Hello! Thank you all so much for emails, i love them! keep writing to me!
OHOHOHOHOH If you're not mormon, we have something called Mormon messages, which is like short videos about something like being kind or about Jesus Christ, or just any other topic. And on Sundays, we're allowed to watch a bunch. So we were watching one about bullying, and then we went to a devotional. And guess who I saw at the devotional (at a devotional, EVERY SINGLE missionary is there. Hundreds. Like a whole huge gym full.)... The main actor in the Bullying mormon message! It was so cool and really funny cause our whole zone was freaking out. HE's going to the martial islands, so that was my fangirl moment of the week.
Oh and during relief society on Sunday, I got to hear from Sheri Dew! She's super cool! She used to be a counselor in the General Relief Society presidency (that's like a huge deal). Her talk was amazing, of course, and I loved it.
I'm going to audition for a solo for a musical number for a devotional or other reunion! They hold auditions every thursday, and I thought it would be something fun. I'm going to audition with "Come thou Fount of Every Blessing", if you haven't heard that hymn, it's beautiful and you should hear it!
OH the other day ion the MTC cafeteria, I ran into an elder who used to serve in my ward! it was Elder Meza (he works there as an "investigator"). It's a good thing it was a quick conversation, because the elders in my zone (they are obsessed with doing this, it's so immature) like to quote PG. 33 in our Missionary Handbook, which is about not flirting with the opposite sex. But you don't understand, if they see ANY sister talking to an elder, they walk up to them, read from PG. 33, and it's super embarrassing.
Spiritual thought of the week: PLEASE read Matthew 21 in the Bible. It is so beautiful! We read it in class the other day and then we read Acts 7 to show Peter's Transformation and it's so beautiful. Jesus said " Simon, Son of Jonas, Lovest thou me?" When He said that, he was referring to him as his name before he became one of Jesus's apostles. In Acts 7, He is once again Peter and they likened it kind of to us. Right now, at this point in my life, I'm no longer Victoria. I'm Sister Mancuso, and honestly, it's really hard, but I love being called that! I'm ready to change for the better and to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Portugal.
Love all of you!
MY FAVORITEST TALK EVER!!!!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I just want to thank everyone who wrote me SSOO much! I got really happy when I saw all the emails I got! It's so hard having one 1 hour to answer everyone's email, but I will try to reply to you! If I don't, i'm really sorry!!!!!!
Where to begin...
OHOHOH They assigned me as the Branch Music Coordinator! lol so even though I don't conduct in my home ward anymore, I get to conduct in our branch!
I keep learning more and more portuguese, and I love learning about it! E muito Bon e gosto de fallar com minha companheira. A lot of portuguese is said the same way spanishis, but written differently, so that takes some getting used to.
Oh, I have THE FUNNIEST story to tell! On Sunday, and elder from my District spoke about Baptism in sacrament meeting, and he decided to relate the Gospel to Star Wars because he loves it so much, but he was totally serious, and he got his point across, so that was funny. I have become pretty good at studying, so that's good.
This time zone change is KILLING ME! I can't sleep for hours because since I have no time to think during the day, I just think at night and I try not to, but it's so heard since technically in eastern time i'm going to sleep at 8:30!
I've also learned a few lessons this week. I've learned that when you think there might not be anyone to talk to and you're lonely and when you miss you family and your dog, The Lord is ALWAYS there for you. He hears you and he answers your prayers, and I promise that if you pray to Him, he will answer your prayers. I know that Jesus Christ has played a huge part in my life and in the life of every single person here on earth. He knows EXACTLY what everyone has gone through, because he has felt it. Not only our sins, but our embarrassments, our sadness, and it is so wonderful that He is always there, and that Heavenly Father will always answer your prayers.
Lately i've been reminded of a poem by Victor Hugo which happens to be my favorite:
Be Like the Bird
That pausing in her flight awhile
On boughs too slight
Feels them give way beneath her,
The thing is, this is a totally new step in my life, and to be set apart as a missionary literally means to be separated from everything evil in the world to focus on the Lord and the work He would have me do. And it's not my job to convert people, only you can do that. It's my job to do what the Lord would have me do. It's my job to spread happiness and to help people be the absolute happiest I know they can be, through love, because i've felt that happiness for myself. It's my job to invite others to come unto Christ and help them to receive the restored Gospel. I know that it's possible to feel the Savior's love everyday, and He is so loving and only wants us to come unto Him. I know that through His atonement, we can be healed, cleansed, light as a feather, regardless of what it is we have done. I love all of you so much and I know that the Savior loves each and every single one of you infinitely. He sees you as what you can become, and we all have the ability to feel that for ourselves. I miss you all and keep writing me and telling me what's new in your life!
P.S. If you all haven't seen this video, PLEASE watch it. It's only one minute long, but it is MY FAVORITE VIDEO EVER!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Convidar as Pessoas a achegarem-se a Cristo,
I love everyone and I hope everyone's doing well! Until next week,