Monday, May 26, 2014

We did what?

So Fabio didn't get baptized this week....I cried. But its all good because I've got faith that he will be baptized this weekend! or maybe next weekend..haha. Other than that this week was really good. So everyone tells you "that on the mission you are going to learn so much about yourself" ect. So this week I learned that I am way to weird and crazy. Basically my companion and I did some pretty "loco" things this week.

 So we are like a mile and a half away from our home and I see this really nice desk siting in the trash. And I looked at my companion and I was like hey, we need a new desk lets take this one back to our casa. She thought I was joking....haha... She was like "yeah we will just carry this huge thing all the way home" I was like "yeah lets do it" Haha imagine two sister missionaries carrying a desk through the streets of Sumaré. All of these really old Men were whispering and talking about us and laughing, and basically it was the funniest thing of my life. It was really funny because afterwards we called the Mission President's wife, Sister Canuto and told her that she didn't have to buy a new desk for us, she was like "You did What?!?!"" and then she just laughed at us and told us that we were crazy.
The desk we carried back to our home
Also we had interviews with President this week. I love President, he is so funny and so awesome. We had a really funny conversation. He asked me what I had studied yesterday in my personal study and I  I'm reading the Old Testament, I'm in 2 kings chapter 2 he pulls out his bible and is like what did you learn from this and I'm like um..don't make fun of bald men... haha President just laughed.. I love that man.

This week was good, and I think this next week will be even better.

Love you all!!
Sister Roberts
Sister Pagone and I waiting for interviews.
We call this the Garden of Eden
We are crazy.
Look I'm a model.

Really cool caterpillar
Look Cows
What a nice pretty field over there

Monday, May 19, 2014

Vida Eterna

"Life does not begin at birth, nor does it end at death"
You know, I`ve been taught my whole life that families can be eternal, that we will live forever. That there is no end after this life. For the past six months I've seen this simple truth change the perspectives of life and death for so many people. I am so grateful for the knowledge we have to know that we can live with our families again. This knowledge brought a lot of comfort to me this week as I learned about the death of my Great Grandmother. I am so sorry to hear that she has passed away. I've always been impressed by her silent example to me and to her other grandchildren and great grandchildren. I am so grateful that I got to know her here in this life. I remember the last conversation I had with her, I told her that I was going to serve a mission in Brazil, She told me she was so happy and so proud of me, and told me that I would be a good missionary. This meant so much to me especially because she is not a Member of our Faith. I Love her. I`m excited to one day see her again.

My companion and I had a fantastic week. Fabio is getting baptized this Saturday, we contacted so many people that want to hear the gospel. We are seeing miracles everyday. I feel so Blessed.
Love, Sister Roberts
Look what a nice farm
  Guess what!! I can fly!!!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Feliz Dia Das Mães!

I hope everyone had an awesome Mother's Day. I know I did, It was so good to be able to finally skype my family for the first time since I've been on the mission. It was so funny to see that my brothers haven't changed at all and that they are still their goofy selves. I love them. Also It was funny because as I was talking to my family in English it was hard not to say some phrases in Portuguese. Haha FINALLY I am starting to forget English!!! Its actually really funny because now I feel like I think in both Portuguese and in English and it all gets mixed in my head and sometimes I feel like I speak Portlish. It fine.

This week was fabulous. Our ward had a really cool Mothers Day Dinner on Thursday. They put together this really cool slide show with all of the pictures of the moms in the ward, and they got videos from some of the missionaries from this ward giving a shout out to their moms. And it was really neat. Except they asked us the missionaries to sing for them and some how someone decided that I would be singing a solo in English...ugh.. I really don't like singing in front of people, and the last time I sang a solo I was in the first grade and it didn't go so well..But actually I feel like I did pretty good, I sang the first verse of Love is Spoken hear in English, and my Companions sang the second verse in Spanish, and they we joined the other sisters and all sang together in Portuguese, it was pretty cool actually.

We are also continuing to teach Fabio. I love Fabio, we marked a baptismal date with him for the 24th of May. If he gets baptized my life will be made. But its all on the Lords timing so I guess we will see what happens.

I based my personal studies this week on Chapter 4 of Preach My Gospel, recognizing the spirit. Sometimes teaching lessons can be stressful, especially when you don't know the language very well, and your not sure what your companion is going to say or do, but this week my companion and I really focused on being guided by the spirit in our lessons. What A Difference it had made. I know that when we work hard and pray and humble our selves to be guided, the spirit will always testify of the truth of our message. 
I love this gospel, I love this work, I love you!

♥ Sister Roberts
 We Shared this huge pastel for lunch today.. it was good
 My companion made this really good ice cream cake last night for mothers day
I got so excited because the bishop here gave my companion and I new bibles!! Woot Woot, its so small and light and doesn't take up very much space in my bag, compared to my other one.. yeah I know only missionaries get excited over bibles..its fine
Caldo de CANA!!! I love this stuff.

Sister Richards leaving :(

FHE at the Bishops house
I found a really big beetle.. it was cool
We needed a festa so I made crepes!
Me and my companion eating Crepes
The mess we made from our festa

Ice cream!! (and by now I am realizing that all of my pictures are like with food haha I promise we don't just sit around and eat all day)
This week they tour down a bunch of houses in one of the neighbor hoods here and we had a referral for one of the houses but we couldn't find it.

Monday, May 5, 2014

It feels good to help people

I had some very interesting experiences this past week. Normally on Monday night we try to attend a Noite Familiar (Family Home Evening) with one of the ward members. But this Monday we didn't have one scheduled so we called bishop and asked if there was a Noite Familiar that we could go to, and he invited us to his house. So we get there and guess who is there?!? an AMERICAN Family. This family has only been living in Brazil for 2 weeks, The Father served his mission here a little while ago and speaks really good Portuguese, but his wife doesn't know any. I could tell that she was a little stressed and confused and nervous, and couldn't understand why everyone was greeting her with kisses ect. Its crazy because I know exactly how felt, because that's how I felt when I first got here. Sister Richards and I were the only ones there that spoke English, I'm glad that the bishop invited us to go there because I think we helped her..haha at least I hope we did :)

Tuesday we had transfers, I'm no going to lie I was super nervous for them. But I LOVE my new companion, Sister Lucero, she is from Argentina, and she pretty much rocks my socks off. She is so funny, and so humble, and I think we teach lessons really well together. Its funny because sometimes when she is talking she will throw in some spanish words and I'm like umm.. "não entendi" and she is all like "Oh sorry I spoke spanish"

We taught some really solid lessons this week. Basically all of our investigators know that the church is true and the Book of Mormon is True ect. But they do not want to commit to baptism. That's been hard for me this week, because I feel so much love for them and for this gospel, and I know that the gospel can be a huge blessing in their lives. So this week My companion and I are hoping to commit people to baptism.. Its Going to Be Good!

Also I've got good news.
This week
I Taught
English Class
(as my mom would sing ♫ It's a M i r a c l e ♫)
Oh my gosh I was so nervous to teach English class. We have two classes, a basic and an advanced. Normally I teach just the advanced because its in all English, and normally Sister Richards taught the Basic. Do You know how hard it is to explain English in Portuguese, but the Lord really helped me this week and I was able to do it WOOHOO!!

Also I decided that I wanted to have a fiesta, so last night I made crepes for my companion and the other sisters and they taught me how to samba! Funniest thing of my life..
Basically this week was good, the Lord helped me a lot this week. I'm so grateful to him.
Have a fabulous week!
Com Amor,
Sister Roberts!