Tuesday, February 28, 2017

sister soza is gone

Hello! Wow, Sister Soza has finished her mission and she will be arriving in Chile on Friday morning! We have transfers tomorrow and I will be dropping her off! It's crazy. She was packing last night and it was freaking weird to see her packing! She's my mom and now she's going back to Chile until September! AH. Unless she gets married, then I guess I am going to Chile!

Transfer calls were last night and I get to stay in Estero! I love this YSA, the people and this giant freaking area. My new comp will be Sister Schmidt, who is actually in the zone right now. She is dying this transfer, so I will be seeing 2 missionaries leave in a row! It is her first as an STL, so I will be training her on that as well! It's going to be so much fun. I went on a full day exchange with her this transfer and it was a party so I'm pumped. Sister Dimond is also TRAINING! I am going to be a grandma! We get to take a 4 generation picture right before Soza leaves and I think that is really what I am excited for. Also, Sister Adams is training too so I am pumped to meet these 2 lucky greenies.

The poor elders got into a crash and we didn't believe how bad it was... it was bad. Luckily they were not in the car but the car is totaled and they are on bikes. Yay for bikes!

We had Stake Conference this week and it was like a mini General Conference it was so dang good. Elder Bluth of the Seventy was there. President and Sister Richardson were there too! Here are some of the highlights:
-"Motivation matters in the Lord's Kingdom."
- "When life gets too hard to stand, KNEEL." Hinckley
- "He has promised THEM that WE will do their temple work." (Elder Bluth)
- "We need to prioritize the eternal things." (Stake President)
- "We have to REALLY KNOW our Father in Heaven" (YSA)
- "These missionaries have been saved for NOW." (Sister Richardson)

It was so great. The cool thing about our stake is that it covers 2 whole zones. So we have 32 missionaries in the stake, the biggest in the mission. So Elder Bluth called President and Sister Richardson up to stand next to him, then he had all 32 of us stand up. Everyone was smiling and staring at us and then he made all of us come up to the front and stand in front of everyone. THEN, we sang "Called to Serve" and all the members were crying. It was super cool. To be able to stand there with our mission president and 30 other missionaries was super special and amazing. The Spirit was like BAM and all the members cried.

We have a great transfer coming up and I am super excited for this next month! Remember y'all: ITS A PARTY IN THE YSA!


2: Pelicans and clear water

3: Typical tag pic


5: I love Florida

6: When you can't touch the sand...

7: Our instagram pic of the day

8: I'm in Florida and still this white?

9: The elders got into a car crash... no more bikes?

10: Poor car

11: I love Sam and Janelle, maybe because they are the only YSA that feed us idk?

12: We both look nasty but... last comp pic!

13: The convo that happened right before this:
soza:"Omg stop. You are blonde. I need a picture of my rubiacita. Smile."
me: "Callate, I hate you."

14: Our chapel was on point the other night!

15: Beautiful Estero

16: This one, one more time because it's our favorite and she is gone

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

i touched an alligator!

I TOUCHED AN ALLIGATOR Y'ALL. I do not have pictures of proof because they are on an elders phone and I don't have them at the moment, but I did. Last p-day we went to the Rookery, it's a bike trail and the alligators are just chilling on the path. AND I TOUCHED ONE. You only get to do that once so why not? All the missionaries in the zone did it and it was so fun. Even though the 15 mile bike ride on p-day destroyed us and made us not want to proselyte that night, we did.

Also, I hit one year this week!  I only have six months left here in the sunny state of Florida and it's too soon. I have loved it here and I cannot wait to see the many miracles God has left for me these last 6 months.

Some hilarious quotes from this week:
Me: "Dang, I wonder who my next comp is gonna be?!?"
Soza: "Dang, I wonder who my eternal companion is gonna be!"
LOL, she is so dead. 9 more days.

Me: "Haha he was totally flirting!"
Soza: "Really? I don't know how people flirt in english so..."

On a more mission related note, we had interviews this week, but nothing big happened. It was like the most chill interview I have ever had because I was totally fine this last transfer. But Soza had her final interview aka an hour long talk about dating so then that was the topic of discussion all dang day. But, esta bien. She's got 9 days.

Also I got to go back to Vanderbilt Beach on exchanges for the day! It was awesome and so weird! I love it there. We went and taught a recent convert lesson to Guyrlene, the woman that Sister Rosario and I found who ended up getting baptized after we transferred out! I asked her if she remembered the missionaries that found her first and she said, "Well, you look like one of them but.." I was like it's me! It was incredible to see the change that the Gospel has had in her life and she was so glad to be able to see us again to thank us. She said "you guys saved me first, so thank you." THATS WHY I AM A MISSIONARY GUYS. Just for that. Not for the thanks but to see the change that our efforts bring into the lives of others.

