Obedience Brings Blessings!

Oi Gente!

This past week was definitely a week of learning and growth.
Spirtual Thought:
I learned a great lesson about obedience and its affect on our work here in the field. I learned first hand about choosing the harder right and not the easier wrong. Here on the mission, obedience really is everything, with out obedience we have no space to ask or expect for the promised blessings here in the field. I wish that each one of us could have an eternal perspective in all things. Its something that I have grown to learn about here on the mission, eternal perspective. Obediência is the answer to all of our problems, but its probably the hardest thing to do or want to do because of our agency.
Heavenly Father has given each one of us a plan, a path that will no fail. A path that will lead us to blessing we cant even imagine, a path that will bring us back to our Heavenly Father. That plan is explained and revealed in every chapter of the Book of Mormon. The gospel of Christ…five simple steps! Faith, Repentance, Bapstim, Recieving the Holy Ghost and Enduring to the end. That last step is what usually gets all of us.
As Ive been studying the scriptures more, I begun to recognize the way that Satan works. And if you look through out the Book of Mormon and Bible the word “Blind” or “Blinded” tends to pop up every once and a while. Its always describing the way Satan hows power over us, the way he affects us. Just as we knew Jesus Christ before this life, we knew Satan as well. And vise versa they know us better than we know ourselves. Anyways many times he talks about “their hearts were blinded” or “their minds were blinded”. It just makes me think how many times we let our emotions get the best of us, when we say things out of spite or anger or frustration. Its at those moments that OUR minds our blinded or OUR hearts our blinded.
Anyways I LOVE YALL! Thank you all for the updates on your life and checking up on me!!
Fica Tranquillo
Sister Adelman

New Companion, Same Area!

Oi GENTE!

QUE SEMANA MARAVILHOSA!
This week was a pretty great week filled with many ups and downs but tis the life of a missionary!
Divisions:
Because my companion Sister Pivari was sister training leader she had to go on splits with other areas in our zone. Which also means that I had to go on splits in our zone. But our zone is pretty big so I ended up spending the night in different lugares cada..almost every night!
Ahhh and I dont really have time to explain my week.
Bullet points will have to suffice:
1.) Today was transfers and my companion Sister Pivari went home to Sao Paulo because she finished her mission! Anyways I cried, it was great…not used to having emotions but thats one thing I have definitely gained on the mission. Im sensitive as heck…Im turning into my mom…WHAT IS THIS?!
2.) New companion! So my new companion is Sister Wheatly…its actually pretty funny because before I came to the mission I had been reading her blog every month to learn more about the mission. But I think its weird if I tell her that…so instead I will tell all of my friends and family and facebook. Anyways she’s American too! She’s from North Carolina, super blonde curly hair and blue eyes. (I already get called “americana bonita” on the street….this will be an interesting transfer!) She has 10 months on the mission and this will be her first time as Senior! Im super excited and I feel like this transfer will be INCREDIBLE! Also Im staying in Mangabeira and probably will leave the next transfer, but man I LOVE the members here!!!
3.) We celebrated my 4 months this past Saturday..Im actually kind of stressed that time is passing SO fast! But Sister Pivari and Tota and Goes made a chocolate thing… for me. With sticky notes and a big sign that said happy 4 months. And Im rambling about things that really arent important lol.
4.) Our district made t-shirts this transfer and each person needed a phrase in portugues they always say. My companion and Sister Tota chose mine for me….sooo it was “Mae preciso papel”. So the sister that trains you on the mission is your “mom”. So I always yelled that I needed toliet paper….anways I have a t-shirt with this…so thats great. I will wear it with pride. Also for my 4 months the sisters wrapped toliet paper and put a bow on it.
Scriptural Studies:
-So Im reading the book of mormon each day in Portugues for 30 minutes. I just started this past week and Im in 1 nephi chapter 15. Anyways I was thinking about how incredible the story of Nephi and his family is and how it can help us in this generation. Anyways an overall lesson Im getting from the story is that we have two examples of ways we can live our lives. We can be as Laman and Lemuel or Nephi and Sam. Both had the same experiences and were on the same journey the difference was their attitudes!
Here on the mission, if you dont have a great attitude your day is going to be horrible. Because honestly there are so many things here that you can find to hate.
Anyways I dont remember what verse it was buttttt Laman and Lemuel are complaining about not being able to understand the dream that their father Lehi had. The Lord promised them that if they just ask in prayer having faith that the Lord would give them an understanding. But Laman and Lemuel literally said “We will not ask because the Lord with not give us an understanding”.
Its this lack of faith, that gets us sometimes. We all have a promise that if we lack wisdom we can ask of god (Tiago 1:5….James). And as well we have a promise that if we read the book of mormon and ask in prayer if these things are true. WE WILL RECIEVE AN ANSWER. God will make it known unto you that the book is true. (BECAUSE IT IS. IT SO IS TRUE).
I have a strong testimony about this church, this gospel. A testimony that I didnt have before the mission. I honestly didnt realize how little I actually knew, how little I actually was doing to be productive in this life. God if the same God yesterday today and forever, and it just wouldnt make sense if we didnt have prophets and apostles like we had in the time of the bible. There are SO many things I have yet too learn and I regret a little….about sleeping in Seminary every morning. Because I was there physically but lost so much of an opportunity to learn. But there’s no way stubborn high school me would listen to (older wiserw, beautiful, incredible, amazing….lol jokezinho) me right now.
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*We have yet to try the giant ants…but they only come out after rain (and its raining right now) so soon very soon!
*Also Sister Pivari and I went to another church with one of our investigators and it was really interesting BUT I DON’T HAVE TIME. And it wouldn’t do it justice if I talked about it now. So next week!
ALSO IF ALL MY FRIENDS COULD STOP GETTING ENGAGED AND MARRIED. THAT WOULD BE GREAT. YES THAT MEANS YOU MICHAEL HAROLDS AND AMANDA HORTON. SHEEESH!!! I WOULD LIKE TO BE AT YOUR WEDDINGS.
Fica tranquillo!
-Sister Adelman

