Sister Ashlyn Brooke Unbedacht

Sister Ashlyn Brooke Unbedacht

Monday, September 28, 2015

September 28th, 2015 - Rats, Stubborn Door and Other Stories!

Family!  Oi!  Tudo Bem (Remember this dad?) haha

This week was very interesting!  I dont think I've laughed so hard on my mission like I laughed this week.  Something strange happened to us every day.  First of all, I'm so happy to say that God will always win!  Remember how a lot of people in this area have been struggling with their testimonies?  It is still happening, but I'm so happy that we were able to help one of the recent converts in our area return to church. I was so happy when she said that she knows once again that this church is true. It was a very good day! 
Celebrating Elder Page's birthday (All the missionaries that serve in Iguatu)

I dont have much time, but I will tell a few stories. One night when we arrived home the other Sisters that live here told us not to go into our room because we had a rat!  NO!  Not again!  We spent an hour and a half in our room trying to kill the rat!  We all entered the room with brooms and buckets and we were on top of the chairs and bed.  This night consisted of a lot of screaming and laughing!  4 girls vs. 1 rat!  The rat was in all of my stuff.  He was in all my clothes and on my bed and even on my water bottle!  This rat was very smart!  Luckily, we won.  I have a video that is the funniest video I've ever seen, but we cant send videos. So, in a year I will show you all the video!  I washed all my things and we scrubbed the house until it was shinny!  Sadly, we have another rat still living in our home.  We will find and kill him today!  I think I'm finally growing up.  I'm learning how to kill spiders and rats! haha

Second story... One night we arrived home and our door was locked and wouldn't open.  We were locked out!  We tried to open it for 2 hours.  Finally at 11:30pm a member found a man who could open it.  I'm so tired because we have been going to bed later than we nomally do. 

Third story.... Yesterday I felt famous!  We went to a womans house to talk with her daughter and she asked where I was from.  I said the United States.  She then started to tell me how all she wants is to go to the United States.  She then said that she wanted me to go back to her house and talk with her.  She started to stay how now she can brag to all her friends that she had an American in her house.  She asked us if we would walk down the street with her to her moms house, so she can show her whole family that she knows an american. When we arrived the mom was on the phone, but said to the person on the other side that she will call her back because she had an American in her house!  hahaha.  I was just in awe.

Last thing.  I FINALLY saw a monkey!!  I was so happy when I saw him!  
Things are still going well!  I'm so excited for General Conference this week!  I'm so excited to listen to the words of the Prophet and the apostles.  We didnt get to listen to womens conference yet, but we will this following week!  Enjoy conference!  I love you all! 

Sister Unbedacht. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

September 21st, 2015 - This Week Was Full Of American Food and Lots Of Laughing!!

Sorry, I don't have much time today, so this weeks letter will be shorter than normal.  I'll start off by saying that I love you all very much!  This week had its trials, but overall it was a good week. Sister R. Santos and I are working hard and we know that we will be seeing the fruits of our labors soon.  I love the people here and all I want to do is help them come to know their Savior more.  

This week I finished The Book of Mormon for another time.  I love the Book of Mormon!  I know this book is true.  I know that people will speak really bad things about this book, but I will defend it all my life. The words in it are the words of God and we can truly be closer to Christ through this book.  I also started to read Jesus the Christ.  I have come to know more about my Savior and the things he did and does for me. I am so grateful for my knowledge of the Gospel and that I grew up knowing these things. I am grateful for the righteous examples in my life and especially for my family who has always helped me increase my faith. 

This week was full of American Food and lots of laughing!  We ate at Subway, made French Toast, and ate Brownies!  It was so wonderful!  I wasn't very patriotic before my mission, but living outside of the United States has made me love and appreciate my country.  I love America!  I love Brasil as well, but I realized that America is a wonderful place to live.  

On Wednesday we traveled to Quixelo.  Quixelo is about 30 minutes away from Iguatu.  We had lunch at a members home there. It was so great!  We took tons of photos and ate wonderful food!

 Funny story of the week.. I ate meat of a lamb. We were eating at a members home and I was eating the meat when another Sister asked what kind of meat it was and she said of a lamb. We all looked at each other and tried not to laugh because none of us had tried it before!  It was actually pretty good! 

We are praying for our baptisms to happen this week and that we can find the elect that are waiting for us here in Iguatu! 

Love you all!
Sister Unbedacht 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September 14th, 2015 - Hottest Month Of The Year!

