Saturday, July 16, 2016

Baptism, Referals, Cookies, and Mission Council

(From June 13, '16)

Transfers are today... But my comp and i stayed together:):) Im super excited because we have a lot of families to teach.. we get a lot of member referalls which is the best thing ever!!

AND .... BATISMO:) Carlos Eduardo is the newest member of the Ala Trindade. I love his family to death:)

Also we are teaching a family where the mom lost a baby two weeks ago. Its almost the same exact story as Austin. Im so grateful for the Plan of Salvation. Last night we were explaining how families can be sealed together forever, and the mom Cris just looked down and started crying. She said she always thought that we forget the people we love. She is so happy to know that her baby will love her still.:):) I love the Gospel!!

Sister ALmeida´s birfday... I made cookies!!

Mission coucil was wednesday... I love it!!!!! Its so cool to be in the middle of those meetings and receive tons of revelation.... WHOAH

this is the gorgeous chapel in arsenal.... we have district meetings here... its almost "winter" so its actually cold here... woah. and by cold i mean it hit 13 degrees C... but im freez\ing!!

18 Days 'til Winter in Brazil

(From June 6, '16)

Division in Apolo... 

Its so gorgeous! And ya the sun-hair-fire is cool

more division. apolo is farm country and I LOVE IT. 

Yes theres a horse... This is at the house of the recent convert Marlene. She found 3 books of mormon before she met the missionaries. When the sisters knocked on her door she had just gotten home from a meeting with the doctor where they discovered that she had cancer. So the sisters showed up and started teaching the plan of salvation and read a scripture in the book of mormon. She looked at them and says Hey i have that book... What????? So she pulled it out and its marked on Alma 7. The sisters promised her that if she reads and prays everyday and gets baptized she will be cured from the cancer.... 

So the baptism was 2 weeks ago and wednesday she went to the doctor. The tumor disappeared and the doctor doesnt know what to do about it.

I know the church is true. Christ lives and loves us.

i Cut my hair

Learning to make Tapioca.. I LOVE IT YUMMMM

My district...:)

its purdy:) Autumn time in brazil... 18 day s until winter!

also, this skirt was 10 reais, which is like 3 dollars.... yeah man!!


And the im so tired-after pday-hairstyle

Made a Grown Man Cry

Dadddy. I just wanted to say that this week i bore my testimony about 13 times on how important its been for me to have a dad who is worthy of the priesthood. I made a grown man cry talking about how I have always known that I can trust my Dad because I know you are a man of God. He cried because he has 9 kids and has only spoken to 3 of them. And the youngest will be baptized this saturday. He said he wishes his kids could say the same about him. Here comes the repentance process.... :)

Some Thugs Kidnapped the Sisters

(From May 23, '16)

ok story time

This is the gate to our vila. In our vila exists our house. On the gate exists a lock. Except we didnt know that.

One morning when it was still night we had to go to Rio. We live in Trindade. That means we have to cross the ocean. So we woke up at 3:30 in the night;morning. And the gate was locked. So we were not about to wake up the rest of the poor sleeping people. so we jumped the gate :) and i ripped my dress.

But we successfully arrived in Rio for our conference at 8:00 

The Ends

Part 2.

We came home at 9:30 the next morning. When we got home we found out that we forgot the ladder that we used to scale the gate on the inside of the gate. So everybody in the vila woke up thinking some thugs climbed into our house and kidnapped the Sisters.


Also., mac n cheese. that was a good night

Q and A

From May 9, '16

It was awesome to talk to everyone!! (Note - we got to Skype with her on Mothers' Day) Sorry about the portuglish.... Its funny I couldnt talk to you in English but the rest of the day i struggled with portugues...

More Q and A

Q - So you mentioned that you don't teach men in the favela because they cant safely leave that life of crime behind. What if they want to be taught and want to change? What if you are teaching a spouse or sibling?

Malorie - We dont teach them because 1. i dont want to risk my life. and 2 because they could possible get in trouble with the boss guys and if they know too much info the boss guys might try to kill them so thats a bit of a problem.... we just avoid talking to men in the favella. But they like salute us. Which is funny sometimes:)

Q - (Okay, not really a question, more of a plea - from Heidi) Please listen to the spirit and don't think that you are invincible. There are human traffickers too. Be safe and don;t take chances, even though you have great drug lord body guards. Especially because of your body guards. Again, I just have to trust in the Lord. He has blessed you and I am comforted by Him. But BE SMART and LISTEN! 

