Monday, October 13, 2014

Hello Fam!

Yes, I would like you to know that it is officially 111¨F today. We have made it through a few weeks of Spring now and things are looking great and hot. I am pretty sure I have never been in a place so hot it my entire life. Just wait for Christmas! I´m pretty sure it is a lot hotter this year than last year, but maybe cause I just remember the good things from a year ago. Anyway, I´m going to be a suntanned babe by the time I get home!
This week has been incredibly busy and wonderful, basically a good description of every week. We actually did two divisions this week which both went really well. I am loving divisions more and more now. I am learning better how to just be their friends and teach by example. When the Sísteres trust you they are willing to accept and learn quickly, even if you don´t say anything they will learn and apply faster because they are more open to change. I am learning a lot about leadership on the missão and have been studying it a lot in personal study and reuniões de conselho. One thing I learned today was about the importance of designating responsibility for others. Even if you could complete the task effectively, often it is better to designate for others so that they can have the opportunity to learn and grow. After studying and seeing the wide scale of how members fulfill their callings here, I definitely will cumprir my callings differently when I come home. I never realized how incredibly important everything in the Church is! The sucess of the Lord´s Kingdom on the earth will affect us for eternity. This is literally between life and death! I need to do my best to give everyone the complete oportunity to choose to follow Christ and to work how He knows is right. There is nothing better and no greater happiness than following the commmandments of God.
Clarisse is the best. She is reading up a storm and learns so quickly. She came to Church again this week and is loving it all. She is also telling all hew family about it. I think that is a sign of a true progressing investigator--when they start telling their family and friends about the Church before you even talk about missionary work. She is such a cutie, and you can really see how the gospel is changing her life. She is coming to Church every week and has a baptismal date for this next Saturday! I know she can do it. She has a testimony of everything and is going strong. We taught her about fasting the other day and she is fulling like crazy! She is fasting at least a few hours EVERY DAY to help her stop smoking. She also received a priesthood blessing this week. She is a very determined person and I know she will conseguir. I love this woman so much! I truly believe she is the best pesquisador that I have ever had.
I know this Church is true more than ever. I was sitting in a Reunião Familiar this week and had a sudden anxiety and fear of coming home to the real life. I know I still have quite a few months left, but I have never really felt that before. I love the people here so much and love their strength and love for the gospel. It is hard to stay strong these days in an evil world, but this is the time we need to stay strong in the gospel more than ever. Don´t you quit! Don´t ever give up, even when callings are really stressful, someone offends you at Church this week, or you just don´t feel like reading the scriptures today. It is all worth it. You will be so grateful for the good choices you made here (in your four minutes on earth**) for the rest of eternity. Emerse yourself in the gospel and never doubt. "Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith". I´m praying for you all! Life is so great when you know your fate! Believe in Christ and you will always know where you will go.
I love you until the ends of the earth!
Síster Marchante

P.S. Tip of the week: Bloody liver doesn´t go so well with rice and beans. Especially when your companion gives you her extras. Gotta do what you gotta do. 



Olá Presidente!