The Stake President came to YSA yesterday and spoke and one thing that he said really has stuck with me. He was talking about all the things we have in our lives, all the things that help us, but how there are still some things that we might not take full advantage of, like the scriptures or prayer or church. But we can start now to take advantage of them. He also said one thing, and me and Sister Soza just looked at each other like "OOOH" right after he said it. He said, "What would you give up in exchange for your soul?" It's so deep. So thats what I leave with you all today, what would you give up in exchange for your soul?


2: Naples Zone

3: Shoutout to my mom for sending us these chocolates. The elders dropped something off in our house and saw them and left a note that said "what the heck?!??!"

4: I can totally wake up at 6:30 every day if this is how the sky will look

5: 7's tacos back again of course. We didn't have anywhere to eat it and the sisters weren't home so we ate on their porch.

6: This is Domanique. She is amazing.

7: YES.



Monday, February 13, 2017

transfer 8, week 4


I know I speak Portuguese even though I am not sure that is even spelled right but whatever. I say it to Soza all the time. It just means basically, in YSA speak, DANG GIRL. It's all good here on the west coast of the mission aka outer darkness but its all chill. We are having fun! And of course seeing miracles for days!

We had a boss zone activity with the Fort Myers and Naples Zones combined and we all got super wet from the water balloons, but it was worth it because Florida is a death zone of heat. Even though its nothing compared to summer, it's still dang hot.

We had a great zone training in Naples this week about being converted to our goals. If we don't have them in our minds 24/7 and we aren't doing everything we can to hit them, we probably won't get there you know? BUT, as we all work together towards our goals, we will hit them and more! So it was a good pump up. Sister Soza painted the new flag for the zone and it looks unreal. I helped about 2% and colored it in. I hate painting though so she almost killed me but its all good and it looks amazing.

We also had a recent convert from Brazil who just moved into the branch and he is amazing! His testimony is so strong. He worked on the temple in Meridian, Idaho and then joined the church because of the wonderful experiences he had there. He is so awesome and so converted and it still amazes me, after A YEAR (!!!), to see how much the Gospel and Christ can change people and their lives forever.

Super cool quotes from this week's studies:
"Real charity is not something you give away; it is something that you acquire and make a part of yourself... charity is expecting the best of each other" -Marvin J Ashton
"It's all a part of the experience." - A senior missionary here. I loved it. Everything that happens to us, not just as missionaries, but throughout our lives, is all part of the experience.
"To be offended is a choice we make; it is not a condition inflicted or opposed upon us by someone or something else." -Elder Bednar

I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH. Not as much as God does, but hey, it's pretty close.

1: Family picture! (Elders Davis, Foster, Adams)

2: No explanation needed

3: NAPLES NIKE ZONE!! Look how excited Elder Durrant looks!

4: Pollo tropical aka my love

5: I speak Creole now too

6: Comp pic of the week

7: back at it

8: Remember how I said our house was infested with cockroaches? Found this in my cereal on Thursday. Bueno.


10: One more of the flag because it looks so good

Monday, February 6, 2017

alligator alley

This week we had a zone conference in Miami Lakes and let me tell you driving all the way across the STATE OF FLORIDA is not fun. Alligator Alley is literally the worst. Shout out to Sister Soza for keeping me sane. She also had to give her "dying" aka last testimony in front of everyone and it was bomb. She killed it and cried. No other dying missionary cried (I have no idea how) so she felt awkward but its all good. SHE KILLED IT.

Basically this week can be put into bullet points. Sorry 'bout it:

- At zone conference I saw Sister Rosario. She is killing it with her greenie right now in Doral.
- Soza had a breakdown during weekly planning when she realized we were planning for week 4 of the transfer and she was almost done. It was funny afterwards. I am the least sympathetic comp ever but I know that it will come back to bite me when I am the one going home.
- I corrected Soza on a Spanish song (that SHE taught ME!) and on the pronunciation and spelling of a Spanish word basically I am now full Latina get ready for it.
- I went to the Spanish area of BAHIA on an exchange and ate the amazing tacos I had when I was serving in Vanderbilt Beach #blessings
- We had a TWO FREAKING HOUR long meeting about the zone #leadershipsucks Just kidding though. It was super fun and we came up with a new direction for the zone to be announced on Wednesday.
- Soza got sick yesterday so I updated my journal for 2 hours. oops. RESOLUTION: write every day

We also had break the fast with the branch yesterday and it was amazing. I love YSA and I love being a missionary and I LOVE YOU ALL.

1: Zone conference with the momma

2: I hate driving

3: The Bahia sisters

4: The fam! Sister Woods is my "sister" (Soza trained her too!)