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Dear Family and Friends,
YAY!!  I am here!!  I am in the FIELD!!  I am so, so, SO happy!!  SO.. I left the CTM at 330am on Wednesday for Londrina and arrived at 830am.  My mission President and his wife picked us up and the other two sisters and I drove with them to the Mission Home.  We ate and talked and learned and all bore our testimonies.  I LOVE my mission president and his wife.  They are so great!!  They are just, awe, wonderful.  Then we got our trainors.  There were three sisters that came (of course).  One of them came up to me and said that she had a dream about me about 6 months ago and that she knew she would be my trainor.  She was right.  Wow.  In her dream we were in some Zone conference or something and I was bearing my testimony and I was saying really funny/embarrassing things about her and she got embarrassed but she thought it was so funny (not REALLY embarrassed).  She said I was tall, blonde, and fat.  Haha.  She has been feeding my donuts and cake ever since to make sure its me…  Hahaha.  She sang this song for me on our first day–, I knew i loved you before I met you, I think I dreamed you into life.  I knew I loved you before I met you, I have been waiting all my life.  Hahaha!!  Thats like Backstreet boys or NSYNC or something.. But yeah, thats our song.  It was awesome, because it really made me feel more comfortable and more willing to be myself.  Also, it affirmed to me that I am supposed to be here, I can be myself, and we were really meant to be companions.  My companions name is Sister Lopez.  She was born in Chile and then moved to SLC when she was 12, so she speaks Spanish and English (and Portugues).  She is AMAZING.  I love her so much.  She is probably the best and most perfect trainor for me in the entire world.  She is very direct and doesnt beat around the bush, but shes also very kind.  I love that about her because I can be honest with her and dont have to worry about walking on eggshells–of course never rude though.  She always says super nice things about me every time she talks on the phone or anything and it boosts my confidence (and gives me a lot to live up to).  I am soo very happy with her.
So after we left the mission home we went to an apartment in Londrina with two other sisters (Sister De Jesus-Brazilian and Sister Huinao-Chilean) for the night.  They were awesome.  We had an activity with members and investigators and at the beginning they sang the first vision.  During the third verse, they hummed while I recited the first vision–it was so sweet.  The next morning we went back to get interviewed and that was sweet.  I got to see the two sisters that I came with again and that was really nice.  It was SO hard to say goodbye to them!!  I really, really missed the CTM and my district for the first day and a half or so.  It was a really painful ache… but once Sister Lopez and I started working the second day I was just so focused and happy.  I am so very happy now.  I am learning, doing, working, sharing, bearing testimony, studying, reading, sleeping a little, riding busses, walking, walking, walking and I love it!!!  I love it so much!!  Whenever were walking I think of Davids letter about looking down each street to look for people to meet.  Sister Lopez always tells everyone that I talk to everyone… even the weird people.  HA!  But its true.  Ive gained the ability to see everyone as a child of God when I first see them.  That is truly a gift from God and I am so grateful for it and will work to never lose it.
After my interview we came to… MARINGÁ!!  My zone is Maringá (just like I hoped!!  It was the only place that I heard of before coming into the field and I really wanted to serve here!!) and my area is Parque dos Pioneiros B.  I am in LOVE with this place– the trees, the country, the people, the houses, the streets, the food, everything!!!  My apartment is really nice-52 steps to the top haha.  We live in a pretty rich area thats not in my area, but really close.  I live with my companion and another companionship–they are Sister Ramirez (Chilean) and Sister Ramos (Brazilian).  They are great!! They had a cake and lunch and a huge welcome sign for me when i first got there.   I get along with them all really well and I love them!! Sister Ramos is really hard for me to understand though- but its good to get accustomed to different accents.
Here is my address… please send letters to the mission home address that you sent the first letter to (Dad and Mom) and PLEASE SEND PACKAGES TO MY APARTMENT.  Because this area is really safe/secure, its okay to send packages directly to my apartment while I live in Maringá (hint hint).
Rua Martin Afonso #1335
Cond. Residencial Martin Afonso
Bloco ´´C´´, AP. 302
Jardim Novo Horizonte
Maringá-PR
87010-411
BRASIL
Mom, if you havent already sent me that package that Im sure youre going to send me for Christmas (hint hint), could you include my yellow skirt por favor?  Also, I think I would like to wear contacts here.  It is super hot and impractical to have glasses and since the water in my apartment is clean, it would be higenically acceptable.  What do you think?  Ultimately, its up to you!!  It would be a lot cheaper for you to send them, then for me to buy them here, though.  Also contact solution is like 7 dollars (american) a bottle.  Heres my info:  OD is -2.25 Sphere and 8.4 BC and OS is -2.25 Sphere and 8.4 BC.  Danka!
