Sister Lund

Follow Lori and her LDS Mission in Brazil

We don’t need to eat for 3 days May 30, 2011

Filed under: Brasil — companion of honor @ 9:11 PM

Howdy howdy!

Hope you had a good Memorial Day weekend. How was the first BBQ of the season? Today was going to be a low-key day in the house but we ended up having an activity with the zone in the center of São Paulo (way cool pictures but this computer won’t connect to my camera…) and we ate at a legit Tucanos, soooo good! I’ve never been so full in my entire life. Then we came home and our upstairs neighbors had their own churrasco and won’t take no for an answer….. One sitting of Brazilian bbq in one day is a handful, two within several hours… we don’t need to eat for 3 days!
That´s really cute about Eliana being excited I was coming home soon, thinking sisters missions were only 8 months.

This week has been really great! We starting teaching a young woman named Vanessa last week who will be baptized this Saturday. She seriously is so amazingly elect it’s not even funny. Everything we teach her she accepts so willingly. She was a reference from her friend who said “she’s practically a member she doesn’t know it.”  A 27 year old who lives the law of chastity and word of wisdom already. She was talking about what she wants in her future family and it was pretty much the Proclamation to the World about the family. One lesson this week Vanessa commented about how since she came into contact with the church she’s felt her life moving forward in the right direction when previously she felt at a stand still. It’s been exciting to get to know her and see her accept the gospel.

Sister Silva and I have been having fun this week learning the primary songs in English and portuguese. She’s really excited about learning English, we’ve got a little classroom set up in our front room with English pronouns and all that jazz going. She’s really picked up a lot in 2 weeks. Every day we go back and forth reading from the Book of Mormon and O Livro de Mórmon. I know you’ve probably already got it all ready to go but if not… it’d be great if you could include an English Hymnbook in the package you’re sending. I lost mine in Colorado a week before I came down to Brazil. Sister Silva loves hymns and wants to learn more in English.

Well hope you all have a great week. Thanks for the love and prayers :) I sure love you!
Sister Lund

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This week has been a complete adventure May 23, 2011

Filed under: Brasil — companion of honor @ 5:11 PM

Hey there! Thank you for the prayers, I am feeling much better this week! Is anyone going to believe that I got transferred again?! When Elder White called and said I was going to Jaçanã I thought for sure he was kidding, when the next thing he said was “oh yeah and you’ll be senior” I knew for sure he was kidding… Only he wasn’t! This week has been a complete adventure and I’ve loved every minute of it!

I’m now companions with Sister Silva and we have had such a blast this week. I met her when she arrived in the mission, I was in Caxingui at the time. I’ve seen her a couple other times at conferences but never really got to talk to her before. One of the first things she asked me when we got to our area was if I was good with directions because she’s not. Needless to say our first night together we walked an extra hour trying to find the house of a less active sister but I’ve never had so much fun being lost.
The ward here is solid, we have more lessons with members than not. At least once a day someone calls and asks us if they can come out teaching. It’s amazing! The bishop is the Brazilian twin of Carl Smith. I kid you not I did a double take when I first met him, looks just like him, talks like him, everything.

I am in love with this area. There is like one hill in the entire area. I had forgotten what it was like to walk on a flat sidewalk! Our house is on the mission border and the neighboring mission has hills like no one’s business so we get awesome views without having to climb every day. The house we live in is a mansion. Not even kidding, we both have our own bathroom. It’s the nicest apartment I’ve had on the mission thus far.
Sister Silva is the perfect combination of Sister Dantas and Sister Carter from Sand Creek. She’s a fireball of a native speaker who is super patient with me (In just a week I’ve felt myself improve leaps and bounds with the language) and she’s crazy positive about everything. Our problem this week has been getting to bed on time because we can’t stop talking!
This morning we did something a little crazy for exercises. There is a sister in the ward who teaches a kick boxing class and she also happens to love missionaries so every Monday morning she offers a private class for our district. I’ll have to send pictures next week, we got pretty into it.

I think that’s about all the random things I can think of from this week… Thanks again for the love and support! I definitely felt prayers this week.
Love, Sister Lund

 

From Lori’s Mom May 17, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — companion of honor @ 1:04 PM
Hi All —

Just a short note from Lori this week that she asked not to be forwarded — not her usual cheerful self. She has been sick with a “nasty chest cold”, so this week has been a struggle — she’s exhausted. She’s going to get a blessing tonight at their District Meeting.
She also said to let Sam’s parents know she really appreciated their e-mails and will definitely write Sam this week.

