Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Catú 2 return of the Sister

Oi meus queridos!!!

Eu estou feliz de mais, voltou para Catú. Eu sempre me senti que eu não fiz tudo o possível aqui e parece que Deus concordou (ou talvez os assistentes só não tinha um outro lugar para mim ;) ) mais tudo bem, Eu estou aqui com a Tibúrcio e pronta para batizar BASTANTE!!!    A missão é muito boa.  Realmente eu não tem outras palavras, é a melhor coisa que existe.  E eu estou achando que Brasil é o melhor lugar que existe!!!  KKKK  Talvez eu vou morar aqui :)  tem tudo; fruta, pessoas felizes, Português, batismo...que mais eu iria querer?  Decidido então, vou ficar aqui mesmo.  Eu quero que todos vocês saibam que te amo e que tem um lugar muito especial em meu coração.  

Eu estava orando estes dias por um companiera que só queria batizar como eu quero batizar.  Eu acho que nosso Pai Celestial ouviu :) estou muito muito feliz, a Sister Tibúrcio e eu , nos vamos destruir essa área!!!!  Mas, realmente, Nosso Pai Celestial é muito bom, sabia?  Ele nos conhece perfeitamente ele realmente é nosso pai.  Digitar em português é dificil de mais....tem bastante acentos e outras coisas chatas.....kaa kaka mais eu amo vocês muito muito muito e quer o melhor por cada um.  eu oro todos os dias para vocês e sei que Deus sempre esta respondendo na maneira certa!!!!

So this week was a little crazy.  I think a few of you have already decifered from my subject line what happened this transfer.  Ha ha, I am back in Catú.  I was not super excited when I found out.  to be  completely honest I lost the little quiet dignity I had and shouted in angry portuguese "No!  I won´t return to Catu no! I Don`t want to baptise cows!"  ha ha but I honestly feel really good about it now.  Also I have a new companion, her name is Sister Tibúrcio...don`t hurt yourselves trying to say it.  I can`t figure out how to say it correctly and I have been living this language for 6 months now.

Speaking of time, I will make 9 months tomorrow. Can you believe it?  I am getting really really old.  It is soooo weird to think that I have been a real life missionary for 9 whole months.  I am freaking out a little bit, mainly because I still don`t FEEL like a real life missionary.  I don`t know what it is but I can`t seem to see myself in those missionary pictures teaching and baptising and all that stuff....I mean I have those pictures and I AM doing it but I just can`t seem to believe myself....ha ha but I guess you aren`t ever supposed to get used to it.

Anyways, it was a little hard for me to leave Feira 2.  Not that I wanted to stay because I really really did want to get transferred but it was quite difficult to leave my little brothers behind.  I love them all so much and I want to take them home with me.  I can`t bear to think that they might go inactive.  it breaks my heart to see names of people on the ward list and the oldest members have never even heard of them.  seriously breaks my heart.  

Sometimes we will be walking down the street or in the bus and I see all the houses and say to myself, wow there are tons and tons of people in this world how am I going to succeed in baptising all of them?  There are seriously soooo many people and I can`t help but think about all the promisses in the scriptures that everyone will hear the gospel because it seems impossible.  Anyways, that is my life right now.  I am just working on carrying the good word to at least a few of my brothers and sisters.

So I was just talking to my companion and asking her about the area and she started talking about Jonathas.....MY FIRST BAPTISM!!!!  He is super firm and his parents are gonna get married in December so they can get baptised too!!!  I AM GOING TO BE HERE!!!!!  MY FAMILY!!!!  Oh, I can`t believe it all the blessings of hard work are really starting to pay off.  Sister Tibúrcio also said that they found a man in the street who remembered me and wanted to be taught.  ha ha and then after they found out I was returning they were like "she has to baptise him!!"  Too bad I don`t remember him.  ha ha oh well.

Alright I love love love you all!!!  I hope you all have a beautiful week and hope it is full of laughter and candy fr Halloween!!!  I am going as a sister Missionary this year, think I can pull it off?  we will see how many people believe me ;)

Stay awesome!!!
Remember who you are!!!!
never regret!!!


Sister Ottley

I don´t think the heat will ever stop

Hello world!!!

So this week has been really really nuts.  I can´t even focus on one story to tell you all.  I am still working super hard here in Feira de Santana.  It is spring here and the heat is arriving.  For reals, it is HOTT!!!  luckily the banks and the Post Office are no longer on strike.  This is a good thing because it means at transfers we will receive LETTERS!!!!! 

