Monday, May 30, 2011

Elder Godoy visits on Thursday!

Thanks mom,
Nothing really new here. Just another week. I sure hope that Jani can do the best for math. That is good that Dave is good and safe. Well that is too bad about their stake center. Today, we will play basketball and I don’t know what else. Well it was cold this morning too. It was like around 60ish and I got really cold. I know I will freeze when I come home. Well that should be good. Tell everyone I say hi. I love you and if you need anything just let me know. Oh there is a really rich member in Lins. My comp had his b-day and she said for us to pass by there and she gave us both presents, me this kit.spray deodorant, after shave stuff and some cologne. Well that was cool. Sorry not much time. I have only about 5 minutes left. Have a good week and day. Oh and Feliz Aniversario (Happy B-day) on the third. Well I really can’t wait to get a new comp. I really hope that I get a new one this next transfer. I love Elder Peterson but it is just really hard with him. It is just time for a change. Well I can’t believe that I only have 2 transfers left. Well this week Elder Godoy will speak on Thursday. I am really excited. Well there was a member that said that the Prophet and some of the 12 Apostles are going to visit every mission here in Brazil. I think that would be really cool to see the Prophet and meet more of the 12 Apostles. But this member, her husband was in Belem I think and said he saw the Prophet and some apostles so we will see. Well things will go better. I love you and if you need anything just let me know.
Elder Shelley

Monday, May 23, 2011

Cool Experience Last Week...

My week was pretty slow. We had a seminary thing with President and the Assistants. That was really good. Well we are trying to get people baptized. They just won’t go to church and when they do it is hard to find them home to teach. Well please keep praying that we can baptize someone this week. Well things will go better. I am just ready for a little change here if you know what I mean.

I had a cool experience this last week. Well a member gave me an address of a less active to visit. Well I did not plan a specific day. So Wednesday night we were knocking doors and I knock on a door. I felt really happy inside and I could not figure out why. Well this lady came out and I asked if we could leave a message with you guys. She said are you guys Mormons, yes. My husband used to be. Well we were able to go in and share the first lesson. It was really good the spirit was strong and we asked the guy to say a pray at the end he did not want to, but he finally did. The spirit was so strong. He was a member for 8 years and even had a mission call to serve in Fortaleza, but he got married. He said he really misses the church, he wants to go back but she is scared I think. He gave us the address and it was the same as the member had given me. It was a really big testimony builder for me that Heavenly Father is aware of his children. He used me in his arms even when I did not notice. That was the really exciting thing that happened. Well the 2nd of June we will have a mission tour and Elder Godoy will speak. I really like listening to Elder Godoy. Well things will go better this week. We tried marking dates but they fell. Well keep praying for me and my comp and that I can have the best for me. I love you and thanks for everything.
Elder Shelley

Mom, (For Sister Reid’s Lesson thing)
I have seem many blessings that have come from being obedient to the mission rules. I have had more influence of the Holy Ghost in my life. I have also been able to listen for the whispers of the Holy Ghost. It is such a pleasure to see many people gain a testimony about the church. As I work hard everyday, the Lord helps put people in my path who are ready to hear the Gospel. When you work hard the Lord is more willing to help you find the elect ones to teach and also you are able to really help people gain a testimony and have the desire to be baptized. As I have been obedient, I have been able to know what people need to hear to stop drinking or smoking so they can be baptized. I have seen a big difference when during a week I give it my all and try my best and work hard the Lord helps. I have also seen what happens when you don’t and your work does not go very well.

