I'm still alive! It is finally my p-day and they only give us 45 minutes to write, and reading emails took up a lot of the time... so I don´t have like any time! Sorry!
Eu amo Brasil! Muito! This place is amazing! I love the food. I love the people. I love everything that I have experienced here so far! Since I've been here we have been completely immersed into Português! It is really weird actually writing in English, but we speak português here sempre! It is fun because the CTM is so small so you know everyone! Seriously, the food is amazing! I love rice and beans so much! Good thing too because we have it everyday. We already went out on the streets of Sao paulo to give out copies of the Book of Mormon. We have done this twice and we have one more time. We're given 4 copies and we walk on the streets and give them to people. Funnest experience ever! Wow! People were just coming up to us and asking us about what we are doing and they would listen to what we would have to say! We have had so many cool experiences while doing this! We get to pass them out on the bus and everywhere. So amazing! We also teach 3 of our teachers everyday here at the CTM. There is a lot of teaching going on! It is fun being companions with Sister Nielson though because we always have so much to say and teaching is really fun! Let´s see.... so much to write, but no time! Today we got to go to the Sâo Paulo temple! Such an amazing experience! They actually did the session in English, which was really weird, but really nice to not have to wear headphones! The temple is BEAUTIFUL! The spirit was so strong there. I absolutely LOVE the temple! I enter the campo on Tuesday. So I probably won´t be able to write, but know that I love you all and that I am so happy in Brasil! I´ll try to write more next time!
Sister Unbedacht de Curitiba (best compliment I got.. that I looked Brazilian.. I think the guy was being nice but it made me really happy when he said I looked like I was from Curitiba!) Tchau Tchau!
I love you all,
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Monday, June 15, 2015
It's officially my last day in California... or should I say in the United States. I can't wrap my mind around it. I feel like I'm once again leaving home to go to the unknown. I've loved my time here in California and I will cherish the memories here forever. My flight leaves from Ontario tomorrow at 10am, and guess where I fly to first... UTAH! I will have my first layover in Salt Lake City and then I'll fly to Atlanta for my second layover before flying to Brazil. GUESS WHAT? I'll be in the Brazil MTC in Sao Paulo for 2 weeks to freshen up on my portuguese and then fly to Fortaleza. So many surprises! Here's to the longest next 48 hours ever! haha. I am so excited!
|92 year old Sister Allred who's always happy and who I adore!|
This week was a wonderful week! We saw so many miracles! I don't have much time on the computer today, so I'll briefly explain the week. We taught Wendy once again and she talked about "if" and "when" she gets baptized. She LOVES what she is learning and is doing all we invite her to do. She was sad to hear that I was leaving, but I'm so excited for her! Something so wonderful about serving others is that you come to love them so fast. I loved Wendy the first time I met her because I felt a piece of God's love for her. Sister Lampinen and I also found a new investigator and he will be getting his family to be at the lesson this next week. So awesome! The work here in this area is now starting to pick up (of course, right when I'm ready to leave), but I'm so happy for this place and what is to come. The people here were so kind and have put together things for my trip to Brazil. They are just the best!
|The Palacios! Sis. Palocios works at Disneyland.|
I'm so grateful for God's love for each of us. I have felt his love for me so many times and the comfort that comes through the Holy Ghost. Continue to grow closer to Him!
I love you all!
