Week 58: Hi everyone!

Hi everyone
So something cool is that our recent converts are all doing super well. Mayke and Mateus are blessing and passing the sacrament and teaching lessons with us and stuff, and every saturday they go to a mission prep class. Makes me happy!

Mateus is already into like deep doctrine and has been studying about a bunch of stuff. He’s super intelligent.

I finally threw up on the mission 😦 With just 4 months left, i thought id make it, but i thought wrong! On Tuesday we ate lunch, and i felt sick after, super nauseas all day tuesday and wednesday until I couldnt sleep at night. I got up and threw up when everyone was sleeping. It was super sad. If you know me, you know i have a real fear of throwing up, its horrible!!! i felt so alone ahaha i slept on the bathroom floor for a while. but im feeling better now!

We saw a lot of miracles this week. My new comp is awesome, shes a great missionary! We are working super hard and seeing lots of progress in a our area. The Lord helped us find lots of new people this week, which was a huge blessing. We even found 2 families suuuuper elect. One of them, is Ana and her daughter Maria and her granddaughter Thacila. Theyre so awesome!! Totally intelligent and understand our messages and have already prayed and received answers. Maria is obsessed with the BOM. We gave it to her one day, and when we came back the next day, she was already in 1 nephi 12! She loves it. And they came to church on Sunday! They loved it and will totally be baptized. The only problem is Ana isnt married and she lives with a man, so shell have to get married first! But itll all work out.

The other family is a grandma and her 5 grandchildren. They didnt go to church but their baptisms are marked for April 8th! We will follow up with them a lot this week.

I was reading something by Ezra Taft Benson this week that I liked a lot!
He said something like, the Lord operates from the inside to the outside, the world operates from the outside in. The world tries to take people out of the misery of the favelas, Christ takes the misery out of the people and they take themselves out of the favelas. The world tries to change human behavior, Christ changes human nature. Christ changes man, and changed men can change the world.

This week we were teaching in a favela, a single woman who has no education, cant read, has 2 little kids, doesnt work, basically has literally nothing. The favela has been without water for 25 days. I see little kids running around, naked and so dirty like they havent been bathed in months. It breaks my heart. Its so hard to see and act like its normal. Sometimes I wish I could help them more. But something Ive learned on my mission is that we have to help them help themselves. Christ can change them, and they can change their lives. These people dont see the potential that they have! They are all children of God too, so why do they have to suffer so much? I used to think, “Well, they probably made super bad choices, they brought this upon themselves” but now that I have seen these past 14 months the lack of family structure and support here, its clear to see that people really dont know better. They dont have parents or anyone to tell them to stay in school, they dont have anything. They need the gospel sooo much!!

Just someting Ive been reflecting a lot this week. Its from a talk “Born of God” from 1989 if someone wants to read it!

Thats basically it. Alex is gonna be baptized on Saturday! Im excited, the gospel has changed him so much and its been such a special experience to see.

Sister Hoffman


Week 57: so fast!

ok this is gonna be so fast.

were using the computer waiting for our new comps to get here,. mine is sis Bettio from rio grande do sul. Ive talked with her a few times but dont know her super well, just know she was also trained by sis costa!! it was so sad saying bye to sis notice, she cried a lot!! which was shokcing bc she doesnt show emotion usually … So sad

We went to the temple this week which was amazing!! i saw members from Olinda!! Mom please correct my typos!!! sorry im going so fast!!!

Mateus was almost not baptixed bc his mom didnt want him to be, but he showed lots of courage and was baptized! it was so great!!!

I’ll write more next week, im sorry!!! I sent some pics so hopefully you guys can get a better idea from the pics.

love you all!! xoxoxo imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimage

Week 56: tchao Sister Notice:(

So this is gonna be the last week of the transfer, sister notice is headin home to africa!!! I really like her, shes just super calm and funny and weve got along super well. I dont have any idea who could be my new comp. Ill find out on saturday morning!

Happy late bday Ray Richmond!!!! your cake looked so delicious!
Bday shoutouts also to Amber & Ali this week!!! I LOVE YOU!!

