Monday, October 2, 2017

Marriage Brings Us Together Today

This week was a bit of a blur because we were gearing all our investigators up for conference.  But this past Pday we got to watch "Once I Was a Beehive" (i think is the name in English) with a few moms in our ward and they even gave us ice cream.  hehe blueberry flavor!  I haven't had blueberries in so long so it was a delicious treat!!  
Just me and Sister Andre'

We also had the chance to help with the marriages of 17 couples and a few baptisms with the missions help.  On Saturday we got up really early to go to centro to meet up with more missionaries and our mission president and bishops from different wards to help in the marriages.  It was awesome to see the happiness and excitement of marriage that was brought to the couples.  Then we all got to watch General Conference which is always a great experience!
I hope everyone got to see at least one session of conference.  It's so important because we can receive so many answers to our questions.  We got Ana, a recent convert to come to all four sessions and women's conference and she absolutely loved it. She felt the spirit so strongly and found answers that she was looking for. It was such a great testimony/faith building moment for her.

I personally loved how many talks talked about the importance of serving others, but also to make sure that we are serving our family and helping in the home because our home should be like a temple helping us come unto Christ.  

Love you all so much!!! Have a fantabulous week!!!

Sister Neuberger

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Member Missionaries

Well not much time to write this week because we spent the day cleaning our casa to get ready for a member of the Seventy to come see it this week during the mission tour.  Our casa got picked because it's pretty and clean #cleanestcasa.  But even cooler, my companion Sister Andre (who is amazing, so spiritually minded, but also is a huge jokster) got picked to be interviewed by him this week which is so exciting.  Anyway if you couldn't tell I think my comp is awesome. She has already taught me so much this week. Not just with the language, but really teaching people not just lessons; to really hear what people are saying and teach to their needs and not just the next lesson.  

We also had a fun time going to the hospital this week which was nice a whole day in a/c and the first time I've had an IV. Great times as they are telling me what they are giving me and then asked if I'm allergic to any of it, well let's hope not because I don't know what any of those things are in portuguese. But i'm guessing that I'm not and it turns out I was not allergic so where good. Anyways, turns out had some bad water/dehydrated/probably stressed out with transfers and what not. That's why I got super sick.  It was awesome!  

Also met David Archuleta this week or the real life look alike; an elder in my district or at least the 14 year old David Archuleta.  This elder literally looks like he is the 14 year old David.  Me and my comp joked about it with him and told him to sing to us, he got super embarrassed. It was hilarious.  

Fortaleza won the soccer game this week and it was chaos in the streets and hard to teach, but also fun to really be a part of the Brazilian life because we live really close to the soccer stadium.  Oh and we also saw capoeira this week which is so coool and just so brasil i love it!! You can google it.

We had zone conference this week and President talked about teaching people that members know so they already have a friend and also to get members to give Books of Mormon to their friends with their favorite scriptures marked so they can bring their testimony to their friends.  It's so true there is so much power in member missionaries and they can do so much.  Just by sharing your testimony it can go along way.   2 Nephi 28:30

Love you all tons!!! Have a grandious week!!!!

Sister Neuberger

Hope for a Better World

I hope everyone is safe and secure with all of the hurricane and rain that has hit the US.  You have been in my prayers.

It was a bit of a slower week because my companion's foot is hurting her when she walks, but we still made it through the week.  But it was also a harder week in finding people. We had to cut a lot of our investigators because they weren’t progressing.  Also happy Labor day and a few days later happy independence day for Brasil which also made it harder to find people this week because everyone went to the beach so not many people were here for the end of he week.

Transfer calls happened last night and my comp is leaving to open a new area and train which will be hard, but she can do it!  I am staying here with my new comp Sister Andre who is from Sao Paulo and that’s all I really know because she just arrived and then we came straight here to the lan house (internet cafe). 

The Silva family, a family in the ward with two adorable children, bought us pizza Friday night which was so nice of them.  We also got our t-shirts for our zone this week and it looks silly. 

My best friend came running up to me in the street the other day and I was like who is this small child that is hugging me? Ohhhh its my best friend Yohana!!  Shes 3 ½ and looks like Marissa when she was little and she for some reason she loves me even though she doesn’t really understand anything I say. 

