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

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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!
Sister Missionary Blog Boston Mass Mission

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.