Monday, May 26, 2014

True Joy

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a great week! This week was a little slow for me and Sister Araújo. We worked hard, but overall we were both a little on the down side, not sick, just not always super excited to work and such. Weeks like this are a little hard, but we have to have opposition in all things, right? And if it means that I get to have the weeks and days of pure joy, I will take the hard moments (or hard weeks :) )

This week though I learned a little bit more of what true joy is. Yesterday I played the piano in sacrament meeting (again :) ) and that means that I sit on the stand. One perk of sitting on the stand is you see everyone who is at church and I was able to see our 4 investigators, our recent convert and a less active who has not been to church in I think monthes. My heart was so full of joy! There are moments in our lives when we have great joy, but I thought about the other moments when I have been really happy and they almost always had to do with materials things (besides experiences with my family). But the joy I felt yesterday was pure joy. The joy of helping other people come to the same knowledge I have. Helping other people change their lives, helping other people have joy. Watching people change is such a precious experience. The joy I felt yesterday was such a small small part of the joy of our Savior. When you recieve your mission call letter it says that you will receive more joy and happiness than you have yet known. When I recieved my call  (almost one year ago!) I thought that would be nice to receive more joy than I have yet felt, but really, truly it is so true. And it is not the kind of joy that can be replaced by any earthly thing. I wish I could describe to you better, but my heart is so full of joy and love for this work, for the people here, for the opportunity I have to be here and be doing this beloved work. True, pure joy is undescribable and beautiful. 

Another beautiful moment this week was when we were talking with our recent convert. He is so happy now. I thought back to when I met him and he is such a different person. I can see the light and joy in this life now. He has a purpose in this life. He knows what it is and he has more of an eternal perspecitve. The gospel is beautiful and true. The Atonement is real. Anyone can change. Anyone´s life can be improved and anyone can recieve more joy and happiness through the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Sorry I don´t have any great stories to tell this week. This week will be a great week though- I can feel it! I also have Conferência de Zona this week which will be so nice to see President and Sister Gonzaga again. I just have one picture to share with you all this week. If you want proof that I have been walking alot- here it is. Don´t worry, I am using new shoes now. I was waiting till the other one got a hole in it (which would probably happen anyday) but my feet were looking a little black at the end of the day, so I thought it was time for new ones :)

I love this gospel. I love my Savior. I love the experiences that we are able to have here on earth that bring us closer to our Savior, that bring us closer to the true joy and He feels. I know this church is true. I know that The Book of Mormon is true and that anyone can know if they will just read and pray. I love The Book of Mormon and everytime I read it I learn more and more. One hour of personal scripture study everyday isn´t enough! :) 

I hope you all have a fabulous week and a great start to June! I love you!!

Com amor,
Sister Chilson

Monday, May 19, 2014

I love the mission!

Hello Everyone!

What a week this was! I hope that you are all doing well! I cannot believe we are halfway through Maio! Where does the time go... :)

We didn´t have any baptisms this week, but we are still teaching a bunch of people. Some ramdon things for this week. I am the only American in our house now! It is two Brasilians and a sister from Peru. I am also the second oldest in terms of time on the mission with my companion being the oldest with 9 monthes. I am still the youngest in age though :)

It is still really hard to speak in English. A member in the ward was trying to speak with my in English to practice because he has been home from his mission for 2 years and he learned a good amount of English, but he never has anyone to practice with. Nossa, maybe I will just have to stay here because I think with another year I will have forgoten English... :)

Tapioca! I am now addicted to tapioca. Yet another thing I will have to bring back to the states with me... That´s why you have Brasilian friends though who will send you things and I will send them things from the states :) I don´t know if you remember when I was with Sister Martin and I tried to explain tapioca to you all, but now I can buy it and make it in our house. So, you buy in in a bag and to make it thinner, you sift it though a little strainer. You add some salt, pour a little in a pan, flatten it out and about 30 seconds later is all kind of melts or sticks together or something, you flip is over and your good to go. You don´t have to put oil, butter or anthing in the pan, which is nice that is doesn´t stick. Then you can put whatever you want in it. In mine I have some butter and coconut, but really anything. I roll mine up too, but you can fold it in half if you want. It is also so filling which is nice. I hope that makes more sense now :)

One thing that I learned more this week is the power of the Atonement. I am teaching people principles that I already know, but the more I teach, the more I learn. The Atonement is such a beautiful thing. Cristo suffered for all of our sins already and through the Atonement we can become better everyday. We are never going to be perfect in this life, but we just have to try to be better each day and Heavenly Father will be happy. He knows the intents and desires of our hearts; even just the desire to change and be better is great. I am so grateful for the Atonement and my Savior! Because of His sacrifice we can all live with our Heavenly Father and families eternally. What a beautiful message! 

Also, if you have a chance read Mosiah 25, but verse 22 is what I like the most. One things I have been so grateful for is to serve outside the states. It is hard because it is a new culture, new things, new food and alot of things are difference, but I have really been able to see that the gospel is the same throughout all the world. You can go to church one week in Brasil, the next in Italy and you will learn the same princples and feel the same Spirit- how amazing is that! This really is His church. 

