Saturday, March 28, 2015


Good morning, it has been a long time since I’ve stood up here to speak to you all, it was just this week that I got home from my mission. I was serving in the Mississippi Jackson Mission for the first 11 months of my mission, and after that long wait, got my visa to Brazil and served the last 8 months of my mission in the Brazil Salvador South Mission. And on my mission it was a great blessing to see and learn how following Jesus Christ changes lives.
It was hard waiting just short of a year to get to the mission I was originally called to but as President Monson taught us during this last General Conference it’s not so much about where we walk, it’s about how we walk. All of us here today have a purpose in our lives, and this purpose is to follow Christ.
Knowing this purpose and hearing it so often leads us to also ask often… how? How do we follow Jesus Christ?
There is one obvious thing we can do- baptism, we must show that we are willing to follow Christ and take his name upon us until the end of our lives.
The initial reason that anyone is baptized is because they believe it can give them happiness in the life to come, and that it can change something in their lives today, and they are entitled to believe that, it is true, but how and why does this change in our lives take place? The scriptures teach us exactly what to do after baptism to receive what we hope for- Nephi said
I know by this that unless a man shall endure to the end, in following the example of the Son of the living God, he cannot be saved
17 Wherefore, do the things which I have told you I have seen that your Lord and your Redeemer should do
So for a change in our life to take place, we must follow the example of the Savior. Not just on our baptism day, but continually in our lives. One of the most important events that took place in the life of the Savior was not when he healed the ten lepers, or turned water to wine, it was when he established the sacrament. Before his body was broken and blood spilled he broke bread for his disciples, and passed wine for them, and gave them a commandment that they should continue the practice often. When Christ commanded this he commanded that we always remember the example he showed us, and all the suffering he took upon himself in our behalf. Because if we remember his example, we are more likely to follow it, and if we remember his Atonement, we remember that we can only receive the blessings from it, if we are willing to repent, and to change. We must follow Christ in order to change our lives.
Every week as we take the sacrament we should think of this. We are so very privileged to have a chance to be cleansed and start over week by week, and ponder how we can follow Christ more closely in our lives. I have never been so thankful for this building and the opportunity we have to take the sacrament here inside of it because of several months of my mission, where Priesthood holders had to travel an hour by bus just to come and see that we could partake of the sacrament. In this area we generally met inside of a school, only that one week the director decided she had had enough with the Mormons and without telling us, changed the locks. So when we went to set up the school for church and found the locks change we entered into a bit of panic. We ran and ran and did everything we could but could not get in the school, when our Priesthood leader arrived we asked him what we were going to do and he said, “there’s a parking lot not far from the school, with a ledge under a tree that people can sit on, let’s redirect everyone there”. And so we did! It was the strangest church meeting any of us had ever attended. I was mad about it. How? How could the director just lock out people that only wanted to worship the Lord? How could there be no other better place to go?  I was seated on a plastic chair we had borrowed from a bar down the road, and the neighbors were playing irreverent music. But when the bread of the sacrament touched my lips I smiled in victory. It might have looked like Satan won that day from the outside, but I know that he did not. Because despite the circumstances I took the sacrament that day, I did the most important thing I could have done. That day I wasn’t too grateful, but today I am. Because I will never underestimate the importance of taking the sacrament again, and the privilege we have of taking it every week. With it we have the help of the Lord to make the changes necessary in our lives, to become what we need to become, before meeting Him again.
After knowing how to follow Jesus Christ we must also answer the question why. This answer can be different for all of us. A recent convert in Louisiana answered this while having a heated discussion with her daughter. She said, “Do you know how easy it would be to go back to not following Christ? To go back to smoking, go back to drinking?” She said, “I think about going back to my sins everyday but I don’t, you know why? Because NOW I know what God expects of me. Before I didn’t, but now I know.” Wow, that is someone who truly loves God. What she learned during her conversion is that the more we know and learn about God, the less we want to leave him. The more she kept the commandments the less she wanted to break them. The love of God is greater than anything and she learned that and that’s what gave her the courage to follow Christ and continue to live a changed life.   
Some people have more changes to make than others, but for these changes to take place a few things are always required.
Mosiah 3:19 teaches us that to Follow Christ we must “yield to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and put off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.”
