Thursday, December 29, 2016

RE: what a christmas present

So good to hear from you!  Your vid was posted on Facebook.  Glad to see you are doing well and I can't believe you'll be home soon!  What?!  Anyway, I wish our family could be at your homecoming, but we're going to be there for Zak's wedding and don't have the moolah to do that again a month or two later.  Keep up the good work and finish strong!  Love ya tons! … you are still in all of our prayers. 😉

 

 

 

what. i was transfered. literally what is this. SIX WEEKS IN JARDIM DO HORTO AND IM LEAVING WHAT THE HECK PRES.

ok. I'm sure theres some wise purpose in all of this. Also I'm not fancy enough to stay in this fancy area I'm heading to an area thats like all the others I've worked in so thats ok. Also the neighboring area is MY CHILD SISTER GANUZA im very ok with that very much i will see her all the time this is great. 

what else happened this week? skype happened. so like. my family knows im alive

they complained that i never say my companions name ITS BECAUSE IT CHANGES SO FAST I FORGET LITERALLY IN 15 MONTHS I HAVE HAD 14 COMPANIONS so yeah but my new companion is Sister Rocha which means rock so thats cool. I think she's from São Paulo but im not sure i dont remember but tomorrow when i meet up with her I'll ask ne? yeah. it'll be a good time..

literally i dont know what else to say like you know what happened this week NOTHING because there were a million things to do so we didnt work

EXCEPT THAT WE DID BECAUSE CELIA GOT BAPTIZED AND THAT WAS SUPER COOL. she was so excited!! her husband is inactive, right? and he's always like "well my filosofia is different now so i wont go to church" but then he comes because celia is coming and its hilarious because very clearly she is his weak spot. also he's coming around. he was super excited for her baptism but didnt want to admit it hehehe

yeah thats basically my life i guess idk emailing after skype is always super hard love you all i promise i just used all my words yesterday with my family

Monday, December 26, 2016

what a christmas present

what. i was transfered. literally what is this. SIX WEEKS IN JARDIM DO HORTO AND IM LEAVING WHAT THE HECK PRES.

ok. I'm sure theres some wise purpose in all of this. Also I'm not fancy enough to stay in this fancy area I'm heading to an area thats like all the others I've worked in so thats ok. Also the neighboring area is MY CHILD SISTER GANUZA im very ok with that very much i will see her all the time this is great. 

what else happened this week? skype happened. so like. my family knows im alive

they complained that i never say my companions name ITS BECAUSE IT CHANGES SO FAST I FORGET LITERALLY IN 15 MONTHS I HAVE HAD 14 COMPANIONS so yeah but my new companion is Sister Rocha which means rock so thats cool. I think she's from São Paulo but im not sure i dont remember but tomorrow when i meet up with her I'll ask ne? yeah. it'll be a good time..

literally i dont know what else to say like you know what happened this week NOTHING because there were a million things to do so we didnt work

EXCEPT THAT WE DID BECAUSE CELIA GOT BAPTIZED AND THAT WAS SUPER COOL. she was so excited!! her husband is inactive, right? and he's always like "well my filosofia is different now so i wont go to church" but then he comes because celia is coming and its hilarious because very clearly she is his weak spot. also he's coming around. he was super excited for her baptism but didnt want to admit it hehehe

yeah thats basically my life i guess idk emailing after skype is always super hard love you all i promise i just used all my words yesterday with my family

Monday, December 19, 2016

a less spiritual kind of email

oh my goodness. why. literally. why.

I'm literally still so embarrassed and yet im going to tell all of you this horrible thing that happened to me so I guess I'm not that embarrassed. Except that I am. 

So we were teaching this inactive member that promised he would go to church and then he didnt LIAR but its ok i forgive him because look what I did. I went to use the bathroom. And the toilet like, broke. Like. didnt flush. and like. that was a serious problem.

I have no idea what he did afterwards like, thankfully I think someone cleans his studio so at least...no thats not even any better the lady will think it was him...idk man that was not a good moment.

what else happened this week? I LOST ALL MY MONEY #responsible. I think I lost it on the bus. 200 reais. thats literally a month of food and transport. how. why.

what else? literally I dont remember anything about this week except that I made brownies and also cookies to give to people at the CHRISTMAS CONFERENCE TOMORROW because I wanna be a cool mom/grandma for my children right? Sister Ganuza's "child" was like "sister steele is my grandma not the first trainer" and i was like "YES" and she said "well, i mean, it'd be nice to have two grandmas right, double the presentes?" so I have to keep her on my team DOWN WITH SISTER CUSTODIO I AM SISTER GANUZA'S MOM so im making her cookies.

WE GOT OUR WASHING MACHINE BACK YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW HAPPY THAT MADE ME MISSIONARIES DO NOT HAVE THE TIME NOR THE ENERGY TO WASH ALL OUR CLOTHES BY HAND.

Also this week there was a sister who was like, super stressed out and maybe depressed? idk I was worried. she stopped taking showers? And like taking showers is very important we are in brazil its super hot and after like 4 days wow there was a smell you know? so naturally I was worried and I sent an email to president and now every time I talk to him and something's gone wrong (losing money, changes with meetings, meetings going too late for us to eat) he's like "sister shhhhhh calm down dont get stressed out and PLEASE dont stop taking showers" and I'm like "pres por favor you can trust me i like showers." and he's just like "good. continue" 

I love my President he's ridiculous sometimes.

also there's a lady in our ward who frequently tells me and my companion "when you go home i want you to go find donald trump and tell him that theres a lady in maceio brasil that hates him and wants him to die any day now" like, every time she sees us she's just like "wow these truly are the later days HE CAN DIE ANY DAY HE WANTS TO YOU TELL HIM SISTER YOU TELL HIM" and I never know exactly what to say. This week was "wow I'm so disapointed in the american members of the church UTAH VOTED FOR THE DEVIL HAVE THEY LOST THEIR MINDS" and I always have to calmly explain that a) we missionaries do not speak about politics and b) I do not personally know Donald Trump nem Hillary Clinton

I know I'm forgetting something super funny that happened this week but I cannot remember anything literally what did I do this week idk I havent slept all week

Next week I say spiritual things. MERRY CHRISTMAS

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Gift of Tongues, feijoada, and an exmormon of 40 years at church

YO WHATS UP GUYS

So this week was super cool. First of all there was a transmission with the area presidency of brasil this week, and we heard from Elder Costa (Argentinan) who spoke in portuguese and Elder Costa (brazilian) and Sister Cordon from the primary presidency WHO IS FLUENT IN PORTUGUESE PLOT TWIST and it was super funny because literally all of them (well, other than the brazilian) were like "hey brasil is cool but like why do you guys eat cow intestines thats just not needed im sorry" and i was like "I feel you man. I feel you." 

The first guy who spoke who I cannot remember his name, spoke a lot about how Satan wants to distract us from our divine potential and wants us to not believe in ourselves. Also he left us a little burn (ok. this sounds super weird. but like. it makes sense right? he burned us? idk man. idk.) saying that the lord wants us to be righteous, and not just look righteous. our words and actions need to be the same, and need to be in line with our beliefs. He gave the example of moses when satan tried to tempt him, moses was like "dude who do you think you are, im a son of god." which i thought was funny but also true, like, when Satan tells you you're nothing just be like "dude im literally royalty and what are you God kicked you out"

wow this email isnt super professional. oh well.

Then Sister Cordon talked a lot about "se você quiser morangos, tem que plantar morangos" which is if you want strawberries, you have to plant strawberries. Well ok she didnt talk about strawberries, it was just an example. but she talked a lot about how we need to plant what we want to harvest, and we need to plant it NOW. If you want a testimony of the restored gospel, you have to plant the seeds NOW reading the scriptures, saying your prayers and the like. and you need to have pacience because strawberries dont grow overnight.

Elder Costa from argentina spoke about the sabath and how we need to notice the small miracles in the sabath and appreciate it in its fullest. also he told us to obey transit laws. i think he struggles with this.

