Monday, April 28, 2014

"Milagre" Miracle

This week was B-E-A-U-TIFUL!! First of all the weather has finally started to cool down. I actually sleep with a blanket now and wear sweatpants around the house (you have no idea how much I have missed my sweatpants). But the best thing about this week, was that it was full of Tender Mercies.
We have been having difficulties trying to find people that want to hear our message. After a long day we started to head back home and just as we were getting to our street we passed a woman with a 2 month old Baby, we passed by saying "Boa Noite" (have a good night) after walking another 30 feet I felt like we needed to go back and talk to her. I told my companion,
"I think we need to contact her"
"You want to go back and talk to her"
"Yeah why not she needs the gospel"
So we went back and it was kinda awkward and I was like hey we have an invitation for you, and we invited her to come to church and take the lessons, and It turned out that she had just moved and had only been in Sumaré for 2 days and didn`t know anybody and was looking for friends and was interested in finding a Church to go to. I was so excited. SO EXCITED. We are going to go back to her house this week and I have a lot of faith that things are going to go well.

We also had divisions this week with the Sister Training Leaders. I don't know if I told you this but My Old Companion Sister Pâmela was made a sister Training leader so I got to go on a division with her. It was awesome. Actually lets be honest it was full of miracles. First miracle, I understood everything that she was saying and she understood everything that I was saying. Second miracle, we were suppose to have a baptismal interview with one of our investigators and with our leaders, but when we had arrived at his house to have the interview he wasn't home. I was feeling kinda discouraged because I knew that this interview was important. So the elders left and because I didn't have a Plan B I wasn`t sure what do do for the next hour or so, But I felt like we need to go Visit one of our investigators. It was weird cause I was like "um we have an investigator that lives down this street I think we should do visit her" so it was starting to get dark and as we are walking down the street this man on a motorcycle starts driving right next to us and Ï`m like um excuse me creepy man what do you want? Yeah when the creepy man took off his helmet it turned out he was out investigator that we were suppose to have the interview with. I was so excited we called the Elders and we had the interview!! It was great!

So Sad news, Fabio, our investigator from English class doesn`t live in our area..I was so sad,..So we had to teach a joint lesson with the elders yesterday and pass him over to the Elders. I think Fabio was sad too. But its all good, the truth is I really don`t care who teaches him, I just want him to get baptized.

Also Other Sad news, we have transfers this week. I am staying here in Sumaré but my companion Sister Richards is going to Piracicaba. I`m kinda sad because I love Sister Richards but I`m kinda excited too because My new companion (ooops forgot her name) is from Argentina and doesn`t speak very much English, so I`m excited because I think I will pick up Portuguese a lot faster and I will be able to speak it better after this transfer. Although this week my Portuguese was a lot better!Wooohooo!!
Alright love you all,
Sister Roberts

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Feliz Páscoa!

GUESS WHAT!?!?!?!?
I am Dengue Free!!!!! WOOT WOOT!!! 
Yep that's right after laying in my death bed for 2 weeks I finally arose and went out and worked. Its was a very beautiful moment in my life.
Which reminds me FELIZ PÀSCOA!! HOPPY EASTER! I love Easter, and this Easter was one of the bests. So some of the things that they do here in Brazil is that everyone receives these ginormous Chocolate Easter Eggs. You can buy them any where from 9$ to 90$ its crazy. Haha so You know Sister Richards and I are like these really poor missionaries right? So we bought these super cheap tiny little Kinder Ovos (eggs) its was great. But we had a great Easter.
 A ward member gave us Chocolate easter eggs for Easter (And yes I know I look sweaty and sunburned and need comments.. we worked hard that day)
So here is what happened, My companion and I teach English, and one of our students wanted to learn more about the doctrine of our church, and so we were like yeah come to church and we will teach you. Oh my goodness he is so prepared to hear the gospel its crazy. He has been coming to the church activities for the past couple of weeks and everything and finally we got to teach him on Sunday, and it was so great. For the first time I understood almost everything that he was saying. And the spirit was so strong in our lesson, we invited him to be baptize and HE ACCEPTED!!!! YAY!! I am so Happy, I feel so much love for him, and I so badly want him to have happiness in his life, and I Know that the gospel can bring so much joy and happiness into the lives of others, because it has brought me so much happiness. 
I Love Easter So much! I love that we take a day and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. I know that He Lives, I know that he loves us. I think that Easter is a great time to reflect on the sacrifices that He made for Us. When I think about Christ and his Atonement it motivates me to try a little harder to be a little better. I hope that this Easter Season we can all try a little harder to be a little better.
I love you all!
Feliz Páscoa!
com amor,
Sister Roberts
 This cute little girl is really special to me because she was born the day that I started my mission. And lets be honest, she looks super cute with my name tag!
 yeah So my companion and I are really weird and we like to Eat Bunnies..its fine

