Okay, so I took a few more pics in the last few hours. Thought they were fun. The one with the guy is some guy we met while i was taking a pic by the bycicling men. He's from London, came in today and has been a convert for ONE YEAR. He told us about how a year ago his parents wouldn't let him join the church and so on his 18th birthday, he got baptized because he knew it was true and his family pretty much disowned him. But I guess they came around and although they aren't happy that he's going on a mission, they're stoked that he's going to Australia. Just thought that was cool. I love hearing convert stories. Also I saw sister Vig the other day, and she told me that her family is taking discussions and are wanting to get baptized now.
Oh! And I saw steven austin the other day. He works at the MTC security. Crazy right?? What a small world this is!!! Also, I get to call you when I leave the MTC, so that will be in about a month. WOO! I tell you what!! Missionary Training Center is SO FULL. I joined the choir so that I could be at all the devotionals. There are so many people that they can't fit everyone in the auditorium anymore. Did you know that 48% of the missionaries right now are girls? And we get guest speakers for Relief Society. The other week, Sister Janice Kapp Perrry was the speaker. It was kinda cool.
It really sucks though because since we're not supposed to be here, we have to be up and ready at 6. E Nao Chiqui. Chiqui (pronounced... shee-kee) is my favorite word in portugues. It basically means classy. I also like "Legal" (pronounced... leg-ow!). Anyways. I can't really think of anything else. Oh, also my companion got really sick this weekend.. like throwing up sick, and you know how I am, but I'm being super obedient to the handbook and really sticking close to her, even if it's super hard for me, because "obedience brings blessings. strict obedience brings miracles." And boy could we all use miracles!!! Portuguese is so hard, but I love it. I love it. I love it. I love it. I can't believe I've already been here about two weeks. The first day felt like a thousand years. Anyways, the date that I'm scheduled to come home is "November 18, 2014". So mark your calendars. It's coming up. haha. just kidding. Well tchau for now!
Beleza Minha Famila Bonitinha!
So far, everything is so so so so great! I love the MTC so much! It really is something that I think everyone should experience, and I am so glad that more girls get to experience this now. It really is a place of miracles and proof of God's love for us. So last Tuesday night we had devotional, it was so good and then some! We sang come thou fount of every blessing and then PRESIDENT NELSON was our devo speaker. He's all awesome and stuff. Afterwards, I waved goodbye to him as he was driving away, he saw me and waved back. SCORE!
Other news. Remember Vasco, my first pesquisador? Well, he's totes my new teacher. And he's so cool. It's really hard understanding his portuguese because he served in portugal, but he's like..cool. We couldn't get "Vasco" to get baptized, BUT he told us he would read the Book of Mormon. I don't think he understood what the spirit felt like, and its hard to explain it in English! Try doing that in Porchie! Our other teacher, Irmao Olsen is hilarious. The elders spend the entire time pranking him and it is so funny. Like the Elders drop spoons in his pocket when he's not looking and he's like.. what the? and our zone leader always makes chirping noises and then our teacher thinks it's elder brooks, who naturally looks like a mischievious elder.
I signed the papers yesterday for my visa. Me and Elder Ruiz had to sign them again because we're both in the Miami consolate. He's from southern florida, so he's in the same boat as me. 2 girls got their visas last night in the middle of the night. it was super awesome... but iwas so tired and couldn't stop hearing the screaming. But it's so awesome. There are so many miraculous things that happen here.
A few weeks ago, Sister Williams who is going to portugal got viral meningitus, and has needed a wheelchair. Last week, she hasn't really been able to move, but by the end of the week, with the help of elders and sisters in her district, she has been able to walk up the stairs and into her classroom. I want to cry every time I see her walking up the stairs. She's a real trooper.
On Sunday I heard this hilarious devotional from this old lady who served her mission a million years ago in the Phillippines. She was so funny. She was telling the elders that if they go bald, its okay, the angels keep their hair in little sacs, so theyll get it back in the next life. So dad, there's still hope for you. She also said people who didn't accept the plan of happiness are NOBODIES. get it? i almost fell out of my chair when she said that. i'm so excited to get mail. My companion is from provo, so she gets packages every day from her family. .. i know right? i've gotten like... 3 letters.
YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. as for the rest of you. get writing. Yesterday, my teacher, imao olsen was the investigator,. Super funny. He prayed really funny, and I guess that's how people pray in brazil. as for the visa. I've been praying about it, and I keep getting this feeling that says something like, "i will show unto you a miracle," and that there is someone in Goiania who is waiting for me. So that's kind of reaassuring. My companion is so funny. She' s like... SUPER UTAH, if you know what i mean. anyways, she's afraid to eat things in the cafeteria. I can't even imagine what shock it will be going to brazil. I went to the temple today. It was awesome. I love the temple... so much. Anyways, love you guys, I'll send more pics tonight, and maybe another email later if i have time.