Week 45: aye aye aye

Hello!!

soooooo i was emergency transferred this morning. Pretty crazy. Right after i hung up skype with you guys, i talked to president and he told me he felt it was safer for me to be transferred but he didnt tell me where i was going to go because he doesnt want anyone in Olinda to know haha. So i packed my bags quickly and this morning, sister Bigelow picked me up and took me to my new area. It was nice just talking with sister Bigelow in the car. I love her so much! My new area . Dont know anything about it, I finally left the north zone and I think Im in Recife. hahaha literally have no idea. Its a ward here, I’m in a trio with 2 hispanics!! so that’ll be funny. One is Sister Tuiran (from Colombia) which i know super well, lived with her 3 transfers in Goiana! And the other is Sister Diaz (from Argentina) who is finishing up being trained right now, so she’s new in the mission! Maybe ill learn some Spanish Brandon!!!

So i was super sad that i didn’t get to say bye to the members yesterday, because I love them so much! But i wrote them little notes. Also, Vladimir will be so sad when he finds out ahahh i couldn’t tell anyone!!! Eveyrone”s gonna be like “What the heck happened to Sister Hoffman?” Que vergonha gente….

Im going to be in the district of Elder Hoffmann. Super funny. He’s so cool! I met him at Christmas. Hes a huge tall stout guy, we don’t look alike unfortunately. He’s dark skinned and stuff. But its still funny we have the same name. and he’s Brazilian BTW!

The Christmas conference was super cool. President Bigelow talked about the atonement. I need to study the notes I took. We sang Christmas hymns, and watched videos and ate lunch, etc. It was fun! I didn’t take very many pics unfortunately! But its okay
So I told you guys a little about Hiderval. He was a reference of a member that’s from a different ward and we went to teach him this week. It was a really cool experience and strengthened my testimony a lot. He said he had been praying this whole year that god would bring people in his path that could help him. He said we were the answer to his prayers;. A year ago he reieived a BOM from someone and he kept it all this time. We taught him the plan of salvation, and stressed the fact that God loves him a lot. He really opened up to us and told us all about the hard things in his life. He had a really hard childhood , and says he doesn’t know what it feels like to be loved.He said he doesn’t know what love is, but he wants to know. He lives alone with 3 dogs. He left his house at 11 years old and lived in the street, got involved with drugs and stuff. He has 2 kids but they don’t talk to him. Basically, his life has been tough and he thinks nothing works out for him. But I know that this gospel is gonna change his life. We told him that January 1st, he can start a new life, turn a new page by being baptized. and he accepted! The second day we went there, he showed us a little paper that said (in port) “If you know me based on what i was a year ago, you don’t know me anymore. my evolution is constant. let me introduce myself again. Hiderval Tavares in Christ”; So cute!!!! Im bummed i wont be there for his baptism but its okay!

Also, Uiraja´s daughters are gonna be baptized on the 8th, Talita and Adriele. Sad I wont be there. Theyre so cute!!! I love them!!!!

Okay so thats basically all i have to report for now. This house I’m at now is where i slept the first night in the mission field. I remember I felt so scared and sad, and I didn’t speak a word in Portuguese. Its crazy how much has changed. Almost a year ago, I was there, thinking “Wow. i dont’ think i can do this”. When we think we cant possibly accomplish something hard, HF just asks for our best, and he carries us through the rest. He has carried me through my mission. I feel SO blessed and so loved by Him. He has never left me comfortless, he always gives me feelings of peace in hard times. I know he hears our prayers and loves us, and he only wants what’s best for us. So if we always accept his will, we will automatically get what’s best for us, learn what he wants us to learn, and be who he wants us to be!

The mission is such a special experience. Its hard to explain. I hope the difference in me is noticable… i feel like a new person. I still have so many things I need to change. But my testimony has grown so much more than i thought it could. I can honestly say that i KNOW this church is true, and its not just something Im saying because everyone says it over and over again; I feel it, I literally KNOW it. I have seen it on my mission. HeavenlyFather has proved it to me again and again. Seriously. If you guys don’t KNOW it, do something to know. You have to seek it. Pray and ask! I thought i could just do nothing before my mission and be able to know that these things are true, but it doesn’t work like that. We need to ACT. Im soooooo thankful for everything I’m learning here!! I wish everyone could have this experience.

