Monday, June 19, 2017

São João and an Elect Family!

Oláaaaa! 

Things are great here in Brazil! This week is a HUGE holiday here in Northern Brazil, called São João! I don´t know if anyone remembers when I passed through it last year in Pina... But to sum up São João, it´s a lot of bonfires, corn, straw hats, plaid shirts, and bands that consist of acoustic guitars, acordians, and triangles :) It´s a party. Haha

But hey! That wonderful, elect family that we started teaching last week-- They´re still wonderful and elect and are going to be baptized this Friday! At the beginning of the week Flavio told us that he was marked to work on Sunday and that at the prison where he works, it´s almost impossible to get someone to trade with you on Sunday. But we shared our testimonies that God would prepare someone to work for him and went on our way. Well, when we went to teach them again a couple days after, he told us that he had called one of his friends and offered him 300 reais (Brazilian currency) to work for him but that his friend said he would do it for free! We honestly just sat there AMAZED that he had offered to pay 300 REAIS just to go to church on Sunday. That is true faith and desire!  

Another thing that really touched me this week with Maria Jose and Flavio was being able to teach their son, Tiago, who´s autistic and has some learning difficulties. Sunday we went there to teach Tiago indiviually to help him to understand things a little better. We were talking to Maria Jose about how she teaches him and helps him with his school work and she said that the thing that´s helped her the most is her faith. She´s very patient and loving with him and teaches him over and over and over again until he gets it. When he gets 2 out of 10 math problems right she´s very happy with him, and then teaches him to help him get even more right the next time. As she was saying these things, it made me really think of how a mother´s love is so close to God´s love! He is so patient with us! No matter how many times we get things wrong, He will help us to try and try again until we finally get it right :) 

Have a great week and feliz São João! 
Sister Anderson 

--- AÇAÍ AND DELICIOUS BROWNIES... I´ll tried to get some pics of the São João action to send next week! 






Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Surprise, it´s Wednesday!

Hey guys! 
My district´s p-day was switched this week to be wednesday for us to be able to go to the temple! Woohoo! I´m currently in the Family History Center here at the temple and will be entering to do a session in a little :) 

WOW, a lot of amazing things have happened since the last time I emailed! One of the best things that has happened was being able to start teaching one of the most special and elect families I have met on my mission! Flavio and Maria Jose and their 10 year old son, Tiago :) Maria Jose is the sister of a super sweet recent convert named Doralice, who gave us this wonderful family as a reference. It´s been amazing to see how the Lord has already prepared them to receive the Gospel! They´ve been able to see the happiness that has come into Doralice´s life because of the Gospel and every since the first visit have wanted to be baptized and be members of the church! On Saturday Flavio worked from 8am until 8am on Sunday, and they still went to church-- I thought that was a pretty great sacrifice. They have such a strong desire to do the will of the Lord in place of doing their own will. In Flavio´s prayer yesterday, he thanked Heavenly Father for the oppourtunity that they would have to be baptized in His church :) They´ve definitely been a miracle in my life and have strengthened my testimony that God is preparing His children to receive the Gospel! 

Does everyone remember the atheist that we found last week, Gabriela? She is doing SO GOOD. She´s praying a ton, loved church on Sunday, and even went to institute on Saturday! She loves the Book of Mormon and is receiving every day a stronger testimony about God and His love for us :) 

I´m so grateful for the Holy Ghost! This week as we were teaching Flavio and Maria Jose I was SO amazed by how perfectly they understand everything! Because there really are some people, that it doesn´t matter WHAT you do they DO NOT understand haha. But in that moment, the Spirit testified to me that it´s truly HIM that brings all understanding. As we let the Spirit into our lives, He will help us to understand all things, and will help us to change our hearts-- we just have to let Him in! 

Thanks for all the emails and all the love! 
Sister Anderson 

p.s.-- The mission office changed and so if anyone wants to send a letter to me, this is the new address! 

Missão Brasil Recife
Rua João Fernandes Vieira 80
Boa Vista, Recife, Brasil
50050-215
The pics are from our last Zone Conference with President and Sister Bigelow!! (The new mission presidents will arrive at the beginning of July!)



Monday, June 5, 2017

Adventures of Two Gringos in Brazil

Hey guys!! It´s been an exciting week! 

