Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Grandma

This is Sister Neuberger's letter about the passing of her grandmother.

Grandma, you were always so happy in whatever came your way, in any situation you were happy with whatever worked best for everyone else. And doing so, it always seemed to bring you even more happiness. I loved how you were always singing a happy song like "little old lady passing by" or "ABCD..." or just saying "ray." There wasn't a moment when you weren't excited about what was happening in life! You always had a smile on and woah how contagious it was because you knew the plan of salvation is real and that we can be familes forever and because of that you didn't let a moment go by when you didn't share your testimony with others who didn't know. You could talk to anyone anywhere and learn about their whole life in a matter of minutes; an attrubute of loving everyone just like Heavenly Father; an atrubute I hope I can obtain just like you have so well. I loved all your helpful tricks and tips for singing, eating, and for whatever life would bring my way. I'll never forget all those wonderul times we spent together whether it was singing around the piano, baking food, birthday calls, walking in Maplewood, skating, sleeping in the car or just talking about all your fantastic adventures. Every moment spent with you was a wonderful moment never to be forgotten. And I'm so uterly grateful for the opportunity to know that I can have these memories forever not just here on Earth, but also in heaven when we are reunited again for all eternity! I'm so grateful that so long ago you decided to accept the Father's plan and bring the joy of the gospel into your home and becasue of that today I could be fully blessed by the blessings the gospel brings. You have and always will be a marvelous mssionary and I know you are continuing the work in heaven helping us find more of those people ready to hear and accept the joy of the gospel. Because that is exactly what the gospel does it lightens and brightens our lives and all those that are around us. And your light was so strong that anyone you came in contact with it wanted and wondered why your glow was so strong and you didn't hide your light from them not to know. In fact you shared your light so the brightness of more lights could grow. You left a wonderful legacy that will never be forgotten. Like Travis' poem from a long time ago says about the World Trade Center, 9/11 the world stopped turning, well 2/11 your heart stopped beating, but your legacy will live on forever in every child, grandchild, great great grandchild becasue of you we all have the light of the gospel in our lives and that's something that can never be taken and though the pain of losing you is so strong and hard and I wish more than anything I could have been there before you left; I know that I can be with you again real soon. I know that this is where you wanted me to be and you were so happy in learning about my mission and excited that I get this chance to serve because it's something you always wanted to do and in fact did, just without the name tag. I'll keep doing all I can to be with you again one day and try my best everyday to spread my light to everyone that passes my way because I know the greater joy the gospel brings because of a lady, my grandma, who blessed me with the joy of knowing so many years ago. I love you soo incredibly much grandma!! Ate logo!

Monday, February 12, 2018

The PERFECT Plan of HAPPINESS

This week was a wonderful week as we had an amazing surprise in sacrament meeting our other long time less active member came to church and he came in and sat in the back and I turned around and was like noo way he came!!!  So great and also that morning our other less active and his soon to be wife that we're helping get married, came to church too!!! 

This week we also found an amazing family tat is so ready to hear the gospel.  The mom lost her sister and her mom 3 years ago and she was so interested in the plan of salvation.  And I was so excited to teach her and her family about it.  Which is so cool because we talked about it last night and how Heavenly Father made a perfect plan for each and everyone of us to come here to the earth and live and learn and really be tested, but learn from our experiences and be prepared to return to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  “This life is the time for men to prepare to meet God” (Alma 34:32).  And it's hard when our family members pass away, but knowing of the plan and how we can all be together again can bring everyone such peace. It is sad with passing of family, but we can feel the Savior's love with us as we remember the plan and our purpose.  

