Sister Lund

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The most spiritual baptism I’ve ever been to June 27, 2011

Filed under: Brasil — companion of honor @ 8:34 PM
Howdy ya all :)
*drum roll*……. Sister Silva stayed!!! We’re pretty stoked to say the least. I can’t wait to give her the English hymn book and Ensign, her birthday is on the 15th how perfect!
This week was amazing!! Silvia’s baptism by far was the most spiritual baptism I’ve ever been to. She had so many family members there that are members, this day has really been a long time coming. After the baptism we all went to her house to celebrate her birthday. There were smiles all around. The feeling of that house has changed so much in the last month. I can’t tell you how good it feels to see her happy like this!

Now we’re working with her son Fernado. He came to church on Sunday and the young adults are getting him into institute and all the jazz.That’s about it for this week.
I love you lots and lots!
Love,
Sister Lund
1) Silvia!!!
2) I love my companion :)
3) Fernando is sitting next to Sister Silva, Felipe next to Nando (Siliva’s nephew that lives with them, baptized about a year ago, rather of the deep end but we’re working on that!), Ivanildo will be baptized this Saturday good friends with our mission leader Tico who’s sitting next to me. Did any of that make sense? Just trying to show who’s who these days :)

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The gospel really is so essential in our lives June 21, 2011

Filed under: Brasil — companion of honor @ 8:19 AM
Hey there!
Still no word about transfers, we’ll find out tonight. Everyone and their dog is pulling for us to stay together so if Sister Silva gets transferred it really is meant to be.
This week has been nothing short of a miracle. Juliano’s baptism was amazing. He couldn’t stop smiling all day. If you saw him a month ago you wouldn’t recognize the kid, it’s been such a neat experience to watch the gospel change is life so drastically for the better.
Last night we had a lesson with Silvia that I know when I look back on my mission will be one that I remember forever. I think I mentioned Silvia last week, an investigator who missionaries have been working with for almost two years now. Last week we had such a powerful lesson with her where she opened up about all her doubts and hesitancy about being baptized. One being that she doesn’t want to be just another baptism or number for us. We expressed our love and concern for her and the reason that missionaries are so urgent about our message, because the gospel really is so essential in our lives. She’s now come to church two weeks after not coming since her daughter was baptized in December. Ever since I arrived in Jaçanã we’ve felt that she needs to be baptized on the 25th (we later found out that this is her birthday! How perfect, celebrate your birthday by being born again through baptism!) Last night we went there and she commented about how in the last couple of weeks she’s felt a change in herself, something she’s wanted since she first met the missionaries but never did. She talked about how many missionaries have passed through her home and her thought was always just one more trying to convince her to change my life. But now she feels that we’re sincerely here to help her. When Sister Silva told her how we’ve felt for a month now that she is ready to be baptized this Saturday she quickly accepted. Her daughter who was with us couldn’t believe what she heard her mom say. We all starting crying, the spirit was so strong! I have had the opportunity to see several people accept the invitation to be baptized and each one is a miracle, but seeing Silvia accept the invitation to follow Jesus Christ after so long was the most rewarding lesson I have ever participated in. Silvia is going to be such a blessing to the ward here and I know that she will feel the difference in her own life as she embraces the gospel!
Pictures:
1) Juliano! And for anyone who knows Carl Smith, does our bishop not look like his Brazilian twin?!
2) Juliano when we went to pick him up for his baptism, this picture makes me so happy to see him all dressed up and fancy like! A completely different person from a month ago.
3) It’s a day late, but Happy Father’s day Daddy! I saw this car and thought of you :) I love you daddy!
Have a great week!!!
Love you all

Sister Lund

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So happy to be a missionary June 14, 2011

Filed under: Brasil — companion of honor @ 8:28 PM
Hey there!
Sorry to worry you yesterday with no e-mail. The lanhouse was was having serious problems yesterday. Today we had zone conference and President authorized us to use the internet today so you don’t have to wait till next Monday to know we’re still alive and well :)
We had a really good week! Aline surprised us last Monday when we invited her to be baptized on the 18th and she asked if she could get baptized this Saturday instead (the 11th). Seeing as she’s been to church the last 3 weeks and has been going to seminary… Sister Silva and I looked at each other, looked back and her and YEP You sure can! We’ve started teaching her younger sisters as well.
We’ve also been teaching Juliano more (to be perfectly honest it’s hard to remember what I’ve told you and what I’ve told president…) but just in case I haven’t mentioned him… He’s a brother of one of the recent converts here, we’ve been teaching him since my first week here. He’s solid for his baptism this Saturday. He’s been really fun to teach. He is the most humble person I have ever met. Their family situation is heartbreaking, he’s been tossed around between mom, dad, older sister, and everywhere in between. The ward has been amazing with bringing him into the ward family. It has been such a neat experience. This Sunday when we went to go pick him up for church he was wearing a white shirt and tie and young man in the ward had given him, I just about cried when I saw him dressed up for the first time in probably his life.
The work is going so well here in Jaçanã! I’ve never felt so unified with my companion and so happy to be a missionary. We’re a bit nervous because transfers are next week (again! this transfer is only 5 weeks…). Elder Warner (AP) pulled me aside today and said I need to write a very forward e-mail to president today telling him how amazing the work is with Sister Silva because we’ve got a lot of new sisters coming into the mission and things are likely to get shaken up a bit. Cross your fingers for us! Obviously if the Lord needs her somewhere else it’s meant to happen but we’re really hoping for at least another transfer together.
Pictures:
1) Aline´s baptism, Juliano is on the far left
2) Farewell to President and Sister Cooley today! In a week I’ll have my 3rd mission president how weird is that?
3) Just for fun :) I love my polka dot sheets Mommy!
Hope you all have a great week!
Love you!
Sister Lund

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Remember how I’m in Brazil?! June 6, 2011

Filed under: Brasil,Pictures — companion of honor @ 7:41 PM

This week was great! Vanessa’s baptism went really well. We had a great turnout from the ward. The young adults have been amazing with getting her integrated and what not, already going to institute and all that jazz.
We’re using a different lanhouse today so I’m going to attempt to send pictures….

1) Sister Silva and me in the center last week
2) São Paulo- remember how I’m in Brazil?!
3) Making a break for missão interlagos after a morning run with our ward mission leader. This is our street, the other side takes a dramatic drop-off and there’s hills like no one’s business but our area is nice and flat
4) Vanessa!
5) Kick boxing adventure :)
Hope you all have a great week! Love you lots and lots!!
Sister Lund

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More pictures just for the fun of it :)

Filed under: Pictures — companion of honor @ 7:40 PM

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1) Our front room/ English class not sure if you can see the posters very well but we’ve had fun with those the last couple weeks
2) Me and Sister Silva, have I mentioned lately how much I love my companion?!
3) Last week at the Churrascaria
4) Group of us sisters at transfers a few weeks ago
5) Family of Leonardo and Gleise we were teaching back in Jandira, I love this family!
6) I love you and miss you :) Hope you have a great day!!