Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Sisters in Viseu

Fresh grilled sardines!!

Okay so yeah, i got emergency transferred. heres the story:
So the past couple of weeks have been rough, just because we were resting a lot because of Sister Durans ankle. This week we had training and interviews with president, and we got put last. So we finally get around to getting in there, and sister Duran goes in first and comes out with this smile on her face and then shakes my hand and was like, your in for a suprise. I get in there, we say a prayer, and then first thing president says is that Sister Duran will take over the office work from a senior missionary couple down in Lisboa. I was surprised, but thought, thats great! she gets to stay out on her mission and stuff, and Ill probably get a new comp or work with the other sisters for the next two weeks. Nope. Im up here now in Porto with Sister Samantha Brooks. Shes 21, cute as a button, was at BYU before the mish, knows elenor jackson and lucy taylor, and its great. We have a baptism this saturday and a few people that are progressing. and because Porto is closer to the coast, its not as cold here!! Im excited to be here.
I got the christmas package you sent me mom!! thank you!! i love it and am so excited for it! any other mail that has already been sent, no worries, it will get to me eventually.
new address:
Rua Aires de Ornelas nº7 2ºandar
4000-28 Antas
That being said, a part of my heart is still in viseu with that incredible ward and with the other sisters in the house. It was so fun. I woke up this morning and was like, wait, I dont wanna leave!!! I am excitd to get to work though, and Ill see those sisters next week at our big zone conference. we also recorded something to be on the mission christmas cd. videos to come.
Miracles: So I left benfica on a super low note, the one baptism we had didnt come to church that last sunday, we had no progressing investigators, etc. It was rough. But then i got a call from Sister wach yesterday afternoon and she was like, you will never believe who got baptized this week. Story:
Me and sister wach were heading back from working to go eat lunch or something and this 20 year old portuguese guy walks up to us and was like, can i get joseph smiths bible from you guys? jaws dropped. we handed him the BOM that we had with us. We explained to him what it was, marked an appointment with us, and then walked away so excited!. Well, that appointment fell. Then the next week we saw him in a bar again and we were like, no way! he talked to us for a bit, actually told us that he had been learning about the church for awhile and put his name in for a visit over a year ago and never got one. So we marked for another time and walked away. five minutes later he called us back... and started telling us about the magic mushrooms he smokes, how awesome they are and how we should try them... we were a little freaked out but just planned on teaching him the word of wisdom asap. well, that plan fell too. and so next time he tried to mark with us we said, here, you come to church and then we will talk. Well, he never came to church while I was there. His name is Eduardo, by the way, we called him mushrooms man. But sister wach told me that about two weeks into the transfer, he showed up to church uninvited, and they couldnt believe it! they visited him that week, marked him for baptism, and taught literally everything else in 2more visits, and he was baptized yesterday. Eduardo mushrooms got in the water. I cant even believe it. I was so happy. The lord really is preparing people!
Jessica, our other recent convert, is still doing great. One of the young women picks her up every sunday and she sang in the primary program and everything. It made me really happy to hear that.

Well, thats really all, this week we were inside even more than usual so I dont have any stories from street contacts or door knockings or anything. I love you all!!! I feel your prayers and pray for you all. Happy thanksgiving! ill eat a pastry to celebrate.

Paz, amor, casamento do templo,
Sister Briggs
ps to my teammates reading this, i love and miss you all. Cougars!

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