And in that regard, today we had a wonderful day with our mission president where we went to help with a Book of Mormon youth conference and then went to a churrascaria to eat so much delicious food and cheesecake que saudade!!!  Anyway, afterwards my mission president told me of the passing of my grandmother.  It was hard to take it in at first, but after having a moment I thought about how amazing of a women she was and how happy she was here and how happy she is back in the presence of our Heavenly Father.  She was the first to be baptized on my mother's side of the family.  She is the one that started it all. If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be here and all of my family and all the places they have served and the people they’ve met and taught the gospel wouldn’t have happened.  She was such a wonderful person, always happy and singing and always talking to everyone no matter who it was and always sharing the gospel.  She could start meeting a person and in 5 minutes know their whole life story that’s how amazing she is.  She loved singing and she loved dancing and especially doing everything the Lord asked.  I'm so glad and proud to be her granddaughter. It’s a lot to live up to, but I know that with her watching over me I can do all that the Lord asks of me.  And I know that through the plan of salvation or the plan of happiness, we can all be with our families again forever, never to be parted. The plan can bring us so much peace here in this life and the life to come.  There is no other plan greater and more fulfilling than this.  IT is truly perfect and I'm so glad to know of its truths and so glad that I get to share it everyday with thee people here in Brasil!!  I love her so much! And I'm so excited to be with her again someday, but for now I know she is doing a great work and a wonder in heaven and is helping and looking after me here in Brasil.  I love you all sooo much!!!!  Have a wonderful week!!!! 

Lunch at the churrascaria. Can you find me?
Youth Book of Mormon Project
Sister Neuberger

Monday, February 5, 2018

What Will Be Your 4 Minutes

This  week we ate well. One day we ate so much açaí…a lot…three different times in fact hehehe.  And each time it seemed to get  just a little bit bigger.  The first was a little small sampling the next was a little bigger(the size of our blue green red plastic cups at home) and the last one was a large cup (because the member that was treating us to açaí kept telling us to put more and more in our cup haha. If you say so haha).

We also had a the baptism of Mayra this week!! It was wonderful. Soo many people came!!  And her and her kids were all there and then again on Sunday!! It was beautiful!!!

Coolest thing this week we found out that our less active member that has started coming back to church has totally changed his life around from sleeping in till about 12, kind of going to work and living with his girlfriend to now changing his life completely so he can work to go on a mission and now he's back living with his parents till he can head out on a mission!! Coolest news of the week!!

I was thinking about he Olympics this week and I thought of the talk about "What will your 4 minutes be." The talk that was given a few conferences ago.  And I think its such a good thing to think about when it's all said and done how will you be remembered? What will be your legacy?  I think we all want to have a  great legacy and I think that comes when we put our times and talents into serving others.  As we turn outward our lives will become so much better and though time passes by fast we can look back and see that we have done all that we possibly could and we in fact have left the legacy we wanted.  It's one of those things where we worry about it, but in fact we need to not worry about it not even think about it because we need to not even have time to think about it and if we use our time well all will be well and our 4 minutes will be an amazing story!  (sorry writing/thinking fast hope that makes sense)

We also walked home from district meeting not realizing how long the walk was in the hot sun#ridiculouslyburned .

Have a great week!! Love yo all soo much!!

Sister Neuberger

The Train of Life

January 29, 2018
Super cool experience this week as we were looking for this family that just was recently baptized in the last few months we ended up finding another family.  Here is what happened: we were looking for the family that was recently baptized with the address that we were given and it turns out it was the entirely wrong address, but we didn’t know that so we arrived at the door as this lady was in her front room talking on the phone and she got up and opened the gate and let us in and we sat down, thinking it was the family because the lady didn’t act surprised at all so we assumed she knew the elders that had been serving in our area.  About 5 minutes later after she got off the phone we learned that she wasn’t the mom of the family we were looking for, but it turns out one of her friends was talking to her about our church these last few weeks. So when we showed up she thought that we had been sent by her friend, but really that's not what happened at all.  But it was awesome because like 5 minutes into getting to know her she told us about the crazy story about her son getting super sick and was in the hospital for 3 months and they didn’t think he was going to make it but he and his mom had faith that he would and he made it. Now he's out of the hospital and getting better and better everyday.  Anyway from this experience they know miracles happen and want to get baptized as soon as her son is capable to get into water again.  Basically what missionaries dream of and what an awesome miracle for us!  We were soo excited the rest of the day!

