Monday, March 31, 2014

March 17

Well another transfer came and went and I am now in Jardim Guarembara. I was so sad to leave all my dear friends in CNC but...that´s the mission. I am going to miss Sister Fernelius SOOOOOOO much! She´s incredible.
I will receive a new missionary to train tomorrow morning who´s coming from São Paulo. I´m so excited to train again because I always learn so much! It´s going to be great. I´m also a little nervous because I`m opening the area and one. I have only been here about an hour so I don´t know much about the area. It´s a LOT more urban than my last area and it will be a fun change! I´ve heard great things about the ward and the area and I´m really excited!
This last week was lovely! I could kind of feel that I was going to be transferred because everything started going perfectly and I was having the time of my life. That´s the mission for ya!
We saw some amazing miracles. We brought a less active family to church for the second week in a row. They came back to church! The wife is going to be called as a teacher in the Relief Society! It was such an amazing miracle that I never ever thought would happen. We got to talk to some of their other family members that night after church and hearing their gratitude was the most rewarding feeling in the world. Our sweet Raquel just gets sweeter everyday. She´s a ballerina, professional singer, author and artist and the happiest, sweetest person I´ve ever met. She is just eating up the Livro de Mórmon, like reading 6 chapters a day and she will be baptized here soon. It was so sad to leave her! You should all look her up! She told us she has a bunch of youtube videos. Her name is Raquel Sá. 
In other happy news, I got a very, very happý email from Sister Hunter in good ol´ Denver that the dad of a family we found knocking doors and started teaching was FINALLY baptized! Congratulations Randy!! 
I love being a missionary and knowing that we´re all on the same team.
I don´t really have much more to say but I´ll keep you updated next week when I know more about my companion and the area and the investigators. I love you all soooo much! 
Here´s my life applicable gospel thought for the week from Richard G Scott in 1995. 

This life is an experience in profound trust—trust in Jesus Christ, trust in His teachings, trust in our capacity as led by the Holy Spirit to obey those teachings for happiness now and for a purposeful, supremely happy eternal existence. To trust means to obey willingly without knowing the end from the beginning (see Prov. 3:5–7). To produce fruit, your trust in the Lord must be more powerful and enduring than your confidence in your own personal feelings and experience.
To exercise faith is to trust that the Lord knows what He is doing with you and that He can accomplish it for your eternal good even though you cannot understand how He can possibly do it. 
I´ve been given more opportunities to trust in the Lord than I thought was possible. I am so grateful for eveyone of those opportunities. It´s always so much easier to look back and see the hand of the Lord in it all. Let´s all try a little better to have the same faith in the Lord that we have in the middle of the trial as we doa t the end. I love you!

Sister Brown

ps-Dad, thanks for you advice it was exactly what I needed to hear!

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