Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Transfers are today, but I´m staying here in Marília with my companion, Sister Moreira. Which is good- I like her :)

Well not a whole ton of stuff happened this week, just that I absolutely LOVED talking with you family on Christmas!!!!!!! Oh man, I am so grateful for Skype!!! I think it is every missionary´s best friend. Do you know what?! The next time I see you all will be IN PERSON! not even by skype! that´s weird to think about.

I am learning a ton- a lot about how to save water, how to eat mangoes correctly, how to teach better, and how to be a better disciple of Christ. I am so grateful that I could pass yet another Christmas in the mission field. I think it really helps me focus more on Christ and his perfect love. Christmas morning, I read during my personal study Lucas 2 (the birth of Jesus) then I continued reading reading where I normally am at in the New Testament, and it just so happens that I read about the atonement of Christ- when he suffered for us- for me, for you- in the Garden of Gethsemane and also on the Cross, and I realized that Christmas is not just about the birth of a baby- but it´s about the life of our Savior. WE celebrate his life and everything he did for us. And oh how I am grateful.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day, week, new month, and NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!! woooohoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! 
Love you all!
Sister Eliason
taking photos with one of the young women here :)


Monday, December 22, 2014

It's a Christmas Miracle!


This past week was suuuuuuuupppppppppppppppeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrr AWESOME!!!!!!! 

On Tuesday we had our Chirstmas conference in Londrina with the whole mission! Oh, man, it was realllllly good- President Genaro gave a very spiritual training in the morning. Then every zone participated singing a hymn which we had preprapared. It was very enlightening, and I love conferences. It really boosts your spirits. After lunch, we had a zone talent show, and I don´t want to sound proud, but I think that our zone really had the best presentation- we did a skit of street contacting. 
We returned to Marília that night, and oh I slept well :)

Wednesday and Thursday and Friday were pretty normal. We taught our investigator Carlos every single day, and tried to teach many others, but this week, we had a ton of appointments fall through. Oh well, you just have to keep going.... 
Ah- last week, it rained (thunderstormed) EVERY SINGLE DAY. And this week, it´s been more than 100 degrees EVERY SINGLE DAY. and unfortuently, we live in a neighborhood where we had a lot of lack of water. For example, Wednesday, the water went out. Thursday, we got enough to save a couple buckets. Friday was drier than Africa. And Saturday, we took showers in the house of a member. I´m learning a lot about consumation of water. 
I´ve been thinking a lot about that one talk by president Utchdorf where he teaches to be GRATEFUL in your Circumstances. I am grateful for the little water that came out of the showerhead this morning- even if it was almost nothing and ice cold. 


Carlos was BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!!!!
It´s been really good to teach him, and he was super excited and ready and willing and is now so happy! He will receive the gift of the holy ghost this next sunday and he told us that he is anxious to receive a calling. 
I´ve been very blessed with miracles in my mission.  

Love you all! Have a very merry Chirstmas, and family, I´ll see you this Thursday!!!!!
Sister Eliason


Monday, December 15, 2014


Confession: I haven´t eaten a panetone in a very long time. I hope to break this soon...

other confession: I am a very judgmental person. I guess the Lord wants me to learn humility and love for all of his children. And he blessed us with a miracle despite of my imperfections. Here´s what happened:
Tuesday night one of our appointments fell through, so we were walking in the street and saw a man near his house. When we approached, he tried to shut his gate, but we are persistant and speak loudly and he eventually came out to talk to us. He told us that he didn´t want to talk to us, but it must seem that God wants him to listen to us.... that´s good, right? But he smelled like beer and acted/talked a bit slowly, so we assumed he was drunk... ok, he probably was. Anyways, we invited him to come to church. And honestly, I didn´t expect him to, but guess who was our ONLY investigator in church yesterday? Carlos!  It completely blew my mind, and I feel ashamed that I was so quick to judge. 
I was so convinced that we have a ton of other investigators better- some references from members, some part-active families who are returning to church. these people promised us throughout the week that they would come to church- but NO SHOW. 