We also met the mom of a recent convert in our other ward and she just got back from traveling and is super excited to get baptized too! And it was suppose to happen this week but she and the rest of her kids got pink eye so were thinking Saturday is when she will be baptized!
We also had zone conference this week and amongst convincing our zone that me and Elder Chandler are cousins because he lives in Chicago and I live close by so to Brasilians we have to be related some how, we also learned about how being diligent also means being positive in all things!  It was a fantastic conference!

We also had a wedding this week and I got to see all my ctm district buddies!! It was soo fun!! And I hopefully will get to see them all again soon to get our visas renewed yay!

I also killed it this week in our ward activity night where we had to suck beans through a straw and carry them to another cup across the room. Hehe swimming and singing have payed off haha.
My comp also gave a talk this week and it was so good. She made an analogy with a train of life where everyone that wants to live with Heavenly Father can enter the train, but there are a few stops along the way before we get to the celestial kingdom.  The first stop being baptism, the next being  keeping the commandments, the next fulfilling your calling, the next paying tithing, the next going to church, the last sharing your testimony with others and helping them know of the truths.  At every stop the angel driving the train would say all those who “didn’t share your testimony please leave the train” and so on and so forth at every stop until the last stop  the celestial kingdom.  So with this analogy are we all doing everything in our power to arrive in the celestial kingdom or are we fogetting to do things here and there, are we forgetting to share our testimony with others to help them on the way to the celestial kingdom.  Don’t let those small and simple things go because those are the things that will help us keep on the straight and narrow e chegar la, no celestial kingdom.

Love you all soo much!!! Have a marvelous week!!!!
Sister Neuberger

Monday, January 15, 2018

Fire Hydrants

So I so don't have any time today to write although I want to write a bunch about my new area, but today i received so many birthday wishes that I'm so thankful for!!  I'm using all my time to respond back.

Anyway my new areas are Itaperi and Serrinha! The first few days in a new area is like drinking out of a fire hydrant (thanks Kyle for the analogy). Itaperi is amazing!!the Bispo called us up the first day and took us around to different members' homes and showed us where the lanhouse (internet cafe) is and the supermarket which was great. Then we went back to his house and ate ice cream with his fam!  My favorite!!  The next day and the rest of the week he had youth lined up to teach with us to help us around and show us how to get to recent converts' houses and then the second day he called us up and was like, "I'm going to meet up with you guys at 5 and go teaching with you all.  Which is great but also super intimidating because he's best friends with our mission president so you know all of everything that happens will be relayed back to our president, but it all went well and he is so nice. I haven't figured out who he reminds me of, but he reminds me of someone.  He also loves making street contacts which is awesome!!the other ala (ward) is a little more closed off so it's a little harder to find where things are. The old elders who lived here didn't really leave an area book, so it's just all on us to find people, but it's so fun because we don't know where anything is and our area is really big so there's so many people to talk to .  

We live right next to the airport and there's so many more main roads in our area.  We also live in a little more of a rich area, but there are still parts that are not so rich. But every road is paved and there are so many trees and one part looks like the Amazon!! which is really cool. I want to take a picture, but it's not super safe in that area so we'll save that for another day. heehe.

Our new apartment was disgusting when we arrived. The odor coming for inside was terrible, but the members were soo nice and helped us clean and now it's a lot better.  One lady in the Itaperi ward (Silvia) wants to serve a mission so badly so she's always ready to hep the missionaries which is awesome!!!

My comp is from Peru and is 22 years old.  This is her last transfer, well actually its her plus one transfer because she asked to stay one more transfer.  She's really nice and loves to hug.  She's also shorter than me.  Her accent is still pretty strong too, so it's really fun seeing who will understand us. Most people do, but there are a few that are like, "What are you saying??" And it's super funny when that happens because than we have to talk really slowly and say things a billion times, but it's all good.  

