Monday, July 11, 2011

Warmer Weather & Birthday!

WEll hello everyone!!
So guess what it my birthday and guess where I am? oh you guessed it right! I´m in Brazil and guess what´s even better? its getting warm here! I didn´t have to wear my coat today! I really think the weather here is more Bi-Polar than Utah. Its so crazy!! I was thinking about a week or so ago that my birthday would be the coldest I´ve ever had to have on my birthday but nope! Its warm, the sun is out and I´m loving being a missionary!! So for my birthday today so far Sister Modesto surprised me by making some yummy brownies, got some balloons! I love balloons!, a happy birthday sign, earrings, and hello kitty stickers! haha she is so funny! but yeah my birthday has really been pretty great so far. Its been nice that its p-day and all. Get to relax a bit and write letters, finally do my hair. For lunch we made a really yummy lasagna caserole thing. Super good. I´ll send the recipe to ya someday. And then tonight we are going to finish up our contacts and watch the legacy with some members! And thanks so much daddy! I´ll take you up on the offer of buying dinner! Tonight we´ll have pizza, brownies, ice cream and soda! Feel free to do the same back at home and picture me at the table or something and I´ll do the same with ya´ll and it will be like we celebrated my birthday together!! haha but yeah thanks so so much for all the Birthday wishes everyone! I´ll try my best to reply to your letters today or next week! love you all! OH sister swenson called me today to wish me happy birthday and guess what! I got another package! Thanks to who ever it is from!
ok so about this week. So to be honest things are a little on the rough side this week. The weather was pretty cold and for the past two sundays none of our investigators came to church. But the sun finally came up saturday evening and we had a follow up appointment with one of our new investigators fatima. So sad story. We had planned to meet with her friday evening but when we stopped by her house her son said that she wasn´t home. SIster Modesto thought she was in the house but didn´t want to meet with us anymore. IT didn´t make sense because the first time we met with her things really went really well! She wanted us to come back that week and she said she´d make us some tea and banana cake. Sounds gross but its actually pretty good! Well anyways we found out saturday night that she thought we were coming by friday afternoon and not the night. And we found out that both her and her son Alexandre read the restoration pamphlet, prayed about it, and got an answer! They want to learn more! They are so getting a baptism invite this week! haha man its crazy how at times things are pretty tough but things change and the well the sun actually does come up! So amazing!
Well I´ve kinda lost my train of thought... oh glad Ya´ll had fun reading my umbrella story! haha it was pretty fun writing about it. And no I havn´t bought a new one yet. I´ll probably buy one next p-day when we go to the city. oh before I forget. Mom I think my violin is getting a little affected by the humidity here. My bow is looking a little strange... What did sister shippin say or someone say would happen to my violin and bow in the humidity? I´m just a little nervous about my violin getting destroyed here.
Well I better run but thank you all for the amazing birthday wishes! love you all! oh I almost forgot. HAPPY BIRTHDAY NICCA ON THIS PAST SATURDAY!! I hope it was the best 18th birthday you´ve ever had! Love ya nick!!
Well love you all! Ate logo!! EU TE AMO!!
-sister Gregory

Monday, July 4, 2011

Umbrellas in trees & miracles

Well hello everyone!!
SO how was your week? From the lovely e-mails I received it sounds like everyone is doing wonderfully!! thanks always for the love and support you all give!! Mom i finally got the second package! Oh my goodness you went above and beyond. THank you so so so much! And yes I did ask for more things. Sorry about that... really if its going to cost a bunch don´t worry about it. And the pictures of christ are small pictures like 3x5 or something like that of christ. you can just put them will a letter or something in a small envelope so you don´t have to worry about spending so much. but thanks so so so much! Glad you all are have a lovely 4th of July weekend! Sure wish I could see some fire works... oh well there is always next year!
ok so about my week! Things have improved alot. we are still struggling with finding good solid investigators to contribute to the mission goal for this month of 100 baptisms but hey things could change soon right?! our numbers did go up this week and we found 9 new investigators! woot woot!
So funny story. This week like every other week it rained a bunch so one day sister modesto and I were running late and we decided to bring our big umbrellas. haha oh how they are so big. I feel pretty funny using them but hey they keep us dry. well we were walking pretty fast on this busy road and guess what! This lovely tree with thorns decided that it didn´t want to get wet anymore and grabbed my umbrella. haha oh goodness. my umbrella was pretty stuck. so I yelled for sister Modesto to stop walking but because of all the cars and the rain she could hear me. Also I guess I don´t talk very loud when I speak portguese so that didn´t help either. So here I am with this tree attacking me as I try to save my umbrella in the pouring rain with my companion getting further and further away. I finally yank my umbrella free and ran after sister Modesto yelling after her. I felt pretty funny running with a broken umbrella yelling in the rain. I think I got some lovely looks. haha well I finally caught up to sister modesto and told her the story as we both laughed like crazy. haha oh gotta love brazil!!
So I haven´t given you an update on the language lately! SO I think its actually coming along. The other day I had to call sister swenson about some scripture covers since I don´t have any and it was so weird speaking in english! I had the hardest time and kept going back to portuguese. So I guess this is a sign that I´m learning the language. People keep telling me though that I need to talk more but its not like I´m the biggest chatter box on the planet so maybe just maybe one day I´ll learn how to talk more. But yeah I really do love the portuguese language. Sometimes sister modesto will ask me to say a word in portuguese or read a word in english and I forget the word or pronounce it the way you would in portuguese. oh goodness my brain is getting so confused! And then there is those days were I will be teaching and out now where I will say a english word! haha english, portuguese, gotta love languages!!
SO this past week we had a wonderfully family home evening with the vargas family! we taught about eternal families and the temple. it was probally the most spiritally lesson we´ve had with this family. towards the end everyone was about in tears! So cool. And guess what! Lisandra and Gilmar agreed to quit smoking, get married and baptized this month! SO cool and definately a miracle! We are going to head over to there house tonight to check up on things because the other day we didn´t get the greatest of news of gilmar leaving. But hey I really am feeling like things will work out for them. THey are such a specail family and so that only means that satan will be working so hard on them. so keep them in your prayers!!
SO also guess what! sister missionaries will be stayiny in my area for a lot longer!! SO that means after this transfer I could end up staying here! but all keep ya posted when transfers come around in 4 weeks. Crazy time is sure flying by.
Well thanks for all the b-day wishes. I´ll let you know what I end up doing next week. We are thinking of going into the city and hangin out there for a few hours and then that night eating some pizza with some of our investigators and members. so that should be some great fun!
Well love you all!! EU TE AMO!! Boa Semana!!
-Sister Gregory