Monday, April 18, 2016

2016-04-18 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

We believe that this Church is more than just a good place to go on Sundays and learn how to be a good person. It is more than just a lovely Christian social club where we can associate with people of good moral standing. It is not just a great set of ideas that parents can teach their children at home so they will be responsible, nice people. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is infinitely more than all of these things. Think for just a minute about the profound claims we make as a religion. We believe that the same Church Jesus Christ established while on the earth has been restored once again by a prophet called of God in our time and that our leaders hold the same power and authority to act in God’s name that ancient Apostles held. It is called the priesthood of God. We claim that through this restored authority, we can receive saving ordinances, such as baptism, and enjoy the purifying and refining gift of the Holy Ghost to be with us at all times. We have apostles and prophets leading and directing this Church through priesthood keys, and we believe that God speaks to His children through these prophets. We also believe that this priesthood power makes it possible to make covenants and receive ordinances in holy temples that will someday enable us to return to the presence of God and live with Him forever. We also claim that, through this power, families can be bound together for eternity when couples enter the new and everlasting covenant of marriage in sacred buildings that we believe are literally the houses of God. We believe that we can receive these saving ordinances not only for ourselves but also for our ancestors who lived on the earth without having the chance to participate in these essential saving ordinances. We believe we can perform ordinances for our ancestors by proxy in these same holy temples.
We believe that, through a prophet and the power of God, we have received additional scriptures, adding to the testimony of that in the Bible declaring that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.
We claim that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the kingdom of God and the only true Church on the earth. It is called the Church of Jesus Christ because He stands at the head; it is His Church, and all these things are possible because of His atoning sacrifice.
We believe that these distinguishing features can be found in no other place or organization on this earth. As good and sincere as other religions and churches are, none of them have the authority to provide the ordinances of salvation that are available in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I want to take a moment to say how grateful I am for this church. First, y’all should read the full conference talk above by Bonnie Oscarson, which is super good. I am grateful for this church. The church of Jesus Christ isn’t just a name, but a description of who is the head of this church, who leads this church, and who is the center of all things that are taught in this church. I am grateful for a loving Heavenly Father, who sent me here to Earth to learn and grow. I am grateful for the love He has shown me my entire existence and for the blessings He has given me. I am glad that He is not only my God who I love, but my Father in the heavens, who wants me to reach my full potential. I know I can reach my full potential only through Him. I am grateful that the complete gospel and church of Jesus Christ was restored on the Earth through a boy of immense faith, Joseph Smith, who had a simple question for Heavenly Father, of which church he should affiliate himself with. I am grateful for the priesthood authority that was also restored on the Earth so that we can do the ordinances necessary to be able to live in the presence of our Heavenly Father, who has a perfect body. And I am grateful for all of you.

Sister Morgan Ruiz

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

2016-04-04 English Prayer

So these past few weeks have been interesting. I am still doing Physical Therapy and stuck in the apartment building or the mission office most of the time.

In the ward that I am in now they have an English class every Friday with the Elders. So Elder Defranco, from some part in Houston, asked me to say the opening prayer in English. That was difficult. I was stumbling over my words the whole time.

We also have a deadly microwave. One night we were de-thawing chicken. I put it in the microwave and 2 minutes later I looked and the chicken was cooked ready to eat. Another time I put something else in the microwave for 2 minutes and it was completely burned. 1 minute and 30 seconds does nothing, but 2 minutes does strange things.

This week I have more physical therapy and doctors’ visits. Thank you for the prayers; I love you all!

Sister Morgan Ruiz

Monday, March 21, 2016

2016-03-21 Vacation Week

2 Nephi 29:7­-9

     7 Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?

     8 Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.

     9 And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and that I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure. And because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from that time henceforth and forever.

When you have your birthday, transfers, and have a hurt hip all in the same week, you get moved to Maceió. When you get moved to Maceió, exciting things happen. 

