Sister Ashlyn Brooke Unbedacht

Sister Ashlyn Brooke Unbedacht

Monday, July 18, 2016

July 18th, 2016 - O Amor do Salvador (I Feel My Savior"s Love).

My dear family,

This week was incredible. I have felt the love of our Savior at every moment. My heart is full of gratitude and love for Jesus Christ and for the experiences I have had on my mission.

For the past few weeks I haven't had many words to say, but it's because I don't have the words to express my love for our Savior. The lyrics of a Primary song have been stuck in my head for the past few weeks, the lyrics of I feel my Saviors love...
 O amor do Salvador. Eu sinto em toda parte. E sinto seu calor. A onde quer que eu vá. O amor do Salvador. Em paz me envolve a alma. E minhas orações Eu seu que ouvirá. O amor do Salvador. È minha maior benção. Ele é meu bom pastor. Nada me faltará. O amor do Salvador. Eu quero ir repartindo servindo sou feliz. Recebe mais quem dá. Ele save que o seguirei, a vida lhe darei. Pois amo o Salvador. E sei que ele me ama.

I love our Savior. I know that he atoned for my sins. He is perfect. He lives. I know that Joseph Smith saw our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. President Thomas S. Monson has all the keys of the Priesthood and is the prophet today. This is the only church directed by Christ. This is His church. The Book of Mormon is true. It testifies of Christ in the most beautiful way. I know that we need to be exactly obedient to have happiness. This life is a test to prepare us to return and live with God once again. I know that miracles happen. I love my Heavenly Father. I love Jesus Christ, ele é lindo! 

Thank you for all your love and support. I love you all. 
Com amor,
Sister Unbedacht


July 11, 2016 - Today My Heart is Full of Gratitude!

Family!

Today I don’t have many words to express how I feel, I'm just so grateful for my life and for where I am. This week was an amazing week! I felt so loved by your letters and by the people here who took good care of me on my special day.

The week started off well at our mission conference with President Leite. The moment I saw him, I knew that I picked him to be my mission President for this short time. He and Sister Leite are inspired people. He talked a lot about 2 Nephi 32:3 and also about how everyday we need to ask God if we did our best during the day and if he accepts our offering. I learned so much at this conference.
Sister Nicoli 

My Birthday was amazing! My day started off with exchanges with Sister Nicoli (the sister I trained in Iguatu). I loved spending the day working with her and seeing the progress she has made since the time I had trained her. She is such a wonderful mission. I was so happy! The next day (my birthday), I received a lot of cake! Haha. It started off at our District meeting where my district surprised me with an Orange Cake. We then worked very hard during the day and at night we went to our meeting with our ward mission leader. When we arrived at his house it was dark. I walked in and some people that I absolutely love from this ward were there singing happy birthday! We ate cake and salgados. I'm so grateful! I will never forget my 21st birthday.

The week ended very well with the baptism of Taiane. I'm so grateful that I had the opportunity to be an instrument in the hands of God to help Taiane come closer to his Savior.

I have a heart full of gratitude this week. I love you all. Thank you for everything.

Love,

Sister Unbedacht

Saturday, July 9, 2016

July 4th 2016 - Feliz 4th of July!

Familia!!!!!

FELIZ 4th of JULY!!!!! I love this day! Sister Andrews and I celebrated this day with an all you can eat churrasco at Sal e BrasaJ.

This past week was wonderful. I have never been so happy in my life. Serving with Sister Andrews has been amazing! We work so well together and we have so much fun. We also had the miracle of the baptism of Wesley, a nephew of a member.

I'm learning new things every day and I'm experiencing many things. Yesterday was such an exciting day. There is a part of our ward that is very long and so yesterday we had the first church meeting in Sabiaguaba to start a group there. I'm so grateful that I got to be a part of it. There were about 31 visitors for the first church meeting ever in this city!

Thank you for the birthday cards! I'm excited to be 21 years old! We will be having a party here in Alvorada.. a working party! Woo!

I love being a missionary. I love Jesus Christ, our Savior. I love serving him. I am so grateful to be here. Have a wonderful week!!!

Love,
Sister Unbedacht




Wednesday, June 29, 2016

June 28th, 2016 - Another Wonderful Week!