Guess what!  This week I hit 7 months on the mission!  Time is flying by, I cant believe it!  This week was another good week, but it was a little different.  On Tuesday Sister R. Santos and I were working very very hard.  We were in the sun all day and so we were drinking a lot of water.  We drank some water of a random person and I could tell that the water wasn't the very best, but I drank it anyways because I was so thirsty. The following day Sister R. Santos and I spent the WHOLE day in our house throwing up, sleeping, and just laying in bed because we couldnt move. What are the odds that we both felt so sick that we couldnt get up to even make tapioca.  It was very hard to stay in our house all day, but we had a lot of companion bonding time. haha. I am so grateful for a family here in Iguatu that were so kind to make and bring us tapioca to eat because we couldnt make it ourselves. 

The following day I know that we were blessed because we felt so much better and we continued to work. This week we had many lessons and we found many new investigators. We found 2 families that have truly been prepared to hear from the missionaries. 

Portuguese update: This week I felt like my Portuguese has improved a lot.. untill Sunday.  On Sunday I was so tired that my mind was not thinking in English or in Portuguese.  I was talking with another missionary about a members cat and I meant to say that the cat is a cute little cat and I said that the cat is a waterbottle. Whoops!  It's nice to have a companion from Brasil that can correct me with my accent. I know that with time my Portuguese will continue to improve.

This week we had many recent converts tell us that they will stop attending church and go to another church. This is one of the worst things to hear. It breaks my heart that they don't understand the Restoration.  Sister R. Santos and I are focusing on how we can help people have their own testimonies and not rely on the testimonies of others.  I have been thinking a lot about my own testimony and if I'm truly converted.  I remember a talk by Elder Holland in General Conference when he talked about if we dont have our own testimonies right now that we can lean on him for this time, but that we need to be truly converted. It is a good thing to spend some time and think about our own personal conversion and where we are. 

On Sunday I played the piano at church. I was very nervous but luckily they had the simplified hymn book so I played some hymns from that. I will continue to practice, but honestly I am grateful for this opportunity that I can develop this talent here on the mission. 
It is the hottest month right now in Iguatu. The sun doesnt burn your skin but your bones! It is so Hot, but I still love it here! 
I hope that you are all doing well! I love you all and am praying for you all!
With Lots of Love,
Sister Unbedacht 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

September 7th 2015 - New Companion

Oi familia! 
This week was a little crazy, but very good!  I have a new companion!  Her name is Sister R. Santos and she's from São Paulo, Brasil and is 20 years old.  Sister Santos has been on her mission for 13 months.  She served in Iguatu about 5 months ago for only a month and then was transferred.  She arrived on Wednesday and we went right to work!  She's a hard worker, which I'm very grateful for.  We're very similar in many ways and have a lot of fun together.  Also, my portuguese has already improved so much since I've been serving with her.  When I started serving in Igautu there weren't any Brasilian missionaries serving here, now there are 5 brasilians, 2 Americans and one sister from Mexico.

This week was a bit hard with the work.  Many people weren't home and many things went wrong. This week was the first time that I had someone yell at me on my mission. I won't go into too much detail, but a mom of one of our investigator's wasn't happy with us and she said some very mean things (I didnt understand but Sister R. Santos understood).  I then thought about Christ.  While He was healing and teaching and helping others.  People accused him, spat at him, and said many mean things to him, but he continued.  Not only did he continue, but he LOVED the people that were hurting him.  He atoned for the sins of the people that were doing wrong towards him at that moment.  Christ is the best example of love.  I've been trying to be more loving towards those who do wrong towards me, so that I can follow the example of the Savior. 

This week at church we didn't have many people.  I learned a lesson this week.  Remember the movie Tangled when the mother of Rapunzel is singing to her.  She says, "mother knows best." Well.. she's right.  Mother always knows best!  Sister Angulo was transfered from Iguatu last week. Sister Angulo is very good at piano and always played in church.  At church this past week we didn't have a pianist because nobody plays besides her. While we were singing in church nobody was singing in key and it sounded really bad. The point of all of this is that I wish I would've listened to mom and continued to learn piano, so I could use this talent on my mission.  Megan, learn to play ALL the hymns!  

I'll have to have humility and play in church this coming Sunday.  Hopefully this will help bring the spirit into our meetings and keep everyone on key.  I learned that we need to gain as many talents as we can all our life so we can help others.
I'm so grateful for this opportunity to learn from my companion and to continue to serve the Lord.  I'm so grateful for the people here in Iguatu and the things I am learning everyday.
Have a wonderful week. 
I love you all!
Com Amor,
Sister Unbedacht