September 8, 2014
As you all know, the Brasilian flag has Ordem e Progresso written on it. Order and progress--I think those two beautiful words are some of the biggest blessings the gospel gives us. This week I was thinking lots about PROGRESS and progression. The opportunity to progress is one of the most exciting things we can have in this life. The gospel, and all of the blessings and trials that come along with it, gives us a huge opportunity to progress and become more like our Heavenly Father in this life. Progression is hard at times, growing isn’t always easy, but in the end it is thrilling to see how you and your spirit have changed and developed.
Anyways, I wanted to start off with that thought because I am so grateful for the change that happened this last transfer! I didn’t realize it before, but I needed an opportunity to progress. And with a new area and companion, that’s exactly what I am doing. I am loving my new area and companion. Seriously. At times I still feel a little bit sad about leaving my old area (side note: Maria Ines and Karine were baptized this past weekend!! Woo woo!!) but I am so happy to be in Utinga with my new companion, Sister Barraza. Cool things to report on: We share a ward with two other sisters and we all live in a really big house! Sister Barraza is from Chile and she will go home a transfer after me, so we are working hard to make the most of our missions until the end. I feel so blessed and our ward is truly wonderful as well! I was apprehensive about how my last transfer would be, but I feel so at peace and so grateful right now.
Sister Barraza’s old companion was sick a lot so they had to stay in the apartment quite a bit. Consequently, they didn’t have tons of investigators when I got here so we have been getting out and finding new people to teach! It’s been so cool and we have seen so many miracles. Also, we decided to look in the area book and find people we could go visit who were taught in the past. It’s been cool to see that in the past, people weren’t ready to accept our message but now, they are opening up a little bit more. It’s a testimony builder to me of seed planting and also never giving up on people. The missionaries who served here long, long ago don’t know but we are still reaping the effects of their sowing! And we should never give up on the people who don’t accept right now, because it just maybe isn’t their time.
Thanks for your love and support! I love you all and I am grateful for your prayers--I am sure this transfer will be full of miracles. Love you!