Elder Rasband & Adulting & Stuff…

Oi todo mundo!
Essa Semana foi TOP!
Tive muitas reuniaos e muito trabalho!

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Oakland Beach RI last week

I’m just gonna go with the bullet point thing…

1.) This week we had exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders, an interview with our Mission President, with a nice little zone meeting cherry on top!

ELDER RASBAND. As in on of the twelve apostles, came to our missions “MLC” or the mission leadership meeting that is held for all the Zone Leaders/AP’s/Sister Training Leaders in our mission. Since we had a zone meeting this week, our leaders shared everything that he taught/wants for this mission!

*One of the promises/commitments he extended to us was…*
To study all of the Jesus Christ sub heading found in the back of the bible. I think he said there were 57 of them. He promised us that “The more you know Him, the more you will love him, the more you will serve him.”

2.) During exchanges I had the chance to visit Brother and Sister Marcs. He is one of the area 70 here in Providence, and his wife is very sick and dying. She has a brain aneurysm, Kidney failure and they found Cancer. We were asked by the Branch President to stop by and just visit with her, since she can’t leave the house.

They served as a senior couple in the Phillipines, just 1 year after he had been baptized. They received a letter from the 1st Presidency asking them to serve! Their different stories were incredible! He talk about numerous miracles he had seen and they have both traveled all around the world. It was incredible to get some guidance as far as mission work from him as well!

3.) The past couple of Sundays I’ve had to translate sacrament meeting for those in our branch who don’t speak Portuguese. (They only speak Kreolo or English) It has definitely been interesting, but it’s super fun!

4.) This week our great little town of Central Falls had their 2nd Annual “CopoMundo” Soccer tournament! Us and the Elders volunteered and I ended up grilling the free hot dogs we were handing out!

Central Falls Soccer Tournament Missionary Blog Boston Mass Mission

Central Falls Soccer Tournament

5.) This week I made bacon wrapped, chicken with cream cheese and chives, and our district all ate together. I would just like to say that this glorious creation (Thanks to Sister Wheatley) has made his top 2 life changing events. The first being an amazing talk on the atonement and the second being my chicken thang. And what do we learn from this? I’m not doomed, I know how to adult.

HELP NEEDED:

SO in this great branch we get fed maybe once a week. Which isn’t a problem because it leaves us with more time to have appointments…ANYWHO Sister Gill and I have started cooking more often, and we’re running out of recipes to make…
SO Anyone out there reading this email…if you have any incredible recipes, we would gladly appreciate it. Just send em our way.

Fica Tranquilo, ✌

Sister Q. Adelman

Talks and Baptisms and Singing and stuff!

Oi todo mundo!

So Sister Adelman aqui com missao parte 2
….Missao Boston Massachusetts!
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My Comp Sister Gill and I…on the lower roof part that our window leads out to!

This week was pretty great, we’ve been getting to work that’s for sure!

So here in Pawtucket, we see a lot of Cape Verdian people and a couple people from Portugal.

Most of the Brazilians live more towards Boston, or Brocton! However I have grown such a love the cultures and people here!!

This week we had one dinner, and it was pretty interesting. We tried a typical Cape Verdian dish called “Cachupa” and it was interesting. Hehhh. It’s been cool to experience not only one culture!

The Elders we kind enough to continue serving Sister Gill and I seconds, and thirds, and fourths!
Here’s Cachupa….

Cachupa Cape Verdian Dish Boston Mass Mission Food

This week on “Favorite New England Quotes and Happenings”:

“I’m all set” —-> Meaning, I’m good…I don’t want anything…You can go away now…

“A palavra de Deus sempre e bom” —-> The Portuguese version of “I’m all set”

Me:”Hi, my name is Sister Adelman what’s your’s?”

Man: “What do you want?”

Me:”To know your name?”

Man: “I’m catholic, I am going to stay catholic, I don’t want any of your satanic talk.”*Stand up from chair on porch, opens front door, slams front door in face*

Ahhh the sweet life of a missionary, I love it.

This Week:
-I was asked to give a talk on Sunday, in Portuguese. It was great.

