January 18, 2016

doce é o trabalho


so this marks the last week of the transfer and now it's for real, either sister silveira or i will be transferred from caicó. i almost cried a little as i was sitting in sacrament meeting yesterday looking at all of the members that i love so much and our sweet investigators that came to church with us. Gloria came to church again. She has made enormous improvement in her faith in God. I loved something that she said this week, that at first she was praying for oblligation, because she had to, but now she's praying because she wants to and she wants an answer from God. It's been such  a pleasure to see her grow and believe and strengthens my testimony even more that Heavenly Father knows us and answers our prayers. 

A couple of fun and less than fun things that have happened recently:
-It's raining like crazy here in Caicó!! That awkward moment when you're in a skirt and have to cross a river of rain/sewer water. The bright side is that everyone else on the street is dancing in the rain too and we invite them to church:) The elders from the other ward saw a refridgerator passing in front of them. #normal

-(Less than fun) It's raining so hard that the gutter pipes above our apartment broke and a bunch of water entered our apartment. Only destroyed our dvd player and flooded our living room, but all our books are safe and dry. #blessed

-An investigator that we are visiting gave us a dessert that looks like a blackish paste. We tried a little and Sister Silveira asked what the name of the dessert was, but i didn't hear. It was kind of good and she gave us more. It was only when we were walking back home that we bumped into a couple members and described this dessert that we just ate. What was it? CHOURICO!! It's made from pig's blood with a bunch of other spices and stuff!!! I ate pig's blood! I just about threw up in the moment. But it's safe to say that I'm stilll alive and well, so I think everything's okay:)

I love you all. Sempre. Shout out to my parents who finished the Book of Mormon together this week! And i hope you all continue reading the Book of Mormon too. If you haven't had the opportunity to pick one up, this is your challenge for the week:)

Also, shout out to everyone who send me cards and letters:) Opening letters is seriously 10x better than birthdays.

com muito amor e gratidão,
sister pace

January 11, 2016

Vinde a Cristo

This week it rained here in Caicó!!!!!! MILAGRES SÃO REAIS. It's just that now its super hot and super humid. Bleh... but other than that Sister Silveira and i had a good week. We have been teaching a couple that were references from a family in our ward. They are marvelous. They are reading the Book of Mormon and praying and loving it. There's nothing more beautiful to a missionary than progressing investigators:) They aren't married legally so hopefully we'll be planning a baptism and a wedding;) 

I pray for all of you and hope that you're all doing well and giving references to the missionaries too! 

-sister pace

fotos: my area. a dried up river. it's beautiful.
walking in the sun every day for 14 months gives you tan lines. (yes, don't worry, i use sunscreen..)

January 4, 2016

novo ano!

happy new year! feliz ano novo!

this week was great, and even greater because we were able to bring a family to church yesterday! josé and his son mateus and a few other of our investigators came to church and liked it a lot. i love the first sunday of month because miracles happen. it's ridiculously hot here and we had proof of this when a woman who is from campina grande visited our ward and said that she and her husband were praying for the missionaries on saturday because it was EXTREMELY HOT. its always over 100 degrees and i'm living because of a miracle haha.

i've been studying lately, well it's been a while now, about grace. it's after everything that we can so that grace will save us because who really dideverything was Christ. don't give up. keep trying. you're doing better than you think you are:) 

Trying to understand God’s gifof grace with all ourheart and mind gives us all the more reasons to loveand obey our Heavenly Father with meekness andgratitude. As we walk the patof discipleship, it refinesus, it improves us, it helps us to become more like Him,and ileads us back to His presence. “The Spirit of theLord [our God]” brings about such mighty change inus, … that whave no more disposition to do evil, but todo good continually.”
 -pres uchtdorf

love you all a whole lot. thanks for all your love.
-sister pace

my comp and i and the view from our apartment

December 14, 2015

joy to the world

Olá Família e Amigos!

