Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving in Sal!!

Oi tudo bom?

Okay so this week a lot of things happened- including a baptism and transfers!
So the elders in our branch got transferred. That means we started teaching their investigators that were progressing and now we are working in the whole area of our branch. It has been a little hectic absorving their area but it has been good and we are receiving more elders in 2 weeks so it will be back to normal. The elders were preparing a man named Djack (just pronounced like jack) for baptism and so we were blessed to get to know him a little bit and help him prepare for his baptism this week. It was really good! haha sorry the pic is really blurry..

Also this week we had a visit from president and sister Oliveira and had interviews with president. It was great to see them and they always bring a great spirit to the missionaries and to the members.

So we also had a small transfer this week. Sister Barros is now serving with me in branch 2 and Sister Brock is serving with Sister Thembo in branch 1! It was great to get to train Sister Brock for 8 weeks, she is an awesome missionary and is going to do so much good. Sister Barros entered the mission the same time as me, but she went to the Brazil mtc so I didn't know her. We have a good time teaching together and she is helping me with my language (Portuguese & Creole) since she is from Cabo Verde!

So today we had a little p-day Thanksgiving with the missionaries in our area. Guess what mom?? I did a make shift brine (as close as I could remember) for the turkey and it actually turned out good! It was a little bit of a struggle because we got locked out of the house and the turkey got over cooked ... but then when we get back in the house to finish some things like the gravy (which I did just like you do = soooo good) we had no more gas to cook!! haha the sisters bought more gas and we just cooked the peach cobbler at the senior couples apartment. Oh yeah, I think I forgot to mention we received a senior couple, the Smarts, 2 weeks ago and they are so sweet and good to us! Enfim ...the lunch was a success and we have leftover turkey :)

That was just some things from this week. I just want to share Mosiah 2:41, and say that I am not a perfect missionary. I have a lot of weaknesses and things I need to improve. I know though that when we are obedient we are happy and blessed. We are truly so blessed in the gospel. I love you all. The family Thanksgiving party looked great and I hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving on Thursday too! Eat lots of cranberry surprise for me!

Ate mais logo!
Love, Sister Turner

Monday, November 18, 2013

Letter from the island of Sal!

Tudo dret?

Oh goodness this is going to be short because we are having serious computer struggles! The man named Jai at the foto place fixed my memory card and I only lost like 50 fotos so it wasn't bad compared to loosing all 1500 of them. But JUST NOW this computer I am only deleted all the photos on my other memory card. serio. por favor pai celestial da-me paciencia.

But also not that much happened this week ...

So the baptismal font had no water on Saturday so we all got in a Hiace and went and had the baptism in the ocean! IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. I mean I am pretty sure if they have beaches in Heaven they look a little something like this. I had more pictures I wanted to send but they got deleted ... but yeah. The baptism was super cool and the spirit was so strong like it always is when a children of God makes their first covenant with their Heavenly Father. 
Analy didn't get baptized. We worked super hard so that was a bummer. 

Also my emails were great this morning, I really needed them! So thanks Mom, Dad, Kade and gare!
Who is the new doctor???????

Brandon´s farewell sounded like it was great! The photos looked great too! He is going to be an awesome missionary. I am going to email him! I want to talk to him about Africa! 

But today I got my ears pierced! Haha it was great! Just a slit pinch and 500 escudos. Sorry the picture isn't great I had another that also got deleted ... 
Also, I read the conference talks and they are so good. Well that's all for this week, I will have more time next week. I love you all immensely and hope you have a great week!

com muito amor,
Sister Turner

Pictures from baptisms on the beach Saturday


Monday, November 11, 2013

6 month mark this week!!


Happy Veterans day Grandpa. Thank you for your example of service to our country. I love you!

True story this Friday the 15th of November the year 201, I will hit my 6th month mark in the mission! WHAT! That means 6 months has gone by? Who knew! This time next year I will be home with you guys and eating so much good food! (p.s. as soon as I saw the picture of the pho that Dad sent, I knew exactly what it was and I was so excited to find out it is in Saratoga!) And to put in perspective how quickly a year goes by- this time last year I will filling out my mission papers. Weird.

So I will get the bad news out of the way ... I think my memory card AND my jump drive have a virus. the computers here don´t really have firewalls or spyware. I can still see the pictures of the camera just not in the computer. but its okay my card is full and i just started using another one so hopefully it won´t get a virus on it. But since that one is not working it means the only picture I have to send home is one of cake and cachupa from sister Barro´s birthday this week. I will see if i brought my camera cord and can use it to send pictures next week...