Today is a day that we remember all those who fell at the act of terrorism.  September 11 will always be a day of remembering, but let us not dwell in the past but look forward to a brighter and better future; one with love and hope for a better world.  Ether 12:4 does a great job in telling us what we should do to hope for a better world.

Have a fantastic week!!​

Loving the children

Love One Another

This week we had divisions, but they were a little diferente than normal because instead of the sister trainer leader coming here and one of us going there, instead we both went to their area because Sister Martinez has chickengonia. So one of us stayed with her for a couple of hours while the other two went and taught and then we switched after a few hours.  It was different but we got it all done and then we ordered pizza. In the morning we had tapioca which is different than in the USA.  Tapioca is a fine powder kind of like flour that you cook in a pan that makes things that look kind of like white bread pancakes and if done right kind of chewy.  You can eat them with chocolate or make them savory with eggs.  It's their form of crepes. 

Isabel and her daughters are doing great and we taught them about family history this week and they're excited to get started.  They also bought us water bottles because they said they can't stand seeing us have super old water bottles with the flimsy plastic.  So now we have chic new water bottles.

Woke up at 4:00 this week to catch the bus to get to the secretary office to drive by car another 20 minutes into the city of Fortaleza to get my CPF (a form of license for me in Brasil). It was a grand old time and I got to see Sister Clark my first companion from the CTM.  It was fun to converse about how our missions are going so far. 

I read in 1 John this week. I really like in 4:9-11 it talks about loving one another and how Heavenly Father loved us so much that he sent is son to die for us that we might live again and how that is the grandest example to us all.  May we love one another so much that we care to help/have compassion and to make everyone around us feel welcome.   A smile and a friendly hello can go a long way.

Have a super-duper fantastic week and love all those around you!

Sister Neuberger

Monday, August 28, 2017


I always have more that I want to say and never have enough time, but anyway this week we had zone conference.  It was like a second p-day, but better because it was just a spiritual feast the whole day.  We had lunch with the President and lots of practicas and they even had me play the piano which was rough cause my bass clef skills are rough, but we got through the song hehe.  We also won cleanest casa which isn’t hard when you're in a zone with all elders haha.  Oh and we also now have a functioning microwave and laundry machine. 

Yesterday I was teaming with Kelsa, one of the youth in the ward, and was so excited by it.
Funny thing in Brasil, there can be a billion motorcycles and a few cars and then every so often you’ll see people on horse back just going down the street or have their horse and wagon its great!  We also the other week got to ride in the back of a members truck it was way fun!
Oh and also we almost got hit by a firework that went the wrong way.  It reminded me of Andrew Bailey seting of fireworks that all seemed to go into the neighbor's yard.  I don’t remember who’s reception it was I just remember the fireworks haha

Our new apartment
This week we had 9 investigators at sacrament, but half of them left half way through church because they had other commitments in the evening which was sad. Hopefully we can teach them more this week and they’ll hopefully be ready to stay all the way through church and understand the importance of all three hours.  Which with all of this it made me think of a few scriptures I read this week while trying to get down the plan of salvation in  Portuguese, so it doesn’t sound so sporadic and disjoint.  Anyway in 2 Nephi 2:25 it talks about how Adam fell that men might be and have joy!!It was literally part of the plan for Adam to fall so that we can know joy.  Heavenly Father thought of everything, so we could come down to earth and experience everything, but most importantly have joy!!  And we can have so much more joy when we choose the right.  But Heavenly Father wanted us to be able to choose so we were all given agency (2 Nephi 2:27) which is awesome. We get to choose and make choices and grow and improve and strive to do what is right so we can feel joy all the time.  Heavenly Father loves us so much that he let us choose to even be here on the Earth to exercise our agency.  We all have opportunity to choose just like our investigators yesterday, and just like Adam and Eve hopefully partaking of the fruit of knowledge so hopefully we all strive to choose the right so we can feel the joy that life can bring!

Have a fantastic week feeling the joy in each day!  Oh and if you want to send me a letter that would definitely be appreciated!! 

