Let´s see what happened this week…
1) It´s not so so so hot anymore! Well it´s still hot, but at least I´m not melting like a popsicle (by the way the popsicles here are so much better, they´re made with real fruit)
2) We taught 28 lessons o.O yeah I´ve never done that before in a week.
3) We have two baptisms marced for the 12th of April! (man I am having a really hard time typing in ingles how embarrasing) they´re names are _____ and ______ and they are both single men who are also in my english class 🙂 (all our miracles are because of our ingles class I swear!) They are both so great and honestly I am so so happy to know them.
YESTERDAY WAS THE BEST DOMINGO OF MY LIFE. Domingo is Sunday btw. And It was the neatest thing my friends. We had this activity called the sunday when no one was missing (in rough translation) and ALL the members brought people to church and so many investigators came to church that I just kept greeting people and crying a little, and greeting more people, and crying some more. Oh my heavens I have a testimony about faith and how it leads to miracles. We set up all these chairs and set a goal for how many people we wanted at church. and It was a goal so big that even lots of members were like… really? You think that setting up all these chairs will mean that they´ll be filled with people? YES. I believe in a God of faith. He wants us to show our faith, and He will provide the miracles. Just like my mission president tells us every week, the Lord is hastening the work. For all you missionaries if you think that more results aren´t possible for you or your area, think again. Don´t ever limit yourself because that means you´re actually just limiting God´s power in your life. Just to show that miracles are real, every week our frequency at church here is usually 180. But this week was almost 400. Now tell me that miracles don´t exist!
4)Conference is coming! Invite everyone to come! I know we have a prophet and what an incredible, undescribable (I know I spelt that wrong but that word is just perfect to describe what I feel) opportunity and we need to invite others to hear his words. By the way, if you only watch one or two sessions, this is me telling you to repent and watch them all and pay attention. I was awful about this before the mission and it´s still hard to pay attention when you´re tired and the apostles nice voice could put you to sleep… I know haha… but just try your very best and be ready to write down your personal revelation. It will and should be a spiritual experience that you´ve never had before.
I love you all and I love my mission that is so hard and so great. I´ve never been so beaten down, but I´ve never been so uplifted, so strengthened, healed, changed, and never felt so personally close to Jesus Christ. Have a great week preparing for conference with me!
Com amor e fé, Sister Packer
I feel like for the first time in my life I´m cold! What a glorious feeling! I think I spelt glorious wrong? English just looks all wrong now. Anyway, bear with me friends as I can´t speak either english or português haha.
But it´s raining here and summer has officially ended… I don´t know if that means that it will actually keep cooling down or if it will return to melt your shoes off hot. Because like Idaho, just because winter officially ends doesn´t mean it stops snowing! 🙂
My ward here in Andaraí is the best. Seriously I am learning how to be a real member of the church. I want to help a lot more with missionary work when I go home. Leaders in the church are always needed and always are just so helpful! Thank you leaders and teachers in the church for what you do. If you ever feel like no one appreciates your calling, here is Sister Packer thanking you personally for what you do.
So this week we found a ton of menos ativos that no one knew existed! It was just miracle after miracle people. You know those days when you are walking all day, but finding all the people that you just know God is putting right where you are. And you almost want to just stop and look at the sky and sing praises to God because you know He is so much closer than it might sometimes seem. For example, we were buying toilet paper just now at the store and we found a man who asked US if we could visit him. WHO DOES THAT? No one. And then we asked him who he lives with, and he casually responds `with my wife and two kids`and my face was like 😀 and now we have a family to baptize because God is so so good.
Well folks it´s time to end. There are a lot of emails I have never responded and I am so sorry! I promise one day we can talk on the phone or in person and it´ll be great 🙂 Also I want you to know that I am happy where I am because I know the Church of Jesus Christ is the only true church with authority and the power to get us back to our Heavenly Father. WITH OUR FAMILIES FOR ETERNITY. Like Elder Holland says ´´it wouldn´t be heaven without my wife and kids.´´ I feel the same about you my wonderful family. I also know that Jesus Christ lives and He is our forever friend. I love Him so much and sometimes I look around to see if I can see Him because I feel Him so close. Or wait to see if I will feel the touch of His hand on my shoulder. I am who I am today because of repentance through the Atonement of my Savior. Right now writing this I am grateful beyond words for everything that He has done for me, and continues to do. Don´t ever feel like He is not there! Our God will NEVER us forsake! I testify of this with all my heart and with the authority of a servant of the Lord that we will never be truly happy without the church and the pérfect gospel.