-I’m working on the Kreole now, it’s coming slowly but surely! It’s a sloppier Portuguese that is similar to Spanish!
-Almost got my New England accent down
-Elder Samways and I sang “Quando Eu For Batisado” at the first baptism we’ve had in this branch (as far as Elders) for I think 6 transfers!

-Our branch is super small, but we’re working hard on changing that. We have about 50 people who come to church each Sunday. Our theme for these next two transfers is the “make this branch a ward”. We’ve met with the Branch President andddd we need to get 9 more priesthood holders, and 100 people at church each Sunday to become a ward. SO we’ve gotten our work cut out for us that’s for sure!

*It’s been interesting this week, the amount of blessing we have seen here when we are obedient and ask Heavenly Father. We’ve been really praying specifically for the needs of each of our investigators, and we have seen tons of small miracles happen. When we ask for specific things in our prayer, and continue in faith, Heavenly Father will help and bless us!*

Welp, we’re headed off to the beach today!

I love you all SO much.
Fica Tranquilo, ✌
Sister Q. Adelman
PS. Here are the photos of my apartment that I promised last week!

1st Week Out

Well hey there all my wonderful readers!

This week has definitely been a world-wind of adjusting to the mission field again and kind of getting back into the actual mission flow! SOOOO….Here are the details everyone is really wanting…
MY AREA: I am in the very small but SUPER crowded and culturally diverse town of…
PAWTUCKET, RHODE ISLAND.
Rhode Island Area Boston Mass Mission Blog

Picture from my roof.

Our branch is called “Centrals Falls” and it has only been formed for 2 months now. Before that, it had only been a Portuguese Sunday School class for almost a year. Since we are the only Portuguese branch anywhere near here…our whole area is the STATE OF RHODE ISLAND. So basically we can go tracting and visit which ever part of Rhode Island we want.
MY COMPANION: Her name is Sister Gill, she is from Arizonia and she has only been in the mission for 6 weeks, yup this is her 2nd transfer here in the mission. She’s techincally my “trainer” but I was asked by President to help finish here last 6 weeks of the 12 week training we recieve. So basically we just have an interesting relationship…heh…
Fun Facts...
-All of our district lives in the same apartments…the Elderes on the 4th floor and the Sisteres on the 1st floor. So we are all SUPER close.
-Every morning at 6am we all wake up, then about 6:20 the Elders wait outside our apartment, we all say a prayer and then head out to play sports. We either play Soccer (Which I am awful at), Ultimate Frisbee, or Basketball…we’re trying to find a place our town to play Volleyball!
-Every morning for our language studies since Sister Gill and I are both American, we head up to the roof of our apartment building and we do language study with the two other Portuguese Speaking (Brazilian!!) Elderes!
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Church Pic at Our Apartment

OUR APARTMENT: So our apartment is SO NICE. It’s definitely WAY different than from living in Brazil. We actually live in an old Slater Cotton Mill that they renovated into these super chique loft apartments. I didn’t take any pictures this week of the apartment. BUT I will send them next week! Basically it’s one giant loft with SUPER high ceilings and the whole thing is this old style brick. Then we have two bathrooms, and two “bedrooms” (we use those for our clothes and our desks for studying) then we all sleep in the GIANT room with our kitchen and couches and stuff. We have these giant like 20 foot windows that over look the town, and it’s all super old styled houses here. LOVE IT.
P-DAY!: Today was my first P-day here in Rhode Island AND IT WAS AMAZING.
One of the members in the english ward has a lake house and they invited us over to go fishing, play volleyball in their yard, sit by the fire, and they BBQ’d some hamburgers and chicken and hot dogs!
We started playing “What are the odds” and I lost. SO I had to kiss a fish that one of the Elders caught. It was great. And I have it on video!
Sister Missionary Gone fishing P-day Boston Mass Mission Rhode Island Mormon

This picture took me like ten minutes to take. Because I was a baby and too scared to grab the fish. BUT I CAUGHT THAT. It’s a “sun fish” and the fins at the top are super spikey!

