Sister Lund

Follow Lori and her LDS Mission in Brazil

A day for the mission journal August 30, 2011

Filed under: Brasil — companion of honor @ 8:19 AM

Another crazy fast week!
The weather has really warmed up here. It was 26 [78.8 F] when we left our house this morning. I’m missing the “winter” weather and getting a little nervous for spring/summer!
It’s been kind of a challenging week. Sister Santos has several complicated health problems so between doctors visits, getting sick throughout the day, and a surprise mission conference we weren’t able to get a lot of work in.

Yesterday was a day for the mission journal. Not even kidding, we ate 4 complete meals within 5 hours. These weren’t just light afternoon snacks. Each time was a sit down, say a prayer, meal with dessert experience. I’ve never felt so full in my entire life, I think I could go a week without needing to eat again. No need to fear Mommy, I’m definitely being fed well!
I’m drawing a blank on other fun facts from the week…

Hope you all have a great week!

Love you all!
Sister Lund

 

On the search for solid new investigators August 23, 2011

Filed under: Brasil,Pictures — companion of honor @ 8:32 AM

Howdy Howdy!
Glad you’re getting to enjoy some nice summer weather. São Paulo can’t decide what it wants to be. Technically it’s supposed to be winter but we’ll get a really warm day here and there. The last couple days have felt like winter though, my poor companions from the north of freezing to death! I just remind myself that Colorado had a day of -41 and suddenly I feel a lot warmer here :)

Well it’s been another one of those weeks where now I’m sitting here and I’m sure something exciting happened but I’m struggling to think of what…
We’ve been changing around the apartment a bit. We dismounted the bunk bed, moved the closet and now have three beds in a row. It throws me off a bit when I wake up in the morning.
We’ve decided that Sister Santos reminds us of the Lion in the wizard of oz. Facial expressions are identical. If she had a tail it would be a done deal. We seriously haven’t stopped laughing in 2 weeks.
This weekend was stake conference. I remember the last stake conference was when I only had a few weeks here in Brazil, I got a lot more out of this weekend’s talks :)

We are sorely lacking people to teach these days. The people we were working with are rather moley and we’re on the search for solid new investigators. I’m about to take Travis’s strategy and go looking “high and low”!

Some pictures to compensate for an uneventful week:

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1) New Set up (I don´t have a picture of how it looked before… but here’s where I sleep!)
2) I found a wild monkey mommy! I don’t know if he’d still be considered a wild monkey though now that he has a name, Tico. His eyes remind of us our Ward Mission Leader :)
3) Our new Trio, and the elders that helped moved things around
4) 3 of my favorite sisters in the world! Sister Adamson (Sam’s district), Sister Felipe!, and Sister Silva. I love these sisters!
5) Not the best picture, but definitely the best zone ever! Zona Jaçanã May 18, 2011- Aug 10, 2011
Hope you have a great week!
Love you all

Sister Lund

 

Jaw literally dropped August 15, 2011

Filed under: Brasil — companion of honor @ 8:07 PM
Hey there!
Rumor was right! I’m still in Jaçanã and *drum roll*…….. Still with Sister Silva!!!!!!!! We also have one more sister with us, Sister Santos. This transfer mission wide was a bit of a surprising one. People who for sure were going to be transferred stayed and people with only one transfer in an area were moved around. It wasn’t until the office called and told us they’d be bringing a new bed that we believed them that not only are we both staying but that someone else would be joining us. To be perfectly honest I didn’t put it past the office to join in on a transfer joke so I wasn’t completely convinced until we saw the third bed in our room :)
It’s been a fun week getting to know Sister Santos. She’s from the Bahia and at times I just look at her and have no idea what on earth she is saying, not because of her accent (which is rather strong) but because she uses words and phrases that even Sister Silva has never heard of. To say the least it’s been an adventure!
Lucas got back this week and has already come out teaching with us. We brought him along to teach Fernando (Silvia’s son) who we’re kind of at a stand still with, not really sure where to go from here. Lucas is an amazing teacher, it was fun to have him with us for the day. And yes he is officially dating one of my favorite people in the world. Not sure if you heard the background story Travis but we were all going crazy to see how it all would play out when he got back. They’re pretty stinking cute together.
Well investigators continue to fall in our lap. This week while waiting at transfers a recent convert called and said that her dad (who randomly showed up at church with her the week before) wants to be baptized and wants to know what he needs to do in order for that to happen. Jaw literally dropped when I heard that! He’ll take a little bit more time since he has got some word of wisdom things to take care of first, but desire is the first and very important step! In gospel principles this week he introduced himself and said that it was his second time coming and is really enjoying what he’s learning.

