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

9/11/2017
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

9/4/2017
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

Joy!!!




8/28/2017
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

8/21/2017
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

Monday, August 7, 2017

Neuberger Style

So this week I decided to be a Neuberger and when I saw a sale on ice cream I decided to not just get one container, but two because when their $3 why not?  My comp thought I was insane to get that much ice cream, but she doesn’t know the Neuberger family and how much we love ice cream/how much ice cream we can eat.  Ice cream is a little different here because when it melts it's no longer like melted ice cream or like a milk shake. The liquid seems more watery. I don’t know how to describe it. 

Sacrament this week was amazing. We had 7 investigators there, but in the beginning we didn’t think anyone was going to show up. This especially scared us because Saturday night Ana got baptized (which I'm so excited about because she's awesome and now her daughter whose 7 can't wait to get baptized) and in sacrament meeting she was going to have the blessing of receiving the Holy Ghost, but they still hadn’t arrived 10 minutes into sacrament meeting. So we were so sad about that and plus our other investigator who was suppose to get baptized after church hadn’t showed up either. So we were really sad and stressed, but then right before the passing of the sacrament, in came not only Ana and her family, but Roberto and his brother and his parents!!!!  His parents aren’t members and haven’t ever really been excited about the church. Davi the brother is a member. Anyway they all came!!   Ana was given the gift of the Holy Ghost and then after church Davi baptized Roberto and woah the light of the gospel grew even more in Davi’s eyes. He was in tears after the baptism and couldn’t thank us enough for teaching his brother and then allowing him to baptize his brother.  And the parents were actually excited about the baptism and stayed and talked to other members in the ward for a long time after the baptism.  So great week all and all! 

I love the gospel so much. And I love how much as we bare our testimonies and do the small things like read or scriptures, pray, go to church, we can see that these things aren’t so small, but large in size because they are the things that make us strong in the gospel and in our lives.

I gave the lesson for Family Home Evening this week and though it was hard to understand for the majority of people (and I still really struggle with asking questions so it was rough), but by the end I got a discussion going about the topic which was overcoming our trials of faith and how Heavenly Father is always there to help us overcome. Anyway, we had people baring testimony about the love of God by the end. It was great, although it had nothing to do with me or me helping because they couldn't really understand me, but the Spirit was still there. Although it's still really hard for me to see the reason I'm struggling sooo much with the language, but every time I get to pray I feel strength and peace.  I know it's true.  I hope can be more fluent by the end, but I guess if I can at least show that I love people and really want to help in whatever way possible, that's, but I'm still really working to get the gift of tongues.

Have a fantabulous week!

Sister Neuberger
2 Nephi 26:25



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Panalada

Finally got Mom's box
So this week I ate Panalada which for those of you who don’t know what that is, it's basically all the parts of an ox that you would think you shouldn’t eat like the fat, the skin, the hair, everything, but I kindly ate it because Irma Doce was so excited to cook it for us. But let's just say it didn’t taste great the first time and the second time was not much better.  Hehehe  Luckily the members are awesome here and were willing to help.  They gave me medicine and more food which I didn’t really want, but ate anyway.

Avenue of Things Missed
Ana and her family of two little girls and Isabel and her two little girls all came to church again yesterday and they are really loving it both the children and the adults which is awesome!  The little girls which are 4 don’t love the walk back home, but they love primary. 

We also had splits this week and woah we talked to so many people or at least I tried and then Sister Santos would translate. Later she very politely told me that my Portuguese was not good and that I needed to work harder because I've almost been here for 6 months.  So definitely going to work harder because I want to be fluent so very badly. 

On the plus side this week, we were visiting a recent convert and when we walked in he was watching "How I Met Your Mother" which made for great conversation about TV shows and Netflix and got me talking a lot. Now Caulaun wants an English Portuguese dictionary so he can learn English so he can watch the shows in English. 

We also had pancakes this week at Irma Geisa's casa!! So good!! Best day ever!!

My comp and I are staying here for the next 6 weeks.  I'm glad I don’t have to say goodbye to the Nilsons just yet or Joici or anyone else in the ward because they're awesome! 