TONIGHT we are headed out to our Branch Presidents house, he lives about 30 minutes away and has a house with quiet a bit of land. We’re going to have a Family Home Evening with them/ BRAZILIAN BBQ. Because our Branch President is BRAZILIAN!!!
BRANCH: So our whole branch is either from Cape Verde, Portugal or Brazil! EVERYONE IN THIS AREA though is pretty much from Cape Verde. THE ACCENT IS SO DIFFERENT FROM BRAZIL. I think the hardest for me to understand are the investigators from Portugal, because they add a “SH” on the end of everything. ALSO….
The Portuguese speaking missionaries are also needed to learn Creole which is a Cape Verde dialect. It’s super different, and I’m awful at it…BUT with time I know it will get there.
Mission President and his wife:
-THEY ARE INCREDIBLE. Seriously they are two people that are called of God and SO spiritually strong. Sister Miller is already like a second mom and she REALLY cares and is the “let me bake you cookies and talk about your day” kind of mission mom. LOVE HER.
-Along with the Mission President and his wife, we have about 7 or 8 senior couples that are serving here and deal with different things. ALSO we have a mission nurse here, SUPER DIFFERENT THAn Brazil!
-In my interveiw with the Mission President last week, he told me how excited he was to have me here. Then he told me which area I would be headed out to (before the others) and told me that my purpose here in to MAKE THIS BRANCH A WARD.
We have a meeting with the Branch President on Tuesday and we’re going to go over the numbers as far as what we’re needing to become a WARD. The work is so good here, we have a car which is SUPER nice to have. Although sometimes I miss walking every where.
The transition back to the field spiritually has been SUPER hard, just with out going through the MTC first makes it more difficult. But I’m studying everyday and doing my part. Physically and mentally, this mission is SO much easier.
I will say though, I thought I was super blunt and straight to the point….but man these New Englanders put me to shame. They definitely say it like it is, and everyone is VERY catholic.
I love you all!
Jesus Christ lives and loves each and everyone!
I was reading through Jacob 5 this week, if you haven’t read it in a while…do that. It’s an amazing parable!
Fica Tranquilo, ✌
Sister Q. Adelman

Returning to the Mission Field

Well Hey Y’all,

I just wanted to let ya’ll know what’s going on!

This week I received my new mission call from Salt Lake! Due to the recent medical issues what with the needle in my foot and the intestinal bleeding I experienced a couple weeks ago, it has been decided to keep me here in the states where I will finish the last year of my mission!

I have been reassigned to the BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS mission speaking Portuguese.

And will report on August 30, 2016!

I will be honest, I was a little upset knowing that I won’t be going back to a Country that I love so dearly and people who have impacted my life SO profoundly. However I know that this is the Lord’s will and I am ready and eager to see what miracles await me in Boston.

There are currently 3 sisters in the Boston Mission who were called Portuguese speaking and only 2 branches. However 43% of the city speaks Portuguese so that means THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE WAITING TO BE CONTACTED! With me as the fourth sister, we will be able to have 2 companionship’s which means more area can be covered! YAY.

Update: The Road Back to the Mission Field!

I feel that I can make this post now, that I have made my decision and I have had time to figure everything out. First, thank you to all who have stood by me and supported me through this whole mess! I’m so grateful for the friends and family I have!

After meeting with the Doctor’s here in Texas, I had been advised NOT to get the surgery to remove the needle in my foot and here’s why…

-The incision on the bottom of my foot would be about 3 to 4 inches long.

-The needle is about 4 layers of muscle deep inside my foot. Meaning the doctor would have to cut 4 layers of muscle to get to the needle.

-There is a risk of the needle being wrapped around tendons or nerves and during surgery the needle could break and another surgery would be needed to take it out.

-There is a chance of paralysis in my foot after the surgery because of all the vital nerves and tendons around the area.

-I was even told that if it were the doctor’s daughter…”no one would touch her foot”

This risks to this surgery are very high, and the benefits are low. The doctor has confidence that despite what I was told, the needle is not moving and should not cause any pain.

