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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Joy in Brazil!

Lauren Whitney <>

Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 8:11 AM

To: Pamela Whitney <>


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Lauren Whitney <>

Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 8:34 AM

To: Pamela Whitney <>

I had a fantastic week!!!!!!!

First off, we’ve been able to find a boatload of people to teach. It is seriously the best feeling knowing that there are people to teach the gospel to. Argh! Merry Christmas to me:)

Second, we had a huge Christmas conference with all the missionaries in Missao Piracicaba. IT was so much fun! I was able to see my bffs from the MTC and my new bffs here in Brasil. Also, I understood way more than when Elder Mazzagardi came. Woot for the gift of tongues!!!

The first part of the conference was great. President spoke to us about Christmas and showed some really great clips from the church (one of them was the one you were talking about, Mom. With the kids fighting over the presents. that was my favorite). Then Sister Canuto shared a talk about some more Christmas stuff. From what I understand, the general theme was Christmas.

We had lunch after. I don´t know what it is, but being around a boatload of missionaries is the best. And for some reason, they are all hilarious. It´s probably the Spirit or something, but I was laughing so hard. Actually, it´s probably the Guarana. There were gallons of that stuff there. It is so good and I think I´m addicted (just kidding, I´m a missionary).

After lunch, each zone performed a Christmas musical number. They were good for the most part. I´m pretty sure the general population of Brasil is tone deaf, but I really admired their spirit. And I also felt the Spirit, so it was good.

I played the violin for my zone. I can´t remember the name of the song in English anymore, but needless to say, it was pretty and we did a good job. I also had to play silent night by myself. That was really scary, but it went well. Luckily nobody plays the violin here so they don´t know if I did a good job or not. Whew, what a blessing.

The rest of our week was pretty dang good too. The Elders from another ward had some baptisms on Saturday, so we took one of our investigators to it. He loved it and most importantly he felt the spirit. And.... HE IS GOING TO BE BAPTIZED ON FRIDAY!!!!!! I am soo dang happy for him!!!!!!

When I was in the MTC, our teachers always talked about knowing when an investigator is ready for baptism. I was always skeptical about really knowing when someone is ready. Well, I totally need to repent, because it is really apparent when an investigator is ready for baptism. They just get this glow, for lack of a better word, and you just know. And with David, our investigator, he is totally ready. And the reason he wants to be baptized on Friday is so that he can good to a YSA activity on Saturday. How great is that?!? So great! Missionary work is the Greatest!!!!!!!

Overall, this week has been the best! And I get to talk with my family on Christmas! Woot!

I love you all so much and I wish you a very merry Christmas!

Felize Natal! Eu sei que Jesus Cristo vive! E eu sei que esta Igreja e verdadeira!

Eu amo Voces!!!!!!!!!

Sister Whitney

We went to Wal Mart last Pday. It was totally Ghetto, but they had oreos, so I´m not complaining:) That´s pretty much heaven to me:)

Sister Lopes and I made dinner one night for us and some elders. I rock at being a woman in the kitchen.



Only american sisters in the Mission. Woot!


This is sister sargent, from my MTC district. I love her so much! seriously she is the best!

Christmas Conference with all the missionaries serving in Priracicaba Mission. Lauren is in the front row, third from the right in the blue shirt.

1 comment:

  1. Merry Christmas, Sister Lar-lo. We miss you, but it looks like you are having so much fun. I love how the spirit speaks thru you to your blog. It helps us stay on task as well. Love you..MiMi