This week was pretty good 🙂 more changes as now we have a new president! I just got out of a council meeting with him and all the leaders on the mission and it was really neat to meet him and see the vision he has for Rio. Oh how I love Rio 🙂 it will always be my city. It´s also SUPER neat to be with all those leaders. I know that many of them will go on to be great leaders in the church where they will live after the mission. I hope to stay in contact with many of them as we will all continue to `grow up`and learn and have our own eternal families.
The coolest thing that Presidente C said today was when he looked out at all of us and pointed at us and said ´´I see you as you can´t see yourselves yet. I see you sealed in the temple. Forever.´´ In that moment I felt a piece of what God sees in front of us. Not who we are now, but His perspective of who we will become. I know this is super trunky but it made me very excited to have my own future family for forever 🙂
Now I came to that moment when you awkwardly forget about everything that happened during the week haha. Well I remember that we reached our goal of having 10 investigators in church this past week. Sunday morning came and I woke up super happy to bring all those people to church. And so we start to walk and wake everyone up who said they´d come…. and I look at my watch and church has started and we only had 2 people with us (one of which a recent convert). and so we finally make it to church and I look around to see the other investigators who promised they´d be there. And there is not a single one… and so basically I cried during sacrament but not for the usual reason people cry. But I recieved an interesting answer from the Holy Ghost.
How can I expect investigators to come to church and keep the sabath day holy, if I spend a good portion of church outside the chapel, looking for people to bring to church?
And so my companion and I had a good talk and will repent and try again next week. I am grateful for repentance because without it I wouldn´t even want to be in the same room with myself. It´s only with repenting that we can be someone better.
Tem uma boa semana meus amigos, e beijos para todos! 🙂 Lembra sempre de sorrir e compartilhar seu testemunho com qual quer pessoa em qual quer momento porque Jesus Cristo está voltando. Eu sinto isso.
Com amor e fé, Sister Packer
😀 woo hoo! Everyone is going crazy with futebol! And when everyone goes crazy we have to stay inside like bats in a cave haha. But today just happens to be P-day and so it´ll be more normal. Just that it will also be P-night 😉 last week we had P-night too and we (the sisters in the apartment, SIster T my comp from Brasilia, Sister S USA, and Sister G Chile) made a video with the potato heads that you do with drawing eyes on your chin and turning upside down you know? so we lip sang a song that´s super funny and I can´t wait to show you guys haha.
But anyway this week something crazy happened. My mission president is leaving in 4 days! Friends, can I just say I feel like my second father is dying, this feeling is so sad and I never thought it would happen to me. I love my mission president and his wife so so much. I told them that they are the reason I got my visa to come to Brasil, because they changed my life. Something wonderful is that Sister Lima (his wife) told me that in April of next year they will be there to have a mission reunion and I AM SO GOING TO BE THERE. It´ll be bittersweet to see them in my country 🙂 but of course we´ll all be happily speaking portuguese and not english haha.
So this week we´ll get a new President for my last transfer of the mission (I can´t believe I just typed that). I bore my last testimony in Zone Conference and really I just don´t feel like all of this will end. My mission is my life. Even with all the hard things, the really weird things, I can´t imagine anything else because the joy is ridiculously greater than any sadness here. It´s that kind of joy after hard work and some tears. That you weeded the whole garden in the hot sun and mom says you can come in for lunch. It´s that kind of goodness. And you guys I just don´t want it to end yet! So let´s keep going and putting everything I´ve learned these past 16 months and give my all. I want this to be the best transfer yet 🙂
A little insight that I had this week is that I have the power to ACT or to be ACTED UPON. And with that power I can wait for something to happen, or do it. I feel like this lesson seems so obvious and yet I took till the last part of the mission to really have to learn it. Because of some crazy things that are happening in our area, my companion and I are really learning how to be big girls and be actively engaged. Not letting things go wrong, but preventing and solving and also choosing to be happy no matter 🙂 yes. After all, who wants to let us into their house to hear our message if we don´t even look happy about it?? haha You have to believe in the message and LIVE the message that you preach.
Holy smokes I think I´ve said enough.
But I love you (as you already know) and I love my mission, and most of all I love my Heavenly Father and His son who has become my best friend. I know that the Restauration really happened like Joseph said it did, and that the Book of Mormon brings us closer to Christ than any other book. I know all of this because of the Holy Ghost, who is my constant companion as long as I am trying my best (key word here is trying) to do the right.
Com amor, Sister Packer
This week was one of the weirdest weeks of my whole life. And not really in a good way. Good things happened this week, but a lot of terrible things happened to us or our investigators and it´s weird but I grew in my testimony that the adversary is just as real as anybody else, and he hates missionary work. To add to that, I grew in my testimony of how much stronger we are than him, and it´s only by our choice that he has power. For example, yes he can put a terrible thought in your head, but it´s your choice if you´ll let it stay there. I really have come to see this truth this past week. That being said, I never want to live this week again.. so let´s just turn a page and take the good and leave the bad behind 🙂 where it belongs haha.