Thanks for all the love and support you all give to our Sister Lund!!
 

not hiking a mountain and finding wild monkies May 9, 2011

Filed under: Brasil,Pictures — companion of honor @ 7:24 PM

It sure was good to talk and to SEE you all yesterday. Jeffrey, Kelli and Bekka were a pleasant surprise as well, gotta love technology these days :)
Sounds like a yummy dinner. Our lunch was a BBQ yesterday so I won’t complain too much.

Well… lesson learned today, make sure and get official official permission before getting really excited about hiking a Brazilian mountain and seeing wild monkies. We had talked to the zone leaders but when the “let’s just make sure” call went out to president, apparently all out of zone activities have been banned until further notice mission wide :( so we settled for playing card games at the church with two other companionships that were going on the hike.

Well I can’t really think of anything too noteworthy since last we talked… I’ll attempt that whole sending pictures thing now…
1) Our not hiking a mountain and finding wild monkies district activity (I’m just a little bummed…)
2) I thought a certain someone would appreciate this picture, two things I’m a big fan of: Danny and a Soveteria. It´s always closed so I haven’t been able to try it out but it did make for a fun picture!
3) Provo MTC reunion! Sister White who beat us all down here even though she’s a transfer behind, Elder Dearborn and Me
4) This is for Sister Reising’s benifit. Does this kid look familiar!? He showed me the picture of you two in the MTC and we thought we’d try to reinact it. Without studying your face too carefully you and I pretty much have the exact same expression this is my “I’m thinking of Sam!” face :)
Hope those all go through! I love you lots, the church is true, have a great week!
Love,
Sister Lund

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Stick to the saving doctrine and you’ll be good May 2, 2011

Filed under: Brasil — companion of honor @ 7:06 PM

Hey there! Before I forget to mention, we’ve planned our mother’s day call for 3:30 my time. I have no idea what time that’ll be for you, but hopefully that works out. Hopefully that time works, I’m not sure how you’d let me know if it doesn’t… I’m excited to see and talk to you on Sunday!

That sounds like a really fun primary lesson with the Book of Mormon. I sure am thankful to have paper these days to keep my journal. It’s hard enough to write when it’s paper, I’m pretty sure if I had to do it on metal I’d have given up a long time ago. Sure thankful the prophets were more dedicated!

So this week’s excitement. We had a mission conference with Elder Anderson! It was a really neat question and answer session. I was asked to lead the music which meant I got to shake his hand twice, once when we all came in and once as he was leaving. He thanked me for doing such a good job :) years of practice waving my hand around really paid off! It really was a good conference. Some elders were asking some pretty out there questions and I loved how his response was often “I don’t know, but what I do know….” and then he’d go on to testify of pure doctrine. It was such a testimony that we really don’t have to understand everything, in fact in this life we never will, stick to the saving doctrine and you’ll be good. It was also fun to be able to see everyone from the mission. Now having been in three areas I’ve gotten to know quite a few missionaries here so it was a fun reunion. The best though, Elder Dearborn from my mtc district finally got his visa! Two days before an apostle comes is good timing if you ask me! It was fun to catch up on the last 4 1/2 months.

Other news from this week, I found out that Tabitha’s boyfriend from Imirim is getting baptized on the 14th!  But he was the one awhile back that we had stopped by her house to leave a message, asked if there was anyone we could teach and she half jokingly said her boyfriend… in walks in Rafael and we went on to teach him the first lesson. Turns out he went to church with extended family as a kid and has been missing the feelings he felt there growing up. He’s pretty much the definition of golden. It was such a testimony to the fact that there are so many people ready to accept the gospel, they just need the chance to hear it! And as members of the church, we need to offer them that chance!
Things are going well in Jandira. The ward has been amazingly helpful as we’ve been trying to figure everything out. One quick experience from the week. We watched the Restoration DVD with Malu and Luis and on the way home that night we passed a church almost on every corner all screaming various messages. It really made Joseph Smith’s description of the “war of words” over religion come alive. No wonder a 14-year-old boy was so confused. I’m so thankful that he had the faith to go to the source of truth, if anyone would know which church was true it’d definitely be God. There is no doubt in my mind that this is truly the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth today.

Thanks for all of the love and support! I can’t wait to talk to you on Sunday! Love you! Sister Lund