Elder Costa from Brasil talked alot about how faith=action. that if you dont act on what you believe, its because you dont believe.

and finally ELDER HOLLAND SPOKE IN PORTUGUESE WHAT. jk. he spoke very little in portuguese and it was very hard to understand which was very funny. I was shocked! He spoke a little and then was like "alright im gonna ask that the translater help me out here because my portuguese is truly awful" and it was hilarious. But yes. So he spoke a lot about how we never know if we'll see the fruits of our labors but it doesnt matter. Brigham young building the salt lake temple after a million failed attempts to mantain said (kind of. im translating, you know how it is) "i don't worry about tomorrow anymore. maybe i'll never see this temple. maybe none of us will. maybe it'll be taken away from us again. but what i worry about is that im doing what god asks of my hands." and it was GREAT. really, lots of the time we wont see the fruits of our labor but it doesnt matter, someone has to do it. in the mission field lots of the time someoen else will harvest what you planted, but couldnt do it if you didnt plant it. so it doesnt matter if we get transfered or not. we have to work.

i thought it was so cool that he tried to speak portuguese. at the end he bore a super simple but powerful testimony in portuguese saying that he knows that this is gods church and that joseph smith was a profet and that he loves the people of brazil, and it was way more powerful in his own voice with his super broken portuguese. you could feel how much he really loves the people he serves, and how much he wants to be able to talk to them without a translater, and he's learning a little at a time.

then the last prayer, the kid just got back from argentina and he speaks a weird mix of portuguese and spanish

so basically the gift of tongues is real because all of understood all of these talks with super thick accents.

AND ROBERTO CAME. Roberto has been inactive for like all of his life but now his wife wants to be baptized and he's resisting but he's not managing hahaha. He drinks and smokes so I think he's spent his whole life looking for something easier, but with us coming to teach his wife he's feeling the spirit again and HE CAME TO CHURCH. HE SAID HE WOULDNT BUT HE CAME. literally this made me so happy.

in other news this week i learned the words to la cucaracha. my peruan companian taught me and i understood the words because #ispeakspanish #justkiddinbutimlearningalittlewithher literally the song just says the cochroach cant walk because its missing a leg. why is this song so happy?

Monday, November 28, 2016

TIME IS ALREADY UP OH MY GOODNESS

maybe i should start sending letters i no longer have time to write emails with lots of things NO ONE WAS BEING OBEDIENT AND PRESIDENT CUT OUR TIME AGAIN THERE IS NO TIME TO DO ANYTHING EVER NOW. ok bye next week i PROMISE I WILL WRITE AN OUTLINE BEFORE HAND AND I WILL TELL YOU GUYS ALL THE THINGS

but for now be satisfied with the fact that plot twist im not NEAR teh presidents ward, im IN IT. so thats fun. he lives close by. terrifying. pray for me.

Monday, November 21, 2016

YOU CAN SEE MIRACLES IF YOU BELIEVE

is that how that music goes? I don't remember. That music from that animated film about moses?? You know what I'm talking about.

SO. EVERYTHING I WANT TO TELL YOU TODAY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH OUR AREA

I AM VERY EXCITED

REMEMBER JESSICA? DOES ANYONE REMEMBER JESSICA? THE GIRL IN SANTOS DUMONT THAT I SAID WAS THE PERFECT INVESTIGATOR EVER???

ALRight well she's that girl that we found because of the whole Rafael mess, which was hilarious, and me and sister ganuza were heartbroken when her mom didnt let her be baptized. Like, when we came back after we gave her a book of mormon, she'd already read A TON and it was all highlighted and she said "I was marking the things that were most touching but i ended up marking everything because everything is so good!!" and all of a sudden she was happy and healthy and stopped doing things that 14 year old girls should not do and it was insane because we had barely even taught her anything and she just started CHANGING.
Basically, that was when I learned that the book of mormon changes people better than anything else.
AND I HEARD SHE GOT BAPTIZED. HER MOM LET HER. LITERALLY I CRIED I WAS SO HAPPY.

Literally this is all I have to say (also our time got cut AGAIN so I'm almost out of time and still have to write president)

Monday, November 14, 2016

Do I look like a Trump fan?

Alriiiight. This week I don't have much to say like, spiritual or cool stories or teaching because we literally did not work this week. #lifeofanassasin (when your companion ends their mission you're their assasin you kill them and they die)

BUT I got transfered to Jardim do Horto (the chiquest ward there ever was im so afraid also idk the word chique like...fancy? no. its not fancy...idk.) with a girl who just barely finished training SO DUDE ARE WE GONNA WORK HARD THIS TRANSFER. ok. But I actually have no idea who is my companion. Either its an american who was already in the area, or its a brazillian who was not....so i might be opening the area #yikes #whereislunchidk #thiswillbeanadventure

BUT ok. What else can I say? I heard some things about my country oH WAIT LOTS OF THINGS ITS ALL I FREAKING HEAR ABOUT THIS WEEK. I've started telling people I'm Italian just so they stop asking me if I like Donald Trump and stop showing me the American Horror Story Donald Trump memes. Literally. Every single member has asked me what I think of Donald Trump and as a missionary, we're not supposed to talk about politics (I learned why when I almost started a fight with an american elder who is a super trump fan, jk i didnt start a fight but like we definitely argued for a good half hour during our district meeting on whether or not trump is an idiot...which was then followed byl my lz saying "wow steele, i could have sworn you were a trump fan, you look like the kind of person that would vote for trump" and I was just like ???

I think I'm not supposed to talk about politics in my emails either but like, I'm making an exception today because this entire situation is hilarious and also horrible. Clearly the 2nd coming is on its way because I think this election was a sign of the times.

anyway. what else happened this week? I got really good at solitaire while my companion packed her bags and went on a tour of the area to say goodbye to everyone...i bought all new shirts because I'm heading to an area super close to the president's area and its a chique area (what is this word i swear im not kidding) and all of my shirts were so ugly they all turned orange from sun screen SO yeah.

We painted a house this week! the three of us and our dl and his companion and it was of course, hilarious. How Thamires trusted us to paint her house I'll never know, but it all worked out. But the baby painted himself when we werent looking...

also plot twist this transfer the assistants to the president aRE SISTERS. This literally does not happen. Sister Mazetto (my 1st companion in santos dumont) is assistant to the president. what the heck??? there is also assistants elders. so. like. this is weird. but lots of things happened this transfer and i think president was like "oh my gosh im so done with all of you people im changing everything" because the lidership changed, and like almost everyone was transfered EVERYONE which is not normal and on top of it all, SISTER ASSISTANTS???? unheard of.

I think thats it. This was my week....woohoo....

Monday, November 7, 2016

Alright gente. I have 0 idea what to write to you guys this week.

Like, I've started this email like 7 times. 

This always happens. I always forget everything that we did this week.

BUT THERES ONE THING ok so miracles happened and THREE PEOPLE WERE BAPTIZED THIS WEEK. WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO. Two of them were just waiting for work stuff to work out so they could go on sunday again, and the other showed up out of no where on sunday after a while of not going and decided to be baptized. Truly everything happens in the timing of the lord. we cannot push anyone into the font, we can just lay down the path and hand them the towel.

I'll send pictures and stuff next week. And I'll say more things ( I say this every week I know) BUT THIS TIME REALLY I WILL. ILL MAKE AN OUTLINE. I've just been lazy and thought "oh I'll remember" and then I never do. I PROMISE. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

I FORGOT TO WRITE but its ok i wrote my parents thats what counts. THIS IS PAY BACK NO ONE WROTE ME TODAY THATS WHY IM NOT WRITING YOU actually its because I spent forever writing president but whatever. its carma. WRITE ME. WHEN YOU GUYS-my siblings and few friends that still might go-ARE ON YOUR MISSIONS YOU WILL REMEMBER ME

Monday, October 10, 2016

Noah's party boat

Oh my goodness this week. So first off, as always, we cut a tooooonnn of people this week. This is Sister Monteiro's last transfer so we're really feeling the pressure to work hard and BAPTIZE this transfer, so we just don't have time for people who haven't made up their minds yet. so we're doing a lot of like, leaving tons of people, then after a week going back and seeing if they missed us and yeah.  unfortunately lots of people dont seem to miss us. BUT Nayara brought us to a few friends of hers and they all seem SUPER INTERESTED and loooooved hearing about the restoration. And now that we're working thE ENTIRE CITY (its a tiny city so whatever, I thought it was big because its divided into like 30 parts but each part is like 2 streets so its cool) it's gotten a little easier to talk to people. Our part was the part below-no. the low part? the short part? idk the part that isnt on the top of a hill. and it has a lot of commercial stuff and not a lot of people. but now we're working in the high part too WHICH HAS PEOPLE OH GLORIA. I am enjoying my "new area" which is not in fact a different area.

