Hermana Brenda Soto

Hermana Brenda Soto

Monday, July 31, 2017

week 72 baptism :)

so this week was a little different! 
Sister Adams was sick the whole week so we stayed home the whole week! 
I got lucky to go on exchanges in my baby area which brought so many memories back! I got to visit some of the members and re-knock streets that I got to knock over a year ago! 
We also had a baptism!! Jude got baptized! He was so happy! literally smiling the whole time!! times like these just make up for all the rejections and hard stuff that we go through! it was so amazing to see him change and enter into the waters of baptism! He is excited to go back to Haiti at the end of the month and share the Gospel with his family there! :) 
Besides that I basically worked on a puzzle, watched church movies and read my scriptures the whole week! 
Time is going by so fast! I cant even believe it! This week we will be having 3 exchanges with some of the sisters as well as Mission Leadership Council on Friday so we will be making our monthly trip to Ft Lauderdale with the Zone Leaders again! It'll be super good:) 
i love you all! :) 

Week 71 immokalee life

hey hey! 
this week was pretty great! we are still going hard and searching for those that are ready for the Gospel! we sadly had to drop a couple of investigators but God provided us with more YSA! I love this area and our YSA branch! everyone is so loving! they care and watch out for us so much! Im super greatful for all of them! 
We were able to do 2 exchanges with the Sisters in Naples this past week! it was super fun! I love all 4 of them so much! they are super crazy and out going! :) I love learning from each one of our sisters and helping them as well become better! 
We as well had our goodbye dinner with Thiago! :( we took him to cracker barrel to have "southern food" since he was going back to Brazil! He is super awesome! He basically came to America to be converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ! He'll definitely be missed in the Branch:( 
other than that..
we drove to Immokalee this week. thats basically the only picture that I took... our 1 hour trip to the middle of nowhere! it was pretty fabulous! its just driving through the Everglades! 
today we are gonna go to Bass Pros and buy some shirts and chill the rest of the day. knock some doors at 6, go to FHE and account with  the District Leaders of our sisters tonight. We decided that we are going to have FHE accounting calls with them to make them fun. 
well! I hope you all have a great week:) i love you all so much and Im definitely excited to see you all soon! :) 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Week 70 Party in the YSA

Hey hey! 
hope all of you are having a great Monday
so our week was super good! we have been on bikes this week because we are low on miles but its okay! we get to meet pretty cool people when we bike! we had to drop a couple of people we were working with. its always super sad but I know that they will come back when they are ready! after all we want to teach repentance and baptize converts! 
we are still working with Pedro and Jude! they are set to be baptized on the 30th of July they are super awesome! i love them so much! they both have gone through so much stuff but I know that no matter what we go through they Gospel of Christ will always bring us the joy and happiness that we need! 

One of our Recent Converts Thiago is moving back to Brazil! it makes us really sad but he is returning as a member of the church! we are going to miss him so much! :( 
Sister Adams and I are really focusing on achieving the goals that we have set ourselves for this tranfer! we are going to kill it here in Estero for my last transfer! Im super excited to be with her for one more and have many more adventures! 

i love you all so much! thank you for all the things you do for us here in the field! Its a blessing to be out here! I know that as you serve others God is able to change you in ways that you didnt know were possible! 
1. Thiago :) 
2.we found a turtle on a way to a lesson
3. acai bowl (Brazilian) 

Week 69 12 miles through the Everglades

Hey Hey! 
this week was so awesome! so I will be finishing my mission here in Estero! Sister Adams will actually continue to be my comp! we are super excited to be working together!:) 
its so crazy how time flies! I feel like i came in a month ago and I Basically have a month left! Ive learned and change in so many different ways each day so Im excited to finish strong and become fully the person that God needs me to be! 

nothing cool happened this week! we had a 4th of July activity with other missionaries on monday and on tuesday one of our recent converts from Brazil cooked us chicken heart! it was wayyyy good!! 

we got to bike through the everglades this morning! for those of you that dont know what it is, its a swamp infested with alligators! the trail is 12 miles long and most of the Zone came to bike it! I basically almost died half way through it but we made it:) def not doing it ever again!
we have a bunch of pics for this week so here they are:)  
1. I got pulled over 
2. MLC. the west coast crew!!
the rest are the everglades 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Week 68 President Grans...?

things that happened this week.
1. Sister Adams and I walked home from the Church because our member gave us a ride to a baptism and because we wanted to teach our investigators after and she had a date we told her to go ahead and go on her date and after the lesson we walked home! it took us 51 minutes :) we basically sang hymns our whole way to the house as we made our trek. it was pretty fun but would not do it again! 
2. One of our members drove us to an appointment in Lehigh last week and coming back he basically almost ran over a guy who was standing in the middle of the street! "Good thing there was missionaries in the car, God protects his missionaries." 
3. We had an amazing time at church yesterday! the testimonies that were given were so strong and most of them about the Atonement of Jesus Christ! i love the members in our branch! they are all so so amazing and full of love! 