Minha familia,

Sorry that I didn’t write yesterday, we were at our last mission conference with President Fusco, so we didn’t have any time. Yesterday was such an amazing day for many reasons. 1st , It was the birthday of the most amazing lady in the world. Happy birthday MOM!!! 2nd, I felt the spirit very strongly as we learned more about our Savior. 3rd, We have a new missionary with us in our house, She is from Fortaleza and will only serve with Sister Pasqualini for a month, but she will stay in our ward so we can help them. Lastly, I learned more about how to prepare for when I get home.
Sister Andrew and I

I'm feeling so grateful today for leaders in the church and the things that they teach us. I am so grateful for President Fusco and Sister Fusco and for everything they did for me here on my mission. They have become wonderful examples to me. I'm so excited to see what will happen next with President and Sister Leite. I know that they will really help this mission.

This week was a great week. We worked very hard and our worked showed by the baptism of Gabriel. I'm so grateful for all of these young men we are finding and helping because one day all of them will be serving missions helping other people come to know Christ. I don’t have the words to express how grateful I am for the people here and for the experiences I am having. I have never been so tired in my life, but I have never been so happy. I know that serving a mission has been the best thing for me because of all I have learned.

I don’t have much to write but I would like to bare my testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He lives. He loves us. He suffered for each one of us and because of Him we can have eternal families and eternal happiness. He really is the son of God. He really did perform miracles. He really resurrected. He is real. He is perfect. He is my Savior and Redeemer and I love him with all my heart.

Thank you for everything family.
Have a wonderful week!
Love,

Sister Unbedacht 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

June 20, 2016 - I Absolutely Love Being A Missionary!

Family!

Wow! This week was full of surprises, but amazing. Transfer happened… and my companions are Sister Pasqualini and Sister ANDREWS! Our dream came true! When we arrived in the MTC together we always wanted to be companions and we always joked that we would be Sister Training Leaders together on our last transfer.. and it happened! I will finish my mission here in Alvorada. I'm so excited! 

 This week was wonderful because I saw Sister Nicoli. She will be training this transfer. I'm so happy for her.. and it's awesome because I will look after her. To finish out this week we had the baptism of Romulo, It was incredible. I absolutely love serving the Lord. I love being a missionary!

Love,

Sister Unbedacht 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June 13th, 2016 - Transfers Today!

Querida familia,

What a strange feeling… only 1 transfer left. I'm trying to enjoy every second that I have here in Brasil. Today is transfer day. We still haven’t heard what officially will happen, but I have a feeling that this transfer will be amazing. I'm so grateful for this past week and what happened. Sister Bispo had her 41st birthday and her present was a baptism! Isaac, a young man, was baptized on June 9th. It was such a wonderful baptism. The Lord really is blessing us every day. Also, this week I had my mission birthday of 16 months in the field (we count by months here). I cant even believe how fast time is passing by.. I'm hoping that this next transfer slows down.

On Tuesday we had the privilege of hearing from Elder Christensen from the Seventy. This mission conference was amazing! I loved the things that I learned. They focused a lot on the Book of Mormon and how we need to use it more in our work and how we need to strengthen our testimony of the Book of Mormon. It was what his wife said that really touched me. She talked about being holiness to the Lord. The word holiness means consecrated and committed. We need to be committed to the Lord like he is committed to us. This is something that we need to do throughout our whole lives, not only as missionaries. I made goals on how I would be more committed to the Lord here on my mission and when I get home. It's so important to center our lives on Christ, it is the only way we really will be happy.

This morning I was studying about faith and read a talk by Sister Oscarson from this last General Conference. She asked a question that I ended up reflecting on for awhile during my study, she asked, “if we really believe these things”? I thought about how my whole life I have heard that this church is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet and how the church was restored. These are things that I have grown up hearing, but I started to ponder if I really believed these things. As I was pondering I felt a great peace that confirmed to me that all of this is true. I really do know and believe that these things are true! I'm so grateful for the spirit and that he testifies to us of the things that are true.

I love you all.. very very much! Thank you for everything! I am so blessed!
Make this week the best week ever.. and don’t forget to center it on CHRIST.

Com amor,
Sister Unbedacht


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June 6th, 2016 - Doubt Not, But Be Believing.

Hello my dear family,

This week was a very spiritual week, and I'm so grateful for everything that happened. To start off my week I got to see the first missionaries from Iguatu! When I was serving in Iguatu, there were two girls (sisters) that would always help us out. Carla and Camila are some of the first members in Iguatu and now they're ready to serve their missions. I was so happy to see them before they left for the MTC. 