In Brazil many people would ask us, “why saints? Aren’t those Catholic?” and we would respond- no, we are Latter Day Saints because we believe that just as this scripture says we are working and striving to become saints. It is our duty to seek to become a saint through the atonement of Christ. I believe to do this we must do as the scripture says and-- become as a child, submissive, meek, humble… In Mississippi my companion and I met a woman named Alice, on the day we met Alice we were simply knocking doors, she said she saw us through the window and had intention to hide, but instead of hiding she yielded to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and opened the door, and listened. The problem was, all she did was listen, she rarely asked any questions, or gave a legitimate response to any of our questions, and one day in confusion we asked, “Alice, do you believe that the things we are taught you today are true?” and she responded, “well you’re telling them to me aren’t you!?” And in that moment we realized, Alice wasn’t slow, she wasn’t just lonely, or just interested, she was a perfect example of being as a little child, and being humble. She didn’t have to make many changes in her life to be baptized but the day she was baptized, while she was getting dressed in the stall she said to my companion and I, “Before I met y’all…” and that was it. The change in this woman was not drastic and to me not very visible, but the Spirit that flowed from her in those few short words testified of the true change that took place in her life as a result of following Jesus Christ more perfectly.
Following Christ perfectly can be hard. He was perfect in everything that he did, which is impossible for us. But I believe to follow him closely the most important ingredient is love. To follow Christ we must love as he did, and this love will surely change the lives of others. The scriptures tell us that “charity never faileth”, therefore if we can master love, our love can mask all our other imperfections. As a missionary, the work is only enjoyable, and we can only have success, when we truly love the people we serve. A mission is the hardest time of your life and the most rewarding. I thought a mission was easy because you are so blessed every day for your sacrifice, but learned that that isn’t true.
It is easy to think that just because we follow Jesus Christ, we are entitled to easy living, we are entitled to immediate answers to prayers, complete health, and everything we want. Something that helped me change my perspective on this was meeting a woman in Brazil named Francisca Helena. Her life was everything but easy. She spent her whole life truly striving to do what was right but ended up with a broken heart and family, and while she passed a time of extreme difficulty she had a dream, a dream that is very precious to her. She was in the sky and saw arches forming that made windows and walking across these arches, she saw the Savior. He was walking slowly passing arch by arch, and she felt impressed to count them, she counted 5 and when the Savior came to the fifth arch he finally stopped, and turned, and looked at her, and when they had made eye contact the dream ended. This was about 20 years ago. She was very deeply impressed by this dream, and for 20 years searched the meaning, and even though she could never interpret it, she felt comforted by it, she knew the Lord was with her. And year after year she held on to that, until this July when she was baptized a member of the Church. And one day a few months after being baptized when we went to her house, she sat us down and with tears told this story of this dream, and then with joy told us that she had finally found the meaning to this dream. Before coming in contact with the church she had been a member of 4 churches, Cathoic, Messianic, Spriritualist, and Cademble, but the fifth church she has been a member of is this church, and in the dream the Savior did not pass it, he stopped as if to say, your search is over, and this is where you will find me. And I can testify that she did. Her broken heart and family have not been fully healed, she faces challenges and struggles everyday just as she did before, but within these challenges she has something different, she has the Spirit, one of the greatest gifts of God, she has certainty that she is where she is supposed to be, and she has certainty that the Savior is with her, every step, and that he is watching over her.
It took 20 years, and some seemingly strange pathways, but Christ did change her, and her life. Through the Atonement Christ knows us perfectly; our thoughts, feelings, and opinions. Our doubts, fears, and pains. Therefore he not only knows how to comfort, and counsel us, he knows how to actually bring about a change in us. Francisca Helena is a different person than she was, she has many of the same burdens as she did before but changed in the way she handles and carries them.
As a missionary I experienced the same thing. A trial is a trial, the difference is whether or not you humble yourself sufficiently to trust the Lord, and rely on his divine aid. If there is anyone out there wondering whether or not to serve, my advice is to stop wondering, because when we follow in the footsteps of the Savior we learn to rely on the Lord and there is nothing that will help us more in our lives than that. To rely on him we must know him, Mosiah 5:13 describes how it is that we come to know him. For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?
If we keep ourselves distant from the Lord and his work, if we choose not to follow him, we will never know him, we will never see a positive change in our lives, or have the opportunity to see the change in the lives of others. I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father to all I learned the short time I spent serving Him.
From Alice that it doesn’t matter where or how long we follow Him it matters that we follow him with all our heart, mind, and strength, in complete humility before Him.
From Francisca Helena I learned that some change comes soon and some comes later, but for those who follow Jesus Christ, change does come, and so do the blessings.
And personally I learned that the more we follow him, the less we will want do anything less than that. When we follow him, we give him our hearts, and when he has our hearts he can mold and change them. And I know that, because it happened with me, I can assure you all that I am and will be different, and have no intentions to stop following Jesus Christ, because I know that any small change that happened in me happened because of him.

