Let the carnival begin!! 2/8Hello everyone!!
I don´t have much time to write this week, sorry! The internet is being slow. But I love you all and I´m doing well!
On Tuesday, I got my new companion, Sister Hilgemberg! She´s Brazilian, so obviously we are a little different, but I love her and I´m learning a lot of Portuguese! She´s teaching me a lot and I know I will grow so much this transfer :)
- Sister Hilgemberg! Francis and her two sons.
- Francis made us bread. :)
Our investigators are doing so well!! We had seven people at church on Sunday! Francis and her sons are as great as ever and are preparing really well for their baptisms. I know that God prepared them for us to teach and that He´s helping them along the path back to Him :) I love them so much. I love that being a missionary allows to feel some of God´s love for His children. It´s incredible :)
This week is Carnaval, which means Brazil is crazy!! I have never seen so many drunk people in my life haha But it will pass and things will settle down again. We´re going to be staying in the house a lot this week, which will be kind of tough, but necessary. I think there are a lot of really beautiful aspects of Carnaval. I love how creative the people of Brazil are :)
That´s pretty much all the big news I have for you guys this week! Keep being awesome and relying on the Lord. I know that He has a plan for each and every one of us, and that if we kneel in prayer, He will show us what we need to do. He wants ALL of His children to return back to Him some day :) Thank you, as always, for all the support and love!
All my love,
God is so good :) 2/15
We´re having a baptism!!!
Yep, you read that right! Francis and Nikolas and Gabriel are going to be baptized this Saturday night!! I am so incredibly happy and stressed and excited!! I can hardly handle it!! :)
We´ve also been working a lot with less-actives, which has been surprisingly enjoyable. This week, we have been working a lot with a less-active young woman named Eve. She was offended by someone in the ward a while back and hasn´t gone to church in years. As we visited with her, she told us that she hasn´t felt the spirit in a long time and that she thinks she needs to just drop the church altogether. I felt prompted to invite her to go teaching with us the next day, and surprisingly, she said yes. The next day, she went with us to visit a man who had helped me and Sister Bundy when we were assaulted (hidden blessings :)) and we taught The Restoration. The Spirit was very strong, and at the end, I asked Eve to bare her testimony. She bore a strong testimony of Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon. Afterwards, she said that she had felt the Spirit for the first time in a while, that she knows the church is true, and that she wants to serve a mission a year from now. She then asked us to come home with her and teach The Restoration to her parents. It is hard not to cry, even as I´m writing this, because of the immense love I feel for this young woman and her family. I know that every soul is precious in the sight of the Lord. And I know that Eve will be a great influence for good in the world.
In other news, I´m going to be speaking at Stake Conference next week. Yep. Nervous and excited :) God will loose my tongue so that I can speak what´s in my heart. I know that the gift of tongues is real.
My companion and I are doing well, just trying to work hard and be the best missionaries we can be :) It´s been really hot here, which is hard. But God´s sustaining us through this Brazilian summer :) Cold showers and frozen cups of yogurt have become my new favorite things!
Hope you are all doing well and feeling the light of The Savior´s love this week and always :) Don´t forget your prayers or your immense worth!
All my love,
"Yea, they were baptized [...] and were filled with the grace of God." - Mosiah 18:16 2/22
Well, I think this week was the most stressful, exhausting, crazy, wonderful, happy, glorious week of my mission so far.
The highlight? Francis, Nicolas, and Gabriel were baptized this Saturday night, along with a young woman that the sisters have been teaching!! And then they were confirmed and given the gift of the Holy Ghost yesterday! They looked so glorious in all white :) The whole ward got so excited and involed in the baptism...the Relief Society made treats, the Primary sang, the Young Women sang, the Young Men talked, the Sunday School set up a video...everyone did their part. The chapel was filled to the brink, and we even had people standing in the back. There were more than 110 people there! I think that´s more than we had at church the next day! Although Francis was very nervous, she and the boys had so much support, members and non-members alike, and the Spirit was so strong. I am so honored to have been a part of this journey for them, and I look forward to continuing visiting them in the coming weeks :)
Now that the baptism is over, I have started preparing for my talk at Stake Conference this Saturday. I´m pretty nervous to be speaking in Portuguese in front of so many people, but I know that the Holy Ghost will bring to their hearts the message that they need to hear.