Monday, June 8, 2015
I still can't believe that in a week I will be preparing to leave California and be heading to Brazil! I'm so excited that the time is finally here! The ward members are now hearing about me leaving and so we have dinners every night this week. It's a week of saying goodbye to the people I have come to love so much.
|The greatest district around!|
This week was a week of miracles! I will start with telling about Sam and Rebecca. These two people have a huge spot in my heart. They are so wonderful and have made my stay here in Rancho amazing. I am so grateful for them and care about them so much. They had a death of a loved one a couple of weeks ago and this week was the funeral so we wanted to do our best to help them remember God's love for them. On Tuesday I had a prompting during District Meeting that we needed to visit them that day. Then the thought came to me to get flowers from the store and give them in honor of their loved one to plant and remember her. After district meeting we went to the store and picked up flowers and went to deliver them. They weren't home at that time, so we decided that we would go back later that night. Around 8 we went back and we surprised them and then read some scriptures from the Book of Mormon to give them comfort. They were so touched and loved the scriptures so much that they were going to use them at the Funeral Service! As we were talking, Rebecca started having some reactions that she has often because of Chemotherapy. She said that it felt like she had a knife stabbing her over and over. I had another prompting to ask if she would like to receive a Priesthood blessing. I asked, and I guess missionaries in the past have asked and they said no, but she said that she would love one. So we quickly arranged things so it could happen. As we were waiting for the Elders to arrive, they asked if Sam could receive one as well as we explained what a priesthood blessing was. When the Elders arrived they gave them both blessings and it was the most amazing thing! I knew with all my heart that it was what the Lord wanted them to hear at that time! After Rebecca received her blessing she started crying. We just sat there and I grabbed her hand and she just said she felt so much better. As she tried to stand up out of the chair she fainted and luckily I was there in front of her to catch her before she fell to the ground! We laid her down nicely and she was out for like a minute. Longest minute of my life!
The first thing that came to my head is how just like in the scriptures, she was so overcome by the spirit that she fainted. It was the strangest thing! She finally woke up and she said that she has never felt so good. Crazy! It was now late, so we had to get going, but they thanked us and asked us to come back the next day. We went back the following day and they said that they have felt better than they have in a long time and that they were going to go to church on Sunday. WOO! They made it to church and again, loved it!! So many miracles are happening when it comes to them. It is the most amazing thing to watch!
|Sister Lampinen and I heart attacked Sam and Rebecca's door.|
Next miracle- Last week we tracted into a girl and she said to come back this week. So we went back.. nobody answered the door. So we walked away and right before we got to the car down the street I stepped in a huge piece of gum. I struggled for like 3 minutes trying to get it all off my shoe. All the sudden this girl comes running down the street and guess what.. it was her!!! We invited her to church and she said that she would talk to her family about it. Sister Lampinen and I laughed about how the gum created this miracle for us. I guess my shoes can take one for the Lord's work!
Another miracle- We did more service this week!! We had the chance to weed, never did I think I would love weeding... and we also got to clean the Church.
The next miracle- we have a new investigator! Her name is Wendy and she just moved from China a year ago to California. She doesn't have any religion but feels that there is a God. We taught her this week and gave her a Book of Mormon in Chinese. We will be meeting again with her this week.
Next miracle- Besides Sam and Rebecca coming to church we also have had some less actives that are coming regularly to church as well. It's so cool to see these people returning back to the Gospel and seeing how their lives have changed.
|Lunch at Cheesecake factory with the Sisters!|
Last miracle- We met with Sonny this week! We haven't met with him in like 3 weeks for certain reasons but we just felt like we needed to meet with him one more time before we left the area. We had a really good discussion with him and he wants to meet again this week so we can help him with mormon.org and also teach him how to apply the Book of Mormon to his life.
So many miracles! The Lord has blessed us so much! I am so overwhelmed when I think about how the little town of Rancho Cucamonga has blessed my life. I love this place and the people here! I will miss it here, but I won't ever forget all that I've learned. I know that the Lord has a plan for each of us. And even though sometimes it is not what we expect to happen or really want, he knows what is best for us. We just need to trust him!
I love you all so much! Have a wonderful week!
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Let me first say, I love Chloe June Unbedacht! She is so beautiful! I am so happy to be an Aunt of two darling little girls! I'm excited to see her grow over the next year (by seeing pictures) and then meet her. Congratulations Brandon and Jazlyn!