My last week

I guess it's important to finish the things we start, and since I've written every week, my last week deserves a post too. 
Eventful things that happened my last week:
At my last district meeting we ended up singing at a funeral/viewing for a ward members son who had died in a moto accident. It was really special singing for so many people, we sang songs about how Christ conquered death. We could tell it meant a lot for their family. I also got to stand up and recite D&C 4 for the last time at a missionary meeting. That was just a little too sad. 
On the way back from the meeting the day started really getting eventful, after making it 8 months in Brazil sticking out like a sore thumb, I was finally robbed. Luckily he only took the mission cell phone, and we got a new one about 2 days later.
It was actually a pretty normal week, we worked hard. We got Gesse a baptismal interview with the Presidente, our District Leader said he would be good to go for Saturday but it turned out that he still had a couple things to sort out before getting baptized. We were pretty heartbroken and so was he but he also had a contrite spirit to get everything in order as soon as possible to make it happen. I was pretty disappointed at first that my dream to have a baptism on my last day wouldn't work out, but then I remembered how far he had come, and that the Lord was trying just as hard as we were to prepare him for that day. 
On Saturday I had the going away lunch at the Presidents house, it was just for Sister Brimley and I because of our special circumstances having to leave a couple days before everyone else. We had our interviews with President, and it was really special, he said some of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me, and helped me get the spiritual confirmation I needed that my mission was successful and accepted by the Lord. 
Sister Brimley got to come back to Mussurunga with me where she served for 6 months before me. We got to do some street contacts and teach a few last lessons together, it was SO COOL, we got to see how far we had come from the beginning, from the MTC, from our first area, from when we first got to Brazil, all of it. We also got to bare our testimonies in sacrament meeting, everyone bore really nice testimonies too and mentioned us... to the point where the Bishop got up and was like- THEY HAVE TO MOVE ON WITH THEIR LIVES, OK! 
We got to fly from Salvador to Sao Paulo and Sao Paulo to Atlanta! We had more than enough to talk about alllll the way back. Then at the Atlanta airport, the last big miracle of my mission happened... I got to see Tasha, and meet Gwen for the first time, at the airport! She got a gate pass and came back and met me during my layover. I can only describe it as true happiness! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How my mission has changed me.

October 27, 2014

This was an awesome week. There were some HUGE bummers but also tons of miracles as always. The Young Womens asked me to help them make "cookies americanas" aka chocolate chip cookies. It was way fun. 
We also had a Seventh Day Adventist come to church for the first time and the lesson in Gospel Principles was about keeping the Sabbath Day... so that was interesting! 
Dad wrote me last week and wanted me to think about how my mission has changed me. That thought is just a little overwhelming but I was thinking about how one of my favorite things about the mission is the chance to develop Christlike attributes. 

Faith. I learned a lot about faith this week when this lady we´ve been teaching for a while and who has had a ton of contact with the church decided she didn't want anything more to do with any of it... she even tried to give us the Book of Mormon back. It was one of the saddest times of my life. It was a make it or break it lesson and we used the scriptures and had her all convinced to baptism, but her sister for the first time decided to sit in with us.... and told her it was way too soon and that she wasn't ready, and that she needed to keep learning, and that this isn't what she wanted. When we left my companion said, wow the devil really used his tools well tonight, but so did we! I was all upset thinking, how is it that the devil won? But then I realized that he didn't win, it was nothing but a lack of faith on her part. The Lords power really is WAY stronger than the adversary. But the Lords power only works according to our own faith. That night we found out she had been praying to know the truth but with 0 sincerity, with 0 intent to ACT, therefore although she loves the Lord a lot, she has 0 faith. 

Hope. Hope is more than knowing that something CAN happen, it´s believing that it will. When we really have hope we do everything in our power to gain promised blessings of the Lord. When we have hope, we will face challenges still, but our lives will only get better. 

Charity and Love. I have really learned on the mission that if you dont love the people you serve, you wont have success. Elder Zwick told us that with pure discipleship we will be accepted, because when we really follow the Lord, we love the people around us. Ive never been one to have a ton of compassion, but I know I have come a looong way on my mission. We have so much more capability to love than we know! and that means so much more capability to serve! 