This week we focused a lot on the Book of Mormon. We had a goal to have a spiritual experience with the Book of Mormon during every lesson. As we used the Book of Mormon in every lesson, I could tell the spirit was stronger. President Fusco promised that if we studied and focused on the Book of Mormon this week that we would strengthen our testimony, this is what happened... On Friday morning I was studying in Mormon 8, then I stopped reading and started to ponder about the things he wrote. As I was pondering I felt something different, and I started to feel a huge love for the Book of Mormon. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. It's amazing! I know that it was written for us to learn and to grow.

As I was reading this morning I came across a sentence that I absolutely love. In Mormon 9 verse 27 it says, “Doubt not, but be believing.” This is something that I was actually focusing on this week. We have been teaching Mikaely for 2 weeks, and she has been the most amazing investigator. Mikaely is a mother of a 2 year old and she is married, but her husband has been in São Paulo for a month. We met her the day that she moved to a new house in our area. I have never had an investigator that has searched as much as she has for the truth. We saw the adversary doing everything to stop her from being baptized this week. She had a lot of fear that her husband wouldn't support her and that she would be judged. We spoke a lot about having trust in the Lord and to not fear. On Sunday she was baptized. Her baptism was so amazing! As she came out of the water she was crying and she said that she received a confirmation that all of this is true. I'm so grateful for this miracle this week.

This week we also had a service project. This service project was one that entailed a lot of insects, rodents and snakes. We saw rats, spiders, cockroaches, snakes and many ants. I love being able to serve!
I hope that this week is an amazing week! Continue to read the Book of Mormon and have spiritual experiences with it EVERY DAY! 

I LOVE YOU ALL!
Love,
Sister Unbedacht

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

May 30th, 2016 - Many Miracles This Past Week.

Hello Hello! 

I am so happy to say that this past week we experienced many miracles! God is amazing! I'm so grateful for him and his love for us! Sister Bispo and I had a better week as we found people that actually wanted to hear our message! There are still people rejecting the message, but there are a few who really are interested. It is wonderful!

We are now teaching some families and some other people that are ready. I know that God saw that we were working with all our hearts and so now he is giving us the blessings for our work. I'm so grateful that God does this! Many people want Heavenly Father to give them everything they need without working for it. I'm so grateful that he lets us work, and then he will help us continue and give us rewards. We are planning to have some wonderful baptisms in the following weeks.

Last week was the baptism of Gabrielle. She is darling! Her cousins are members of the church, but her mom wouldn't ever let her be baptized. This week we finally helped her mom understand the importance of baptism and now we are helping her parents get married, so that they can be baptized.

One of the things that we were having a lot of difficulties with, was people at church. We were working very, very hard this past week and we saw a miracle with 9 investigators at church. This is a lot better than before, but we still have a lot of room to improve. My heart is so full of gratitude right now. I've learned so much and I've realized how blessed I really am. 

Last week we had 2 exchanges. One of the exchanges was with the Sister serving in Castelo (my old area). I had the opportunity to return and actually see a few of my recent converts there. I was so happy to see that they are going strong and are changing. It was awesome to see as well that many of the people I found there are going to church and preparing to be baptized. Many times as missionaries we don't get to see the fruits of our work, but when we are working we really are planting seeds everyday. 

Something different that happened this past week is that I ate crab for the first time in my life. Thursday was a holiday and so many members went to the ocean. We were passing by the house of a few members that were at the beach earlier that morning and they were eating crab, so they shared some with us.. it was great!!! I loved it! 

I am very happy and I am so grateful to be here on the mission!
I love you all!

Love, Sister Unbedacht

May 23rd, 2016 - My Testimony Continues To Be Strengthened.

Familia!
Eu não acredito que hoje é p-day! Tempo passa tão rápido!  This week was a challenge, but it has helped me strengthen my testimony. In the ward I'm serving in there are two companionships, the assistants of President Fusco and us. We had to divide the area this week and it ended up that we are now working in an area that the missionaries have done a lot of work. We were trying to find new people to teach and everyone we spoke to said that they had already talked to the missionaries and don’t want to hear anymore. I've never met people in Brasil that are so blunt as they are here in this area. My companion and I were in shock as we couldn’t find anyone that wanted to hear our message.