We also had an activity night with the wards and it was so fun!! We played a question game and my team lost, but it was still super fun with everyone dancing when they gained a point.  
Also, on Sunday a few of the members from my old ward visited me which was a fun surprise!  And the craziest thing that was awesome that happened was when our investigator Fransico showed up for  church. He was the last person that I thought would come to church because he was like, "No, I don't think I'll go, but maybe someday." And low and behold he showed up that day!! It was awesome! And he was so well received!!  I'm soo excited to see the miracles that the Lord has in store for us in this area!!  Heavenly Father loves us so much and blesses us so much everyday!! he is always there for us we just have to be ready and willing to accept his help.

Love you all sooo much!! Have a stupendous week!!! and thanks for the birthday wishes!!!  We're going to eat açaí to celebrate! And tomorrow a family invited us over for dinner to cellebrate my b-day, so it will be a great week!!! 

Love, 
Sister Neuberger

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Coco e craziness

So late last night (missionary time haha like around 10:00) we got a call that I will be transferred to a new area tomorrow.  I will have a new comp and we get to open two areas!  It should be exciting and a lot to cover, but I hear the wards there are super amazing and really helpful so I'm excited though I am sad to leave my home and my family of the ala Jardim Uniao.  And to leave my comp because she's awesome, but I knew I would be transferred this next week anyway because I've been here in my area for about 9 months, but I'm still in shock with it all.  I know that with the Lord all things are possible and as we rely on him he will guide us and strengthen us and show us what we need to do.  Like in Luke 1:37 says that with God nothing is impossible and it's so true!! We can do all things and more with him because he will never leave us  we just have to ask for his help. 

Anyway, this week was great we had so many moments where we were like I think we need to go see this investigator and then they would end up not being home and we would be like wait why were we prompted to come see them if they aren’t home and then like 3 seconds later we would either run into another investigator of ours our we would meet a new person that needed to hear about the gospel in that moment and that God loves them. It was incredible.  It happened 4 times this week!!  And it was so amazing!! The spirit was so strong after we talked to them and we were just like, "Wow! It's all int the Lord's timing."

I also had cats follow me home two different days this week and I don’t know why haha.  Though we did end up saving a kitten that got stuck in a hole so that was cool.

We also get so much agua de coco (coconut water) that the guy now just laughs when we come and sometimes gives us free agua de coco so that’s awesome!!!!  #ifeellikemomatdierbergs

Love you all soo much!! Have a super great week!!

Sister Neuberger

Agua de Coco (can't be any fresher than this)

Quesedilla Fortaleza styl


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Feliz Ano Novo


So I don'have much time to write, but this week was great!!  New Years day and New
Years eve we spent most of our day going to our investigators' and recent converts' homes that
live alone to share some joyful new year spirit with them!  It was so fun and they all loved it.
also found out this week that here in Brasil cats only have 7 lives...rough stuff haha.

got to skype my family this week and it was so fun to hear from them, but it was even more
fun having them meet all these wonderful people that I know in Brasil that are my second family.
We even ate a watermelon afterwards to celebrate Natal (Christmas)! 

We are so close to baptizing Pedro, but it seems something always comes up on Sunday so he
can't get to church.But I think the coolest thing is that these last few weeks when he's asked to do
something that goes against a standard he tells the person,  "Sorry I can't because I dont do that anymore. My standards have changed."  So hopefullly with all this prep he’ll be ready to be baptized this week!!

was also called Sister Blueber this week and I had to restrain my laughter cause it was just so funny. My comp and I are still laughing about it.
Anyway with the new year that's arrived I think we always need to remember to be proactive and not reactive because if we are proactive everything that we are striving to achieve can become possible.
We have to act and be diligent and continue on reaching for our goals like Elder Holland said in a recent conference talk “we need to continue tryingtrustingbelieving, loving , and growing.  The heavens are rejoicing with our improvements todaytomorrow and forever.”  As we continue striving for those higher goals we will feel the love the Savior has for us as he continues to help us along the way.

love you all soo much!!! Have a  wonderful new year!!!

Sister Blueber hehe or Sister Neuberger