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Dear Family and Friends,

Hello!!  What an exciting day of changes…  today I learned that I am staying in Maringá, which is a COMPLETE surprise– I really, really thought I would be transferred.  But, I will recieve a new companion; I’m not sure who yet.  Sister Ramos and Sister Cardoso will be transferred.  Sister Bullen is staying in Maringá also and will be training. My apartment will change from 4 Sisters to 6 Sisters.  Yahoo!! I’m not exactly sure how it will work out with our areas, but I know that it’s all in the Lord’s hands!!  Missão Celestial (AKA Missão Brasil Londrina) will be recieving 26 new missionaries this transfer.  I am so happy and EXCITED with how the work of the Lord is progressing here on the earth.  WOW.  I was talking with Sister Ramos about how many new missionaries we have in the world and how we are going to have one companionship for each neighborhood pretty soon.  Pretty soon the people won’t be able to say that they have never heard of the Church or of the Book of Mormon before.

Congratulations and Happy Women’s Day to all the women reading this e-mail!! This week we celebrated Dia das Mulheres on the 8th here in Brasil.

Well, I was thinking these weeks (like usual) about this work.. because we contact many people on the street who have a whole lot to say to us.. if you know what I mean.  But I was thinking, the best part of this work is that our message is TRUE.  If we always speak according to the doctrine of the Church, we will never contradict ourselves, we will never say something that is not according to the Bible and the word of God.  It makes this work a lot easier that it is true, ya know?

Well, some of the people here in Maringá are having a bit of a hard time, but I have faith that all will work out according to their and our works, faith, and prayers, and the will of the Lord.  I am excited to see what happens this transfer.. these upcoming days… with my new companion, the new Sisters, and my area.  My goodness.  But, I am determined to work super-duper hard to build the Kingdom of the Lord here in MARINGÁ!! 

I love you all and I am so grateful for your love and your support!!  Have a GREAT and safe week!!

Love,
Sister Suzannah Jane Butler

More Pictures!

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Cleomar

Dear Family and Friends,

What a great week!!  My big news of the week is that this month Missão Brasil Londrina will have 200 baptisms and that I will baptize 3-5 of those children of God!!!  How exciting!! We fasted and prayed together as a mission in order to fulfill this goal, and I am so very excited to do so. 

We will be recieving a new Mission President on July 1!!  We have transfers this Monday and I have the feeling that I will be saying Tchau tchau to Maringá, but we’ll see!!  We will be going to Londrina on the 7th for a Conference, and I am super duper excited. 

Bruna was confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this Sunday and bore her testimony in Testimony Meeting.  It was really beautiful.  We held a FHE with her, Matues, and Mikael and we watched Finding Faith in Christ.  We were all crying and the Spirit was so strong.  Mikael (6) said, “I want to be with Jesus!!”  It was great!  I want to, also, haha.

I was praying, praying, praying that I would run into Cleomar in our path, because he is in another area now.  Heavenly Father heard my prayer, and answered it!!  We were walking on the Avenue when a motorcyclist stopped in front of us….. and it was CLEOMAR!!  He said that he is going to be baptized, that he “is only going to be baptized if Butler is there” that I made a difference in his life and in Brazil… it was so beautiful.  One time I was at his house and he played a Dixie Chicks song for us… it was Goodbye Earl, ahaha.  I told him what it meant and it was really funny.  When he ran into us he said that he was listening to Dixie Chicks the other day and thought of me and started crying and crying.   I was so touched.. and I am soo happy that he is going to be baptized!!  Unfortunately I won’t be authorized to attend the baptism, but it doesn’t even matter because his salvation is the happiest thing in the world to me.

I had the great opportunity of having an ingrown toenail operation with out anethesia (spelling??).  But is wasn’t bad at all hahaha.  All is well.

I had a funny experience a few months ago that I forgot until now.  We were eating lunch with a family and a little boy kept saying SISTERS and his parents kept correcting him, NO SISTERES.  So it was SISTERS, NO SISTERES, SISTERS, NO SISTERES.  It was really funny.. because they were correcting his English, but it was already correct.. ahha.

I love you all and hope you have a GREAT WEEK!!

