Week 65: hhiii!!!

IMG_0113IMG_0110IMG_0112IMG_0104IMG_0065IMG_0057IMG_0051IMG_0050IMG_0044gosh it feels like so long since ive talked to you guys!!
okay so the temple was great, zone conference was good, and the heat has gone away for 2 days so that is something to be super happy about!!

adriana was gonna get married this thursday and baptized on saturday, but antonios sister wont be able to come until the 2nd. So theyre getting married now on the 2nd and shell be baptized on the 3rd! Samara and Bruna are still praying to receive a for sure answer. She just wants more time. I hope they’ll be baptized while im still here! We met a super cool guy named arthur. he was taking english lessons from an investigator of the other sisters, and we taught him and he already came to church  on sunday! it was stake conf. It was super good!@ pres and sis bigelow spoke. I love them!

next week starts my first week of my last transfer!! ahhh! so crazy. I got super sick this week, and had to do divisions, i was  certain i would throw up in the street, but prayed super hard and i ended up feeling better the next day. It must’ve been something i ate. sometimes i feel sooo nauseas i almost wanna make myself throw up, which is saying a lot bc i hate throwing up.

this week, satan really tried to destroy our testimonies of joseph smith,. gosh, literally EVERYONE talking bad about him to us. We taught one family, and they said that people told them that we have to cut our wrists and make a pact with joseph smith and that on the judgement day it’ll be him and not Jesus Christ  judging us. what!! and that hes a liar, that he didn’t really see God or else he would’ve died. a man was literally so rude with us and  yelled at us. it was super hard. and everyone just says “you guys dont even believe in God, you only believe in joseph smith”. this has happened my whole mission,  but this week it was like soooooo much. But its okay because i know that he really was a prophet and the fact that satan doesnt want me to believe, makes me believe more. he knows that if he can destroy our testimony of j.s. or the BOM, we wont believe in anything. nice try satan lol.

anyway, this week ill send my last cards home from the mission! so weird. Were gonna go to the center and find a wedding gift for adriana and antonio.

Thanks for the pics!! kennedy!! you are a model!!!! love you!!! congrats austin on the mission call!!!!

Have a good week!!
Sher

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Week 64: yo yo yo

OKay!!  so to start off with a funny/nasty story 😐

another horrible incident on the metro…
me and sis bettio were with our LD and LZ going to Rexude  for the mission counsel and we got onto the metro and it had the worst smell of BO ever!!!!  i realized it was comnig from a man and he  came and stood by us.  I put my hand over my nose bc it was literally so bad, and i think he maybe got offended or something and  starting  waving his clothes to make the smell go on us.sister bettio was  gagging  and i was crying from laughing so hard bc i couldnt believe it. THen he did something so outrageous. He wiped his bum with his hand and Blew it on us!!!!!  he held up his hand and blew on it toward us if that makes sense. The elders were like “sisters!! move from there!!” then the guy got off the metro.  the elders told everyone about it in mission counsel and it was embarrassing hha

Mission counsel is good because i love learning more from pres bigelow. this week he said something so sweet. He was talking about how we can make our mission a celestial mission and he said that here on earth, we can feel like were in the celestial kingdom. then he looked at sister bigelow and said “when i’m with sister bigelow or my kids, i feel like im in the celestial kingdom” awww. so cute. But its true! Home can be a heaven on earth! We can make our homes a holy place where the spirit can reside by reading scrips together, praying, not fighting, etc.

Adriana is soooo amazing!!! Shes gonna be baptized ont he 27th, married on the 26th! Were so happy for her. She loves the BOM, everyday asks if we have other church films for her to watch. She is so smart and kind and loving.

my comps dad has a mormon message if you guys wanna watch it. On youtube its called “soy mormon, soy padro adoptivo e chef de pizza” its in spanish. if you guys type that in, i think youll find it. so cute!

The bishop here yesterday shared a scripture that i love a lot in Mark 10:29-30. When we sacrifice something precious to us for the lords sake, we recieve so much more than we give!! I know the blessings of my mission will be countless. they already are. I feel so blessed to have had this experience. And I still have 9 more weeks to see more miracles 🙂

29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,

30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

Cant wait to skype on sunday!!! WIll you all be there? chandler and dylan also?