This week we did divisions in arco verde which is 2 hrs from garanhuns. I am so tired haha, its tiring being out of your area a lot! on the van ride back there was a drunk old man sititng next to me and every curve we went around he basically fell on me. it was so annoying!! im so sick of drunk people! They just sit in the street all day and drink and yell things at us like “United states!!!” and they try to speak english.
This week well be out of the area again bc we have mission counsel on wednesday, then me and sister notice are gonna go to the temple (yay!)because itll be her last time. They dont have a temple in mozambique. then on thursday we have to go to the airport in recife to renew her visa which she still hasnt done, shes been ilegal here for like 9 months ahhaha.

Mateus is doing well and hell be baptized on saturday! woohoo!
Also, we are praying that Alex will be baptized, that little blesing in our lives :))) he tests my patience. But we really saw a lot of changes in him this week which was so cool. Hes been to church like 4 weeks in a row now, and he said he is working hard to stop drinking coffee, stop doing other bad stuff, and now he stopped playing soccer on sundays. he LOVES soccer. all the boys here are just obsessedwith soccer. And he said hes repenting and evertime he gets frustrated with somene (which is a lot. hes super on edge all the time) he says a prayer and repents. so cute!
Alisson worked a lot this week, and didnt go to church on sunday, so he said he doesnt feel ready to be baptized on the 11th. but we will remark with him.

Theres a girl we found on Alexs street named Ingrid! Shes 25 and super cute and she came to church on sunday! We sent alex to bring her and he did even though he said he didnt want to haha. But she really liked the church and her baptism is marked for the 25th!

I liked a scripture this morning from my personal study in Mosiah 5:13. Its impossible to really know christ if we dont serve him. Pres bigelow said that something that all the missinoaries always say to him is that they dont want to go home from the mission unchanged. and then he said that mission presidents also have that fear. But he said “We have served the Lord for 3 years. Its impossible to not have changed. I know Ive changed.” And i feel like that too. These last 14 months I have really come to know the savior as ive tried to be more like him and I hope i can continue to always know him better through my service to him.
13 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?

do you guys receive the liahona magazine? on the front cover from this month is a lady we always visited in olinda!! She has parkinsons disease, her name is Gizette. Shes a member but cant leave the house so me and Sister Saad and Sister Mello always visited her and sung hymns with her. Shes so cute.

Thats all for this week!! Carnival is over which is soooo great. Love you guys! xoxoimageimageimageimageimageimageimage

Week 55: CARNAVAL!

Hi guys!

You should google and look how recife is right now for carnaval. its INSANE. Recife and rio de janeiro are the two places where its the biggest here in brasil. we are all returning home at 6 pm every night and studying instead of being in the streeet. where i am its pretty calm, but our area is pretty dangerous in general. the other sisters we live with were assalted this week on the street we live in, and i think president bigelow is gonna change the hours of us 4 to go back home at 7 pm instead of 9 pm because its really sketchy. i think thatll be a lot better! we always sprint home hahahah

my bday was good. Kinda calm and didnt really feel like my birthday but thats okay hahaa. I got cards from you guys and packages from my fam!! thanks so much!
We had zone conference and i saw sister mello <333333 it was great! ill try to send pics. im in a sketchy lan house right now with teenage boys screaming.

for the carnaval study, we have a talk to read every day from the last conference. on friday it started and it was the one by david a bednar. I thought a lot about if I know christ personally or more generally. I decided that i could improve on this, and try to know him more personally, but i didnt know exactly how i could do that. the next day, my answer came in the next talk that was about the book of mormon. it said that the biggest impact of the book of mormon is that it brings us closer to our savior. I seriously have learned to loveimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimage the book of mormon soooo much. i love reading it, i love learning new things! I know that it really testifies of christ and that we can get closer to him by reading it than by any other book! i hope you guys are reading it!!!

mateus is gonna be baptized the 11th and we have 2 other young men alex and alisson that are also marked for the 11th. they are such punks though. Mateus is great!! super smart, super well mannered. but these other two..yikes!! they are so obnoxious and immature. its sad, i treat them like theyre 10 during the lessons. We taught chastity this week and they just laughed so hard and it was so awkard with them hahaha. but they seem to want to be baptized so well see what happenns!

im so happy we were able to find a lanhouse to do email today, EVERYTHING is closed because of carnaval! literally everything.

trying to think of what else happened this week….not too much!

cant believe u guys saw the michael jackson show in vegas without me!!! 😉

Miss you guys so much!! itll be so great to hug you all!!!

Love, Sheridan