Needles, and Surgery, Singing Oh My!

Oi gente!

Essa semana foi uma semana maravilhosa e uma semana de bênçãos!
Funny Happenings:
-This week I was at the hospital…yet again lol. But not for anything stomach related. I has “mini surgery” (its what it translates to I think…or minor surgery) but it really wasnt even a surgery I think. I’ll explain in bullet points of what happened…
-So my big toe was swollen and started bleeding one week during proslyting and anyways long story short it was infected and to spare yall all the details…I had mini surgery lol
Anyways we enter the hospital and its like a DMV here. You take a number and sit and wait until your number pops up on the screen. Then you go into this little room and talk to a consultant about whats happening with you. (It was funny because I walked in and he was like “what is it this time?” with a little chuckles). Anyways after you tell him whats wrong he gives you a wrist band of a different color….yellow if its super urgent and green if you can wait a little longer. Then you talk the the receptionist about insurance information and then finally the doctor…AND then you get treated. And they dont really have privacy here…when I had the IV it was literally in a room full of other people sitting in chairs getting an IV tambem!
Sooo when I had the chance to talk to the surgeon he explained what he was gonna do. Im sure it wasnt exactly this…but this is what I heard “Alrighttt ehhheeemmm sooo now Im going to cut open your toe and its going to hurt tremendously…and its going to happen right now.”. Anyways Im a drama queen so it wasnt exactly that…and he was actually really funny.
During the “surgery” the doctor numb’d my toe…WHICH BY THE WAY STICKING NEEDLES IN YOUR TOE…HURTS REALLY BAD! The doctor’s lie when they say “Oh this will only hurt a bit” Mhhhmmm. Anyways while he was numbing my toe I was holding onto Sister Pivaris arm and said…
“I really dont like this….I mean you…I like you (to the doctor)….I just really dont like what you’re doing to me right now…” then I started singing “Why cant we be friends” in english to him. Of course he didnt understand but I thought I was pretty clever. According to my companion the doctor was laughing the whole time…So atleast some one finds humor in my pain :))))) Also I have no idea how Im going to give birth some day….I am a big baby when it comes to hospitals….Thank you to all the mothers out there, yall are like hulkmina!
-The members in my ward call me “Sister Big hair” and Sister “Adele” pronounced “Adelie”
-ANNDDD Sister Pivari and I flooded the bathroom area…where the bapstimal phew (oi…nao sei como escrever phew…) is. That was an interesting Sunday.
Investigators:
-Cesar!!!
So his story is pretty much a miracle story, its a miracle that he was baptised this past Sunday. He actually talked to us first, he saw us walking down the street and wanted to talk to us but had shame…(was shameful…ashamed?) He decided if he saw us on the street again that he would talk to us. And what do you know, he saw us walking around the corner (probably lost lol) and gathered up the courage to talk to us! He had been a hardcore alcoholic his whole life, and had been using drugs since he was a teenager. He had been 6 months sober when he saw us, and was looking for a way to change his life. BOOM enter the missionaries lol. Anyways we gave him the lessons and he was really receptive. Hed call us every couple days saying he had read something exciting and wanted to just share it with us. We marked his baptism to be I think two weeks ago. Anyways he started talking to other people about our church and they of course we telling him he was wrong to be baptized and our church was the devil. What not. Anyways long story short, he didnt want lessons any more. Then one day we fasted for him, fasted that he could have a desire to be baptized, that he might not have doubts and recieve a clear answer this is the right thing to do.
The very same day of the fast we passed his house and he told us that he would like to be baptized, that he had prayed and thought about it and that this is what he needed to do to change his life. The next day he had his interview with the Elders and Sunday he was baptized. He was really nervous but SUPER excited!!
Questions:
How does the money work there?
-So we get about 130 real every two weeks, which in American dollars is about 33 dollars every two weeks. It is as little as it sounds, and by the end of the week we are eating bread and cheetohs lol.
Ex: McDonalds cheese burger….is like 22.50$ real!
UHhhmmmm shampoo is about 13 real
Anyways Im doing great. The mission is super hard, Ive been spit at, Ive been yelled at, had the door shut in my face and chased down the street. The mission is one of the greatest and most difficult things I have ever done in my life! I know that Ill be blessed for the work Im doing here in the long run and this is what keeps me going every day!
Fica tranquillo,

