Missionary blog of Sister Emily Heyer, Brazil Campinas Mission, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Half way point

Oi! Tudo bem? :)
Things here at the MTC are pretty great! Actually that is an understatement. I really love it here. The spirit is so strong, everyone is incredibly unified and kind, the work is hard, and the language is beautiful. This week was pretty much the same as last week. Just a few new events for my companion and I. This week we taught our new investigator Chris for the second time. We were able to teach him how to pray and he offered the prayer without any help from us. The lesson flowed and we were able to commit him to read the intro to the BOM and pray about its truthfulness. We will see tomorrow if he followed up on this commitment. Sister J. and I felt really good about our lesson and how our language went. We followed the promptings of the spirit and were able to teach him what he needed. :)
We also for the first time on Friday started what is called "TRC". This is where you have the opportunity to talk with "real" people. They are volunteers from around here who know Portuguese (usually return missionaries or members from Brazil who live here now) but sometimes they can be non member volunteers. Anyway, you go in a room with them and get to know them and share a message with them. Usually a short message like it would be for home teaching. Its really fun actually! They are so nice and very patient. It is great practice!
On Sunday we had the big broadcast! It was AMAZING. When the quorum of the 12 walked in...everyone stood and fell silent. The spirit just flooded the room. I couldn't help but tear up. These are truly men of God. The messages were very inspiring and made me even more excited to fulfil this calling as a missionary (if that's even possible to be MORE excited). It sounds like the members have a lot of work to do. ;) It also sounds like this will be very helpful for us full time missionaries. It will be interesting to see how the technology will work. I don't know if I will really get the chance to try it out in Brazil but we shall see. Singing was the best part. There is something truly powerful about standing as one as 1500+ missionaries singing praises to God and singing about strength. We really truly felt like the army of Helaman. We are united in one voice and one purpose. It was also really neat to walk around and have members smile and wave and say "hello sisters!" Wearing this nametag makes me feel so special. It is such an honor. I love wearing it.
The best part for sure was when some of the 12 Apostles turned around to watch us sing. Elder Nelson, when he walked in turned around and waved to all of us. Elder Bednar gave us a thumbs up. Elder Holland also waved and mouthed "wow". It was so amazing. My companion and I were FOUR rows away behind them. They were so close. Their spirits are overwhelming.
Anyway, that's about it for me. Three weeks in. Three weeks to go! Time is flying. We are all waiting to hear about visas. But if no news comes we will get our reassignments on Thursday of our 6th week and leave as soon as that following Sat. It will be interesting to see what happens!

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