week 4: 1 1/2 weeks left in the MTC

I cant believe this is my second to last pday!! The days feel like years literally and then before i know it, another week is gone! I hit my one month mark this week! So crazy!

Happy 1/2 birthday shoutout to Brandon this week 🙂 haha
And happy birthday to Ray Richmond on March 1st! I hope you have a great day!!

Thanks for more birthday wishes! You are all so thoughtful! Mom and Dad thank you for my presents, I love them so much!

Another S/O to Brandon because I got a letter from you this week! Yay! It is so fun to get mail!!! ❤

My district bought me a customized cookie cake on my bday and my instructor went and picked it up! It was so nice I wanted to cry! My birthday was great! Eveyrone was so nice. My comp and sis G and sis L woke me up singing and they all gave me cards and candy! |The mission pres wife brought me a card and oreos at night and it was the best!! Only one more bday in the mission!!

CONGRATS TO ALI AND TRAVIS FOR GETTING ENGAGED!!! I cried when I saw those pics because I am so happy for you guys! I am so sad I wont be there but I am so happy for you guys! I love you!

People in my district started talking about MAKO the other day and I was like whoah ! Thats my bro in laws company! And they were all like what no way!! I wish I had stickers to give them! They all love Mako

This week i was showering and had conditioner in my hair and was shaving my legs and all of a sudden my water started smelling like legit rotten fish. I cupped it in my hands and smelt it and I almost threw up. But there was nothing I could do about it so I waited like 3 mins then it went back to normal! hahahah so nasty. btw I hope u dont think im complaining when I tell these stories, I am totally happy here I just think they are funny! I really dont have much to complain about, just bizarre things that happen…

For example, this week we were teaching our invesgtigaro Darley and a fly (they are EVERYWHERE) was attacking my face so I was trying to swat it, and it legit went up my nose.  I didnt wanna ruin the spirit or make a big scene so I just sat there for 20 mins with a fly in my nose. Then I was lIke OK maybe im paranoid, and there isnt really a fly up my nose. I blew my nose after and sure enough there was a fly on the tissue. Lol youre welcome for all the details!

The food here is getting worse hahah it is seriously pretty bad, whoever said Brazilian food is good was seriously disturbed. lol legally blonde joke. Anyway, its not that bad but its not good either! Everyone is telling me that the food in Recife is spicy! So im in trouble with that haha!

I can talk so much port!!! I can almost understand everthing anyone says and in lessons, even if i dont know how to say something, I just go for it and they are able to understand me. The gift of tongues is so reall! there is no other way id be able to speak port by now. I obviously have a long way to go but when I realize ive only been here 4 weeks, it is insane how real the gift of tongues is! Especally in lessons!!! I leave and I think, I have no idea what I just said in there but they nodded and understood so its all good! When I tell people ive only been here 4 weeks they are super impressed! not to brag..im not even good but better than I thought id be!

Okay I dont have a whole lot more to say! Being a missionary is the coolest thing, I cant really describe it.

Congrats to Brooke Rohner on her call!! That is so cool!! When does she leave?

We went to the temple this morning and I was praying to feel the spirit super strong and image image image image image image image image image

once I went into the celestial room, it overcame me and my eyes started watering! It was a super cool experience. Heavenly Father gives us what we ask for! I know he does. He is so mindful of every single person! And this mom came up to me in the temple today and just hugged and kissed me randomly and told me I was pretty and idk why she did it to me and no one else but it was such a tender mercy because it felt like a hug from my mom!

I hope you all have a great week! Im starting Jesus the Christ if anyone wants to read with me, mom or dad? Its super good! I finished our search for happiness. I read before bed!

Tell me when you guys get my letters!

Love you all! XO
Sister Hoffman

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Zika!! Week 3 from Sister Hoffman

Hi everyone!!

How are you?! Thank you once again for all the emails and I am so sorry, once again, that I have no time to give good responses 😦 I will start writing you all letters this week!! Shoutout to my fam and Bomma & Poppa for sending me Valentines Day Cards!!! And Thank you everyone for all the birthday wishes 🙂 I feel so loved!! Sorry if I couldnt reply!!! But I appreciate it so much!

Ok what is the time differnece? I thought CA was 5 hours behind but some people are saynig 6 and its been bugging me. Plz let me know mom!

All of our fake investigators are getting baptized!! Lessons are so much easier than they were the first week, i can totally teach and testify in Portuguese! It might be broken port but they get the gist of it hahah! So thats fun.