But anyway. So. we had so many plans sunday morning to bring TONS OF PEOPLE  to church TO HEAR THE GOOD WORD OF GOD, you know, as you do, and then SATAN had to go and ruin it all (just kidding i think this one was not satan, but you know, you never know). On Sunday a very hilarious thing happened and by hilarious I mean horrible. You see, our washing machine doesnt drain like a normall washing machine does-with a tube that goes right into the thing where water goes idk how this works. Ours, we just stuck the tube in the sink and the water goes out into the sink, right? just that overnight while our stuff was washing, a washcloth fell into the sink and blocked the drain. so. all of the water ended up in our house instead of in the sink where it should be. So we woke up at 6:30 am with freaking Noah's ark in a sea of all our stuff. My bible went swimming!! 

Thankfully the water didnt reach our suitcases or any electronics or our very limited supply of book of mormons. But it did kill several letters, the latest liahona (a church magazine), and temporarily took out of commission ALL OF OUR BAGS so on sunday we went proselyting with nothing because everything we owned was full of water. Why.

Thank goodness we dont have carpet.

BUT anyway. Other than the great flood here in our horrible house in Sao Miguel Dos Campos, our life is pretty good. We're trying to use those two general conference talks about missionary work to help the members help us more, and it's going pretty well. I love the prophet and apostles. Thanks for helping me out, guys!

Yesterday was cool. We held a family home evening in a member's home and watched Joseph Smith: prophet of the restoration. I highly reccomend this movie, I love it. Seeing the process of the restoration and all the challenges that the early saints infronted, it becomes a little more real. Then everyone talked about their experience with how they got their answer, and the spirit was super strong! I hope our investigator felt it too! 

Anyone who doesn't know if they know if the church is true, if the book of mormon is the word of god, STUDY ABOUT THE APOSTASY AND RESTORATION AND PRAY ABOUT IT. It's the best way. I've been thinking about this so much lately-as my emails have shown. So often we focus on like, deep doctrine, or on the stuff that we don't "agree with" and we start thinking that we don't believe in the church, but NONE OF THAT MATTERS. What matters is if Joseph was a prophet. He was? Alright then the rest is true.

We're teaching some recent converts that have their doubts about lots of things, and think that in order to get an answer you need to like, fulfill a bunch of requirements and go on a scavenger hunt and that's not it at all! you just gotta ask.

GO WATCH GENERAL CONFERENCE ALL OF YOU. there were several talks about this!!

love you all!

pray that we get to move pls i hate this house

go watch movies about the restoration its a good time (not just because thats all we can watch)

Monday, September 26, 2016

a long overdue email

Alright. Let me tell you things.

First of all, I realized that I never told you guys about how sucky our house is, which is hilarious. It REAKS (is that how you spell that?) of dog pee because the lady that lives under us does not clean ever aparently, and like, everything only kind of works, you know? So it already was horrible-with our shower that sprayed mist that was so hot it burned and a bathroom that the light didnt work and our oven that doesnt have the shelve things inside so we have to cook everything right in the fire (cookies dont turn out that great like that btw) and then, to make matters worse, our ceiling fell. that was a great day. Literally, everyone was so done like, the four of us came out and just stared, and there was a good 30 seconds of silence before we all just sighed and left the house anyway.

So then someone came to fix everything and we had the best week of our life, taking warm showers with slight water pressure and we all felt so clean and so happy

And then the shower broke again. Now we take cold showers with like, one stream of water. Awesome. Actually we're heating up water in the microwave and taking showers with a cup and a bucket. #thisisthelife

BUT we found a new house and President already approved it! So if I stay here next week (transfers already...I'll probably never see this house) we're moving to THE BEST MISSIONARY HOME I HAVE EVER SEEN. Big, well ventilated, WITH A BALCONY (it took me so long to remember this word , president made fun of me a lot)

so. yeah. Then there's the political situation in São Miguel. In brazil, the election for mayor is like, a huge thing? All the canditates have their own music which is ALWAYS PLAYING REALLY LOUD IN THE STREET ALL THE TIME. I don't even know how to explain this to you guys but its like a WAR OF THE MAYORS. Every day during our study freaking jó clemente parks in front of our house with his speakers on max playing "jó clemente é 12, jó clemente é 12, eu também sou 12 todo mundo aqui é 12!" and it could not be more annoying. Thank goodness the election is this week. His face is everywhere. Its terrifying.

We're trying a million new things this week to find investigators. Since there are like 2 members living in our area, its really hard for the ward to help us and talking to people in the street is just not working, like, they all already know us and hide because all of them are very strong members of the Assembly of God (is that a real church in the us, I'm translating the name but like, someone told me they served a mission for the assembly in the us? idk I've never heard of this church before brazil but its EVERYWHERE HERE)

I think thats it? This week was rather uneventful. Actually this month as a whole. But yeah. love you all?

Monday, September 19, 2016

Wow. This week NO ONE WANTED TO TALK TO US. Like, usually people are at least nice about it but this week everyone was like "yeah leave. bye bye." 

So me and Sister Brito were kind of sad by the end of the week, but we got to church and who was passing the sacrement? Rafael-the kid we've been teaching to get him to come back to church. I got so incredibly happy seeing him with all the other young men, as if he'd never stopped going to church. Like, I got SO HAPPY. And then we were blessed with a golden investigator who just showed up to church alone. Perfect! #godlovesus

anyway. i promise next week I'll write things. I promise. we slept too long today and we're in a rush.

Monday, September 12, 2016

the week I got damned and my companion got saved

oh my goodness. Bible Bashes do not work. I would say don't do it. Except also sometimes people just show up and try to like, beat your with their bibles and you just keep trying to leave and it just doesnt work man, it doesnt work.

So we taught this guy and the spirit was SOOOOO STRONG like literally, we all left that lesson smiling so big without motive, except like, there was a motive, it was THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD TELLING THAT MAN THE TRUTH (HALLELUJAH) (can i get an amen?)

so then we went back. and his wife and daughter from an unnammed church that hates mormons but like, copies everything we do? even their church buildings are the same as ours like calm down I know you're jealous because everyone talks more about us than you but like shhhh (im mostly kidding but also the founder is an exmormon so sometimes i think about this relationship like the ex that says theyre over it but never stops talking about you and you're just like "wow this is awkward, I never talk about you...")

anyway. that church. and this lady-his daughter- comes in with her bible and all her study aids and says "you guys have never read the bible. thats why you believe the things you do. if you had read, you would know that everything you said about the plan of salvation (pre-mortal life, life on earth, the spirit world, judgement, and the 3 kingdoms) and starting yelling at us about how we're dumb for believing that a spirit can live without a body and believing in "joseph's lies" and thinking that prophets can exist and lots of other stuff including: that we think its ok to listen to normal music-even if it doesnt have swear words and bad stuff thats a sin to her, but you can watch normal movies that are full of bad stuff?? idk. there were lots of things and we were not talking at all, she WOULDNT LET US LEAVE. the thought entered my mind that she was going to kidnap us in order to save us and I, you know, just wasnt feeling that.

so. After all of that I thought to myself "bare (bear?) testimony and leave, do not bible bash, do not argue" and like oh goodness the spirit was not in that room I felt AWFUL. So I said to her: "you want me to prove to you all of our doctrines in the bible. I'm not going to do that. I could do it. I know where they are. but there's only one thing that matters here-that God answers our prayers. I'd already been in the church for a while when I finally prayed and asked God if Joseph was a prophet, and you know, I didn't even really want the answer to be yes. I wanted something a little easier to follow and believe. I was angry at the church, and I dont even really know why, but I was. So I asked God to tell me if this church was true, and I told him that if it wasn't, I would leave. And he answered. He told me it was true." and right about here the spirit came back and I started to feel good again. "He reminded me that in Amos 3:7 he promised that he would always call prophets, and that he doesn't change. He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. So he told me that he called a prophet again, and that prophet was Joseph, and every time I tell someone else about this God tells me again that it really is all true. and thats why I know that if you pray and ask god-" 

and I was going to say "he'll tell you too" but the lady didnt let me finish was screamed in my face "you only believe in that other dumb book, you need to study THE BIBLE thats were the truth is there is no such thing as prophets" and I was like "well i mean...amos 3:7 is kind of...in the bible...but ok" and I tried to leave again because wow the spirt RAN AWAY

but what killed me was that my companion started writing down the scriptures she used to study later, because she liked them to teach our doctrine, and so the lady thought that my companion was starting to doubt "joseph's lies" and stopped talking to me-the damned blonde with no help of salvation-and started talking to her saying "you can be free, you can escape" and we were like "yeah we're leaving and not coming back" and she like, was surprised that we wouldnt come back? She told me she would pray for me. That was sweet.

