Hi! My name is Alysha Carroll, and from July 2013 to January 2015 I will be serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Natal, Brazil. This is my mission blog, filled with wonderful stories of faith, hope, and the gospel of Jesus Christ!
August 22, 2013
I LOVE YOU!
I LOVE YOU! I
feel the need to put this first, at the beginning of every letter. cause it’s
true, and I want to make sure you know that.
Okay I’m sending
you a really long letter through Mission Ties later today so forgive me for the
brevity of this email. i have 9 minutes haha. Yes, mission ties works mom THANK
YOU for the cinnamon roll. and also when you send a letter I get a free cookie
too. Mom, the letter that you sent on Friday got to me on Tuesday, so it’s a pretty quick turnaround. Dad, I got your
letter too! That one was through snail mail, right? I got it on
Monday and loved every bit of it. Congrats on the job stuff, keep me
posted, and finishing your archeology course!
A word about
re-reading the BoM. Yes!!!! Do it!!! All of you, not just dad! We've been
listening to some really amazing prerecorded devotionals, and Elder Bednar says
that you should reread the BoM and just mark it up based on whatever question
your trying to answer or principle you are trying to learn, and then review it
at the end to see what you’ve learned. He said if you do that every time you have
a question, you’ll have a bookshelf full of BoMs by the time you’re his age,
like a library tracking your progression in gospel knowledge
the baby!!!! And Michelle’s engaged!!! And Rachel’s married!!! Ahhh I leave for
3 weeks and everything happens. sheesh. Did Toni have her baby yet?
Sorry for all
the typos. The Brazilians have a different keyboard here, it’s just slightly
off but enough to really throw off my punctuation. I still haven discovered how
to make a smiley face
So I have new
roommates!!! Sister Shirts and I got two girls who only speak Spanish! One is
from Chile and one is from Peru. It makes communication very difficult, because
they know Spanish and we know English and we're both kind of learning \Portuguese
so that’s our only common language. it’s definitely a very interesting
experience. They are very sweet, we just have hard time talking to each other. But
Today was the
last day in the Campinas temple, were going to sao Paulo next week. Have you
been getting the pictures? Send them to Mike too! I p[promise to try and send
pictures next week. pinky swear.
has been recommitting ourselves to learning the language. We got a lot of
grammar thrown at us this week and it kind of sent us into a coma as far as Portuguese
was concerned. But we sang some hymns and recommitted ourselves and things have
picked up quite a bit. Today is my halfway mark in the CTM, so 3 more weeks and
I’ll be in the field! Everyone I’ve met that’s from Natal or has served in
Natal tells me, first thing, that the people there are soooo receptive to the
gospel. I cannot WAIT to be out there teaching!
The Book of
Mormon is so important. If you do anything, just read a little bit every day.
It will change everything for you.
I love you so
much! Sorry this is so short! Thank you for all the letters, i love getting
them and they make me so happy! I am wonderful, so don’t worry about me for a
moment! The Lord is definitely with me. I love what my MTC President said - I
know that there are angels with you missionaries, not because of faith, but
because of experience.
I’m off to
hang around the city and hopefully eat a Brazilian corn dog! Wish me luck!
Photo from last week at the Campinas Temple
lucky girl will get to visit 2 temples while she is in the MTC