Monday, February 24, 2014

Cáceres, Brazil - Week 43

Monday- So Sister Martinez left at 1:30pm and Clary (a YW in the branch) stayed the night with me. :) It was fun! haha We called people that I don't know but that were saved in the phone! It worked out great!!! haha!! We got a new investigator out of it!! :D

Tuesday- So Sister Huayhuas was suppose to get here at 10:30am but her bus from Lucas was delayed because of the rain and so she missed her bus here so Clary stayed longer with me and Sister Huayhuas got here at 3:30 BUTTTTTT here we have 2 bus stations....... 1) is in the middle of nowhere and far from our house and dangerous and 2) 5 minutes from our house and in the city......guess which one she got off at. Yup! You got it, the 1st one!!! So we called one of the few members with a car and he went and got her and brought her home!! I was stressing OUT!  BUT all went well!!

Wednesday- Not much happened because we had lunch with Jussara and now she lives like 1hr away.....but after lunch we went and taught seminary and then we went BACK to her house for a family night! It was really great! :) Then we got a ride home!! :D

ThursdayWhen we were leaving lunch it started raining and we were walking on a dirt, well muddy, road. And as we were walking we passed this car that had a tire stuck in one of those sidewalk drains with out a lid. We slowed down and the owner walked out of a nearby house with a big piece of wood. So we stopped and asked if he needed help. He told us that he didn't want us to get wet, but we quickly put down our umbrellas put our bags in them and went to help. After lots of work, and the help of 2 other men that stopped to help, we manage to raise the tire enough that the car started to roll right out of the hole! When it was done the man was so grateful and we started talking to him and we said that we were missionaries and he said "I just knew that you were people of God because only true followers would have stopped to help me." It was a really great when he said that! :) Then he and his niece offered to give us a ride to the church and then they gave us corn!! :D But when we got to the church and he left we realized that Wednesday night we left the keys to the church IN the church......

Friday- After lunch we went to the church and I helped Jussrara practice her English. It was fun! :) Then we had seminary and then we went and visited a girl that we called Monday named Thais....but she doesn't really want anything with the church.....just friends.....This happens a lot. :/

Saturday- SO we went to wait for the bus to go to lunch......and it never came.....then we called Luciane to let her know why we were late and she told us that the bus doesn't run on we started walking....then it started RAINING like someone dumped a swimming pool on our heads!!!! It was HORRIBLE! It was raining so hard we could barely see ANYTHING! So when we finally got to her house we were SOAKED.....also because 2 cars passed us by and sprayed us down :( So she gave us clothes. :) I got a blue and white polka dot dress and Sister got a black shirt and a skirt. :) 

Sunday- After lunch we tried to do contacts but Sunday is HORRIBLE to find people at home.....or sober...... :/ So we went to Jussara's because it was her birthday!! We got her chocolate and we have another special something but we can only get it today.....hehe ;) She's gonna love it!! :)
Sister Emma Marion
Sister Marion and Sister Huayhuas  (she is from Peru)
Corn for a good deed!
Emma's solution to getting their keys from the church building!! (see Thursday entry)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Week 42 - Cáceres, Brazil

This will be short because time is really short today!!!! Read after the Sunday entry for why.....

Monday- We had to wash clothes...... :/ That was our day.....

Tuesday- We had lunch with Ruth and Diego! It was fun!!! We talked a lot with them, hearing their mission stories! It was great!! But then it started raining a lot and we had to run home to get our clothes out of the rain!!! It was a crazy time!!!

Wednesday- Today we spent all day with Jussara helping her start to move to a bigger house close to her mom. It really took ALL day!!! 

Thursday- We finished helping Jussara move and helped organized her house.

Friday- We did our weekly planning and organized some stuff and called a few ex-investigators we found in the area book.

Saturday- Today was mission wide pre-transfer cleaning day!! So we stayed home all day and cleaned.....then we went and had pizza with the elders was suppose to be with a new member (Grisele) and her boyfriend (Geovan- our investigator) and aunt (Tate- who is also a new member) but last minute Grisele and Geovan got in a fight and he didn't want to go and then Tate and Grisele couldn't make it was just us 4..... :/ But it was fun. :)

Sunday- We had lunch with an inactive member, Cristiana. It was realllyyyy good!! It was a bar-b-que!! And one thing that they have sometimes that is REALLY yummy is grilled pineapple with cinnamon!!! ITS SO GOOD!!! You open the pineapple (just cut off the outter layer, it will be kind of a pentagon shape) and put cinnamon on all the sides and then up it over the fire like roasting marshmellows then when its hot you take it and cut it up how you want and EAT!!  <3 After that we went and visited a few new members and then had a metting at the church. 