Starting with Tuesday. Woke up at 2am to catch a taxi at 3am to arrive at the bus station at 4am to wait for a bus that didn’t arrive until 6am. Traveled almost 6 hours on the bus to Maceió. I arrived in Maceió companionless, so I stayed with the group that were going to train the arriving missionaries. Then I went with Sister Mazetto (who arrived with me) and Sister Thueson (the American she is training from Salt Lake City). 

Wednesday I had Sister Gomes, the mission president’s wife, for my companion. I was in a car and A/C all day, it was very strange. I had a doctor’s appointment, she showed me the mission office, then dropped us 3 sisters off at a restaurant for lunch. 

Thursday I still didn’t have a companion so I had Sister Gomes for a 2nd day. We went with Sister Mazetto to have some medical tests done in the morning. For lunch Presidente and Sister Gomes took us out to eat ... in a mall. IN A MALL! Sister Mazetto and I were both in awe. And we had chinese food, it was brazilian chinese food but still satisfied my craving. We then dropped off Sister Mazetto and Sister Thueson at the bus station. After Sister Gomes and I went on a shopping spree. We went to 5 different stores looking for things for missionary houses: mirrors, fans, pots, pans, drying racks, etc. We even went to a Sam’s Club! I didn’t even know they existed in Brazil. And in Sam’s Club they had taco shells, the same brand in the US. After we were done shopping, Sister Gomes dropped me off at the apartment where I finally met my 2 companions, Sister Astorga and Sister Cruz.

Friday we had zone meeting, ate lunch, and had interviews with Presidente Gomes. Sister Cruz got transferred. I also got super sick and slept from 5pm Friday until 1pm Saturday, so we didn’t do anything to celebrate my birthday. But I got a card from Sister Cruz and Sister Astorga. 

Sunday at church the members were super excited to see us because it has always been Elders in their ward. One person even said to their son, “look these are missionaries just like the Elders”. All the leaders came and introduced themselves. 

So all in all it was a very different week. And it is strange because we have not done any proselyting because 1) We do not have an area and 2) Neither of us can walk long distances because I have a hurt hip and Sister Astorga has a broken foot.

Sister Morgan Ruiz

2016-03-07 Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself

You wanna make the missionaries in your ward really happy?

     1. Open your contacts in your phone
     2. Pray what names in your contacts are ready to hear the missionaries (not necessarily ready to be baptized)
     3. Choose 5 names from your contacts
     4. Give these names to the missionaries the next time you see them
          -- If you don’t have an address, keep the name on your list, seek the address, then give to the missionaries.

When one of the Pharasies asked Jesus which commandment was the greatest, (Matt 22:37‐40)

     37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

     38 This is the first and great commandment.

     39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

     40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Ask yourself “how do you love your neighbor like yourself?”

Now look at your list of the 5 names. If you have not made a list yet, you should do so now and still make the missionaries happy. Now this list of names are children of the one and only living God. They have a Father and Older Brother waiting to meet them.

Jesus also taught (Matt:12) “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”

Imaging that you had a deadly sickness but you know someone in Kansas had a cure. You would do everything possible to obtain that cure. You have a cure. You have the knowledge of the Church of Jesus Christ, the same church that he formed. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‐day Saints is not a church reformed, but His church restored.

Sister Morgan Ruiz

Monday, February 22, 2016

2016-02-22 Short Week

Me and Sister Chagas

The baptism of Elenice

Baptism: Yesterday we had the baptism of Elenice. She is super sweet and the niece of a member. Her aunt is Raimunda, and both of them are awesome. Riamunda is 75, but still is sarcastic and blunt with us, which I love. Every time during our lessons we would ask how Elenice felt about her baptismal day and if Elenice was hesitant, Riamunda would say something along the lines of “I love this gospel, you should be baptized too so you can learn to love the gospel”.