OH MY GOODNESS I´M SO OLD!
I can´t believe I hit a year this week. I never thought this day would come. Seriously. Because I always had a vision of what a missionary was before the mission, but now that I AM one it´s a whole lot different. I have SO much more to learn! But that is the miracle of it all. I finally understand that yes, I am not a perfect missionary. But I actually don´t need to focus on PERFECTION. I need to focus on one attribute of Christ at a time. One thing I can do. Things that are in my control. And it´s not just about the mission. Not at all. My work towards progression will be for the rest of my existance. It will never end! We have the wonderful opportunity to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ for forever. I am so glad that I can keep increasing my faith, keep repenting, keep renewing my covenants, keep following the Holy Ghost, and keep keeping the commandments and learning and striving and doing my best until the end 🙂 How great is that?
This week I realized something. Baptisms are sacred opportunities to bring people to the gospel. And this isn´t just about baptisms of converts, but children baptisms as well. The baptism of ______ we had 14 investigators out of about 25 people. And yesterday was a baptism for an angel named ______ who is 8. Her family are members so it was a ward baptism, but I counted more than 20 investigators at her baptism. TWENTY. How cool is that? They are a really shy family, but they invited EVERYONE they know. Family, friends from work. Everyone. And you know what, I realized I need to repent because I didn´t invite anyone like that to my baptism. At least not that I remember. So I will start with my own kids. because Baptism is the gate to salvation, so everyone who watches one WILL feel the spirit and will grow in desire to do the same thing. It´s a automatic response.
Transfers were this week and I will stay in Andadaí with sister B 🙂 I LOVE my area so much so I´m grateful. We have a lot of great goals in our ward and activities coming up that will bring a lot of people to come to know more about the church.
I want you all to know that I love this gospel. Saturday night I started to cry in the middle of the road (not the best place to cry) because I was overwhelmed with the fact that I have the truth. I know that this church has the authority of God. And no body else has it. No matter how spiritual anybody is, they can´t be saved. and can´t have the blessings of eternal life, without the priesthood. The people in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are not perfect. BUT THE GOSPEL WE LIVE HAS ALWAYS BEEN AND WILL ALWAYS BE PERFECT. I am still overwhelmed with this blessing in my life. Because I am slowing realizing just how few people know. So it´s our job to help them know. Don´t be scared to share your light my friends 🙂 if you really love your friends, you´ll share your greatest gift with them. The restoured gospel of Jesus Christ.
I love you and I love my Savior and I am working my hardest to do what He wants of me.
Love, Sister Packer
So let´s start with the apologies for everyone that I haven´t responded to basically anybody in a few weeks… my excuse is that… I have no excuse. But I love you all more than you know and even if I never say anything I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR LETTERS AND EMAILS! Every little one! I promise I read them and laugh and cry and sometimes read them like 10 times 🙂 So thank you.
This week is weird because it´s carnaval and so we have to be in our house 6 at night starting last friday until tuesday. But don´t think we get to take a break kids. Our mission President really has a vision about the GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. It´s EVERYWHERE. The more we live it the better we´ll be at everything we do. And so for three hours every night I get to study about the Gospel of Jesus Christ (the steps we learned in Primary that I never thought were of such critical importance as I do now)..
RECIEVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST
ENDURING TO THE END
And oh my heavens to betsy have I learned so much more about my role as a servant of God, and as a person, and as a daughter of Zion. So I know it might sound like I´m a phanatic (I have no idea how to spell that word anymore) and a bible hugger lover who wants to preach to the world (because I am) But I really have something I want everyone to do. STUDY THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. Not for me, and if you don´t want to do it even for you, then do it for HIM, Christ your brother who loves you.
Quote of the week. My companion Sister B said this as we were watching a group of drunk people in costumes for carnaval ´´take off those crazy clothes and come with me to eternal life people!´´
Love, Sister Packer