Eu amo vocês! Shoutout to Poppa, who speaks Portuguese like a pro!!!! I loved it! thank you for talking with me in Portuguese! You are so special to me. I love my family so much! You guys are everything to me and I know we can be together forever. Have a good week! Happy New Year! Im excited to make some new goals! Make them with me!

xoxo Sister Hoffman “Rrroffman”

Week 44: transferzz

Okay soo this week was SO CRAZY. One of the secretaries called on tuesday when we were in divisions and asked if another bed fits in our bedroom. I was like “You mean 2 more beds, is there gonna be another dupla here in Olinda?” And hes like “No, just one more bed sister…” I was like oh no. “Is it gonna be a trio?!” And yeah so the maintenance guy brought bunk beds on friday, but me and sister mello were somewhat happy bc we thought that this would mean that wed stay together and get one new sister. Friday night, the LZs called and said one of us would be transferred! We thought it was me, obviously, so i packed ALL MY SUITCASES and was all ready to go. We went to the lanhouse in the mroning and PLOT TWIST, sister mello was transferred and im staying and i recieved 2 new comps, Sister Medeiros and Sister Feltran. Theyre both from Sao Paulo. 22 and 20. Youll meet them on Christmas…

Siste Mello cried so much. It broke my heart. It was so hard to drop her off at the station this morning 😦 We both cried a lot and it felt like my baby was growing up haha. I saw Sister Moreira today which was fun! Shes finallly leaving Goiana!

Our missionwide christmas conference will be on the 22nd. Im super exicted! Itll be in Recife. All the sisters have to wear a black skirt and white or red shirt., I have ntohing and its stressing me out hahah but back to more important things…

OH we are moving apartments! We have to be out by Jan 1st just to add to my stress. theyre wanting me to find an apartment, in all my spare time?!!! kjinda annoying. I hope well find somewhere to move….

So Moises didnt end up getting baptized which was a bummer but it looks like hell be baptized this saturday, along with Felipe!!! Felipe turned out to be SO different. Hes so spiritual and smart and wants more committment with god. Hes so precious .. he  does gives me weird presents. A few days ago, he gave me a bobby pin that he found on the floor LOL and last night, he gave me massage gel that looked used. So interesting. He said it was the first present of many. I told him to please not give me presents, not necessary. Someday I will tell you guys all the weird stuff that happens sometimes in the mission. I try to write it all in my journal hahaha

Carols daughter has been in the hosptial with pneumonia this week. so sad! We visited her at the hosptial and brought 2 irmaos to give her a priesthood blessing. So carols baptism obviously is postponed for now bc shes at the hopstial every day. Maybe well try for next weekend or the 31st. Pray for Carol, Moises and Felipe please! And Gleice! Pray that they all can be baptized this transfer.

I was at a members house yesteday, and they had music on of girls singing a hymn and i realized it was my comp fromthe CTM, sister miller! She is like all over youtube apparently and has a super pretty voice. It made me miss her. Everything is so intense on the mission, I really love all the missionaries Ive met here! Especially my comps. Theyre all so cute! Sister Costa has been emailing me hahah shes a funny one…

Im trying to think of what the heck happened this week, it was so stressful! Ive been having nightmares lately which isnt fun, but im sure thatll páss. Had one last night that brandon saved people from a burning building and he got all burnt hahah it was so sad. I woke up feeling so sick lol sorry brandon glad ur alive!

I will mis Sister Mello so oooooo much! Shes my BFF. I love her and it was so sad to see her go today!!! Shell be one of my bridesmaids for sure and youll all meet her someday. Mom, if you wanna email her, its laura.mello@myldsmail.net

Mom, i put up the christmas decorations for the new girls and the house looks super cute! Ill send pics. I reorganized my desk and all my stuff and it feels so great.

Hope you are all well! Dads bday card got sent back, idk why 😦 Ill resend it. Sorry dad!!! imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimage

Were going to the temple on January 11th. Im excited!!! Love the temple. Always something to look forward to!

I hope Ill have good news to send you guys next week. Love you all so much! Thanks for the support and kind words.

Love,
Sher

Week 43: oi gente

Oi gente!
This week wasnt super exciting, I missed you guys a lot because of thanksgiving, even though thanksgiving doesnt exist here!!! But me and Sister Mello treated ourselves to our own thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant on the beach. We ate filet mignon and it was dank!! Glad shes at least a little american and she understands me 🙂 Shes so cute. I love her so much and I REALLLLLLLLYYYYY dont wanna be transferred on the 12th. Im dreading it so much. I love Olinda and i love my comp and I get so nervous about transfers. But its all part of the mission huh? It will be okay.

We have a super cool investigator, Carol, and she came to church yesterday and really liked it! She is progressing a lot, were gonna try to mark her baptism this week. Shes living the word of wisdom and law of chastity, so basically shes ready!!! those are the big 2. shes quitting coffee right now, we gave her cevada , idk if they have it in USA but its like something that tastes like cofffee that all the members drink here. its actually kinda good, i sometimes drink it. But carol loved it so that was a blessing!!