We've been told that the people in this area are pretty wicked, that they don't need God in their lives. Yesterday we had a very hard day as almost everyone was rejecting us. We then started to think about examples of missionaries in the Book of Mormon, where the same thing was happening to them. As Alma was preaching to the people they said they didn’t want anything. He wasn’t planning to return to the city and as he was leaving he was feeling sorrowful for the wickedness of the people, that is when he was told to return to the city and to have faith in the Lord. He returned and found Amulek. They baptized thousands and helped many people! I know that God gives us trials to make us stronger and I know that this will happen to us.


I don’t have much to say this week. We dropped off Sister Cisneros at the airport. She is now in Mexico. Also, I am learning so much in the scriptures right now, I'm studying 3 Nephi.. it is WONDERFUL!

I love you all so much! 
Love,

Sister Unbedacht

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 16th 2016 - I Love Being A Missionary! I Love The People Here In Brasil!

My dearest Family and friends,

I hope all is well there in the United States! Things are great here in Brasil! This week was a week that I will always remember. The spirit I felt this week exceeds any other week on my mission. I loved that this week I was able to work with Sister Bispo and Sister Cisneros. They are wonderful missionaries.

Starting out the week we had a mission conference. I'm so grateful for the things I learned. I'm so grateful for President Fusco and his inspiring words. He is really focusing on helping us understand why we are here on the mission and how we can have more success. We are to have spiritual experiences every day and really focus on the doctrine of Christ. My companions and I made many goals as companions to help us do these things.
Sister Bispo and Sister Cisneros

This week we had many lessons that were really guided by the spirit. I had lessons like this many times before, but something was different this week. I want to tell a little about Sister Bispo and how she is helping me. Sister Bispo always wanted to serve a mission, but she was taking care of her daughter. When her daughter got married she knew that she needed to serve a mission. Sister Bispo has a light to her that I have never seen. She teaches me things every day and the spirit is so strong when she teaches. I'm so grateful that the Lord decided to let us be companions. When we work together, everything just goes well. Something that I love about Sister Bispo is that we can talk for hours and we are always laughing together. She's a wonderful person!

This week we saw the miracles that happened with two ladies. When we met Lucia and Josefa they both were sad in their lives. With time, we could see the difference the gospel was making in their lives. At their baptism, they both were glowing! I couldn’t believe the change that we saw in them both. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to see the power of the atonement in the lives of these two WONDERFUL woman.

This week was a little crazy because we always had something going on, but something great is that we moved houses! We are now living in a condominium, which is awesome! In our house we have a balcony and one night we decided to sleep outside, so I slept in a hammock! It was awesome!

I'm loving this ward! I love the people here and I am so grateful that I can serve the Lord.
I love you all!
Love,

Sister Unbedacht

Thursday, May 12, 2016

May, 9th, 2016 - Focusing On The Lord's Work

Family!

I don't have too much to write this week because I talked to you all yesterday. I'm doing well and I am very happy! I'm so glad that everyone at home is doing great and are happy as well! 

This last week Sister Bispo and I worked very hard! We are tired, but more excited than ever to work! I love having a companion that is very spiritual and obedient. Also, Sister Cisneros has been with us a little this week, which has been awesome because she is hilarious! 
Pictured with President Fusco and his wife.

This morning we had another mission counsel. It's a meeting with the mission president and all the leaders of the mission. We talked a lot about staying focused on the mission. Many missionaries are just thinking about home and are getting very distracted. We talked about how our missions are only for this time, so we need to work with all of our heart.

Something else that I loved is how we talked about working for Christ. We are here on the mission to work for Christ. We aren't here to work for the mission president or for our leaders, but for our Savior. We read D&C 11 and how if we have the desires to be successful and we work then we will have the success.

Serving a mission is the greatest thing I have done. My mission has helped me put my life in order and centered on Christ. 

Thank you for your support and emails! I love you all so much! 

Love,

Sister Unbedacht

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May 2nd, 2016 - Transfer Day!

Oi!!!

