Week 67: T minus four weeks!

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Hello!
This week was long but also went by fast, that always happens when we go to Recife. First of all, the elders love to joke with us and its getting old. Sheesh!!!!! We had planned to meet them at the station at 2:30 to leave at the 3 o clock bus for Recife. They called me at 2:30 and we were 10 mins away still and they lied and said that the bus was leaving and i was like no,… youre joking with me, and theyre like “no sister hoffman!! You need to run!!” and so sister blanco and I started running as fast as we could with our bags and all of our stuff. we got there sweating and the elders were all cracking up. hahahah so annoying. this happens almost always. But I guess I got some exercise so win for me!!

REvidence was good! it wasnt too hot, it was rainy. SOmehow, I always have a horrible experience on the metro. this time it was a 15 yr old boy possessed in a suit (like thinks hes a paster) with a bible in his hand literally screaming bloody murder walking up and down the metro saying that we need to repent and screaming the name of john the baptist. I was so scared he was gonna hit me or something, idk why haha. I asked the elders if it was safe for us to stay on and they laughed at me and were like “youve never seen this before?” umm no…these things dont happen where i live.
It was the last mission counsel of ppresident and sis bigelow, and mine too! This transfer is busy because pres and sis bigleow go home on july 1st, the new pres, Presidente Houseman, arrives with his family on June 30th. So we have our last zone conf with the Bigelows on the 22nd, Ill have my last interview, then on the 8th we have a conf with the Houseman family here in Garanhuns for our zone. Im excited to meet them!

I cant believe cec is getting married!!!! ahhh!!!! and i think her bday is on the 17th right?? Happy bday cec!! love you!!! Sorry i cant be there for your wedding!!! would if i could hahah

I gave a talk in church yesterday. Im glad that ive gotten over my fear of giving talks and now i dont just cry the whole time anymore hahaah

So its funny because people who want to be baptized just kinda come out of nowhere. this week we were knocking doors and an older wOman came up to us and asked if we’re the mormons, and we said yes, then she started walking away and we were like “wait! can we share a message with you?” and she said yes and we followed her back to her house, Her name is Irany. Shes so cute!!! And she came to church on sunday and wants to be baptized!! Shes marked for the 24th! On the second visit, she had bought Sevada (this coffee type thing that isnt coffee that the members here drink) and shes said mormons dont drink coffee right? So im gok good to start drinking sevada! We hadnt even taught her the word of wisdom yet, it was so cool!
Aline is doing great, I love her. She just is still deciding what day she feels ready to be baptized. But i know shell be baptized and she knows im leaving july 11th so i told her she needs to be baptized before i leave hahha.
Anderson is doing well, but his baptism has to get moved again because of his work. Sunday was supposed to be his day off but he had to cover for someone đŸ˜¦ So now its complicated. He was super sad, hes gonna search for a new job this week. Pray for him that he can find a new job!! His family is really needing it.

We have some other people progressing too, some people that dont want anything with their lives, people of every type that we meet everyday.

Wesley has jumangi (that game from that movie with robin williams that always scared me) and he gave it to us to play today haha. Im kinda scared that monkeys will appear in our house

hmmm.. i think thats basically it. Sometimes I wake up and remember that i see you guys in 4 weeks and i kinda freak out. I try not to talk about it bc my poor companion still has like 16 months in front of her, poor thing haha. But really im so excited!!! Sometimes I think about it, and my eyes start to water hahah, im gonna cry a lot i think!!!

Love you guys!! Thanks for the support!

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Week 66: heloooooo

hi!

I forgot to mention last week that i finished reading the BOM in portuguese! That promise of Gordon b hinckley is so real, he said that if you read the BOM in a diff language, youll be ableto learn that language (with study obviously), but i really feel like ever since i started reading the BOM in port, my port got better. maybe it didnt and maybe its just me thinking it did, haha idk

We were teaching a lesson to these 2 sisters this week, and they only had 2 chairs in the house so of course they let us sit, and we were like no!! sit! and they insisted, so we started teaching the lesson, and towards the end when sistedr marin was inviting them to pray about it, one of them fainted!!! she just like fell straight back onto the floor and layed there looking dead, we were like omg!! is this normal?! And the sister ran over to her and started like slapping her face to wake her up, it was so scary! Then she woke up all confused! And the sister said its because she cant stay standing for too long. gosh it was so bizarre! i think i had never seen anyone faint right in front of me before

Chandler and DYlan, happy 2 years on the 6th! woohoo! i didnt forget. yay!

Adrianas wedding was great, i mean, it was in the city hall with lots of other couples, but i just love her so much! She cried SOOOO much at her baptism, like she felt the spirit so strong and after she just stood there bawling crying. She is so cute, I will miss her so much!!! So happy for their family!

Anderson is doing well, his date got moved to the 17th thought because he had to work on sunday đŸ˜¦ but he already said hes gonna look for a new job so he doesnt have to work on sundays! Hes soooooo great. Realllly elect

It didnt rain AS MUCH this week, but its currently raining. the new LTS in the house with me is Sister Blanco from mexico, shes so cute!!! She arrived with sis mello. So shes like my comp also kinda halfway. Today were leaving to recife for training and mission counsel and well get back on wednesday night, so sister sousa and sister marin will stay together these next 3 days.

mom, i sent one last letter to our hosue, watch out for it!

One thing im suuuper happy Ive learned on the mission is the importance of obedience. Gosh, its sooo important. Selective obedience results in selective blessings. SOmetimes we wonder why HF isnt blessing us wit what we think he should, but we should first ask ourselves, am i being perfectly obedient in ALL the commandments? because lots of times, we arent. But all of our blessing depend on our obedience, like it says in D&C. I know the HF is literally anxious to bless us so much more than we are blessed, but he is just and fair and he can only bless us if we do our part! Obedience really brings miracles and disobedience kills the miracles in our life.

0 There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—

21 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.

I love you all!!! I love Jesus Christ!! Read Luke 5!! Christ invites us to leave everything behind, and follow him. He can make us fishers of men, he can transform us into better people, he can teach us how to be a better woman, mother, man, father, child, teacher, missionary, anything! We just need to follow the perfect example that he left.

 

Tchau!!!!! sher