Like predicted, it´s pretty crazy having two Americans together... especially when your companion is blonde haired and blue eyed haha. But hey! More people are thinking that I´m Brazilian now because of the stereotype that in there´s always one Brazilian and one American in the companionship! So that´s cool! Haha
One of the funniest moments this week was on a day that it had rained A TON. We were walking on a street that literally had formed a mini lake right in the center. However, there was JUST enough space on the edge to walk around it. However, as we were walking by, a HUGE truck came passing through the lake and caused ocean-like waves to come towards us. WELL, despite our best efforts to run, we still got pretty wet haha. And during all of that craziness, there were a bunch of men on the other side of the road yelling at us, but we understood NOTHING they were saying haha. It almost felt like running on the ocean... but only with cement and with filthy water hahaha.
But goodness, Sister Taylor is teaching me so much about faith and how to act IN faith and not just WITH faith. At the beginning of the week, almost everyone we were teaching, including Silvania and Della, decided that they didn´t want anything anymore... That was rough. But with a lot of prayer and lots of work, we were able to find some great people again and really see God´s hand in our lives :)
We were able to know a sweet young woman named Gabriela this week. We started talking to her on the street and found out that she´s atheist. We started talking to her about the Book of Mormon and when we gave her one she started to cry and said that she felt something special! Later in the week as we were teaching her again, we invited her to pray and ask if God is real-- at first she was really hesitant. But then after a moment, she said that she felt a voice say "why not?" to her, and agreed to pray :) The Spirit is definitely working with her! 

I´m so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father that is so aware of our needs and the lessons we need to learn! Even though it´s hard sometimes, He lets us pass through difficulties because He knows that in the end we will be closer to Him!
Have a great week everyone! 
Sister Anderson



Monday, May 29, 2017

My Companion is My Sister!

Hello everyone! 
A new transfer has begun!
Sister Guimarães will be home with her family tomorrow and I am now with my new companion, Sister Taylor! To explain the title, we had the same "mom" (trainer), Sister Lopez, thus making us sisters! She´s from Ogden and adorable. And so here we go, two white Americans walkin´ the roads of Brazil. It´s gonna be fun ;D haha
This week was really great! I just love Brazil and love being a missionary!
I think the best thing that happened this week was that Silvania finally decided to be baptized!! It´s been a while that we´ve been teaching this wonderful woman. I´ve been amazed by her love for the Book of Mormon and desire to follow God. However, along the way there´s been some difficulties with her family and keeping some of the commandments. We taught her allll week and then she went to church on Sunday and loved it! When we went to visit her Sunday night, she said that at church she was able to feel certain that the church is true! She´s had some difficulties with drinking coffee and said that all day her family was trying to get her to drink coffee, but that she was strong, drank a couple cups of limade, and was able to refuse the coffee everytime! When we asked her about baptism, she smiled and said that we could mark a date. Silvania´s baptism will be this Saturday!
I know that Christ lives and loves us! This week I have been studying in 3 Nephi when the Savior visited the people in America and established His church there-- what amazing scriptures!! It´s been so special to put myself in the story and read as if I was there as He ministered to the people-- I know that Christ´s love for us is perfect and that He is willing to do ANYTHING to help us have happiness and return to live with Him and Heavenly Father one day!
Love you all! 
Sister Anderson


For Sister Guimarães´ last pday, we went to pizza hut! It´s a lot more fancy in Brazil! 


Our last district meeting together :D

Monday, May 22, 2017

One More Week with my Beloved Companion!

Guys. It´s the last week of the transfer and the last week of Sister Guimarães´ mission. These last 4 months with her have been crazy and ridiculously fun. I´ve learned so much from her and we have been so blessed! It really gives me a testimony that God is in control and puts the people we need into our lives!

This week was very very good! So many AMAZING people that we were able to start teaching! I think one of my favorite people that we were able to meet this week was a young woman named Catarina! She has two friends who are members of the church and invited her to learn more. We were able to teach her together with her friends at the temple-- I don´t think there exists a better place to teach someone than the temple! The Spirit was SO strong during the lesson and you could see It really working within her. She was amazed to know that today we have a living prophet and asked so many questions about that! At the end of the lesson, she offered the closing prayer and started to cry as she thanked Heavenly Father for these two friends that He had placed into her life. It really showed me how just loving someone and being a good friend can make such a big impact in someone´s life and help them to accept the Gospel! 

This week we also had our last interviews with President and Sister Bigelow before they return home and we receive our new mission President.... that part was pretty sad. Haha

But goodness, this week I am so grateful for the work that the members do! We have so many good and interested people to teach and help prepare to be baptized all because of members who had the courage and faith to invite their friends to hear the message of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ! 