Something super funny is that theres this fmaous singer in brasil, Marilha Mendonça and I raeally like her, and the music plays EVERYWHERE so all my comps always laugh when i sing and stuff, and esp. with sister costa bc in goiana the people were crazy for her. So a few weeks ago, I got a little package thing from sis costa and it was a CD of Marilha Mendonça ahahaha everyone in my district was laughing so hard. So funny. You guys should look her up and get a taste of the music here. Im super excited to listen to it in the car when i get back, prepare yourself brandon

Uirajás wife listened to us for the first time this week, sucha belssing. she like used to hate us and flat out ignore us, but wejust loved her and  were super nice and she opened up a little and we taught her the plan of salvation. She said someone was talking bad about the church the other day and she defended it. How cute. We invited her to be baptized and she said she wants more time! aye aye aye

Wladimir is doing well, our mission these days is finding him a wife hha. were trying to get him to go to institute but hes super busy bc he goes to college and stuff. We want a cute mormon lady for him but theyre hard to find her…the girls in the street are so vulgar. Idk if ive mentined, i dont wanna talk bad about this place, but this week sis mello and i saw a bunch of like 14 yr old girls twerking in the middle of the street. i had forgotten that twerking existed lol whats the deal with miley cyrus these days?

Today were gonna go to Alta da Sé! Mom and dad, if you come to pick me up well for sure go here. its super prettyyyyyyy.

I cant believe how grown up/handsome carson is. Watch out, mom and dad. Im serious!! Hes SO CUTE!

Anyway, I miss you all but I know the time will fly so fast. Excited to talk to you guys in a few weeks on christmas 🙂 woohoo!

xoxoxo Sheridan

Week 42: dads bday

Okay im currently stressing out because were gonna find out on friday if i was transferred or not, and if im transferred im gonna cry. ah! i love olinda so much, I love the people here and its so beautiful here and I never wanna leave ever!!! But obviously Ill have to leave someday…infelizmente!

DAD!! HAPPY BDAY (yesterday)!!! I hope you had a great day relaxing in Palm Springs, I am so jealous. Did you get my card?!?!

Okay so lets see, my mind is super unorganized today
OH! I got stung by a bee today for the first time in my life!!! We had like just left the house and a bee entered into my TEVA and stung the side of my foot! It hurt so bad! I looked like a little kid, i was like “ow! ow! oW!” nd sister mello was like calm down! And she pulled the stinger out of my foot. It was just such a strange experience and hurt a lot more than i ever expected.

Anyways….
Carol didnt go to church on sunday because she had a migraine 😦 So now she cant be baptized til Sunday after church, if she goes. Were gonna visit her tonight! Hopefully she is still wanting to be baptized, now that i think of it, i dont even remember if ive told you guys about Carol? But shes super elect. We found her knocking doors and then never really went back because we thought she didnt have much potential or interest, then we kept running into her EVERYWHERE it was like Heavenly Father was like “Dont forget about her!!!” So we visited her and shes progressing so much. Reading the BOM, praying, living the word of wisdom and chastity, etc. She will be baptized soon, i just hope im here to see it 😦

A miracle happened last night. Theres this 38 yr old guy, Moises, who we met in the street a few months ago and we invited him to church. Hes super funny ( like maybe is not 100% there ya know) and when we found him he was eating a mango in the street and had mango all over his face and it was funny. But anyway, we thought Oh yeah right, this guy prob will never come to church, well hes come the past 3 weeks!! And we finally were able to start teafhing him this week, and last night we taught him at a memebrs house and commmitted him to be baptized THIS SATURDAY! Hahah it was so cool. So now we are gonna have to really rush to teach him all the lessons, but he used to be part of a different church so he hasa gospel background at least. But yeah pray that everything will go well with that, im a little stressed but itll be okay. Hes SUPER funny, like his quirks and stuff, we just try not to laught the whole lesson.

Other thing is this homeless (i think) guy from portugal that came up to me ans sis mello in the market this week and starting talking in a language that wasnt portgues and wasnt englih, and we wre like what!? And he asked whta church we were from and if he could go and we were like yeah of course! But didnt think he would show up, then on sunday, he showed up! Like what the heck!!! And im honestly a little scared of him, especially because he just showed up at the Lanhouse right now and sat down next to me and tried to show me all his facebook pics of him in paris and portugal. So strange. Some poeple here, i dont even have words hahaha. but anyway he asked us to visit him and his family this week, so were gonna go there wednesday with a member,and hwho knows, maybe hell be baptized too! He really liked the church. Poor thing. He tries to talk with me in nglish and i cant understand anything and i say “Can you please speak in portugues? Im dont understand” and he refuses and keeps trying in english. Anyway, kinda funny. These things happen all the time and i know one day i will look back and laugh a lot about all the experiences here ahha.