Dia Celestial: Saturday we went to another city in our zone for “Dia Celestial”. How it was supposed to go is basically all the missionaries in the zone go to one area, and have divisions with prospective missionaries and return missionaries to visit all the inactive members. In this way the prospective missionaries have an idea of what it is like to be a missionary for a day. It started at 8 am and we had a “welcome” and find we out who your companion is for the day. Then we went to the streets at 9 with a list of non-active member who we were going to visit. Some of the people weren't in their house, or didn't live there anymore, but others we found and they gave us their reasons for not being at church. We returned at noon to have lunch and testimony meeting, then to return to our city at 3.

We are working more with the leaders and the members, which helps a lot with our investigators.

Sister Morgan Ruiz

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

2016-02-08 Same Area, New Companion

I got a new companion this week, Sister Chagas. She is from near Rio de Janeiro, has 4 brothers, is the only daughter, and likes to weld and sew. 

I have studied about Nephi this past week and how he was always ready to do what the Lord asks. He had enormous faith and knew that he was worth a lot in the eyes of Heavenly Father. 

That's all I have time for this week.

Sister Morgan Ruiz

Monday, February 1, 2016

2016-02-01 Focus, Faith, Force

This letter is for everyone but especially the youth: This past week there was a devotional for all of the youth of Brazil. We got to watch part of it because it was right after our baptism this week (which the pictures won´t load). Their focus was “prepare your suitcases now and close them for your mission”. They talked about the things you should pack, so you do not have “extra baggage” when you arrive on your mission. Here is a summary of the things they talked about:

·         scriptures
·         attribute of love
·         attribute of diligence: work and planning
·         covenants
·         purity
·         The Spirit
·         faith
·         testimony
·         obedience
·         confidence

They talked a lot about having the courage to close your suitcase. 
1 Nephi 3:7 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto thechildren of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.
Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or thegods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Does your house serve the Lord? It is easier for your children to obey the commandments of God if they see your desire to obey them first. 
Mosiah 10:13 Nephi was more faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord—therefore he was favored of the Lord, for the Lord heard his prayers and answered them, and he took thelead of their journey in the wilderness.
Obedience is essential to return to God.
Serving God for 18-24 months now will bring you happiness for the rest of your life. The mission is what you want to make of it.
If you did not notice this devotional talked a lot about missionary work. The world is changing. More and more everyday. The world is already difficult and it is going to get worse. If you are doing the same things that you did yesterday, you are not going to be able to shield the temptation of tomorrow. Listen to your leaders. The first sign in personal apostasy is searching for faults in your bishopric. Listen to your leaders. They were chosen by God through people holding the authority of God. Since I was little I had always heard “pray daily, read your scriptures, go to church” and thought those were such basic things, but I realized that I did not do them with diligence or always with the right heart. If you feel like you are doing these things and it still is not making a difference in your life, seek understanding in your reading, diligence in your prayers, and answers at church, and I promise they will come. Now is the time to act. The leaders know what they are doing. You may not understand but you should trust their direction. If you are not doing so, pray daily. If you are already doing so, read the scriptures. If you are already doing so, read with more diligence. If you are already doing so, study the scriptures with more diligence. And if you are already doing so, you already know your next step to become closer to God. 
Tchau, Beijos,
Sister Morgan Ruiz

Monday, January 25, 2016

2016-01-25 Parties

Things this week:

People here like parties. The parties I am talking about are for the kids, 2-10 years old. They have these grand decorations. One we helped decorate this week was turning 2. Another one we went to was turning 4. We also saw one at a hotel which was decorated with the Frozen theme, so they had a life-size cut-out of Anna and Elsa, with a bodygaurd and everything. All the parties always have lots and LOTS of balloons.

Secondly, I had bull tail this week. I do not know if that is a thing in the United States and I just have not tried it before, but it was good. It was also very fatty, and I did not learn what it was until after I finished. That is a very important rule here. Do not ask until after you finish eating.

I realized I like analogies so here is another one:

We have two eyes so we can see a greater perception. If we close one eye, we cannot see as much even though the same things are still there. We have two eyes for two witnesses of the marvelous things God gave us. The same goes for the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Both testify of Christ and with both we can have a greater perception of the love and plan God has for each of us.