I'm pleased to announce that I survived another transfer day! Transfer days are crazy here because my companion and I are the Sisters that have to help everyone get to their new areas. I'm writing later than usual because we were running from one place to another helping Sisters. 
Sister Bispo (in the pink shirt) is my new companion

This transfer will be a great transfer! Sister Prock and Sister Romualdo have been transferred and I will stay here. My new companion is Sister Bispo! This is a Sister that I really wanted to serve with. Sister Bispo is a person very special! She is 40 years old and has a daughter that's 20. She isn't married, so she had the opportunity to serve a mission. She's the missionary that has baptized the most people in the whole mission and has the greatest spirit. Before I heard about transfers I had a strong feeling that I would serve with her and now she is my companion. I know that I will learn so much with her and I know she will help the Sisters here that we look after. I know that this transfer will be amazing! This transfer is also the last transfer of President Fusco. The new President, Presidente Leite, will arrive next month. 

This week was a great week but crazy! It started out with a awesome family night! We ate Churrasco (real meat!) and played many games with almost the whole ward. This week was crazy because we had many things happening. We had 2 exchanges with the Sisters, many meetings with people in our ward, service projects, ward activity, and our last interviews with President Fusco. I felt like we didn't have any time to work this past week.

This past week we had an amazing ward activity that we planned. We decided to base it on the plan of Salvation. The people started in a room in the big counsel, as if it was our life before here on earth. Then they had the opportunity to do things on earth. There were many activities to do while on the earth such as basketball, soccer, jump rope, etc. While they were playing these games they had money that they had to trade to play and if they won they gained more money. While this was happening there were people who were looking for service.. a beggar, a woman working and others. If the people stopped and helped out they received something else. After this they passed the other stages of there life such as death, resurrection and then judgement where they had to give the money that they received. The people that showed that they served were welcomed in the Celestial Kingdom while the others went to Terrestrial and Telestial. It was a wonderful activity for them! They understood that here on the earth we need to focus on serving others and being an example of Christ. 
These are the people in my ward.  They are all amazing!

This week I gained a huge testimony of the fast and priesthood blessings.
I started to get sick on Friday and by Sunday I had a huge cold. My nose was running, my throat was very dry and I had a huge headache. I was fasting during this time and so I didn't want to take medicine because I would drink water. I kept fasting and after church it was time to end my fast. I ended my fast and I asked the elders to give me a blessing. After the blessing we went to work. As I worked I saw that I was feeling good enough to work, but not 100%. At night I went to bed still with all the symptoms, but when I woke up in the morning I realized that something was different. I had felt very tired these past 3 weeks and I wasn't sleeping very well, but when I woke up I had a lot of energy and I didn't feel sick at all. I know that God really does help us. I know that he gives us the strength to continue, even when we feel like we can't go another step. I know that the Priesthood is here on the earth and I'm so grateful for it.

I am excited to see what will happen this next week.

I love you all and can't wait to talk to you on Sunday!!!

Beijos!

Sister Unbedacht 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

April 25th, 2016- Another Great Week!!

My dear Family,

Another great week! I'm grateful for all the things I've learned this week and have experienced. This week we had 3 different exchanges with the Sisters, and each one I learned new things. I'm so grateful for all that I'm learning. I feel as if I have grown more this transfer than I have in other transfers. This week we had the baptism of Weverton. He's the cousin of a member. He's young but very smart! He had already gone to church many times, but wasn’t baptized because his father wouldn’t let him. We talked with his dad and he said that now he could. I know that everyone is prepared at different times.
Baptism day of Weverton

I've been studying lately in Helaman. This morning I was reading Helaman 10 and I learned many things! This chapter is small, but really helped me. As Nephi is reflecting on the things that had happened to him the Lord speaks to him. First of all, this shows the importance of pondering the things that we learn. President Fusco always talks about how we need to reflect of all the things we learn after mission conferences and general conference. When we let the spirit work within us we can receive revelation of what we need to work on and improve. As I continued to read I saw that the Lord speaks highly of Nephi and has enough confidence in him to give him all the power to do what he wants to do. I thought a lot about this. The Lord had a lot of confidence in Nephi because Nephi was obedient. He preached the gospel with all his heart and didn’t fear what the people would say. I know that if we are obedient to all the commandments, the Lord will have confidence in us.

A friend of mine wrote me something about a year ago that has stayed with me my whole mission. She said that the Lord loves every one of us, but it is few that he has confidence. She said that the best advice she could give is to be a missionary that the Lord can trust. We can apply this to everyone. The question to ponder today is if you are someone who the Lord trusts. If you don’t feel like he trusts you just know that you can change NOW. I'm so grateful for what I learned today in personal study.
I am now a fan of Ceara!

