Sister Lund

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Happy Pioneer Day! July 25, 2011

Filed under: Brasil — companion of honor @ 9:45 PM
Hey there!
Happy Pioneer Day!! No it’s not as big of a deal as it is in Utah but it did get mentioned in church a couple times. I thought of you mom and how I always was able to call you and wish you a happy pioneer day.
This week has been a good one. Fernanda is all set to go for her baptism this weekend. The more I get to know her the more I am amazed at her story. She is seriously the definition of a golden investigator.

We were also able to mark a date with a guy named Daniel. He’s been coming the last couple of weeks with his girlfriend and in gospel principles yesterday he introduced himself as wanting to be a member but for the time being he’s here visiting his friend. Another jaw dropping moment with Sister Silva and I, we definitely made a point to talk to him afterwards. He’s been going to institute for 2 months, is reading the Book of Mormon and wants to be baptized!
We seriously have done nothing for Fernanda and Daniel, they just came to us ready to go. That’s a lot easier than knocking doors for sure!
Time sure is ticking away this transfer. Only a couple more weeks :(   Who knows, we’ll get lucky again and get a third transfer together?!
Have an amazing cruise! I love you!!!

Sister Lund

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small and simple things accomplish the great July 18, 2011

Filed under: Brasil — companion of honor @ 9:16 PM
oí!
Sad news about Emily :( That’ll definitely be weird without her, she’s been with us more than half my life.
The temple was great last week. I understood every single word! (It also happened to be in English though…) We ended up getting to the temple a lot earlier than planned so the four of us joined the American MTC group and Sister Silva used headphones. She said she liked being able to hear both languages. She’s seriously taking advantage of every opportunity to learn English.
Happy Birthday to Bekka! I can’t believe it’s already been a year! Time is really flying by.
Well this week has been a bit of a crazy week. It seems like with the exception of Fernada everyone that we had been teaching all decided to go cold this week and not want to progress. We’re working on finding new people to teach. I liked Elder Lund’s idea about searching on a roof :) We’ll see if we resort to that this week.
We’ve been working on findng a new house this week. I seriously love the house we’re in right now but it doesn’t have the best location. Second time I’ve gone “house hunting on the mission” didn’t expect to be doing that!

Sorry I don’t have a whole lot to report this week.
The church is true! I love being a missionary :) There is so much wisdom in Alma 37:6-7, it really is the small and simple things that accomplish the great.
I love you all lots and lots! Have a great week!
Sister Lund
 

That classic line that every missionary wants to hear July 13, 2011

Filed under: Brasil — companion of honor @ 9:05 PM
Hey hey!
Sorry I forget to mention last week that p-day would be on wednesday this week. We got to go to the temple! I love the temple :)

Ever since I got here I wondered why there´s this random dead plant vase thingie on the floor in our kitchen. I asked Sister Silva the other day and she said it´s been there since before she got here almost 6 months ago and she never knew why. We decided that we didn´t need a dead plant thingie in our kitchen so we set it outside the house. That day we had lunch with our upstairs neighbors and the sister said that it was there for a reason. It´s covering a removable drain and the sisters before us had a mouse that was coming in through that drain, eww! We decided to cover it with something else though and leave the dead plant thingie outside. I feel it´s an improvement.

It´s been a good week, I feel like it´s been forever and a day since I wrote but I can´t think of anything extremely noteworthy… Some random tid bits for ya…
I thought sister Silva was my favorite companion before but get this… This week she said since we won´t be together for Christmas we should probably listen to Christmas music this week. I LOVE Christmas music, we´ve been rocking out to christmas tunes like no one´s business, it´s been great :)
Also, for all my Brazil mission friends (Travis and Sam) take a look at the church building in the tithing pamphlet. That church is totally my stake center right now! 1200 Luis Stamatis, I´m there at least once a week. That´s seriously the sheekiest church I´ve ever seen.
Oh cool story from this week! So we went out to lunch with our LZs on Monday and they were telling us about this GOLDEN investigator they met on Sunday. Her and her husband are separated right now, he´s been a member but rather inactive all his life. She figured that the church had something to do with why he left her so she went online to start researching. She ended up really liking what she found out and recognized that all the negative anti-stuff isn´t legit. She looked up where she could find a church and went there on Sunday. Walked up to the Elders and asked who she needed to talk to in order to find out more about the church. The elders were more than excited to show her around and she stayed all three hours. Afterwards she said that classic line that every missionary wants to hear “I feel like I´ve come home, this is all so familiar to me”  They marked an appointment for Monday and were on cloud nine about it. Here´s where we come into the story… Monday after lunch and hearing about this golden investigator we return to our respective areas to go back to work. As we´re walking down the street to contact a reference who do we see? The elders going to Fernada´s house! Turns out she lives in OUR area! We joined them for the lesson. My mouth seriously dropped open listening to her talk, she´s done so much research on the church using reliable sources she´s pretty much taught herself, she all but asked to be baptized! She said it started out of curiosity to try and understand her husband but now she wants this for herself regardless of what happens with her husband. Sister Silva wasted no time with that, if all goes well she´ll be baptized on the 30th :)
Hope you all have a fantastic week!
Love you lots!
Sister Lund
 

I hit half way this week July 4, 2011

Filed under: Brasil — companion of honor @ 8:36 PM

Happy 4th of July! I celebrated this morning listening to my Zone Leaders (two Americans) sing the national anthem to me. That’s pretty much been the extent of my celebrations. That and eating PEANUT BUTTER!!! The new mission president arrived this week so we had a conference to meet him which means letters and package :) Thank you thank you thank you! Sister Silva loved the Ensign and hymn book, I saved the children’s one for her birthday, hopefully my will power will last until the 15th, I’ve never been one to be able to wait when it comes to giving presents. She says she’s a big fan of you mommy :) Also I shared some of the skittles with Elder Velazques and Elder Fagundges, Elder Velazques carried the box from the chapel in Pirituba on the train/metro to our house it was a pretty fair trade if you ask me! I’ve decided that creamy peanut butter and brazilian bananas is the best breakfast ever. I’ve been a very happy camper this week! Those church silly bands are awesome too mommy, Sister Silva and I have been rocking the salt lake temple ones all week. I’m bummed I forgot my camera today, I found a wild Monkey thanks to mommy :) I was laughing before I even read your added ps about my monkey friend.
Sister Silva is from Maceió. I’m picking up on all of your northern sayings, Jeffrey would be proud.
I can’t believe I hit half way this week, it seems like I’ve entered a time warp and time is really starting to fly by. I keep telling people that I have a year left and Sister Silva points out that one of these days I’m really going to need to stop saying that. Most people here think I’m just starting though because when they ask me how long I have on the mission I usually say how long I’ve been in Brazil which makes it seem like I really do have about a year left.
I was always a fan of peanut butter before but this week I have a whole new appreciation for it. It really is amazing, I’ve always been one for the creamy kind though :)

Well this week was another good one here in Jaçanã! I’m seriously loving life :) Ivanildo´s baptism was amazing. He’s another one that’s had a sad family life or lack there of in the past and it’s been great to see the ward become the family he’s never had.

I hope you all have a great week! Good luck with the racing and everything this weekend!
Love you!
Sister Lunge :)