I finished reading the Book of Mormon in Portuguese (well half Portuguese) this week!! And I know that it is true that it is written for us for our day and that it will give us revalation for our day and answer any and all of our questions!  Just like in the last chapter in Moroni says if we read it and ask in faith we can know that it is true. 

Have a spectacular week!!!! Love you all!!!!

Sister Neuberger
2 Nephi 26:25

PS Photos added to the last couple of posts. Like chicken pox pics. Go back and check them out.










Monday, July 24, 2017

Swimming


Well this week I think I heard Kevin the bird from "Up," and I think he lives next door to our investigator.   Also this week my comp was telling Joici (one of the members) how she wanted music and Joici was like, "Oh I can help with that. Give me a flash drive and I'll give you church music." So we did and now I have a few songs in Portuguese and it is really nice to have some new music. ]

I made a friend in the other ward this week or at least a good acquaintance because she speaks English really well.  She came up to me on Sunday and was like, "Hey I heard you got chicken pox. How are you feeling?" (I think the whole stake knows I got chicken pox. It seems to have been the talk of the town.  "An American got chicken pox." "No way! Seriously!?!?!”)  and then she told me all about how she served in Sao Paulo and one of her comps didn’t speak Portuguese well.  She knew a little English, but because her comp didn’t speak well, she learned English through her comp and she in return helped her comp learn Portuguese.  The girl's name is Abea. The rest of her mission she had a lot of American comps so her English improved with each transfer. 

Isabel is progressing really well.  She is praying that her husband has a softened heart and wants to get married.  But on the plus side her daughter Madilani got baptized this week!!  She was really scared of the water and wouldn’t go in so Abea actually came to the  rescue and talked to Madilani and then sacrificed Sunday clothes and got in the water to show madilani there wasn’t anything to be scared of and then Madilani got in but was still scared to go under the water so then Abea showed her there wasn’t anything to be scared of going under and she went under and came back up and so Madilani was ready to go and got baptized.  We thanked Abea a billion times after ad she said the same thing happened on her mission and it wasn’t trouble at all to help us out. 

While walking to church this week we had this old guy come up to us and ask if he could come with us to church and we were like a yeah sure and so we had him and a few other investigators with us at church it was great! 

Zone conference this week and President talked about how we need to counsel with the Lord and then make goals from our heart and that’s when their will be success in the work.  Which is so true if we counsel with the Lord in what we should do, he will guide us and help us move forward in the right direction. 

I love you guys all so much!!! Thanks for the emails!  Have a superb week!!!

-Sister Neuberger
Alma 32:27

No More Chicken Pox


7/17/2017
Happy birthday Shelby!! and I hope you all got a Slurpee for 7/11 day!! 

Well we still spent half the week in our house to make sure the poxs were all gone, but on Thursday we got out and it was sooo nice to get out!!!!

Our investigator Isabel is amazing!!! She is hoping that she can get married to her boyfriend really soon so she can get baptized, but as she waits for that her daughter is getting ready for baptism next week!!  You can see how much the light of the gospel is showing in Isabell's eyes. She wants to change and make sure she's doing all that she can to live with Heavenly father again.  And she understands the importance about marriage and I got to  bear my testimony about how I know that families can be together forever in our latest lesson.

Which I am so happy that I have the opportunity to  live with my family forever because I love them so much!!!!  I know I have to do all that I can in this life, but as I do the Lord will help me with the rest if I fully rely on him.  Or as my mom would say with the acronym: F.R.O.G. Fully Rely On God!

I never thought how strange it is to move away from our family when we are older or at least in other cultures its looked on as strange.  I told my comp how my brothers live in other states and she thought that was the strangest thing. 

Anyway I love you all sooo much!!! Have a fantastic week!!!!

Sister Neuberger
D+C 123:17

Never Have I Ever


7/10/2017
It turns out those 5 mosquito bites on my stomach and my body hurting like crazy for 4 days weren’t just me feeling super stressed out from trying to learn the languag.  It turns out that those 5 bites turned into 15 bites and a party on my back and then the thought occured to me maybe I have chicken pox and maybe I should tell my comp.  Within a few hours there was no hiding that I had chickenpox.  So we were in casa this whole week lots of studying and sleeping and I still kind of have them but oh well.  And now I can't use not having chicken pox when we play "Never Have I Ever."  And anyway, everyone here thinks it's crazy that I've never had chicken pox haha.

