Friday, December 27, 2013

Feliz Natal!!

Yes it is almost Christmas I can't believe it!! We will be talking so soon!
December has flown by and the working is flying by with it! We are loving our area in mount vermelho, by the way maybe trying loo!king up palmarejo? mount vermelho is a smaller area within palmarejo. But yeah this week we are excited a couple named vivi and joao are getting married and baptized this weekend so that should be really great! They are an older couple that are super sweet. Also we are teaching a woman named maria who i just love. She is taking big steps towards baptism (like moving so she can keep the law of chastity!!) and I can't wait she is going to get baptized in a couple weeks! I have to say that I really love the members in this ward they are so great. Always wanting to help and teach with us, it is awesome!

The family christmas party looked great! Sounds like it was fun and as always the food looked to die for. Send everyone my love and tell them i said Feliz Natal para todos! I hope you guys are watching lots of hallmark movies and maybe a doctor who christmas special too ;)

Haha I sent some pictures of the christmas decorations, I look a little crazy but thats okay!

also a picture of my hairs that sister valenzuela braided :)

and a picture of our table in our room where we study and eat lunch, we have a nice view!

This time of year is so special to remember our Savior. I hope everyone has a spirit filled christmas and shares the love He has for us. Sorry this isn't very long but we will talk soon!

I love you all, I love this gospel and I am ever grateful for the opportunity to be here in Cabo Verde!!


Sister Turner

p.s. congrats Brittani and Jacob on your mission calls! That is so awesome you guys are going to serve!!

Monday, December 16, 2013

First week in Mount Vermelho!

9 days till Christmas!! Which means that this week we had our Christmas party with all the missionaries on the island of Santiago. It was soooo great, I loved it! We got listen to President Monson's talk, and had an amazing devotional from President Oliveira where he talked about giving gifts of eternal value. The Spirit was so strong also when we sang. As districts we went out and caroled in Praia and brought a little Christmas joy to some people here. It was a little strange to carol with no snow but it was a cool experience! We also had a delicious lunch (haha but sister Barros said that my turkey was better ;). And I got to see so many of the sisters that I love that are serving in other areas and visit with them for a little bit so it was awesome!
And just to top everything off my package was under the little Christmas tree at the party!! Thank you sooooo much!!! I loved everything in it! I'm glad I didn't wait to open it because then we got to decorate our apartment with the stuff you sent. :) Those papers were so cute I just had to take of picture while making the chain.
 We are also really enjoying the treats and I am enjoying the clothes! And thank you so much Grandma and Grandpa for the gift too! Haha I didn't wait to open it either. :) But good news we get to talk on Christmas! I don't know what time yet but I am so excited!! I hope everyone will be able to be there and Grandma and Grandpa too! 

So we started working this week in our new area and it is almost too good to be true! We are loving it here. There are great leaders, great members who are so willing to help, and we have some great investigators too. We are just blessed to be here. Mostly this week we worked on getting to know the area, the members, and the people who were being taught before since this area was whitewashed and we don't know anyone. It has been good and we have received a ton of help from the members. Sister Valenzuela and I have a good time working together and I am really looking forward to the rest of this transfer!

I always have so much I want to tell you guys and the time to write just flies. But for now I have to leave you with a photo of dog we call shaggy who lives on our street. He has a lot of bald spots. The look on his face always makes us smile.
Ta bom. I love you all! I hope everyone has a great week and stays warm there in the cold! We are still sweating like crazy. Mostly Sister Valenzuela's upper lip. Hahaha! Okay she doesn't want me to send that... too late :)

Feliz Natal!  -com amor,
Sister Turner

p.s. we hit our 7 month mark! yay! 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Transfers again!

Boa tarde!

It is hard to believe that today I am starting my 5th transfer! Yesterday night was transfer calls and I am going back to the island of Santiago! I am going to serve in the area of Mount Vermelho with Sister Valenzuela who was in the MTC at the same time as me! Also from when we lived together in the same apartment in Assomada, I know that she loves kru. So we are going to work really hard, have a really good transfer and hopefully eat a lot of raw tuna. :) Sister Barros is also getting transferred to an area on Santiago so we are excited to be traveling together! Our flight leaves in about 4 hours, so we will just have the rest of our p-day and head out. We have a family night planned tonight with our investigators John and Artemisia. They are the parents of some of my favorite members Rosi and Jailson and they are such a nice couple! But with our flight we are only going to be able to stop by for a second and say bye, drop off the pudim de leite I promised I would make and then it is off to the airport!

