Friday, January 20, 2012

AHHH why is an hour sooo short?

OI!!!  Percebi que faz muito tempot que não escrevo em Português mas vou ser curto porque so tenho 15 minutos.  Amo vocês!!!  Esta domingo eu discursei e fiz um desafio por todo mundo Quero fazer para vocês tambem.  Se conheca alguem afastado ou menos ativo ou inativo na igreja liga para eles or faça uma visita lá esta semana.  Ver se você nâo puder mudar una vida.  BOA SORTE!!!  Amo vocês D+!!!!

Sister Ottley

Hey family sorry I suck and this is going ot be way way short I had a bunch of stuff to look up and email for people and it ate up quite a bit of my time.  I love you all sooo much.  Etch-a-sketch I am WAY sorry you are like super sick.  I am praying for you tons and tons and I am also praying that this little pipsqueek decides to come like a week and a half late so if I come home on the 14 of August I can meet it.  ha ha sorry but my prayers are pretty faithful.....just sayin.

I mis syou all sooo much but I really don´t know how easy it is going to be to come home.  They say that home is where the heart is well a HUGE portion of my heart is here in Brasil.  Espescially here in Catú.  There is a little girl like 18 months old and we teach her dad.  Everytime we come to the dooor you can hear her in the background "sita...sita..."  she is adorable and now bows her head and says amen like 50 times durring the prayer when before she had no idea what a prayer was.

I love these people sooo much I can`t stand to think that someday I will have to leave I am counting my lucky stars and I thank my Heavenly Father everyday that I still have so much time here.  I really do feel lucky for all the things and experiences that I am learning from here on the mission.

I gave a talk on sunday and I wanted to make the same challenge for all of you that i made in the ward.  I recapped the parable of the prodigal son and explained the doctrine.  Then I asked for a show of hand of all the people who know someone who is a member but that person is not going to church.  Do YOU know anyone who is inactive?  THink about that person.  When was the last time YOU personnally went to that persons house?  Or called them up if they live far away?  when was the last time YOU invited them to church?  when was the last time YOU beared your testimony to them?  I want each of you to think about that person and in an attitude of prayer.  Give them a call.  I promise you that the holy Ghost will guide you and help you know what to say.  It is my experience that as a ward member/friend/family member it is 100 times easier for you to reactivate someone then it is for a missionary who has zero relationship ties with someone.  It is the same way with non-members and conversion.  BUT seriously call them.. and the key to reactivation is DON`T give up!!!!  Keep inviting and keep trying to serve them.

anyways, I love you alll soooo much Keep reading the book of mormon.  It is the best and truest book on the planet.  Keep going to church because you can`t take the sacrament at home and EVERYONE needs to take the sacrament.  Keep praying because even those with arthritic knees need they´re daddy everyonce in a while.  GO to the temple because there are people that NEED you to give them the opportunity of Eternal Life, who are you to deny them?

Stay awesome!!!!  Never regret!!! XOXOXOXOXO

SIster Ottley

I don`t know what it is about this city and trees full of trash, but this isn`t the only one that exists.


look at our super cool tats

This house is like an oven

Hey Everybody!!!

I only have 25 minutes to write this email because I was trying to send pictures at the same time.  I gotta figure out a better way to do that.  It takes like a lifetime; I think it is because I choose the camera with the worlds most highest definition.  OH well.

Anyways this week was pretty awesome.  We laughed a ton, we worked loads, and then just were awesome.  ha ha we had the sedding of lourdes and hamilton...don`t know if I have already told you about them.  They are the parents of my first baptism when I was here in Catú the first time.  and we helped them get married this weekend.  They are the bestest.  I love it!!!  we are going to baptise them hopefully next week.  They are going out of town this week so we have to wait unfortunately.

Had interviews with president Hart this week.  He is the coolest guy ever!!!  I went in and he was like well before you even ask, yes, yes you and Sister Turner can stay together another transfer.  I about peed.  Apparently he can read minds.....he is a swift one that President Hart.  Ha ha Sister Turner and I have been sending emails just about every week talking about how much we love eachother and our area and how we want to stay together another transfer.  Ha ha it was real real funny.  he is the greatest. anyways transfers are in a week but now we don`t even have to worry about it.

So it sounds like it hasn`t been a real cold winter there huh?  well it hasn`t been all that cold here either.  I remember before the mission I was all excited because Google told me that it was an average of around 75 degrees here all year round.....LIES!!!!  Never  trustin that lying cheating peice o´ junk Google again!!!  ha ha it is like your walking around on a frying pan all day and you can hear your skin sizzling.  Awesome.  You are looking around with a desperate look on your face just wanting to go into ANYONE´S house you are sooooo hott.  and your knocking doors or trying to find investigators at home.  and then someone gratiously lets you in and you sit down and you realise it is a trick...... It is even hotter INSIDE!!!  It is like you just walked into an OVEN!!!  they are slow baking you to feed you to the dogs in the street a little later.  It was  actually cooler in the street with the slight breese.  But now you are sitting in this slow cooker where the air doesn`t move.  and you are trying to breath the air but it won`t flow into your lungs because your body is trying to reject the million degree thick stuff that is flowing around you....I can`t really call it air because it is like trying to breath hott water.  Oh My Word!!!  is all you can think and you are trying soooo hard to think in Portuguese but all you can do is drink the boiling hott water that you have in your backpack.  and you just stare at these poor people with sweat literally dripping off your face and they look at you like.....weirdo, why the heck are you walking around out there?  ha ha but then you share the gospel with them and you feel the spirit and all I can say is "like a fire is burning" has now become a literal term for me :) but it makes all of the heat and the bug bites and the exhaustion worth it.