I read a lot this week which made me really like Mosiah 1:5-7 which talks about reading/searching/pondering/praying about the scriptures and to understand the mysteries of God.  He also goes on to testify that the scriptures are true and that we need to search them diligently and we will be blessed from it.  I know that the scriptures are true and that we can learn so many things from the stories that they hold and the lessons they teach.  They can answer our questions and calm our fears.  They are such a blessing in our lives!!!


Have a marvelous week and don’t forget to get outside and enjoy that summer heat and think of me!!  Love you all!!

Sister Neuberger

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Zoo Friends

Happy birthday America and Gina and happy national cheesecake day!!!! Hope you all see some great fireworks and eat some cheesecake for me.

We walked past the zoo this week on our super long walk to almoƧo!!  The zoo isn’t quiet the size of STL and the entrance reminds me of Turtle Back  Zoo in NJ, but anyway sadly, it's not open on Mondays. But on the plus side, because of the size of it, just walking by it we basically saw all of it. We just didn’t get to play on the playground.  But man was that a lot of walking from our house to another area for the bank back past our house to the end of our area for almoco.  Probably in total 6 miles of walking which doesn’t seem like a lot but when its hot it does.

We started teaching this amazing family this week and it all started because we were teaching a girl that lives on their street and the mom walked by and was like, "Really, your letting them teach you?" And then she shared her doubts with us. We said we could meet with her and answer all of her question. She said, "Uh, well yeah I guess." And then we had our first lesson with her and the spirit was so strong and she was like, "We'll all come to church on Sunday." Sadly her husband didn’t come, but her kids did and she and her kids loved it.  So now the hard part if she ends up wanting to be baptized she needs to get officially married to her boyfriend/husband.  She reminds me of Millie Black and a little of mom, so basically she's awesome!!!  Then on the walk home she talked to me the whole time and we talked about New York and how my Grandparents live in New Jersey. We also talked about how school works in the US.  It was so nice to talk!! Though it was hard because my Portuguese is still pretty rough, but she took the time to help me understand her questions and helped me make sense of what I was saying, its was awesome!!!

I think the Articles of Faith are so cool. We have 13 small articles that tell in simple form all that we believe.  It shows that the gospel can be so simple a child understands it yet also so grand that people study it forever. 

Have a fantastic week!!! Miss you all and love you all so much!!!

Sister Neuberger

D&C 123:17  I think this might be one of my new favorite scriptures! 

Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Come Unto Him and He Will Give You Rest!

June 26, 2017

The kids love me and I really don't know why because I can hardly make a normal sentence, but they love talking to me and that makes me feel good!  This week we ate at a member's house who is learning English and is probably better at speaking English than I am at Portuguese. So he spoke in English and I responded in Portuguese which actually helped so much because he still asks questions like you do in Portuguese which I struggle with. So hearing it in English helps me understand where I'm messing up. 

We have some great investigators progressing this week like Eric and Rosi.  They really want to know for themselves if the Church is true which is amazing!!! Rosi has had a pretty diffucult life, but she really likes the feeling that she gets from reading the pamphlets and praying.  Also Emanuel is this old man who is hilarious and really sarcastic. Andmy comp doesn’t seem to understand sarcasm, so I'm dying of laughter when he says stuff and she thinks he's seriou. It"s hilarious!  She doesn’t like me laughing at her, so then she makes me speak Portugues and then she and Emanuel laugh really hard, but its all good.

I got a cold today and my comp is like, "You NEED medicine!" And I am like, "Noooo!!!" So we'll see if I can hold off on the medicine because the pills here seem to be huge and I don’t think I could swallow that. 

This week I read about the atonement in "Our Search for Happiness." It talked about a couple verses in Matthew 11:28-30 that are great!! We need to come unto Christ, and he will give us rest and make our burdens light.  I know he has helped me so much on my mission as I keep working to learn Portuguese and to have people understand what I'm saying.  He is there to help. 

Love you all so much!! Have a super duper week!!!