Patience. After waiting 15 months for my visa I really learned the meaning of patience. Patience is trusting in the Lords plan for us. Trusting him completely. We have to trust that we are exactly where he wants us, and that we have a purpose there. If we dont, we dont trust that he loves us! Which is the first and most important thing we can understand about our Heavenly Father. If we can learn to be patient, we can be happy even in our afflictions. 

Knowledge. Well, I think Ive talked enough about my love for the scriptures for this one. Even though Ive seen so many miracles and other things that have strengthened my faith. It is my knowledge that has really deepened my testimony, and given power and authority to my calling. 

Virtue. Key to having the spirit! Which means key to having success! One of the best moments on the mission was when I walked into a recent converts house that was always playing something kinda sketchy, and she was watching BYU tv! She learned the importance of virtue. 

Humility. Where do I start. When I told people I was going on a mission. A lot of them said- You have to understand... a mission is hard. And I was always like- HA, I can do anything! But what I continue to learn, is that I cant do anything! Its the Lord. I learned that he really can turn our weaknesses into strengths. He`s willing to too, we just have to give him the glory. This work does not depend on us or on our goodness or on our love or power. It depends on HIS. 

Diligence. I learned that being away from the apartment 8 hours, is not diligence. Neither is walking really fast. Diligence is realizing that everything you do brings you closer or farther from your objective. Being diligent is a sacrifice, but its worth it! If you WORK all day, all your days, to bring one soul to Him, how great will be your joy! 

Obedience. I remember the first letter I wrote home was about how I was sick of all the lectures about obedience, Mom replied and said, "just think of it as living an obedient life for a while..." Now when I think of that I laugh. Because now I understand that obedience is the FIRST law of heaven. It is everything. It helped me learn the importance of the Atonement. Maybe before thinking about what we hope or expect of God we should think of what he hopes or expects of us! And we can be sure the commandments and words of the prophets will answer that perfectly. What a blessing. To know exactly what the Lord expects of us! That means we know exactly what we need to do to return to him and to be HAPPY! 


THANK YOU ALL SOOOO MUCH for you support and prayers and love. 

Seester Stevens 

Monday, October 20, 2014

A God of Miracles

October 20,2014


This week i have no time to write but I will do my best. 
Val had an interview for baptism and passed which is good. Now we just have to get him excited for baptism because he´s really not in a hurry:/. But it was a miracle that the Elder who did the interview got him to understand about the Priesthood and need to be baptized again.  Thats an obstacle we´ve been needing to cross for a while. The bad news is we got him to not go to the other church Saturday but then he didnt go to ours Sunday even after seeing how good his week was after going last Sunday! PEOPLE. 
I had a one day notice to give a training on Wednesday and i pulled out my notebooks and started looking at all the things I've learned on my mission and compiled it the best I could, and shared the best with everyone. It was mostly  stuff from mission and zone conferences. I just have learned so much I want to leave it behind somehow! It will still be important, but not like right now. 
One cool miracle this week was when I was feeling pretty down because we didnt get very much help this week and also our baptisms arent as sure as we would like but we were following up with a man and as we were leaving a woman ran out of the house and called us back. So we went back and met her mom and she explained how she had cancer and we were able to testify of the Plan of Salvation and the Atonement and to be able to do that was just a huge tender mercy in our week, because we preached and preached and preached and lacked service. 
Another miracle is how we found this rapaz on one of the first nights of Sister Andrade. We were in this narrow alleyway trying to leave this particular neighborhood, but hadnt done very much that day and I really wanted ooone more new investigator. So when I saw this scawny kid walking towards us I thought why not? I stopped him and we committed him to coming to church and being baptized. We finally got into contact with him this week. He got an answer to his prayer, he LOVES the Joseph Smith story. When he explained the response he got it was that he remembered and just knew that God was a God of miracles, and I was like THANK YOU that is exactly the message of the Restauration. That is exactly how I feel too when i see people getting answers to their prayers and discovering the fulness of the gospel. It was an Alma 29:10 moment. We got him to church yesterday too! 
We were looking for people until 10:30 (church starts at 9) and my companion didn't like that, she was like, we have to go to church! We´re missionaries! and I explained how the 99 are already there! and we cant forget that as representatives of Christ we have to go find the ones missing. We can never forget  this. 


