Monday, March 27, 2017


WOW I am so blessed. I thought it was going to be awful, being transferred with only 5 (now 4) weeks left, but I LOVE SANTO ANGELO! I feel like I am being rewarded because Uruguaiana is such a COMPLICATED place, because this area is awesome and we have progressing investigators and the members are helping and we got like 8 referrals this week WOOHOO!

My companion is sister leite, she as 3 months on the mission, just barely finished her training, and she is a DOLL! She is from sergipe, brasil, and she is so excited to work, has so much energy, and she is all trained and armed and ready to lead us to success! (literally, she is leading me because i am so lost here) 

ok so my time ran out and the computer didnt let me send pictures, but pray for me and our investigators, and have a good conference weekend! 

Monday, March 20, 2017

MISSIONS: where adversity becomes an adventure!

Quote that I found that basically summarizes everything that a mission is

"Weaknesses become strengths, challenges become opportunities, trials become triumphs and adversity becomes an adventure in the service of the Lord"



pois é 

i was surprised too.

im going to santo angelo tomorrow!
so if someone wants to send me a letter my address is:

caixa postal 1021
centro- santo angelo- RS

so that was a shocker! but im coping about have to leave my daughter sister freire :( BUT itll all work out well! 

This week I passed my 40 day mark, so I decided to start a 40 day fast of some things I'm not going to do during my last 40 days so they can be the best 40 days ever! (things like complain when we get rejected, sing music of the world, ect) I also made a goal with the number of people im going to talk to about the gospel before I leave, and its helping me so much to literally open my mouth with everyone! it's gonna be awesome.

clip of the week:

us teaching a less active about forgiveness using alma 36. the lesson was going SO well, sister freire had talked about how jesus christ and take away our anger and hard feelings, and i went to talk "I know that the things that sister frei....*cough cough cough* *hacking cough* uhhhhh you guys i think i just swallowed a bug" A MOSQUITO LITERALLY FLEW INTO MY MOUTH! hahahahaha it was so gross, we all cried cried laughing.

So, after 7 1/2 month I am FINALLY getting out of this city, and not everyone we talked to listened to us, not everyone we invited came to church, and not everyone we taught was baptized. BUT a few listened, a few came, and a few souls were brought unto Christ, including mine :) It makes me reflect about the ministry of Christ, that not every blind saw, not every deaf heard, and not every lame walked, but with the few people he healed, he changed all of humanity.

I love the mission, love my savior, love y'all :)

love, sister lipps 

ps this computer is being lame and probably wont let me send pics, but next week i have some SWEET shots of CARNAVAL. (jk we didnt go) (but we did take a few pictures with the costumes)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Mysterious Blue Leg Bruise

I have a new bruise on my leg this week, it's very blue and I think I was abducted by someone or something.

This week was very interesting, from thunderstorms, to a lot of rejections than normal, to a 24 hour stomach flu (that was a FUN day, sister freire learned that I am a very stubborn person when I am sick and dont want to be).

something that helped me last night when I was sitting in my bed reflecting "wow this is the 5th week that no one has come to sacrament meetting, that kind of sucks", a letter that I received more than a year ago with the poem "the race"  

"all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall
and when depression and despair shout loudly in my face
another voice within me says

love the mission, love y'all :)

sister lipps 

Me and Irmã Miriam!
Me and Prince Charming
Family Home Evening with my favorite family when I was on an exchange! 


Monday, March 6, 2017

meu testemunho

Okay so this week I´m going to be a little more serious because usually my emails are kind of all over the place and then i run out of time at the end to bear my testimony.

In exactly 50 days from now, I'll be returning home from the best experience of the life. Actually not the best experience of my life, because that´ll be the moment I start my own family, but it has been the best experience FOR my life. I CANNOT imagine who or where I would be or what would be my future if I had never came on a mission. It´s hard to explain by email the change that has taken place in me, the spiritual growth I've had, the things I've learned, that HOLY COW I dont know how I passed 19 years of my life without this solid faith in God that I have now. REALLY LIKE HOW DID I SURVIVE. 

Here are a few things I´ve been pondering about this week that I would never know if I had stayed home:

When you exercise faith (in other words, when you do something a little out of your comfort zone, only because you know that God will provide the means) MIRACLES happen! Literally!! It is exactly like it says in Ether 12:12
 12 For if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them; wherefore, he showed not himseluntil after their faith.
We had a few miracles this week, one of which was a less active member, who after a few years of not coming, and after a few weeks of telling us "I will not go back to church" SHE SURPRISED US AN CAME. Its like we say here "Só Deus memso", basically that only God could work a miracle like this. So, faith+works=miracles

On the same subject, Our Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers. Everyone. Before coming to brasil, I knew that. Of course, I had only heard in 52753 times before. But now, I KNOW it, I TESTIFY that it is true! I have felt it, and seen it, every little prayer we say. I remember one time we were walking to the bus station at 7 am, and I saw a man on his bike, obviously going to work early, and by the looks of it, a little late, with an old bike as his only transportation. As we were walking and I watched, a part of his bike flew off and broke, and he stayed stopped for about 3 minutes trying to fix it. My first thought was "oh crap, what is he going to do? He needs to get to work!" and as we walked I said a silent prayer "Heavenly Father, I dont know this man, but help him fix his bike get to work on time" and NOT EVEN 4 SECONDS LATER he was riding past us on his quickly repaired bike, going to work. I was like WHAAAAAAAAAT THAT WAS SO FAST. And then I felt so humbled by the feeling of "wow, he real heard me. Even this little random prayer about a stranger at 7 am. He heard me, I knew a was capable of helping him, and he answered" It was the smallest little moment that I had never commented with anyone, but today is a great part of my testimony. He hears us, it every little insignificant moment, He really hears

Heavenly Father always keeps his promisses when we do our part. I have seen the fulfillment of so many promises made to me in so many different moments in my life here on my mission, because I KNOW I am doing my part.

Christ is the light of the world, and serving him makes me the HAPPIEST person on the planet. HA all of my life everyone called me "smile-y" but that doesnt even compare to the constant smile I feel now, the TRUE happiness. And now that I am talking about that, ALWAYS SMILE, you don´t even know who is needing it. Last week I had two strangers come up and thank me for my smile, saying "you dont know how much I was needing that today, of all the days" And I realized, If TWO people came up and told me, imagine that people who thought it but just never said anything.

I love the gospel of Jesus Christ, I love being a missionary. I am so grateful for His infinite Atonement, capable of curing any illness, spiritual, emotional, and physical.


sister lipps 
me, being a psycologist, using sister freire's glasses. HA 

My 16 months! holy wow i am old