"And at all times, and in all places, he shall open his mouth and declare my Gospel as with the voice of a trump, both day and night. And I will give unto him strength as is not known among men."

-D&C 24:12

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Week Two: Check!

Hello, Everyone!!!!
  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,
And sings,
Knowing she

hath wings.
  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!
Sister Mancuso
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!!!!!!!!

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