We got these Carrots from Relief Society
 We ate Easter Lunch at the house of this Irmã
My companion with Sister Pagane

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dengue Fever

I'm not going to lie, this week was awful. On Tuesday my fever spiked up to 103.8 for the third time so it was decided that I needed to go to the hospital again to try to figure out what was causing such a high fever. After a couple of super sketchy blood tests it was determined that I have Dengue Fever..Not cool. I've been in bed almost all week. My back has never been in so much pain in my entire life. I hit a really low point this week as well. I was sitting in the hospital feeling super sick, and super empty, not understanding what the medical people were telling me and I was so stressed and I was so not happy, and I sat there and I was like "I Just want to go home, I just want to be happy again." And then I realized that sitting on a plane for 12 hours back to the good old USA thinking about how I wasn't able to finish my mission would not make me happy. As medicine was getting drained into my system  I thought about all of my converts and Investigators and how much happiness they have brought into my life. I LOVE them. I LOVE Brazil. Yeah having dengue has not been fun, but If I have to suffer for a couple of days so that I can continue to teach these people, then so be it.

 We had multi Zone conference this week. It was kinda funny actually because I just sat in the back with my companion and slept on the pew for almost the whole meeting. But  we got to hear the testimonies of all the new Americans. Sitting there listening to them speak in broken Portuguese reminded me of how far I've come with the language and becoming a missionary. There is still so much I need to learn but when I look back to where I was 4 months ago I've realized how far I've come. I am so grateful that I get the opportunity to be here in Brazil, learning Portuguese and helping others come unto Christ. I am so grateful for my own testimony in my Lord and Savior. I know that he is always here with us, ready to help.
My zone, with President and his wife
And I am grateful for this Easter Season we have to celebrate the life of our Living Savior. He has done so much for me, and I am so grateful that I have this time that I can serve him.
Com Amor,
Sister Roberts

 Sister Pagone had Twizzlers and I almost died, I was so excited
Got to See Sister Serre at Multi Zona

 And my old companion Sister Pâmela

Monday, April 7, 2014

Where is Peter?

We got to work this week!! Woot Woot! Honestly, I love working, and I feel like I was starting to get really depressed in the house. But we contacted so many good people and taught some really solid lessons this week. We are hoping that we are going to have a couple of baptisms on the least that is what we are praying for. We are teaching this one guy, Fabio that we met in our English class (did I tell you that we teach English?) and one day after class he told us he wanted to learn more about the doctrine, so now we are teaching him and he is super prepared, so we are praying for him.

So we got a call the other day that Sister Richardson was emergency transferred. I was so sad, I love that woman, she is hilarious and I don't think I have ever laughed so hard in my life, but she is leaving today for Piracicaba which is my last area, and I love that area so I am really excited for her because those people have a very special place in my heart.

Also Funny Story, this sister wanted to make us rabbit for lunch, and I was like okay that's cool I have eaten that before, so were sitting there eating rabbit and it was really really good. For sure one of the best lunches that I've had since being here in Brazil. So after Lunch we are walking around and she is showing us her garden and all of her animals, and I am looking in her little pen full of chickens and rabbits and I asked her what happened to the really white fluffy bunny? And Everyone turns to me and looks at me like I'm stupid and my companion tells me in English, "That's what we ate for lunch." and I was like 'What?!? WE ATE Pretty Peter for lunch?!?!?!" I was really sad because I really liked that bunny, but he tasted really good, so I guess its all good right?

Conference was Amazing! it was sooo Good! I am so grateful that we had the opportunity to listen to the words of our prophet. He is truly a man called of God. As always I felt like some of the talks were directed at me. I love listening to the words of our prophet and feeling the spirit that they bring. I received so much revelation for my life, and so much comfort. Lets be honest. Missions are hard. Before I came on my mission I knew it was going to be hard, but I didn't think that it was going to be this hard. Imagine going to a different country, not knowing how to speak their language, not knowing anything about the culture, trying to bring others to come unto Christ. Its hard, but it is so worth it. Watching the lives of my investigators change brings me so much happiness. If you haven't already watched conference, I encourage you to do so. Its so good and I promise you that you will the spirit and that you will hear the words that can change your life if you let it.

Love you all,
Sister Roberts
So funny story, I'm and idiot and forgot to put my sd card in my camera so this is the only photo I have this week. But it was at General Conference with some of the missionaries here in our zone