Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Happy Valentines Day!!!!

Got a package from Grandma and Grandpa Porter!!! 

Us Brazilian sisters after a LONG day of studying....

 Ohhh we're halfway there!! OHHH!!! Livin' on a PRAYER!!!
Oi Todos,
Nossa! This week was a difficult one, but so amazing! I love being a missionary and learning how to help my Brazilian brothers and sisters come unto Christ. This week we taught our 2 investigators (our teachers acting like investigators from their mission). One of them is addicted to smoking crack and the other is a Chinese Buddhist....fun, huh? ;) Portuguese is still slowly, but surely, coming along. It is such a beautiful language!! They called on me randomly in church to say the opening prayer, and my branch president was shocked that I said it completely in Portuguese. haha We taught TRC lessons (members who volunteer) and it was amazing to hear Brazilian accents. As my companion and I taught, we felt that we needed to ask the woman what her biggest struggle was right now in her life. As we waited for a response, the spirit overtook the room. She started to get emotional and began to cry. I was amazed at how the spirit worked through us to touch her heart and help her know what she needs to do. It was so powerful testifying to her of her Heavenly Fathers love. I have seen so many miracles this week. I was having a rough day on Saturday and didn't know what to do. So much was on my mind,(any returned missionary knows the feeling). But just when I thought I couldn't take any more, my dear friend Annika Safsten, ran up to me with a huge hug. What a wonderful comfort having my eternal friend here serving with me. She is such a strength to me, and I love how Heavenly Father comforts his children in unexpected ways.   

I love this work. This is really the Church of Jesus Christ. I see tender mercies every day and know God knows us personally. I am so grateful for the relationship I have with my Heavenly Father and Savior. I couldn't be happier right now in my life. Being a missionary is a dream come true, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have this opportunity to represent Him here on Earth. Thank you for all of your letters, love, and support. Eu amo voces!
Irma Alena Porter

Funny moments: An Elder in my district farted and it literally stunk up the whole room for a good 30 min! we all evacuated to another room because it was that bad!!! Elders....gotta love em
My companion belts out singing like Celine Dion everywhere and we get the weirdest looks

Oh....why hello there....just doin' my laundry

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