Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A First Time for Everything

Dear Mom and Dad,
    How does e-mail time go so fast?! I just finished writing president and look over and have not a whole lot of minutes left. Its probably because I kept looking at the photo of how good looking you all are. Ben, sweet beans brother. It must be one of the most special experiences to bless your own child. You have a first born son, what! He needs Auntie Bekah to pinch those cute little cheeks. 
    This week we went on divisions with the sisters in Batatais....its a cute little town about 40 minutes outside the city limits. It is adorable, yet is pretty dangerous. The sisters come home when the sun goes down, or shortly there after. I had a blast with them. We bought a birthday cake for Sister Freitas. When we got home and finished planning, we lit candles, turned off the lights, and surprised her. 
     As we were leaving the next day I wasn't feeling so great. I think I ate something bad. I got diarrhea. We ran to catch our Onibus [city bus], which ended up being late. Running when you are sick isn't fun. This cute little lady walking in our direction was reaching out for other people and large objects as walking supports. She said she was going to the pharmacy. When she got to me she grabbed my arm to help stabilize her. I tried to help her grab the wall so I could grab my bus. But, she started bending her knees, and before you know it she collapsed in my arms. I don't think she ever lost consciousness, but her body went limp in my arms. People started to notice and we set her on the ground. Two men nearby lifted her into their car and took her to I assume the hospital. I got up, grabbed my Onibus, and started for home. However it was hot and stuffy in the bus; I don't know why nobody opened the window. For about 3 seconds the bus was miraculously quiet. I yelled at the driver to open the door, pushed past all the people, and barfed for the first time in Brazil. Yep, it was not fun. I'm glad we stopped before he left city limits. I felt weak for the rest of the day but we were able to work still. 
    Actually, that same day we had a triple baptism! Yep, we baptized a set of 3 sisters (siblings). It was awesome! I love when people get baptized. I wrote about their mom and few months ago who wants the gospel for her children. Our ward mission leader got to participate in the confirmation Sunday. It was his first. We were all super proud of him. I love our ward, it really is the best. Anyway, I think there is a lot more sad new than good news is my letter, but honestly this week was fantastic, the craziest part just happened to be sad. I love you all a ton and hope you have a great week. You are the greatest family ever.

Love you!
Sister Hoggan

Monday, May 19, 2014

Parabems!

Dear Mom and Dad...and Alena, Ben, Nic, Monica, Katie, Audrey, and Brody,
      Was it really just last week that I talked to you? I don't think so,but I don't know, time flies at such a strange speed I don't even understand. I opened my email today with awesome graduation noticias of Alena and a super cute picture of her.
      So today the maintenance guys are cleaning the apartment complex water system, which means no water all day. No showers, no toilets, no...yep, you name it, attached to water and it doesn't work. We set aside a fair amount of water in buckets to use during the day so we were fairly prepared. Hopefully it will comes back soon though. It sure makes you think twice about food storage.
     So I went to the doctor this week for I think the 2nd time on my mission. They don't have family doctors here like they do in the states. You can't just call and make an appointment to talk to a doctor, you wait in the non-emergent emergency room to have a chance to talk to him. We waited about 3 hours so he could write me a prescription for my sore throat. I still have a sore throat though. I'm a tad better than I was before, but I'm going to see what else I can do to make it better. 
    We had ward conference on Sunday....with a record number of people in attendance! Yay! We also had a ward talent show this week that was highly entertaining. However, there was this really cute 10 year old girl sitting next to me who apparently could dance really well, but she wouldn't go up and perform...I was a bit bummed. I found out though that after all the missionaries left she got up and sang REALLY well. 
    The work is wonderful and so is my companion. I love it here. 

Com amor, 
Sister Hoggan

What a wonderful mother´s day!

May 12, 2014

Dear Mom and Dad,
   It was great to see your smiling faces yesterday. It was the perfect end to a crazy week. We hardly worked in our area at all this week. Eeek! We went on divisions one day and then we had another day of weekly planning and mission leadership council which took most of the day....and the next day the 70 who directed leadership council gave us more training in a multi-zone conference. The rest of the mission had their turn the next day. Our visitor was Elder Moroni Torgan. I hadn't heard of him until I got here, but he had great words for us. He helped us see how we could MAJORLY improve. We´ll see how the next transfer goes with the many changes we get to make. 
    Our ward now houses 4 companionships of missionaries. I think our zone leaders who are now joining our ward are actually splitting their work between 2 different areas....does that mean we have 3.5 companionships? Our bishop is really excited. My entire district now serves in the same ward. This transfer is going to be crazy.
     Elder Torgan had a lot of advice for us, but one piece I found was particularly interesting about faith. He shared examples of Book of Mormon prophets/missionaries and talked about the faith they must have had to have seen the miracles they did. He asked then, what the difference was between our faith and the faith of those who lived in the time of Christ and in the Book of Mormon. Why is it they saw so many miracles? Because they had more faith. He told us that if we all had faith like missionaries in the Book of Mormon, then we would see miracles like those in the Book of Mormon. That´s a fair amount of pressure. Eeek!
    I get to serve as sister training leader again this transfer. I am stoked. It´s incredible to see the other sisters working. As you already know, I get to be companions with Sister Marchant again too, uau! We put on our white board this transfer as well as the last a goal to not be transferred. Apparently it works. Who knows, maybe I´ll stay with her until the end of my mission?
    Just as a quick ode to you Dad, I remember, by heart, how to make apple pie. Thank you for being such a great teacher. This afternoon I´ll be making apple pie at the home of one of the irmãs. It is something Brazilians only know from American films. She said I needed to make one just for her and then another to share at FHE that night which is at her house. 
    We lost two of our wonderful missionaries today. An elder and sister who both went home for health problems. One was our mission choir director who was helping us prepare for a multi-stake musical fireside. The other was a sister I was blessed to serve with for about a week or so and is Sister Leite´s companion. She was one of the first to meet the virtue scarf. Its hard to watch people go home sick. 
     Just so you know, you all looked beautiful yesterday. Sister Marchant says you all look like me....I think that it usually goes the other way around, that I look like you, but that's ok. Eu amo vocês muito. Até a semana que vem.

Sister Hoggan

P.S. Alena, I believe it is Hoggan family tradition to graduate barefoot. At least that's what you all told me when I finished high school. Just saying. You can do whatever you so please with this information.

Monday, May 5, 2014

What, Its Mother`s day!?

Dear Family!  
    Nobody has any idea what day Mother´s Day is here. It dawned on us all this week....we get to talk to our families on Sunday! Boy am I sure excited. I'm excited for you all to meet Sister Marchant too. Her birthday was yesterday and a couple of the members planned her a surprise party.
   I don't think I'm getting in a whole lot of words this week because I'm trying to send lots of pictures, but its ok because I love you all and will talk to you face to face in less than a week. Eeek!  Thanks for being so wonderful.

Sister Hoggan
Goals: Don't get stressed, Don't get transferred.

Note the monkeys in the tree.

Bananas!

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Ninja missionaries

New shoes and old shoes