Amo vocês!! 
Sister Anderson 

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Taste of Home :)

Óla everyone! I hope everyone had a good week and a wonderful Mothers´ Day! 

Like the title says, this week was full of little pieces of home! 

Della is doing so well! On Tuesday she went to the BYU Young Ambassadors performance with President and Sister Bigleow and took 6 other Chinese friends-- they loved it! We were also finally able to teach her a lesson and I got to teach it in English! It was really cool to be able to teach and testify in my native language! I could feel the Spirit very strongly :) And then this Sunday at church, President and Sister Bigelow offered to give her a separate class in English and help her to understand more about God. It was SUCH a special experience. Everything that we teach her is so new to her. It´s so amazing to see someone learning God´s truths for the first time! I think one of my favorite moments was when President Bigelow told her that she´s a daughter of God. In that moment the Spirit testified so strongly to all of us that it´s true, and I can´t even describe the look of happiness and surprise that Della had on her face! Knowing that we´re all beloved children of God is such a special truth!! 

Wednesday night the BYU Young Ambassadors did a special devotional that we were able to take our friend, Camilla to :) The devotional was them singing and sharing their testimonies with the chapel full of people! There were people translating their testimonies, but they memorized and sang the songs in Portuguese! It was beautiful!! I love how we can feel the Spirit testify to our hearts through music! 

And to top off the week I got to talk to my wonderful family on Sunday

I´m so grateful for the immense amount of blessings that Heavenly Father has put into my life! I´m so grateful to have such wonderful family and friends! I love you all and hope that everyone has a wonderful week! 

Love,
Sister Anderson 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Winter has Arrived

Winter in Brazil = rain, rain, and more rain. 
But seriously guys. Every day. So much rain. But it´s all good, it´s nice to take a little break from the sun! And it also means that people or more likely to be in home for us to find them and teach them! Haha

This week was super good! Thursday was our Zone Conference and Sunday was stake conference! And guess who showed up at stake conference! None other than... Della!! Turns out that last week she had travelled to São Paulo and that´s why she hadn´t gone to church! It was definitely an answer to prayers for her to show up again :) And once again it was so sweet to see the Spirit work with her. She loves the church and has such a strong desire to learn! After the conference, I took her to meet President and Sister Bigelow and they invited her and anyone else from the Chinese Consulate to go with them to a performance of the BYU Young Ambassadors that´s going to happen here in Recife this week! She´s super excited to go and I´m excited for her as well! :) 

In our Zone Conference this week President Bigelow taught about repentance in a way that really makes it more than just a "5-step process". He said that we can think about it like we are living in the darkness and Christ is the sun. When we´re far away from Him, we can´t see anything. But the closer and closer we get, we´re going to start to see a "stain on our sleeve" or a "tear in our pants"-- we´re going to start to see our imperfections, sins, and weaknesses. There´s a scripture in the Book of Mormon in Moroni 7:48 that says, 

"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ymay be filled with this lovewhich he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen." 

As we start to see Christ and how He is, we´ll have a desire to change and be "purified even as he is pure." We´ll have a desire to repent and make the necessary changes in our lives to become more Him. The more we learn about Him and the more faith we have in Him, the more we´ll be able to recognize these things in our lives. But the miracle that happens after, is exactly what it says in Ether 12:27-- "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."

I know that through Christ we can make ANY change in our lives because of His ongoing and constant love, support, and hope!

Love you all! 
Sister Anderson 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Week 1 of the New Transfer

Hey guys! 

The beginning of this week was pretty crazy! Our house is pretty much the mission hotel-- during transfers there´s always a ton of sisters sleeping at our house. And so the first couple days of the week our house was full with 10 sisters haha. Kind of crazy, but it was all good because I got to see Sister L. Silva, one of my companions from Arcoverde! :) 

Silvania and her family are doing well! On monday we had a family home evening with them and some members from our ward and it was super fun :) Afterwards Sabrina, Silvania´s daughter, said that she wants to be Mormon! haha. We talked to them about baptism and Silvania and Sabrina are super excited :) We´re still working on the other members of the family, but the baptism will be happening here in a couple weeks!

