Feliz Natal!

Hello my dear loved ones,
Oh my goodness here we are again! That strange camp fire song ‘We´re all together again, we´re here we´re here…’ just came to my head. How about I sing a nice church song now haha 🙂
OH! I am staying in my area!!! I AM SO HAPPY!!!! 😀 EU ESTOU MUITO FELIZ!! I love this place I´m in. did I tell you that the work in our area is so good that we have 4 sisters in our ward? I don´t think I did. But it´s so fun cause we work together, and we all live together, and it´s just a blast and a half. I´ve never lived with a lot of sisters like this before. And we get to spend Christmas together!!! OH IT JUST MAKES MY WHOLE DAY 😀
And finally I will give the response everyone has been waiting for…. where is sister packer in relation to the Cristo? Well right now I am north of it. Not too far away. Sometimes in certain places I can see him 🙂 I take photos every time I see him and I will eventually send one to you I promise. (my camera is currently with an éxhaisted battery´) But I am not allowed to visit there till the last Pday of the mission. Talk about a build up of suspense!!!
Some scriptures I found during the week to share with you:
Doctrine and Covenants 39:11-13, 64:32-34
We had a primary program and both of our progressing investigators (Antonia and Vania) came! They both loved it. AND it was so special. Wow, I could not stop from smiling because the spirit was so sweet. They sang so good and it was very special because I knew all the songs, but they were of course in Portuguese. So it was so neat to hear the same message in the cute little songs,  and be able to now understand in a different language. I pray for the gift of tongues and the gift of the Holy Ghost every day.
That´s something else I wanted to say… There are so many spiritual gifts. I think everyone should research them and pick one to work one. I did this when I was in YW (it was the gift of listening and the gift of discerning spirits, both of which I have had many neat experiences with). But we can always develope more. That´s my Christmas Challenge for everybody 🙂
One last thing (there is SOO MUCH TO SAY but so little time, I´m sorry!) Alma 28:14 talks about how there is both sorrow and joy in missionary work. Why is that? Well I watched a video this week that changed my mission. It´s called the Atonement and Missionary Work, with elder Eyring and Holland. And they tell us that of course it´s not going to be easy. Lot´s of people won´t listen. Most people won´t listen. Why try? But why should we ever think it would be easy for US if it was never easy for HIM? Our Savior suffered so much that He asked to find another way… well for us sometimes we want another way. But this is the way. And whenever we want to rest, to take a break, to slack a little, just REMEMBER HIM.
I love you all, and I love my Savior.
Sister Packer

Merry (almost) Christmas!

Hello one and all!

I have not written a big email like this in a very long time. I´m sorry if anyone thought I got eaten by a monkey (they have those here btw) or swallowed up by the ocean (they have a lot of that here too). All the missionaries know that we just don´t have any time!
Here is my week in no apparent order (forgive my english/spelling, I can barely speak much of english or portuguese right now).
One time I used a members bathroom and I turn on the light before entering and there is the biggest cat I have ever seen. It took me a minute to realize it wasn´t a dog. I thought about going to the bathroom with him in there, but decided I´d better not, and tried to nudge him out. Well, this dogcat didn´t like that so much, and tried to bite my foot. so I found the dish of cat food, and carefully, prayerfully coaxed the beast from the cave, and then set the food down and ran to the bathroom before he could follow me inside. Phew!
IT´S SO HOT HERE!!! It´s so hot I feel like I´m on fire sometimes. Just a walking ball of fire. My hands swell up and sometimes when we kneel down to pray at night my knees are so sweaty that I can´t kneel without sliding around 😦 blech. But Im getting some pretty cool tan lines 😀
(Sometimes I put my arms and hands in the freezer at our house and just stand there for awhile. Anyone serving in a hot place, try it :))
An incredible experience happened this week that taught me a good lesson on obedience. We were at a lesson and it was the last of the day. The lesson ended at 8:55 and I had been feeling hungry all day… and the lady offered us this plate of yummy roles. So my comp and I caved and we scarfed down the whole thing. The man there looked  out the window and said it had started to rain, so the lady let us borrow her umbrella and we were on our way. The snack set us back in time, seeing as we´re supposed to be in our house at 9 if we can, and at 9:30 at the very latest.
So we take a bus to our house, but on the bus there´s so much traffic (not usual that time of night) that we were sitting there for nearly 30 minutes. The rain is getting harder and harder this whole time, and my comp and I are just hoping that we get home before 9:30.
We get off the bus finally and it´s about a 5 minute walk home. As we´re walking, I look down at my clock and it´s 9:30. And then at that moment the rain REALLY came down. The wind made it hard to walk, and my clothes were so wet my skirt was litterlly falling off my body. We were drenched the extent of having jumped in a pool, and it only took about a minute. The umbrella broke in the wind, and in a panic we started to run and asked the nearest appartment doorman to let us in. Needless to say… We finally made it home after waiting a few minutes, gathering up our courage and running the rest of the way. I have never seen rain like that before. It was a lot like the storm on the other side of heaven. I know that if we had been obedient, we would have made it home in time.
That is my lesson on obedience. We are protected when we´re obedient. Even with the little things.
Sorry I wrote a novel this week. I love you all and want you to know I know this gospel is true. There is no other way. Jesus Christ is the way.
Love, Sister Logan Packer