecer aqui. Nossos pesquisadores mesmo são um pouco fracos. Foi uma semana difícil para a gente, porque oramos e jejuamos mais do que qualquer outro momento na missão, e todas as coisas parecem ser caindo! Mas temos um pesquisador, Alessandra, que está aprendendo muito bem e quer seguir os mandamentos muito. Ela é a mãe de cinco. A dificuldade maior para ela é que ela trabalha os domingos. Mas ela tem o desejo parar e está orando e jejuando também na verdade. Sabemos que Deus vai abrir uma porta para ela cumprir os mandamentos Dele. Amamos ela e sua família. Elas estão conhecendo muitos membros!
O Carlos está sendo molhe e não cumprindo compromissos. O senhor sabe que ele foi à Igreja esta semana por uma metade das aulas, mas ele não está fazendo nada mais. Ele está agindo estranha e apendendo para as razões erradas então vamos cortá-lo e deixa que a ala cuida mais do que nós com ele.
Esta semana nosso plano é mais para encontrar novos. Têm tantas pessoas eleitas aqui em nossa área então estamos animadas continuar. João Rossi especialmente está dando certo e com surpreso sentimos seguros lá. Vai melhorar de novo e vamos ter muitas pessoas a ensinar.
Boa semana,
Síster Marchant
 
 
 
English Translation
 
Thank President,
We are healthy and happy! We did a service project today morning which was very good. Help in changing a contact we made two weeks ago. She moved from his apartment in the center for a flat in John Rossi, both of which are in our area! I think she will become a good researcher here soon. I love service projects and hope people let us help more. You get friendly service immediately when you make together.
Start our week with a visit to Trough. We did divisions with Sister and Sister Shipp Vaneza. The branch in Trough is great. The sisters had a wedding the day before (wooo!), And we got to party the night quickly. The branch has accepted us as if we were people of honor. The party had a lot of people to support the bride and groom. We were not there but it was a very happy night for all the world. The next day I went out with Sister Shipp, and visited some new converts and investigators super chic. Day was a success. They are baptizing a lot and the area is very blessed. They were talking Trough that can maybe use another pair, and I think they deserve more because they are baptizing and the branch is very excited. The two missionaries who are working very hard, and they have strong testimonies in the gospel. They will see much success during their missions.
The sisters in Weekly are also baptizing in France and are happy. I think they combine well with each other. They are quiet and industrious. Come visit them is week.
Sister Sister Sena and Kunkel are wonderful. I love living with them! They are working very well and are seeing miracles daily. They are always happy and bring much joy into our home. Sister Kunkel is a fantastic coach and leader. Sister Sena is learning fast and is a very happy person too.
Our ward is helping more now. It was lovely to see so many people in the Church Sunday, no? Not many researchers had there, but we had almost all less-active we are teaching! We got a new ward mission leader, Brother Leonardo, who recently returned from Mission Recife. He is excited to continue working in missionary work and has many good ideas for our ward. We have much faith that good things will happen here. Our researchers are even a bit weak. It was a tough week for us, because we prayed and fasted more than any other time in the mission, and all things seem to be falling! But we have a researcher, Alessandra, who is learning very well and wants to follow the commandments too. She is the mother of five. The biggest problem for her is that she works Sundays. But she has the desire to quit and are also praying and fasting actually. We know that God will open a door for her to fulfill His commandments. Love her and her family. They are getting to know many members!
Carlos being wet and not fulfilling commitments. You know he went to church this week for one half of the classes, but he is doing nothing more. He's acting strange and apendendo for the wrong reasons so let's cut it and let the ward cares more than we do with it.
This week our plan is harder to find new. Many people have elected here in our area so we are animated to continue. John Rossi is working especially surprised and feel safe there. Will improve again and we have many people to teach.
Good week,
Sister Marchant

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