Monday, December 28, 2015

Christ will help our unbelief and raise us up! & Pics only

                                             
(Sister Courtney Smith)
Hey!!! I hope you all had such a great Christmas!!!! This week has been absolutely crazy and I have literally a ton of pictures so I'm going to have to divide it up into days so I can get it all in!! :) It will be fast this week and then I can give more info next week k?! 
Monday: So we actually went to Porto and visited two places really cool! The first place is a really big tower that overlooks all of Porto! You have to climb up sooo many steps!! it is so pretty and the view is amazing! I´ll send the pictures! and then we went to a famous little library here! So this is where J K Rowling got inspired for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies! Sister Barrett loves those books so it was super fun to check it out!! It was beautiful! We also checked out the train station!! 
Tuesday: Fatima!!!!! We love her sooo much! We taught the 10 commandments and she said she´d live all of them :) as well as the law of chastity! She is really progressing! 
Thursday: So Christmas eve is actually more celebrated here than Christmas Day! They have their Christmas dinner on this night instead! But earlier in the day we went to an old home and sang for them some Christmas songs and they loved it!!! Haha it reminded me of Grandma Georges old home!! Then we went over to a members house Sonia and Abel and we ate with the other sisters and some elders in Porto! They had three rounds of food and TONS of desserts! They eat codfish, potatoes, carrots, and an egg! Then just a lot of cake it is called Bolo Rei it´s pretty much like fruit cake, Pão de Ló which is just a regular cake, and a noodle dish that's like rice pudding but with noodles instead! haha and of course chocolate! :) Don't worry I ate very very well this year!!! A couple of our cute members gave us little gifts too! We felt the love!! 
Friday: Woke up and opened our Christmas packages and letters, then we made our selves a Christmas breakfast!! Chocolate chip pancakes with our special white sauce ;) Thank you so much for all of the letters and gifts! We wrote sister Barrett's family and then we went over to Fatimas house for lunch!!! She is so sweet to invite us because it was her family's Christmas lunch! So we met her brothers and her parents! :) They asked us a bunch of questions and we got to explain to them about our church! They even said they´d come by and see how our church is :) Fatima is already a missionary!!! She was totally defending our church and saying there is just something special and different about it! Super cool! Then I got to talk to you guys which was really great!!! I thought I´d be fine because on mothers day I was fine, but I'm not going to lie it's really hard being away from your best friends!! Luckily right after we went over to a less active family's house and they just told us how much they loved us and how much they need us :) Wow it was so neat to feel the spirit so strong! I know that it´s a little bit of a sacrifice right now, but really it's because we are helping our brothers and sisters have more happiness and in the end eternal families!!! I love Julia's family!! They made me feel like I am fulfilling my purpose! 
Saturday: Fatima got a blessing! She has been feeling a lot a pain and so we told her about blessings and she wanted one! Wow it was such a special experience!! She said she felt something inside her that's really good!! We testified that it was the spirit and she was really happy! It was really cool because she still wants more time to study and pray before she commits to a baptism date because she's nervous she will make mistakes after but I was able to share my experience about when I went through the temple and I was a little nervous but that's because of the promise I made. God gave me strength to keep my covenants and I became a better person after I chose to act :) I love the gospel of Jesus Christ! I love my Savior!! She also came to church!
I had such an amazing week! I know that I am here in Portugal for a reason and that I am making a difference in my own way!! :) Read in Mark 9. Shares a story about the Savior and how He can help us if we choose to believe in Him first! He will help our unbelief and raise us up :) He will heal our mistakes and make us strong :) I am so happy for this time of year!! :) Love you guys!!

(Sister Makelle Smith) Just Pics this week!

9 Months too!                                   Best Gift Ever!
   
                               Good Bye Sister Pomponio! Sister Smith Loves You!

Monday, December 21, 2015

1/2 Way! Only 9 Months Left!

