Tuesday, August 8, 2017

the faith of campo bom

OI FAMILIA

This week was great! Sister Pedrosa and I went to the airport and we got to welcome the new missionaries to the mission! It was SICK! There is a sister missionary from Texas that arrived! We also had a fancy dinner at the President's house that was FANCY and the food was SO GOOD! President Campos' daughter tried to teach me how to samba but it didn't go very well. ITS A GOOD THING YOU DON'T HAVE TO DANCE WELL TO BE A GOOD MISSIONARY! 

Then we got back to good 'ol Campo Bom and started a whirlwind of work to to find and visit and follow-up with everybody. We're teaching a girl named Alexia who is 13! She's so sweet and she plays basketball! Her friend (a recent convert) brought her to church a few weeks back and we've been teaching her! If all goes well she'll be baptized next Sunday!

So this was Sister Pedrosa's first time going to church here in Campo Bom...and LEMME TELL YOU the first time can just give you a bit of a fright. Lemme tell you why (if I've already said this in other emails I forgot so you'll just get to hear it again) First off- we meet in a falling apart old blue house that has cracks in the walls and despite all the cleaning never gets clean, sacrament meeting is held in the garage and if it's raining hard enough it rains INSIDE the sacrament room and if it gets quiet enough you can hear the rats running in the ceiling. Also NO ONE can sing the hymns. If you guys can imagine an out-of-tune choir, imagine it and then make it ten times worse. Once an investigator said to us "in your church the hymns are REALLY different" with a nauseated look in her face. Don't worry, she got baptized later. Anyway the classes, well they could use a bit of help. One time we had a HEATED debate in Relief Society and a talk about Satan and his angels in Gospel Principles,  and when the class was about repentance but we just talked about temptations. BUT despite it all, the Spirit is really strong, the members here have SO MUCH FAITH. It's amazing to see! For the last few weeks our sacrament meeting attendance has been better than some of the wards in the stake! AND THE BEST NEWS IS we're getting a new meeting house! Hopefully before I leave it'll be all ready!

quote of the week
member- "Sister, I was studying English this week and learned that in English 2 d's make an r sound"
me- "Portuguese is much easier, isn't it?"

A day later I realized that 2 d's don't make an r sound. 

love you guys

Sister Jolley

transfers

THIS WEEK WAS PRETTY COOL! We spent half the week in POA and the other half here in good ol' Campo Bom. Sister Hannah and I went to the temple with the other missionaries that are headed home on Tuesday with President and Sister Campos. While we were in the waiting room one of the helper ladies asked my comp where we were serving and she said "Campo Bom" and jokingly added that the field is white here and then the helper lady said "are you guys having a frost in Campo Bom?" and I mean it's kinda funny and I gave a little chuckle but Sister Campos LOST IT laughing until she sat down. She laughed so hard, she just cried and watching her laughing was so funny that we both ended up laughing and laughing and laughing and all the helper ladies were trying to shush us but it was a lost cause. And then during the session I ended up with a really bad case of hiccups that just got louder and louder and everyone was stifling their laughter and once again I felt grateful for all the times in Sacrament meeting I learned how to not laugh! Probably one of the most memorable temple sessions EVER. LOLZ.

So Sister Hannah's family came to pick her up which was really cool! It's funny how crazy everyone gets about Americans and American candy! My new comp is SISTER PEDROSA from SERGIPE! She's on her last transfer so I'll be sending another one home! 


This week I had the opportunity to teach a really special lesson to Napoleon's sister and her husband. We've been working with them for a bit and they have a baptismal date marked but they were getting ready to sorta give up and wanted us to come back when their life was easier. HAHA people life isn't gonna get easier. As I sat in the lesson searching for the right things to say I learned a lot about faith and the commandments. This couple, they know the church is true. They've received an answer, actually a few answers, that they need to get baptized but they don't have the faith to do it. They can't see the blessings that they will have if the keep the commandments and don't have enough faith to try. During the lesson I felt a little bit like how I imagine parents feel. They can see things that their kids can't see, and they understand things that their kids don't understand, but lotsa times the kids don't do what their parents counsel them to do. It was a frustrating experience but something finally went right because THEY WENT TO CHURCH YESTERDAY and LOVED IT, AGAIN. Hopefully you'll be getting their wedding pictures in a month! 

line of the week
Recent convert who is 79 - "If you don't love our church, you don't love Jesus"
It was killer one in our Gospel Principles class! She was trying to convince an investigator to get baptized. LOLZ

Have a great week

love,
Sister Jolley

little miracles

Hi Family!

This week was amazing as usual! We had a mission tour with Elder Aidukaitis, who will become the president of the Brazil area on the first of August. It was really great and I learned a lot about what I need to do to be a better missionary. He talked about the importance of goals and trying to reach them. He said something that I'll try and translate into English, "it's better to set a goal to reach the stars and end up on your roof than set a goal to get on your roof and end up just reaching the dumpster." I'm not sure if it makes that much sense in English but he was trying to say that it's better to set high goals and not reach them than set low goals and reach them because only by trying will you start to reach your potential. 


We had another wedding! and the speaker wasn't working so yours truly played the music when the bride walked in, so it was just me and my inspiration. Afterwards the Branch President told me he loved it. LOLZ So that was on Friday and she was baptized on Saturday in really COLD WATER. People the water was so cold that I could hardly put my hand in it, but Cintia was a trooper and GOT BAPTIZED and it was so wonderful. Her family came from Novo Hamburgo and Caxias which was really cool and really special. Her husband should be getting baptized in a few weeks! 



On Sunday I saw a lot of little miracles. Napoleon passed the sacrament for the first time and another recent convert went to church with a white shirt and tie and another for the first time using a skirt. It was so special to see them sitting there all dressed in their Sunday best ready to worship God. It's miraculous to see the changes that God makes in our lives. 

This week we're going to be giving a lot of training and we're gonna go to the TEMPLE!!!  which will be amazing! 

Read your scriptures
Say your prayers
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM

love
Sister Jolley