But this only comfirmed more to me that my buddy Joseph Smith was called of God because 2 Timothy 1:7 says  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind; and in her house with her telling me all those things, the only moment that I felt a spirit of power and love and of a sound mind was when I tried to give my most sincere testimony. Every other moment was only a spirit of fear in that whole house.

So yeah. that was the highlight of our week? this church took our two best investigators. That was saturday and last night I literally dreamed that I was fighting with her saying all the things I wanted to say in that moment using all my scripture references and shouting about her sins but thank goodness that i said none of that, because that is not how Jesus works. Don't bible bash. Don't let other people try to bible bash. It just doesnt work.

Monday, August 22, 2016

look who's writing this week

Ok. I guess I owe you all an explanation as to why I havent been writing...its because I had no idea what to write about since we weren't really teaching...

Here, when your companion is going home and you're their last companion, we say you're killing them. And wow killing people is hard. I don't like killing people.

We spent the last 3 weeks in going away parties, spending time with all the members because they were all so sad that Domingues was going home, trying to figure out how to get money from her mom since she lost her debit card, making all the plans in the world to get her to the airport, and then more going away parties, interviews with president, and then STILL saying goodbye to all the members. IM TIRED. Oh gosh when I go home I don't want any of that. Like, members, if you wanna say goodbye to me, show up at church my last sunday because I imagine my companion won't have the money to take a bus to every member's house. But I'm set to stay here another 6 weeks with Sister Brito-who literally just left São Miguel so thats weird that she's already coming back.

Anyway, this was a really fun transfer, but like, not that great for missionary work. I mean, we had 3 baptisms, but all 3 were eternal investigators, not people that we found ourselves. So. Its time to get to work.
yeah so basically i have nothing else to say...I took some AWESOME pictures but it was on someone else's camera so who knows when ill be able to send them home haha

Monday, August 15, 2016

im sorry i ran out of time again i was printing photos and forgot. i am not very good at sending emails. next week i promise ill tell you all everything.

Monday, August 8, 2016

the birthday continues

the awesome thing about how horrible the mail system is here is that im getting birthday wishes for 3 weeks now, and I have no doubt that I will yet recieve more.

THANK YOU EVERYONNNEEE. I looooved all my cards. Especially the ctr5 class, I think that was the CUTEST thing ive ever seen in my whole life.

I'm sorry I keep doing this but this internet place is about to close so this week I'm basically just sending out an email to let you guys know I'm not dead (moroni 9:1)

and thats it 

i am sorry for the lack of information here

i promise. ill be better next week.

Monday, August 1, 2016

10 months, 20 years, and 3 cakes.

ok. this place is not letting me send pictures. BUT. at some point. you will recieve pictures.

 IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY also my mission aniversay (10 months down!) but IT WAS MY BIRHTDAY

and my lovely companion and roomates made me a cake THREE TIMES. I was not expecting that.

So they all woke up early and I somehow did not wake up even with all the noice they were making, and they put pillows under the blankets so it looked like they were still there, and when i woke up and opened the door and there they were with pancakes with sparkler candles and cameras and i was very much not pretty so thank you for the warning girls.

then we went about our day normally and there was going to be a broadcast at the church, cool, so like, I showed up at the church and lo and behold another cake (it was delicious.)

and then at the end of the day I came home and took a shower and as I was leaving the shower they showed up with yet another cake.

I am getting fat here in Sao Miguel.

but yeah. it was a good time. my birthday was also a BAPTISM DAY. Itamy is a recently-returned-member's husband and it was super cool to see how much he changed because when I got here, Angela talked about having an eternal family one day and he just made fun of her and was like "forevers a long time why do you want that" but now he's all about that temple sealing. He was super excited to be baptized and that his whole family can go to the temple next year and it was awesome, and Angela was sooooo happy. <3

Monday, June 27, 2016

Re: world war 3: aracaju

Joseph!!

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On Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 12:48 PM, Taylor Lynne Steele <taylor.steele@myldsmail.net> wrote:
I totally stole this title from my companion because I am unoriginal but OH MY GOODNESS SÃO JOÃO WHAT.

So when everyone told me about São João they were like "there's a ton of fireworks and bonfires and its cool" but I have since discovered that this does not mean "basically 4th of july but with more corn" it means BLAZING CAMPFIRES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET and BOMBS LIKE ACTUAL BOMBS. Well, tiny bombs. That don't damage cement. But like. Literal bombs. What.

For 2 days there was absolutely no way to get any sleep at night because every 2 seconds someone else let off a bomb which was incredibly loud and disruptive and a little annoying once it reached 4am, and these freaking bombs let off HUGE flashes of light so our house kept lighting up and I was like "hey ganuza are you asleep" and she was like "obviously not I now understand that story Uchtdorf told last conference about the bombs I am living this this is war" and I was like "chill." But basically. That was an interesting experience. And this week it'll all happen again because São Pedro (Peter). Apparently the best way to honor the apostles is by blowing things up.

Lucas told us that the fires and bombs are to "wake up João" (John) and all the corn is just because, well, there's so much corn. I dont really understand why we need to wake up the apostles. I feel like they deserve a rest.

BUT. Other than that. Well, we have 2 more sisters here in Santos Dumont. This area isnt even big enough for one group so two is interesting! Our area boundries are now 5min x 25 min walking distance. And I'm just like "wow. I have already worked on every single street. wow." not gonna lie. I'm a little burnt out of Santos Dumont. But I'm gonna keep working hard until transfers july 12th at which point I'm almost positive I'll leave since I have been here sINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME. I know the streets better than the members. I no longer ask for help finding member's homes. They ask me. I'm not even kidding. I used to be so bad with directions but after 5.5 months here I am a pro.

AND JOSEPH. So. A few months back me and Sister Mazetto baptized Nycole, and about a month ago the seminary teacher was like "come talk to me RIGHT NOW" to me and Sister Ganuza, and we were a little confused until she just pointed at this kid and was like "baptize this boy right now" and we discovered that Nycole has a brother. I did not know that.

So Joseph was the perfect investigator. He started going to church with his sister because he'd been going to other churches looking for the right one and didnt feel right about any of them, so we were like "hey try this one, Joseph Smith was a thing, pray about it" and we gave him a book of mormon. This first day he was like "well, I dont like to read so I'm not making any promises. And your church wants all boys to serve a mission and I dont wanna do that so...." but when we came back 5 days later he was already in 2nd Nephi! He started reading a little every day first thing in the morning, because he prayed and said he got an answer so of course he was going to follow it!

And as we kept teaching him he just kept getting more perfect. Like. What 17 year old boy gets excited to keep the word of wisdom and the law of chastity? No one. Literally no one. But Joseph did. And he wanted to start paying tithing ASAP and we had to be like "calm down, not until after your baptism".

So Saturday was his baptism :) He had to be baptized 3 times which was hilarious because Wendell the poor kid that was baptizing him kept messing it up. so when he finally came out of the water he was just like "well I think I'm clean now!" And then he said "I got baptized! My next goal is to go on a mission." The kid changed his mind on that so quickly once he got his answer it was AMAZING.

BUT HIS INTERVIEW. Oh my gosh. So before the interview, we usually do a moch interview to go over the questions and make sure they're prepared. And one of the questions asks about serious crimes or sins-not that you cant get baptized if you've done bad stuff, just that someone else with more experience will help you fix what you did. And so we asked if he'd ever committed a serious crime and he just looks at us completely serious, like without blinking and says yes.