Its so crazy that im almost gonna be at my year mark, one full year of service devoted to the Lord! It feels good, but I could do so much better. Its hard on the missoin because there are So many things you cant control. You just have to accept the will of the Lord 24/7 or youll get super bummed. So Im glad im learning to go with the flow more, i know thatll help me alwayas in my life.

I love this gospel! Everyday I see a little more how perfect this church is, the people are imperfect (everywhere in the world) but the gospel has no flaws. Its so clear to me that its the only way to really truly be happy. I wish people could understand that! Another cool thing ive learned is that we dont know who the lord is preparing, so talk to everyone about the gospel. Everyone needs it, even if they dont think they do! I love being a missionary. Ive never been so tired in my life, or so stressed, or sweaty,. but ive also never been so happy, or blessed, or close to my Savior.

Happy week for all of you!
Love, Sher

Week 41: hiiiiii!

Hi guys!
So this week was really great. The only thing that wasnt good was that I got super sick with a fever and sore throat, etc. but Im feeling a lot better today! But it was super funny, we went home sick one night and they told sis mello to put a cold cloth on my head and she did then when she took it off, the cloth was burning hot and she was like “Youre on fire sister!!!” It was miserable but funny. I had her take pics of me that i will maybe show you guys after the mission bc theyre embarrassing.
I always thought that being sick on the mission must be nice to be able to sit at home and sleep. This was the first time i can remember that we went home because of me, and it was Horrible! I tried to lay down to go to sleep and I thought of Severina, our recent convert that we were gonna visit, and I started crying hahah like a lot. I felt so guilty and bad for being at home when we couldve been teaching people. It was so funny but sad.

I didnt wanna sleep so we studied about the plan of salvation in our air conditioning. I was thinking and it all makes sense. We are here to become like God and Jesus Christ. He gives us experiences that help us to do that, for example, he lets us have kids so that we can understand just how much he loves us, he lets us suffer so that we can understand a little of what Christ felt. I love this plan! Its perfect. Absolutely perfect.

Wladimir was baptized!! hallelujah! We are so happy for him and he is so happy also. We visited him like everyday in the week to keep him going strong, and everything worked out great. He called us the morning of his baptism and said that the night before, he was praying to ask god if he had really been forgivven of his sins. After, he opened the BOM and it was alma 7:14 and it gave him his answer. I love how we can find answers in the scriptures. Then he said after he kept opening to scriptures that talked about baptism. But the baptism was funny, the jumpsuits were being washed, so they had to use the temple clothes of some guys in the ward hahah. On sunday he was confirmed, and he ALREady recieved the aaronic priesthood, and his temple recommend! Hes gonna be baptized for his dad in the temple. Awww que coisa mais linda!

14 Now I say unto you that ye must repent, and be born again; for the Spirit saith if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may be washed from your sins, that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, who is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness.

We got a ward mission leader yesteday finally! woohoo. His name is Gabriel. He just got home from his mission last week, in Santos brasil. I think hes gonna help a lot. Im excited.

Happy thanksgiving this week for you guys! Thanks for everyone who emailed me, I am short on time today so Im sorry if I couldnt reply! But Im so thankful for all of you. Im mostly thankful for this gospel and the way it has changed my life as Ive become really convereted on my mission. Im thankful for the Book of Mormon, I love reading it everyday! Thanksgiving this year wont have mashed potatoes or pie but Im happy here with my rice and beans knowing that I have an amazing, supportive, healthy family at home and knowing that I am having the best experience of my life! Thank you!!!! Love you all soooo much, Pray for you guys evey day!

Love, Sher

Week 40: this girl is in fiiirrreeee

Hi guys!
So this week was really great. The only thing that wasnt good was that I got super sick with a fever and sore throat, etc. but Im feeling a lot better today! But it was super funny, we went home sick one night and they told sis mello to put a cold cloth on my head and she did then when she took it off, the cloth was burning hot and she was like “Youre on fire sister!!!” It was miserable but funny. I had her take pics of me that i will maybe show you guys after the mission bc theyre embarrassing.
I always thought that being sick on the mission must be nice to be able to sit at home and sleep. This was the first time i can remember that we went home because of me, and it was Horrible! I tried to lay down to go to sleep and I thought of Severina, our recent convert that we were gonna visit, and I started crying hahah like a lot. I felt so guilty and bad for being at home when we couldve been teaching people. It was so funny but sad.

