Thursday, May 7, 2015
After a crazy flight I am finally home! ( my plane broke down in Atlanta and got delayed for 3 hours...... so, technically I came home on Wednesday! ) It is so awesome to be back but completely weird. There is not one day, not even one moment, that I don't think about Brasil. I miss the mission and I miss Brasil so much that it literally hurts sometimes. But, I know that I have a new mission now and I am so excited for it!
Sister Aubrey Keeler, the RM
Monday, April 27, 2015
So, this week did not go as I thought it would..... I had to stay inside all week taking care of my extremely sick companion. She got sick with dengue and thankfully is a lot better now.
To honor my last email as a missionary, I wrote down 15 things that I learned during my mission (of course I have more than just eighteen but I narrowed it down to 15.)
1. I learned how to feel Gods love that He has for ALL of his children
2. not to be afraid of anything
3. what faith really means and how it can change lives
4. how to really pray
5. real patience
6. how to be confident in myself
7. how to really study the scriptures
8. trust in the Lord in ALL things
9. importance and sacredness and enabling power of the sacrament
10. the meaning of charity
11. real happiness
12. how the gospel of Jesus Christ blesses lives
13. power of the priesthood
14. how God speaks to me
15. how to be the person that Gods knows i can be
Monday, April 20, 2015
So, this week is officially my last full week working as a missionary. Weird, huh? I cant believe its come to an end! I feel like I have been here for ages but at the same time I feel like its only been a couple weeks. Last Tuesday I had my last multizona where I gave my last testimony. And, surprisingly, I didnt cry! I think it was either 1, because I tried REALLY hard not to cry or 2. it doesnt even feel like I am leaving. wow. My body is seriously starting to break down. I have to walk slow sometimes because I am just too tired. I think thats what I get for going turbo speed my whole mission :)
Sorry, this is a really short email. We had less time on the internet this week because we took a trip to Poços! But Have a great week and keep on keeping on!!
Te amo! Saudades!
Monday, April 13, 2015
The other day we visited this less active that has started to take the JW lessons and she was
talking nonspot about things that did not make sense and about how she is so confused with all of this contrary doctrine in her head. I listened.....and listened... and as i was listening i was praying, asking heavenly father to help me know what to say. At that exact moment the spirit told me exactly what i needed to do and i did it. I did something that I would never even think of doing before my mission.
I cut her off, told her to go get her book of mormon, marked 5 chapters that she needed to read and told her with an extremely firm voice in the clearest way possible the basics of the gospel. God is our Heavenly Father. He has a son, Jesus Crist, who is our Savior. All other doctrine is wrong etc. the whole time she didnt even blink..... neither did my companion! ha. I ended the lesson and said a kneeling prayer. and then we left. Afterwards my companion was like, wow. that was incredible. you are a really good missionary. I laughed and then looked at her and said, that wasnt me. that was completely the spirit. I would never have done something so bold in my entire life.
That is when I relized that I have changed. I have truly changed who I am as a person. I am not the same person that I was before I came to Brasil. I am different. A lot more confident. Not scared of doing anything. and definitely, a lot more in tune with the spirit. little by little my will has become closer to Heavenly Fathers will and because of this I am a little closer to the person He needs and knows I can be.
One of the things that I wanted to have happen on my mission was to change and to notice the change and to also know how i can change after my missoin. I have definitely changed and finally, I know exactly how I can continue changing which is the most important part.
I love the mission but I know now, that I am ready to come home. I have done what He needed me to do, now He has other plans for me.