Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Aug 25: life of a missionary=so Alegria!

ahhhhhhhh! hello, hello! (: you guys don´t even know how completely + totally wonderful this past week was! lemme tell you what! (:

first things first - -

VITÓRIA WAS BAPTIZED YESTERDAY!!!!!!! and it was perfect in every single way. like, LITERALLY. never have i been part of a baptism that everything just fell into place so perfectly! 

basically we went from in the beginning of the week planning on her + her uncle (adão) being baptized together...everything working out great....to then halfway through the week finding out that adão didn´t get married legally (just in the catholic church - its complicated but we´re already working on getting him married legally now and he´s still super pumped for baptism! :)....and that vitória couldn´t get baptized as a result (because she´s too young to be baptized sozinha) (aka alone).

okay. lemme tell you what. when we found out they wouldnt be able to be baptized...literally, like, BROKE vitória´s heart. i can´t even explain it. she was so, SO sad. but....!!!!! MIRACLES ARE REAL and this is how perfect the rest of the week was:

-called president. explained the situation. he gave her the big OK to be baptized this sunday (!!!!!) since part of her family are members and etc etc etc (so many details and confusion i won´t even try to explain here)

-ran over to tell her the news. she freaked out. so happy! (: started planning the baptism (this was friday afternoon. she was to be baptized sunday. LOL. it was a little fast.)

-planned everything. EVERYTHING went off perfectly. like, even the night of her baptismal interview, we had forgotten to invite someone to be at the church building with us (another man - - so the elders could enter the building. mission rules). we were literally waking on the SIDE OF THE CHURCH BUILDING when the elders called and we told them we forgot to invite a man to be present...when WHO RIDES BY ON A BICYCLE RIGHT BY US?? ADÃO!!!!! literally could not have been a more perfect answer to prayers that hadn´t even been said yet. we invited him in and got to teach him while vitória was being interviewed and literally..EVERYTHING fell right into place! (:

okay, i don´t think i can really describe all the things that went into place in the past week that literally just made it PERFECT for vitória´s baptism to happen. just so many experiences like this, without us feeling like we had to break our backs to make the baptism happen. it was just a huge testimony builder for me that when we´re doing the right things....Heavenly Father just opens up the way. He makes miracles happen in our lives and blesses us beyond our comprehension (LITERALLY) because He loves us and wants to help us! 

Vitória is SUCH an incredible example to me already. to all of us. She is only 13 (14 in november! :) but she is already doing all she can to keep the standards of modesty (even though she told us she´d have to modify most of her wardrobe - - she said so herself she wants to and is willing!! :), to integrate herself with the youth in the ward (already made so many friends), and okay the cherry on top....basically our ward is awesome and always having activities at the church - - including sunday afternoons, ANYONE can go and do family history (they have a family history center in our chapel). um, guess what vitória was doing from 3pm-7pm last night? WORKING ON HER FAMILY HISTORY. wowowowow. she walks out and we happened to stop by the church building as she was leaving and she just looked at us with a smile and said ´´wow! i just spent the last 4 hours doing family history in there!´´. (: (: (: SHE GETS IT. she gets whats important and what matters most!! ahhh!

okay. so don´t have time to tell you guys all the little details, but hey. let´s take the Book of Mormon´s advice - the advice of all our ancestors, past prophets, people who know + love us this week.: Be like the little children. claro, Vitória isn´t a little child (shes way taller than all the kids her age ;), she´s a 13 year old young woman. but she´s an example. of truth + righteousness. she gets it. she knows who she is and what she stands for. and better yet...SHE´S the one taking the lead and trying to find out truth for herself. she´s not waiting around for us (missionaries) or others (members) to tell her whats right and whats wrong. She ASKS questions. She FINDS answers. And then she CHANGES her lifestyle...(which is SO not easy, i don´t care what age you are) to be more like our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Let´s be a little more pro-active this week. Work out our own salvation. Be a little better. Stretch a little taller. Smile a little more. Be a little less selfish. A little more giving. Study the scriptures with more ´´real intent´´. Really try to be better...little by little, each and every day.

This isn´t the gospel of perfect people It´s the gospel of learning how we can become more and more perfect in Christ. Ohhhhh wait a second, I think there´s a perfect scripture that sums this up that might even be the theme for the youth this year (at least here in Recife) -- Moroni 10:32.

32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfectin Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.

It´s that easy. Make that decision. Be better today than you were yesterday. And WORK to be better tomorrow than you are today.

I love you all SOOOOOO stinkin much! BEIJOS. ABRAÇOS. AMO VOCÊSSSSS! (:

xoxo! até a próxima! (:

Sister Kron! (:

Aug 18 is it august already?