I didnt wanna sleep so we studied about the plan of salvation in our air conditioning. I was thinking and it all makes sense. We are here to become like God and Jesus Christ. He gives us experiences that help us to do that, for example, he lets us have kids so that we can understand just how much he loves us, he lets us suffer so that we can understand a little of what Christ felt. I love this plan! Its perfect. Absolutely perfect.

Wladimir was baptized!! hallelujah! We are so happy for him and he is so happy also. We visited him like everyday in the week to keep him going strong, and everything worked out great. He called us the morning of his baptism and said that the night before, he was praying to ask god if he had really been forgivven of his sins. After, he opened the BOM and it was alma 7:14 and it gave him his answer. I love how we can find answers in the scriptures. Then he said after he kept opening to scriptures that talked about baptism. But the baptism was funny, the jumpsuits were being washed, so they had to use the temple clothes of some guys in the ward hahah. On sunday he was confirmed, and he ALREady recieved the aaronic priesthood, and his temple recommend! Hes gonna be baptized for his dad in the temple. Awww que coisa mais linda!

14 Now I say unto you that ye must repent, and be born again; for the Spirit saith if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may be washed from your sins, that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, who is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness.

We got a ward mission leader yesteday finally! woohoo. His name is Gabriel. He just got home from his mission last week, in Santos brasil. I think hes gonna help a lot. Im excited.

Happy thanksgiving this week for you guys! Thanks for everyone who emailed me, I am short on time today so Im sorry if I couldnt reply! But Im so thankful for all of you. Im mostly thankful for this gospel and the way it has changed my life as Ive become really convereted on my mission. Im thankful for the Book of Mormon, I love reading it everyday! Thanksgiving this year wont have mashed potatoes or pie but Im happy here with my rice and beans knowing that I have an amazing, supportive, healthy family at home and knowing that I am having the best experience of my life! Thank you!!!! Love you all soooo much, Pray for you guys evey day!

Love, Sher imageimageimageSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESimageimage

Week 39: The Kite Runner

Hey!
So mom, remember that movie and book that we liked, the Kite Runner? It literally looks like that here. EVERYONE flies kites in the street all day this time of year! Mostly little boys but even full grown men. Its cool when you look in the sky and see them all flying but i get scared because theyre the kind with the broken up glass to try to cut other peoples kites so i feel like its gonna wrap around my neck and kill me or something haha. but we were in the favela the other day and it looked like pakistan and reminded me so much of that movie haha super random.

So yes, i heard that donald trump won. everyone here tries to talk to me about it, they all hate him and they act like its my fault or something bc im american. They dont realize that this wont affect them in any way and i just wanna say “Youre not even american!! dont worry!” theyre all like, “Hes horrible, he said this and that ” And im just like ” I dont know anything about anything. I dont even watch TV” haha

Uirajá got confirmed yesterday and after we takled with him and we were like congrats!!! And he looked so happy and he said during the blessing he heard a voice saying “Eu te amo” (I love you). So precious!! He always has spiritual experiences like that, he must be super in tune or somethin but its super cool!

V is gonna be baptized on Saturday!! Hallelujah. Months and months of trying to mark a date!!! were super excited. I hope he wont back out or something because he still has difficulty believing in the ressurrection instead of reincarnation. But hes slowly changing his mind. We tried to set him up with a single lady in the ward this week hshahaa we brought her to his house and it didnt go so well. super funny

Its beginning to look like christms!! which makes my heart hurt a little. I wanna be with you guys! I love christmas so much!!! Itll be so different this year. 😦 But im excited to skype with you guys!

I was thinking about things Ive learned on my mission yesterday (there are so many things) but one of them is gratitude. The people here with nothing, they are so grateful! It amazes me. One little girl in the ward always says the cutest prayers, and her fam is super poor, but she always says “Please help the people in the street who dont have a family, or food, or a home, and please forgive us for complaining about what we dont have when other people have so much less than us” And shes 11!! I was like wow i wanna be more like her. I thought of this qute thats something like “If we woke up tomorrow, with only the things we thanked god for today, what would we have?” Ive been reflecting that recently. Ill admit sometimes its hard to see people home going on trips or doing cool things while im here sweating and dirty, getting rejected all day hahah but then I think no! I wouldnt trade my missino for the world. Im so grateful for this experience!

I love you guys! Read the Book of Mormon everyday! Itll make all the difference, i promise!

Love, Sister Hoffmanimageimageimageimageimage