Sister Lund

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I’m stoked to get to serve January 24, 2012

Filed under: Brasil,Pictures — companion of honor @ 4:39 PM

Hey there!

We also lost power one day this week, but not due to ice and snow. It was raining and windy like I’ve never seen in my life. It’s been a much welcomed break from the heat, it was killing me! (yeah yeah I know of the 3 missions here in Brazil I’ve got it the easiest as far as heat is concerned but it’s a bit much for me :) )
I’m trying to think about what you could get Aaron and the only things that are coming to mind are the stuff they give you in the MTC. I remember being all exciting about getting a “head start” before I reported and well… I never got too far so I’m not sure what would have helped. OH what was fun was a phrase book that Sarah Means got me, I remember using it with Torrie on our road trip, probably pronouncing everything wrong but it was a fun way to pass the time. Torrie: Que Saudades! (That one I remember :) )
We had a fun P-day today. All the missionaries in the interior went to a pizza place owned by an investigator who will be baptized next month. He opened it especially for us and we all got to make our own pizzas at all that jazz. It was a lot of fun. I’ll try attaching some pictures.
I feel like I had other news from the week but to be honest my head is spinning from the transfer call and all ready the good-bye calls have started…. I know I just explained everything to you mommy in your e-mail but to sum it up for other readers… I’m going to Morumbi with Sister Felipe to open the area. It’ll be an adventure! I’m stoked to get to serve with her again for her last transfer, we’ve been saying that for a year now that we were cheated with only being together for 3 weeks. I love that girl! Sister Silva is taking my place here in Cerrado with Sister Ferreira. Bummed that we won’t be closer :(

Love you all! Have a great week! Thanks for the love and support. The church is true!

Love,
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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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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how you and your family can be happier November 29, 2011

Filed under: Brasil,Pictures — companion of honor @ 10:55 AM

Yay for officially entering the Christmas Season!!! I’m glad you all made it back safe..

Did I read that right?! Mom has been converted to Settlers?! Will that last till I get home? I would sincerely like to play with you mommy :) Did dad say “congratulations Carol you have won!”? Because he definitely owes you if he didn’t!
What a relief the peanut butter embargo has been lifted :) I was telling travis he really does have an in with all of Brazil. I didn’t even know who the new elders were in the office. He probably knows more about my mission than I do!
It was another good week here. The Thanksgiving dinner Alda made us was AMAZING! She really outdid herself this time, it was sooooo good!  For weeks they’ve been asking what kinds of things we eat for thanksgiving and they really did make just about everything. They even did our juice/sprite mix! I’ll try to send pictures with this e-mail but this computer is acting rather spastic so you might have to wait till next week…

Everything went really well with Bianca’s baptism on Saturday. Her uncle Márcio baptized her and there was such a sweet spirit there. This is the same uncle that was helping us teach her about the gospel of Jesus Christ and her eyes lit up when she made the connection that her uncle has the priesthood. It was such a neat experience! Have I mentioned lately how much I love the Theobaldo family?! We went out knocking doors with Andréa yesterday and she did pretty much the entire contact every time “hi I´m Andréa, I´m your neighbor I live in that house over there, these are my friends from the church I go to, they’re here to talk to you about Jesus and explain how you and your family can be happier” She’s just so cute and excited about everything people can’t help but let us in!
I hope you all have a good week. I sure love you!
Love,

Sister Lund

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in need of a miracle of sorts November 14, 2011

Filed under: Brasil,Pictures — companion of honor @ 8:09 PM

Hey there!

The zoo was awesome!! I did in fact see lots of wild monkeys :) At lunch today the news was saying that a man in the zoo yesterday jumped the barrier to go play with the monkeys I took a picture of and they attacked him hardcore, pretty sure he’s still in the hospital. That sounds pretty wild to me!
I can’t believe how big Bekka is getting! I can’t wait to skype with you all next month and see this little girl in action :)
yay for a BYU win! Next season I’ll be there!!!
This week was really good for us. Bianca continues to be super firm for her baptism on the 26th. She finally was able to move in with her mom so she’s set! Mara is still a little shaky, things were settled at work so she could go to church and then at the last minute things came up… We’re still planning on them both being baptized that weekend but we’re in need of a miracle of sorts.
We’ve continued to get a lot of teaching in up by where this family of recent converts lives. Every time we pass by there they’ve got someone new they want us to teach. I love seeing the excitement they have for the gospel, they seriously are fearless when it comes to talking to people!
I sure love you guys! Thanks for all of your love and support, I’m one lucky girl! Have a great week!!
Love and miss you lots and lots!
Sister Lund

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Fearless about talking about the gospel November 9, 2011

Filed under: Brasil,Pictures — companion of honor @ 1:10 PM

Hey there! P-day got changed this week due to a mission conference with Elder Godoy and Elder Evans. SOOOO GOOD! They both talked a ton about reactivation and the important part we as full-time missionaries play in this work. It was also really fun to get to see everyone, especially Sister Silva! I have missed that girl so much!! She sends a hug and a kiss to the family :)

It feels like it´s been forever and a day since I´ve been able to write home. A lot has happened, I´m not even really sure where to start…

 

As far as news on my end…. Sister Wohlford got transfered :( We both agreed this transfer was just a nice piece of home, sad to see it end so quick but life goes on. I´m now with Sister Ferreira dos Santos who happens to be best friends from home with Sister Santos that I was with in Jaçanã. They´re seriously like the same person, only sister ferreira has slightly less complicated health issues. She served for a transfer in the same mission as Sister Owens from the MTC! Small world. She´s super stoked about the work so that´s been good. This week we were able to also mark the same baptismal date with Bianca´s mom Mara. I love this family! Everything is finally coming together for all of them. We have also been able to teach a lot of this family´s neighbors. They are seriously fearless about talking about the gospel, regardless of reactions they get. And it´s working! The majority of people we´re teaching now live in their little neighborhood.
This afternoon because P-day got switched to Wednesday we´re going to go to the zoo! (It´s always closed on Mondays…) Remember how I almost went to see a wild monkey in Jandira? Well, it won´t be wild but I´m pretty excited to see a brazilian monkey in the zoo today :)
Picture time!

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I love you all lots and lots! Hope you have an amazing week! Do what´s right, remember who you are and all that good stuff :)
Love you!

Sister Lund