Malorie - I am being smart! We always leave the favella before its dark and our goal is to have member lessons everyday so we always have somebody with us who lives there. Its a different kind of life. But we are being safe.

Q - So are there plazas or parks where people sit and visit with each other? We used to street contact people in the plazas in Switzerland. Wondered if that was a good place to talk to people in your mission.

Malorie - There are lots of praças but its a little bit harder to do street contacting there because 1. Theyre drunk or 2. They dont live in our area

Q - Are there farmer's markets to get your fruit?

Malorie - Yes I love the farmers markets:)

Q - How strong is the new ward?

Malorie - The ward is awesome but (based on this man problem) the ward is 60% women, 30% kids and 10% men/priesthood. So we are gonna baptize/reactivate a bunch of young men. ccuz thats safer:)

Q - Do you like getting the greenies and do they send you all the new sisters on purpose?

Malorie -  I love it!! I hope i train the rest of my life!

Not sure why Malorie took a selfie in the bathroom? Maybe cuz it's actually clean?

Q - What do you like the very best about your new area?

Malorie - ITS BIG!!!!!!

Q - Rate your Portuguese on a 1-10 for how much people understand you, and you them.

Malorie -  My portugues is like 8.2 Im working on losing the sotaque (accent)


From May 2, '16

I was transfered #aleluia! to Trindade with my new comp Sister Almeida. She is also a greenie:) Im super pumped becaue im in the middle of nowhere! you can look on the map i'm on the other side of the pont, near São Gonçalo and Niteroi.

(Editor's Note: Trindade is the name of her neighborhood northeast of Rio in the city of São Gonçalo. Not to be confused with a small coastal town named Trindade 30 km south of Paraty)

The Reason She Stayed

(From April 25, 2016)
I have quite the story to tell you guys. Its this thing called Late Nights. Early mornings.

So to start of. Yes mom I am still a Sister Training Leader. And I live in Sulacap. My comp is Sister Bonfim (the newbie from São Paulo that Im training). and we live juntos com a Sister Veiga (corto prazo de Araruama- Cabo Frio) e a Sister Barrientos (from Chile. She is one of my best friends in the mission. She arrived in Engenho de Dentro when I was with Sister Mamani-Argentina. and we became super great friends. I think I was called as STL mostly just to love her.)

So what happened is this. In december when we lived in Engenho, Sister Barrientos told me about a dream she had where her mom/grandma died. And last sunday Presidente Cabral called me and explained that Sister Barrientos´ mom/grandma is super sick and would have surgery. Then asked me to pass the phone to her. 

Pday they went to the office and talked about a Sister going home for 2 or 3 days and then coming back on the mission. 

Tuesday we had our District meeting and in the middle of it Sister B. started feeling super sick and sad. Then out of nothing the assistentes do Presidente showed up. they did a mini training. afterwards everybody was leaving and i talked to Sister B. she told me she wanted to go home for good.. She felt too broken to stay. We said a prayer together and then talked to the Assistents. They called president but he was on the phone with Salt Lake. They told us to go on exchanges and so I stuck with Sister B. all day. we talked a lot and just worked our butts off. 

Then at 9:30 at night Pres called. he told us to come to the office RIGHT NOW!! which is 1 1/2 hours away. So I called bishop and we found somebody with a car to drive us there. we got there 11:30 at night. We had an interview. Turns out when Sister B started feeling awful was the exact hour that her mom/grandma died. The Lord was definately comforting us in that moment. 

So we talked and cried and Sister B decided to go home just for the funeral (nobody else in the family is members of the church, so she dressed her mom/grandma in the temple clothes) and come back. 

So we called Elder Costa and then the Quorum of the 12 to get permission for her to go home and at 1:00 am we went to sleep in the sisters house next to the office. The next day we got up at 5 am and she went to Chile. 

I stayed in trio with my twins... Sister Bonfim and Sister Veiga. Two greenies at the same time and two areas!! It was fun and awful and ive never been so tired in my life. 

Then saturday morning we picked up Sister Barrientos de novo. She is doing well and we talk a lot about the temple blessings and the plan of Salvation. Ive never felt so close to the Savior as I did that night. I know He lives.

I love being a missionary.

(Editor's Note: Malorie later told us that she believes that this is the reason she stayed in that area one extra transfer after her Mission President previously told her she was being transferred).