Mom, did you wipe out my cellphone for carson? were u able to preserve my phone #? just wondering about that. no biggie if not

Fun fact: 1/2 of all converts today were taught by sister missionaries!!!

Okay so we got to go proselyting on wed!! It was so fun. We took the public bus to this place in Sao Paulo and each had to give out 5 BOMS, so 10 per comp. And we were all soooo nervous, i was mostly nervous for the public bus TBH lol but that was fine. Just all our sweaty bodies rubbing against each other, packed like sardines. No biggie hahah

I hope you guys got some of my pics! just FYI selfies are so shameless on a mission, i know its super unlike me so dont judge me! thx

Okay so Sis Miller and I were teaching this pregnant lady this week and there was a mosquito in the room trying to attack and the lady was like “yeah mosquitos are super scary rn becuase of the zika virus, it will mess up your baby!” And were like yeah crazy. Then finally she slaps it and kills it, and looks at it and just says “Zika!!” And i guess when it has striped legs it is zika. So it was zika, then she almost started crying because it was smeared all over her hands so we said “go to the bathroom and wash your hands!!” And while she was gone, we noticed that it had bitten us hahah. ALL over Sis Millers arm and just one on my elbow! So thats fun. But we arent feeling sick or anything so im not sure how it works? But lots of the mosquitos here are zika apparently. Yikes!

We got new roomies this week! 2 brazilians. They are so beautiful and nice

We have devotionals every sunday and tuesday, and every single missionary sings in the choir and everytime we sing I get chills on my whole body and want to cry because the spirit is so strong. I feel honored to be in the midst of such awesome people! the brazilians are so nice, all the latins are. Way nicer than the americans in my opinoin! But this week we sang Well bring the world his truth (in port obvi) and I hadnt felt the spirit that strong in a while. it was insane!

This morning we went to the Campinas temple!! So pretty! Thats the only time we will go there, São Paulo for the next 2 weeks. I cant believe i basically have like 2 1/2 weeks left!! I am gonna die hahah i dont feel ready at all but ill never be ready so i just need to go!!! ahh!!!!

Again thanks for the bday wishes :))) I love you all! Sorry i say that so much but when youre away from people you really realize how much you love them and how blessed you are!

Talk to you next week!!

Sis Hoffman

Week 2: Oi Oi!

Oi oi!!!
OK this is gonna be shorter than last week, pretty sure I wrote a novel. I have had this sad guilty feeling all week about not being able to write you all back! I have literally cried and felt so bad, but i hope you guys understand! I love you all so much though and appreciate you thinking about me! I am so blessed!!! Being here has made me realize how extremely blessed we all are!!! I say like a million prayers of gratitude every day.

Mom- i got a letter from you! thanks so much. You are the best mom in history!! My love for you makes my heart explode. Im sending out a bunch of letters today so watch out for them people!!
Also mom, i used the cc in Atlanta for dinner on purpose so ud know i was there! no payphones there 😦 I wanted to call!!! sorry!

There was the GNARLIEST rain storm on Monday, the streets outside looked like a river, and our room was soaked becaause we left our window open but it was fun!! Cars were still speeding through the river of course; I am sincerely worried for all the drivers here. God bless!

Anyway, so the power went out from that storm so we didnt have power for like a day and now we’re going off the generator i think? So randomly thoruhgout the day all the power will go off! it stinks when that happens becuase the AC in our classroom turns off and we all slowly start melting lol.
I love my district! the days would be horrible without them, the elders are so funny. They all still play with legos and are obsessed with Star Wars – enough said:)

Read Mosiah 4:19 and “Your first convert” by Holland! So amazing. Tears

My stomach is better! Probs just getting used to the really unsanitary food they feed us lol jk its not that bad but I dream of in n out at night haha—
literally.

Ive gotten into the habit of WANTING to read my scriptures everyday which is so amazing and something I hope sticks for the rest of my life! It is like the only enlglish time of the day, so thats really relaxing and i can be alone with my thoughts.
Improving each day with Port! I know itll come!!! Its all good. Not too worried about it!

Everyone has been telling me that there’s  a crazy amount of baptisms in recife so thatll be fun! But also a lot of hard work!!! woo!

Our roommates left and our fav brazilian friends too, so thats SAD AND our trio is split up and now im just with Sis Miller but i love her so its all good! 🙂

My teacher Irma Fuoco broke her foot so now we have this PRECIOUS guy named Irma Diego, pretty sure he weighs 90 pounds. Anyway, he is so precious, it makes me wanna cry when i look at him lol if u know me well you will understand how i think everyone is precious.