Sister Neuberger
Matthew 11:28-30

We Are Nothing Without the Lord

June 19, 2017

We are nothing with out the Lord and he has given me companions that actually speak the language.  I had two people this week tell me I should just stop trying to learn Portuguese, but on the plus side, only one of them told me to go back to the States.  So this week we had divisions and my comp for the day was sister Santos who is from Sao Paulo and is super nice and is learning English and it's probably better than my Portuguese. She's been out a year and I learned so much from her as we taught Emanuel about the Word of Wisdom. Somehow in the middle of the lesson it kind of changed to the restoration, but that’s when the spirit really was so strong and everyone could feel it and Emanuel stood up and was like, "Well I believe all of that, so if not drinking coffee is what God asks of me then I will do it." And then he went into his house and proceeded to throw all of his coffee out. AMAZING!!! Such a cool experience to be a part of!!!  Sister Santos also is a lot more calm than my comp now who's a little dramatic about everything.  

Anyway, so we had a stake missionary meeting at the stake center and we were told the wrong time and got there an hour early, so we couldn’t go back because by the time we got back we would have to leave. So we did the only thing we could; we went to the ice cream place next to the church!! BEST DAY EVER!!! She was like, "I know this is probably stressing you out a little, so I'm going to buy to ice cream." And I was like, "Oh, okay. Well thank you sooooooooo much!!!"  And she somehow just knew I love Oreo and that’s what she bought me!!  And then at the meeting well after the meeting the president bought us all pizza!!! So it was a great day!!! And so much spiritual growth that we are nothing without the Lord, but with the Lord we can do all things!!!  Moroni 7:33

I'm a little sad that I don’t get to go back to my old area this transfer because all those people are amazing and I didn’t even get to say goodbye to them and they are also going to the temple this week and I would ABSOULUTLY LOVE TO GO!!!!!  But its all good. I'll just keep working on my Portuguese so I can at least teach people about the temple.

In other news, one of the elders in my district got chicken pox and with one day left on his mission. Rough way to end the mission but hes working through it.

We also had 12 youth come running up to us in the street this week because they love us. And they love talking to me and asking me about English. So we were like, "Hi! Can we teach you this amazing message we have and then answer all your English questions." And they were like, "Okay!!!"  So that was also another awesome experience for the week!

Emanuel and Bruno both got baptized this week!!! So great and they are both so excited about it!!!
Ohh and I alsoigot to feed a monkey a banana and I didn’t have my camera sadly, but I did have it when we placed out bread for them. Not as cool, but still exciting none the less. 
Anyway have a fantastically fabulous week!!

Sister Neuberger
Moroni 7:33

Beans, Bean, and More Beans

June 12, 2017

So this week at Antonio’s he really wanted us to try his black beans so he came out with a huge plate of beans for both me and my comp.  We were like "ah okay" and graciously ate them and they were delicious. Just a lot of them!  The next day we went back and he was like, "Here try my brown beans." Another huge plate and we were like, "Ahh yea, more beans!" And then we continued to joke about it the rest of the day until the next day when we went back and he had us try his feijoada (Brazilian black bean stew) and then told us he was going to make some more beans for us the next day.  Luckily he had his baptism interview the next day so we could allow the elders to eat all the beans instead.  Basically if I never eat beans again I'd be okay, but that’s not really all possible right now hahaha. 

Prayer is so important. I know I talked about it last week, but I just wanted to reiterate it because just like communication is so important between people and we sometimes take it for granted, we shouldn’t because it's so important as I have learned very well here in Brazil because I cant say everything I want or understand everything. But I'm so grateful for the communication I do have and even more so the communication that I can have with my Heavenly Father who is always there, listening and ready to help us as we call on his name for that help.  Just like in Alma 37:36-37 we need to counsel with the Lord everyday and then we will find safety and peace. 

Not too much happened this week. We did help Antonio also get water from his well which was fun and really used that upper body strength.   And we got some amazingly delicious cake from some members after divisions! And we got Immanuel to come to church who we just casually ran into on the street the night before and he loved it.  He didn’t love the walk, but he loved church!! 

Have a great week and don’t forget to pray!  

Love you all!!!

Sister Neuberger
Alma 37:36-37