Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I have to admit that sometimes I think this calling is going to kill me, but its all good! hahaha! I woke up between 5am and 5:30 every day last week for travel and different things, so I'm pretty dang tired, but I'll probably try to take a one hour nap here quickly before pday ends!  We gave a training about the importance of keeping our commitments as missionaries and how we need to verify that all of our investigators understand what we're asking them to do and that they understand that this isn't just a couple of young kids asking them to do something, but the Savior Jesus Christ offering them their salvation. Ensinar arrependimento e batizar conversos! I was reading that scripture in the Book of Mórmon about not leaving the day of our repentence until the end and I just realized that the scripture isnt just talking about our own repentence, but also the repentence of other people. Its like Jacob 1:19. We have the responibility the share the gospel and teach, because if not, we won't be pure before Christ on the last day. So, we also can't leave the repentence of others until the end as well! If we don't teach them the commandments and show them the way of salvation, that's exactly what we're doing. 

I'm great! But still so exhausted! Hahahah! We went this week to Peruíbe, Praia Grande, Serra do Mar, São Vicente, Santos (so my chapel where we have church here in Jabaquara ahha), Guarujá, and Caraguatatuba!!! It was fun and I love the training we gave about our missionary purpose and teaching people and not lessons, so it was great. Also, it was fun to get to know Presidente and Sister Obata better! They're awesome!  Presidente and Sister Grahl from the CTM visited our mission and went to the last two zone conferences, so it was cool to get to know them too. They're too sweet! 
Something cool I was studying this week is 3 Nephi 12:10 and what it means to make sacrifices for the love of Christ. President Packer said that missionaries have to do contacts, because every missionary needs to learn what it means to be rejected for their love of Christ. I would say that this applies to every member of the church too. We have to share the gospel sometimes because we have to learn what its like to be rejected for our love of Christ. If we haven't had that experience yet, it's something we need to have, to truly understand better our Savior. As Presidente Cabral always said, "Que privilégio!" When youre suffering, you're becoming more like Christ, so What a privilege!!!!!

Love you!!!!! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

NOSSA! This past week was super busy because 11 new missionaries arrived and so we had to give a Training and also we started Zone Conferences!  So every three months there are zone conferences with Presidente & there are 8 zones in the Santos Mission. Presidente and Sister Obata give trainings, the Assistants do a training, and Sister Garcia & I do one as well.  So, this means that we worked in our own area only 2 days the whole week!   This coming week we have 5 more conferences, so its gonna be really busy and we're only going to be working in our own area tuesday and wednesday night!   Saturday the conference is FAR away - out there in Caraguatatuba, so we'll go to church there with Presidente and Sister Obata and they'll drive us back.  This means that we have to work super, super hard these next two days to work with the members and arrange rides and everything perfect so that even though we wont be at church, at least our investigators will be able to attend.  
Also, this week we found a new investigator that has two beautiful kids and she just showed up in the church saying that God touched her heart and she felt that she needed to visit. GOLDEN!!!!!
Life is good and this week has been super busy and pretty tiring,  but I love it!!  hahaha!    

LOVE, Sister Neal
They really do grow wings on their missions!!!

No presents yet!!!


Lots of rain, but does not damper their spirits...


Girls (Missionaries) Just want to have fun!!


Which one should I eat first??


Ready for Christmas


Blue and Brown Eye Missionaries

Alina with Fellow Missionaries and Members


Oh how awesome it is to serve!


Alina with couple and her mission companion Sis. Garcia

Pictures from 11/22/2016

Alina with Sr. Missionaries and fellow Missionaries

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Nov. 14, 2016

hahahahah everyone I talk to this week is always like, "Hey youre american! So, how do you feel about Donald Trump being your president? Did you know he is going to build a giant wall so that the mexicans cant cross the border anymore?" What a life!

Did you all know that today we had transfers again? These past 6 weeks have passed by more quickly than ever in my entire mission? Thankfully I'm still in good ol Jabaquara with Sister Garcia and loving life!!! We had two baptisms this week and it was awesome! You would love Barbara. She's only 18, but has a one year old son Miguel (who is the cutest thing in the world and makes me soooo sad sometimes that I cant hold babies!) and is amazing. She's super quiet, but understands EVERYTHING!

Being a STL is great, but hard, especially when I have to correct something, I DONT LIKE HAVING TO CALL SISTERS TO REPENTANCE. Luckily, patience and love are some things that I havent had much difficulty with.  Just courage! hahaha! And its true how important it is to use the scriptures to teach in every situation!  Like, Jacó 1:19 we have to teach doctrine and correct doctrine,  because if we dont, the sins will be upon us! How scary! I have enough sins, I dont need my investigators sins as well hahaha! LOVE YOU MOM & DAD! and thanks so much for everything!

Letter from Nov. 7, 2016

Mom, I don't even remember usually who I write and dont'  write in one week hahahah my mind is in one milion different places! This week we did splits with Ala 1 in São Vicente, and Samambaia. They went really well!

This week we taught a lesson that was a MIRACLE! I talked to a lday at a bus stop last week and she didnt seem super interested, but I bore my testimony for her about the restauration and asked again if she would like to learn more another day. She admitted that she'd given her address to missionaries before but theyd never gone. We marked a lessona and went and WOW! She's legally married (which NEVER HAPPENS), doesnt like coffee, and the best moment of this transfer was when we talked about the first vision and told her to ask God if this was the true church and she started crying. She said that she always went to the Catholic church, but visited other churches and always asked herself what was the truth, the whole truth, and how she could know. We gave her a baptismal date for the 26th and it was one of the most spiritual experiences of the mission.  Please pray for her & that we'll be able to teach and baptise her husband and two children as well. I love being a missionary and the Gospel SO MUCH!

This week was GOOD! But, I am so tired hahahah!! We do splits with another companionship of sisters at least 2 times a week and instead of giving my 100% I try to give like 120% to be a good example and show them how they can improve their work, so come Sunday night meeting with Presidente and the Assistants I'm just whooped, but more motivated than ever before! 
This week we had stake conference in Santos which was cool, but something that has been touching me a lot lately is what 100% obedience means. On the mission you learn to be obediente with everything, every hour, every meal, every lesson, everything! But, its easy to see which missionaries truly learned  this on the mission or not. Its just sad to see people not being obedient and then not being blessed because of it. In all honesty, we dont have any more agency, we already used our agency to choose to come to earth and follow God's plan. Now, we can just choose to be blessed (be 100% obediente) or suffer (break rules, commandments, not do God's will). This is what I've learned. 
Well, I think that was enough of a rant for this week....but its all true okay! hahahah! LOVE YOU and I'll be praying for sure!

Nov. 14, 2016

Yep, she is now teaching the new missionaries

Nov. 14, 2016

Always good to love your companion!

Nov. 14, 2016

Alina with her companion Sis. Garcia

Nov 14, 2016

Zone Conference Meeting at the Mission Home.  President
and Sis. Obata in the center.

Nov 14, 2016

Selfie with Alina's companion Sis. Garcia and new Missionaries

Nov 14, 2016

Nativity Scene outside Catholic Cathedral

Nov. 14, 2016

Baptisms from last week.  Gotta love the little ones

Pictures from Nov 14, 2016

Baptisms from this past week.  Life is good!