OKay so kinda a scary story but not really dont worry parents!!

Last pday after we emailed (we were already all depressed because of emailing time)   me and my 2 comps decided we would go back out into the city without the elders to send our letters!! So we are on our way to the post office just the 3 of us and it was like 4:30 and we walk by this guy who is sitting on the curb and as we are walking he was just staring so hard and I had a horrible feeling … then we passed him and he stood up and just started SCREAMING such vulgar things! And “OMGsh!!! You are so ———beautiful! OMGsh!! just like so sketchy so we all started runinng up this hill, kinda laughing but like sketched out. And its not even like thats that big of a deal, but i think it was just a little taste of what we’re all in for in the next 18 months. So that was a harsh realization . Especaiily me because i look so different from everyone here:/Everyone stares at me so hard whenever we leave the CTM!!!! My comps could both pass as latin but not this white girl! Then when we got to the póst office, everyone was whispering and pointing at us and we all decided we had super bad feelings and then it started to rain so we ran home!! Got home in like 5 mins hahah we were so scared and then on the way back we went on the other side of the streeet away from the guy and he was yelling! Girlss!!! and whistling and we just kept runinng. Ugh . So we are staying with the elders all day today!!! Hopefully gonna send letters tho!!! Anyway, i guess its not even that scary but his tone of voice was literally screaming. We got back and I started crying hahaha i just coudlnt control it. that’s like the first time ive actually cried here

But my eyes start watering whenever i think of anyone from my family because i love you guys too much!!! So i try not to think about you lol esp mom and dad!! During class or right now my eyes are watering hahah

Anyway, KENNEDY You are a supermodel!! I love you so much! Hope wf was so fun!!!! Hunter better know how lucky he is
Carson I love you!!! I heard youre doing great in basketball!!!
Chandler and Dylan i love you!!!!
Dad I love you so much!!!!! I think about you so much and tell eveyrone how cool my dad is and I show EVERYONE pics of you all!!!

And I LOVE YOU ALL to everyone who emails me or prays for me! Thank you so much. I pray for all of you like 10 times a day, so youre covered lol

I am totally good here, i will hit 3 weeks on Wednesday! Crazy, its starting to go faster each week.

I hope i included most details youd wanna know in last weeks email, image image image image image

but if not mom, send me some quesitons for next week that you need answered

I LOVE YOU ALL!!! 🙂 You are all so amazing, and such good examples and support to me! I am the luckiest missionary in the world!

Love
Sister Hoffman

 

Week one: Oi family and friends!

Oi family and friends!!!

I am finally getting to email, so crazy. It feels like its been like 5 years since I talked to you all. I have been missing you all and thinking about you so much!!! Any time I have free time to think about anything other than Portuguese, I think of you all! I love you so so so so so much. Okay first of all, I cant send pics from the MTC, its a rule here. But theres this place across the street where apparently you can send emails so Ill try that later. Sorry! Also, DONT SEND ME LETTERS TO THE MTC STARTING NEXT WEEK. if they dont get here while Im here, they dont send them to me. So send them to my mission home after that, Kennedy can you post an instagram like next week and write my mission address? Thanks 🙂 So this week and a half were so crazy! I feel like so much has happened and I have had a lot of anxiety about emailing because we only get 45 minutes and I had like 40 emails when I logged on! THANK YOU ALL! I love you so much, I doubt I am going to have time to reply to them all but I will try to reply to some! But just know I appreciate it so much. I pray for you all every day more than once and I love you all sooooo much!

My flight to Atlanta wasnt bad, I sat next to a cute old couple from Rome, Italy. I cried when I read all my letters from family and friends but mostly held myself together! Then I got to Atlanta and I was the first missionary there to arrive out of our bunch so I waited a while, then Elder Finch arrived (hes going to Recife too) and then after that we all just started trickling in. There were 3 other sisters flying with me so that was great! And all the people I flew with (minus one girl) turned into my district! There are no other girls going to Recife, but 2 other boys- Elder Finch & Elder Everett. My comps are Sis Miller and Sis Lopez, theyre going to Natal and Joao Pessoa. Were all gonna be super close to each other! They are super nice. We all get along well and havent had any problems. I am blessed to have them! So they are both fluent in Spanish which is cool because Portuguese is coming super easy for them. Its hard to not compare myself to them sometimes because they just know so much more since its so similar to spanish, but im still better than most of the boys in my district so its okay!!
Okay so when we arrived here, the day started right away. We were so exhausted. They let us shower and then we got right to class and everything! And BTW my legs and ankles and feet stayed swollen from the plane for like 4 or 5 days? Maybe more. It was painful and i had to sleep with my feet elevated every night. Which wasnt comfy but its all good. They are normal now!
Everyone here is so nice!!! Like Brazilians are just so amazing and sweet. They all of course talk to me a lot because Im probably the blondest girl here haha both my comps look native. So they always think Im the only one who speaks english. We try to sit with natives at mealtime to learn the language.