This week I had an epiphony.....This area is a really difficult one for growth within the church, but as long as you are doing your part you can and WILL succeed.  You just need to trust in the lord and follow the council that he sends through his servants.  These servants could be anyone!!!!!  Members, non-members, companions, enemies, friends, leaders, and most important the Holy Ghost.  Heavenly Father always blesses the obedient He wants to bless us but we have to give Him a reason to.   So, if he sends counsil it is best to follow it.  ha ha I love being a missionary.

So this week Brasil experienced the equivelant to daylights saving time.  Who said I would understand.  at home it is spring ahead and fall back....am I right?  well it is fall there and spring here.....What does the time do in this instance?  My companion was certain the the time got set an hour back and I figure....heck, the world practically revolves around the united states so probably does the same thing right?  okay fall there means fall back......at midnight it will officially be 11 pm......not true.  I seriously don´t get it. ha ha we missed sacrament meeting our investigators didn´t got to church because no one went to pick them up.....ha ha life in Brasil is the BEST!!!!  bah ha ha ha  I´m an idiot.

Anyways all is well I got over that rough patch and we will HOPEFULLY have a baptism this weekend.  Pray for my investigator Mayara.  please!!!  Her mom has been a bit of a hassle but she has a testimony soooo strong and it is so hard to watch her go about her life all sad. 

So we are teaching a family super awesome.  THe mom is sooo sweet and super great.  Their son is 14 and I straightened his hair last week, I am not really sure why.  But he thought it was cool.  He calls me "Tia" which means aunt because he can´t say Sister Ottley.  ha ha it is pretty comical.  He will most likely be baptised a week from sunday.  And the way things are looking I will not be here still.  This week is the last of my 3rd transfer here and the 2nd with this same companion and so MOST likely I will be moving to a different area.  Pray that I go somewhere awesome with an awesome companion.  ha ha lets face it everywhere is awesome and all the comps are awesome too.

I am really glad to hear that you are all doing well.  Thanks for all your prayers, support and love.  I love you all and pray for you daily!!!! Stay awesome and never regret!!!


Sister Ottley

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sorry if this is Way short

Só para começar......Eu fiquei sabendo que tem alguns amigas minhas
lendo meu blog por meio do Google.  então eu decidi a escrever um
pouco em Português.  Eu não vou prometer que meu Português é melhor do
que a gramatica de Google mas eu vou tentar ;)
Eu amo vocês e quero que vocês soubessem que eu penso em vocês muito.
Essa semana foi bom de mais.  Conferência foi perfeito, como sempre.
Eu amo ouvir os Profetas.  Tinhamos entrevistas com o Presidente Hart
ontem.  For muito legal até Eu começei a chorar.  Vocês sabem que eu
não sei chorar mas Presidente Hart é um homem muito inspirado e eu
quebrei :) Ele realmente sabe cuidar da gente.  Nossa, sabe que é
dificil escrever em Português?Só este pouco demorou MUITO!!!  Espero
que estejam bem.  Espero que vocês estejam felizes.  Um dia quando eu
voltart para Brasil Depois da missão vou visitar cada um de vocês.  só
preciso casar com alguem muito rico antes porque é carro demais viajar
por Brasil.  Mas eu vou fazer o maximo possivel para visitar vocês
logo depois.  Eu amo vocês fiquem firmes!!!  Sempre lembrar de orar,
ler e sorrir!!!


Sister Ottley

Alright, so this week was awesome.  Conference is like the coolest
thing EVER!!!!!  I hope you were all listening well and took notes I
took like 12 pages.....yea being a missionary does that to a person.
I realised the importance of families in this conference.  I think I
will have to have one of my own someday....;)  ha ha but seriously
these guys are like way inspired!!!
so I know I told you guys that the P.O. is on strike well now the
banks are too.  I decided that as long as I´m not receiving letters I
am on strike too....all I´m going to do is find teach and baptise.
but that´s all!!!!!  So President Monson announced a temple in
Wyoming....that kinda blew my mind.  But that is seriously WAY cool,
when is it going to be dedicated.  If i´m home we should totally go
because I don´t think I´ve ever been to wyoming for reals just drive
past ya know?