9 Months! Hahaha!
(Sister Courtney Smith)
So this week was the week! Half way done with this mission! It was such a weird feeling because it has gone by so fast but yet it just means it's coming closer to an end! But it was such a great week! Sister Barratt and I are really getting into a groove! We are contacting better, teaching better, and we are even speaking better! :) There was a day when we felt a little down but then immediately we saw the blessings that God gives us when we stay faithful! I know that God understands our needs and will bless us when we are humble and willing to do his will!
So we also had our ward Christmas party!!! Haha we did karaoke! oh my goodness it was a riot! The members really got into it! Some of the young men sang backstreet boys! We sang a special hymn of silent night and it was sooooo funny because one of the investigators stood up exactly in front of us and took a picture with a camera that you have to wind up! So Sister Smyth started laughing in her part so we all starting laughing! Fatima and Tomás came!!!! She even made a cake and everything! It's practically like shes part of the family! She came for sacrament meeting as well! :)
It's so fun being here on the mission during Christmas! I always thought it would be hard because I would be away from family but itś really neat how the members really treat you like family and you feel the love like it was your own family! :)
Well I'm just going to send a bunch of pictures and I will be talking to the family this week!!!! I'm so excited :)
Mosiah 23:10 haha sorry its in port. today10 Não obstante, depois de muitas tribulações, o Senhor ouviu meus clamores, e respondeu às minhas orações, e fez de mim um instrumento nas suas mãos, para levar tantos de vós ao conhecimento da sua verdade.
I love how all of the prophets teach and testify of the savior and how he has saved them. I too have this testimony that the Savior is my best friend and helps me every day with my trials! I'm so thankful for this time to celebrate His birth! :) Merry Christmas!! Love you all :)
(Sister Makelle Smith)
Half way there baby!!! This week was so awesome!! Feliz Natal everybody!! I am so happy and excited for this week! We had our Christmas conference with the mission! I got to see Sister Irizarry and Elder Meredith! I missed them so much! We watched some videos and played some games. We also had a white elephant game! I had a lot of fun and it was nice to have a little break!
We found a lot of people this week to teach. I am so grateful for the guidance of God here in the mission. I have been learning how I can use the gift of the Holy Ghost and discernment here in the mission. I have been able just to ask God in my heart if I need to talk to a certain person or to knock a certain door and He answers me every time and when He says yes, usually they accept us to come in!
We found a woman named Dina and her husband passed away recently. She is so so so sad. I don't know how she feels, but I remember parts of my mission when I was sad but I knew God was here for me and there is a bright future. I remember bearing my testimony with power that she has a purpose and it doesn't matter how dark it is, there is always room to find happiness in life!! We invited her to be baptized so she can have an eternal family and she accepted!
I also got to teach a lesson in English to a man named Orlando. He has talked with the sisters before but never wanted to accept a lesson. One day we were so tired we didn't want to do anything so we sat on the corner to rest. Orlando walked up to us and sat down. We started talking to him about the Book or Mormon and Joseph Smith. We grabbed a Book or Mormon and I taught him in English so he could understand better. Sister Pomponio understood everything it was a miracle. At the end he asked me a question I will never forget, "Do you really believe that Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ?" I was able to answer him YES! With my whole heart I believe it. We invited him to read the Book or Mormon and pray, he said he would. The part that hit me the most was that he reminds me so much of my dad he is only 46 years old. I just remember looking into his eyes pleading with him to read and to pray. I thought that if this was my Dad I would do anything for him to accept the gospel. He left and I just started crying. I have seen just how much my testimony has grown.
This week made 9 months half way done!! I am so so so grateful for this mission and for who I have become! God gave me the answer to come here to Brasil, learn another language and be apart of this glorious work. I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who knows me better than I know myself. He really does guide us in our lives, and when we follow Him our faith strengthens in Him every time!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

104 contacts! & So many miracles!