My teacher is Irma Fuoco, she served in Recife!! She is so nice and sweet, shes  25. not married. So she teaches us for like 3 hrs at least everyday.

Here is a typical day layout:
Wake up at 6 (my comps arent ready in time if we dont wake up at 6 instead of 630)
personal study 7-8
breakfast 8-830
comp study and lang. study until like 11:30
lunch
irma fuoco class
dinner
then it depends on the day. Tues/thurs we have devotionals (we get to wear headphones with english) or sometimes we do service (me and my comps always have to go to this sweatshop dungeon that smells like bad chemicals and gasoline and fold sheets and stuff)
and starting this week we started getting physical activity time in the evening, which is awesome because we dont have to wake up early to exercise anymore like we did the first week. For that, we play volleyball with the brazilian elders and our boys play bball. Were not allowed to play bbal with them though so we just play with the brazilians. Its super fun though! And Im not that bad at volleyball so they all tell me how good i am lol its great.

So I basically am a rebel here because theyre always complainng about my clothes. ANd my  neon orange pinkish nailpolish!! They got so funny at that for like the first whole week. every adult would tell me to take it off and id be like ok i will if you give me nail polish remover! but none of them had any. Also, we were playing vball for physical activity and i was wearing my gray sweats jogger things and they called me over and said that when i jumped up to hit the ball, the pants are too tight on my bum and boys are looking. It was weird the way she said it.. so my comps and i couldnt play anymore and that was a bummer. Sorry I was born with a huge bum people! So i tried wearing my mitchs sweats the next day and beforehand I just used all my might to stretch those babies out and make them look baggy on my bum and it worked hahah so at least I have those for now!

My roommates are 2 brazilians, 1 chilean who is 29. I love them!! They are so nice and kiss me and hug me all the time and are just like the cutest people ever. Im obsessed with them. They leave tuesday so we will get new ones!

My comp S Miller was born in Chile, btw.; Kinda cool!

Every time i tiell someone im going to Recife they just tell me how hot it is, its like the hottest place apparently. So thats fun! lol but they also say the nicest people ever live there. So thats good. Also appárently they speak more uneducated there since its all poor so its kinda like slang talk but in portuguese. haha. and my teacher said they spéak super fast in Recife!! So my portuguese is gonna need to improve immensly. I get so stressed about the language but I am trying my best and I know the Lord will help me. I just tell myself, one day, you will be fluent in portuguese. Not today or next week, but one day haha. And its true! I will. Its coming slowly but surely. its a super cool language, im happy to be learning it!

The MTC pres & wife are new, only been here 2 or 3 weeks. pres Grahl is his name. They are so nice! I love them,

Carnival starts tomorrow and is all weekend!!! apparently its super vulgar and nasty so idk if we have to close our windows or what! But thats exciting hah;. I sleep on the top bunk of a bunk bed facing the wdinow. We have a huge window and leave it open all night but i still wake up sweaty every morning! We have AC in our classroom (its so nice and gets freezing) but the hottest time of day for me is at night when im trying to go to bed. No AC just a big fan that doesnt even reach my top bunk at the other end of the room. and heat RISES people so its like hotter than hades up there in my bed. Thats the last time I try to be nice and tell my comps they can have the bottom bunk lol;

We had a practice investigator, Idario, that we were teaching this week and that was stressful.Teaching in port. when you dont know port. is not very fun. Just stressful! hahah but its okay we survived and committed him to baptism but hes moving so were not teaching him anymore. Now we have a new one named Pamela and she is sassy! Like totally rolls her eyes and yawns while we talk lol its weird. But all just an act so its okay!

I love personal study in the morning, i love the BOM!! I love having time to read my scrips in english and not think about portuguese for a solid hour. Its so nice.

OK so about the showers and then the food !