I am so grateful to have this beloved gospel in my life and be able to share it with the world. Everyday I get the wear the name of the Savior and everyone who I talk to or sees me, knows it. I am so grateful to be serving this mission. I know now why everyone who is a return missionary always talks about their mission- because it really is this best thing ever. You learn so much, meet so many amazing people and have experiences that you will remember forever. I love the mission! 

I hope you all have a fabulous week! I love you and miss you!

Com amor,
Sister Chilson
 To make up for last week... pictures :)

My baptism! Me my companion and the man we taught
Me and the other sisters I live with by Sergipe river when we went to Centro last week
The stake president lives in this fancy neighborhood type thing and there are some really pretty murals- a parrot and coconuts because this is Brasil :)


Monday, May 12, 2014


Hello Everyone!

So news about transfers... I wasn´t transfered and Sister Araújo wasn´t também, so we will have another 6 weeks together here in Grageru. I am so happy because I love this ward so much! I don´t ever want to leave! :)

This week we had a batismo!! I am so sorry that I cannot attach pictures today because something is not working with the computer and cannot get pictures off my camera, but next week, I promise. I cannot describe the joy and happiness to watch someone go into the waters of batismo. I could not stop smiling and just thinking about it now makes me smile :) I could not help but think of the road that we traveled with him from when we started teaching him to now and the road that he will continue to walk in the gospel. This gospel is so amazing. In a talk by Elder Bednar he said that the gospel is to make bad men good and good men better. This is so true! If you are truly trying your best to live the gospel, you cannot help but recieve blessings and be happy. If you are living the gospel you are going to have a better life- that is just how Heavenly is, when you do what´s right, He is going to bless you. How wonderful!

We have so much faith that the brother of the man who was baptized Saturday will be baptized this coming Saturday. He just needs more time and watching his brother get baptized was such a good example. I love watching the gospel change people´s lives!

Nothing else crazy amazing happened this week, except that I was able to skype with my family! What a wonderful blessing! It was so hard to speak in English! I was literally translating words from Português into English to talk with them. I cannot imagine what it will be like at Christmas... Skyping is such a blessing though because it was almost like I was there.

Well, I guess that is all for this week! I will send pictures next week. I hope that you all have a wonderful day and to all of those mothers out there, I hope you all had a great Mother´s Day yesterday!! 

I love you and miss you!!

Com amor,
Sister Chilson

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Gospel is Beautiful and True!

Hello Everyone!

I cannot believe that it is Maio, that I have been on my mission for 6 monthes and that this is the last week of this transfer! Where does the time go!? :) We had another wonderful week here in Grageru filled with miracles. 

One of the biggest things is that we will have two baptisms this coming Saturday. It is two brothers who I talked about other weeks. The change in them is unbelieveable. This gospel is so beautiful and truly anyone can change. One of the brothers volunteers to give prayers at lessons, is reading the Book of Mormon two times everyday and walked to the adult session of stake conference alone at night. He even said yesterday to us that he can testify that this is the church of Jesus Christ. I wanted to cry because I am so happy and filled with joy that this gospel has made such a difference in his life and that I was blessed to be able to see this change in him. The mission is not easy, but when you meet people like this and are able to see such a profund change... it makes it all worth it. I wish that I could tell you all in person!! I guess I will just have to wait for my homecoming talk :) 

This week we also had entravistas with President Gonzaga and Stake Conference with Presdient Costa of the Seventy. It was probably the best stake conference I have ever been at, sorry everyone in Rochester. The spirit was SO strong. I am so grateful that I was able to understand pretty much everything. I am so grateful for inspired leaders who help lead and guide us. The adult session was all about missionary work and how every member is a missionary. The Sunday session was about missionary work também, but President Costa talked about how the gospel was created and everything we do here on earth is so that families can be sealed together for eternity. I know this is true. We are so blessed to have the priesthood authority and temples that allow us to make sacred covenants that bind families together eternally. He shared stories about people who travel days to get to the temple and the area I am in right now the closest temple is 10 hours away and you know what he said, they live close to a temple. I made me think about how I live 30 minutes away from a temple in Palmyra. I will make sure that when I get home that I always make temple attendance a goal and planned. We are so blessed to have the restored gospel here on earth- we need to us it and show our gratidue to our Heavenly Father!

This week was so wonderful and attached are some pictures. One with me and Sister Gonzaga and the other is a group of sisters who were waiting for entravista com Presidente Gonzaga. We are teaching more people this week, but Sister Araújo and I are so excited for our batismos this Saturday. We will finish this transfer well :)

I am so grateful for this gospel and the power it has to change lives. I know that we are never to far away to come back and there is not one person who cannot be changed by this gospel. I am so grateful to be able to see the change in people´s lives. I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for trusting me with His precious children. I love this gospel. I know that our Redeemer lives!!

I hope you all have a fabulous week!! I love you and miss you!!

Com amor,
Sister Chilson