Thank you so much for your letter.  I read and reread it and it really helped me to get through that first rough day there.  The picture was PERFECT!!!  I already had one and I had put it in a picture frame, but that broke and scratched up my picture pretty badly–so I was relieved to get a new one!! Thank you!!
We have a goal to have 25 baptisms in our 12 weeks here.  Everyone thinks were crazy.. but I think not.  I think that God will help us.  I know God will help us.  Yesterday I had a beautiful experience–my first investigator who accepted baptism!! Her name is Lorena and she is a joy.  She had a hard time with the law of chastity- her mom, too- but her and her boyfriend of 2 years just broke up so now she can obey that law.  She said she wants to think about it a little more, but we have a date for Sunday and she is really excited.  I am so excited.  I cried.  ha.  This work is so good and thats why I am so happy.  Becuase it brings me happiness I know it can bring others happiness.  God gives us laws to make us happy.  Every law He gives is to bless us.  The natural consequences of living these laws are great blessings, PLUS God gives us additional blessings.  Our God is an awesome God!!  President Tavares gave me a blessing in which he blessed me that I would baptize everyone who is ready to accept the Gospel.   That has kept me going.  I have more faith now than ever before in my life.  I am so happy!!
I love you all so much and I hope that you all have a FANTASTIC week!!!  I am so happy to be here and I thank you for making it possible.  I thank you all for your support and your love that has sustained me, truly.  I couldnt do what I am doing without you and without My God, My Savior, and the Holy Ghost.  I love you all so much!!!!!!!!!
Love forever and ever and ever,
Sister Suzannah Jane Butler
PS- I am going to pay you back after the mission with the money that I saved.. I forgot to get that all worked out beforehand.  haha love you!

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Hey hey Family!!
Wow.  What a week!!  We had orientation out the wazoo with muito rapido Portugues!!  It was overwhelming, but actually hope inducing at the same time becuase I could understand most of it, as long as I was paying attention:)  Amazingly enough… I am not in the field.  We all failed our grammar tests, so all of the North American districts have to stay just one more day in order to relearn what we failed at.  Just kidding!!  I AM still in theCTM, but it’s becuase the Mission Presidents all have a conference her ein Sao Paulo, so they asked that we could come one day later.  So i leave tomorrow at 330 am and arrive at 730.  YAY!!  I am so excited, nervous, scared, sad, and joyful!!  What a mis of emotions…  Yesterday we were supposed to proselyte, but it was raining so we couldn’t.  An Elder in my District said that we probably needed to stay an extra day for this reason, because today we got to proselyte!  We got on a bus, drove an hour, proselyted for 20ish minutes, got on the bus and drove an hour home.  The whole way there, pretty much, I talked to the lady that I was sitting next to.  It was the most amazing experience at the CTM so far.  I know that Heavenly Father put us there together at the same time.  She was such an amazing and kind woman.  She is a devout Catholic and was telling me how we both have the Gospel, but are just on different paths.  I told her that I wasn’t asking her to give up what she believed in, just add upon it.  She loved that.  She said that she would like to read and learn more, grow in her knowledge.  I told her about the resoration, the BOM, Joseph Smith, eternal families–the works.  It was AMAZING.  I told her about Moroni’s promise and we read it on the bus–also  the title page.  I told her that I know she can recieve an answer because I did, too.  And that she can know for HERSELF–everyone can!!  She seemed just a bit edgy about it so I asked her if she would read.  She said I am on this bus for an hour every day.  I will read it on the bus.  WOW!!  We embraced and kissed like 5 times before I got of and then I waved and blew her kisses until she was out of view.  It was so beautiful.  I could so easily imagine her in white.  Her name is Simone and she has two daughters and a husband.  Proselyting in downtown Sao Paulo was amazing too!!!  Brazilians–even the really busy ones–are so kind.  Well.. .most of them…  hahaha:)  everyone who I talked to today was very very kind and accepting.  How amaznig–God is truly preparing people to hear the Gospel.  Even those “random” (NOT RANDOM) people on the street!!
I am so happy that Ginny and her family are there!!!  I hope you will all read this e-mail!!  She has such wonderful children!!  Yay for cool birds!!  Wow–I never knew that owls could get that big.  Did you finish building the coop?
Thank you so much for your thoughts.  I am truly so happy and joyful to have the opportunity to teach people that through Jesus Christ, and His Atonement, they can be completely free.  I love you all so much and I can’t wait to write my next e-mail to you in LONDRINA!!
All my love,
Sister Butler
PS  My roommate forgot to send out my letter last week so I will send it today!! LOVE YOU!!

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