BDAY SHOUTOUT this week to Chandler!! dont cry okay? 23 isnt that old haha. And happy bday to casey richmond on the 11th too 🙂

Love sher xoxo

 

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Week 63: another week in the hood

Hi guys!!!
So it feels like this week was like 5 weeks because a lot happened. On Sunday, I went to Recife and Monday I was able to spend the day with sister mello!! ❤ We went to a sushi restaurant for lunch then got our hair cut…the lady kinda cut a lot, but she cut off all the dead ends and it looks a lot healthier!

On Tuesday, we got our new comps, unfortunatley the temple was closed for maintenance so we didnt get to go but thats okay! We’ll go together mom and dad 🙂 And, my comp is soooo cute. 4 Brazilians arrived, 1 American, and 1 hispanic. Everyone thought, okay sis Hoffman will for sure get a brasilian and it turned out that I got the one hispanic!! Sister Marín from Costa Rica!! Sooo cool. Her aunt is the kickboxing lady in Meet the Mormons for those of you who have seen it! She is super positive.

Soooo something HORRIBLE happened on Tuesday when we were going back to Garanhuns from Recife. The worst experience of the mission yet. We were in a group of 6 sisters and we had to take the metro to a station to catch the bus. The metro is that train that goes fast and the doors open and shut super fast. We were all there and had all the suitcases of the new sisters and we were going to have to get off at our stop. I had a feeling that it wasnt going to give us enough time for all of us to leave with our suitcases. I asked sister mello how long the doors stay open, but she said itd be fine. Sooooo, our stop came, and we all tried to get off really fast with all the suitcases along with a million other people trying to get off. My new companion never had been on the metro and didn’t know that its super fast, so she was going slow. I got off and all of us got off and i wasl ike “vamos sister!!” lets go lets go!! and as she was almost off, the doors shut in her face and she got separated!!! We all screamed and banged on the doors but the train just left and I was literally so scared and shaking and didnt know what to do. Also discovered later that she was crying a lot and everyone was trying to help her, but she barely speaks Portuguese. Luckily, I had given her President Bigelow’s number, so she used someones phone to call him. He called me, and told me what to do to get her. It was suuuuuch a mess. it was horrible. Some guards escorted her back to the station where we were and I hugged her so tight and she was crying. Poor thing. First day on the mission and this happens!! President was like “Its okay sister, someday you guys will laugh about this, maybe not today, but…” haha but in the end everything was okay. When we arrived at home and we layed down to sleep, I had dozed off and then I heard “sister” in a whisper and i said “yeah?” and she said “eu amo voce! Obrigada por hoje” like i love you , thank you for today. Shes so cute!! It melted my heart. She was thanking me for me losing her and tramatizing her haha.

We had lots of people at church yesterday which was good. Samara and Bruna from a family we’re teaching finally came which was great!! We need to mark their baptism! Adriana is an elect that we’re teaching, she is SO sweet. She’s the fiance of a less active who’s returning to chucrh. they’re going to get married this month so she can be baptized!! Everytime we teach her, she always makes us something to eat. She’s is super cute and generous. Not good for my diet, but she does it with so much love. i love her!!! Her almost husband is super cool too. We also found this lady Michelle this week who lives with her 2 litle kids who are sooo cute and we marked her baptism also. She didnt go to church, idk why yet, but she is suuper interested!! She is really funny and kinda crazy.

Im trying to think of what else happened this week but its kinda a blur. I have to go back to Recife tomorrow with sister bettio for mission counsel so my comp will stay with sister sousa.

everyday, even if the day is hard, my comp says today was awesome!! and every mroning she says “today is going to be awesome!!” oh also, she speaks enligsh!! She has family in the USA and shes been to Utah and Idaho. So that helps when idk what the heck she’s saying in spanish.

Love you guys! Love being a missionary. So excited to squeeze you all!! 2 more months. we got this..
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