So we get really confused and a little scared but we hold our cool in case its real and we're just like "oh really?"

and then thank goodness his sister was there to help because she says "its not a serious crime like you call a serious crime..." and we're just like "so you mean it wasnt a crime" and she told us what it was and we were just like "child that was barely even a sin shhhhh you're good" and it all went well, but man for a second there I was really confused.

But yeah. That was my week!. 

ps. This week a competely normal news station informed Sister Ganuza and I that the US is really going down hill because Obama is interviewing UFO pilots and Hilary adopted a martian baby. Someone should really tell me whats going on in US politics because from the little information I'm hearing on the radio in taxis or from people in the ward, things are getting weirder than I thought.

world war 3: aracaju

I totally stole this title from my companion because I am unoriginal but OH MY GOODNESS SÃO JOÃO WHAT.

So when everyone told me about São João they were like "there's a ton of fireworks and bonfires and its cool" but I have since discovered that this does not mean "basically 4th of july but with more corn" it means BLAZING CAMPFIRES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET and BOMBS LIKE ACTUAL BOMBS. Well, tiny bombs. That don't damage cement. But like. Literal bombs. What.

For 2 days there was absolutely no way to get any sleep at night because every 2 seconds someone else let off a bomb which was incredibly loud and disruptive and a little annoying once it reached 4am, and these freaking bombs let off HUGE flashes of light so our house kept lighting up and I was like "hey ganuza are you asleep" and she was like "obviously not I now understand that story Uchtdorf told last conference about the bombs I am living this this is war" and I was like "chill." But basically. That was an interesting experience. And this week it'll all happen again because São Pedro (Peter). Apparently the best way to honor the apostles is by blowing things up.

Lucas told us that the fires and bombs are to "wake up João" (John) and all the corn is just because, well, there's so much corn. I dont really understand why we need to wake up the apostles. I feel like they deserve a rest.

BUT. Other than that. Well, we have 2 more sisters here in Santos Dumont. This area isnt even big enough for one group so two is interesting! Our area boundries are now 5min x 25 min walking distance. And I'm just like "wow. I have already worked on every single street. wow." not gonna lie. I'm a little burnt out of Santos Dumont. But I'm gonna keep working hard until transfers july 12th at which point I'm almost positive I'll leave since I have been here sINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME. I know the streets better than the members. I no longer ask for help finding member's homes. They ask me. I'm not even kidding. I used to be so bad with directions but after 5.5 months here I am a pro.

AND JOSEPH. So. A few months back me and Sister Mazetto baptized Nycole, and about a month ago the seminary teacher was like "come talk to me RIGHT NOW" to me and Sister Ganuza, and we were a little confused until she just pointed at this kid and was like "baptize this boy right now" and we discovered that Nycole has a brother. I did not know that.

So Joseph was the perfect investigator. He started going to church with his sister because he'd been going to other churches looking for the right one and didnt feel right about any of them, so we were like "hey try this one, Joseph Smith was a thing, pray about it" and we gave him a book of mormon. This first day he was like "well, I dont like to read so I'm not making any promises. And your church wants all boys to serve a mission and I dont wanna do that so...." but when we came back 5 days later he was already in 2nd Nephi! He started reading a little every day first thing in the morning, because he prayed and said he got an answer so of course he was going to follow it!

And as we kept teaching him he just kept getting more perfect. Like. What 17 year old boy gets excited to keep the word of wisdom and the law of chastity? No one. Literally no one. But Joseph did. And he wanted to start paying tithing ASAP and we had to be like "calm down, not until after your baptism".

So Saturday was his baptism :) He had to be baptized 3 times which was hilarious because Wendell the poor kid that was baptizing him kept messing it up. so when he finally came out of the water he was just like "well I think I'm clean now!" And then he said "I got baptized! My next goal is to go on a mission." The kid changed his mind on that so quickly once he got his answer it was AMAZING.

BUT HIS INTERVIEW. Oh my gosh. So before the interview, we usually do a moch interview to go over the questions and make sure they're prepared. And one of the questions asks about serious crimes or sins-not that you cant get baptized if you've done bad stuff, just that someone else with more experience will help you fix what you did. And so we asked if he'd ever committed a serious crime and he just looks at us completely serious, like without blinking and says yes.

So we get really confused and a little scared but we hold our cool in case its real and we're just like "oh really?"

and then thank goodness his sister was there to help because she says "its not a serious crime like you call a serious crime..." and we're just like "so you mean it wasnt a crime" and she told us what it was and we were just like "child that was barely even a sin shhhhh you're good" and it all went well, but man for a second there I was really confused.

But yeah. That was my week!. 

ps. This week a competely normal news station informed Sister Ganuza and I that the US is really going down hill because Obama is interviewing UFO pilots and Hilary adopted a martian baby. Someone should really tell me whats going on in US politics because from the little information I'm hearing on the radio in taxis or from people in the ward, things are getting weirder than I thought.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Festa Junina!!

This week's highlight is definitely the brazillian equivalent of the harvest festival. or like, midsummer festival? wait but its winter here...i dont know. Festa Junina! 

Literaly EVERYTHING was made of corn. EVERYTHING. I sent my mother photos of things but now I cant find them on this computer...so maybe she'll post something who knows.

But yeah it was fun! There was lots of square dancing and corn so me, the midwestern child that I am, felt right at home. I didnt realize how like, corny, the midwest is until my companion was just like "this is weird, at home I never ate corn ever it doesnt exist in California" and I was just like !!!!! "but corn bread. and corn on the cob." I asked her what veggies her school lunch always included and she was like "carrots" and I got so confused. all through elementry school it was literally always corn!

But also. Sweet corn. like i mean desserts made out of corn. corn and coconut and cinnamon. That doesnt sound like it should exist.

basically thats been my week

I thought fireworks were something like, fundamentally american cuz boy do we like explosives. and then i came here. wow. EVERYONE HAS FIREWORKS ALL THE TIME. But president said it might be a little less soon because they got stricter on the rules. from now on no one under the age of 5 can buy explosives. HA. There are some parts that we're avoiding a little these days because there are random fires in the middle of the street...strange.

Basically. thats brazil right now.

Next week I'll tell you about Joseph! He's getting baptised (probably) this saturday!!



Monday, June 13, 2016

the diarrhea highlight

This week, very randomly, I developed an incredibly strong craving for a few things:
  1. Buid a Bear
  2. skittles, jolly ranchers, airheads, star bursts...all the candy that doesnt exist here
  3. minecraft
literally i didnt even play minecraft much. I'm not really sure what was happening this week. but seriously. I just. Want to play minecraft. So much. What is wrong with me??

but yeah. so.

the best thing that happened this week was diarrhea. that was the highlight of our week.

monday started out well because we managed FOUR LESSONS from 6-9 which is like completely impossible and unheard of, like usually we're lucky if its 2, and we found 2 super likely candidates for baptism this month.

but then tuesday happened.

I was working a little in Piabeta on tuesday, and my day there was like
  • get lost
  • get super sunburned
  • get more lost
  • teach a lady about how cheating on your husband is not of god
    • said lady was just like "i dont believe men are capable of that"
    • and we were like "ummm yes actually they are"
    • and then she proceeded to say lots of very strange and gross things
    • and we were just like please stop
  • get more lost again
  • go home
  • it was great
but sister ganuza was here in santos dumont. and her day went a little like this:
  • a lesson with a once super excited and cute daughter of an inactive member went horribly and no one in the family wanted to talk to her
  • the other super cute daughter of an inactive member was like "hey my mom said your not alo
  • wed to come back and im not allowed to ever go to church ever..."
  • another child of a less active member was like "hey maybe ill go to church" and then his mom was just like "but these missionaries suck they dont visit me" and she was like "well....youre never home when we mark with you...and you dont want to go back to church...so..." and it all went very strangely and awkward
  • a once less active member who is coming back to church now was like "hey im sorry i didnt go to church. i had horrible diarrhea"
    • and sister ganuza was like "wow. why"
    • and his sister in law was like "literally why did you say that you could have just said you were sick"
    • and then he was just like "no you dont understand....how bad it was...it was really bad."
    • and everyone was just like "wow stop talking"
    • and this was like, the highlight of our week
the other days were just filled of parents saying that their kids are grounded so they cant go to church and were like "how is that going to help anything?" and others saying "wow my kid is horrible he didnt go this week" and we were like "yeah but hes reading his scriptures and going to seminary....you havent gone to church in your whole like i dont think you can judge your child for not going once" and them just being like "no. hes the worst sinner. ever. he wont go to heaven"

so yeah

pray for us.