The showers are my worst nightmare
Picture this: a million black hairs everywhwere and a millino little bugs that fly at you and stick to your wet skin:)))))) fun! Lol but its okay. But we shower in the morning, and as your towel is hanging there, all the little bugs ujust gather on it so then once im clean i have to shake it as hard as i can and they fly in all different directions, including at my face and then i haul myself outta there. Its prob the worst moment of the day everyday. but we have warm water and all the water here is clean! So they say. Ive been sick the past 3 days and idk what its from. Im feeling better now though. just some stomach issues FUN! I think the food is sometimes not sanitary because its left out lall day with bugs and heat and then who knows if the water they cook with is clean.;;
Okay so the food
Eveyr morning for bfast it is paninis; They are good; Homemade bread and you take a piece of turkey and cheese and panini it. they also have hot coco and orange juice ( i dont trust it) and sometimes cereal which is awesome and then fruit and stuff.
Lunch and dinner ALWAYS have rice and beans, white rice brown beans. Sometimes black. And then usually two types of mystery meat, any kind u can think of (fish, chicken, beef etc) sometimes the food is good considering im here then sometimes I just cant do it. Like the so called Lasagna. Yikes its like cottage cheese and weird orange sauce on lasagna noodles. Not lasagna at all!!! The meat is sometimes good! and the rice and beans are always solid so thats a good backup, i mostly just drink tons of water all day but sometimes for one meal ill have Guarana Zero that they have so thats something to look forward to haha.
The pevoke here are so funny and they try to say things that they think will make me laugh ; So some will be like “hello… its me” or “you used to call me on my cellphone” even though they dont even know what it means but they just know its american and will make us laugh haha. All the girls pet my hair.

Chandler thank u for the photo book! it has helped a lot this week. I show everyone pics of my family and they all say how beautiful you are!!!! You really are. Best looking fam ever. Just best fam overall!

OKAY so the drivers here are SOOOO SKECTHY. it is complete chaos on the rodes, gives me major anxiety. worse than driving with Chandler on the freeway lol. Yesterday we had to go to the police station for something and our van got hit on the way there hahaha it was scary. This guy like skid against us then all these metal benches that were in his trunk fell on our van. But we were obvi all fine. but literally such bad drivers;

Today we went to the Sao Paulo temple!! it was so fun but i was falling asleep the whole itme hahahah BTW we go to bed at 10:30^ forgot to say that above. Anyway, the temple is pretty and i took pics but who knows when ill get to send them! Trying not to get bummed about the pic thing but i kinda am TBH.

Everything is so much worse than America but its fgreat in its own way! But i appreciate America So much more than I did. It is truly the best country. But Brazil is the 2nd best ;). Everything here is dirty and graffiteed on and just sad. We drove by this family living in tents today and the kids looked so malnourished and sad, i wanted to cry, i couldnt look. Be grateful for what you have! America is so nice. Its insane how much we have compared to these people but how nice and giving they still all are! Elders always try to give me things like cookies and stuff and Im like NO NO theyre yours! Keep them! And they just say “Its nothing Sister :)” they just love giving ppopele stuff.
The elders always walk by us and say “Oi Seeeesters!” wqith their funny accents. I love it!

The girls here are all super nice too but seem to keep to themselves more! idk!

Everyone plz keep me updated on your lives, if you get married or engaged or pregnant or whatever! seriously, i worry so much during the week that all your lives are changing so much and Im so far away from you! BUT I love being a missionary. I can already see how its changed me and I am able to completely forget about myself here. Everything is all good 🙂 The spirit here is so strong and I feel great! Even when ive been sick the past 3 days or whatever happens, i dont even think about it much because I have something so much more importatnt to focus on. During lang. study i just think of my future investigators who NEED me to learn this language so I can teach them. Im doing it for them! And for my Savior. I am trying to see everyone the way HF sees them and its amazing. I have no bad thoughts about anyone here! Even the super annopying immature weird boys in my district lol. But yeah Anti shoutout to everyone who told me the MTC was horrible because you scared me for no reason hah! Its really kinda fun! I feel blessed to be here in this beautiful country! Our room has such a pretty view, i wish i could send pics. Someday!

I cant think about the fact that ill be gone for 18 months or else i might barf so i just take it day by day 🙂

D&C 100: 5-8
D&C 6^14
Moroni 7^: 48
those scrips helped me this week maybe theyll help u!! OK i need to reply to ppl so thats all for now!!
I love you all!! I hope i answered most questions!!!

Love,
Sister Hoffman