Seester Scheevens 

Monday, October 13, 2014

18 Meses!

October 13, 2014

This week was really good! We worked a whole lot, never stopped for dinner and hardly even talked normally because we were talking to other people, or about our investigators! I am dead tired so that's why I'm writing early today, its been too long since I took a nap.
This week was weiiirrd because we were walking with this member- Carol to an appointment and she asked how much time I had on the mission and I stopped to think and was like- OXENTE hoje eu fiz 18 meses de missão! I had forgotten that it was so close. Its weird to have already served the full 18 months. I am just so glad that I'm still here and can keep working one more month. Everyday is more and more terrifying because every day is closer! But I really don't think too much about it, just at the end of the day when I think- ohhh nooooo one more day already passed. I'm not scared of going home I'm just scared of how close it is now. 
I know you are all anxious to hear about church since I said it was a strugg and I have good news! Our prayers were answered! This week we worked a lot with a man named Roseval. He is about 34 and smart but doesn't know how to read. So that's hard. But he already went to church once with his daughter, hes to the point that he believes Joseph Smith was a prophet but still believes that his baptism was enough... Last week he didn't go to conference, so this week we talked about church allll week to make sure he would go because we would have to drop him if he didn't. Saturday we stopped by just to remind him and he was like- well now i have to work tomorrow, I'm the father of my family ya know? i hardly made any money this week, i have to provide. I tried to stay calm and started explaining to him about the Sabbath day, and promised him that he would have way more success this week if he was put God first and went to church on Sunday. He looked at the sky and said- if it rains again tomorrow (becuase he sells ice cream by the beach) I'll go to church. We took it as a deal, and reminded him of the blessings we had promised. 
Sunday we were soooo happy because we woke up and it was raining! But when we passed his house to make sure he was awake and coming no one came to the door. Also everyone we looked for that had given us their word that they would go had excuses because it was Children's Day (yeah, a ridiculous national holiday!) or weren't there. So we went to church real sad. But about 20 minutes later Roseval showed up and just went into the Elders quorum all by himself! Then when we went down to the chapel, another investigator had come all by himself! And then a member brought her little brother so we had another! It was a lot of miracles one after the other, and now we have more people to work with. It's really humbling that we called and looked for at least 20 people and showed up with no one.. But the Lord brought 4 all by himself. It really is allll in his hands, I cant learn that enough. 
The other interesting thing that happened is I convinced Afonso to bear his testimony! But he got up there and started and then said- I cant do this and almost fell down and limped out of the chapel looking like he was in a lot of pain and about to pass out. Considering he has had 5 strokes I was really worried! He was ok but having real problems with his legs and hadn't eaten or taken his medicine so he was having issues with blood pressure :(. It was really touching how concerned everyone was. I think nowww the ward will help him have food to eat. His family later that day wasn't concerned either, some even laughed about what happened.

Well. kind of a sad note to leave off on but on a happier note i thank the Lord everyday for having a family that supports me so much. Thank you soo much everyone for helping me be here. 


Seester Stevens 

ps heres a pic of me on my 18 month mark with a goiaba beiju yummm 


October 6, 2014

 WOW! What a week. Shortly after emailing on Monday I got a phonecall from the AP telling me that I would be training this transfer! I did NOT expect that. I was really happy with sticking with Sister Palma here and just finishing off strong but NO. I was actually pretty disappointed at first because everyone here in this area loves Sister Palma a whole lot and it felt like more hers than mine, and she was suuuuper sad but we got over it. The area is awesome. There was only one Sister coming to the mission so that was sweet that President wanted me out of all the Sisters to train her.
The next day President came to pick me up at 6 30 to take me to the mission home with the other Elder who is training too. It´s actually pretty sweet. They treat you like a queen when youre a trainer. Its just us and the Andrezzos, the APs and office elders (that was weird not to have a companion). We had a huuuuge breakfast with a bunch of fruit and pancakes with syrup and peanut butter, and cinnamon rolls, and frosted flakes! 
Then we get a talk from Pres, then a training on how to train from the APs, and then our companions came! Sister Andrade is awesome! She is from Manaus, and is 25. I waited all day just sitting in the mission house while she had a bunch of training and stuff, oh and a huuuuge lunch. It was way cool I love her already. She is super humble, to the point of being gullable, I can tell her anything and she just trusts me! Good thing Im trustworthy. She´s also way committed to the mission and being obedient and helping people be baptized! She is going to help me finish off the mission strong for sure. I love obedient companions! 
By Thursday she was already stopping people on the street to do contacts! I was so happy! I was way scared of getting someone super quiet and shy, but she just loves and connects with everyone! I just know already her testimony is going to help a lot of people here. The only hard thing is shes not really accustomed to walking a whole lot, she was like the Elders in Manaus complain about walking so far but our area is way bigger than any of theirs! They also complain about the heat but Salvador is even hotter than Manaus! Yeah, summer is starting it was even HOTTER this week, apparently hotter than the amazon rain forest. So Im just getting used to walking slow. Also she doesnt like to be on the street at night, which is rough because Im not one to just go in early because its late. She´ll get more comfortable with it, I just have to get scheduled appointments every night.
OH remember Diego from Beurarema, one of the Elders who was alllways there came here to be in my district and he gave be all the news, including that Diego stopped smoking and got baptized!!!!!! YYAYYY sooo many  hours and lessons and phonecalls and fasting and prayer and I stayed like sooo happy for a good 2 days after he told me that. 
Im running out of time I dont even have time to talk about conference but conference was soooo goooood. I got to watch almost all of it. It was so cool how people gave talks in their native languages, when the guy who gave it in Portuguese started all the missionaries in the english speaking room looked at eachother and were like- what are we doing here! and ran into the cultural hall to listen, loved it. I think the Saturday sessions rocked it, I was so spiritually exhausted after. I have just never been happier to be called to repentance so many times in the same day! It was way cool how they focused on the church and following the Prophet, and being followers of Christ. They made it really clear, if you dont have a testimony... get one! I loved Elder Bednars story about why we share the gospel, he nailed it with how when the little boy found a source of relief from his wounds and pain, it was a natural instinct to want to give that same relief to other people. 

