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