Sister Morgan Ruiz

Saturday, January 23, 2016

2016-01-18 Sister Olivera‏

And they were called the church of God, or the church of Christ, from that time forward. And it came to pass that whosoever was baptized by the power and authority of God was added to his church. And it came to pass that Alma, having authority from God, ordained priests; he ordained them to preach unto them, and to teach them concerning the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. And he commanded them that they should teach nothing save it were the things which he had taught, and which had been spoken by the mouth of the holy prophets. Yea, even he commanded them that they should preach nothing save it were repentance and faith on the Lord, who had redeemed his people. And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism. Having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another. And thus he commanded them to preach. And thus they became the children of God. And he commanded them that they should observe the Sabbath day, and keep it holy, and also every day they should give thanks to the Lord their God. And he also commanded them that the priests whom he had ordained should labor with their own hand for their support. And there was one day in every week that was set apart that they should gather themselves together to teach the people, and to worship the Lord their God, and also, as often as it was in their power, to assemble themselves together. And the priests were not to depend upon the people for their support, but for their labor they were to receive the grace of God, that they might wax strong in the Spirit, having the knowledge of God, that they might teach with power and authority from God.  Mosiah 18:17-25

My companion's mom is getting baptized this weekend!!! Sister Olivera has been the only member in her family for 12 years and her mom was always super Catholic. Her life in Amazonas is completely different than mine, but she has been a big blessing to me. She has a strong work ethic and we understand each other on the importance of working towards what you want.

There are so many girls/women here that do not have this. They settle with the idea that they are going to marry and stay in the house for the rest of their lives while the men work, buy food, buy equipment, and party all night long. This is sad because a lot of these women stay in a bad, abusive relationship because they have nowhere else to go.

Sorry it is short today.

Sister Morgan Ruiz

Monday, January 11, 2016

2016-01-11 PHILLIPE

Phillipe's baptism
Phillipe is a special soul, absolutely amazing! We started teaching him a month ago, and he has such a strong testimony. He was baptized this past weekend.
How did we find him? I tripped. And fell. Right in front of his house where he was standing. Then out of sympathy he asked if we wanted a cup of water. We said no and walked away because my companion was laughing hysterically at me. We turned the corner of the street so she could laugh some more. Then after she calmed down we decided to return to his house and see if he was still there.
The first lesson we taught he was not very accepting, and kept repeating that he was Catholic. But the second time we returned, he was a completely different person. From that moment on he was so interested in every lesson, and had a lot of things he needed to change, but willingly changed all of them.
The week before his baptism was Testimony meeting, and he shared his testimony. He talked about how this gospel changed his life and he loves the Book of Mormon, and how it really does answer all questions and doubts, and he knows the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. After he finished everyone was in awe. It was amazing to see how when a person, like Phillipe, truly seeks for an answer, they find it in the word of God.
For one of our visits, he watched a video about missionary work and was sad that he had already passed the missionary age. He truly has a desire to help others see the same light he has found.
He shared with us that the missionaries passed his house one time when he was 14, but he thought nothing of it. But he told us if only he had listened, his life would be completely different now. But now he has the gospel and he can help others find the same joy.

Sister Morgan Ruiz

Monday, January 4, 2016

2016-01-04 New Year! New Week!

This past week was super good. Our mission president has really been focusing on making more contacts. On Tuesday we contacted a family that has 2 little boys. We taught them about the restoration, and then they asked us if we could stop by New Year’s Eve for a little snack. We said sure, and did not think much more of it. Then when we arrived Thursday night, we shared a message with them and went into their kitchen, and they had prepared a feast for us, literally. We were completely shocked because we had only met them 2 days prior and they had done all this for us. It was sort of like God telling us, ``I have people like this waiting for you, you just need to find them``.

We also had a lot of analogies this week.

