Mais uma semana!


a few minutes to summerize my life..

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

Stayin Alive

´´Ah ah ah ah… Stayin Alive, stayin alive.´´

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

Sister Packer

Novidades!

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

 

 

 

COPA DO MUNDO!!

😀 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

OLA!

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
Sister Packer

Ola Queridos :)

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 🙂

DAD!!

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
 SIster Packer

Dearest Belovedes

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

Feliz dia das Mães!

Ola Amigos!

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