Monday, August 17, 2015

The Lord Protects His Missionaries

alright folks... so it sounds like you guys are waiting for some grand old news. well the news is... im pregnant! i honestly have no idea why i said that just now but it is kinda the first thing that came to my mind when i was typing that phrase... so yeah. i thought it was funny at least. so anyways.. im not really pregnant. dont worry.

so the office... well... it reminds me a heck of a lot like highschool... in a way. lets just say i might kill myself. on an honest note. like not a suicide type deal but like im killing myself slowly but surely. im making up a new phrase alright... for anyone who gets called to work in the mission office... it'll take a solid 5 years off of your life span. no joke. we stayed up until 2 IN THE MORNING two days this week. i almost starved to death, and people think im a sister bec my hair is so long. what is time?? ask yourself that question.. what is time. because here in the mission offfice it doesnt exist. you dont have time for anything!! literally! so to say the least... ITS FREAKIN AWESOME!!!!!!

Okay so i will start by saying the real stuff okay. enough kiddin around. so yeah umm im terrified to be on my own doing this stuff this week. one week is not enough time to learn all of my responsibilities. buuuuut that is when the grace of christ comes in to help me. i have learned A TON!!!! A TON! already. seriously so much. i have a daily contact with president cabral which is awesome. i havent seen him very much at all this week but i will the next couple weeks. so that is exciting. im scared to try and fill the shoes of elder maughan... who is an incredible missionary and the best executive sec this mission has seen. elder lindsey had one transfer as the sec which is suuuuuper rare. super rare. hmm looks like that is a sharp thing huh mom?? He sure looks out for us. but elder lindsey is an aweeesome missionary as well. i was with him my first 2 weeks in the mission field with elder veneziano as well. but yeah so i havent really had my new comp yet- who is elder hernandes. he is the material secretary which is the same as bryson walker. so that will be my new comp starting monday. but this week ive been with elder lindsey bec he is training me as the sec. so yeah. but yeah it has been insanity. i had to call amber weaver this week two times.. i called freakin UTAH!!! Im not gunna lie i was a lil trunky when i did that hahah. it is a small temptation to get on and check your email bec i live on the computer but honestly not too much. obedience is a commandment so.. eh. but yeah so elder hernandes is soooo freaking sick!! he was on my list of dream comps. so that is sick. he is an AMAZING missonary!! he is a pro rugby player, freakin ripped out his mind and a diabetic. so to preston ya lard... i will not get fat bec i am his comp and i will force myself to work out a lot bec im in the office. i will try my best to not get fat, truly. we stayed up til 2 two days this week getting all the study books and things ready for the new group coming in of 19 missionaries on Tuesday. and i will make the powerpoint tomorrow- im soooo scared for that. president said they have to be fun and super creative each time and i have no idea what i will do to make it fun and creative but we will see. i have made about a thousand doctor appointments this week fo rall the missionaries who need some. it is an entirely new vocabulary of Portuguese so i am trying to learn quickly. its fun.. hard and UNBELIEVABLY stressful but its good. time will fly by for the next six months, that is for sure. 

i really apologize that i will not really be able to send a lot of recordings for the next while bec i will be so swamped with things to do, but i will send at least one or two a week okay? promise. but yeah please keeep sending them to me. we have to have the same numbers as the rest of the mission and baptize every week. but the lord blesses us LIKE CRAZY in that manner. we have a baptism next week and three other people with a SOLID baptismal date. its been awesome to be with stokes again who goes home next week... sniff.. my trainer. love that guy. im excited to see who the new assistants will be! but yeah i am so exhausted.. still having ot wake up at 6:30even when we get home at 2:30 but that is just part of the fun. people really depend on you and president is the law. what he says you stop what youre doing and do- which is pretty cool. i am learning to plan my guts out and to prioritize my days. i have to work effectively and quickly in everything that i do. so that is cool. im on the phone a TON. i literally havent even thought about cubatao or home bec i havent had time to even think. its go go go go go and you cannot waste a single second. so its fun! it really is. its a whole different side of the mission. you see a ton of the things behind the door ya know? with the numbers and tons of other things. which is awesome. so yeah...

