Monday, June 24, 2013


so I dont even know where to start right now. already have transfers!!! its crazy how time is flying by! but were staying here in serrinha!!! and i found out theres going to be another dupla of sisters!!!! im not exactly sure how i feel about that. im kinda nervous. i havent  been in a house with other sisters before so idk how its guna be. but were needing more people here, the area is super grande! its são joão here! its another holiday, or really another reason to party haha they throw partys here like no other!! everyone for são joão make fires in front of the house, play with fireworks and cook meat!! haha omylanta sexta...friday! friday we had a dance at the church. and everyone brought cake. it was cake of every type and it was sooo good.  i didnt leave the table haha i ate SO much that i was kinda sick the next 2 days (oops!)

but we werent able to grab anyone for church cuz i couldnt really walk. so it was kinda rough. but the work here is going slower than id like. we watched the fireside. we went to another city about an hr away because they werent broadcasting it at the church. I dont think anyone from our ward watched it. i miss the temple so much!

but despite everything  my comp, my kid is teaching me so much. she is so much better than me, so much more humble and willing! i really learn so much from her. i want to be more like her!!! i feel like im having a midlife crisis right now haha halfway thru the mission an you think about all these things you wish you woulda done before and all this stuff. and man i am so stressed out haha its so stressful to be senior or train on the mish


I dont even know what to say! the work is going, its stressful right now but its going!!! thank you so much for not forgetting about me! things are a lil challenging right now but i know that the Lord knows what Hes doing and we just need to confide and trust in him!!!

i love you so much and thank yall so much for everything!!!

love you so much

sister benedict


Thursday, June 20, 2013


a monte de coisas mama ave maria!! nao sei o que fazer. quero ser melhor mas não consigo, quero ser superwoman, só que...não da...opa im talkin portuguese!! sorry.  i love it here in serrinha. the members are so great and the ward and...i just love it here!!!!! the lord really does hear our prayers and loves us. this week was hard and i have been fasting and praying so much for the ward and the members!!!! we were having a rough time and the lord blesses us in little ways. yesterday had a group of people lunch in the house of a member and it was just what i needed! and today were going to make tacos with other elders!! and i am sooooo stoked! i miss salsa and chips so bad! here doesnt have mexican food! haha i even dreamed about tacos last night! actually I dreamed i was home and talking english...didnt like that dream very much!


 i know that the lord lives, i know that he loves each of us and he really knows what we need to grow and to really know that He is here and loves us!!! he answers our prayers. ive been wanting to find cremosinhas(its like a popsicle but its not!) since petrolina and today i found one!!! ominhanossa you should have seen my face i was so stoked! just what i needed!!! its like my ice cream haha AND i fed a buncha wild monkeys today, no big deal :) the mission for me is really a growing experience and dispite all of the difficulties, i am more happy than i ever have been!!! i am so grateful for yall and everything

love sis benedict


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Monday, June 10, 2013


omygosh im bawling and i dont even know why. we just got done eating lunch with an investigator/friend of ours. people here are just  i have never seen a people who are so willing to give everything to you. this guy, wilix, paid for our lunch and wouldn’t even let us pay or anything. also he gave us guitar pics. i know that sounds like nothing, but he gave me his very first pick( hes in a rock band) that hes had for 9 years and gave my comp the pick that his dead brother gave him. i was filled with so much gratitude. he also said that he doesn’t like our church because they send people from other places and come to here, make friends help people then leave. He asked if we ever thought that what we were doing was inhumane!!! he was kidding but i really got thinking, nossa! never really thought about that! but in a way its so true haha this week has been a really good week for us. we had a baptism! but i feel so...humbled right now. idk im still thinking about what welix and us talked about!

 we met the kid 3 days ago. the mission has been the hardest thing to do in my life. but now its a different kind of hard, before it was the language, or the schedule, or the work. now its hard when you really se apagar com alguém....idk how to translate you really get attached to people in a way that you really want to help them, but dont know how. or know that you may never see them again in this life. its really humbling to think about, something that hasnt really crossed my mind till now. and to think that 9months has already passed, its so strange for me.

  were working so hard here in serrinha, and i love my companiion so much. she has been such a blessing in my life. and i thank the lord every day for her. i feel like i dont deserve all of these blessings, actually i dont even feel like i deserve to be a missionary. but i know that i am in the right place. that the lord needs me to be here. i am so la! the mission has really opened my eyes and maybe one day ill be able to explain it.

   i know that my redeemer lives. i know that god lives and i know that jesus cristo lives too! i dont have a shadow of a doubt that this church is true. i know that i am not perfect, really im the furthest thing from it. but im here because i believe the atonement works! i feel like people here think that were so perfect and never done anything wrong and dont understand. oxê! i tell them if they only knew haha but i really dont know what else to say.

  this week was so good. i feel like im working harder than any other time in the mish. im tryna be a good example for my comp and really help the people here. i feel like this is the place im most attached to so far! i love this town. its more interior and its the city of the cowboy haha but i love it here!!!! i love yall so much. im so grateful to know that this life isnt the end. this brings most joy in my life!!!

with all my love

sis b

Monday, June 3, 2013





ominhanossa!! i have so much to tell you, this week was soooo super good! filled with the spirit and a lot of other things! i dont even have nem time nem palavras falar tudo que aconteceu!! mas vou tentar!!

1. Sunday was miracle after miracle! we had a lot of investigators at church and were helping 3 people get baptized this week!!!! we ran into a less active sat. nite and he said he’d be at church, and he went!!! he even bore his testimony and thanked us!

2. idk...this week was so goood! we met an old guy, carlos, and he belived since the first time we talked to him. hes so cute too!!! this lil old man! but he went to church too and really liked it!

3. im learning piano sabia!!!! i was able to play thru nearer my god too thee. And when i say i played thru it i mean i was able to play notes...thats all haha but im super stoked learnin to play piano, its always been a dream of mine!

4. i totally ate it the other day! we were walkin home and a quebramola aparaceu de a speed bump appeared out of nowhere and i totaly fell, scraped up my elbow pretty good haha 

5. um....idont even now..omylanta yes 1 more story!!! we were planning and closing our day lastnite and needed 4 more contacts to reach our goal, so we went out again and the very last contact we did....i dont even know what happened. we saw a girl a lil ways off and said yes..her! but as we were walkin to her i already knew her situation.i already knew shed be crying and it was because of her boyfriend! lo and behold mama we got up to her and she was crying. i just took her in my arms and gave her a hug. i told her it was ok and she could cry...things like that just trying to talk to her and mama...she fainted.  she fainted and hit the ground!!! it was like..ocrap now what! but we were able to get her sitting and we were talking to her.  Her name is angela and she actualy knows a member of the chruch!!! she was crying because her bf broke up with her! we gave her a book of mormon and  I think were guna visit her tomorrw!!! its crazy how the lord really puts people in our path that need His help! 

but this week was so good and i know this next week is guna be work work work but im so stoked!!

love this gospel, love you


love you all soooo stinkin much

love sister benedict