Sister Lund

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I wouldn’t trade my Christmas experience December 26, 2011

Filed under: Brasil,Pictures — companion of honor @ 4:18 PM

It sure was great talking to you all yesterday! Best Christmas present ever!

Thanks for the packages Mommy and Daddy and The Reisings, I sure love you lots and lots!!
So yesterday after our call we went back to the Theobaldo’s and made smores. So fun watching all of them make smores for the first time! Most of them had seen them made in the movies but never actually experienced them. So funny!!!!!! Someone said they always thought it was cheese they were roasting! I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed making smores more in my entire life. I love this family so much!!!
Another funny thing was giving them all candy canes. It never occurred to me that Brazil didn´t have candy canes as a common thing. For most of them it was a first experience as well. Little things that I just don’t even think about any more were such a novelty and excitement to them. It was hilarious.
It definitely goes both ways though, yesterday when Márcio and Júnior lifted up the grill top and showed me an entire pig sitting there I just about freaked out. It had a mouth with teeth and everything! They were rather entertained by my excitement.

I sure miss you all lots and lots and wish I could’ve been with you all yesterday but I wouldn’t trade my Christmas experience here for the world. It was soooo much fun!

Love you all! Have a great week!
Sister Lund

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reflect on Christ´s birth December 20, 2011

Filed under: Brasil — companion of honor @ 10:24 PM

Hello all!

It´s hard to belive that Christmas is already this Sunday! I’ll do my best to call as close to 3pm as I can. Can’t wait to talk to and SEE you all! Hopefully that works out for Travis as well, I miss that kid :)
Random question for my parents who are serving in the primary, hopefully you´ll be able to help me with something. Last night Ronaldo asked about what prophet came after another certain prophet so I was singing “Latter day prophets” and I got to the part where Gordon B Hinckley leads the way, we hear and follow his words today…. and then I realized that´s probably changed since I was in primary. How does that song end these days with President Monson? Maybe you can sing it to me on Sunday :)

 

News from this week…. lots of ups and downs…. Downs being that anyone who was showing any sign of progressing has seemingly dropped off the face of the earth. Not even kidding they’ve all gone MIA. Hopefully after the rush of the end of the year they’ll all reappear but for the time being we’re on the search for new people to teach.
A highlight from the week, we were able to start teaching Graziana´s whole family this week. (I think I mentioned her way back when… She was inactive and one day we contacted her mom who said she wasn´t interested but she has a daughter who would like to come back- Graziana…) Graziana has been coming to church with us since then and this week we had dinner with the family and showed the movie ´´Joy to the World´´ (Love that movie! Not even kidding, I´m going to see how many times we can show it to people this week) Her dad really opened up about why the family fell away from the church and how much it has meant to them to have the ward reach out to Graziana. It´ll definitely be a slow process but I see a lot of potential with this family. I´m really excited about being able to teach her younger brother who was too young when the family initially joined the church.
I know more happened this week but I´m really drawing a blank… If I remember I´ll tell you on Sunday :)
I hope you all have a great week of Christmas! In one of the talks this week someone asked the question “what will you give Christ for his birthday this year?” I love this time of year when people stop more to reflect on Christ´s birth and what he means to each of us. I know with all of my heart that Jesus Christ lives, that He is our Savior, and that through Him we all can have the hope that comes through the Gospel.
I love you all!

Sister Lund

 

I’ve got it really good December 13, 2011

Filed under: Brasil,Pictures — companion of honor @ 6:26 PM

Hey there!

Sounds like a good week with lots of Christmas decorating :)  I can’t believe Christmas is just 2 weeks away! I’m not gonna lie, it’s a bit weird seeing all the Christmas decorations go up around the streets when it is SOOOO HOT! I really feel for you and the heater problem… I think I’d be alright with a night of having to bundle up a bit :) I forgot to put on sunscreen a day this week and got roasted.
I’ve noted not to call between 7-8:30… let me know when Travis is planning on calling and I’ll make a point to call around then. We’ve got several people who are more than willing to let us use their computer so I can make it happen :)
Sounds like a good week of football was had by all. All being BYU and Skyline :) Yay for a BYU victory and YAY FOR SKYLINE STATE CHAMPIONS!
Well it was a good week here. We were able to mark a date with Fran. (not sure if I mentioned her yet…) She’s the sister of a member and a daughter of an eternal investigator. She’s super sincere and I have no doubt that she’ll end up being the solid example in her family. Her sister is a bit wishy-washy when it comes to the church. Can I just say that it is really hard to teach someone about the importance of being at church every week when the member sister doesn’t go very consistently, ugh!
Bianca will do baptisms in the temple this weekend! So excited for her! Mara is still on the back burner a bit because of her job, end of the year rush and all that jazz. Oh what I wouldn’t give to find this girl a new job!
Trying to think of other noteworthy occurrences this week… We’re teaching a lot of people right now but seriously lacking on the progress…
Cute story last night. We passed by this family we’ve been teaching forever (the parents aren’t married so it´s going to be a long time coming….) Anyway we went by there last night and Hugo (10 year old, actually the only one who really wants to be baptized but can’t without his parents…)  asked if he could say the prayer. He prayed that me and Sister Ferreira don´t get transferred this week. Someone mentioned to him that transfers are this week and that it´s a possibility even though it really is a slim to nothing chance that we’ll be transferred… anyway it was the cutest thing hearing him pray that we’d stay here to keep teaching him and his family.
I sure love you all! Thanks so much for the love and support. I know I’ve got it really good!
I can’t wait to talk to you in a couple weeks!
Love you!
Sister Lund

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we’re “stuck” together December 6, 2011

Filed under: Brasil,Pictures — companion of honor @ 9:07 PM

Thanks for the birthday singing in perfect harmony :) I did get the birthday package and christmas package this week. (No worries, the Christmas box is sitting nice and shut under our mini tree and I intend to leave it that way till the 25th… we´ll see if will power holds out!) Thanks so much! We´ve got a churrasco planned at the Theobaldo house tomorrow and I´m pretty stoked :) I´ll be eating well for my birthday for sure!

President Prieto´s brother lived in our stake here in Sorocaba and will definitely be missed. It was such a shock for everyone this week. I had the chance to get to know him a little bit since I´ve been here, we passed his work almost every day. A really good man, I have no doubt the Lord needed him on the other side.
I actually had just finished a Christmas card to Grandpa this morning, I´ll get that in the mail for sure right after I finish writing you all. I can imagine that Christmas would be so hard without the perspective the gospel gives us. I´m so thankful to know that we’re “stuck” together as mommy always says :)
I´ll definitely keep Grandma Lund in my prayers, hope everything goes well with recovery and the next surgery!
We had a pretty good week here. Everything went well with Bianca´s confirmation (had to wait a week because of stake conference…) It was so cute, her cousin Renan (14 yr) bore his testimony about how exciting it is to see his family expanding in the church. Love them!
The biggest highlight of the week was an amazing birthday surprise that still has me smiling from ear to ear, I had a birthday visit from Jaçanã yesterday! Maxiny and Fernada with Maxiny´s dad came to visit. They went to church with us and then later Maxiny and Fernada came out teaching with us. Can I just say that has got to be one of the best feelings ever to have a recent convert come out teaching with you in a completely different area and have her testify of things this investigator really needs to hear?! I just love her!
Some pics of the week:

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