Dates Serving

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

Monday, August 31, 2015

Family is Important to God

Hello everyone!

(This picture was sent the following week.)
Well, I’m feeling much better now and my companion and I were able to work super hard this week and talk to a lot of new people. I am learning to love the area and the people here more every day. There are so many good people here in the ward! 

We’ve been talking a lot with a recently returned missionary who is awesome and has been introducing us to all of her friends. I love missionaries. And we even have some baptisms marked in the coming weeks! One that will happen this weekend is the wife of an ex missionary who left the church but is coming back! Their marriage is on Saturday and her baptism is on Sunday! It’s going to be great. She is fantastic and really wants to change her life and learn more about the gospel. The Lord is preparing the people in this area, and it is amazing to see it.

We are also teaching 9 year old Pedro whose family has been away from the church for a couple years, but is also coming back, with a little bit of a struggle. His mom, Nayra, was in the church as a youth, but got pregnant really young and then never came back. She keeps asking us, "Are you sure that this will go right? Can my son really get baptized? Maybe we should wait until the end of the year..."   and we just keep telling her that everything will be alright and that this is the right thing for her to do.

The church is true! Family is so important to God, and He wants us to be happy. We are trying to visit the family a little more to strengthen their faith- making sure that they are reading the scriptures every day and saying their prayers. It is ALL about the little things! We need to strengthen our testimonies every day, step by step, drop by drop.

This ward is really great and I am loving getting to know all the members here. The area is FULL of hills and stray dogs. Oh, our little house is great too :) We live on the bottom floor of a 3 story house and members live above us. They are SUPER nice to us and help us out a lot.

 Oh…help the missionaries. Look for ways to serve them, especially when lunch/dinner falls through. We feel so much love. I love being a missionary!
Thank you so much for your prayers! I feel them!



Love ya, Sister Berry

Monday, August 24, 2015

Transfers

Tudo Bem?

Well, I got transferred and now I'm in São Paulo, in the neighborhood Itaim Paulista. Everything is super different from where I was before. There are a lot more big avenues full of cars and stores, and a lot less green. Plus we live in the middle of a giant hill, so we are always going uphill or downhill. My legs have really been suffering. And this week I’ve been sick, which is horrible on the mission. 

At church yesterday I was half dead, and I just wanted to sleep. But I’m feeling a little better so don’t worry about me. Oh, I also got a new companion! Her name is Sister C. Lima, she's from a city only about 2 hours from here, which is interesting, and has 7 months on the mission. She's been in the area for just one transfer but loves it here. I feel super lost here but I’m learning.

Sorry I’m not really sure what else to say. Even though it’s hard, I love being a missionary. I want to learn so much more! I learn something new each day. Thank you for all your support and all the prayers. I need them. :)

Awesome quote from Brigham young: "Truly happy is that man or woman, who enjoys the privileges of the gospel of the Son of God and who knows how to appreciate his blessings."
Remember to be happy. 
Me and my new companion

Don't Eat Pete Success!

love you!

Sister Berry

Monday, August 17, 2015

Pencils and Pancakes


Well this week was FANTASTIC. Sister Freitas and I worked so hard and we were really able to see even more miracles. It is absolutely amazing! Remember I told you about Tamires last week? Well, she is absolutely amazing and was so prepared to hear the gospel. We were able to talk to her 'husband´' (not married legally-- whyyyyyyyy??), and it went really well. We weren't able to teach him again because his only day off is Monday, but Tamires told us that he got an answer too! They did exactly what we ask every person to do. They read a part of the Book of Mormon, prayed with faith, asking God if the Book of Mormon was true or not, and they received an answer to their prayers! That is all we are asking. Read it and ask God. They are so amazing. They are so willing to change and follow the example of Jesus Christ.

They all went to Church on Sunday: Marcos, Tamires, and their 5 children. Yep 5 kids under the age of 11. Church was great! I had the sense to bring some colored pencils and markers and some paper that kept them all occupied. Sister Freitas and I took care of the kids while the parents listened to the talks. I think they really liked it. The kids too. I got some great drawings out of it as well. I love them so much already!! We are having a Family Home Evening with them tonight and I plan on showing Brazil how to play Don’t Eat Pete, or  "Não come o Pedro,” it’s gonna be awesome :)

The sad thing though is that tomorrow is transfers...and I’m leaving the area. It is super sad because we finally found amazing people to teach after so much difficulty and I just love the members here. I love this place so much. But at the same time I know it’s time for me to leave. I know that the Sister that takes my place will be perfect and will be able to help Tamires and Marcos marry and help all the members here. I really feel like that I have done all that I could have to help this area. So I am excited to go someplace new and find new people that need me.

Something super exciting happened this morning :) I made a German pancake! Yup, just one, but it was ginormous! And super delicious. I think the next ones I make will be even better :) I’m excited. I even had a lime and powdered sugar. Heaven!

We were also able to visit a lot of recent converts and less actives this week, which is good but sad at the same time. Things will never be perfect! Some people think that after they have stepped onto the straight and narrow path that all is finished. But it doesn’t end there. God gives us challenges to make us stronger! We can overcome any difficulty with the help of our Savior. It is all about Jesus Christ. So visiting recent converts is great. It’s great to see them grow in the gospel. But some recent converts need help, and less actives have sometimes abandoned the church altogether. All the answers are right here in front of them! All we have to do is endure to the end and we will be happy. We will receive blessings from heaven and rest for our souls. We just have to have an eternal perspective. Remember what really matters. I love the people here in the ward so much and I will miss them a lot.

Alright, so remember to be happy, no matter what. You can do hard things. I can too :)
Eu amo vocês!

Sister Berry


Wait, is that a steer? A guy riding a steer in the middle of the street?
Yeah, I’m gonna take a picture of that.


Monday, August 3, 2015

"Sem luta não há vitória."

Família e Amigos,

 E aí? :) I hope everything is going great with all of you!

Well, this week was a lot better! People were actually a little happy to see us and we were able to teach a lot more lessons. What was sad though is that Sister Freitas has been sick so we've had to take it a little slow. It was just a bad cold, and she's all better now. So now I’m ready to work!

 A little info about my comp: She's picking up little English phrases that I say sometimes. Like "Oh my goodness,"  "dang it", and "What?!" It’s pretty awesome. We've also been saying a phrase that one of our investigators  (a little crazy and random lady) said last week: "Sem luta não há vitória." Which translates to-  “Without a struggle there is no victory.” It sums of the story of our lives right now, and is so true. We need trials and difficulties so we can grow stronger! Sem luta não há vitória! It is so hard to get rejected time and time again, but I know that if I do my best I cannot fail. Heavenly Father has given me the strength I need and will continue to do so. Thank you for your prayers! I have needed every one.

 It is soooo humid here! I can’t even believe it. There is mold everywhere! My bible got wet in the rain last week and it is still damp. The struggle is real. The good news is that I love the food here. I am still loving rice and beans day after day after day after day. I’m pretty sure I’m gonna miss it. More good news, I’m learning some Brazilian recipes! We will have a Brazilian party when I get back! Speaking of going back, I hit the halfway mark this week! I can’t even believe it. Nine months in Brazil went by so fast! But I’m excited for the rest of my time here. I am so happy here and grateful for all that I am learning.


Até mais, Sister Berry