Love,
Sister Suzannah Jane Butler

A true Elect

Dear Family and Friends,

This week was amazing!!  We had two baptisms yesterday.  One was Jéferson, age 22, and the other was Bruna, age 23, who is the aunt of Mateus our recent convert.  Jéferson was travelling here and had already heard a lot about the Church and wanted to be baptized.  So we taught him everything in one week, he was already living the commandments, prayed and recieved an answer, and was baptized in 8 days.  He was baptized before Church and confirmed in Sacrament Meeting.  A true elect.  Bruna is Mateus’ aunt.  She is was SO happy to be baptized and to start a new life.  She is so beautiful.  She said that we found Mateus in the right hour, not too soon not too late, and I know it is the same with her.  I love you all so much and I am so grateful for your prayers!!

Love,
Sister Suzannah Jane Butler

PS did y’all hear about the comet in Russia, the Pope leaving the Church?  Also, I saw a sign that said

warning: Boxer
Anti-Social

and I thought of my dear mother and how she would laugh at that 🙂  Hahahaha also I saw a mini-Lady who did the same thing with her paw that Lady always does, ahha.  Love you!!

Pictures!!

Monkey and bananaMy zone

Reminded me of the Todescos

Reminded me of the Todescos

1. Reminded me of the Todescos
2. Monkey and baby!!
3. My Zone
4. Monkey and banana!

PS I was Senior this week!! As part of my training… an experience I hope to never repeat . Haha just kidding it was exciting.

Agency/Lorena

Dear Family and Friends,

WOW!! This week was amazing!! I learned so much this week and had so many great experiences!! But the best of all was the baptism of Lorena Oliveira dos Santos!!! Here is a condensced summary of Lorena’s story (that you should read if you doubt that God lives and loves us):

Sister Lopez and Sister Gee were the first to contact Lorena, and she accepted their invitation to learn more about our religion. Soon thereafter I arrived, and started teaching Lorena, her Mom Cliede (and her sister 3-yr-old Isabella). In fact, I think they were my first lesson in the field. They quickly developed testimonies of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. But, they were not ready to live certain commandments, and therefore ceased progressing, so we had to cut them. It was so hard. But then, a few weeks after Sister Cardoso arrived I started getting very strong impressions to visit Lorena. Her name was constantly in my head for about a week or two. I even asked Sister Cardoso if we could visit old investigators, and told her a little bit about Lorena and my feelings. But apparently it wasn’t enough for me, these promptings from the Spirit (which I am ashamed to say), so God put Lorena in my path. Literally. One day we were walking and Lorena drove my yelling SIIISTERS!!!!!!! I told S. Cardoso it was Lorena and we both said that we wanted to visit her. Then we had District Meeting, and our leader asked each companionship to pray about who they should visit. At the end of the prayer S. Cardoso and I both said that we felt Lorena really strong. So, we returned to visit her. Long story short, we followed through with suggestions from leaders on what to do and say, followed the Spirit, and Lorena was baptized yesterday. She told us every time she learns about the Gospel, every time we respond to one of her doubts, her testimony grows and she knows with more surety that it is true and ultimately has more desire to be baptized. She THIRSTED for the waters of baptism. She wasn’t ready before, but when we returned she was. She is so strong. She talked to her boyfriend about the Law of Chastity, that she was GOING to live it, going to be baptized, and going to trust in and follow the Savior and bring him along, and that if he loved her he would accept this. He never accepted it before, but this time he did and now he says he is next for the waters of baptism. The Savior knows us, our friends, our fears, our doubts, our future, everything. He knew what Lorena needed in order to ultimately be baptized by someone holding the Priesthood Authority of God. He knew that she needed to recieve the missionaries during some time.. stop.. and then recieve them again. He knew when she would be ready. I am so grateful for Lorena, her baptism, her resolve to endure to the end and at such a young age. I am so grateful, for than ever in my life, to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord.