Something that I loved this week was a lunch that we had with a missionary couple who are serving in the Recife temple! Usually the temple missionary couples give us money to eat in the temple cafeteria, but the temple is closed right now for maintenance and so we got to eat in the their little apartment on the temple grounds! They found out recently that he has cancer-- obviously something very difficult. But I was so extremely touched by the immense peace I could feel in their home and the love that they have for Heavenly Father. It´s hard to describe exactly how it was, but it made me so extremely grateful for a knowledge of Heavenly Father´s plan for us-- it brings a peace and happiness so great that we can overcome any difficulty or challenge in our lives. 

Aaaand the sad news... I was able to get in contact with Della, the Chinese woman. She said that she would be too busy for us to visit during the week, but that she would go to church on Sunday. Well... she didn´t go to church on Sunday... But it´s all good haha. The mission teaches you all sorts of things, including how to deal with dissapointment! 

I´m so grateful for the Book of Mormon! It´s impossible for me to read it without feeling the Spirit and feel God´s love! It always gives me the strength I need to make it through the day and remember that the Savior is always with us to strengthen us and lift us up! I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that a daily study of it can make all the difference in our lives! 

Love you all!! 
Sister Anderson 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Going Strong in Casa Forte

Boa tarde gente! 

My good news of the week-- Transfers have come and gone aaaaaand I´m going to stay here in Casa Forte with Sister Guimarães another transfer!! This is her last transfer on the mission and so I´m super excited for the miracles we´re going to see! 

This week was good :) Nothing too exciting or out of the ordinary, but definitely very blessed! I think one of the best things has been teaching a woman named Silvania and her 16 year old daughter Sabrina! They are a reference that we received from a member a couple of weeks ago and I have been amazed by their eagerness and desire to learn about the Gospel! We invited Silvania to start reading the Book of Mormon from the beginning to the end... When we went there yesterday to visit her, do you know where she was?! The book of Mosiah!! Like a good chunk of the Book of Mormon read in just a couple days! She said that it was all she did one day and couldn´t put it down and that her family started to think she was going crazy! Hahaha. But goodness, I am so grateful that God puts people into our path who are so willing to follow Him and Jesus Christ and learn of their truths! There´s truly nothing greater :) You guys will definitely be hearing about their baptism here in a couple weeks :) 

For anyone who´s curious about what happened about the Chinese woman, Della, that showed up in church-- we weren´t able to contact her again this week! I think the number she gave to us is outside of the area and we aren´t able to get a hold of her. But I am DETERMINED this week to find her! If I have to, I will show up and the Chinese Consulate and ask if I can talk to her hahaha. I´ll let you all know how the hunt went next week! 

I love this Gospel!! I love being a missionary! There truly is no greater work we can do here on this earth than to help Heavenly Father´s children return to His presence! But that work has to start first with ourselves and in our families! I am so very grateful for the personal conversion that I have been able to experience on my mission and I´m so very excited to continue on in that progression! 

Love you all! 
Sister Anderson 

Monday, April 17, 2017

An Easter Miracle!

Hey guys!! It´s been a really good week :) 

To start it off, on p-day we went to Pina, mine and Sister Guimarães first area, to visit some of our recent converts! It was a good drive down memory lane and was so wonderful to see the people we taught when we first arrived on the mission! (It was Sister Guimarães that found Camila and Fernando and then I arrived in the area in her place ad continued teaching them :))

Other fun activites from the week included a Zone Meeting, interviews with President Bigelow, a district activity where we all met up together in a park and talked to people and gave the magazines from the church, and eating a lot of fish!! To explain the fish part, it´s a tradition here to only eat fish during the Easter weekend! Kind of interesting, but also super delicious! haha

And to top it all off was our Easter miracle! We´ve all heard of Christmas miracles right? But apparently Easter miracles are real as well! On Sunday, at the end of our church meeting, a Chinese woman, named Della, showed up, only speaking English. And so I went to speak English with her (it was a challenge haha)-- So to the side of the church there´s a Chinese Consolute. Like a Chinese Embassy type thing-- I´m not going to pretend like I understand exactly what it is haha. But anyways, Della´s husband is the Chinese consul...? I still don´t know exactly what that is tood, but I´m pretty sure it´s cool haha. Like close to a Chinese embassador haha. But anyways! She started telling me how she always passes by the church and feels something really special, and so she wanted to learn everything she could about the church! We invited her to come back that afternoon and watch the other ward´s meeting with us and she went! The whole time I was really worried because I knew she wasn´t understanding anything and I didn´t want her to get bored and not want to come back haha. And so I prayed A LOT for her to feel the Spirit and that that would give her a desire to learn more. After the meeting, she explained to me that she could feel the Spirit and Jesus very strongly in her heart-- a great feeling of peace and comfort-- and how excited she is to come back next week! We´re going to visit her in her home tomorrow and I´m VERY excited to see how it´ll go :) 

I´m so grateful to have met Della, but I´m even more grateful for the Easter miracle that was given to everyone of us!-- The ressurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ! I add my testimony to the testimony that the Prophet Joseph Smith gave of him, "that He lives!". I know that the Savior lives. I know that He overcame death and becasue of that, we too will live again and be able to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father!