WOW. holy how time is just flyin right on by! how are you all you doing?? did you guys know its august already - - and that its also almost already SEPTEMBER!? wowowowow! these past two weeks have just literally FLOWN right by us - - Sister Rod + I are convinced - time really does fly when you´re having fun! and thats what we´re doing on the daily (: preachin, teaching, and having a blast while we do it! (:

this week we had divisions for the first time! WOW. can i just tell you how much i love divisions? and how they are so crazy inspired? we went to candeias (which is only like a 15 minute walk from our area - LOL. we didn´t have money to travel super far so we decided to start close until we received more money ;) and i stayed there for two days - doing a division with Sister McCleve one day, and Sister Roig the next. while their companions went to our area with Sister Rod.

LONG STORY SHORT - goals are important. The Church is true. We marked baptisms (!) and found people willing to accept the gospel in their lives and everyone had a great time.

I LOVE THE SISTERS IN MY MISSION. this is the happiest thing ever to be a sister training leader because im getting the opportunity to learn about and learn from each and every one of them, in such a wonderful way. i love them so so much!! ahh! the church is TRUE, ladies + gents! i promise you that! (:

and speaking of the church being true..


okay okay okay. i haven´t even told you guys about them yet. LOL. but we have been working with them since my first week here. and they are so, SO special!!! (: adão (aka adam) is a 40-something year old man, who we met because his sister (with whom he lives with - - and she is the mother of vitória) is an inactive member but she wants to come back to church! and bring the whollllllllllllllllle un-baptized (yet!) family along with her!! (: vitória is ADORABLE and 13 and is already so involved with the youth in the ward and so so willing to do what she needs to do to be baptized!

ah! ONE DAY I WILL HAVE TIME TO SAY EVERYTHING I WANT TO YOU GUYS. and that will be the best because the story about the two of them is incredible. we were focusing more on adão but we taught them together on saturday and i felt the spirit so strong literally whisper to me ´´ask vitória (who we hadn´t taught before this day) if she wants to come to church with adão tomorrow´´. and i waited and waited because sister R was teaching at the time...but i kept feeling this crazy strongly. so clearly. and then finally sister R finished teaching, and paused for just one moment and before i could even open my mouth, vitória looks at me and whispers, ´´can i come to church tomorrow, too?´´


ah! they both came to church, dressed in their sunday best (totally modest + everything! which is a rare case on peoples first visit to church here in pernambuco, lol :) and they loved the classes, loved it all! ah! we talked to them about baptism last night and the word of wisdom (they just need to say goodbye to coffee - - but they said they´re willing!! prayers for help would be awesome!! :) and filled out their baptismal forms! we were there with the whole family - - some members, some in active, some not quite members yet. but it was incredible working with all of them together to fill out the baptismal forms for the two of them. everyone helping out. the spirit so strong. and it just solidified my testimony of the fact that this gospel is SO the gospel of FAMILIES. this is how its meant to be! (: everyone together, loving each other, and helping each other to make it back to our Heavenly Father´s presence. this is what its all about!!

ps i gave a talk yesterday on missionary work (and so did sister R!) and basically my new favorite thing is talking about missionary work. go figure,. right? (:

also - - i taught sister R ´´families can be together forever´´ in english. which just solidified my love for families and how when we find families to teach, Heavenly Father SO blesses us + helps us to help them accept this wonderful gospel of happiness! (: 

FAMILIES. that´s what its all about!

SO. my beautiful family. imma leave you today with the invite i left my ward here yesterday in my talk - be member missionaries! its as easy as setting up an FHE to watch a church film (the lamb of god or finding faith in christ are GREAT ones! :) and inviting a non-member or better yet, non-member FAMILY :) to watch - - and invite the missionaries in your ward, too! then at the end of the film, just let the missinoaries take the lead, and set up a time to meet with the family/person another day! ITS SO EASY. and you can even make popcorn or brownies or something and make it a fun-gospel-filled night to remember! (:

I PROMISE ALL OF YOU. because technically, you´re ALL a part of my family :) that if you really have the desire to share the gospel with those around you, Heavenly Father WILL guide + direct you to share this happy message with the people in your group of friends/family who are ready to hear it! Just ask for His help + guidance + then FOLLOW the promptings you receive!

there really is nothing better than following a prompting + then later finding out that it was the answer to someone else´s prayer... (: just saying!

I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH. i love being a missionary. i love, love, LOVE it! eek (: be missionaries! its the best calling we ALL have! (:


Sister Kron (: