Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Week 28

Makayla's 1st transfer!  Wow, she had been in the City of Manaus since she arrived July 5th. 
WIKIPEDIA...  
Itacoatiara is 176 km/109 mi east by air or 270 km/167 mi. downstream by river from Manaus. It is the third most populous town in the state, on the bank of the Amazon River.  The town is known as "city of painted stone"  Itacoatiara has an important port, which is responsible for a considerable amount of cargo transportation in Amazonas.
...I can't wait to learn more about this area!

​Ola família!  

So I said my goodbyes and took a 4 1/2 hour jungle tour to ... Itacoatiara, my new area!!!  Look it up on the internet.  I feel like I have entered the "Manilla" (A small town in Dagget County, Utah.  By Flaming George) of Manaus.  It´s a small city (too small to have a stake),(Stake: a collection of churches - Wards), and just about everyone drives a motorcylce.  We live above a pet shop, but our house is really pretty.  We live with two other Sisters.  I don´t have a lot of time to write today because of the transfer, but I wanted to say that I arrived safely.  Our area touches the river, and you can see a lot of jungle surrounding the city. 


Good thing we have the right perspective...  We mailed her birthday package off October 20th!  Her birthday was November 20th.  I am just so grateful it wasn't lost or worse :)  We have a Christmas package in route.  Praying that she gets it in time.  Just part of the sweet characteristics of serving so far away ♡
 Also, I got your birthday package!!! #joy!  The next week I think we may be traveling back into Manaus for our Christmas conference ... and this might happen on p-day, so I´m not 100% sure when I will write.  
Love you all, happy week!




New Companion?

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Week 27

December 7, 2016 

Makayla arrived in Brazil July 5, 2016, where she first learned how to be a missionary from her trainer...Sister Lima.  She was then assigned to stay with her new companion Sister Justino and start training her!  She has been in her area for 24 weeks.  Even I have become attached to her area.  May new fiends be forever connected ♡
It is weird to think that I will probably be leaving my area.  It´s been my whole mission thus far!  It will be hard to leave so many of the people that have become my friends.  Yet, I think that it is time for a change, ya know.  

Missionaries get to skype or call home on Christmas and Mothers Day.  I can't wait!  
I´m excited for Christmas!  I hope that I will remember how to speak English out loud, haha.  Overall, I am really enjoying my time here in Brazil, serving a mission.  As time passes, I always love what I am doing a little bit more.  It´s really strange to think that the seasons are passing for you guys!  I still sweat bullets every day, haha.  

I love Makayla's advice.  It is so very applicable even outside of serving a mission.  I had been pondering something in my own heart and found this to be perfect♡
One thing that I am learning a lot about right now, is that we should never hold back!  We should always be willing to put ourselves in uncomfortable situations because we know that the Lord has got our back, and that he wants us to push ourselves and improve.  So go forward in faith!  

This week I also heard some classic Christmas music in the shopping center.  It made me so very happy!!! Well, we´re off to the temple, it is going to be fabulous!


Love you all, have a wonderful week 



Sister Long & Justino...Service on P-Day?

Just two Sisters chill'n...


Monday, November 28, 2016

Week 26

November 28, 2016

Now that Makayla has been out in the field teaching for a while I was wondering where she is feeling she is at as a missionary.   What are some things she is working on, learning or reaching towards.  
Goodness, I have so many goals, I don´t know where to start!  One in particular is to ALWAYS look up and love the Lord.  I don´t want to act out of a comparison with those around me, but out of love for the Lord.  There are many times when we see others excelling and we become discouraged with our own efforts.  On the other hand, we might slacken our work because those around us are doing the same thing.  What is important, is that we come to understand the vision that God has for each one of us.  We must learn to trust in Him perfectly, and act on the promptings of the Spirit that He sends to guide us.  Each day is full of little and big opportunities for growth!  I know with certainty that because of the Atonement of Christ, our potential as sons and daughters of God is endless!  I once learned that those who will reach the highest glory of the Celestial Kingdom, are those who learn how to USE the Atonement.  Heavenly Father´s plan is so perfect and loving!  
More infomation on the "Atonement"
 Children's Bible Video  
 A Special Witness...Elder Holland   



The people of Manuas...
We met a new family this week.  We were doing contacts in the street, and we met a man named António.  We learned that he and his wife have two sons (adults), but one passed away a few years back.  As a family, they have felt bitter about what happened, but their faith in Christ has prevailed.  It is wonderful to see good people doing their best to live life to the best that they know how.  Of course we taught them about the Plan of Salvation, and we are introducing the Restoration.  I really hope that we can help them receive that light of Christ more fully in their lives.  