So I realized that Heavenly Father really does want us to be happy and
he want us to learn and grow as much as possible in this life.  for
this reason he gives us challenges.  there are 2 ways we can look at
these challenges.  Stumbling blocks or Stair steps.  Each and every
weakness can either trip us or help us progress it all just depends on
our atttitude and what we do with the challenges that we face every
day.  Portuguese has been a bit of a stumbling block for me but I have
decided to turn it into a stair.  Anyways take a look at your life.
Is it full of stairs or stumbles?

So we had interviews with president hart yesterday and he was telling
me that he´d really like to promote me to senior companion but htere
just aren´t enough sisters and we aren´t going to be receiving a whole
lot anytime soon.  So he said he was going to promote me and another
sister at the same time and make us Co-seniors.  BAH H AH AH A I told
him that was not necessary and that I was VERY comfortable staying
Junior companion for the rest of my mission.  He seemed very relieved.
 ha ha we´ll see what happens.

So last night my companions Sister Davis and Sister Turner from the
MTC called me to talk a little bit a reminisce (sp) but it´s long
distance so they first had to call the assisstants to make a
conference......bah ha ha I answered the phone while I was making my
bed and started screaming.....poor elder probably has no eardrum left.
 THere was a lizard in my bed!!!  ha ha ha ha I about peed my pants. I
am not really all that afraid of lizards I just don´t like to be
startled by them.

Silly story....Today we bought some bread.  When I went to eat some it
was all burned.  yuck.  so I just tore it apart and ate the not burnt
parts.  ridiculous.  But I didn´t want tothrow the rest away but I
didn´t know what to do with it I looked at my compaion and said, we
need a dog.  She laughed and said that we should go buy one.  then I
remembered passing by the pet sotre and seeing chickens and said I´d
rather have one of those.  she laughed and said I should give the
bread to the neighbors shickens.  I did.  ha ha don´t worry I didn´t
sneak into thier yard or anything......ha ha SOOOO DID.  Don´t worry I
was wearing my pirate attire they have no idea who I was ;)

I gotta go I love you all!!!

Have an aWESOME

hApPy biRthDAy DAD!!!!

So this week was a little crazy.  It rained quite a bit but I am still getting more tan..I don´t really understand these things very well.  But hey, what can you do right?  Today was a great P-Day Our zone went to some anchient city here in Feira de Santana.....yea....real old...it all looked the same to me.  I met padre Francisco....ha ha some random father at some random catholic church...I took a photo with hium.  It was cool.  ha ha and we went to a "Farm"  Now I can´t claim to be a cowgirl all that much seeing as I set foot on my fathers farm all of 3 times.....Maybe ha ha and I have driven a tractor once....which I didn´t even have to shift.  Yea, I am not a farmer but i don´t understand how a few cows and some grass count as a farm  ha ha but oh well.  Everyone has their opinion right?  ha ha it was really fun it actually kind of reminded me of being at home a bit.  No, don´t worry I am not getting home sick for the farm :) no offence dad but I was not raised as a firm girl....Yes, I grew up on a farm....in a house but I didn´t grow up a farm girl.

Anyways, Mayara is our next baptism.  I am kinda upset because the only member in this ward who want to help are the youth and they aren´t all that reliable but I mean lets face it, who IS responsible at 14 years old?  Anyways the only people in our teaching pool are children and it is rough to baptise kids because we have to have permision from their parents.  We teach them because they are all interested ad they don´t have any pre-concieved notions about the church but it is rough when their parents say SURE do whatever you want but as soon as their neighbor says "IT`S THE MORMONS!!!!" they change their minds.  Oh well.....the sin of the child will be on the parents head at that point I think.  just let them be.

ANYWAYS back to Mayara she is the best she had a super awesome testimony and is soooo fabby I can´t stand it.  She sells avon and is always complimenting my companions BRIGHT red lipstick....uh....to each her own right?  ha ha but we still need to talk to her mom because MAyara only has 16 years old.  It is complicated but I have faith that it will all work out the way it is supposed to .  I learned something a long time ago in North Carolina that Heavenly Father is not EVER going to let something get in the way of someone getting baptised.  If the person really is preparred and has the desire the baptism will go down!!!

so life is way good here in Brasil I lov eyou all and am missiong youall soo much BUT only until August!!!!  It is sooo wierd...I am heathy and heaLthy too no need to worry about anything I love love youall!!!!  stay awesome!!!!!

Have an awesome week gente!!!!  xoxoxoxo

Com Amor

Sister Ottley