Last Week of My Mission

Hello Everyone!

This is the last week of my mission! I’m so greatful for everything that I’ve learned. I don’t have a lot of time to write, because we’re going to Geres for my last P-day. But I’m super excited to explain everything here in 1 week!
I love you all and I’m so greatful for all of your prayers.
See you all in a couple of weeks.
Love Sister Runyan

Heavenly Father’s Plan is Perfect

Hello everyone,

This week we worked very hard. And many wonderful things happened. But Saturday and Sunday were very difficult days. Sister Costa’s dad has been sick with cancer for a few months. Sister Costa actually left for the mission while he was sick. This has been very difficult for her, because she’s the oldest, and the rock of the family. On Saturday, a family friend contacted the Marinhos that her father was in a very critical condition. President gave her permission to talk to her family at the Marinho’s house. The next day, we received the news that he had passed away. She was able to Skype her family; they are so supportive of her and want her to stay here. She has so much faith and is very grateful for being on a mission. It’s been amazing to see how the Lord has put all the right people to help her; the Marinhos, Sister Dixon, Presidente and so many others. Watching someone being comforted by the spirit in a time such as this has really strengthened my testimony.
Please pray for her and her family that they can be comforted during this time. Her family was sealed in the temple and I know that their family will be together forever. Heavenly Father’s plan, although difficult, is perfect. I’m so thankful that we know that there is so much more beyond this life. As my time here in the mission is running shorter it isn’t really sinking in. I can’t imagine not being a missionary. I’m so thankful for all of the people and experiences that I’ve had here. I’m thankful for each one of my companions and the different things that they’ve taught me. I’m most especially grateful for the testimony that I’ve gained and the relationship that I have with my Savior.
I love you all, and thank you for your prayers.
Sister Runyan

Champions

Hello Everyone!

This last week was really great! First of all, Viva Portugal!!! They won the European Cup; which was actually a pretty big deal. They celebrated all night long. It was actually really cool, because when Portugal made the goal you could hear the entire city cheering.

Last week, we had found that family of Ciganos (Gypsies). Well, they are actually really interested. There are a lot of people in this family and it’s hard to keep everyone straight; so I won’t even try to explain who is who. But went out the house of one of the women, Rita, and we taught the 2nd lesson. She is very interested and wanted to come to church, but transportation was an issue. There is also another woman, Elsa, who is absolutely incredible. We taught the first lesson and she really liked it. We gave her a Book of Mormon and invited her to read it. When we had come back, she told us that after she had prayed to know if it was true; she felt something she had never felt before. She told us that she knew that it was true. She is very excited to come to church this week.

Vera has been out of town, so we haven’t been able to talk to her at all.

Gorete wasn’t answering our phone calls for a while, because she was staying at a friend’s house. But we got everything sorted out and now she is preparing to be baptized on the 30th of July. Please pray that she will be able to quit smoking.

Ana is amazing. It seems like she´s been a member for years already. She even went out and taught with us for the first time and everything. She bore her testimony and it was so sweet!

Yesterday was very busy! First, we had the mission conference. Then we came back and had to carry a very heavy box of BOMs. Later on, Sister Dixon came up to serve with us for 2 weeks! She’s incredible, and a wonderful example to me. This will be a great 2 weeks.

We have a lot of things going on this week. I’m going to work my butt off until the end. I’m so grateful for the mission and it’s becoming more real that it’s coming to a close.

Love you all!

Sister Runyan

Ana’s Baptism and Why Joseph Smith Didn’t Wear a Tunic

Hello Everyone

This week has been absolutely incredible! Ana was baptized and it was amazing:) So many other miracles happened; I don’t know if I can count them all.

But I will try…

  1. We taught Vera, who came to church last week. She explained that she wants to be a part of this church and accepted the invitation to be baptized! She is an incredible woman. It seems like she’s been a member for years.
  1. We found an elderly woman while looking for former investigators. Her name is Gorete. It was kind of funny, because when we found her, Sister Costa and I were thinking that she might not comprehend the lessons. But we taught her anyways and it was very spiritual! She also accepted the invitation to be baptized. 🙂 Heavenly Father loves all of his children.
  1. On Saturday, we were knocking doors and it was super-hot! On the very last door in the apartment building, a woman answered and let us come in to talk to her; something that very, very rarely happens! She has had certain things happen in her life to prepare her to receive the gospel so we are very excited to go back.
  1. Ana´s baptism was incredible. Another Brazilian woman was baptized as well, named Cris. She’s an interesting lady; very sweet and giving. Last Sunday, she had helped a woman who had been attacked. She got blood all over her clothes and we brought her a change of clothes at the hospital.
  1. Yesterday was also incredible! After church, we went out to teach a reference the elders had given us. They were quite receptive; not as comprehensive, but they’ll get there. The best part of the lesson was when we had to explain that Joseph Smith wasn’t wearing a tunic, because he’s from a different time period and that 200 years ago men wore pants not tunics. It was actually pretty funny. Ha-ha.
  1. Later that night, we found a family of Gypsies that live in Sol’s neighborhood. They kind of approached us first and asked who we were. They were very receptive and apparently they had already been taught by Sol about the gospel. He even explained The Book of Mormon and everything. They accepted the invitation to be baptized as well.

There were so many other things that happened! Sister Costa is an excellent missionary and we’re having a lot of fun together.

Thank you for all of your prays!

I love you all!

Sister Runyan