After much prayer and fasting, I have decided NOT to get the surgery. And to return back to the mission field, hopefully within the next two weeks or so.

I am working on the papers and letters necessary to get me to that point! I would appreciate prayers, that all might go right and I can be headed back on the plane to Brazil as soon as possible!

It has been a huge emotional rollercoaster, and after having been worried over this whole thing for the past 3 months I finally feel at peace!

-Quincy Adelman

 

Good Ole Southern Hello!

Boa noite from good Ole Katy, Texas!
Just wanting to let everyone know that I am back in Texas for what we think may be a couple of months!

Due to a few complications at the hospital in Brazil…
I have come home to have surgery on my right foot. During a minor surgery on my toe, it is thought that the anesthesia needle broke off and with in the 3 months time has moved from my toe to the middle of my foot. After a few months of waiting and a few x-rays later the doctor’s have decided that it’s best to receive the medical advice and attention of Doctor’s in the United States.

Soo after 6 months of being away from the States and a 20 hour flight process, I have gathered all of my favorite American junk food and will be eating my feeling for the next month’s 🙌🙆

-Sister Adelman

I’m 20 Yo!

Oi gente!

I have like 5 minutes to write this email BUT IM LITERALLY LIKE CRYING BECAUSE I HAVE THE MOST INCREDIBLE FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND WARD!!!!!
Thank y’all for all the birthday wishes and videos that were sent to me! Seriously I love each and everyone of you guys. I can’t believe that I’m 20…
IM OLD. Like never will I ever be a teenager again….
Weird, like I’m almost an adult…
I didn’t have time to write last week so we’ll see if my super speedy typing can explain about these past TWO weeks!
Two weeks ago…
1.) The olympic torch ran through our city!! At the very same hour that I was needing to go to physical therapy, in the middle of downtown Joao Pessoa I might add. We ended up riding de onibus and it took about 2 and 1/2 hours to get to physical therapy, when it should take about 20 minutes. It was cool to see the crowds of people, I didnt get to see the torch but I experienced the mess it caused lol. Our driver went through neighborhoods and was complete lost. Everyone on the bus was telling him where to go and everyone was screaming “Viva Brazil!” It was actually pretty cool. We talked with a few of the people on the bus about the gospel as well. I was like….”hmmmm we are literally stuck on this bus….and they can’t run…and if they reject me they have to sit in awkwardness…” so yeah.
2.) Cool experience that we had! We were looking for a less active member but only had the house number and street. We went and talked to the family that lived in the address we had. And the person we were looking for had moved. So we started talking to those people there and they we at first like…”SAI” which is like “leave youre annoying me”. But we warmed them up a bit, gave them some of that southern charm and they ended up loving us. BUT THATS NOT THE POINT.
There were two kids playing around and the mom was telling us that the little 4 years old girl woke up that morning saying “Jesus Christ is going to visit me today. He’s going to find us today!”
3.) Our town has these old school sound boxes hooked to the lamp posts on our street and they play old 50’s Brazilian music and I love it and it always makes my day and Brazil is incredible.
4.) This week with the torch and everything I’ve seen alot of people with fake torches riding around the town screaming “VIVA BRAZIL” and something about the Olympics! Anyways SUPER EXCITED FOR THE OLYMPICS.
5.) The sunsets here are incredible and our area has a bunch of hills and I love walking from the top to the bottom of the hill at sunset! With all the cocnut trees and green and gahhhh.
6.) Aqua de Coco is the bomb.com.
LOVE YALL!
Fico Tranquilo!
IM 20 YO!
-Sister Adelman

The Very Wet Walk…

Oi Gente!