We’re still working with André, not sure if I’ve mentioned him yet, husband of a member. We’ve been working with him for a good while now. He finally came to church this week! It was perfect because Sunday was Father’s day here (happy Brazilian father’s day daddy!) and the primary sang two songs for all the dads and his son was quite excited to have him there. Anyway… he’s said himself that he knows he should be baptized, that he eventually will but has no desire whatsoever to do so anytime soon. We’ve taught everything we can think of as far as the blessings that come from this, how now is the time to prepare to meet God, don’t procrastinate and all that jazz but he’s just so stinking stubborn! We’re all praying this week for him to have a desire on top of his understanding that he needs to be baptized.
That about sums up my week. I’ve still got Sister Silva at my side, Sister Santos has us rolling on the floor laughing, and the work goes on!
Hope you all have a great week! I sure love you!!!
Sister Lund
 

Getting so much more out of my mission August 8, 2011

Filed under: Brasil — companion of honor @ 6:28 PM
Hey there!

They are having a family home evening this week welcoming home Elder Moraes (Lucas as he is known around these parts) I’m pretty excited to meet the kid! Another missionary just got home this week, Fernanda. She’s been such a blast to have around. She’s not quite ready to give up being a sister, she’s been our third companion. She was so sweet on Sunday asking us to point out who needed to be fellowshipped and sat with them.

Things are going really well. Transfers are this Wednesday… we’ve yet to find out about transfers. We’re waiting on a call from the elders probably in the next hour or so but you’ll have to wait till next week to find out! As much as I would LOVE for Sister Silva to stay I’ve gotta a pretty strong feeling that she’s going to be transfered. We’ll see though…
As far as how missionary service has blessed our family… I’m sure a big fan of the fact that both my parents served and that they were able to meet each other :)

I don’t know about the family as a whole but I sure feel like I’m getting so much more out of my mission than I’m able to give. It never ceases to amaze me how quick the Lord is to answer our prayers.

Random story with that which may not make a whole lot of sense but it was a cool experience this week… I’ve been having a really hard time sleeping the last couple weeks. I lay in bed for a good hour and a half trying to fall asleep and then wake up throughout the night from really vivid not so pleasant dreams. To say the least I was waking up more tired than I was when I went to bed. It got to the point where it was really affecting the day because I was just so exhausted. Saturday when I went to pray that night I knew that I needed a good night’s sleep- Sunday is the most crazy run around day trying to get everyone up and ready for church and I knew I’d need to feel rested. I prayed that I’d be able to sleep solid through the night, without waking up because of dreams, and that come 6:30 I’d feel rested and ready to go. I didn’t struggle falling asleep for the first time in two weeks and when I woke up and checked the time on my watch it was exactly 6:30 and about 2 seconds later the alarm went off. Something seemingly so small really strengthened my testimony of the power of prayer. If it’s important to us it’s important to the Lord and He is more than willing to help us with what we need.

Hope you all have a great week!
Love you lots and lots!

Sister Lund

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The sheekiest recent converts ever August 2, 2011

Filed under: Brasil — companion of honor @ 1:36 PM
It’s been a good, somewhat low key week. I can’t believe it’s already August!
Everything went well with Fernanda’s baptism this weekend. She’s amazingly elect, I just can’t get over her story. It’s been really neat to see her and Silvia hit it off so well. I love how two people who a month ago didn’t know the other existed are now attached at the hip because of the gospel. We passed by Silvia’s last night and Fernanda had been there for awhile already. Listening to the two of them swap stories about their conversion was the coolest thing ever. It left me with such a peaceful feeling to know that they are not only both individually solid but that they are supporting each other. We have got the sheekiest recent converts ever!

Daniel is all set to go for his baptism on Saturday. You know your investigator is solid when you ask what time would work for him on Saturday and his response is “is it alright if it’s a bit later in the evening? I have institute at 6”. Definitely not a problem for us!
I’m trying to attach photos but the computer isn’t really being my friend right now…
Love you! Have a great finish to your cruise and week afterwards!
Sister Lund