Monday, October 31, 2016

Week 22

Halloween... 
So, they do absolutely nothing here in Manaus.  I guess Halloween is a bigger deal in other parts of Brazil, but not here.  I miss the seasonal festivities.  Honestly everything is great, I am feeling good and happy.    

It sounds like transfers have passed over Makayla and her Companion Sister Justino. 
Yeah, so we were supposed to get a call about transfers Saturday night ... but nothing has come?  But, I don´t think we will change anyway.  We see the President once every transfer at either a conference, or in an interview.   Without a doubt the mission is one crazy adventure, seriously.  It has been SO hard learning the language, but I think it is finally starting to come.  I have no idea where I will be on Christmas.  I think I will be transfered by then.   
  
This week:
The temple is always wonderful!!!  We have picked up some new investigators, (new people to teach) so we are excited about that.  We have had a week of rain, so it has been a little more refreshing.  I was asked to give a short talk on missionary work right before sacrament meeting.  I think it went fine.  I finally stopped being preoccupied with the language this transfer, so that has been a blessing!  I was blessed with peace and motivation from three things in particular this week:  The temple, music, and the members.  I know that Heavenly Father always puts these types of resources in our path.  And overall, all that we do is worthwhile, because of the Atonement of Christ.  I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true, becuase of the immense joy that it brings me!  
I hope that you all have a wonderful week!
Beautiful Palm at the Manaus Temple
Love, Makayla

Sister Missionaries Attending the Temple
What a beautiful little boy!  I would gladly share my daughter any day
to bless the life of this little guy and his family!
 This is what it is all about!!




Cool!  Makayla enjoys having her nails look nice.
This must be a real treat!



Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Week 21


Here is a little information about Makayla's companionSister Justino
My companion is from a place near São Paulo.  She is twenty, and worked a little as a secretary before the mission.  Her family members are members of the church, and she has a sister on a mission in Brazil as well.  She´s really sweet and we get along well.  

Teaching Experiences...
We had a neat experience with one investigator this week.  He wanted to receive an answer about our message through a dream.  Well, he hadn´t received anything, so we talked with him about the spirit.  We talked about the feelings and thoughts that we receive.  Afterward we knelt to ask Heavenly Father together if our message was true (the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, etc).  Usually we have the investigators pray, but for some reason I felt that I should offer a prayer for him.  The spirit was so strong!  Everyone felt it.  My companion cried and he said, "Wow, it´s hot in here" (not just because we are in Manaus) and I felt it too (physically).  I know that if we ask with a sincere heart and real intent, God will manifest the truth unto us. 

Personal Growth...
Wow, my testimony is sure growing in so many ways.  Mainly in the Atonement, the power of God, the importance of faith, Joseph Smith, and the Book of Mormon.  Generally my love for the message of the gospel is always growing.  

Ha, ha, haI wish I could have been there to see Makayla struggle to speak English!  I'm happy for all of her growth and know that learning a new language has been especially challenging.  Way to go Makayla for focusing so hard on Portuguese!  You can definitely imagine how missionaries are blessed to learn so much. 
This week I ran into this guy in the street, and he started speaking English to me.  He had a heavy accent, but he could speak.  It was so strange!  I could hardly have a strait conversation with him (because it´s been so long since I have had a conversation in English).  It was like having an identity crisis!  What language do I speak?  Neither!  
Until Monday,

Love you all!

Local Fish Market

This is for Chloe...Peppa Pig!


Thursday, October 20, 2016


  

20 Weeks 
Can we give a big CHEER for Sister Long!!!

Hot, how hot is it? 
It has been super hot lately, and no it does not cool down much at night.  Sometimes I just have to laugh at how hot it is.  Our bathroom is like a sauna, haha.  I´m like brushing my teeth and dripping with sweat.  I took out a little more (money) to buy some perfume (I´m always so sweaty, I need to smell good).   But ... tudo bem!!!

Makayla hasn't said much concerning the bugs.  With "Zika" in the news this past year we were so mindful about the bugs and imagined it would be a major concern.   In fact she was issued a pair of slacks to take with her before she left the MTC.  She has choosen to not wear them, claiming it is too hot.  I asked Makayla recently about it and she said she is putting bug spray on twice a day.  Worried that she would soon be running low on supply I asked if I could send her more? She is so low-key about it that I believe if we do all we can the Lord will provide and protect us the rest of the way even in the simplest of concerns. 
I´m wearing my bug spray everyday, but I can buy it here, so you don´t need to send any.  

