Saturday, April 5, 2014

Brazil: Week 7 - Be a representative of Christ all week long, not just on Sundays

Well, lets just say, having two Americans is EXTREMELY hilarious! With Brazilians being American is sometimes really good and sometimes its really bad.... I will just leave it at that. 

Anyways, I absolutely LOVE my companion! Sister Kimbrell is from North Carolina and has a southern accent when she speaks english! SO COOL! She arrived in Brasil in November (I found out there are only about 10 American sisters here!) We speak in Portuguese all day, every day, and after 9:30 pm we speak in English. Surprisingly we are really good at never speaking english! Sometimes we forget how to speak English when 9:30 rolls around so we end up still speaking Portuguese!

 Our area is enormous! It covers the east part of Jaú and 3 other cities.(we hardly ever go to those other cities because it takes about 30-40 minutes by bus and we also dont have money to go there) The thing thats been really hard for me so far is that Jaú is really different from Americana, people use different words, different phrases, people are rich so they arent always the nicest.......(this area has only had missionaries for 20 years) , its a BRANCH, and most days there is literally NO ONE in the streets to do contacts. (One day, I will take a video of how quiet the streets are). But, I love it here! Especially since Jaú is the capital for womens shoes :) 

There are definitely people here ready to hear the gospel and they have real intent to learn and they just feast upon the words of Christ. It is really fantastic to see. We had three new investigators (S1., J. and S2. this week and two of them were a reference from a convert that got baptized in January (He has been reading the Book of Mormon everyday and is already in Ether! He is amazing!) They have amazing questions and J. has already read all of 1st Nephi in one week and he was asking us questions about it! AWESOME! 

Our mission president, President Canuto, spoke yesterday at our Branch Conference and he talked about our baptismal covenant. When we get baptized we covenant that we will take upon the name of Jesus Christ, always remember Him, and keep His commandments. He focused on taking upon the name of Jesus Christ and being true representatives of Jesus Christ. Its not just a Sunday thing! We need to be representatives all week long, which includes VT and Home teaching, GOING OUT WITH THE MISSIONARIES, going to the temple etc. I know that sometimes life gets busy but we need to remember where our priorities are, I think I read about this in a conference talk by Henry B. Eyring this week... anyways, I know that when you put God first it definitely wont be easy but it will be worth it. The blessings will be immense! 

love you! Have an amazing week serving the Lord!

Sister Keeler

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