(Sister Makelle Smith)
This week was amazing!! We had our ward Christmas party and it was so sweet!!
They had a tree with all of the names of the people in our ward and our names were up there too! I felt so so special, after the ward gave us a huge box of food for our Christmas feast, we all starting crying because we can really feel the love the ward has for us missionaries! I really feel part of this ward! The past few weeks we have only been teaching Jaira Hugo and Filipe preparing them for baptism so we hadn't had a lot of contacts or new investigators. This week we were able to make 104 contacts!!! So awesome, it made me feel so good that we could talk with literally everyone we saw! We found a ton of people to visit this week! One guy even said "I have always been curious about your church, me and my wife use the family search indexing" like what??? The Lord really is guiding us here and helping us do his work!!
I gave a talk in sacrament meeting using Mosiah 18:8-11 I talked about our baptismal covenants and how really being a disciple of Christ means being a member missionary at ALL times, not just one day a month but everyday trying to help the people in our lives come unto Christ! I know that by serving this mission I am fulfilling my covenant I made with my God. I know that Jesus is my Savior and through Him and His atonement I am clean from my sins. I know that we can feel peace as we plead and work together with God in our lives to be better people everyday. I learned that there is a difference within sin and weakness. Christ never sinned but he did have weaknesses he overcame. I know that because Christ payed for all, HE knows exactly how we feel and exactly how to help us in our trials and temptations. We just need to trust enough in him to follow and obey, then the miraculous power of the atonement will come! I know this to be true with my whole heart! I am learning a lot that I am needing to really forget about myself and get to work in unity! I know that if we forget ourselves the Lord with really use us as instruments in this Life! I love you!!
(Sister Courtney Smith)
Hey!!! So I actually forgot to tell you guys about the temple ground braking! What a blessing it is to be here in the mission! It means that God has many people in store for us to baptise so that they can do their work in the temple when its done being built!!! Well this week was fun! We had a Mexican lunch with a Ranata and her family! It was so great to have something a little bit different! :) Haha but I actually threw up afterwards because my stomach is so sensitive!! whoops!
Anyways As far as investigators Rui and Isabel are progressing and reading the Book of Mormon! We pretty much just had a review lesson about the first and the second just to make sure all their questions were answered. Isabel absolutely loves our lessons and literally lights up when we talk! We bore strong testimony about the atonement of Jesus Christ and thats why hes so important to us! It was really great! Rui was kind of getting up and getting things so we want to have a more calm lesson and mark them next time! Fatima is really progressing!! We taught her the third lesson and she really liked it! We asked her to be baptised and she still is waiting for a firm response, but she hasn't been reading in the Book of Mormon, so we challenged her to read and pray about it with real intent and she said she would. We also invited her to the baptism of Telma the sisters investigator and she came!!!! :) She came right before the last speaker and was able to see it! She also came to church! It was really weird because we ran into her a bunch right before the baptism and I know it was not a coincidence! It was God letting her know that she needed to go! She really likes church and her son Thomas has a ton of friends already and hangs out at one of our members house! The baptism was so pretty though! Telma was so happy to be making the decision to follow Christ especially because it took her a lot of faith to stop smoking! :)
Well the last miracle of the week is that we finally got to teach one of our investigators named Rosa! It had been forever since we taught the first lesson! She has depression and has to got to the doctor a lot so we haven't been able to pass by a whole lot! Well we went back and she said she had read until Alma 42!!! :) Soooo cool! So she literally reads every day! She said that this book is very different and that it brings a peace to the soul! :) She even says she likes it more than the Bible! And she knows the Bible inside and out! :) I love the mission because it shows all of the little miracles that we see during our week! Well I know that we are doing our Fathers work and preparing the people to go through the temple!!
Oh yeah random fun fact Sister Rovig let me know that two of our recent converts are actually dating!! :) yay!! Isaura and Denis are such a cute couple and both have great standards!! :) I'll send a pic! Anyways love you all!! 2 Nephi 22:2

Thursday, December 10, 2015

(Sister Courtney Smith)
Hey family! So this week is going to actually be a little shorter because I don't have much time to write! But some cool things happened this week that i really like to share!! So we've really been looking forward to working hard and finding new people to teach! It was kind of crazy because on Tuesday one of our lessons fell through because he had a doctors appointment and we had a little time in the area so we prayed that God would lead us to people who needed to hear our message! well we knocked every door on the street and we ran into a couple that are members of a church that is very similar to ours and we taught them of the restoration and said a prayer and the wife started crying! They want us to go back this week! We also met a woman named Monica and her mom and we also taught the first lesson and we asked her how she felt and she said just very calm relaxed and safe! She originally said she didn't have time to talk to us but then she invited us to come visit her every week and to meet her husband!!! The power of the spirit is real! We also taught a woman named Susana and her daughter Beatrize the first lesson and we asked how they felt after and she said she didn't have words to describe how she felt!  We asked if she felt good? and she said yes but it wasn't in a way that she could describe! Because she felt something so different! We asked peace? and she said yes but different! We testified that that was the holy ghost speaking to her! Wow We hit our goal of 6 new investigators!!!! God was helping us this week for sure! The power that the gospel has is so unique and special it really changes lives :) Also We taught Fatima with one of our members and their sons are actually best friends at school so it was an instant connection! we taught he about keeping the sabbath day holy! and she accepted the invite to come to church with us again! She came!!!!!! :) We have plans to mark her and Rui and Isabel this week for baptism!! Can I hear Christmas miracle? :) Well I love you guys and I hope you have a great week!!! p.s. read the chapter 13 and 14 in Mosiah!!! Our Savior was prophesied before he was born :)
(Sister Makelle Smith)
This week was so amazing!! Filipe was baptized that for sure was the highlight!
Filipe is such a good example to me of how to walk in faith! We had his interview and he said he didn't have a solid testimony of Joseph Smith so we sang Josephs first prayer and he said he really felt the spirit. He then that night prayed read the restoration pamphlet and the Book of Mormon prayed and then prayed again. He said in his last prayer God gave him a very strong feeling he had never had before and he said he knew it was his answer! We called him the next day and he screamed - consegui testemunho!! We were all screaming of Joy! He was ready and prepared, he wants to serve God with all of his heart, really Filipe is a Young man I will never forget, I am so grateful to have been apart of his conversion to the true church of Christ! This week we had zone conference and they asked me to give a 20 min training in front of everyone, and I was so so scared! But in the end we planned everything out had a fun game and it all worked out! Thankfully God gave me the courage to get up there, for my first training it went well, now I know for next time as well! At the end of the week i was talking with the sisters here and how at the beginning of my mission I felt like I was a horrible missionary and I didn't do anything right. And they helped me recognize my strengths and gifts. I felt so much love for the Lord and for all of the things I have passed here, seriously I feel like I have just improved so much and my testimony is so much stronger. Without this mission I wouldn't know the savior as well as I do now! I know this mission is changing me into the person God wants me to be! I am so HAPPY to be serving and helping the people here find testimonies of their own of this Gospel!
Alma 36:24 I want the people here in Brazil to feel the joy that this gospel can bring!:)