For those of us back home it is hard for us to imagine how you continue to fill time day after day on a mission...
Honestly I don't have time to be bored. Yes, things are busy, busy.  We are finding people to teach, and we taught the team again. (A young mens soccer team)  Not all of them came back, but I was impressed with those who did.  We will see them again on Saturday.   


This week I was reflecting back on how I grew like 10 ft the first week of this transfer.  I am so grateful for the times that Heavenly Father decides to stretch us (and he will without doubt).  I only hope that I can continue to ride the wave of growth and improvement, haha.  In 1 Nephi 19:6 it talks about the value of the Book of Mormon, yet the weakness of those who wrote it.  I know that through the help of Christ, we can accomplish all that is good and important.  We only need to recognize the need for His help, and seek it through prayer and faith.  

Images found on Google...

This week I ate Jaca.  It was the saddest thing that I did not have my camera with me.  It is the fruit of some alien planet.  I think it was like 2x1 ft.  The member just tore it open with his bare hands.  It almost looked like chicken, and tasted like banana / orange something I don´t know.  (I also hear it tastes like bubblegum!) It had these huge seeds, and you eat the "flesh" around it.  Bizar!!!

We have a new ward mission leader, and I think we will do a lot of good with his help!!!  I think it should be a good week, and I hope that you all have a marvelous one too!
Love Makayla


Monday, October 10, 2016

Week 19

Current Average Temperature: 92* with 70% humidity  
It was a hot one this week.  I was so hot that my forearms were sweating! 

Week 2 of training...I imagine the more effort Makayla has to now put into each day the more she is going to care for these people and love this area.
One thing is for sure, I know that Heavenly Father is helping me a ton in every aspect of the work.  To lead, and teach, and ... answer the phone, haha.  To be honest the week was kind of a blur.  Manaus is becoming more homie.  The people, the atmosphere, the food.  

Teaching
One thing that was cool, was that we got to teach an entire soccer team of young men about the Restoration.  Needless to say, for young men's activities they often play soccer.  We met at the house of one, and will bring 10 Books of Mormon to their next activity.  Hopefully we can continue to teach some of them.  
               The Book of Mormon

Scriptures
I was reading in 1 Nephi 13 and the chapters leading up to it.  There are so many references to the Bible and the founding of America.  What a cool testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.  In chapter 13, it states clearly and perfectly the role of both the Bible and Book of Mormon.  I am truly so grateful to be living in this day and age, and for the knowledge that we have of these things.  I am especially grateful for the knowledge of our Redeemer and the role that He plays in the grand plan for us.  How can we doubt, how can we despair?  

Have a wonderful week, give everyone a hug!  
Love Kayla.  

P.S.  Yes, I am wearing bug spray 2 times every day. 
  

Week 18

Every 6 months the Prophet, apostles and other church leaders teach us through talks.  It is a special time that we look forward to.  I wondered how Makayla would get to watch this from another country?
I have to tell you that I didn´t get a bunch out of general conference, because it was all in Portuguese!  
Makayla serves in the boundaries of two wards.  One of the Bishops has a wife who is learning English, she and I were able to communicate through face book. It was such a treat to talk with someone from Brazil...Makayla is also shifting in responsibility from taking a back seat to taking a lead & speaking the language more! 
Dayanna Martel is like our mission Mom, that is so cool that you are communicating.  Because Sister Lima could hold her own conversation, haha, I didn´t talk all that much previously when we were with Dayanna and the Bishop.  So then all of a sudden, I am leading the conversations (with the gift of tongues of course).  This was kind of a funny switch for them I think, and a surprise.  I will start by saying that I have already grown in leaps and bounds this week.  My companion from the MTC and one other Sister that also has 4 months are training too. 

Makayla is one of three new trainers, they have just received their new companions who have just arrived from the MTC! (The Sister in the light blue top was Makayla's companion during her time at the MTC- how neat for them to be able meet up in the same mission again!!)
Makayla's first week training!...
I think that President likes to do it this way because we are "young" and still animated.  I am so grateful to say that I was blessed with enough faith and peace to go to work with confidence this week.  I kept thinking to myself, "I cannot believe what I am doing!"  It was a good week, and Sister Justino is such a cutie.
Makayla's new companion, Sister Justino
I know that she is ready to work hard, and I sure hope that we can do a lot of good.  We met this guy at the bus platform, and shared a brief message with him.  He said, "Can I ask a question? Were you baptized ... that´s cool because my church doesn´t baptize."  Yes!!!  I´m sure grateful to be experiencing so much.  I know that Christ lives, and that he has a perfect plan for each one of us, and our families.  I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Lots of Love Makayla.