Anyways so that is what the weather is like here in Bahia.  Basically just hot.  ha ha but I think after a couple months it will get better.  and I am counting my lucky stars because I will go home from the bahian winter into the us summer and so I won`t really have to get used to the cold right at first because I have basically morphed into this weird being who feel a little chilly in the mornings before the sun comes up....rediculous I know.  But hey, we are dealing with some pretty hott weather here.

I am sorry I feel like all I ever do is complain about the heat.  I am actually doing really really well.  I love my mission.  I love bahia.  I don`t even care if they are known as the most lazy people.  I love them.  I love the heat just as much as I hate it.  it makes me sooo happy to be on a mission.  I don`t know why I waited as long as I did after turning 21 to come out here.  This has to be the best thing EVER!!!

I am sooo glad to hear all about you guys and that you are all doing sooo well.  I am sorry about the colds that are going around I hope you all are feeling better soon.  I love to hear about you guys and all your adventures just as much as you guys like to hear about my silly stories I am sure.  Ha ha I EVEN like to get the updates of the cats at home mom.....can you believe it?

I have not gotten any more packages since Amber`s sorry, maybe something happened at the post office.  Don`t know.  I will try and see if I can`t get ahold of someone at the office to send them at transfers with my ZL´s.  we shall see.

So sorry, but nothing super exciting happened this week.  we ended up running around like chickens with no heads for the wedding and trying to get everything done in time for them and didn`t have the chance to teach a whole lot but it was still a really good week.

I love you all soooo much I can`t wait to hear from you all next week!!!  HOpe you have an awesome week!!!  Stay awesome!!!  XOXOXOXOXOX

Sister Ottley

The armour of righteousness

there is only ONE way to drink coconut water

sometimes you just have to do things yourself

sisters at P-DAY!!!!

Então estou sem tempo de novo...

Oi família vai disculpando porque estou sem tempo de novo.  Eu não dei parece  que uma hora não da quando você tem que pedir reembolso e ler um milhare de e-mails. Mas Eu amo vocês felis ano novo e natal!!!!
ADAM!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!  I LOVE YOU!!!  send me an email all about rachel because I seriously have NO idea what she is like......what´s her favorite color...what color is her toothbrush....does she like to take long walks on the beach....etc.
Hey this is gonna be way short.  I just want everyone to know that I love you soooo much.  To answer a few questions:  I have not received anymore packages but I will see president thurday and so I think I will get them on thursday. THANK YOU to everyone who sent packages I really do love it!!!  ya´ll are the best.  As far as brasileans know there only exists the pure sugar kind of maple syrup and so they don`t need or even want the real vermont stuff.  I LOVED my chocolate orange and so did my companion.  I felt like I was for reals at home.  I even shared the christmas orange story with Sister Turner that mom told us one year.....I don`t know if I remembered everything right but it was fun.
So I am super well.  I am sunburned which I think is ironic concidering that all of you were SOOO white on skype.  ha ha I loved to see you all though it was super fun!!!  I was complaining a little about how I didn`t have snow for Christams but it sounds like none of you did either.  Maybe next year.  As far as hair school goes I will probably end up going in the least expensive place that will still give me time to have a part time job on the side.  So seriously you guys can fight all you want but I am not going to have time to watch your kids as much as you would like ha ha as much as I seriously would love to.  ha ha but thanks for all your help and love I really do appreciate that you all want to help me.
This week was really cool but we did not baptise.  Some random guy came to fix the flood in our house....yea I´ll tell you about that one next week.  BUT anyways he told us that you weren`t a good missionary if you dont baptise at least 50 people on your mission.....UMMM....until today I haven`t baptised any...I asked him to give me the Priesthood, he didn`t laugh.....apparently it`s not funny to joke about the gospel.  But anyways he kind of putr me into a depression mode thinking that I was worthless. I didn`t like him that much.  But then I remembered who sets the standards.....HEAVENLY FATHER!!!  and he said that Even ONE soul is worth GREAT joy.  So this kid can just be quiet.  ha ha.
I love you all I am super healthy and happy.  I miss you but I am doing sooo good.  Hugs and kisses for EVERYONE!!!!  I love you!!!  Stay awesome!!!  Never Regret!!!
Sister Ottley