I sure love missionary work, and most importantly the message that ALL IS WELL through the Atonement of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We, as members of the church, are blessed more than anyone else to have the knowledge of Him and His restored church.  How can we not share this message!

Love,

Makayla  

Monday, November 21, 2016

Week 25

November 21, 2016


Makayla spent her first birthday far away from home yesterday.  It sounds like it was truly wonderful.  Surrounded by people who care for her and a sweet tender mercy from the Lord!
So yesterday was fabulous!!! 
My companion woke me up with some cupcakes!  After church some of the members threw me a birthday party during lunch!  It was so sweet, and they all kept it on the down low!  Bishop Martel gave this sweet little speech at the beginning about how everyone needs to be remembered on their birthday, especially far away from home, and how they hoped that I would always remember the ward.  The food was delicious, and yes there was cake and ice-cream.  They even sang happy birthday in both Portuguese and English (a few of the members).  Dayanna, the bishop´s wife, got me a little gift: a Brazil, Manaus t-shirt, a wooden pen carved to look like a parrot, and key chain (all super cool souvenirs)!  It was truly the most heart warming thing!  
Also, I asked Heavenly Father for a birthday rain ... and it rained!  Rain is truly a gift from heaven because it is so very hot.  My companion and I got to the church building early before our meeting with the ward mission leader, so we just stood out in the rain!!! The rain can be super, super hard here, but it was nice and soft.  It is funny how such little things can bring us such joy!  

Sister Justino...
I am loving my companion!  We get along just great, and I love having a good laugh with her.  

Personal Progress is a book of goals and activities all centered around the Young Womens' 8 values (faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice & accountability, good works, integrity, & virtue).  Young Womens is a church program for girls 12 yrs - 18yrs old. 

So I have found myself enjoying personal progress again, haha who knew?  We have the booklet in our house, and I have been finding good use for it.  It has been a testimony to me that personal progress is an inspired program with great worth.  I truly had a wonderful experience in young womens, and I am so grateful for all of my leaders who made it such.  

Love you all!  

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Weeks 23 & 24

Week 24
November 7, 2016


A message to Makayla's niece Chloe on daily living...  
I am smashing bugs left and right ... all fear has left me.  From now on I am your bug smashing girl.  Here´s a funny story:  We don´t buy cereal very often because they have like 4 options, the milk is like 3% fat, and it´s all a little expensive.  So one day we did have cereal, and sadly some ants got to it.  Well, I wanted that cereal so badly, that I took out the ants that were easy to get to, and the rest I just ate... They are super, super, super tiny.  

This week was a good one.  I am staying in the area with Sister Justino for another transfer.  I´m excited to stay!  I hope that we will have a baptism this week!  I just want to give a quick testimony of the power and necessity of member missionaries. A "member missionary" refers to a person who is already a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and reaches out to those around them in an honest, friendly, genuine, & inclusive way.  So when they meet the missionaries they are already familiar with our beliefs.  Every single one of you is needed!  Don´t be afraid to let the missionaries share a message with a friend or family member.  It´s the most rewarding work out there!  
Love you all!


Week 24
Novemeber 14, 2016

It is very cool being in the jungle.  I catch plenty of glimpses ... it is so mysterious and the trees are huge!!!  I am dry sometimes, haha.   
What ever happened to the soccer team you were teaching? We haven´t been able to make contact with the soccer team in a while. 
The end of this month marks 6 months of Makayla being gone...so she should be home 1 year from now!!! (Not that I am wishing her time away:))I think I´ll be home for the next Thanksgiving!!!  I´ll be all nice and tan too, haha (maybe not).  Sister Justino and I are doing really well!  One little thing that I love, is when the members don´t have lunch ready for us yet, and she and I just pass a little time having good conversation(worldly, haha, like things we liked back home).  I´m afraid to follow politics when I get home, I imagine it to be quite messy.   
This week we had a baptism!!!  We had the interview Friday night, and the baptism Sunday after church.  It was a little hectic (there was a little confusion and he almost didn´t know that we were planning the baptism for this Sunday, our cellphone ran out of minutes, and we were without our ward mission leader), but all went really well!  His name is Fabio, and he is a really cool guy.  We are so very very happy that he accepted and that all went through well.  I love knowing that Heavenly Father is always in charge!  In situations big and small.  Just take a deep breath and trust in him!

Right now we are going to make some American cookies with a young couple in the ward for FHE.Family Home Evening is a family time for a gospel lesson and activity and of course with a treat!  We also have interviews with President Castro this week.  I´ll be sure to take some pictures.  

Finish this sentence: A mission is ... discovery.


Love you all, have a wonderful week,