I have 5 minutes, so I will share another quick experience where I learned about AGENCY:

Maria is the sister of Fransisca, who were are teaching and has a problem with smoking. We ran into her walking one day, and she was smoking. She put down the cigarrette to greet us and looked pretty ashamed. After we talked for a little while I stood between her and the cigarrette so she couldn’t pick it up. We explained why smoking is against the will of the Lord and invited her, with love, to stop smoking. But, I still stood between her and the cigarrette, and moved myself everytime she stepped towards it. I did NOT want her to pick it up… but the whole time I was thinking NOSSA this was SATAN’S plan- to FORCE us to do the right thing. So I moved. She picked up the cigarrette. I was so disappointed… until she threw it on the ground and stomped on it. Bam- that’s why we have agency, so that we can make our own choices to choose the right, and consequently grow and become more like God.

Thank you for your support and love and prayers. I hope to send the pictures of the baptism next week, for this computer isn’t working with pictures.

All my love,

Sister Suzannah Jane Butler

True Joy

Dear Family and Friends,

Well this week I was transferred. To Sydney, Australia Portuguese speaking. But that was just a dream, so I am still in Maringá (and will find out in one week if I will be transferred or not). For now I am giving this area my whole heart!! My mission started a 40 day fast where we are fasting from everything that takes the Spirit away from us. It is so awesome and truly is a “purification process.” I have already seen its affects!! Yahoo!!

This week we had… EIGHT people in Church!! It was truly a miracle!! We were on cloud nine. That was our record haha. We have had some sweet experiences this week! We contacted Maria, a woman in our Area Book, and found out that she had recieved the Elders one year ago. One Elder, sitting at the same table that we were sitting at, promised her that if she had sufficient faith and prayed about the Restoration, she would recieve an answer. She said I HAVE FAITH, prayed to Heavenly Father–completely willing, desirous, and faithful to recieve an answer– and that night had a dream which was Joseph in the Sacred Grove praying to Heavenly Father. She said she knows it’s true. WHAT HAPPENED you wonder?? The Elders passed and passed, but she was never home and I think she fell between the cracks with transfers. But we found her!! She knows it’s true, but unfortunately when we invited her to be baptized (3 times now??) she said OOOOH no, when I asked God for an answer I told Him that I wouldn’t follow it and I am very comfortable in my own Church. So, we are working on that. But wow it was a powerful experience that Heavenly Father will answer prayers.. and is very merciful. We started visiting Lorena and Cleide again as a result of several very powerful Spiritual promptings (described in a hand-written letter that I sent today). With a few visits, scriptures, and answered questions Lorena is now preparing to be baptized. She told us that she has a GREAT desire to live the commandments of God and be baptized. Our DL suggested reading the story of Jospeh in Egypt (due to Law of Chastity problems), so we did and afterwards she said Whoa, I want to be baptized. It was amazing. Our leaders are truly inspired. She went to Church and wants to continue on the path to baptism. We will mark a date this week. Cleide, her mom, finally told us her worries–that her husband (but not her boyfriend…) will be so sad if they divorce (in order for her to marry her boyfriend). I told her that God will take care of him…but the words were not my own- I just opened my mouth and out they came. She repeated what I said and seemed to be at peace. OOOH cool experience- this week we ran into an Athiest. We explained, tactfully, that God exists and not only that but He loves her very much, misses her, and she is His daughter literally. Afterwards I prayed to Heavenly Father to help her and immediately the impression came to my mind, “I just did.” It was an answer to my prayers to be used as an instrument in the hands of God. This week, we met with a inactive boy, Fabion, and his family for the second time. We had been studying asking inspired questions as part of my training, and man did it pay off!! We were talking about gaining a testimony of the Church through the BOM ( with his non-member family and him). I said I think you already did this Fabion. What does the response that you recieved mean to you? He talked and talked and ended up saying that it was a blessing that the true Church of Jesus Christ was on the earth and that maybe later in his life he will start going again. I did not know he had that testimony. After he finished I waited a few moments and all I could say was don’t wait. It seemed to have an impression on him, so I am excited to visit him again and see how he is. I have really seen this week how life without the Gospel of Jesus Christ is miserable, and only through Jesus Christ, His Atonement, and His Gospel can we have true joy. After all the Gospel of Jesus Christ is God’s plan for our (eternal) happiness!! I love you all so much. Thank you for your support and your prayers!!

Love,
Sister Suzannah Butler