BUT its ok because we talked to this one mom who her 8 year old son is a member but she isnt and she said "hey, this church is really important to my son so i want to learn more, since he likes it so much it has to be good. also we pray together every night because he said that is good. also we read the book of mormon together every night. Wow. I love my son." and our faith in humanity was restored because YES THAT IS HOW YOU SHOULD REACT TO SOMETHING THATS SO IMPORTANT TO YOUR CHILDREN

So that was cool.

And basically we need new investigators. And we need to like envoke celestial help with all of these parents.

and diarrhea is hilarious.



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Monday, June 6, 2016

THIS WEEK PEOPLE SENT ME EMAILS so i ran out of time because i got distracted

SO. what happened this week?

nothing?

well. we had 5 children come to church this week. FIVE. and 3 of them want to be baptized. but cant. because theyre children. SO we need to convert literally all of their parents asap.

also

send me things

i got a letter this week and i nearly cried.

Sister Taylor Steele
Brazil Maceio Mission
Av. Dom Antonio Brandao, 333 Sala 402
Ed. Work Center Farol
57051-190 Maceio-AL
Brazil

SEND ME LETTERS. i tell my best stories in letters because i have more time (and no one can get scared because its clear that im still alive ;) )

and yeah

thats it today

because im already out of time and still have a bunch of stuff to do

Monday, May 30, 2016

o melhor districto do mundo


perfect investigator is perfect

we got the calls about transfers last night and I literally almost cried because I GOT ANOTHER 6 WEEKS HERE IN SANTOS DUMONT WITH SISTER GANUZA. Literally almost cried. I thought for sure I was out and like, I'm tired of getting new companions I just wanted sOME PEACE and since Jesus me ama, we're still together :)

So. Last monday we went back to teach Rafael's mom, and his cousin was there. J listened to the whole restoration and told us that she'd strayed from God a little bit and now her faith was pretty small, but that she would pray and ask for an answer. And I'll admit, at first I didnt really think anything would come out of teaching her. I saw a silly teenage girl with several lip piercings and thought "she doesnt look like a momon, so whatever"

BUT THEN. We went back 2 days later and she was comPLETELY different. She'd already prayed and said she'd recieved an answer that it was all true, so we gave her a book of mormon and she got super excited. Adn when we went back friday-again to teach her aunt-she was super cute and got really excited to show us her book which was completely highlighted and she said "I was marking the things I found the most touching or important, but I ended up marking almost the whole book!!" and she'd already read like, the whole thing. Ok, not the whole thing but  A TONNNN.

So we wanted to teach her again but she didnt want to go to her house because people were drinking and she felt uncomfortable with that, so we took her to the church and showed her the chapel, and by chance like, all the youth were there so she got to meet everyone! So when she went on sunday, she already knew Julia and Rafaela (and I think Rafaela will help her a lot because she's a recent convert who joined the church without her family) and basically everyone 

And since sunday was transfers I was soooo scared that I'd have to leave her, and she was nearly crying thanking us for bringing her to church and helping her and telling us how already in a week she feels a million times better and literally i have never seen such a big change in someone so quickly but its not even surprising because THE GOSPEL WORKS MIRACLES and oh goodness from what she's told us this girl deserves some miracles.

so. basically I just want to talk about her today. We were having a dry spell-2 months without baptisms, almost no one is going to church on sunday, and I was getting really frustrated and then this girl just fell from the skies and I remembered why I'm here. I'm here because the gospel changes lives and helps people put their lives back together and gives them the strength to carry on.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Sister Ganuza fell that Sister Steele might be (2 taylor 2:27)

SO. First of all, thank you all for finding my last email entertaining. I too am literally still laughing about it.

So this week we didnt manage to teach Rafael again, but we met his mom and his aunt and it turns out that they were almmmmmost baptised already but never were, and they were exinvestigators in a different area so we never would have found them without this whole mess since theyre not in our area book and basically god works in mysterious ways. SUPER. MYSTERIOUS. WAYS.

Also wednesday was literally the perfect day EVER. 5 lessons with members present, and we grabbed adresses of 15 people in the street aND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM PROMISED TO GO ON SUNDAY AND ALL OF THEM WERE SUPER INTERESTED??? that doesnt happen. also all of them were also with a less active friend when we talked to them-who then said please come to my house and we were like 'of course??!?'. perfect.

but then #mylife sister ganuza fell and hurt herself, like the ugliest knee ive ever seen in my life, and it started getting swollen and she couldnt walk well so I got scared that she'd like, actually hurt herself not just scraped, and so i called the president's wife and she says "go to the doctor' and i was like ok sure and then she says "and your heath? how are you?" and i was like "well my stomach's been hurting this week but i think its just stress whatever" and she was like "go to the doctor" and so the sister training leaders called and took us to the doctor and i spent the entire time saying that i didnt need to go because it was just stress and then it turned out that i've got an intestinal infection #woohoo so i guess its good i went to the doctor?

in short, sister ganuza fell so that i would call sister gomes and go to the doctor. thank you sister ganuza.

and yeah thats all i have to say this week #wedidntworkhalftheweek #thehospitaltookforever

Monday, May 16, 2016

what the heck

The past two weeks have literally been the weirdest two weeks of my life.

So I literally didnt even send an email last week SORRY. ]

So. I was debating on whether or not to tell this first story but like I HAVE TO. Don't worry mom. I'm safe.

So. Last week we invited Lucas to go out with us to get a feel for the mission and test his skills, right? And the poor kid was so excited to use what he's been studying in the mini mtc and....well...

so it was his first time doing street contacting. and this man called out to us and was like "are you guys jehovah's witnesses?" and we were like "nah we're the mormons" and Lucas stops to talk to him a little-just to explain who we are. But when he stopped, the man (Fernando) started crying and said we were sent by God to talk with him because he was needing help really badly and was feeling hopeless and lots of stuff, and invited us in. And Lucas was like "dude we're going to baptize this guy I can feel it."

So we sit down and he's still crying a little, and we start trying to talk to him about how the message we wanted to share with him could help him with whatever his problem-and he tells us that his wife is cheating on him. So we try to tell him about how we can help him with the pain that's causing, but he doesnt let us talk! Lucas was getting really frustrated until he told us he was thinking about killing himself, at which point we tried reaaaaally hard to tell him that we wanted to help him and we know how if he'll let us....at which point he told us he was thinking of killing his wife.

At this point I was thinking "maybe I didn't understand him right" but lucas looks at me and says in english "keep calm" and I'm like oh no.

And then he told us "when she gets home, I'll stop her in the middle of the street in front of a bus and grab her by the neck and cut her into itty bitty pieces and let the bus run over the rest" followed by "I dont want it to happen, but IT WILL."

And lucas was like "sister steele, what should i say?" and I was like "bye??? lets leave??"

at which point his wife came home. holding hands with another man. and fernando started throwing a temper tantrum and it was all very scary so we said bye and ran away very quickly (but not before sister benevente tried to give him a lesson on "its not nice to kill people")

so that was interesting....we stopped working on that street now. but the good news is we havent heard anything about a death like that, so we think Sister Benevente's words "brother, you cant! dont do that!" touched his heart. So that's good!

So. that was the scary crazy of these past two weeks. but the weird crazy was the Rafael story.

We were walking around not knowing where to go because all our appointments fell through when a super old lady stopped us and asked if we knew her grandson Rafael, and we said no, and she cried a little and said "I heard that he hit his head pretty bad and I just want to know that he's ok, but I cant walk there because my legs hurt, can you find him for me?" and we said sure and asked where he lived and she said "on this street i dont know where" and so we went off, a little confused, and decided to just ask around for a Rafael. 

