Wednesday, May 2, 2012

30 April 2012

Hi family and friends!

This computer is being retarded so if my email looks a little funny....sorry ha.

Um so I got transfered again! Im getting realllllllly sick up packing and unpacking my life up every 6 weeks haha. But its ok. I have faith Ill stay here for at least a couple, if not more :) The area that Im in is actually like 5 minutes away from Londrina. The city is Cambé. But we are more in the middle of Londrina and Cambé. The ward and area is called Riveira. Im pretty pumped for this area. Its really pretty here actually. And like I said, we are really close to Londrina. Anyways...Im kind of opening up another area. I am seeing a trend. The problem is is that there was a couple of sister missionaries that we working in this area, but they were sick and so they didnt do a whole lot of working. But now, I think we have a good 4 girls that are ready to work. My companion is another Brazilian. Im pumped and she said she is really excited that she has a companion that is American. And we have another companionship that is an American and brazilian. So its gonna be good (I hope). This transfer is only 5 weeks. Oh that wouldnt be fun if I have to pack up again in 5 weeks :( Anyways. Let me give you a little run down of our week.

First all, started off this week in a triplet. The other sister that was part of the other companionship in Campo Mourao left for Londrina because she finished her mission. So at the last minute Monday night we were in a trio for 4 days. And then we tried to work, but we had to go a little bit slower because Sis Ayumi was sick still. Anyways...then everything getting prepped for Elder Cook. AND we were doing transfers at the same time in Londrina. But we didnt find out if we were getting transfered until THURSDAY  night at like 8 o´clock and we needed to leave at like 12 the next day with all of our stuff. Anyways...this is the deal. We had to make plans with the ZLs because we had a bus that the mission payed for that would leave Maringa (2 hours away, bigger city) 5:30 in the morning Saturday morning. But obviously we werent going to leave Campo Mourao at 3 o clock in the morning. And I dont know about you guys...but elders dont always do things in the most organized manner. So they had to find a house that we could stay at friday night so we didnt have to wake up at 1:30 in the morning. And then when we found out that we were getting transfered...we needed cars to take us to the bus station and then cars to take us from the bus station to the house...with baggage of 3 sister missionaries...ya...kind of crazy...and then the only thing the elders said was "just come!" we will figure out everything...we didnt really trust them. some miracle, our president of the branch was going to maringa at the same time that we were and he has a truck we rode with him until Maringa and until the house of the family we were staying with. Talk about saving the elders! Man if we didnt follow through....hahaha I dont know what would have happened. Anyways Friday night we are getting ready for bed and we found out by the ZLs again...that we needed to be at the chapel with all of our stuff not 5:30 but more or less 5 we had to wake up at 3 in the morning. Awesome. And then rode a bus for 2 hours to get to Londrina. But hey, it was actually awesome. We had a lot of fun and it was crazy to see the whole mission together. It was really fun and there were a lot of Elders and sisters that I got to see and talk to.

Being with Elder Cook and Elder Clayton was awesome. It was kinnd of nerve wracking because we were on the second row...but it was good. And wow...when they was really powerful. It was really good. They talked about the importance of real increase in the church and how its not just about baptisms but its about helping the less actives and stuff. And how real increase in the church is the number of people attending church, the number of people being sealed in the temple, the number of full-time missionaries from that ward, and I forgot the other one. And just how we need to helped retain and reactivate along with baptising.

Lets see. I really dont have a whole lot more to say and Ill just stop there because you are all dying for pictures of me :)

K love you all and hope you all have a fabulous weeeeek!

Sister Empey

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