Thank you all for the emails. Your words strengthen me, I really appreciate them and love reading them! And it is good to know that Tim Tim is getting to eat some good cheese. Okay so I LOVED the photos of the Christmas decorations!!! Mom the house looks SOOO CUTE!! The garland above the pictures in the living room is so pretty, you are a pro! And the tree too! That is a proper Christmas tree. Most of the trees here are only 2 feet tall... its just not the same. Oh yeah and speaking of Christmas I actually didn't get my package yet. BUT... since I am going to Praia tonight I will hopefully be able to get it from the mission office soon. I am really excited! :)

Good news about Teresa (the woman with us in the picture) - So we couldn't get permission to go out to Palmeira where she lives because it is too far. But we told her she could come to Espargos and we could teach her in the chapel. And she came! We reviewed the first lesson with her and sister Barros invited her to be baptized and her reply was ´ka tem problema!´ which is creole for ´no problem!´ Hahaha it was great! She was taught by the missionaries in the past and has such a sweet, genuine spirit with desire to follow Jesus Christ. We marked appointments for her to come to Espargos more this week and if everything goes well she will be baptized on the 21st of December. It is a bummer that we won´t be her to keep teaching her but the next missionaries coming to Sal will keep working with her!

Sorry but I still don't know about when we get to call or skype. Hopefully by next Monday I will know and can tell you guys the details!

Also a cool piece of news- The island of Sao Nicolau is opening to missionaries! Maio opened a month or so ago I forgot to mention but that means now all the inhabited islands have missionaries now! The work is going forth and it is so exciting!

Okay so that's all I think? Everyone have a good week and try to stay warm! I think the Christmas devotional is coming up so I hope you enjoy that. Sempre eu sou grata pelas oracoes and pelo apoio eu estou a receber. Muito obrigada estou a enviar meu amor!! Tchau!

-Sister Turner

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Good things!!!

Hello hello!

Today is December 2 and it is a HOT! Today I do not feel I am in Cabo Verde. It is so hot but not humid, and we were walking around in down town Espargos today and there were lots of white people (turistas) and there are paved roads, and street signs and palm trees and things like SUV´s and I just feel like I am in Arizona or Nevada or something.  Weird! Haha that sentence has all sorts or problems but that is okay.

So in other news- I GOT A PACKAGE!!! kind of. The zone leader went to Praia for the leadership counsel and he told me there is a package for me in the mission office! I was so excited there were almost tears! then there really were almost tears when he said he couldn't bring it back to Sal with him. BUT the presidents assistants are coming to Sal this week and they are bringing it and I am so excited!!! Thank you so much I can't wait to open it!!

A cool thing happened at church yesterday- we met a woman named Teresa. haha reminds me of aunt Tess. Anywho she is so sweet and she told us multiply time that she doesn't want to be in the darkness anymore, she wants to stay in the light. She has already come to church a few times in the past couple months we just never met her! This week we are going to find her house which is in further part of our area and start teaching her. It is always so excited to encounter those people searching for the truth!

So the pictures this week are a little random but-
When Sister Barros bag broke right when we were walking down the street, I was dying laughing.
This morning we walked up the trail to the airport tower and the view was gorgeous!
A sign that I really like, and I think is funny because all it means is ´hot meal´ and not specific at all to what kind of food they serve...

The pictures from Thanksgiving looked awesome! Everybody and all the food looked great! Oh and the craft fair too! Tenho saudades! The turkey trot looked fun, I remember when Tim and I ran it last year and it WAS SO COLD! In a few years I hope me and Tim-Tim and maybe Dad run it together again! I can´t believe it is December and in just a few weeks we will get to skype! I don't know what day yet but as soon as I find out I will let you guys know!

That's all for this week. We are doing well here, I love serving with Sister Barros, we have a lot of funny times together! I am sending my love and my prayers and I hope everyone has a great week!

Sister Turner