Monday, October 26, 2015

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Sup familia de poder!!

So over here in good old Mem Martins not too much is going down. We are teaching some pretty cool people. One girl from Brazil named Marina. She is super cool and we are hoping that she can get a new job so that she can come to church. Also we are teaching this guy named M. He is something else. Oh man. Lets just say he may or may not be homeless and he may or may not be a really really big liar. We are really hoping that he is not cause if he is not it means he is super elect and ready to go! We will have too see in our lesson with him tonight! We also are teaching this girl named Tania! she is sooooooo amazing! She is a nanny for the American family in our ward and she heard the prayer of their 6 year old girl one night and said that she knew that there was something different. So she talked to the mom and said that it was like her heart had a lid on it and then when she heard that prayer it was like the lid was open and all she wanted was to feel like that all the time. We taught her the restoration of the gospel and she cried. She is so amazing!! We love her so much!!!

Other news from the week. Ummmm well it has rained like everyday so that has been cool. I love huge random rain storms. VIDA BOA!!!! We also did a division with the sisters in Cascais! That was super cool! The sisters there are super legit! So that was way fun! But ya other than that my life is pretty much the same!

Also this week is halloween! que bênção!!! We are going to carve pumpkins (if we can find any) and I am going to be a cow girl and sister Bryner is going to be an Indian. Well as best as we can while still looking like missionaries :) I AM SOOOO EXCITED! I love Halloween and we are praying that someone will come trick-or-treat at our house! yay!

love you all! have one heck of a semana!
Sister Bakker

Monday, October 19, 2015

Look, Mom, I Caught a Lizard!

This week was cool! here in Mem Martins we are a ward! wahooooo I love it so much! we have like a gazillion Brazilions so I am scared that my accent is going to be a little funky by the time I leave. We will see. But I am liking it a lot! The people are great! We have meals with members all the time! And we even have an American family that lives in our ward and they live in a real house! That is right I went into a stand alone house for the first time in over a year! That was cool!

A lizard we found in the street
My comp and I are working really hard! We are going to have to do at least 5 divisions this transfer and so we are going to be really busy and not in our area a lot but that is ok the Lord always provides away! Right now we are teaching this cool Brazilian girl that actually contacted us on the road. She was behind us and called to us and asked if we talked about Jesus. She is really cool! Also I got news from Póvoa that Janette was baptized yesterday! I am so happy for her! I love her so much! She is soo cool and really just so so great! Such a future missionary I know it! I am so happy that she was able to receive an answer that these things are true! I love this church so much and I am so grateful to be a part of it! If you know anyone that has not yet had the chance to hear about the happiness and joy that is this gospel please make sure to open your mouth and share it. Let the missionaries help you! Love you all so much! thanks for all the support!

My adivse for this week comes from a contact that we did one day. A wise old man told us "VIVE MENINAS!! VIVE!!!" So that is my advise for all of you. Live girls, live!!!

Boa semana! Fica com Fé!

Sister Bakkstertot

Doing a rap with S Alexander for our English class

You can't beat Portuguese Pastries!

Sister Bryner

Monday, October 12, 2015

Póvoa, my love, I bid thee farewell‏

This week on the mission (said in a cool tv man voice like he is announcing a really dramatic week on some random reality tv show)...

So this week was cool! Full of miracles! Yesterday our investigator Janette came to church and after I was talking to her and asking if she had any questions or anything and she was like "no I don't think so, but I read that book you guys gave me to read and pray about". And in that moment I was like ahhh MOMENT OF TRUTH MOMENT OF TRUTH!!! so I say all calm and relaxed. "Oh ya and how was it?." and she goes "Eu sei com certeza que estas coisas são verdadeiras. E quero ser parte desta igreja por o resto de minha vida." or in English, "I know for sure that these things are true and I want to be part of this church for the rest of my life." AHHHHH I died on the inside. So I say all calm and chill. "Wow! queres ser batizada a proxima semana." (want to be baptized next week?) and she goes "sim pode ser." (ya that can be.) IT WAS SOOO COOL!!!! She is so amazing!!! I am so excited for her!!

Now for the sad part. I will not be there to see my dear sweet 15 year old gem get baptized. Because Pai Celestial has called me else where. I got transfered. I am now in Mem Martins with Sister Bryner! I was really really sad to leave my home of Póvoa. I love it so much there. Those people are my family and I was really sad to have to go. But here is going to be great! I already knew Sister Bryner. We served in the same zone in the Algarve and she was STL the last 2 transfers so we have seen each other a lot! We were actually totally praying that we would get to serve with each other! This is going to be here last transfer sadly. I will be killing my 2nd comp. That is weird. But we are going to work hard and make this the best last transfer ever for her! QUE BÊNÇÃO to be here with her I am so excited for the new fun adventure!

So ya that is the story of my life now. Love you all!! Have a killer week and don't do anything I wouldn't do!

Sister Bakker

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

I've Decided to become a Knight!

So I have like no time this week cause we went to Castel São Jorge! It was super cool and rainy! Enjoy the pics!

Have a great week and remember that if it is rainy don't let the moment pass you by! Go jump in some puddles and get all muddy and have fun! Thats how we roll here in Portugal!

Love you all!

Sister Lyssa Bakker!

The overlook is of Lisbon.  IT IS SOOO PRETTY!!!!!