Monday, November 30, 2015

Just Love & So So Thankful!

(Sister Courtney Smith)
Well another week already flown by!!! I cant even tell you how fast the weeks are flying! This week has been kind of funny because our house is actually getting painted! Finally, it is kind of run down! So we've been having to do studies at the church!
I will first start out with our lesson with Ruí, Isabel, and Augusto! Ruí promised us that he would make us brownies with his bimby machine and so he greeted us at the door with some nice brownies! Then we sat down and they didn't even want to chat that much they really just wanted to hear our message! So we taught them the Plan of Salvation! WOW! I remember just sitting down and getting the chills!!!!! The spirit is so strong in that house! It was such a great feeling to teach that lesson with such love and testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ! That's why we call him our Savior or in Portuguese its Salvador. Eu sei que nosso Salvador vive! We bore power testimony with tears in our eyes and they were just so attentive the entire lesson! Isabel even started crying! :) I LOVE this family!!! I know that they will be baptised one day! We are moving slow with them but we are actually teaching them tonight so I will update next week about asking them to be baptised!! :)
We are really excited about them! We also taught Fatima about temples and she really liked it! One of our members who's going to Japan on his mission just went through the temple and when he bore testimony the spirit was there and she knew that it was very sincere!
Thanksgiving was a complete blast!!! We have a family in our ward who the dad is Portuguese and the mom is Polish! They told us last year they made the turkey and they didn't drain it or clean it so when they cut it to serve to the elders blood went all over their white shirts!!! :) Too funny! But she actually did a great job! We had turkey, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, and apple pie with vanilla ice cream!!! We walked home stuffed!!! They also were playing just dance as a family and we did a dance with them before we left to a meeting :) It was a really great thanksgiving!!! :) Another miracle we saw was we have a firm goal of contacting/inviting 50 people every day to either assist church with us or hear a message about the restoration. We were in a rut and then one day we were dedicated and we just talked to every one we saw! We were passing one guy and he almost got away but I decided to stop him, well I said Hi we are missionaries for the church of Jesus Christ and he said Oh you are them! and we said yes we are with big smiles :) he said my wife always talks about how much she loves you! We said who is she and he said Virginia! She is one of our investigators we've been teaching for a while! We had been wanting to meet her husband for forever!!!!! But he literally works all week and is home for a half a day and is back on the road! But we met him!!! He is way nice and wants to talk to us next week! It may not seem to big but it showed us God puts people in our pathway when we are dedicated! :) My testimony has been growing a ton! Ive been doing a lot more in depth studies in the bible, omg we just had some crazy contacts with people who know the bible inside and out and wow I've just been getting so frustrated because a lot of people like to accept false doctrine! And sadly the bible wasn't translated perfectly and like we know a lot of plain and simple truths have been taken out! One day we had these long conversations with people accusing us that we don't follow the bible exactly, how we aren't allowed to pass out cards with Jesus on them, or even celebrate Christmas!! I got kind of frustrated and one morning I decided dedicating my time to how I could contact with the spirit so that those ready to accept the gospel would recognize we are servants of the Lord! The biggest and clearest response was just LOVE!!!!!!!! I just starting crying because I think we all know that deep down we just need to show love to others like Christ did. He was so selfless and just helped people! John 13:34 That's what he asks of us to do!!! Love Others!!! Challenge of the week: Be more conscious of how much love you are showing towards others!! :) Its a good self check! I know that all God wants us to do and the spirit will stay with us! After I did that even when we ran into people who wanted to pick fights we just showed the love and they ended up taking our convite and were happy :) Our example means more that we think!
(Sister Makelle Smith)
Wow this week was so great!! I am literally so so grateful to be here in Imbituba! The highlight of the week for sure was the baptism of Jaira and Hugo, they are so very special and ready for baptism!! We were talking about the plan of salvation and Jaira said yeah the celestial kingdom I don't know about you but I am going there! Haha it was so sweet to witness their special day! We sang my favorite hymn at the end Joseph's first prayer and there was a line that stuck out to me! o eterno guirà os passos seus, translation the eternal god will guide your steps! Wow I felt the spirit hit me so hard that God really is guiding me in my life and I am really feeling his blessings!
Filipe is progressing and loves the gospel, he will be baptized this week, this area is blessed! I asked him Filipe why do you want to be baptized and he said, clearly because without baptism I wont enter in the celestial kingdom, then he said I need to go to church every Sunday because after I get the priesthood I will bless it and help the church, the church needs me, wow this kid is so ready and prepared for the gospel, he wants to serve a mission in the states and learn English!!
The sisters and ward here are great and the views are fantastic, honestly I have nothing else to say but that I am truly grateful!!:) I love this gospel I know with out a doubt in my mind it is true, this work is so real and i am apart of helping others come unto Christ!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