I really love my sisters Jani and Juli. I want them to know they are special to me. Being here on the mission I have really gained to testimony that this church is true and that Families can be together forever. I love my family and I am so grateful that we can be together. I know that this church is true. I want them to know that. I know that Joseph Smith really was called as a Prophet to Restore the Church of Jesus Christ. I know that the Priesthood Power has been restored too. I am so grateful that I am a worthy Priesthood Holder. I know that we have a true Prophet on the Earth today and that he guides the church. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I know that he lives and loves us. I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have to serve many people each day and share my testimony and help them gain a testimony. I know that obedience is important.
Elder Shelley

Monday, May 16, 2011

May 16, 2011

My week was okay too. We actually did the best for our numbers and we are helping many people. Please include in your prayers Elizabete, Rubins, Larissa, Patricia, Pricielle that we can mark Baptismal Interviews with them this week. Well tomorrow we have a small meeting with President and the Assistants it should be really good.

Well it is just a great blessing that Matt can see. You know the Lord is aware of Matt. He will help you and him. I know this. Just hearing about Matt I have seen many blessings that have come to him. Mom, maybe right now is not the right time for Matt’s eye thing. Maybe he needs to wait a little longer. Mom, you know I thank the Lord for him and all the work that he has done for the family. I have seen many blessings come to our family because I am here serving. Mom don’t worry the Lord is aware. I know things will work out it is like the scriptures say everything has its time. Good Luck with Trek stuff. Well I hope you have a good week and things will go well. I love you and if you need anything just let me know.
Elder Shelley

Monday, May 9, 2011

Pictures of Franca!

Area in Franca

This is how the houses are in Franca

Field in Franca

My District: Elder Peterson, me, Elder Hepworth, and Elder Mccleland

On the day of the Baptism, My Zone and a member

Baptism of Lucinete with Elder Peterson in Sao Joaquim da Barra

Expedito and Amanda (daughter) and his wife that we were teaching in Franca

**We got to skype Greg yesterday and it was awesome! Can't believe it is less than 4 months before he'll come home. He said that time is flying by too fast and he isn't ready to come home yet. That's good but he better get working to get all he wants done because time is moving fast! He thought that Juli has changed the most and is even sounding different than he remembers. The other thing I thought was cool is that he told us his big heavy shoes that look like mega hiking boots on the soles now have a hole. That means he's really been walking and hopefully a sign of a good missionary. Anyway, it was so good to see him yesterday. Instead of just posting a quick note he wrote today, I thought I'd post some really cool pictures he sent of Franca (His last area before this transfer).

Proud Missionary Mom

Monday, May 2, 2011

Transferred!!! Lins--Birigui

That is really cool about Matt getting the job. Well I got transferred to Lins it is a city just out of Birigui. I am still with Elder Peterson. I am really surprised that I am still with him and I got transferred. It is in the hot part of the mission. Well things will go good. Yes I know that times can be rough, heck a mission is not always easy. Well Menezes is in the same zone and I am really excited to see him again. I really like him. We will try and do a division or two. Well we did not baptize anyone this last transfer but we planted a lot of good seeds. There is a blind man that we were teaching Expedito, he will be baptized here in 2 weeks with his family. We also got someone that was falling away from the church come back and is strong. Well we may of not baptized but we sure saved someone from going away from the church. Mom I love being a missionary and sharing my testimony everyday to everyone. Yes a mission is hard but WORTH IT. I can’t believe that I only have a few months left that is so crazy. Well I am not sure about the mothers day call. I will probably call on Friday or Saturday to set the stuff up because it is a new area and we know no one. Well yes we are going to skype president said that he wants all the missionaries to use skype. I am so excited. No problem for the letter. I really hope it helps the Priest. Wow you did get a lot of snow. That is good about Matt. That is really exciting, you see the Lord really is looking out for Matt. I have really gained a strong testimony about relying on the Lord. He is definitely aware of all of our needs. I hope Jani does good on her tests. It sounds like she is ready for, summer me too, oh wait I am in summer, LOL. Well it sounds like Juli is doing good. I hope dad can be safe. Well have a good week and if you need anything just let me know. Thanks for everything. Oh this morning I heard that Osama Bid laden is dead. Well I love you and thanks for taking care of Sid tell him I say hi. Oh Luiz for Bebedouro just sent his paper yesterday so I am just waiting to hear where he goes. Love you.
Elder Shelley