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!
November 4, 2014
November 3, 2014
Such a good week! Seriously, I just love Souza
My companion, Sister Cabral, is the best ever. I love her so
much. I´m learning SO MUCH from her :) Did I mention last week, she actually
should have gone home last week with the transfer because she finished 18
months but she is staying until November 24, 4 weeks more. It’s great! She says
- Physically, I´m really tired and my mind has trouble focusing but what I
still have is the desire and that´s what´s keeping me going.
I learned that missionary work is really quite simple. After
a while on the mission, your brain gets filled with techniques and secrets and
how to teach and how to plan and you know, sometimes it’s good to empty your
mind and go back to the basics.
(1) You need to work diligently. Maybe there are more
effective ways to work and use your time than just contacts and knocking doors,
but when you do EVERYTHING within your power the Lord sends miracles.
(2) You need to love the people! If you love them, you´ll
pray for them, you´ll study for them, you´ll worry about them and you´ll always
be close by. Its not a sacrifice to go out of your way and return to the house
2 or 3 or 4 times to visit with them. You wake up thinking about them and go to
bed praying for them. And if you truly love them, the Lord will bless THEM
because of YOUR faith!
(3)Pray with faith, really believing that it’s going to work
out. Just trust that God will make things happen if you´ve really given your
best. Don´t be afraid to pray for miracles - but you have to believe its gonna
happen! No doubting Thomas´s here!
That´s basically it. After 15 months on the mission, these 3
things are really the best way to do the Lord´s work. And it’s wonderful :)
So this week we helped João Luiz be baptized. He met the
sisters a little more than a month ago, drunk, but pointed out his house and
asked them to pass be. So we came :) He is so pure of heart! The biggest
motivation for him was his family, his wife and sons. The BEST moment was
walking to church yesterday and he told me that his son started going to church
(in a different state). He said that his son drinks and never went to church. I
told him that now YOU can be the example for your son that it is possible to
stop and change and that it’s only following Jesus Christ that makes the
difference. And João Luiz just had the biggest smile on his face and said, Yeah
you´re right. I can help him. I am the example for my son.
I just love being a missionary and having these moments!
João Luiz, Fernando ,Cosmo e família! Ezequil
I love them so much! Every single one of these men had to
overcome a drinking addict to be baptized, but what it really comes down to is
that they needed someone to believe in them :) Someone to tell them that they
are awesome, that they´re gonna succeed, that they are important. Really, I
just love being a missionary so I can be the little voice that says You can do