Love you all! 
Sister Anderson 


Milena and her girls!! 

Camila :D

My wonderfully hilarious district! 

Monday, April 10, 2017

DIEGO WAS BAPTIZED

To start off, everyone needs to understand just how much of a miracle it was that Diego was baptized! 

Diego is a young man, 18 years old, who started searching about the church about 9 months ago. When he started out, he was an Atheist-- didn´t even believe in God. It took him about 4 months to receive an answer that God is real. And after that, the last 5 months he has been searching for an answer that this is Christ´s church on the earth. During all this time, he has gone through many missionaries, has made MANY questions, and has played around a lot with the sisters haha. Various times, his "baptism" was planned and then he would show up just to say that he wouldn´t be baptized. And so, needless to say, when he told Sister Guimarães and I last week that he wanted to be baptized, we were a little hesitant haha. But guys, it really happened. He was baptized this Saturday and comfirmed on Sunday! The feeling I had as he entered the water was truly unreal. On Sunday, he bore his testimony about how he was able to receive a testimony and it was honestly one of the most powerful testimonies I´ve ever heard! I´m so grateful for the way that God works in our lives and can change any heart! 

This week has really strengthened my testimony of prayer! Saturday afternoon, we taught a brother and sister named, Adrielle and Atílio. The lesson was so wonderful! They understood so well the message of the Restoration. We invited them to Diego´s baptism and they said that they wanted to go! When we went back that night to pick them up for the baptism, the mom pulled us to the side, with tears in her eyes, and said that that afternoon, moments before we had arrived, she had been praying for God to "send her a light" to help her children, and then we showed up :) She said that she had never had a prayer answered so quickly before :) 

I know that God is real! I know that He hears and answers our prayers and loves everyone of us so very much! 

Love you all! 
Sister Anderson 


Photos from the baptism!! 



Monday, April 3, 2017

I LOVE GENERAL CONFERENCE

Hey everyone! I loooooved this week and I hope everyone has enjoyed it as well! 

To start off, Sister Guimarães and I learned so much this week about exercising our faith to acheive the goals we make! Everyday, we made very meaningful goals of how many new investigators we would find and who we would mark for baptism and every day, we saw the hand of God making it happen! But we also learned a lot about how we have to do our part to act before God will help us! 

Another miracle from the week! DIEGO´S GOING TO BE BAPTIZED! I haven´t really talked about him before because I never thought that he was actually close to being baptized!! hahaha. He´s been an investigator and attending the Church here for about the last 6 months and doubts EVERYTHING. Let´s just say that he´s a complicated investigator. But he was finally able to receive an answer from God that the Church is true and it was really special to hear about how he received that answer. He´ll be baptized this Saturday and we´re very excited :) 

Like the title says, I just love General Conference so much, like I know everyone does! The Spirit and love from God I felt was just overwhelming. It truly is a moment where the heavens are very close to us :) I´m so grateful that we have a living prophet today to lead us and guide us! All of the words of the prophet and apostles were perfect and I could truly feel the Spirit testify in my heart that they were saying the things that God wants us to hear! And now we have the next 6 months to apply them in our lives and received the promised blessings! 

Love you all! 
Sister Anderson 


Awesome members of the ward that help us a lot, along with our recent convert Rafaella! 

A Sister who was in the CTM with me, but had to go home for medical reasons! 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Missionary Week in Casa Forte!

Hey guys! 

This week was really special. We did a week of activities with the ward focussed on missionary work and we definitely had lots of cool experiences throughout the week! 