8 month mark!

(Sister Courtney Smith)
Hey peeps! So this week it was Sister Barrett's turn to be sick!!! It was so sad!! But she actually got it worse than I did! They call it `gripe´. But she´s doing a lot better :)
I forgot to tell you about an activity that we had last week!! So they have a holiday here called São Domingos or something like that and they pretty much just roast castanhas which are chestnuts :) We literally were just eating for an hour! They are great! We also met a really cool girl named Filipa! We also had Manuel a different investigator there! Well last pday was pretty fun!
We got together with a bunch of missionaries in the north and we played football and soccer! I realized that I´m actually decent at soccer!! :) I actually really love this area, the members and the missionaries! I´m just feeling really blessed to be surrounded by so many great people!
My sister training leader Sister Schill is going home tomorrow! So we took a picture like it was her funeral!! its a little blurry but it was way funny! She trained my trainer so she´s technically my grandma!! Weird how time is flying by! I hit my 8 month mark!!! weird!
We ended up teaching Filipa later that night and it was an amazing lesson! I remember praying as we were walking to her house that I would be able to teach with the spirit and power so that they could understand our message! Especially because Sister Barrett was loosing her voice that night! It was one of the most powerful lessons I´ve taught so far! The spirit was so strong and they want us to come back and teach them more! It started out weird because they are not really religious and don´t believe much, but when we left they told us thank you for helping them understand and they genuinely want to read the Book of Mormon to find out if it is true :) I know the spirit was for sure teaching them! We left with sooo much happiness! We are excited to go back tomorrow night!
Unfortunately we had to stay in for a couple days because sister Barrett couldn´t talk and we so sick! I was able to study the bible a ton! What a blessing it is to know that our church not only follows the bible but we have another testament plus modern day revelation!!! We met with a member of a different faith and she was talking about what they believe and how the bible is word for word what we need to follow and it was very interesting to hear their point of view and opinion on the doctrine of Christ! But it was very sad because we asked her more specific questions and she said unfortunately we don't know because God hasn´t revealed them! And we said he has through a prophet in our day and age :) It was such a beautiful moment to share why it is so important we have a modern day prophet who talks with God and is able to reveal more information that we need to know! We have the eternal gospel in our lives!!! How blessed our we!!! I was able to read in JSH and it was neat to hear the same story we explain in Portuguese every day in English and how it really is because of that one prayer a young boy had God was able to give his children more light and an opportunity to know more truth :) Read his story this week if you have time!!!
We also had a cool night on Saturday! So we are teaching a really great family and they actually know a family in our ward, well the family Lindezas invited us all over to their house for dinner and we watched meet the Mormon's with them!!! :) The spirit was sooo strong! Members help hasten the work with more love! We are hoping to mark them for baptism in the next couple of weeks!!
Sunday was great it was the primary program and the children were sooooo cute singing little songs in Portuguese like follow the prophet and trying to be like Jesus! :) Well this is the first day of a new transfer! And we are all staying!! :) We are way excited to all stay together for the holidays!! Well that's it for this week! I know this is Gods kingdom established on the earth and we are apart of bringing more joy to the world with good news! I am soooo thankful to be here!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!!
(Sister Makelle Smith)
Imbtuba!!! I am loving it here! The weather is so nice, and there is always a view of the beach!! This area is so nice! When I got here I only heard the Imbtuba is hard and everyone leaves here depressed. But this past week I have seen nothing but literal miracles, I am so so happy! We have been finding new people to teach and have been making a lot of contacts! Two investigators Jaira and Hugo are one date for next week to be baptized!:) They are my favorite, Jaira and her mom Zumilde crack me up they are the funniest people I have met here in Brazil. The mom doesn't have a whole lot of interest, but they are really nice. They always stare at me because I have green eyes. Everyone says I look like a doll haha kinda weird!
Literally the people here are crazy! They act very strange, there is something in the water here! Our other investigator Felipe will be baptized the 12 of December. His mother in law is a member and he was introduced to the gospel about 2 months ago. Everyone loves him. It was neat he said I stopped believing in Christ but when I went to church I felt really happy. We invited him to be baptized on the 26 of December and he said no!!! And we asked why he said, I want to be baptized like NOW! Haha wow I will never forget that moment, he is so excited to get baptized and go to the temple with his Mom!!
Miracles are happening and I am so blessed to have been called to serve in this area!! My companion is awesome she is such a great teacher and we both are wanted to be better. She pushes me to make higher goals and to have higher expectations that I have for myself, but I know that literally anything is possible if we have faith in Jesus Christ!! Nephi 3:7 ❤