So we find this little boy and we ask him if he knows Rafael and he says "that's my brother! lets go to my house." and we're like "well ok" and follow him. and we ask him "your brother hit his head?" and the boy turned white and was like "...how did you know??"

Arriving at his house, he meet Rafael and his mother, and we say to Rafael "we were talking with your grandma, and she wants to talk to you!" and he and his mom both look suuuuper scared and he's like "my grandma???? you...you were talking to my grandma???" and we're like "yeah, she's worried about you because you hit your head and she told us to come talk to you" and he gets even more scared and he's like "my grandma told you I hit my head?" and we nod and he says "my grandma is dead!" 

so long story short, we discover that the old lady (Maria José) heard that a Rafael hit his head and thought it was HER Rafael but it actually wasnt, and Rafael her grandson is a less active member we'd been lookng for who'd moved so we never managed to find him, and now the Rafael that hit his head and his family are our investigators?? Also we met the other Rafael's sister and her family and we're going to teach them too?? AND it turns out that Maria José is an inactive member too??!?

Other than that, our week was pretty normal. Carol's dad still doesnt want to let her be baptised, nor does he want to return to church any time soon. Jaqueline is the dream investigator because we left a book of mormon with her and the next day she'd read the introduction, all the testimonies at the beginning, the chapter we left her, the first 2-3 chapters of 1st nephi, AND the scriptures in the back of the pamphlet we left her. M and J are making plans to get married so they can be baptised. Yesterday I felt prompted to return to talk with a SUPER COMPLICATED investigator so we'll see how that goes.

its starting to rain so much that my bible has no hope of surviving. Sister Ganuza said it'll only take 5 times of getting caught in the pouring rain for us to learn our lesson and carry an umbrella the whole time

also I discovered this week that I have an alergy-but im not sure of what...we just know that I broke out in hives yesterday after sitting on the floor in a member's house. So either her rug was made of something weird that I'd never seen before, or I've spontaneously develped an alergy of dogs. Who knows? I'm still itchy. I've taken 3 showers since then and I'm still itchy. Pray for me.

-Sister Steele

Monday, May 2, 2016

Hearts of Gold and Thighs of Steel(e)

ohhhh my goodness
so I forgot my outline so again, this week will be short but OH MY GOODNESS IVE NEVER BEEN SO TIRED IN MY LIFE

this week EVERY REFERRAL WE GOT WAS UPHILL. Like super uphill. Like you stand at the bottom of the hill and look straight up and cry a little and it takes a million years to get to the top. and then you get to the top and the house is actually down hill from there...which means on the return ITS STILL UPHILL. Oh my goodness. Every day me and Sister Ganuza get home-and we live on the 2nd floor so there's stairs there too-and just collapse on the floor like NEVER AGAIN WILL WE MOVE and then we get more referrals and oh look theyre still uphill lets do it again WOOHOO.

my companion is in the field 2 months and this week she got THREE CARE PACKAGES and EIGHT LETTERS and everyone in our zone was like "I'm already here a year and in one day you got more than I have in my whole mission". Thankfully she's sharing her reese's with me. I already ate mine....

An investigator taught us to make dream catchers this week! I made two. Just waiting to make a third because I figure my sisters won't like it if one of them doesnt get one...

This week as well we got suuuper lost trying to go to a doctor downtown. we took the wrong bus and a ride that should have been 15 minutes took TWO HOURS. So that was fun. Busses are fun.

Next week I promise to take fun pictures and talk more...IM GIVING A TALK NEXT SUNDAY. I bet this one will go better than the one in the mtc. Or in my first month in the field. I think it'll be much better. #progressopesoal

tchaauuu

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Monday, April 25, 2016

The week I forgot how to speak english

Oh my goodness. So I made fun of Sister Davis a ton because when she speaks english she still says her r's like portuguese and its ridiculous and I was like "its impossible to forget english. you cant do that." and then Nycole asked me to teach her to pray in english and I completely and utterly failed. She wanted to say "nos te agradecemos por estar aqui todo juntos" and I was like "well its not we thank thee for to be here, that doesnt make sense. we thank thee for being here? no thats that God is here not that we're here. We thank theebecause we're here together? no..." and finally I gave up and my companion taught her because she still speaks english fluently. I'm still not exactly sure what that should be. I hope that on my first sunday at home no one asks me to say a prayer.

This week was SOOOO HOT and since we're trying to find a ton of new investigators, that meant less teaching and more walking and we got super lost in a sketchy part of town so that was fun. But luckly you just have to say "where's the street São Fransico de Assis" and everyone kind of knows where it is. Or they tell you how to get back to the church. Since everyone knows where it is, why don't they all visit??? But also sometimes they think we're Jehovah's Witnesses and they give up directions to get there and we get more lost. Fun times.

sister Ganuza is super cool and adorable. She's from california but everyone thinks she's from Peru because she's hispanic. No one believes her when she says she's american and she doesnt speak spanish. People keep trying to speak to her in really poor quality spanish.

THIS WEEK ALL MY RECENT CONVERTS RECIEVED THE PRIESTHOOD. Literally that made me so happy. Vinicíus can pass the sacrament now. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

the padawan becomes the master

ok so this week is going to be RIDICULOUSLY short because we have like zero time today because TRANSFERS. So. We got the call last night and I didn't believe it because I STAYED HERE IN SANTOS DUMONT. YESSSSSSSSSSS. Sister Davis got called as a sister training leader (so she's a little scared) and I'm going to finish the training of an american?????? what the heck??? So I'm training a girl that got here a month ago.How?????? 

also literally nothing happened this week because STILL all our investigators said "bye bye dont come back" so yeah that was fun BUT me and this other american chick are gonna rock it and we'll get the work going again!!

Monday, April 11, 2016

The week NOTHING went as planned

so this week I literally have nothing to write because we didn't get to work :( My companion got like suuuuuper sick, so all together we had 9 lessons this week...and the goal was almost 30 so that wasn't good!

BUT in terms of new news I'm in a trio until the transfer next week! Sister Benevente from Mexico. She's literally the cutest person I've ever met. She is in an area really close to ours and her companion got transfered without her, so she's staying with us and when a member can go out with her she works in her area but when she can't, she has to stay with us. Literally the most annoying thing you can do to a missionary! But she's tons of fun, and its been good to have her around. When our leader called to ask for our numbers, all 3 of us were feeling a little down because our numbers this week were HORRIBLE so she started a food fight with our sausauge and cuscuz so that we wouldn't stay sad. I would send a picture but I forgot to take one. Also she taught me spanish! Turns out my spanish accent was even worse than I imagined. Thank you Quincy Junior High.

BUT we did have one success this week!!! One of my favorite members of the ward-Dyane-has a little brother (he's 21 lol) who wasn't a member, and she's been trying to baptize this kid for years now and guess what we did this saturday!!! He went to buy a suit this week because from now on he wants to go only in a suit and its kind of adorable because he's super excited. The funniest thing is that he's kind of super shy, and at his baptism someone stood up in front of everyone and wouldnt stop talking about how she think's he's cute so clearly all the girls here will like him and it was clear that he was getting embarassed, poor thing.

I'll try to accomplish more this week so that next week I have more to say ;)

Monday, April 4, 2016

The week I gained a reputation

Ok that makes it sound bad. So. Generally my emails to the president are suuuuuper vague because, like, gotta be formal right? But my last week with Sister Mazetto I was honest with him and said that I was afraid of working with ward leaders because sometimes I get a little bit completely full of rage and this isn't good, right? So then the next week again was super vague...so he responded "ah so this week was better? you didnt get super mad at anyone? congrats! just kidding. I wish you the best with this transfer" to which I responded "to be perfectly honest president, Im always angry. But seeing as I'm here serving a mission, trying really hard to be more like christ, no need to worry I still havent opened my mouth while I was full of rage. And my companion is helping me out with this one. With her at my side you don't need to worry that I'll explode any time soon."

I'm not sure why I wrote with so much more personality this week but anyway I sent that and now every time he sees me he calls me ginger/redhead and tells everyone to be careful or I'll blow up and every time something takes a little longer than expected he's like "stay calm! stay caaaaaalm! I know you can do it!! I believe in you!!" So yeah. My president is hilarious and also oops. But like before he never really talked about me and now he is a lot so?? Maybe thats good? I don't even know.