Love you family! Thank you for your prayers, I feel them every day. (If you are tired of praying for the same thing my whole mission and want to know our biggest difficulty.. here, its getting people to church.)

Seester Stevens

Friday, October 3, 2014


September 29, 2014

I cant believe it was the last week of the transfer! Where did the transfer go!? 
This week was awesome. 
Tuesday was the rainiest day Ive had so far in Mussurunga so that was too bad because we had a whooole lot of finding planned. But we did see a miracle, a Jehovas Witness of 15 years who has never accepted missionaries from a different church since being baptized there let us in! She didnt commit to anything really but its a good sign, because she loved our visit
We had another miracle too! So our recent convert has a son in law who was in church on Sunday! Apparently he went one other time but it was the first time I had seen him there, it was a miracle because we didnt even invite him and we never have an opportunity to teach or talk to him. He lost his job the other week and now has one where he will be home a lot more and has every other Domingo off. On Wednesday we were there and he came home and I invited him to sit with us for a message... and he accepted! Which he never does! I had to teach english class in like 5 minutes but the Spirit was like- this is more important. So we had the best lesson about the Gospel and he opened up and he wants to be baptized! The hard part is that he wants to wait until Otavio is ready and be baptized with him (remember the one who sold drugs and got shot in the head, its his Dad). It was so good, he talked about how he never felt ready or had much desire until now and has really been repenting. Now we just have to convince him that its better to set the example for Otavio than to wait to him. Never know what Satan will think of while you wait. This can apply to us too, we cant wait and wait for answers or wait to do something that we know is good, because its clear in the scriptures whats good, and if we wait, Satan will try to convince us otherwise. 
It has been kinda rough because yet again we are working really hard and it seems like no one is keeping their commitments, reading the Book of Mormon, praying, going to Church... Its not hard to keep going or to have faith that people really are ready its just hard to see soooo many people not accept our invitations to have SO MANY BLESSINGS in their lives. It just hurts to love everyone and know with certainty that God sent us because he wants to bless them and they just dont get it, they choose to continue miserable and try to do everything by themselves.But it does say in the Missionary of Success section of Preach My Gospel that one of our central purposes is to warn people of the consequences of sin. One of the purposes of the earth and of Christ himself is to separate the righteous from the wicked, and Im not any better than him so I just keep going, with faith that theres some righteous people who will accept the message too. 
We had our Zone Conference on Friday, it was sooooo gooood. President talked for wayyy longer than he has talked at any other but it was all so important and so spiritual. I had to give my goodbye so that was the worst! It was so weird being at the same pulpit I was 6 months ago giving my welcome testimony. The difference in my Portuguese was maybe the best part. My voice was shaking as always and I really thought I was going to cry but I just kept smiling! Because it is so good to bear my testimony and everything that I testify of make me so happy! THE CHURCH IS TRUE! 
até a semana que vem! quem sabe onde estarei... 
amoooo voces 

Seester Scheevens