also.. so bec everyone already flippin knows, due to my dearest very intelligent and trustworthy older brother of whom i will never again confide in, the beans have been spilt. for those of you who dont know.. last week when i was at the waterfall... i didnt fall into the water. i lied. we were robbed. but really really really badly. they took everything i had. they took the ring abbs gave me before the mish, my camera with all the pictures, my watch, they took everything from everybody. some of the missionaries from our district got out with their cameras but they lucked out and were stupid. i literally looked death in the face an lived. it was a cool experience looking back, but not really. i have never felt a fear so... describable in my life. it was so strong and so... powerful. i took a blow to the stomach and one of them put their gun straight at my forehead and told everyone they were going kill us. no i did not crap my pants, i was too scared to do that. it was a character building experience and never again will i go to a waterfall here. literally never. and after that experience i wanted to go home... really badly. but later that day i was back to normal. it sucked though hahah and especially bec i got all my stuff taken. but i literally thought i was going to die. now... with that- THE LORD PROTECTS HIS MISSIONARIES!! heavenly father totally and completely watched out for us and everything is totally fine now. wrote all about it in my journal so dont even worry folks. but yeah.. nobody freak out and im safely in the office now. 

... yes i guess you could same i am somewhat of a hero. go ahead. ;) hahaha just kidding.

congrats everyone on tbc.

anyway so that is my life. and its a good one! hope all of you have a great week! i love you all SOOOO SO SO SO much!! preston... you freaking BABY!!! dude are you gunna cry?? like for reals! MAN UP!! take it like man you pansie!! good grief! i will send you a box of tissues if you want but this is pathetic!! ;) love ya dude! dont write too many letters... pffff. pffffff hahahahaha i love you preston and im just teasing!

LOVE YOU GUYS! ESPECIALLY YOU MOM!! thanks dad for keepin strong with my secret! *cough* preston *cough* ;D

and abbs... can we go to the chapel.. cause i wanna get married... 

THE Elder Sharp

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Sorry- it's been forever.

I'm officially the worst missionary mom ever!!  Here is Brig's latest letter, from yesterday:

Well everyone... umm because of some events that took place today, i will do one hour right now of email and another tomorrow. so yeah... i apologize. 

Umm... first of all... i just want each and every one of you to know how much i love and adore you... even though the video was... yeah. i tried thinking of a clever word but i dont have much time. umm... you guys are hilarious but not really! it was a good try! solid effort but uhhh... eesh... i expected better. i admit,i am a very difficult person to immitate so i will give you guys some mercy. but really... solid effort guys!! BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME!!! the heck is wrong with you guys!?!? i was all pumped and ready to cry getting a video from home and then it turns out to be a mockery of things i DIDNT do!! hahahah no really you guys are awesome!! love you all

So this week was super great! my birthday was spent at evelynys house who took suuuuch good care of me. abbys package came on weds and evelyny went ot santos to pick it up for me. then on thursday my package from mom came but the post office kept it bec they are stupid andi had to go to the post office on friday and pay 115 reais to pick it! also ridiculous. buuut evelyny took us down to the post office in santos as well even on her daughters bday. yeah she is the best. so yeah my birthday was awesome and i got both packages... THANK YOU SO FREAKING MUCH!!! MOM you are seriously absolutely PERFECT!!! i love love love you!!! and abbs... you are seriously the most amazing person alive, thank you SOOOOOO much for the perfect perfect package from the PERFECT PERFECT girl!!

good news is we have a baptism this week!! liliani, the wife of luciano is going to be baptized this weekend!! wooooo!! im super pumped that finally even though the work is bone dry right now, we will have a baptism!! umm... also... we went ot the waterfall... it was SOOOO freaking sweet! seriously the best but as we were leaving, i slipped and fell into the water and lost my camera at the bottom of the lake... i almost cried... 9 months of my mission... gone. every photo taken since i have left home... gone. just like that. and also... the ring abby gave me for my birthday last year. i havent gone a day on my mission without that lucky charm and now its at the bottom of a lake. i have NO IDEA how it happened but yeah.. so you can mark today as like the worst day of my life. now i need to buy a new camera and everything... ive been heartbroken all day. just beating myself up. but it was super fun none the less. we had our whole district, tiago, rodolfo, evelyny, and her kids. so there were 8 missionaries in all, including me. so it was a blast. but i had an experience this week that i just want to tell each and every one of you how much i love you. i love you so much. and life is a short thing. you never know when your moment to pass on is.. and you would never want to leave this world fighting or arguing with one of your family members. you dont want that to be the last thing you remember. so i want you guys to know how much i love you. i am SO  grateful for the protection heavenly father gives us. i am SO grateful for the family that he gave me. and i love you guys more than life itself. literally. and  i love the gospel. talk about life changing experiences... this is the real deal guys. i love my life and i am so grateful for it. 

talk to you all tomorrow... until then.... all my love