we had an area of the 70s come to our branch as well not only did he fist bump us in the chapel because we are sister missionaries but also gave us a really good class during the 2nd hour!! 

we will get to meet president Garns on Thursday with the rest of the Zone and we will have Missionary Leadership Council on Friday and talk to him as Leaders of the mission which I am super excited about! not so excited for the drive done Alligator allie to Ft Laud but it'll be good! 
I love you all! Happy 4th of July!! 
We'll be having a Zone Activity to celebrate :) 
I only have pics of Sister Adams this week so here it is:

1. Accounting with the DLs on monday nights.
2.Victory Picture after walking home 
3.Lightning before we cross the ocean 
4. Lightning hitting the ocean as I was driving us home through a storm.

week 67 raining miracles

This week was so so great! 
first of all JUAN GOT BAPTIZED!!! his baptism was Saturday and he was just shining the whole time! it was so special to see him walk into the waters of baptism! He was so prepared and ready to make this step and I am so thankful that we were able to be his guides in this journey! 
our week was crazy! we drove to Miami for our last Zone Conference with President Richardson and i definitely cried a little! we had to wake up at 6 and make our trip down to alligator Allie. i will send you a picture of what alligator allie looks like for those who are curious on what we see for 99 miles of the road.The conference was super good though! President gave us some good Doctrine on what a transform, resurrected and transfigured beings are. the APs also gave a training on OYMs (open your mouth) and how we can be more effective on talking to everyone and sharing the Gospel and the message of the Restoration. 
and of course we learned about drinking water and spraying from our one and only Sister Richardson! 
 we are still in the Process of teaching Issac, Pedro, Mizael and Heidi ( the coolest self referral I have ever gotten!) 3 of them are set to be baptized on July 8th so keep them in your prayers:) 

anyway. this week is going to be great! 
love you all! :) 

Week #66 Party in the YSA

oh my goodness! 
this transfer is flying by so fast! we had so many cool adventures this week. 
we couldnt go see the alligators because the trail was under construction but it will be open next week:) 
this week we continued teaching Mizael and Juan! and the lessons we had with them were the most spiritual lessons ive ever had on my mission! 
we gave Mizael a tour of the chapel as we taught him about the Gospel of Jesus Christ! we went to different rooms that represented the different points in the Gospel such as Faith, Repentance, Baptism, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost and Enduring to the end. we ended the tour in the sacrament room where we taught him about the importance of taking the sacrament and the spirit was incredible! you could see how Mizael was shinning and had the greatest smile on his face! 
we also taught Juan the Plan of Salvation at church and it was so amazing to see how he could remember what happened in the Pre existence but he couldnt remember where he had heard it from. I love this Gospel so much! i know that God and our Savior bring us so much happiness as we follow them! and that they have a perfect plan for all of us where all of Gods children will have an opportunity to learn about his Restored Gospel on the earth! 
we also had our last interviews with President Richardson! it was so so sad but i am super grateful for him and all of the things he has taught me! his interview was amazing! he gave me so much advice that will help me for the rest of my life! 
to finish the email we had the very first Sister Conference! sister Adams and I had our sisterhood together and got to know them so well as well as inspire them to become the best person God needs them to be, it was so amazing and they loved it so so much!! 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Week 65 Short and to the point

i dont have much time to write but here is basically our week! 
so this week was way better than the other! we were able to find some cool YSA to teach! it was a pure miracle that we found all these people! 
 our house is still struggling with cockroaches but we are used to them at this point... 
i was able to go back to the cape for a day and it was super weird! i felt like i was being trained all over again! 
and we are about to go bike a trail full of alligators! 
i love you all so much! i know this gospel is true! 

week #64 unforgettable week

craziest week of my mission! 
this week we had the opportunity to clean our poor neglected house that probably hadn't been cleaned for over 3 years. we started on monday and by thursday we had to call for back up and the 4 elders on our district and our Zone Leaders came to the rescue! after many tears and struggles we were finally able to clean our house. it got to the point where we even had to bring the hose in the house to clean the floors. intense week. we vacuumed 4 cockroaches nests and probably around more than 200 cockroaches chilling just in the kitchen. 
MLC was super fun! we got special permission to drive with 4 other Zone Leaders so we all hopped in FT Myers Zone Leaders van and took a trip to Ft Laud. that was basically President and Sister Richardsons last MLC. it was super good but at the same time super sad! i love them both so much! 
the last highlight of our week was when we were in Naples! Sister Adams took me to 7s the greatest taco place in Naples and as we were getting in the car to drive somewhere to eat our tacos (we arent allowed to eat in the car) the car wouldnt start. turns out the battery died.... the Zone Leaders and the Bahia sisters came to the rescue again and we got special permission to eat in the car for the first time in my mission. #blessed. 
shout out to our DL for giving us his car to proselyte while they biked! 
we definetly have the greatest elders in the Nike Naples Zone! 
well enjoy the pics :)