Monday, April 28, 2014


week 16

This was really good! First, we had zone conference in Cuiabá! Cuiabá is 10 hours away... Wednesday morning we left at 10 am, picked up the missionaries in our zone in each city where they serve, then finally got to Cuiabá at 9 PM. Then we spent the night there, had conference the next day. Then left that night at 10 PM and arrived back in Sinop at 5:30 Friday morning

Then that day, we did service at a members house for 3 hours. oh and his house was seriously 2.5 hours away walking! so 5 hours walking there and back all together. haha But I love doing service.

Then on Saturday, we started doing missionary work again. So we had another lesson with Herotilde again, and she told us about a dream she had. She said last Sunday night, the night of her first time going to our church, she had a dream about her son who died in a motorcycle accident. She said her son said ´´Mom, I need your help.´´ And she said, ´´Wait, im starting to go to church now.´´ And he was really happy. She said they were all in white, and other people in the room were reading books. After we taught her, I told my comp that im pretty sure she just had a vision about the Celestial Room in the Temple. And her son was talking about baptisms for the dead, and the he accepted the gospel and is waiting for someone to get baptized for him!! Super spiritual and super awesome. Her and her daughter accepted baptism this Weekend so more baptism pictures should be coming! 

Yesterday when we woke up, seriously it was raining like a hurricane. It was intense. And alot of people ride bikes here. And when it rains, usually not alot of investigators come to church. We had one come. And she wants to be baptized, we are just trying to help her stop smoking first!

I love you all so much! Good luck this week!

Com Amor,
Elder Marstella 

  ^ McDonalds in Brazil!!

Monday, April 21, 2014


week 15

Minha familia! Feliz Pasco! Esta semana estava bom. Yesterday we were planning on 20 investigators coming to church, but only 6 came. I was really happy, but wanted more! One of the missionaries in Dallas told me ´´to be happy, but never satisfied!´´ Heritilde (the woman I talked about last week) and her 15 year old came to church! They both loved it! They should be getting baptized in a couple weeks if everything goes according to plans! So our branch has sacrament meeting for the 3rd hour, and during the 1st hour the Branch pulled my companion and me into his office, and told us we were giving talks today. So for sacrament meeting, I played the piano and gave a talk. I based my talk on faith, and how faith is really important in our lives and our relationship with God. I then said that Miracles do not create faith, faith creates miracles. I felt really comfortable with my Portuguese during my talk. Im far from fluent, but people can understand everything i say, so now I have to work on the grammar and vocabulary! 

Easter here was pretty good. We didnt do anything out of the ordinary, well other than eating alot of chocolate! haha 

We taught alot of people this week that said they couldnt come to church yesterday, but they can come this Sunday! So hopefully this Sunday we have even more investigators coming to church. 

This week we have Zone Conference in Cuiaba. We will travel Wednesday day to get there, sleep over that night, have the conference on Thursday, then travel through the night wednesday/thursday, then get hereThursday morning

I love yall so much and pray for yall often! Thank you for all your emails! I love it here in Brasil!!


Com Amor,

Elder Marstella 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


week 14

Meu amigos e familia!! Tudo bom? Esta semana estava muito bom! This week we had a couple of miracles happen! Like, real miracles.
1st miracle- We were walking down a street making contacts about 45 minute walk from our house. We were both kinda in a sluggish mood, but we kept on working. Then boom miracle. We were about to go to a different area and a woman saw us walking and called us over. Usually when that happens its to tell us how our religion is horrible, but we both went over there with smiles. She asked us if we were mormon missionaries, and we said yes. Then she said is your purpose to share the word of God. And my companion said, kind of, our purpose is to baptize people into the only true church on earth, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the same church that Christ established. She then looked at us and said she wants to be baptized. Woo! That doesnt and probably wont happen that much on my mission. We walked with her back to her house, and she told us about her. She said her sister was baptized in our church, but a couple years ago she died. She said she wanted to be baptized since she has died, and she has a friend that wants to be baptized too!! When we finished teaching her the 1st time, my companion and I just looked at each other and knew God brought her to us. He brought us to her. I just keep thinking, what if we did one thing different that day. One thing. We would of missed her. This was a miracle for sure.
2nd Miracle
We are teaching this sweet old lady and we have taught her 3 times already. The 2nd time we taught about the Book of Mormon, and gave her some chapters to read. We came back the 3rd time and she read it!! She asked a couple questions, and i shared my testimony that the Bible bears witness of the Book of Mormon. I shared John 10:16, when Christ says he has other sheep that havent seen him yet. and After his ressurection where did he go? We go to the Book of Mormon 3 Nephi 11, and learn his other sheep were the people in the Americas, The Nephites. The Spirit was so strong, and then she asked when is the baptism?? It was awesome. Then she really opened up to us. She started crying and told us that her 22 year old son died 2 years ago in a motorcycle accident. And every religion has told her that her son is going to hell because he wasnt baptized. Why would a loving God do that? We then told her that he isnt there, he is somewhere much better. And we have a message just for that that we will teach next time, the Plan of Salvation. Every gets a chance to accept this gospel. People who dont get a chance to accept it here on earth because they died early, never lived in an area to listen to missionaries, ect. They have a chance to accept this Gospel in the next life. I know that to be true. And then she said since he has died and religions have told her that her son is going to hell, she has been just hanging out in her house cause she never wants to go out there in the world. I know its a miracle that we found her at her house. Its a tragidy turned into a miracle. What if her son was still alive, she might not of been at her house. But she was at her house. And I know the whole purpose of everything that happened, was so that she could meet us.

Remember, Miracles dont create faith, faith creates miracles.
We had a district conference yesterday. Kinda like a stake conference, but with branches. The branches were Sinop, Boa Esparança, Sorriso A and B, and Lucas. It was really good and i played piano for the choir!
This week was good and we should be having a couple baptisms these up coming weeks! Ill keep yall posted for sure.
And my Portuguese has really improved. well, mostly my accicent, but life is good down here and I love it!
Love you mom!
Com Amor,
Elder Marstella

Monday, April 7, 2014


week 13

Wow! What a great conference!! haha well... i think... It was all in Portuguese so i didnt understand much. Haha now during Pday im going to watch it on YouTube every week until i finish. But I still could feel the Spirit and have a small understanding of what the speakers were saying. We ended up having 4 investigators come to conference!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BROTHER DILLON!! I think he turns 6 this week. jkjk He turns 14! Happy birthday dillon, love you!

So this week was a long one. Last week we had transfers, and the missionary that came here last week came in at midnight, so we were all tired. Really tired. haha We found a cool bird on our way home so we had some fun times with it until we had to let it go. haha The missionary who just got here is Elder T. Nascimento. He is from Sao Paulo and goes home in June. But he is a hard worker, and a few transfers ago he was assistant to the president. He is awesome and he is really funny haha. 

I didnt understand much, but during the saturday conference I could understand that Pornography is getting worse and worse as technology is improving. Stay away from that stuff!! 

Yesterday we had another baptism. He is 10 years old and is super cool! I love him! 

I hope everybody had a great week and enjoyed conference in english. haha

Love you all, and Love you mom!!

Elder Marstella