Dates Serving

Serving November 2014 to May 2016. This is a collection of letters e-mailed home from Sister Berry.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Festa

This week was awesome and filled with some great things. 


I am so happy that I am a missionary in Brazil! I am so blessed! One thing that I have learned is that life is never easy, and it never will be. There will always be some sort of challenge placed in your path. But these challenges are here to help us to learn and to grow. It’s really hard sometimes, but it is an amazing feeling to come out on top and see how far you’ve come. I know the Lord helps us in our lives to become the person He knows we can be. I am working hard to be an instrument in His hands, in all times, and in all things and in all places.

We had two parties this week. The first wasn’t really a party, but I was super happy about it so I think it counts. A sister in the ward gave us a loaf of HOMEMADE Bread. Oh my goodness it was heaven. All it needed was some of my mom’s homemade strawberry jam. Then it would have been beyond perfect. I LOVE the members here so much! They are so nice to us and help us with so many things! Everyone is just so kind and loving. It’s unbelievable.

The other real festa was Festa Junina, which is a typical northeastern Brazil party with lots of food with corn, and country music. It’s like a “country festival.” The food was amazing and I got to hear some Alan Jackson songs which just made my night.

I love Brazil! Alright, thank you for taking the time to read my letters! Have a fantastic week! Don’t forget to pray!!

Love,

Sister Berry

Monday, June 15, 2015

I'm going to become a vegetarian


All the weeks are mixing together. We are teaching a lot of people and walking a lot. And I mean a lot. Our house is on the edge of our area so we have to walk 30 minutes downhill to get to the Church (middle of the area) and then a huge uphill climb to get back home. But it’s got a great view.
So real quick, we found some awesome families to teach this week. Eudes is really excited though and loves learning about Jesus Christ and how to pray. It is so amazing to see the change in people, to see them learn about their loving Heavenly Father and how they can talk to Him. I love it! Eudes and Valeria are super cool, but have a lot of addictions. They smoke, drink lots of coffee, and Valeria drinks a lot of alcohol too. But it is also really sad to see so many people held back by addictions that so many people have today.

We talked to one lady who told us that all she thinks about it smoking and has to count the minutes to make sure she doesn’t smoke even more than she does. It’s horrible to be held back by these things. I am so grateful for all I have learned in this Church, for all that I am learning about how to be healthy. That reminds me, I feel like I need to go vegetarian when I get back home because I have eaten enough meat here in Brazil to last a lifetime.

I also read an amazing talk this week: How to Become a Consecrated Missionary. Something that I loved was that it talked about spiritual confidence. We have confidence in ourselves when we rely completely on the Lord. It’s strange how that works, but it’s true. When we realize and remember that everything is in the Lord's hands, and that He knows what is best for us, we are more confident and happier in life. It’s amazing. So I am going to work on trusting the Lord completely, so I can have spiritual confidence.

Have a fantastic week everyone! Remember to say your prayers, too. I know they make all the  difference.


Love Sister Berry

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Gift of Grace

View from the Church (3rd floor)
This has been a great week, a lot of things happened, but nothing at the same time. It’s just crazy how time flies. Well, I had the opportunity to go on a division with another sister in the zone, which was really fun. Sister Cordner is from Utah and we just had a great time talking about Disneyland, movies, the language, and everything. It’s great to talk with someone from your own country every once in a while. We also had another meeting with the President where I got to see a bunch of old friends again! I just love missionaries! AND I finally got some Liahonas and the one from General Conference. I am so excited to read all of it. I am so grateful for living prophets and apostles that tell us what we need to know in our day and age. Heavenly Father loves all of us!

Speaking of love, I wanted to talk a little bit about it. I was getting super down this week, thinking about home a little too much maybe, or thinking about all the ways that I have failed, and things that I need to do better. Something amazing happened though, as it always does. I remembered/felt that Heavenly Father still loves me. I can feel His love as I look at a beautiful sunrise, as I sing "How Firm a Foundation," or read the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Even though I am not perfect, He loves me. My Savior loves me. He knows me, and is there to take away my pains and sorrows.

I loved President Uchtdorf’s talk this conference, “The Gift of Grace.” I finally understood something about the Atonement: The Savior already died for my sins, and paid for my sorrows. The Grace of God has already saved me, so I don’t need to worry about that. The important part now is if I have been changed by grace. President Uchtdorf tells us that we keep the commandments of God because we love Him. So that is all I need to worry about. I just have to keep moving forward and doing my best. I love the Lord, so I will do the best I can to follow Him and do what He asks. I won’t be perfect, but as long as I get back up when I fall, it will be enough. Always remember the love God has for you. It can change your life if you let it.



Have a fantastic week!

Sister Berry

Monday, June 1, 2015

"And whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he."

The time goes by so slow and so fast at the same time. I have only less than a year to be a missionary! I know it will fly by, so I have to soak it up and enjoy every day.

So this last week was transfers and Elder Potts went home. We had a great Family Home Evening Night with almost half the ward, and a lot of food. This ward is just amazing! I wish I could finish my mission here. Sister Larissa and I are still here in Boa Vista and loving it. I never want to leave. And this morning we made some delicious American food. Elder Clive made French toast and he has some Mrs. Butterworth’s Maple Syrup from home (they don’t have syrup here) and it was amazing!  Elder Correia made some Peach Cobbler that was surprisingly good. And tomorrow I’m going to make some Mac and Cheese for lunch, it’s going to be great.

Well, I can’t even remember what happened this week. It went by really, really fast. My comp was sick one day this week so we had to stay home. Staying at home all day with a sick companion is not fun, besides getting to take a nap in the afternoon maybe. I did get to study a lot though. I just finished Philippians in the New Testament and it was really good. I love the scriptures. There’s a great scripture in chapter 4 verses 6-8. I love the part

”But in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep you hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Remember that God is listening and wants to bless you, you just have to ask. And be grateful for what you have. I always think of the song “You cant always get what you want...But if you try sometimes... you just might find...You get what you need." Yup. that’s how life works sometimes. Just remember that your Heavenly Father knows you and He knows what you need to become the best person that you can be. It’s amazing. Alright, and scriptural One liner of the week is in Proverbs 16:20...

"And whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he."


Be strong and pray always,

Sister Berry