In other news, our English class had more people than ever this week! More non-members than members! It is stressful, but also super fun, to be teaching English. We´ve started doing verbs and conjugations, so I think I might need to start studying English during language study :) I really do love teaching. And the people in our class are so humble and excited to learn! Most of them have hopes of living in America one day. I hope I can help them with their dreams :)
Other than that, life has been pretty normal. Super hot. Lots of rain. Lots of dogs. And lots of rice and beans. Hope you are all doing well and know how much I love and appreciate you! Keep your chin up and everything will work out :)
All my love,
"The Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain..." - Zecharias 10:1 2/29
Hello everyone :)
Not much to tell this week, other than the fact that we have had A TON of rain :) I´m not complaining, though. I´d take pouring rain over blazing sun any day :)
Francis, Nicolas, and Gabriel are doing well and loving being members of the church. Nicolas and Gabriel are going to receive the Aaronic Priesthood (The priesthood is the power of God given to men in order to do things in the name of Jesus Christ. The Aaronic Priesthood is the first priesthood that a young man can receive, and worthy young men of certain ages can use this priesthood to bless and pass the sacrament, baptize, and help the people around them.) I am very excited for them to take this next step and continue progressing and becoming like Christ. I love them all so much :)
The English class is going well. We´ve started learning verb tenses, so it´s getting complicated! I´m loving it. It´s hard to switch back and forth between English and Portuguese really quickly, but I´m starting to get better at it. And living with an American in the house helps me to keep my English up :)
This Saturday and Sunday, we had Stake Conference. My companion and I had the opportunity to prepare talks for the Saturday evening session. Sister Hilgemberg talked about eternal marriage, and I talked about The Atonement.The whole session went really well and the Spirit was strong. I love this stake so much. It will be very hard to leave Cidade Lider when I get transferred.
Right now, Sister Hilgemberg and I are just trying to find some new people to teach who are ready to hear the Gospel. I know that if we follow the Spirit, we´ll be led to those people. I´m excited to teach them :)
Alright, I´ve used too many smiley faces for one day. I love you all and I hope you are all doing well. Don´t forget that you have worth and value in the sight of The Lord and that He´s rooting for you. And so am I :) Don´t forget your prayers!
All my love,
Sister Doyle (or Dolly if you´re Brazilian)
My comp with a cat alseep on her skirt (she´s allergic to cats so it´s kind of a hilarious picture)
Another rainy week in Brazil :) 3/7
I hope you are all doing well! It´s been hot and rainy here in Sao Paulo, which has been interesting :) I am never dry...I´m drenched in sweat or drenched in rain. No other options ;)
In all honesty, this week was kinda tough. My heart has been aching for my people. There is a lot of sadness and addiction and rejection of the truth, and I feel as if I could shout with Alma, "O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people! Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth." (Alma 29:1) We had an investigator drop us who I have been teaching for almost 4 months now. It broke my heart more than I thought it would. But that´s good, because I know that I´m truly caring for these people. And I hope and pray that they can see and feel my desperation and hope that they will accept this amazing blessing of the Gospel in their lives. I know how much it can change lives.
The English class is going well and Sister Hilgemberg and I are doing lots of contacting and door-knocking to try to find some new investigators. I know that God will help us as we work our hardest :)
I wanted to do a special little shout-out to everyone who put together that amazing Valentine´s Day box! I absolutely loved it and it came right when I needed to feel a little extra love. You guys are the best and I am so lucky to have such amazing people in my life. All the Valentine´s Day cards were adorable :) You guys are the best!
I hope you are all doing well and staying close to The Lord. He has a plan for each and every person on this earth, and He will help you know what you need to do if you pray and ask Him.
Keep being awesome!! :)
All my love,
- The skirts we made with the irmas of the ward.
- My normal breakfast
Last week in Cidade Lider... 3/14
Hello everyone! Hope you are all doing well and finding all the beautiful in life :)
This week was pretty rough. Lots of knocking doors and being rejected. But we had some miracles too :) We met some of the most amazing people I´ve ever met in my life and drank grape juice and ate fancy cheese with them in their wine shop (it was grape juice, I promise). They really re-established my belief in humanity and that what we do as missionaries makes a difference. I´m so grateful to meet wonderful people like that.
I don´t have much time to write today, but I wanted to let you all know that I´m being transferred! I´m going to a more suburban area of Sao Paulo called Itaquaquecetuba (yep, don´t even try to pronounce that). Me and my new comp are going to be opening an area there! It´s going to be an adventure to get there tomorrow knowing absolutely nothing but the address of our house, but I know this is where the Lord needs me right now. It will be sad to leave my beloved Cidade Lider, but I´m excited for the change and the opportunity to meet new people and get to know a new area!
Have a great week everyone, and don´t forget your prayers. Prayer is the single most important thing you can do in your day. So make sure it gets the time it deserves ;)
I love you all! Thank you for the continued support and love!
All my love,
P.S. - I woke one day and went straight to the bathroom. Half awake, I heard a rustle next to me. I turned and saw a moth the size of my head. Not exaggerating in the slightest. I freaked out and it freaked out and much flapping of wings and screaming ensued. I´m still alive. Moths are gross. Have a great week everybody.