And so Carlos is really part of God´s plan. When church ended, he turned to us, and began thanking us a million times for inviting him. He told us that he wants to learn everything. He told one of the counilers in the bishopric that he decided to switch religion. It turned out to be a great day.

TOMORROW IS OUR CHRISTMAS CONFERENCE FOR THE MISSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE WHOLE ENTIRE MISSION IS GOING TO LONDRINA TO THE CONFERENCE! And so right now, we are in the center of Marília with our zone  (practicing a song and a show for a a talent show) and in a couple of hours, we are going to board a bus with missionaries from the city of Bauru and go to Londrina. And guess who is in Bauru? SISTER SOLIS AND SISTER COSTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you remember when I was in a trio for the first time1??!?!?!!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!? Well they are companions again (as sister leading trainers) and this is the first time in a VERY long time I´m going to see them!!! It´s incredible how much love I have for the sisters here in the mission. I didn´t know this kind of love existed outside of my family and (of course) the love of God.

Mom, to answer your question: have I seen the video "he is the gift?" Only EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our days now revolve around this video- for every person we talk with in the street, we give them a little card inviting them to watch this video. And we show it to like alllllll of our investigators. And yes, I love it :)

hey love ya all! 
Sister Eliason


Monday, December 8, 2014

I´m dreaming of a white christmas.... ("we think you look really good in white")

NAME THAT MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!
AHHH I´m so ready for Christmas! Oh my goodness, guess what happened? I reached the one year, one month mark. Mymind is having a hard time accepting this, but my body isn´t... hahahaha! The mission really takes a toll on your body- I don´t know how elders do it for 2 years, or how Alma lasted for 14. Don´t get me wrong, a mission is a wonderful marvelous thing, but it does affect your body a little.... And by a little, I mean a whole lot. hahaha

Okkkk this week we are teaching a woman named Leila, and she is super awesome! We taught her several times, but my favortie part was when we invited her to be baptized. (and keep in mind, she´s already been to church several times). The conversation went like this:
me: Leila, will you prepare to be baptized by someone who holds the priesthood of God this Sunday?
Leila: *after thinking for a moment* Well I don´t have anything against it, so sure.

haha It was super hard to not laugh (because I´ve never had anyone respond like that.) Well it turns out that she was NOT baptized this Sunday because she didn´t go to her baptismal interview- after trying everything, we couldn´t get ahold of her.  (I think she had some kind of family emergency, where her grandson went to the hospital.) But that´s the mission, right? You have many ups, but there are many disappointments.

Something cool that happened: we marked a lesson more than 2 weeks in advance, and although I thought that he would forget about it, we went there. (even when we were SUUUUPPPPPEEEERRRRRR tired.) but we arrived and the man was really impressed that we kept our promise, and we ended up teaching almost the whole family (7 people!) and one of the adult sons came to church yesterday! Blessing from working hard even when you are exhausted. 

love ya all!!!!
Sister Eliason

guess what?! I tried on highheels for the first time in over a year... it´s a strange sensation.

We are learning how to cook:)

WE FOUND SISTER DOS SANTOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (my old companion!) In the city!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Olá people of my land! so I´m here in Londrina and it´s been awesome! We´ve been staying with the sisters here and doing divisions with the sister leaders treinadoras... and we went to church yesterday. And it was SUPER weird to see the sisters (not us) stress out about the investigators not coming to church and hustling and bustling to get everything and everyone happy. (sundays are the most stressful day as a missionary- probably why p-day is on monday) 

But we ended up having 2 investigators come to church, and we are suppppper excited!!! We taught one of them this week before londrina and she already visited the church last year but never received one visit from the missionaries.... AYYYYYYYYYYYAAAHHHHHHHHHH and she went again yesterday. she loves the church, and wants a change in her life. oh man, I´m so anxious to return to marilia and teach!!!!
But today, we are planning to enjoy a little of londrina- check it out! :)

well I hope eveyone is doing well.
Happy thanksgiving! I completely forgot until someone reminded me. Hope you had fun black friday also. 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I lOVE CHIRSTMAS MUSIC!!!! And I love our savior Jesus Christ!