Analogy 1 (From our mission president):
A wise man was sitting at the foot of a tree when 2 ladies saw him. One of the ladies had an idea to try and trick the wise man. She told the other lady ``let us capture a butterfly and hold it in our hands and ask the wise man if it is alive or dead. If he says alive, let us crush the butterfly without him noticing, then show him the dead butterfly. If he says dead, let us simply let the butterfly go free.`` The two ladies agreed with this plan and proceeded to ask the wise man ``Is the butterfly alive or dead?`` He thought, then smiled ``it is in your hands``.

It is in your hands if the butterfly is alive or dead, just like it is in your hands what you make of this life, if you have a good or bad life, full of joy or sadness.

Analagy 2 (From an investigator):
A Father and son loved to look at airplanes in the sky. The son was always amazed at how small the airplane was. One day the father and son went to the airport to fly to a vacation spot. When they got to their gate, the son looked out the window and was so surprised at how big the airplane was because he had always seen it so small.

This is the same with God. When we are far from God, he seems like a small part of our lives, But when we are close to him (reading the scriptures, going to church, following the commandments), we can see how big of a part he actually is in our lives. The airplane was always the same size, the only thing that changed was the son´s perception of the plane.

Anyway that’s all for this week. Hope y’all have a wonderful new year!


Sister Morgan Ruiz

Monday, December 28, 2015

2015-12-28 Christmas Week

This past week was really good. With skyping my family on Christmas to the lessons we have been teaching. Christmas Eve the District President had us over at his house for dinner. All of his family was there and there was a lot of food. For Christmas we were in a member’s home that looked like an American home on the inside, so it was a bitter-sweet feeling. Then we had a ward party Christmas night and lots of people were there.

I love the people we are teaching. We have seen a lot of progress with them these past few weeks. One of the investigators we have is amazing. He reads the Book of Mormon every day and is so excited to tell us about what he read when we visit him.

I absolutely love the Book of Mormon. Why? Because it is another testament of Christ. It has the basic principles of how we can live with our Heavenly Father, and how having faith in Christ leads us to do amazing things. I know that the Book of Mormon is a word of God. Like the Bible, it testifies of the glory of Jesus Christ, the mercy of Jesus Christ, and the love of Jesus Christ. This book is precious and sacred and when you read it, seeking any question you have, you will find an answer.

Thank you for all the love and prayers!
Sister Morgan Ruiz

Monday, December 21, 2015

2015-12-21 TRANSFERS

Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind, and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. Moroni 10:32
So this week was transfers. I got a new companion! Her name is Sister Olivers; she is from the State of Amazonas and has been here for a year and a month. She is honestly an answer to my prayers. I am so grateful for her. With our investigators, she is direct but gentle. She has already taught me a lot in the week that we have been together. There are also 2 other americans in our house (Sister Helm from Idaho and Sister Walker from Washington).
We had a very productive week this week. Two of our investigators, Phillipe and Tiago, are awesome. They are brothers and every lesson we teach, they are so receptive to. Phillipe is so humble and has such a desire to seek the truth. He is so open and understanding.
Before when people would tell us their life stories, I had no idea what they were saying. But now I understand the jist of what they are saying. I am able to grasp what they are struggling with and the general situation. I do not understand the whole story, but I understand a lot more than I have in previous weeks.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday break!
If you have not had a chance yet, watch the video from the church ``A Savior is Born``. It is awesome and a reminder of the life and work of our Savior.
Sister Morgan Ruiz

Monday, December 14, 2015

2015-12-14 Food

Hello Everyone!

So first off I want to tell y'all about the food that I have eaten. There is a lady in our branch who always cooks unusual things for the missionaries to try. The first time we went to her house we had hawk ( I think, I am not really sure, but that is what it sounded like when the other missionaries were explaining it to me). Then the next time we had guaiamum. I do not know what the english equivalent is, but it's some type of crab that is blue. We had it in lasanga but it was still interesting. Then one of our investigators made us shrimp in a super fancy way with lettuce and limes and tomatoes and other stuff. I took a picture of when I tried it, and I did not make a pleasant face. But I did manage to eat another one. 