What a week, What a week!
Foot Update:
-Physical therapy today for Biggie Ben…my uhh big toe.
Soooo we went to physical therapy today for the first time…and it was interesting. Our apointment for the physical therapist is in Manaira and my area is Ipes…long story short it was about an hour walk…that turnned into a 2 hour walk in the rain because we were absolutely and completely totaly lost.
My morning went a little like this…
*8:30: Leave our house…
*8:40: Realize that I forgot my very important doctor paper….start walking back to the house.
(Begin light drizzle of rain)
*9:00: Quick sonho (donut thing) stop at our very favorite and very cheap 1 real ma and pop shop!
*9:10: ENTER BUCKETS AND BUCKETS OF RAIN.
*9:30: Our caminho begins on the side of the high way…on a dirt, flooded and muddy road….
(Enter fast passing cars)
*9:45: The first of many passing cars….thinking “Hmmmm those two missionary girls look a little dry…why dont we give them a little something to cure that thirst. AND….like in all good movies, there was no way to avoid it….every car that passed by us…splashed bucket and buckets of water.
*10:30: After passing the physical therapy place 3 times…we finally made it for our 9:30 O’clock appoinment!
I was thinking about the process of the whole foot thing, from the time that I found out about the needle in my foot until now. Im not gonna lie, its been a huge emotional rollercoaster. One minute Im like oh cool I have a needle in my foot and the next Im like oh crap I have a needle in my foot. But looking back at this past week, I honestly havent felt any pain other than the usual soreness of walking 8 hours a day! I just want to thank all yall for the prayers, fasting and thoughts that have gone into my mission!
Favorite quotes:
“The Savior can’t be a Savior if he doesn’t save anyone”
“There’s a difference between believing in Christ and Believing Christ”
-Do we really believe Christ when he says that he can save us? That through the atonement which he already paid, we can make it back to our Heavenly Father.
Area Update:
-This area is pretty great, we have a bunch of hills….(Working off them Hamburgers) so it’s pretty much grandma walk up the hills until I can finally get accustomed to the up and down!
-Ipes is seperated into two parts, the poor and rich. Our part of the area is the poor parts, more at the bottom of the hills. We have ALOT of villas. Which is pretty much like this…you walk up to a house, it looks all normal and stuff. Knock on the door the person opens the door and you realize that there’s a whole community of houses behind that little door. All of these villas are really small and squished together houses pretty much!
Other Stuff:
-SAO JOAO IS COMING UP! AND IM SUPER EXCITED!!!! Its a holiday here (Im pretty sure Catholic…like all other traditions here) and our chapel is the stake center. Anyways we’re going to have a stake party/activity there and Im super excited. It’s a bigger Holiday here in the North East than Carnival!
The traditional dress for Sao Joao are these super colorful and bright obnoxious dresses….I want one! Lol but its been cool to see everyone walking on the streets in these dresses, selling this delicious corn pudding thing.
Uhhhhh what else…
I was teaching a lesson this week, sitting on the street talking to a less active about the atonement. And I was in the middle of my testimony when I go to scratch my shoulder and feel something weird…I look over and its this giant slug thing just chillin. I screamed and did a little dance. It was great, and yeah.
I love you all! Thanks for the prayers, fasting and loooovvveee!
Fico Tranquilo
-Sister Adelman

Change of Area!

Well hello there gente!

TRANSFERS. Happened today and after almost 5 months in Mangabeira I have been transfered! And I was up until 12 packing, then woke up at 5:30 this morning. So Im exhausted but still alive so thats good lol.
1.) New area: Ipes (pronounced E-Pez) Its a more rich area in the mission and closer to the mission office/ hospitals/ shopping! The bishop here is actually the dad of one of the members in Mangabeira that I loved! Sister Ferriera and I are opening a new part of this area so we have no idea where anything is…pray for us lol
2.) Our house is GINORMOUS! (really really big) All of the missionaries that are going home always stay at this house right before they leave SO we have about 7 people sleeping there tonight!
3.) Companion: So my companion is Sister Ferreria! She has two more transfers left until she finished her mission SO I will probably stay with her until she goes home!
This past week was pretty stressful to be honest. It was a weeking of walking and walking and more walking. We marked a lot of lessons and every single house and every single person we went to go teach either wasn’t home, told us to leave, gave an excuse or pretended to be someone else. We knocked on almost every door in our area BUT we found about 3 families that are incredible! Sister Wheatley and her new companion are going to do incredible work there!
Im super tired and probably will spend the rest of P-day sleeping BUT ILOVE YALL and Im so grateful for all the prayers and love!
Alma 26:22!
-Sister Adelman
Ficando tranquilo
Also the computer I used last week deleted a lot of my pictures SO no pictures this week!
ALSO FOOT UPDATE:

I forget that people are actually worried about the thing in my foot lol.
So yeah I still have a needle in my foot. Im pretty sure it hasn’t moved or anything and I honestly have not felt any pain!
BUT cool fact, the foot specialist that I’ve been visiting is in my area now! Blessing 🙂
All is well is footland and I’ll probably just end up leaving the needle there until after the mission! Thank you all for the prayers and fasting!