SO this week we found lots of FAMILIES to teach. FINALLY. and its the funniest thing because how we found them was that Wendel is going door to door (almost every single house in this city once housed a member of the church) to find all the less active members, and sometimes instead of members he finds people who are totally waiting for us to teach them! Literally it doesnt even make sense how some of these people were found. but I won't question it! haha.

And general conference was interesting because the 3 kids of an investigator showed up to watch without their parents...after that talk by Eyring Saturday we couldnt very well send them home so they sat with us and colored while we listened. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

22 houses, 2 lessons, 1 mission call, 0 sleep

Holidays are officially the worst! NO ONE IS HOME. Literally no one. On Saturday we visited 22 houses and we had 2 lessons the whole day. WHAT. So that was fun. And, as happens every single holiday so far, on Good Friday when no one was home (except the drunks) we read the part in the manual that says "holidays and sundays are the best days to find people at home to teach, so use these days wisely" and Sister Davis and I laughed a lot and agreed that maybe thats true in the US (maybe) but it couldnt be less true here. Clearly God has a sense of humour because I also read that part on New Years. And Christmas. And Carnaval. All the days we accomplished nothing. HA

But we still accomplished some things! We have 2 baptisms lined up for the 9th of april, and both of them WOULD be this week if it weren't for general conference, but we thought it would be weird to have a whole week in between baptism and confirmation. The first is Cleverton, the guy that had that weird dream I mentioned last week, and the other is the 16 year old I've been talking about since I got here in Santos Dumont. She's an ENTIRELY different person now, I don't even believe its the same girl. She was suuuuuuuper sad and thought she didn't deserve to talk to God or go into a church building or anything like that and now she's happy and she's friends with God again and basically the gospel works miracles.

My new DL is Elder Antunes-who was already my DL once. He was the DL that kept grilling me about excercising...so guess what me and Sister Davis will start this week ;P True to character the first thing he said to me when he arrived was "are you working out Steele!??!?" Thanks to him I'll return to the US super swole. (are the kids still saying that these days? Dang I'm out of touch)

The last hightlight was that Pedro got his mission call right? But here they don't mail it to your house, but to the bishop. So he had no idea, and he was going out with us to teach as always, and a member of the bishopric called me and said "Sister Steele. Don't say my name, what ever you do don't say my name yOU CANT SAY MY NAME OKAY?" and I was like okay???? why??? basically feeling like something out of a spy movie and if I said his name someone with a sniper rifle would shoot me and kill everyone I love I don't know man, I was freaked out. but it was all normal and then he told me Pedro's call arrived and it was my responsibility to get him home at 7:00 for the surprise and like ????? I'm awful with surprises and secrets??? but somehow with all of that, even with him being next to me during this phone call, he didnt know and it was a success! He's headed for Campinas in only a month! There go all our lessons with member present #timeforhisbrothertostepitup 

THANK GOODNESS ITS PDAY I'm dying. Sister Davis and I are having a serious problem. We like each other too much. We're not sleeping! This will be a problem. We need to learn to dislike each other.

Monday, March 21, 2016

the week i didnt tell you guys anything

This week will be a smaller email/not a photo this time haha

So this week sister Davis and I met Cleverton, a member's brother. He told us that he never wanted anything to do with the church but then he had this dream that he was trying to stone 2 old ladies and one of them said "I am happiness" and the other said "I am Christ" and he took that as an answer that he needs to join this church?? So we told him to pray about it and he said he got another answer and he wants to be baptised! 

L PRAYED literally I got so excited. It was funny because she said it super in passing like "oh yeah I prayed so that was a thing, but anyway Im feeling super good today like really good im at peace and I have no idea why cuz nothing got better but I feel good....maybe its because I prayed. anyway.." and we were like wow there slow down lets talk about that for a minute

and like thats basically it this week because the internet is notttttt working well so I dont have as much time today. But yeah. Me and Sister Davis are doing well :) Two americans together is crazyyyyy

Monday, March 14, 2016

AHHHHHH SISTER MAZETTO GOT TRANSFERED :( only one together? Totally unfair. BUT my new companion Sister Davis (who is american, what?!?) will get here tomorrow and I know we'll be awesome. Sister Mazetto (good luck oh goodness) is opening a new area AND training at the same time. HA. But I know she can handle it.

This week the main highlight was that Valmir got baptized! Teaching him was an interesting experience given that he's completely deaf. But this guy is soooo good. Since he can't hear, he studies more than anyone else in the church, and he's super sick right now but when we asked if he wanted to wait until next week to be baptised, he said "what and listen to the devil? heck no! I'm being baptized now!!"

Then there was the lesson with Stefany and Cleidiane that was going SO WELL until a drunk man with two large raw chickens showed up and wouldnt leave us alone. "I want to fry my chickens!! And you little chinese girl won't let me? How dare you. Let me tell you, people here are way nicer than you, you [swear word] go back to china" (he said to my very much brazillian companion). Thankfully Pedro was with us to make him go away/scare him off/make sure he didn't beat us and the other two girls with his raw chickens. That was quite the experience. Nothing like a drunk racist man shoving raw meat in your face...this always happens during the 1st vision. I dont think I've ever managed to teach the restauration without something crazy happening. #workofthedevil

I don't really know what else happened this week because I didnt get to work :( We did splits and I stayed in a member's house because I managed to hurt myself and couldnt walk well BUT im all good now so its ok

Anyway....good luck to me and Sister Davis! I'm Senior Companion now O.o

Monday, February 22, 2016

This week I have one main highlight I want to talk about. WORKING WITH MEMBERS BRINGS MIRACLES. So the last girl I mentioned last week, we've been teaching her for 3 weeks now. She had to run away from home and her old church excommunicated her for kissing a boy outside of her church-and when you're excommunicated no one can talk to you for 6 months. Which means that while all the horrible stuff was happening at home, none of her friends listened. They pretended she wasn't even there.

Sister Mazetto and I were pretty desperate to get her to come to young womens and meet the girls and help her feel like God loves her, but with just us calling her there she didnt want to. So we enlisted the help of the members and got her to come to an fhe with a ton of the youth. the next day she came to Nycole's baptism and the day after that she showed up to church!!  She literaly already seems so much happier I can't believe its the same person! We weren't even thinking of inviting her to be baptised because all we want right now is to make her happier but she's talking about being baptised!! 

I'm like so out of time so next week is going to be like last week was because that was so much easier but here's Nycole's baptism!!  

Monday, February 15, 2016

So this week had one more highlight that I didn't write in the letter. WE GOT A BAPTISM. Vinícius. He's 14 and has been visiting the church for a while, so on monday Sister Mazetto and I were like "hey, want to be baptized?" and he got suppppper excited and said yes. So we taught him all the lessons this week and here we are! He's adorable. On Sunday after his confirmation he couldn't stop smiling. When I said "hey you're a real mormon now!" his smile just got bigger. AND NOW we're going to baptize all his friends (Ingrid and Nayara).

Monday, February 8, 2016

sorry i had computer problems today and ran out of time?? I'll talk more about that last one next week

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The week God dropped people from heaven to meet us.

SO. This week me and Sister Mazetto managed to land 4 people with a baptismal date. Ingrid was the first one, and teaching her was soooo cool because she started to say "oh I already was baptized" but then we asked her to say the closing prayer and we all knelt down and she started crying and we were like "what's wrong?" and she says "no I'm not sad, I feel good, but I don't know what this is I've never felt this before. I'll be baptized." and we're like "well daaaaaang, you got your answer without even praying??? That happens?".

The second was Nayara, who was super cute and said "if I heard there was a prophet today I'd come running!" and of course we're like "well then have we got the message for you!"

The 3rd was a re-marked date of an investigator Sister Mazetto taught already. We asked her whats stopping her-she already knows what she should do-and she says "you're right, I do know" and accepted.

The 4th was also a re-marked date and similarly accepted.

But the best thing was Saturday. Sister Mazetto and I were a little lost, trying to find the house of a less active member and we went a weird way and nothing was making sense, when someone started shouting at us like "heeeyyy hey you guys" and we got a little afraid

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