Sister Lund

Follow Lori and her LDS Mission in Brazil

Don’t hesitate to share it with others! February 28, 2011

Filed under: Brasil — companion of honor @ 7:30 PM

Hey There!

I haven’t been able to get on to read Sam’s e-mails but sounds like visas are coming through more and more.

That´s too bad the package got broke up, hopefully everything came through! I sent the coat home because I found another one that fit a little better in Colorado. No worries, I´m still ready if it decides to get crazy cold here. Sister Peck always talks about how hot the interior was in the winter though so I´m not going to get too excited about the colder temperatures in the winter.

First full week went well! I´m pretty much used to never understanding completely what’s going on. I can generally pick up on when they´re talking to me and it´s usually a question about where I’m from or how long I´ve been there: Washington and uma semana :) The ward keeps saying that Washington is the new factory. All the missionaries used to come from Utah but as of late so many are from Washington. I’ve heard it’s because visas are easier to come by in the North West.

I love attending church! Not only do I pick up on more of what people are saying because it´s generally related to the gospel all the vocabulary I know… but it´s so nice to be able to feel the spirit and be with members. I also love being in a family ward again, the kids here and so crazy cute!!!

Making contacts has been a lot harder in Portuguese! I can usually struggle my way through the point that I tell them we´re missionaries and then they respond and I turn to one of my companions with a look “I have no idea what they just said, please help :)”

São Paulo is HUGE! Every time we´re in an apartment and I look out the window all you can see are buildings everywhere you look. Sister Peck and Sister Steinbeigle talk about the mission in two parts, the capital and the interior. We´re definitely in the capital right now, 10 minute walk from church headquarters and the temple down here.

Some highlights from this week I made note to mention:

We´re teaching a husband and wife and named Novina and Mario. She’s from New Zealand and he´s from somewhere around here. They met when he was in New Zealand for a bit. I love teaching them, because we teach in English! I feel like a missionary again and can actually contribute to the lesson! It´s great :) but that´s not the only reason I love teaching them. He´s been reading the Book of Mormon and says he likes how he feels when he reads it. We just dropped off a Book of Mormon in English for her and haven´t been able to follow up but she said she was really excited to start reading and connect with her husband on a spiritual level. They are such an amazing family! They have a little boy, a little more than a year old with the cutest curly hair I’ve ever seen in my entire life.  I love after we leave we all talk in an accent for a good while until we’ve made enough contacts we’re back in Portuguese mode.

A recent convert offered us watermelon the other day and it made me think of Kelli :)

Transfers are this week and it’s very much up in the air what’s going to happen. We had interviews with President on Friday and he said if they can find a short term sister missionary he’ll have Sister Steinbeigle open an area and train for her last 5 weeks, if they can’t then we’ll probably stay in a trio. It’ll be interesting to see what ends up happening!

We got to watch Joseph Smith- Prophet of the Restoration (the one they show in Salt Lake) with a less active family last night. It was really neat to watch it in Portuguese. It made the part about going into every nation to share the gospel a lot more powerful. I love the spirit that comes through learning more about Joseph Smith. One thing I’ve learned more than ever before is the importance of knowing that Joseph Smith was a prophet. Once someone has a testimony of that, everything else will come with it, and the Book of Mormon is evidence of that. You can’t have one without the other. This really is our unique message to the world. Don’t hesitate to share it with others!

Hope you all have a great week! I love you lots and lots.

Love,

Sister Lund

 

I’m in Brazil!- The church is true wherever you go! February 21, 2011

Filed under: Brasil — companion of honor @ 6:22 PM

I’m in Brazil!!! Everything went well with the flight down to São Paulo. I sat next to a kid from… somewhere in Brasil I can’t remember now…. but he asked what I was doing down there and I gave a brief first lesson and gave him a Book of Mormon! I had an English copy with me and he said he liked to read English (he was in the states studying English) and he said he´d read it. I was definitely blessed that I was able to sleep a bit, I didn’t actually feel tired until the third day here and then it was like everything caught up to me and I was super exhausted.   I thought that was funny Travis said he can quit lying now when he tells people his sister is in São Paulo, I’ve been telling people all week that I have a brother in Goiania and an older brother who served in Recife mostly because that’s all I know how to say but the members get really excited when they know that all the siblings have Brazil missions.