The Sweet Potato Miracle!

Oi there Gente!
This week was one of miracles anddd SKYPE WITH THE FAM BAM 😀
And as Always because I have like NOOO time please enjoy the following bullet points!
1.) I saw a beetle dragging a trantula (<- where’s my inglês auto correct when I need it). Like literally a médium sized beetle dragging a trantula up a hill. I dont know why this is importante enough to put in the email to yall but I thought it was weird and cool and yes I have pictures.
2.) I sat in the house Reading the Book of Mormon/Bible/Jesus the Christ the first four days of this past week because dun dun dun I could not walk thanks to the needle in my foot and the confusion about how it even got there.
Anyways Thursday was the big hospital trip. I went to na actual foot specialist this time. He looked at my X-ray and said “Welp, you’ve got a piece of metal in your foot.” It looks like a needle about half the size of my pinky finger. Anyways I dont know how it got there, dont really remember any day in specific when I stepped on a needl…and I feel like its something I would have remembered. ANYWAYS because the surgery is a little tricky (he’d have to move inbetween the muscles in my foot) he wants to wait 3 months to take another X-ray to see if the needle moves closer to the boné in my foot.
So in short, the surgery isnt mandatory right now BUTTT if the needle moves any closer I will be getting surgery (oh joy!). So I’m able to walk normally and work normally until my next X-ray which is A BLESSING!
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3.) The Patatoe miracle:
So I like to call this experience the Patatoe miracle because…well it involves patatoes! So we have a recente convert/less active in our Ward that we have been visting a lot. And her living conditions are very humbling. Her house is literally one room with a little curtain that seperates the bathroom and the kitchen. (Remember the story about the like 10 cockaroaches and the clothing holder? Same person!). She lost her job (which paid only 100 real each year) and she has absolutely NO food and 5 kids.
I was fasting for her on Friday that she might be able to have food to feed her children and find a job or be given the means to provide for her Family. (Her husband is a drunk and doesnt do anything all day except drink) Anyways we went there to help her clean her house but ended up tirando mato. I think the word in english is like pulling out plants and weeds.
These weeds were about up to my knee and her whole Yard was covered in it. So we start using…a make shift Garden hoe to literally wack the weeds down (I feel like my english is great). Anyways as we are taking out these weeds underneath all of the weeds were TONS of sweet patões! As we are wacking the weeds we just see TONS and TONS of these sweet patatoes and she starts crying and said something that just broke my heart. “I can feed my kids tonight, I can eat today.”
During this process as well she found 10 cents and was the happiest person in the world. So I had an idea. As missionaries we cant give Money to people directly. BUT if they dont know it was us… Anyways I had a bunch of coins in my purse and I got them out of my bag and started placing them in the dirt as I was wacking the weeds. And every 10 or so minutes she’d find them, or I’d “find” one or my companion would “find” one as well. At the end she had about 1 real and 50 cents. And she was SO HAPPY. We took a Picture with her at the end of the Project and I have the cutest Picture of her with just this big smile and patatoes in her hand and coins in the other!
It was a prayer answered and a real strength to my testimony about the power of fasting!
*SIDE NOTE: This sister has two kittens and one of them is now named “Adele”
I think that’s all for this week yall! I had the opportunity to Skype my Family yesterday and it was incredible. Also our room has a Family of cockroaches the size of your hand living behind our dresser. And I think we’re gonna try to kill them with poison this week…so stay tuned!
LOVE YALL!
Fica Tranquillo
Sister Adelman