The highlight of my week was when I was teaching my english class (I got a cold that really knocked me out this week so I had to teach the class sitting in a chair like an elderly woman haha) and I´m teaching all the people who know a little more english than most (advanced class) and so I taught them about the book of mormon in english and we all read a verse out loud of 1 Nefi chapter 1 in english to practice. I then read the rest in english to finish and I felt the spirit come sweetly into the room as everyone was paying so close attention to me and what I was reading. Then one of the recent converts (____) from my OLD english class in the neighboring area (Andarai) who starting frequenting the english class and was soon baptized, and he bore a little testimony/explination to the students of what happened in the chapter. Everyone loved him cause he speaks really well in english and he´s funny and like 24 years old. Man what a cool experience to have him visit the class and to see how far he´s come in just a month! the gospel changed his life and he loves to do missionary work and talk about the church with anyone. I want to be that kind of member when I come back home.
And that was the good that happened this week 🙂 ha. just an FYI yes I´m getting over my cold (an investigator gave me a bunch of medicine sunday at church haha) and my neck is all better! 🙂 Heavenly Father is so wonderful.
Hope you are all well and happy and smiling 🙂 Eu estou enviando muito amor e um abraço bem grande para todos! Beijos xx
Então… so… This week was the start of a new transfer and a lot of new goals for our area. (I say this every week but man is it strange to have to translate my thoughts back into english). This week my comp and I had the last council meeting with Presidente L 😦 oh man I feel so so sad that he´s leaving next month! I love my mission president. He´s the kind of man who chastises with love and leaves you feeling ready to start again and do the best you´ve got. He´s helped me come to know my Savior more than anyone else I think I´ve ever met. And now he´ll be off to be one of the area 70 and help everyone else in the world like he helped the missionaries in Rio.
Can I just stop here and say that this mission is HARD. I feel like my mission in specific is just what I asked for. I remember specifically asking Heavenly Father to send me somewhere that would `kick my butt`(I can´t believe I actually used that phrase in a prayer but I did) and so in His love He answered my prayer. I feel like a like jagged rock being squished and smoothed down and it HURTS. It´s not fun, it´s not easy, and lots of the time I don´t want to. But just like my dear Presidente L told us. When we don´t want to, who do we need to think of? The One who never gave up on me, even when it wasn´t fun or easy. I am a missionary who is getting her butt kicked because I love Jesus Christ, and HE IS WORTH IT.
I don´t have much time to say more today, but this week the world cup starts and so I will be spending more time indoors with a strict schedule to clean the house and plan and study. I just pray that our investigators can keep progressing with less time to teach them. I have yet to be a mom but I feel a little bit like one that is annoying and always calling and trying to be apart of everything in your life 🙂 because I love my investigators haha. No matter if they want to accept it or not.
Have a great week out there in the world! 🙂 and try to remember to stand out and shine the light you´ve got so that we can heed the prophet´s call and `hasten the work`. Who knows when Christ will come and we won´t have more time to help others recieve the fullness of the gospel.
Com amor e fé, Sister Packer 🙂
Ok I PROMISE WITH ALL MY HEART I did NOT forget your birthday!! AH! haha I DID forget to mention last monday that I´d be sending a birthday card though. sorry daddy! And sorry cause it´ll take a while to get to you… I´m sending emma´s now too so I think maybe you´ll get the cards soon after emma´s birthday haha… aww 😦 But I love you dad and I am so glad your birthday was what you love! Being outside and being with our family 🙂 Just what I love too.
So I´m not sure if I´ll write a big letter this week. But just an update it´s true I´m in my last 2 transfers of the mission already… I have no idea how this happened! I have much to do and my spirit is willing but my sad body is dying! haha this morning I woke up and something popped in my neck and now I can´t turn my head or move my arm or walk without hurting super super bad. My left side of the body. I think a nerve is pinched and so the whole left side is messed up. But I will make it to the end!!! YES! (I feel like that man in the pictures of a desert when he´s crawling on the ground to reach the cup of water haha). My companion sister T has the same time as me on the mission so sometimes it´s funny cause we´re like 2 old women dying together… 🙂 but transfers are today and we don´t know if we´ll stay together or not. It would be funny huh?
Umm I think that´s about it. We´re finding a lot of families to help, we had a baptism for a 18 year old boy who is super super cool and is already like a member, and I don´t know if you guys will remember _____ that I taught in Andarai my last area… she was super dificult and I wrote that LONG letter about the weekend we tried to baptize her… and it fell through. Well THIS WEEKEND SHE WAS BAPTIZED! I couldn´t go cause our baptism was the SAME hour! Oh how I was so sad, I cried about that. But It was so neat cause when the sisters invited her to be baptize she pulled a face and was like, Fine, but I want Elder B to baptize me (one of my good friends who leaves the same day as me) and I want Packer to be there. Oh how that warmed my heart 🙂
SO I said this wouldn´t be a long letter and there it went as a long letter haha. Woops. I love you all and this is me hugging and kissing your beautiful faces xx