My name is Diana Martin and I am a not so secret agent for the Lord in beautiful Maceio, Brazil. I am serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 18 months.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Beach pics

July 22, 2013

Dear loving family,

It sounds like it is very hot there. It is probably cooler here right now. But yay pool! That is exciting that you get to share it with Jenna and Chris and baby girl! and Landon. He is important too. How big are they now? 

Yeah, companion study is in Portuguese which is good because we teach in Portuguese. However personal study is in English (except for PME I read that in Portuguese). The language of the scriptures is very hard to understand so I study the Book of Mormon in Portuguese during language study. It is interesting how different things stand out when you read them in a different language. 

This week has been interesting to say the least. Monday after emailing, I got to "go to the beach" with 8 other sisters. We only have 20 sisters in the mission so half of us were all together taking pictures close to the beach (we can´t touch sand because then that is actually the beach) and shopping at this place near the beach which is all booths with people selling handmade crafts and what not. Then after we went to Nicole´s, a pizzaria, with our recent converts and it was awesome. Basically Monday was a great day. 

This week we had interviews with President.  So after lunch on Thursday we walked to the mission office. Sister Gonzaga takes good care of us and when we arrived we got juice and oreo like cookies. The day got even better when I got letters and my package! Wohoo! I was so excited. Thank you so much! (The only thing missing was photos! Even just one picture of the family in a letter would be good. please?) Talking with President is always good. He is very calm and genuinely cares about the missionaries. Talking to him is definitely beneficial. 

This week was hard but it is amazing because when times are the hardest we are closer to Heavenly Father. We search out the Holy Ghost more. We are more receptive to answers (if we are open). We learn. We grow. Sunday was incredible because a member gave a talk that helped me so much. She talked a lot about gratitude and how it is important to focus on gratitude when things are rough, when it is hard to be thankful. How true is this in life? It is easy to be happy when things are good. It is easy to be grateful when things are good. It is easy to choose the right when there isn´t much opposition. But I know that when we are happy and grateful and choose the right when things are very rough and difficult we are blessed with so much more. 

I love you all
Sister Martin

More pictures:
Sister Moraes and I were tired and missed having a couch so we created one for our weekly planning session.

Half of the sisters in my mission together, close to the beach and happy.

The sisters again with the beach. Right now Sister Gonzaga is putting together a slide show of our pictures for the mission. When she saw this picture with us and the beach she said absolutely not (we did have permission to be there but apparently the whole mission doesn´t need to know we went there) This picture is actually in my area the others all had to travel to get to the beach. 

The beach!

Brownies e sorvete.  oh yeah.

My district and a birthday party.

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