Where did these last weeks go?? I just got here but transfers are next week and I sure hope my comp won´t leave me cause that means I need to know where everyone lives haha. I just need a map but who sells maps anymore when anyone (but missionaries) has some technology device that can tell you anything you want. But it´s ok… 🙂 I just ask directions and use the excuse to talk about Jesus with them.
Funny story that I promised… So in Brasil there´s favelas (a bunch of houses all stacked together) and funny things always happen there. We have a recent converse named ______ (pray for him please he´s not doing so good) and he´s 17 and the only member of his family. So we´re sitting outside his house on some steps and the neighbors (who live like three steps away cause everyone is super close together) are having a drinking party. What happened is that ______´s step dad comes up and is standing right next to me drunk as you can get, and right as my comp is testifying about going to church he starts to slap a bucket to the beat and belt out a song that says in rough translation…
COME INTO MY HOUSE
COME INTO MY LIFE
COME INTO MY HOUSE
COME INTO MY LIFE….
and then he moved and put himself right in front of the wall of his house and seranaded the door post with his song.
And _____ turns to this man and gives him a look of
Are you kidding me?
And I am trying so hard not to laugh my face off… haha 🙂
And then this week we were walking super fast cause we were late to an appointment and suddenly a woman we were passing is right in my face asking me where the nearest church is. it startled me to death but my comp thankfully told her that our church was the nearest (which it technically isn´t but it´s the nearest TRUE church:) ) and we ended up talking to her as she started to sob because she said her husband´s in the hospital for three months and she is desperate to hear the voice of God in her life. We said a prayer with her and she was crying so hard that I held her hand and we went back the next morning and she went to church yesterday.
I know that God knows and loves His children,. and that HE HEARS OUR PRAYERS. He hears mine every day 🙂 and I love to talk to Him.
I love my Savior and I love His perfect Gospel that changed me for the better. Have a great week and remember how blessed you are.
Love, Sister Packer xx
So it´s been awhile since I´ve sent anybody anything… I have 15 minutes to give a decent update so here we go!
I am in an area in Rio called Tijuca, and my comp is Sister T, and she´s Brazilian but speaks English pretty good in an accent super cute 🙂 I love the portugûes accent in english. And we are serving together as STL (sister trainer leaders). For those who don´t know it´s like Zone leader, female style. For those who still don´t know it´s like we take care of a bunch of other sisters and go on splits with them and we also have more meetings 🙂 I like meetings only when President is there cause he speaks with fire! (he reminds me of a brazilian form of Elder Holland). I love being able to serve these sisters and finally feel like I´m in my happy place on the mission. Don´t get me wrong I´ve always been happy! Haha, it´s just that now I´m not crying about learning a language or being super lost and all that sad stuff.
Speaking of this… this morning something crazy happened. SO we get a call frm the miss. office and they put me and sis T on speaker and tell us that we´re going home August 27!! And then (after some screaming and sis T punching my arm and waving about) They ask me the airport I want to arrive in. So folks… I know I might be old on the mission (because I recieved the ´death call´which is what they call it here) but I feel like I´m just barely getting the real mission spirit! Haha I guess that´s the way it is. WHen we finally get something, time for something new to keep the progress going. But I love my mission and I will work hard until the end…. (I didn´t mean for that to sound so dramatic but it just came out that way).
And so I love my area too! We are finding FAMILIES to teach! We have a mission rule to talk to 15 new people every day and so we are always talking to someone. THat´s how we´re finding all these new people and families who are searching for more. I love teaching with the Spirit. This past week we taught a family and when we left sis T and I jumped up and down and were giggling like little girls all the way home cause it was just like a mission movie! Last week I also gave a training (that´s another thing SLT do) on teaching with the spirit and I know that without Him we can´t teach. I told my zone in the training that the most important language to become fluent in is the Spirit.
We have some exciting baptisms and things coming up, and the English class we started in this area is already picking up like it did in Andarai. ALL the missionaries know about the engçlish class I started with 3 other sisters and everyone wants to do the same thing because of all the miracles that happened. We had a video made of us and might even be in the Liahona. I just love that Heavenly Father puts these great ideas in our minds cause He sure knows I wouldn´t have thought of any of this alone haha.
And that´s about all I have to say this week. Sorry there´s no funny stories (wait till next week cause I have quite a few) and sorry I didn´t respond personally to anyone. I print off all emails and read them in my house and love them so thank you for the support!
I know the church is true and I know what that means. I know that Christ is real and with Him I can do anything.
Love, sister Packer xx