Secondly, last week at church someone said something interesting. We are always told everything will work out in the end. We need to trust this. If something is not good in our lives right now, we should not worry so much because it is not the end. It will get better whether it is next week, next year, or in the next 10 years. We need to trust and have hope in God and have hope to know the end will be better than where we are now. 

My portuguese is going well, but it is nowhere close to profound. But when we teach people I do not need big words because the gospel is simple. And because I only know the simple words, I can explain in a simple way. The gospel is simple. God loves all his children. He wants all of us to return to him. He has always provided a way for us to know his words, and he continues to do so today. 

Love you all,
Sister Morgan Ruiz

Monday, November 30, 2015

2015-11-30 Massa

Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend.
And behold, I say unto you that if ye do this ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the love of God, and always retain a remission of your sins; and ye shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true.
Massa. This is a word with many meanings. It means “pasta”, or “dough”, but it also means “super cool”. Then maça is an apple but it sounds almost exactly the same. But massa is my favorite word at the moment, and I use it a lot, and then the Brazilians are impressed that I know a slang word.
My companion is really worried about all the tanlines I have. She freaked out the first day I was here because of the tanlines I already had. She was really concerned for me, but I reassured her that I had had those for a while. Then I got a sunburn yesterday because I forgot to put on sunscreen. (It is around 100 degrees everyday here.) My companion freaked out again. I told her it was all good, I have gotten plenty of sunburns in my life, and it is not a bad one because it does not hurt.  
I hope y’alls Thanksgiving was good and had lots of food. Our lunch appointment bailed so I just had a sandwich for Thanksgiving.
We had divisions this week. I was with Sister Helm; she is from Idaho and has been here a little over a year. She has bright red hair, so when we would talk to people they were really confused when I was struggling in some parts and she was speaking perfectly.
We are teaching a lot of people. A lot of which are single mothers. It is really sad because most of them are not older than 25, but they have to stay home and live with family members in order to provide for their children.
A lot of people here do not have money for extra things, like Christmas things. So I have to be creative with talking about Christmas, because all the lessons I have been taught are focused more on Christ than on shopping. But they do not have the money to shop.
Thanks for everything,
Happy Holidays,
Sister Morgan Ruiz

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2015-11-23 Everyone Here Thinks I'm Brazilian - Part 2

Nevertheless, notwithstanding the great goodness of the Lord, in showing me his great and marvelous works, my heart exclaimeth: O wretched man that I am! Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities. And when desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins; 
nevertheless, know in whom have trustedMy God hath been my supporthe hath 
led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep. He hath filled me with his loveeven unto theconsuming of my flesh. Rejoice, my heartand cry unto the Lord,  and say: OLord, will praise thee forever; yea, my soul will rejoice in thee, my God, and the rock of my salvation. (2 Nephi 4:17,19-21,30)

They do not have daylight savings time here, so the sun is up before 5am and down by 6pm.

Everyone here thinks I am Brazilian, and no one believes me that I am American until I start speaking Portuguese. Even though I do not know what is going on most of the time, God still gives me the words that people need to hear. 

My companion is Sister Neves. She has 11 brothers and 1 sister. She is from São Paulo and has been here for 1 year. She does not speak any english, so it is difficult at times. 
We are teaching a group of teenage boys and they love American pop music. One of them loves Katy Perry, the other Lana del Ray, and another Arianna Grande. They also have a friend who is a member who loves Britney Spears. So they always try to ask me questions about them, but I do not really know a whole lot about them. All I know is Taylor Swift, but none of them really like her. 
We have taught a lot of investigators about the plan of salvation this week, and everytime their eyes light up. In one lesson we talked about how our bodies and spirits will be reunited, and we can return to live with Heavenly Father, and she was so facinated by it. In another we talked about eternal families with a couple who has a daughter, and now they are making plans to be civilly married so they can be baptized.

Sister Morgan Ruiz