March 30, 2015

He is risen! Ele ressuscitou!

Hey everybody,

i just wanted to send a quick email to let you all know that first, I'm doing great:) second, our little investigator Francimara (the younger sister of some members in our ward) was baptized yesterday, third and most important that this is the week of Easter. The week of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. I always loved Easter because we were always with family and I love tulips and there's a special peace that comes this time of year. But really above all, this peace comes from our Savior. This is the time of year that we really remember not only that He died for us, but that He Lives again for us.

This is a link to a video that explains why the Atonement of Jesus Christ that happened so long ago is still just as important yesterday, today, tomorrow and forever for all of us. 

and here it is in Portuguese too;)

com muito amor
sister pace

p.s. general conference is this week! everybody go watch!

March 23, 2015

milagres são reais!

Here's the lowdown on my life recently...

So the past week we've started to teach the mom of a member in our ward. Her name is Edna. She really didn't like the church for a really long time because her son, Dino, wants to serve a mission and she doesn't want him to leave. I remember visiting her one time when I first got here and seeing that she wasn’t interested, but last week we invited her to read 3 Nephi 11 anyway. We were doing a service project for her with electricity, and when I asked her if she had read and she said no, we decided to read with her. Sister Ochoa was working in the other room and I started to read with Edna. The Spirit is a powerful being I'm telling you because as we started to read and stop every couple of verses you could see the understanding she was receiving on her face:) She said that she was feeling goose bumps as we read about how Christ came to the people. But my favorite thing she said is that she feels like she understands only a little piece of how Christ feels for us because like when a mother sees her child hurting, she wants to do anything to comfort them, even take the pain upon herself. And this is how Christ felt for us. How he FEELS for us. That He came to the Americas and showed the marks on His hands and feet so that the people here could know that He died for them too. 

I almost cried. Edna too. We continued reading and the next thing Christ did was give the people the authority to baptize, in His name, in the way that he was baptized.

 33 And whoso believeth in me, and is baptized, the same shall be saved; and they are they who shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Edna stopped reading and said to me, now I understand why your church talks so much about baptism. I want to be baptized.

I can't even describe the joy I felt in that moment. And now since then she's been making amazing progress. What's even greater is how happy Dino is:) He's helping her a lot too:)

And so that's the result of many many missionaries passing by her house, her son sharing the gospel when she at times didn't care, and people never giving up on her. Not only am I gaining a huge testimony of the power of the Book of Mormon, but I've seen firsthand that you never know who has been prepared to hear the gospel.

I love you all! 
Read your Scriptures because there's power there!
Get ready for G Conference!
Eat peanut butter in my honor;)

March 16, 2015

i'm still alive

Sorry I haven't written in so long, but everything's all good!
We had transfers a couple weeks ago and I had to say goodbye to sister Cunha which was sad, but Sister Ochoa (Sister Ochoa is from Argentina) is really sweet and I'm happy to be working with her.
Know that I'm doing great and I'll write more to y'all next week!!
Read your scriptures!!

-sister pace

In an email Terra wrote to me (her mother), she said the following:
"I was talking with Sister Ochoa that the members that go out of their way to take care of us are really angels from heaven. Also, if you can ever give them a ride somewhere, do it. Don’t let them tell you that you don't have to, they're just being modest. We missionaries do enough walking, I've almost cried a couple times of joy when members offer us a ride."