Monday, February 16, 2009

Beating Out the Bus!

Sarah seems to be doing really well, but she currently told me that she has not been receiving much mail, which I guess is actually common to missionaries... HOWEVER, let's change that! PLEASE take some time this week to send her a little not of love! You can even do it via a website, for very cheap and it only take a few moments - Instructions are below!

Thanks for all you do and the prayers you send her - y'all are awesome! -Ridiculouslygoodlooking

"From Sister Sarah Ray
February 14, 2009

Okay boa noticia nº 1: We are now on day 7 of beautiful blue skies and sun and 60 degree weather!!! I am a very very very happy missionary.

As for this week, it was really good. I don´t know if it is the fact that it is finally sunny and we aren´t miserable outside or if our work is just finally starting to pay off, but Irmã Polito and I are taking Braga by storm. We have found some really awesome people who seem to be converting themselves, we just get to watch. It is really amazing to see how the spirit works in people´s lives. Quite the testimony of the gospel, because there is no way we could do this ourselves.

Of course we still have the sad moments, like when the bus driver wouldn´t let us on the bus because we took 30 seconds to talk to a woman in the bus stop. We felt like we needed to talk to her, so we did and just left a Plan of Salvation panfleto com ela and it turned out that she had just left the hospital where a family member was really sick. No such thing as coincidences. Well, as a result the bus driver was closing the door as we turned around, and he wouldn´t let us on. HOWEVER, those that are with us are more than those that are with them and after a mad dash out of the bus station and around the MASSIVE round-about (picture two missionaries sprinting across the cobblestones in the rain, everything flying around, I´m surprised no one died)...we arrived at the next paragem about 30 seconds before the bus did. We triumphantly boarded the bus to the shocked look of the bus driver and made it to our next appointment on time. GO team Irmãs!

We also had the wonderful opportunity to do what we call a blitz with our district. After our meeting in Guimarães this week we picked a street and we all knocked doors on the same street...covering the whole place with missionaries. Woo hoo. We had a grand old time despite the man who told us that no one would ever talk to us, or the man who was too busy beating off devils with his stick to talk to us... There are always interesting people to be found here! Funny how I love them all though.

We ended the week with a bang too. We were the ONLY missionaries who got permission to go to COimbra this week because Irmã Polito was singing in the choir before she was transfered. THus, we made the 4 hour treck, and I really like the city. It reminded me a whole lot of Barcelona, MOm, you would love it. We also went to stake conference and had the opportunity to listen, and sit next to Elder Bednar for two days. IT was an amazing experience, and I really learned a lot. He talked about agency, and it was great to BE taught versus doing the teaching for a while. He also let people have it with respect to missionary work. Hopefully that means it will take a jump here as we can work more with the members. We pretty much wanted to stand up and cheer him after about 20 minutes of how we can all work together to help other people. I´m really excited about the possibilities. I have such a testimony that the Lord really does still speak to us today, and it was amazing to hear the power in his testimony. I am so thankful for the power of the gospel in our lives. I can see it work miracles on a daily basis and I know that our Heavenly Father has a plan for each of his children.

Love you all,

Irmã Ray

If you want to drop Sarah a line, and you should - no probaly about it... Here is what you ca n do:

1) You can use the website. This requires Postage to Portugal (94 cents). You will need to set up an account with money in it and then it will subtract the correct postage from it each time you send a letter .

2) There is a drop down box on the right hand side down just a couple inches. Enter her mission which is Portugal Porto and then click "write a letter" just below where you select the mission.
3) On the next screen enter your return address and Sister Sarah Ray in the address line, add your email in the email box below the envelope.
4) Write your letter in the text box and then hit the "send letter" box under the text box to send it on.
5) Again, this requires postage so you have to set up an account and put money into it and then it will subtract each time you write.


2) The alternate way for sending anything (i.e. letters, packages, etc) through the mail is below. This is her address in her current area (Braga):

Sister Sarah Ray
Rua Padre Antonio Vieira
Nº91 5º Tras
Braga 4710-374

PLEASE take the time to write her... It will mean so much to her and she has not been getting enough mail! Thanks! :)

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