Haha quick funny story- in Relief Society the lesson was in the teachings of the prophet Lorenzo Snow book. It was telling a story about someone who lived in Hull, England. And I did a double take, Hull. Hull? and the next words that automatically popped into my head was ´stop saying Hull!´ hahaha I remembered that Doctor Who line off of the episode Blink! Are you guys enjoying a new season? Is there a new season or did they stop making it so they could wait for their most faithful fan to return?

This week we taught Leila the plan of salvation. First for starters I am so grateful for the plan of salvation, the truths that it holds and the comfort we receive from knowing our purpose in life. The Spirit was so strong in the lesson, all of us could feel it and Leila was crying. When we asked her how she felt she just kept saying that if she had known this before she would not have lived the life she did, and that she knows this is the right path and that the church is true. It was an amazing lesson.

Okay so just to close I want to explain the difference between buying fish in america and buying fish in Cabo Verde.
America- 1. go to Macey´s or Smiths or whatever large grocery place you want.
2. Go to the fish counter and be greet the clean apron wearing employee.
3. Choose which fillet of fish you would like, have it weighed and packaged for you to pay for at the register.
Okay that's all.... now for our we do it here... Cabo Verde- 
1. go out in the street.
2. look for the 12 year old and the random man with a wheel barrow.
3. ask in creole- if under the piece of card board covering the wheel barrow they have tuna.
4. if the answer is yes tell them how many kilos you want and he will take the knife out of his pocket and cut a chunk out of the fish and put it into a grocery bag.
I love you all! Have a great week! Thank you for the love, prayers and support!
Sister Turner
cake & cachupa from Sister Barro´s
birthday this past week

Monday, November 4, 2013

Already November!

I can´t believe it is November! I really can´t.

so a few quick things- this computer is bad so this letter with have little to no capitalization, will be short and i will have to send the photos in multiple emails, disculpa!

oh my goodness what even happened this week... it was a pretty normal. the weather will cool down one day and the next be hot again so i really have no idea what season it is!

sister alvarado and her companion sister barbosa arrived because they are opening the area of santa maria! haha and today sister alvarado made me wear her floral jacket beause it reminds her of my floral carpet jacket i bought at d.i., its fun!

oh also i received the poster from the primary! it was so cute i loved it! i loved all the little pictures and note the kids drew it was so fun to get it! thank you primary kids so much!

this week i was feeling pretty stressed and inadequate. we have a lot of work to do in our area, and with training we just have so much and it doesn't seem like there is enough time! but some scriptures and some counsel that helped me were ether 12:27, and to try and realize what the lord is teaching me is these moments that are a little more difficult. even though there are hard days i am always still so grateful to be here and having these learning experiences. the joy that comes from this work makes everything worth it! like yesterday leila's son ienike received his baby blessing during sacrament and it was such a neat experience and the spirit was so strong!

well that really wasn't very much, but we are happy and doing well and i hope every one back home is too!

ate mais logo! tchau!

love, sister p. michelle turner
poster from the KV3 primary

Transfers again!

Boa tarde, oops bom dia. Haha I almost always say boa tarde no matter what time it is. Then I look at my watch say the correct greeting and then the people laugh at me! Seriously happens almost every single day.
So yesterday was transfers and we are staying right here! right here! Actually no sisters are leaving Sal so yeah. We are excited to be staying here and keep working with our investigators and our branch. Our branch is pretty small right now so its not easy but it is neat to see the progress. And I will keep training Sister Brock, but I mostly have no idea what I am doing. BUT with the Spirit she will turn out okay after these next 6 weeks. :)
Thank you for the emails and the pictures! The house is looking so cute, and those flowers you made are gorgeous mom! It looks so ´fally´ there it is kind of strange ... it still is just summer time here. It has been summer for me since May! hahaha speaking of Summer I hope everyone enjoys my tan line ... sim.
So I have not received a package yet, but I will let you know as soon as I do!!
Wow that was a really random email and not very long because I didn't decide what to write about before I came to the computer and this sentence was bad too. But I am sending letters today so those should come in a week or two! And I sent Tim one that should come this week! Things are picking up here, the Lord is blessing us! I will write a better email next week. Enjoy some photos and know that your missionary is always sending love and prayers!!

Ate proxima semana, Amo voces!!
-Sister Turner