Dia após dia após dia---só alegria. Estou tão feliz! Ainda quando coisas difíceis aconteçam, vencemos rápido e estamos felizes de novo. A Síster Sperry é muito paciente e trabalhamos bem juntas. Temos uma confiança forte entre uma à outra e muito boa comunicação. Nunca me sentia tão amada na missão. Ela é um exemplo excelente para mim.
Visitamos Bebedouro esta semana. Saí com a Síster Vaneza e a Síster Sperry saiu com a Síster Morales. Elas são missionárias muito boas e poderosas. Fizemos muitos contatos juntas e tivemos uma lição maravilhosa com um pesquisador inteligente onde explicamos simples sobre o batismo e marcamos uma data. O Espírito foi forte e aprendi muitas coisas. A Síster Vaneza tem o desejo e disposição aprender e tentar novas coisas. Ela tem muito coragem e com certeza age como um líder. Ela ainda é nova na missão e não sabe o que fazer em todas as circunstâncias de ensino, mas vai voluntariar tentar qualquer coisa. Tenho muito respeito para ela. Forem ao médico esta semana e estão proativos com sua saúde. Boa saúde é algo muito importante para mim, então tentamos focalizar em comer bem e BEBER ÁGUA, e sempre fazemos exercícios divertidos juntas nas divisões. Eu sei que isto não resolverá todos os problemas mas acho que vai ajudar alguns.
Também fizemos divisões com as Sísteres aqui em Irajá esta semana. Parece que estão fazendo muito melhor agora. Saí com a Síster Jales. Ela ainda tem dias muito difíceis, mas a Síster Sena entende mais como reagir e ajudá-la. A Síster Jales mudou muito durante sua missão e é muito madura e confiante em se mesma agora. A divisão foi muito boa e fácil, sem pressão. Ela sabe liderar e ensinar super bem. As três de nós na casa são mais unidas agora e ajudamos uma à outra a vencer tristeza. Sempre acho que esta transferência foi muito inspirada.
A Síster Sperry e eu estamos muito bem. Temos o melhor pesquisador na missão, a Clarisse. Ela está fazendo tudo certo e aceita tudo. Ontem ela foi à Igreja e assistiu uma aula sobre dízimo, e imediatamente depois estava preenchendo um formulário para doar. Ela é tão eleita e só tem que completamente parar de fumar para ser batizada. Eu a amo tanto e quer o melhor para ela! Ela recebeu todas as lições e está tão perto; ela acredita em tudo. Não posso esperar até o batismo dela!
Nossa única dificuldade real agora é o pé da Síster Sperry. Está piorando e as vezes ela tem muito dor. Estamos indo ao médico hoje depois dos emails, e estamos orando e jejuando para respostas. Sei que o Senhor providenciará!
Amo a missão e me senti um amor super grande para com os membros esta semana. Vida é boa.
Síster Marchant


English Translation
 Hello President!

Day after day after day --- only joy. I'm so happy! Even when difficult things happen, quickly won and we are happy again. The Sister Sperry is very patient and work well together. We have a strong trust between each other and very good communication. I never felt so loved in the mission. She is a great example for me.
Trough visited this week. I left with Sister and Sister Vaneza Sperry went to Sister Morales. They are very good and powerful missionary. We made many contacts together and we had a wonderful lesson with a clever researcher explained where simple on baptism and set a date. The Spirit was strong and learned many things. The Sister Vaneza have the desire and willingness to learn and try new things. She has so much courage and certainly acts as a leader. She is still new in the mission and do not know what to do at all times of learning, but will try to volunteer anything. I have much respect for her. Are the doctor this week and are proactive about their health. Good health is very important to me, so try to focus on eating well and DRINKING WATER, and we always do fun exercises together in divisions. I know this will not solve all the problems but I think that will help some.
Also did divisions with Sisters here in Irajá this week. Looks like they're doing much better now. I left with Sister Jales. She still has very bad days, but Sister Sena understands more how to react and help. The Sister Jales changed much during their mission and is very mature and confident is the same now. The division was very good and easy, no pressure. She knows how to lead and teach very well. The three of us at home are now more united and help each other to overcome sadness. Always think that this transfer was very inspired.
The Sperry Sister and I are fine. We have the best researcher in the mission, Clarisse. She is doing everything right and accepts everything. Yesterday she went to church and attended a lesson on tithing, and immediately after was filling out a form to donate. She is so elected and only have to stop smoking completely to be baptized. I love her so much and want the best for her! She received all lessons and is so close; she believes in everything. I can not wait until her baptism!
Our only real difficulty is now the foot of Sister Sperry. It's getting worse and sometimes she has much pain. We are going to the doctor today after the emails, and we are praying and fasting for answers. I know the Lord will provide!
Love the mission and felt a super great love for the members this week. Life is good.
Sister Marchant

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