I think one of my favorite activites during the week was Wednesday night with the youth! We had a couple boxes of the Liahona (the church magazine) and went to a park to the side of the church and passed them out to people and wrote down their addresses for us to visit them afterwards! It was really cool to see the excitement of the youth and to walk around the park seeing people read the Liahona :) 

Tuesday was our (a cat just walked over my keyboard hahaha) Zone Conference! President Bigleow talked a lot about faith and having the faith to find the people that God is preparing to hear the Gospel. It was super cool :) And to make it even cooler, we had burritos for lunch! Haha. It´s been a while since I´ve had one of those, because, no, Brazilian food is not the same as Mexican food haha. 

Something suuuuper cool that happened! On the bus, going to Zone Conference, a guy named Junior started talking to me, said he had already known the church a little, and so I marked a visit with him. We went and taught him on Thursday, and it was so cool! Turns out he had attended the church for 3 months in João Pessoa and had recently moved to Recife! He already knows that everything is true and wants to be baptized! He had been wanting to go to church, but didn´t know where it was! God truly does put the people who are prepared to hear the Gospel into our path!! 

Sunday was cool :) It was the end of the missionary week where the goal was for everyone to take a friend, family member, neighbor, etc, to church. There´s quite a few families that we got to know and will be visiting this week! 

I´m sooooo excited for General Conference once again! Can´t believe that it´s already been 6 months since the last one!! I´m so grateful we have a living prophet and for the wonderful opportunity we have this weekend to receive personal revelation for our lives! I know that God loves us and knows each one of our needs! 

Love you all! 
Sister Anderson 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Lots of Walking, Lots of Sun

Well guys, this week feels like we just walked and walked and walked and nothing happened haha. But, it´s allll good. A part of the work, right?

Georg is doing well! Went to church again and is loving to learn about the Gospel. Something that´s really touched me about him is how much he loves the Book of Mormon! The other day we wanted to mark for him to read Moroni 10, but he asked if he could just read the whole book of Moroni haha. "Ummmm, sure!!". When we visited him the next day he had read the whole book of Moroni TWO times and quoted the last verse to me memorized... He´s a smart guy haha. 

Something so so so cool and wonderful that happened! Everyone remember my first area, Pina?! WELL, we were at the temple one day this week and THE WHOLE WARD WAS THERE. Even my investigators, Milena and Ernesto and their kids!!! Made me soooooo happy to see everyone and give them hugs :D 

Another cool thing that happened this week! All of Yasmin´s family were able to get their temple recommends and do baptisms for the dead at the temple together! It was really special to see them there :) They´re preparing to enter the temple to be sealed as a family and I´m hoping and praying that I will still be here to see it! Any additional prayers would be greatly appreciated ;D Thanks guys. Haha

I´m so grateful for our Savior, Jesus Christ! I know that He lives and loves us! I really couldn´t do this (or anything in my life) without Him!! 

Love you all! 
Sister Anderson 



This is tapioca cake that the temple cafeteria makes.
SO GOOD. The stuff on top is sweet and condensed milk


Monday, March 13, 2017

One Year Down

Ólaaa! 
Well guys, I have officially been in Brazil for a year! I truly feel such an immense amount of love for this place and I´m so happy to be a missionary! 

Wow, this week was really good! Sister Guimarães and I really focussed on having faith to find the people that God is preparing for us and it´s amazing the amount of people we found and just how much God blessed our area! 

I think one of the hardest things on the mission has been learning how to talk to EVERYONE. It´s pretty scary sometimes to know how to start or what to say! But I´m so grateful for everytime I find the courage to do it! This monday, we were on a bus, returning to our area and I started talking to the woman next to me, and turns out she lives in an apartment right next to the temple and has always been curious to know more! She happily passed her address, and so I´m excited to start teaching her and her family! 

We had interviews with President Bigelow this week! And so that´s always wonderful! We also had lunch once again with the member of the 70...that´s a little less wonderful and a little more nerve wracking haha. Especially because it was during a companion exchange and I had to give the message after lunch to him and his wife! Ahhhh.... BUT. I´m alive. It´s all good. Haha

Sunday we had a miracle! A man named George, who was taught by elders years ago, woke up and had a strong desire to go to church, and so he went to church and that´s how we were able to meet him! We went and taught him after church and it was super cool! He says that he still prays for "President Thomas" and that he doesn´t have the Book of Mormon anymore because he gave it to someone who was passing through hard times! The lesson was really special :) It only got a little weird afterwards when he whipped out his guitar and starting singing a song that sounded like ancient monk music hahaha. But I´m super excited to start teaching him as well!! 

Well my friends, that´s about it. I hope that everyone has a wonderful week! 

Love you all! 
Sister Anderson 


Conselho