Another thing that I studied this week that I loved.. Conversion or faith does not come by seeing signs or miracles, but the miracles come AFTER we believe. Joseph Smith said that Miracles are fruits of our faith. This is so true. We decide if we will experience miracles or not. We must believe first and then we will receive the blessings. At times it is hard to believe before we see, but in 1 Nephi we learn that even after seeing, some people have a hard time to believe (Laman and Lemuel). Faith is so important. We must always try to strengthen our faith by acting. If we keep the commandments we are growing in our faith. I know that this is true.

I love you all! I am so grateful for your love and support.  

Have a wonderful week!

Love,

Sister Unbedacht

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

April 18th, 2016 - "Forget Yourself and Go To Work!"

My dearest family and friends,

I'm so happy to be here writing another email about my week. The weeks are flying by, it is incredible. Every time I get on the internet to write you guys I have to think of the things that were important during the week to share. I cant share everything because too much happens here each week.
Baptism of Valdez

This week we worked very hard to have the baptisms of Valdez and Eduardo. Valdez is 68 years old. His whole family including wife, children, and grandchildren are members. They have been waiting for years for him to be baptized so that they could be sealed as a family. The missionaries have tried to help him for years, but he has never accepted to be baptized. When I arrived here, Sister Prock and I decided that we needed to teach him about the Plan of Salvation and the temple. The spirit was very strong when we taught him and at the end he accepted to be baptized. He was baptized on Saturday. I think that this baptism was the most amazing baptism I have seen so far on my mission. His whole family was there, and they all bore testimony of the gospel. Everyone in the room was crying as they realized that finally they could all be sealed together forever. As I was listening to each member in the family speak I thought about my own family. I'm so grateful for the plan of salvation and the temple. Valdez was confirmed yesterday.
Baptism of Eduardo

The other baptism we had was Eduardo. Eduardo visited the church for the first time last week. He LOVED church! He is a young man that lives with his grandparents, who are Catholic. Eduardo never liked going to church with them, so he stopped going to church for a long time. As we taught him this last week we could see something change in him. His grandma said that this past week he was more kind and loving and wanted to serve her. This is what the gospel does! The gospel changes us! This is a church of changes and of chances. We have every moment to change and to be better. Eduardo spent his whole week at the church building, learning and playing soccer with the other kids. He was baptized yesterday.

Saturday morning we had the experience to do service. There are members in our area that are taking care of a house that is HUGE. This house was abandoned for years and now the owner is paying this family to stay there to take care of it. The yard of the house is very big and has a lot of weeds. We decided to do a service project with the youth and weed the yard. All of the missionaries in our ward and the youth were there helping out. As some of you know, I hated doing yard work before my mission. I can finally say that I enjoy working in the yard! The only part that I didn’t like is that we found rats and tarantellas. Doing service is so wonderful! Our Savior is the best example of serving one another.
Our Zone

This last week I have had the phrase that President Hinckley´s father said to him.. Forget yourself and GO TO WORK. This past year I've had moments in my mission that I haven’t felt as happy as normal, and I realized that during those moments I wasn’t giving my all to the work. I have come to realize that real happiness comes by working! As we help the Lord we see that we are making a difference in other´s lives and are changing ourselves. Lately, I have been reading the journal entrees that I wrote a year ago. Many times I wrote about how tired I was and how I didn’t know how I was going to keep working this hard for another year. I know that the Lord has given me the strength I have needed to do His work. I love the scripture Ether 12:27. As we give our weaknesses (which can be spiritually or physically) to the Lord, he will give us strength!
Crabs in our house

I love Heavenly Father. I love that he sent us here on the earth to learn. I'm so grateful for Jesus Christ. He really is the best example. I'm so grateful for his example and his love. I'm grateful for the Atonement and that we have the opportunity to change every day. Every day we need to improve. Every day we need to be more like our Savior. I'm so grateful that every day I am strengthening my testimony. I know that the scriptures are true. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet here on the earth today. I know that if we heed to his counsel we will be blessed and prepared to live with God. The world will not improve, but we can improve ourselves. I know that we can live with our families forever! I am so grateful that every day I can be a representative of Christ. It is the greatest honor.

I love you all! I am so grateful for your support and prayers.

Have a wonderful week!

Love,
Sister Unbedacht

Thursday, April 14, 2016

April 11, 2016 - Choices, Obedience and Repentance

Hello Hello!