TRANSFERS: I will be staying here with a sister from Peru, Sister Huayhuas. And Sister Martinez will be going to Lucas do Rio Verde here in Mato Grosso. She will be leaving today at 1:20pm and I will get my new companion tomorrow morning so I will be with Clary, a young woman in the branch, and she will stay the night with me.... SLEEP OVER!!! ;) But I really will miss Sister Martinez!!!!!!!!! :( </3 

Sister Emma Marion
Caceres district

Sister Marion, Jussara, Sister Martinez

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Week 41

Monday- We were invited to dinner at Jussara's. :)

Tuesday- After lunch we went with Ruth (she is an american who is here to get her fiance and return to the states with him to get married....her brother served there...Elder Turner from Washington state....) to do some visits. First we visited a referral from Cristiana (an inactive member) named Rosalina. It went well but she doesn't like to leave her house so she won't go to we testified and gave her a Book of Mormon. Then we left and went to Cristana's house (she lives next door to this lady haha) and talked a bit with her and then we dropped Ruth off at her house and then we went and taught Seminary!! Haha yeah we are the seminary teachers until they can't call someone haha but its better because their Seminary is at night! 

Wednesday- So today we worked on our area book and then we went to visit with Margarida (Elton's mom) to teach her before her baptism Saturday!! :) Then she made us dinner!! :D

Thursday- We visited with a referral form a member named Jaqualine...she is 7. But her mom said they already have a religion. It was kind of sad because this girl was begging her mom to let her go to church. :( But after we went and visited a few new members and then we went to the church to teach seminary again. :) 

Friday- After lunch we had to go to the church and clean the baptismal font for the baptism Saturday.  Then when all was done we had seminary. But after seminary our district went out for pizza!!

Saturday- BAPTISM!!! Well first we taught seminary because we couldn't on Wednesday. I really like teaching seminary! Its cool!! It was sooo great!!! It was so awesome to see a son baptize his mom!! After the baptism we visited with José, a recent member. It was all in all a good day! :)

Sunday- So today was a bit different! We only had sacrament meeting today because the members needed to get home earlier to eat lunch so they could get back before 12pm to get on the bus to go to the temple!! I'm really jealous!! I wanna go too!!!! :´( But here I will stay....working!! :)  Then we went to Jussara's house and had dinner with them and Elder Duncan and I helped her prepare to teach her English class by translating a lot of stuff!!! It gave me a headache!!!! :/

Sister Emma Marion
In the jungle (Pantanal) of Brazil

suntan feet - Marion (R) Martinez (L)

Teaching seminary

Wet roads - no wonder her shoes broke

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

40 Weeks in Brazil!!!

Monday- So tonight Sister Gonçalves and Sister Grimes came to Cáceres to do a division. They will be staying here until Wednesday night.

Tuesday- So today I was with Sister Grimes. It was cool...she was the sister here before me...and she took my place in Várzea Grande. We did a lot of contacts today and then we had a meeting with the ward mission leader, who was the Branch president, Adalto. We then met with the lady names Ana Lucia. Ana agreed to be baptized!! It was really great!! Then we got ice cream and went home!! 

Wednesday- I was with Sister Gonçalves. Haha. It was strange being her companion again but in a different place...but it was good!! We visited an inactive member, Cristiana. Then we did some contacts and then we went to visit Geovan! But when we were visiting him he told us that he doesn't feel ready to be baptized yet....but he wants was a very spiritual when this happened. So we will work more with him to help him be ready to be baptized! Then we went home so the sisters could get ready to leave at 2am. Then we went to sleep for a bit.....

Thursday- So at 4am Sister Gonçalves woke everyone up freaking out because they missed the bus. Haha but then we went back to sleep and then at 7am she called Elder Leão(ex. sec.) and he marked a bus at 8am for them. Then we had our weekly planning and then we had mutual at night. We made a cake and talked about virtue. It was cool. Then we played MASH with them haha.

Friday- We had a district meeting then we went to lunch really far away and stayed in that neighborhood and visited with a woman named Vanilza. She really wants to learn about the chuch!! So we taught her about the Book of Mormon and she promised to read it and pray. :)

Saturday- So we visited witht his lady named Maria that sister gonçalves and I found. But she really isn't too interessed so then we went and tried to visit this lady, Marilene, that Sister Grimes and I found but she wasn't home so we went to a family night :)

Sunday- Geovan came to church!! :D And also Elton's mom who isn't a member. So after church we had lunch at Ruben's (a recent member) where we had to cook because he doesn't know how......then we tried to visit this investigator that lives far away but when we got there they weren't there. :( So we ended up going to Jussara's house haha. While we were there we got a call from the President's assistnet who said that they had to call an emergency transfer and so Sister Martinez will be going to Campo Grande. :( Then President called me and told me about my new companion and how they needed my help with her. But then after like 10 minutes he called again and told us not to do anything until he calls us again.......then we got a call from Elder Leão awho said that they are going to try something else out we will be staying together longer now!!! Haha crazy right!!!! ;)

Sister Emma Marion
Cooking for a new member

Sister Martinez trying to cross a mud hill.