Sister Eliason

p.s. don´t love your pets more than you love your own children.

we have a very lame hammock I´m trying to enjoy.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Living on a prayer.... and mangos :)

What´s the best thing when you are a poor missionary? FREE MANGOES!!!!! Seriously- It´s mango season! And mangoes are falling from the trees on the side of the road like rain, so not only do we pick the mangoes ourselves, but everyone is giving some to us :))))) I love mangos :)

This week was pretty good- I LOVE my new companion!!!!! SISTER MOREIRA!!!! From Portugal!!!!!!! (Porto, Portugal) She reminds me of cousin Catherine!

So Luis was confirmed yesterday, and he´s doing so well! Every day we visit him, he´s telling us about how he´s feeling stronger. It´s slow, but it´s coming and he´s seeing and feeling the change. THIS IS THE MIRACLE OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST! 

This week was pretty uneventful and far as exciting things go- we got some references from members, and it rained a ton, but we have high spirits!

Sorry if I don´t write a ton- I really am having a ton of spiritual experiences and feeling my heavenly father´s love every day. I usually like to write about interesting things that happen throughout the week...

But good news- Sister Genaro ( the mission president´s wife, who is in charge of all things medical) she marked a new appointment for me in Londrina to see a nerve specialist. I´m excited!!!!!! For londrina. And to see if they can figure out what´s wrong. Ok- I have to stop writing- I would be in a ton of trouble if the other doctor saw how much I wrote right now...

Love you all!!!!
Sister Eliason

life is crazy- super great, but crazy

So highlights of this week!!!

-LUIZ was baptized!!!!!! he was a miracle that came to the church open house! I had some AMAZING experiences teaching him. I´ll tell you one. Luiz had a problem with the Word of Wisdom. (aka, he drank, smoked, and drank coffee) but after teaching him, when we returned, and he told us of how the day before, he passed by a bar and his friends called out to him to come and drink with them. But he told them "NO!" woooohoooo!! And even better, he told us that as he was walking away, he felt stronger. This is amazing! And I was thinking of how this happens in our lives: we all get tempted, but as we make the right choices, we will feel Heavenly Father´s approval and support.
-My companion is leaving today. It´s sad because she has to return to her house to recover. :( AT least we got to celebrate her birthday this week!
-I heard a rumor of whom my next companion will be. She´s from Portugal. (Grandma and Grandpa Eliason, where did you serve in Portugal!?!)

I love you all!!!!
Sister Eliason

-VAIIII CORINTHIONS!!! (That´s for you Tyler... kkkkk We´ve got to have at least a little bit of family rivalry, right?!)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

terra do biscoito

Awesome things that happened this week:

-I bore my testimony in Spanish in our district meeting. Who would have thought that I would ever be able to do that!? :)
- Thursday was my one year mark!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I did a division with Sister Jeintara and we worked super hard and sweated a ton that day. it was good.
- Yesterday, I finished Jesus the Chirst!!!!! It took me one year of 10 minutes a day, but I read every page!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
-Saturday we had an open house for the church. Basically we missionaries pulled people off the street and showed them the church building- it´s super beautiful here in Iguatamy, Marília. Everyone who entered was super impressed and felt the spirit. And it was a miracle. The next day, we passed by the house of one of these people who entered to pick him up for church, and he was ready and waiting for us. (SUPER MIRACLE!!!!!!)
- my poor companion. We are staying in the house a lot because she can´t really walk. :( I love her. 
-This church is true!!! I love it because I know it is Christ´s church. I am grateful I am serving him. 
-These moments are so precious. I only have left 6 months!!!!!!! WHAT?! Time is passing by so quickly!

I love you all!
Sister Eliason


Tuesday, November 4, 2014


I don´t want to worry you all, but I have to explain why my emails are short.

-Well the Doctor told me that I cant carry anything in my hands and that I´m restricted to play the piano or type on the computer for 1 month.

- I´m having spiritual experiences.

- My companion is AMAZING but she´s in such far worse condition than I am, I´m forgetting about myself.

-I´m still the whitest one in our house.

-I´ll send lots of photos.

cookies for a Family home evening.... people love me :)