I’ve made a list of random things I wanted to make sure and tell you guys, random things on a list = random list = random e-mail :)

The language is coming along ok. I’m definitely lost and behind on the conversations most of the time. Every day it seems like I pick up more and more of the small talk though. Everyone here is super nice though and have been great with talking slower or translating through my companions.  I do a lot of smiling and nodding :) I’m able to understand a whole lot more than I can respond to. It makes me think so much of my TESOL minor where we talked about needing to provide assessments for what students actually understand knowing that they understand more than they can generally demonstrate. I definitely can empathize with them now!

I´m serving with two Americans right now, Sister Steinbeigle and Sister Peck, both from Washington! What are the chances of that? Sister Steinbeigle is from the Issaquah 1st ward but we had never met. Sister Peck is the sister whose blog I found way back when I got my call. Turns out we actually knew each other before! (she remembered me… I didn’t so much of her…) We worked a few weeks of EFY together two summers ago. Small world! (Sister Peck remembered that we were actually in the same group interview that year…) We’re serving in two wards right now. It really is like church headquarters of Brazil. Which reminds me! When I first got here they took me to the office to fill out something with the visa, not really sure what was going on. But the guy I met is in charge of all missionaries visas and when I told him my brother was serving in Goiania right now he got up, looked through his files and pulled out Travis´ whole visa packet, pictures and all- you look good kid ;) That was kind of random.

I found out that Elder Dearborn is still yet to get his visa. President Cooley was showing me the transfer board and Elder Dearborn is off in the corner in the visa waiter spot. I´m excited for him to get here!

I’m told I´ll be here for another week before transfers on March 2nd and then I´ll go to an area where I’ll be for a while. Sisters in this mission usually stay in an area for 3-4 transfers so that´ll be the most stability I’ve had yet!

I passed the São Paulo temple on the way to our area, it´s so  pretty! I can´t wait to be able to go some time.

It rains every day almost like clock work at 5pm. Well now it´s closer to 4 because they had their day light savings this Sunday. It actually didn´t rain on Saturday and I felt so cheated! I love the rain, it’s a highlight of my day. One because it’s raining and I love the rain, and two because it cools everything off. It’s not as hot as I was bracing myself for but it’s still a lot hotter than I’m used to ;) I’ve got the workings of a good tan/burn going on. I’m going to have the sweetest tan line from my shoes!!! I’m pretty stoked for that.

Oh Jeffrey, how did you serve in Brazil and not learn to love bananas? I had some for breakfast the first morning and they are the most amazing thing ever! Another food side note, people used to make fun of me at work for eating rice with sugar… Who knew I was just meant to come to Brazil? This week we had sweet rice for dessert and it was regular rice with a sweet sugary covering. Yummy :)

My companions keep telling me to not get used to how nice things are in this area. My meals have been varied a lot compared to other areas. Still rice and beans at every meal but we get a lot more in addition to that.

As far as the work goes. I’m told this is a slow area and that the people are really closed off. I haven’t found that though, EVERYONE will at least listen to us and often invite us back, no one is ever home when they go back but they’re at least friendly with us. The pace seems a lot more laid back. We plan the night before, a list of people we want to visit throughout the day and then we just play it by ear. Sister Peck said she’s tracted a total of three houses in her whole mission. A bit different from the states! I’m excited to be able to understand more of what people are saying. We went on splits yesterday (a member went with Sister Peck and I went with Sister Steinbeigle) and we ended up teaching a first lesson. As we were walking away she all but did a cartwheel because it went so well. That’s definitely not the impression I was left with (couldn’t understand a lot of his responses…) but she said that he had mentioned that if this message were true it’d really change his life!

The church is true wherever you go! Church is a fun experience this week. Not understanding a lot but still being able to feel the spirit and having the same services as you´ll find wherever you go. So neat!

Well that’s about all the time I’ve got. I love you all! I love Brazil! The church is true, there really is power in studying the Book of Mormon every day!

Have a great week!!!

Love you!!!!

Lori and her mission president and his wife.

 

She’s going to Brazil! February 13, 2011

Filed under: FYI — companion of honor @ 10:27 PM

Lori’s visa came through and she is headed to Brazil on Wednesday for the remainder of her mission.

She will be trading the freezing Colorado weather for a nice 83 degrees.