Monday, November 16, 2015

Transfer to Imituba, Tubarao (shark)! & Sick again :(

(Sister Makelle Smith)
I have been transferred!! I am in Imituba, Tubarao(shark) haha that is exactly what city I need to be in. If anyone knew me they would know I hate sharks, but I really do think I will love it here! I am living with 4 Brazilians I really hope my Portuguese to be better this transfer! My new companion is sister Pomponio from Brazil! She is super nice and she has 4 months here in the mission! I am the sister training leader here in the area. I am so excited for this new area and for this opportunity to change and be a better missionary! I have been learning a lot about my purpose here as a missionary and why God gave me the impression to come. I really think it is because I know through the things that are happening here and for the trials I am having, I know that I am a better daughter of my heavenly father, and I am a better follower of our savior Jesus Christ!
(Sister Courtney Smith)
So it´s been kind of a slower week just because I actually got sick again! Wow I guess I have a really weak immune system! So the end of the week was very lame because we had to stay in the house but the beginning was really great :) So last P-day Sister Barratt and I cooked all day so we could have Cafe Rio salads on her Birthday on Tuesday! Lets just say I´m learning how to cook a lot better here on the mish. I totally made the meat and it turned out great :) I´ll send pictures. Tuesday after our district meeting we celebrated sister Barrett's Bday! The other sisters made brownies and the Elders brought cookies! It was a blast :) But sadly later that night we visited two families who have cats and smoke so my lungs got all puffy and started burning. Then the next day I had the flu :( We were able to teach a couple of our investigators but other than that we didn´t get to leave the house! I´ve really been thinking about a couple of things 1. The Plan of Salvation is literally our purpose. Once we know about the plan of God we immediately have peace and happiness because our minds are enlightened. Commandments are to help us achieve Eternal Life. That why we have them Alma 12:32. They are to help us live our lives worthily so we are able to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus again. :) 2. With all of the news about the bombings and shootings everyone here is very worried with how the world is just bad. They just are drooping around in the world literally! It´s crazy how Satan uses things like this to put fear in the hearts of men and to blind them from the truth. But there's a scripture in 2 Nephi 2:11 it explains how it´s necessary that there is an opposition in all things. This gave me a lot of peace and it makes sense. God created all things. So there has to be bad so that we can know the good. So when there is a lot of bad, according to the laws of creation, it has to mean that there is a lot of good too :)  That joy comes from the gospel of Jesus Christ :) What a blessing for those who know and have chosen to follow him :) That's why i´m so happy i´m here to spread not only good news but help them find eternal happiness! :) Oh yeah Jorge from Viseu an older man I marked for baptism my last day got baptised the other week!!!! I´ll send a picture! Well love you all!! Have a good week :)