Thursday, April 30, 2015

April 13, 2015

Hello Everyone,
Well Here I am in Rondonopolis! Its been an intersting and fun week. My companions name is Sister Taraveira and I think I said this last week but she is from Capo Verde, Africa. Shes super fun and energetic, and Im excited to work with her. Here in Rondonopolis its a branch not a ward but its super strong. We go to chruch in a rented house. However here its not just one branch its three since the city is huge. Its definatley hotter than Campo Grande and Im missing the cool breezes. We had a really quiet but interesting week. We have one lady in our branch that is also from Africa and she fed us lunch the first day. And im proud to say that last Tuesday I ate my first Chicken foot soup. It was actually pretty good, I avoided the chicken feet and went for the more normal looking peices of chicken. Then on Thursday I had a migrane and while we were at the house of one of our members he was showing us this tree bark drink that supposedly helps you digest better (that I think he makes himself... haha) and he let us try a little bit... it was extreemly bitter and I had to down a sleeve of crackers to get the taste out of my mouth. afterward we went to teach a lesson and I took a turn for the worst. I think it was a combination of my migrane and the tree bark drink, but I started to get the cold sweats and my head started to pound harder. When it was my turn to talk, it was supposed to be the most spiritual part of the first lesson, I taught a few sentances then looked at sister Taraveira and said ``I need to go to the bathroom`` then ran. When I got to the bathroom with my hand covering my mouth I searched frantically for the door, but there wasnt one. but I didnt have enough time to be embarresed. I ran to the toilet and tossed my cookies twice. When I was done I searched for the cord to flush and of course like the door, there wasnt one. I ended up having to explain to the poor lady and apoligize but she was very nice about it and assured me that it was ok, for the rest of the evening we went home and I slept it off. But that was the excitment for our week. :)  Im getting to know my investigators and ward members. We have a few cute families that were teaching right now. One is walter and vivianne and their two kids. They are super fun to teach. Their son Victor is 3 years old and during the lessons he runs around talking and yelling then all of a sudden he´ll stop and grab your face with his hands and smile then go back to running and yelling, haha :) its a little hard to get through a lesson but its fun. Their daughter Yasmin is content to have my hymn book and sit on the floor at my feet and sing the hymns, how she thinks they should go. Yasmin loves comming to chruch and loves primary. Their Mom, Vivianne wants to be baptised but Walter still has alot of doubts so she wants to wait for him. We have been teaching them alot about faith and trust in God. We have tons of other people that were teaching I just cant remember! I guess thats how it is being the first week in a new area. Here Im learing alot about enduring to the end. Its kind of funny because I used to think, well if I just make it to my year mark, or when I have a year and three months in the mission everything is just going to be a breeze, smooth sailing! haha :) Im not really sure why I thought that, we all know thats not how things work:) We face different challenges and difficulties in each phase of life and we have to learn how to overcome them. But Heavenly Father promises us that as we become stronger and learn more we will be able to face these challenges with a sound mind and  peace in our hearts. So even though its a little hard being in a new area, starting all over again I have a peace in my heart that everything is going to be alright. Im tough :) Im amazed at how much ive learned so far and how close I am to my Father in Heaven, now instead of depending on me, I depend on him. I know he loves us and wants us to be happy. Im so greatful to be doing this work and to be helping his children come unto Him. Im sorry its a little short but our week wasnt that eventful! I love you all! 
Love, Shelby

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