I never know how to start my emails, so I will just jump right into what happened this last week. Sister Prock and I received another companion, her name is Sister Romualdo and she is from Espirito Santo. We will stay in a trio until the end of the transfer. I'm not really sure why President Fusco decided to put us in a trio, but it is for a reason, so we will just enjoy this time that we have together.

This week we had mission counsel and mission conference. Mission counsel is a meeting that all the leaders in the mission and the mission president have before a conference. We talked about the things that we need to improve on and then President Fusco prayed about the things that he needs to speak about in the conference. The conference was based around three things: Choices, Obedience, and Repentance. Many missionaries are deciding to do things their way and to not be obedient to the rules. This is something that he has focused on for a long time, but the missionaries aren’t moving. President Fusco talked very firmly about how our choices on the mission and after the mission are very important because we will be judged for every choice. It's necessary to be obedient on the mission. If we aren’t obedient then we won't have the spirit. If we don’t have the spirit we will not convert anyone. I think about this for my life after the mission as well. We must obey ALL of the commandments. We cannot pick which commandments we want to follow and let a few of them slide. We listened to many talks from President Monson that talked about keeping the commandments. He has talked a lot about these things.. so it is important that we apply them in our lives!

This week we had two great miracles! Karen and Patrick were baptized! The baptism of Karen was on Wednesday and of Patrick was Saturday. They are both youth that are very strong in the church! They always are at seminary and participating in everything! I'm so grateful for their examples. We are also teaching the family of Patrick. We are focusing on them to be baptized! They are wonderful.

Funny story of the week is what happened before the baptism of Karen. When we arrived at the church before the baptism we saw that the baptismal font was dirty! The drain wasn’t working so we had to do everything by hand. We put buckets in the font and filled them and dumped the water into the toilets in the bathroom. This took about 40 minutes and it was only us 3. Our backs were killing us, but it was worth it! When we were cleaning the font, one of the youth decided it would be funny to dump water on us! We ended up soaking wet because of him! It was a baptism that I will never forget! Haha.

I just want to express my gratitude for the Atonement. I'm so grateful that Christ suffered for us, so he can help us during our trials. We never need to feel alone because of the Savior. I'm so grateful for the blessing of the Atonement and that I can help people receive these blessings. I'm also very grateful for the Temple. This week the people here will travel for 12 hours in the bus to go to the temple in Recife. The people here understand what it means to sacrifice something to go to the house of the Lord. We are so blessed to live in Utah because we have 5 temples that are just 15 minutes away from us! Go to the temple as much as you can! It is such a wonderful place! I'm so grateful for the covenants that we make in the temple. I love the temple!

I am so grateful for you all! I love you all! Have a wonderful week!

Love,
Sister Unbedacht



Wednesday, March 30, 2016

March 28th, 2016 - Transfers!

My dear family and friends!

Today is transfers! I've been transferred once again. My new area is called Alvorada and I'm about 10 minutes away from the mission office (walking). My new companion is Sister Prock, she's from Minas (Brasil) and has been out on her mission for a year. She was also trained by Sister Angulo, my first trainer here in Brasil. She's such an amazing missionary! I wanted to serve with her and the Lord has blessed me because now she is my companion. I'm so excited to see what will happen these next few transfers.
My new companion, Sister Prock

We are the Sister training leaders here in Fortaleza. I'm excited to have this new role and I know that I will learn so much as I serve these Sister Missionaries.
I'm sad that I left my other area, but Sister Costa and I ended our time together very well. I will explain a little of what happened this last week. Sister Costa and I didn’t have anyone that we were really sure would be baptized Sunday, so we prayed and felt strongly about Gabriella and Graziella who are sisters. We have been teaching their family, but their parents need to get married before they can be baptized, so we focused this week on their daughters. It was a miracle to see the changes and what had happened with them. They both received answers about the church this week, but still weren’t sure if they would be baptized. On Friday night we took them to a play that was put on by the church for Easter called Jesus , O Cristo (Jesus the Christ). They felt the spirit strongly when they were watching the play and they decided that they wanted to be baptized together this Sunday!
Baptism last week of Gabriella and Graziella

On Sunday they were baptized! It was a tender mercy from the Lord because we didn’t have much time to work in our area this week due to other things. Easter was perfect! We ate tons of candy (Thanks to the package from you mom!) and enjoyed a few of the easter traditions here. This Easter was different from any other Easter. This Easter we had ward conference, then the baptism, and then we worked for a few hours ending with watching the Women's General Conference! We decided that during the day we would teach about the resurrection of Christ. We sang hymns to all of our investigators and bore testimony of our Savior. I came to realize the true importance of Easter and received many answers during the conference.

