Friends and Family, As many of you know, my 18-month mission has come to a close. Scrolling through these old posts overwhelmed me with feelings of gratitude. Personal growth can be hard to measure, but looking back I’m keenly aware … Continue reading
First, my english is so sad…. I know I spelt summerize so wrong. And when I talk to the other sister missionaries in our house in english (they´re american and only talk in english at home) I can´t even form straight sentences and it´s just embarrassing. Mom said my homecoming is two days after I get home.. let´s pray that Sister Packer can speak english again in two days 🙂
Also our investigator _____ is just having miracles in his life to show him the church is true. Haha like even I was amazed and I´m supposed to be the one proclaiming miracles for people. So first he saw a bunch of crap about the church online and this really stopped his progress. We had to start teaching him in the members house next door cause his family thought we were satan worshipers (his mom told us to raise our hand if we accepted Jesus in the middle of the lesson about the word of wisdom). my favorite part was the member who was at this lesson raised his hand so fast haha 🙂 super cute. Anyway so _____ kept saying how he wasn´t ready to be baptized, and this week he was like ´´I know my baptism date is next saturday, but I won´t be baptized… (everyone pulls a sad face)… BUT the NEXT saturday I will be baptized without a doubt!´´ Our ward mission leader does a little victory clap right there in the lesson haha it was awesome. And this sunday _____ came to church all dressed like a mormon with a white shirt, but he left early to work 😦 ok well that night we visited him in the members home again and what did he say? ´´I will never work again on sunday. I went to go sell my stuff at the market and what happened?? I SOLD NOTHING. Who needs more proof from God than this?´´ WOW!
Also I think I have a bug in my tummy! O.O just like all the sisters say, it´s alright cause I´ll come home skinny. But really. I´ve already planned how my outer and inner cleansing is gonna go the first few weeks home. And we all know how my healthy mother will just do great helping me 🙂
But man am I going to miss the FOOD here!! You guys I´m going to bring home a little of everything for you to try ok? and I will have Joe´s wife teach me how to make beans like they do here cause it´s just not the same. But I will really miss the fruits and things here that we just don´t have in the states.
Anyway, this morning I was cleaning our kitchen (there´s always tons of little gnats and I kill them everyday with one of those electric bug pallets haha) and I was listening to a song that said…
´´YOUR MISTAKES DON´T DEFINE YOU, THEY REFINE YOU.“
how cool is that? We take the good and learn from the bad. And that is a mission. That is a life. In all we do, we need to be grateful, quick to repent, and try again. I´ve really learned this truth on my mission. God knew I needed this experience… I will always praise His name for all He has made of me that I could never even dream of alone.
And just a final note for all who have said something about this.. I am not a completely different person… I am still Logan Packer. What happens on a mission with missionaries who really let the Lord change them, is that we become a better version of ourselves. I will always be me, just that now I´m a little better, and I will continue to get better for the rest of forever 🙂 that´s it. So don´t worry all those people who think I won´t be the same 🙂 I still love you and will always love you.
Have a great week. Remember about Jesus and try to be an example He would be proud of 🙂
Love, Sister Packer
My companion and I decided this is our theme song this transfer 🙂 want to know why? Well last week we had our first baptism from our new english class that I started in Tijuca (_____!) and after church we get a call from the assistants about transfers… He´s like ´´you and sister packer will go to Campinho!´´ and we´re like `´what?? the TWO of us are leaving and going to the same place??´´ haha and so my friends, I will end my mission with my companion in 5 weeks and we are just chugging along in this new place we ended up at. It took us ALL day last monday to make it out here in the middle of nowhere! For a girl who´s been living deep in the city for the last 9 months of her life it was a shock. It´s like Weiser brasilian style 😉 haha. but really. I still fight the urge to run when there´s no one in the road at night cause if that happens in the city you´re going to get robbed my friend! But it´s super wonderful here and I just feel a lot more at peace 🙂 I tell sister T that I will literally die in peace here 🙂
So something great is that even though it might seem like it, I promise I´m not trunky cause this transfer is leaving us with no time to be trunky. We have to learn a new area and everything here in 6 weeks just to leave the area for 2 new missionaries again. This poor ward! we want to help them out the best we can so all this doesn´t leave the area without progress. The ward here is so small it´s like a branch, but it´s ridiculous cause there´s like 200 names in the ward list and there´s like 60 that go to church. talking to people here it´s like ´´oh yeah I was baptized in that church one time..´´´ oh yeah I used to be a member there once but now I´m baptist. ´´
and I´m like ´´are you kidding me you´re baptist??´´ haha but I just say it in my mind don´t worry. These people are in serious need of understanding priesthood authority! This is not just one more church you guys… this is THE CHURCH. And all the rest, with all the amazing people and good principles they teach, are just branches that were formed by MEN from the only true tree that exists. The tree that CHRIST established. So how in the world could you go back to being baptist or anything else? Just like ELder Holland said once quoting the bible ´´when you´ve put your hand to the plow, and look back, you are not fit for the kingdom of God.`´ this doesn´t mean God is sending you out of His house, it means you walked out even when He begged you to stay.
Something cool that happened this sunday (two miracles) are that our investigator _____ (that the two other sisters before us were teaching) came to church and we annouced his baptism in sacrament meeting for next week. just that after, he´s like I´ve got to go to work cause i really need the money, and we pulled the best disappointed faces we have..and my comp gave a little sermon on sacrifice… but he left. my comp is like should we even let him be baptized if he can´t make this sacrifice? I didn´t know why, but I still felt really at peace with it and so we entered the GOspel principles class. a few minutes later, _____ COMES BACK AND SITS IN THE CLASS>< YIPEE! he said that the weather was bad and took it for a sign that he needs to stay in church. Works for me!
second miracle. the day is almost over and we get a call from our ward mission leader (who rocks btw) and says sisters there´s a family here at the church for you! It´s a family that you talked to in the road and they stopped by the church thinking the meeting was at night. OH MY! haha that´s totally fine! We´re going to stop by when our WML marked with them and they´ll come to church in the morning next week 😀 I love it when people keep their commitments.
SO here´s my novel for you since it´s been awhile since I´ve said something good. I love you all and have a great week! Beijos! xx
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.
😀 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
COME INTO MY LIFE
COME INTO MY HOUSE
COME INTO MY LIFE….