-Sister Adelman

Some of My Favorite Things!

Oi gente!

Its been a pretty uninteresting past two weeks, but I’ll try my best to make this email as interesting as possible!
Weird Things:
So I was trying to think of things that are different here than the United States, but I’m not really sure what isnt normal any more?
-The sun here in Joao Pessoa rises at 4 am I believe…so its not to hard to wake up at 6:30 every morning with complete day light!
-Our most prominent form of transportation is the Onibus (literally the name is like On-A-Bus lol….LOL) my first experience on the onibus I felt like….idk its literally like a can of sardines….like Oh lets play a game of how many people we can cram on a bus!
Food:
I LOVE the food here…
So I think the way they do things here is great because all along the street they just have people vending food…and its like if your hungry at any moment in the day…BOOM there’s someone with magically delicious food.
-Coxinhas….these are deep fried deliciousness. I dont know how to describe it but its like a fried thing with meat and cheese in the middle. Its wonderful and we have a place that we call almost every night and they know our names and its great.
-Açai….its a fruit that they have in Brazil and they literally have carts of it in the street. Its like a icee/ice cream and they put granola and stuff on top.
-Paçoquinta!!!!! GENTE ISSO E MUITO BOM! It a candy that they have her and its just a stick of the inside of a reeses. its incredible and the wonderful people on the street never fail me. Its my go to pick me up. Investigator doesnt want to have any more lessons…bora comprar paçoquinta…
I would like to add that right now as I am writing this there is a rooster walking around the computer house…lan house (idk in ingles)
This week was conference and it was incredible! I had the opportunity to watch in ingles with another american sister. It was just her and I in the secretaries office and what a blessing that was! I love that we have an opportunity to here the words of modern day prophets and apostles. One thing that I feel was a common theme between all the talks was that trials in our life are always there to help us learn something. They’re there to help us grow and learn some kind of lesson. Whether it be paitience, humility, love for yourself and others. Its always something.
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I have like no more time to write but I LOVE YALL. Thank yall for all the love and support and emails. Its nice to know sometimes that I havent completely fell off the face of the earth!
Love,
Sister Adelman
Fica Tranquillo