I'm sorry that I always say it's a wonderful week, but I can't lie, it's always a great week as a missionary! The work here in the Victoria Ward at the moment is very slow. Sister Lampinen and I haven't found any new investigators, but we have been teaching Less-Actives and been talking to everyone we see. We have met some really awesome people this week and even though they aren't interested in the Gospel, they've been nice to us. We have faith that we are preparing this area for great things and that we will find those who are ready to hear the gospel at this time.
|100 degrees! Hot!! Preparing me for Fortaleza Brasil!|
This week has been extremely HOT! One day it got up to 100 degrees and that was the day that we were walking ALL DAY LONG. We were both so exhausted, but it was nice to get some sun and with it some wonderful tan lines! haha.
|Sister Vainuku and I on exchanges together|
This week we got to go on exchanges and I went out with Sister Vainuku in her area. Sister Vainuku is from Tonga and is such a wonderful Sister! It was fun to see how she worked as a missionary and learn from her. We got to teach a Recent Convert and also go to Bible Class. We also did some service this week. Remember my two favorite people Sam and Rebecca? Well we got to help them this week clean out their garage. This was not an easy thing! Their garage was completely full of stuff! We took everything out and organized it and now it looks really good. On Thursday we got a call and were asked to speak in church the coming Sunday (yesterday) on any topic. For those who know me know that I need weeks to prepare a talk and even then, I'm not ready and I'm super nervous. We invited Sam and Rebecca and all of the Less-Actives we've been working with and then prepared our talk to what they needed to hear. I was blessed and felt right away that I needed to talk about testimonies and how we gain a testimony. From this I learned that the Lord really does give us strength to do things when we ask for his help. I wasn't nervous at all and was able to speak and say the things that I felt like the Lord wanted them to hear. Normally Rebecca stays for all 3 hours of church, but Sam goes home. I was so happy when Sam decided to stay all 3 hours with us! It was just a really wonderful Sunday!
Funny story of the week. Sister Lampinen and I decided to do what we call "spirit tracting" because nobody was outside. We both felt like we should go to this specific door. We knocked and a young girl dressed in a traditional Muslim dress opened the door. We smiled and said hello and she started speaking to us in a language we definitely didn't understand. She left the door open and just walked upstairs. We heard her talking to other people for like 3 minutes but we just patiently waited there. Then more people that looked the same way came to the door and shook our hands while speaking in this other language. They pointed to the seats on the porch and so we sat down. They brought out drinks and tons of food to us, and we just sat there having no idea what to do because they couldn't understand us. We sat there for like 5 minutes with them talking to each other in this other language, and we knew they were talking about us because they kept pointing. Finally this man walked out and started speaking English to us. He went on telling us they were from the Middle East and that they are Muslims. He wanted to share with us some of their beliefs, so we could respect them and not think they were bad people. We ended up talking to him about religion for like 40 minutes. It was a very good conversation and we were able to testify of things we knew to be true. The whole time we were talking, the other people who were with us kept bringing out food. Then when we left they gave us a huge container full of food. haha. We weren't really sure what to do, but after we just laughed about it! I am so grateful that we have the knowledge that everyone is a child of God and that we are taught to love people no matter their differences. These people were so kind!
|This is Alison. She's in the Victoria Ward and loves it when we come to her home .|
As my time is ending here in California I'm trying to work the hardest I possibly can. I have already seen how my stay here in California has blessed my life. I have met amazing people here and I'm so grateful for each of them. Rancho Cucamonga will always hold a special place in my heart.
This week we have really focused on the Restoration and the blessings that we each personally have received because of it. I am so grateful for the Restoration. Because of it we have the Proper Priesthood Authority of God on the earth today. I know that authority brings miracles and is so powerful. I am grateful for the people in my life who have worthily held the Priesthood authority and use it. There are so many other blessings that have come because of the Restoration. This week, try to think for yourself of what blessings you have received because of it.
I love you all so much!
Have an amazing week!