Sue uma esponga

Well what do you know! I have more time!! (oh it’s so fun being newbies.)

Here are some funny/not so funny things that have happened recently…

– gym time is incredible. the hour before this my district played volleyball on the sand courts and it was so much fun. I think I got more of a workout from laughing than actually playing but nao importante- tudo bem! (our district motto. it means: it’s not important! it’s all good!)
– sitting in a room for 8-10 hours a day makes you go crazy but it’s SO worth

For future reference, just so y’all know the elders and sisters in my district…

* Elder Ross (Hoss in portuguese) & Elder Peterson
* Elder Smith (Smichee in portuguese) & Elder Childs (Shields) [Elder Smith is the Elder from the airport! The tall one in the gray suit!]
* Elder Tomlinson & Elder Rivich (Heeveech)
* Sister Oler & Sister Greenfield
* Sister Marble & Sister Stephens

Ok got to go!! Love y’all!!!!

On Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 8:03 PM, Brooke Wolfgramm <brooke.wolfgramm> wrote:

Minha familia!!!

Como voces estam? As you can tell, I’m pratically fluent em portuguese now…. HA! not.

Before I forget– my mailbox # is 128, not 185 {Mom, I’ll send you an e-mail sometime saying how to change it on the blog}
Also the schedules are getting changed around here at the MTC so my P-Days will now be Friday.

Sorry if this first e-mail is kinda long or short or scattered but I have so much I want to share with y’all.

First, my companion {minha companiera} is Sister Cowan. She is from Farmington, Utah and she is 21 1/2. She is AMAZING. Seriously, I am so grateful that she is my companion. We both love dancing, we cry when we feel the spirit, we are BOTH Communication Disorders majors at BYU. Oh here’s a cool fact… she is related to Wolfgramms! (of course) Her cousin’s name is actually Brooke Wolfgram. not even joking. See? We’re made for each other… in the missionary kinda way 🙂

My district is made up of 6 elders and 6 sisters. We are ALL going to Sao Paulo Interlagos and we already feel like family. I am so grateful for them. Seriously, I don’t know if I’ve met more inspiring missionaries. We all have different stories of why we’re serving a mission or how we got our testimony but as my Zone Leader said, we all share the same purpose- to testify of Christ.

My branch president is President Hogdes. He runs a tight ship and he expects exact obedience from us. He gave us a challenge to finish the Book of Mormon while we’re at the MTC. I’d like to extend that same challenge to y’all. Read the Book of Mormon with the desire to increase your knowledge of it’s truthfullness. Pray before AND after you read it and I promise, as Preseident Hodges promised us, that God will strengthen your testimony of it.

Some other things I’ve learned in random order:
– we are NOTHING with out Christ. I have never been more humbled in my life and while it’s.. well, humbling… I am so grateful for it. The only way I can be a "good missionary" is if I follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost.
– Protuguese is a beautiful language… probably the most beautiful, but I may be biased.
– I’m already struggling with english. Seriously…. I’m not gonna know squat when I come home! and I’m pretty excited about that 🙂

OH! I forgot!! Mindy Petitta IS MY TEACHER!!!!!! We call her Irma Petitta {Pechita} and it’s sooo much more fun than saying her last name the American way.

– God trusts His missionaries and He blesses us with increased capability to learn. Remember how I only knew 4 words of portuguese? My companion and I taught a 40 minute lesson in Portuguese. Oh it was FAR from perfect but the Holy Ghost was there and we were able to say what we needed to. I testify that miracles exist and that prayer is POWERFUL. I’ve probably prayed more these past four days than I did the past four months of being home.

Enough about me, how are y’all?!
Thanks for the "Dear Sisters"… I have zero time to respond but I’ll try my best. Just know that I love y’all so much and am praying for you often.

I have so much more that I want to say but unfortunately I am out of time.

All my love,
Sister Wolfgramm {pronounced Volgrammee}

P.S- President Hodges asked us not to pray for our visas so I’m asking the same from y’all… I’ll go where God wants me to go (although Sister Cowan and I are kinda keeping our fingers crossed for Boston).
P.S.S- We got a notice asking us to tell our parents NOT to call the consulates to check on visas. So yeah, please don’t do that 🙂 I’m sure y’all haven’t but you know. Just thought I’d pass that tid bit along.

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2 thoughts on “Sue uma esponga

  1. Thank goodness my computer has internet today so I can ‘peek’ at your comments. Thank you for sharing your experiences. May you have your visa soon. Your cousin Tennsyon [aka Elder Denna in Brazil Maceio Mission] spent almost 9 months in Denver South Mission and had awesome missionary moments. In the temple last week, while doing family work, the sealer, former Denver Temple President, Brother Brown, shared how his grandson was called to Brazil to serve. There is a visa wait for his grandson and he is serving in Colorado Springs teaching a family from Brazil. It is a wonder how Heavenly Father works. We will pray that you will serve where needed with or without a visa.
    Boston would be a lovely place to serve. I liked the city very much when I went to teach at a family history conference a decade ago. One of my fondest memories was eating fish ‘n chips [a favorite New Zealand childhood meal] at Boston Harbor. Another was taking a ghost tour through historic Boston and visiting the gravesites of several historical people. Fun memories and I’m still fasciinated with cemeteries.
    Thinking of you this Tuesday from sunny Colorado Rockies. Auntie C

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