Monday, April 7, 2014

St. Patrick's Day

March 17, 2014

WOW! Those pictures are stunning! This planet is absoulutely beautiful!  REALLY.
Teaching was went well this week. We didnt really get to work a lot in our area, because the branch presidents wife (For now we are a part of Branch 1) is taking us to see a lot of her neighboors and teach them. Her son just left for a mission so she is super excited to be helping and that Vilhena finally has sisters. She has one neighboor that is super excited. She asked us a ton of questions the sencond time we visited her. We are seeing a lot of less actives also. I hope that with time they will begin to go to church! There are a few who really want to come back, but as always something comes  up and they dont make it to church. But that is okay because we have church every week. 

Its so crazy that Ryan will be going to Japan here in a little bit. I am super excited for him and all of the delicious food he will be eating! I just email Elder Chatwin and told him this. :)
I am the pianist in our little branch right now. It is fun and I enjoy learning to play the piano again. It really is amazing how the Lord blesses us with the talents to do the things that are required of us.  I am learning so quickly! I will be playing three songs at new beginnings this saturday. It is a daunting task because I have never really played an actual piano song before, but just practicing I can see my improvement and I know that it is only through the help of the Lord that I am able to do this. When I play I have to help keep myself calm and really focus all of my energy into playing and reading the music. Thanks mom for haveing me take piano lessons and letting me play in the band all these years! It has helped a lot!! :) :) I may not have enjoyed piano at the time, but now I am absolutly loveing it. The music is so beautiful. Saturday I will be playing Eu anda pela fe, Juventude da Promessa, and Como Viverei. ( I walk by faith and How shall I live) They are songs in the young womens songbook.
Hmm..  a scripture that I I really liked this week was 1 Nephi 18:15-16, Verse 16 is my favorite. After four days of this pain and suffering we read ," Nevertheless, I did look unto my God, and I did apraise him all the day long; and I did not murmur against the Lord because of mine afflictions."   We have  so many reasons to complain during the day, yet we should always return to the Lord. We will be so much happier if we do this.
The scriptures in portuguese have such beautiful translations in my mind. Not every word  translates to the words used in english, therefore my mind ponders and thinks of the significance of what is being said. It is beautiful the ways the Spirit helps us learn.

Have fun with the crazy Oklahoma weather! You all should go to the zoo for me and send me pictures!
Today we get to take a five hour bus ride to the other part of our zone for zone conference. Woo-hoo.
Sister Chatwin

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