Sister Neuberger
Brasil Fortaleza East Mission
Rua Rebublica Da Aremenia, 765
Agua Fria
60821-760 Fortaleza CE Brasil

Liken Them Unto Ourselves

Well the most exciting news this week was as we were about to teach this lady sitting on the ledge of the side walk, all of a sudden all of these police cars showed up and first I was like, "Oh no, I look suspicious and am getting deported, but that wasn't the case as the police all ran past us into the house next to us for what I assume was a drug bust.  So we decided to get out of the way and head to a different street.  

We had the baptism of Edimilson after it being on and then off and then on again because his sister got sick and he had to take her to the hospital.  We didn’t think it was going to happen, but he was like, "No, I want to get baptized today." So it happened.  He's amazing and loves the spirit the gospel brings. 

Not much happened this week.  I got to play futsal of sorts with the kids of Isabel's which was way fun!!! And we also got pizza this week from the stake president and from the members as a welcome to your new home gift cause we moved houses this week. 

I read in 1 Nephi this week and I really like 1 Nephi 19:23 that says to liken the scriptures unto ourselves which is so important to be able to get all the wisdom and knowledge that we can from them! I love the scriptures and know that they are our road maps home!  and so much of the stories of old can be seen in our day.

I love you all sooo much!!! And hope you all are having a splendid end to summer!!! And are ready for fall!

Sister Neuberger

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What! You Speak English?

I got to speak in English!!!  Also, Happy Father’s day or at least for Brasil!!
Anyway, back to why I spoke English. Two Europeans came traveling through (well, came to see a member they know in our ward).  And it made the day even better!!!  Everyone was going up to them after Sacrament Meeting to meet them and then their friend Eder was like, “Oh, they don’t speak Portuguese.” So, everyone was asking me how to say welcome and everything else At first I didn’t believe it, but then they started talking with their super cool accents and I was like, “Yep, you’re from Europe!  The girl was from The Netherlands and the guy was from London, but they all met in Dubai a few years ago.  Anyway, I got to translate in the next two classes and they were like, “Woah! How long have you been here? You understand so much!” And I was like, “Well, I’ve been in Fortaleza for 5 months today, but I’ve been in Brasil for 6 months.” and then I was like, “Woah, I hit my 6 month mark!!!”  They were super cool and both have been traveling these past couple months and are headed home soon, but just wanted to meet up with Eder before they went home.  It was so nice/difficult to speak in English, but I liked it. I got to bear my testimony to them about the gospel and why I’m serving and even though it’s been hard at times I know that in the end its worth it because bringing others unto Christ and helping them feel the love that Heavenly Father has for them and the joy that they can have in their lives is totally worth it.
Which also made me think about how last year at this time I was with my family gathered around the TV watching Michael Phelps go at it again one last time to break records and be awesome; and how a year from now I’ll be headed home. It’s crazy how fast time can fly, but that’s not what I want to talk about.  I want to talk about how we all have those different struggles and moments when we just don’t think we’ll make it or just want to throw in the towel because it doesn’t seem worth it; like Olympians they all have dedicated their lives to the sports that they play and it’s so hard to become that great and to keep working though the tough times, but they don’t quit. They keep going because they have their eyes set on the future and the bigger picture.  I think a lot of times we focus on the here and now, but that’s when we need to take a step back and look at the big picture; what we’re working for and to look back and see how far we’ve come.  I love love love the quote from Elder Holland that says, “Don't you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until heaven; but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come.”  I love this quote. There is so much hope and happiness ahead for all of us if we just trust in the lord and lean on him and he will help us through. That doesn’t mean that it won’t be hard. It will be, but though that pain and suffering we gain so much more appreciation for the final success!! Which also makes me think of Moroni 7:33. He has asked us to do many things, but if we trust in him and have faith he will help us through.  We are never alone he loves us and wants us all to be happy.
I got to teach the plan of salvation this week which is my favorite lesson, but also the most difficult for me to teach because I’m still learning Portuguese. I sometimes get lost in my words, but I still got to bare my testimony at the end that I know it to be true and that we all can have never ending happiness with our families and Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ forever as we follow their teachings and choose the right!! After all, it’s called also the plan of salvation!!!  I think it’s in Mosiah 2 at the end where it talks about how much happiness we will have here after and how wonderful that will be!!  I love it soo much and I know it to be true!!
Anyway, that’s all the time I have this week, but I love you guys sooo much and miss you all!!! Thanks for the emails!!! Have an amazing week!!!
Sister Neuberger