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April 2012

Alaska, Brazil, Favorites

a última transferência

30 April 2012
It was sad taking my nametag off.
I’m home now. Adjusting to returned missionary life. Tis great with minha familia.
18 months in Brasil, and I come home to this beauty land.
I said goodbye to my dear Vitoria.
Said see you soon to dear elders.
Had a fun last day with my Brasilian family, as Sorvetes!
Lovely last dinner and festinha with the Araujos and a few elders at the mission home.
Enjoyed an afternoon with minhas Sisteres.
Tchau Quissama. Ate logo. Best farewell party ever.
Ezio and Jeane, two of my most favorite people in this world.
My last trip to Sitio Bom Fim, doing Nilton’s baptism interview, fetching starfruit, pomegranate, and oranges from the trees.
the last almoco, sunday lunch
Jaaaaymeee and trio de poder
We feed the spiritually hungry and the physically hungry.
The Easter Bunny came.
one of the best baptisms and confirmations everrrrr. eleitos!
We had one of Quissama’s best atividades!
fetching fruit from the trees with the elders
We love our dear elders.
uma palavra. SIRIGUELA. best fruit I have ever met.
getting our jamelao on our morning run
We had grrrrreat bicicleta fun!
played on the beach and communed with the sea
my beautiful companions made CHEESE with cow’s milk that Raimundo gave us
ate yummy vegetarian food with gooood people. we help them. they help us.
and another delicious lunch and beach party with our eleitos
I had a happy birthday. I’m 23. :)
Jorge who has 76 years. Jorge is 76 years old and is so lovely.
BICICLETAS! Changed our lives. Obrigada Senhor.
We may or may not have left mission boundaries. Oops. Hello Missao Rio de Janeiro!
And we started it all out moving houses. Twas lovely.
Me and the Cunhazinha took our 7 hour onibus trip to Vitoria, where I renewed my visa, and where we  picked up our dear Sista Nicascio! And then it all began…

My last transfer was sweeeeet and I love Quissama and I love Sister Cunha and Sister Nicascio and and I love the gospel and I love everything and everyone. St. Luke 1:37


This is my last email as Sister Owens

17 April 2012

Olá meus queridos!
This is my last email as Sister Owens.
Weird. Not sure how I feel about this, but I’m going with the flow. :)
It will be so glorioso to see my beautiful family and Alaska and so many peeps I love, but my goodness it is not easy leaving behind so many other beautiful souls that I love so so much.
I have loved these last four months here in Quissamã. And Sister Nicascio and Sister Cunha are so wonderful and I hope and pray that they continue to be part of lots of miracles here in Quisamã.
I don’t really know what to write. I’m doing very well and I am happy. I feel goooood about my mission and gooooood about the future and know that many more wonderful blessings will soon come. I hope that I can continue to let the Lord guide my life for the benefit of his children here on earth.
How wonderful it has been and will continue to be to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord.
I have a few very tiring days ahead, full of lots of emotions. :) But with my 36 hours of traveling, I should be able to finish reading the standard works. :)
I love you all and thank you so much for so many prayers.
Com amor, Sister Owens

Hoppy Easter!!

17 April 2012

I love Easter! I love all holidays. Woo hoo make everyday a holiday.
Sunday morning Sister Cunha and I woke up to a nice like Easter egg
hunt left by our Easter bunny Sister Nicascio. Yummo chocolates. :)

It’s my last week. Eeeeee I’m going a bit louco. :) Coo coo’s nest. I
have my sad desperate moments, when I realize I have no idea when I’ll
be able to see these beautiful souls again, and then I have my happy
alegria moments, when I realize that I’ll be in beautiful Alaska with
my beautiful family, moving on to my mission of life.

Tis a bittersweet time.

Life is wonderful as Sister Owens. And the end of my mission is so
glorious. I love it so much. We are having so many wonderful
adventures with our little bicicletas and helmets. And tis a good
thing we use helmets, because we may or may not have had some very
good falls. And everyone recognizes us crazy missionaries better too,
the 3 little fairies who use dresses and helmets and nametags.

I learn so much from the people here, everyone we teach. And Quissamã
is so beautiful. And I could talk forever about the fruit trees. But
it’s the people that I love the most. I just want to hug them all
forever and let them all know how much I love them and how they have
changed my life.

We may never know of the influences we have on people, but Quissamã,
Itaparica, Aracruz, Jardim da Penha, and Pennsylvania have a little
piece of my little heart forever. I haven’t started packing my bags
yet, and knowing me, I’ll probably stay up late finishing things on my
last night. :) This past year and a half I have changed a lot a lot,
but there’s some things of Chelsea that I just can’t take out yet. :)

I am so so grateful to have been a part of the miracles here in
Quissamã. Soon the chapel will be constructed and the church will grow
here. But it depends on each member and their spirituality and desire
to continue the work of the Lord.

This weekend we had another miracle and baptized and confirmed two of
the Lord’s most elect. Soon the rest of their children will become
members of the church of Jesus Christ too. So so many miracles that I
have seen here. So many changed hearts, so many improved lives. The
spirit works wonders and as we trust in the spirit, we will find
eternal happiness! Woo hoo! Felicidade sem fim pessoal, sem fim.

Love Sister Owens


Happy Week!!

5 April 2012

I love General Conference. What a lovely weeking where the Spirit taught us so much and with such excellent music. Twas a nice time to ponder.
There was lots of focus on the family in the talks. Everything we do in the gospel and in the church is to strengthen families. Everything is about family. I love my family and parents and brothers and sisters and these wodnerful peeps so much, and am happy to be seeing them soon! :) A year and a half is a long time away from home. But it has been so very wonderufl and I will miss mission life so so much.
Life is excellent here in Quissamã as Sister Owens. My companions are lovely and we laugh a lot, especially when the little kids on the street start laughing at our helmets as we cruise by on our sweet bikes. The old people laugh at us too. Everyone laughs. What a blessing to bring smiles to people’s faces. :)
I loved Elder Nelson’s talk in Gen Conf and realized that I need to be more grateful because Heavenly Father blesses us with so many wonderful things and I love this planet and the gospel and the church and Quissamã and being a sista missionary! :D
Moses 1:39. HAppy week!