This week was one of the most special weeks of the year! First of all, because I'm serving in NATAL and next week we'll be celebrating NATAL...🎄
Also, because we had our conferência de Natal which was the whole mission together and it was amazing. I saw friends, companions, leaders that made a huge impact on my life and on my mission. It was really special remembering the experiences that I've had looking back on this past year.
And the best part of this week was the baptism of Bruna:) she's 11 years old (almost 12) and told us that she'd never been so sure about something like she was when deciding to be baptized. It was through Juliana (another recent convert) that we got to know her. What I've loved in this time that we've been preparing Bruna to be baptised is really the pure and righteous desire that she has to be better. She really is so special, to me and of course to Heavenly Father:)

I really do love you all so much. And I'm thankful for this gospel and every perfect aspect of it. I know that our Savior Jesus Christ came to this earth with the most special mission and even with our many imperfections He's by our side. Amo vocês hein! FELIZ NATAL! 

-Sistem Pace

sister silveira (amada companheira) and i
baptism of bruna-sister silveira, bispo, bruna's stepdad, bruna, me, sueliton (LMA)

December 7, 2015

lá na judeia onde cristo nasceu

i dont have much time to write you all this week. sorry. but there's always the phrase that a picture speaks a thousand words. i'll send you a couple thousand words:)

and next week i'll write more:)

but what i do want to tell you is that i love you all a lot. remember this time of year not for the presents, but for it's real significance which is the birth of Christ. it's a privilege to testify of Him and this privilege is for everyone.

sister pace

November 16, 2015

deixa a luz do sol entrar

meus amados,

saturday was sister silveira's birthday!!!🎉
these last two weeks have been really special. sister silveira and i have been able to work more and more with the members here in caicó and it's bringing good fruits. one thing that our mission is focusing on is the retention of new members. we have a list of who joined the church in the last year and work hard to make sure they are being well integrated with the ward. when we work with this list of new members we also are able to teach the families of those who were baptized recently and this is how we met Deborah. She is the cousin of a recent convert and i already mentioned her, but now i'm here to say that she was baptized!! She is a-m-a-z-i-n-g! it has been so cool teaching her because she applies all of what we have taught to her life and understands how much God loves her. it just goes to show that Heavenly Father REALLY REALLY REALLY puts us in the right place at the right time when we listen to Him! I am extremely grateful to know Deborah😊

Funny story, we have two new investigators (a couple) that we sitting in front of their house the other night. As we were walking by we gave the usual "boa noite" and kept walking to get to a member's house. After we passed by I heard the man say "she's not brazilian.." and i turned around and returned and explained how i'm not, but i'm getting there;) we ended up talking to them and we had a great conversation, they gave us cake (obrigada nordestinos que recebem tudo mundo!!;)!!) and invited them to church. THEY CAME TO CHURCH. And realized that they have a bunch of friends that are members! and so it goes that we visited them yesterday and now they have a date set for their baptisms!! it all happens so fast and so perfectly. everything fits. i'm excited to see how everything turns out:)

i love you all sempre. i hope you all have a spectacular week and spread the gospel!

p.s. it's extremely hot here. 104 degrees farenheit every.single.day. sometimes 107. and caicó is in a serious drought. pleease pray for rain here! we missionaries are needing it especially to be able to continue walking in the heat every day!!

com amor,
sistem pace

November 2, 2015


Meus amados irmaõs,

This week was a week of miracles, alegria, and blessings. First of all, last week we went teaching with our relief society president and she brought us to the house of her sister who is less active and has a step daughter that wasn't a member, but had visited the church a bunch of times. She came to church with us last week as well as a devotional at night. Long story short, we invited her to be baptized, the pathway was paved with gold and we taught her this week. ☀ Juliana was baptized!!☀  The baptismal service was so perfect too:) it's moments like this that make every single thing worth it. But it doesn't end here, also during this week, we went to visit another less active and  when we got there we learned that they had a cousin that would be moving in with them. her name is Deborah and when we returned to talk with her, we invited her to be baptized. People, I'm talking about the Lord's elected. D&C 29:7 <--------- She´s been reading the Book of Mormon and when we prayed with her she thanked Heavenly Father for sending her cousins and us to help her know that she's loved and important to Him. She had the opportunity to watch the baptism of Juliana and loved it. 

We've been soooo incredibly blessed these lst couple of weeks. It's true that God knows what we need and what we are capable of. 

Love you all.