I was very happy that I was able to watch the women's general conference. It was all about service! It was perfect for what had happened. As we were walking to the conference I received the call that I would be the Sister training leader. I felt very unworthy of this calling, but I know that God has a purpose for everything. I started to pray in my heart for the Lord to give me counsel. I was very happy when the conference was all about service! I received many answers! I'm so grateful that God responds to our prayers!
The Chicken

Now the funny story of the week.. One day we didn’t have lunch at a house of a member, but the member bought food for us to prepare in our house. We carried the food to our house without knowing what she bought for us. We got to the house to start preparing lunch and I opened up a bag and there was a dead chicken looking at me!!! I screamed and closed the bag. My companion and I laughed for minutes and what was happening and we decided that we needed to cook the chicken. We took it out of the bag and cut off the head and prepared the chicken. The whole time I was just thinking how mom would be so proud of me! Haha.

I'm still loving every minute of my mission! I'm so grateful for all of these experiences I am having. I am turning into the person that I know God wants me to be. I love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I know that they live. I know that they give direction to us personally and to the church through prophets. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet here on the earth today. I'm so excited to hear from him this Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss out! They will say exactly what we need to hear!

I love you all so much! Thank you for all your support.
Love,
Sister Unbedacht

1. The chicken..
2. baptism this week

3. My new companion. We are living in the house that I stayed in when I arrived here!  

Monday, March 21, 2016

March 21st, 2016 - Easter Week

Hello! Hello!

I'm doing so great! This week was a wonderful week with Sister Costa. I'm so grateful that I'm serving here in Messejana and for all the experiences I'm having.

This week I learned a lot about the attributes of Christ. Christ is the BEST example. I'm trying to learn to have more patience, love, charity, hope, and diligence.

I'm loving this area. The members are awesome and they are helping us a lot in the work. This ward has 2 companionships, it's Sister Costa and I, and Sister Fernandes and Sister Pasqualini. We all live together. It's great! I have learned a lot with them. We have all had our trials together, but we have a great love for one another. There are many families in this ward that are so amazing! I hope to stay here for the next transfer! Also, this past week we got Churrasco. Churrasco is a meat and it's so yummy. Best meat around!
Sister Costa and I

In the last General Conference Elder Lawerence gave a wonderful talk on “What lack I yet?” I have given much thought to this talk. He said, “humbly ask the Lord the following question, like what is keeping me from progressing? Then wait quietly for a response.” I have thought a lot about this. As I have prayed to receive an answer, the Lord let me know exactly what I need to improve right now. It was a simple thing... Smile more. I have focused on this and I have seen that it is helping a lot! Ask this question for yourselves, I know the Lord will give you an answer so you can continue to progress.

As I have thought about Elder Lawerence's talk, I have also thought about a scripture that is in The Book of Mormon. In Moroni 10:32 it says, `Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you,that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ.' What are the things that we need to deny ourselves so we can draw closer to Christ? The things we need to work on, denying them.. which means that we need to ACT. Just some thoughts for the week.

I am so grateful for my opportunity to serve the Lord. As it is Easter week, I want to bare my testimony of the Saviors resurrection. I know that he Lives. I know that he loves us and that Christ leads HIS church here on the earth Today. I know that he overcame death and because of Him we will as well. I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I feel very honored to represent him here in Brasil. He is my redeemer, my example, my friend. I am so grateful for him!

I hope that you all can remember this week of the Love that Christ has for all of us!

HAPPY EASTER!

Love,

Sister Unbedacht 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

March 7th, 2016 - Quick Update!

Hello my family and friends,

I'm so sorry that this letter will be very short, I've been so busy and have so much to take care of today. I absolutely love my mission and I'm doing really well. I will just explain the pictures!

1. This past week we went to Castelão! It's the place that Germany and Brasil played for the World Cup! It is HUGE!!!

2. This past week we were witnesses for a wedding! We went to the middle of Fortaleza (close to the beach) and got to see this beautiful couple get married!

3. Mateus (14 years old) was baptized! He is so cool! I loved being able to teach him!


Have a wonderful week!

Love you all so much,
Sister Unbedacht