Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sister Rebekah Hoggan is HOME!

Dear friends and family,
   It is official: our missionary daughter is home! She is safe and sound after 18 months of dedicated service, weighing the same as when she left, but is not the same person she was when she left. Her heart has expanded even more with love for others, she can more clearly articulate what she believes, why, and the difference it makes in her life, and she speaks Portuguese! Thank-you, one and all, for your love, prayers, and support of her while she has served. You have made a difference.
      To reiterate the prior invitation, she will be speaking in our sacrament meeting worship service this Sunday, 9/21/2014, at 9:30 a.m., sharing some of her wonderful experiences from her mission, and helping those in attendance get a glimpse into the joys and sorrows of being a missionary. She and we would LOVE to have have you join us that day to hear her speak. Address: the LDS Church located at 3110 Cropley Avenue, San Jose, CA 95132 (major cross-street is Cropley Ave. and Morrill Ave.) Please, come join us!

With much love,
Will and Sarah Hoggan

P.S. Attached is photo proof that she is home!
Actually, she beat us to the San Jose airport, having caught an earlier flight than we expected!

Mission Accomplished: Well done, Sister Hoggan!

Monday, September 8, 2014

I hope Google tanslates this correctly for you...Boa sorte e até logo!

Dear Family of Mine,
    Vou escrever essa carta em Português e ver se vocês conseguirem entender ele antes que eu chego em casa. Não sei que falo por minha família a última semana a missão.
   Nossa semana foi super difícil, as pessoas que estamos ensinando querem muito estar feliz e ter milagres, só que não estão dispostos fazer algo para ter estas mudanças. Me lembra de Moisés e a vara do serpente. As pessoas só tinham que olhar e seriam curados. As pessoas que estamos ensinando tem passados muito complicados e só tem que começar obedecer os mandamentos, orar, etc e suas vida mudariam, mas ele não querem mudar. Querem a mudança sem ação e isso não e como presta.
    Muito vezes achamos que a solução a nossa problema será apresentado se só oramos. Mas as milagres vem depois a prova de nossa fé. Primeiro agimos e depois Ele nos abençoa até. 
     Então, se você estiver buscando um milagre, obedeça os mandamentos...faz sua parte e depois Deus ajudará (Doutrina e Convênios 82:10). 
     Basicamente, essa Pais eé muito legal e todo mudo deve conhecer. Amo muito aqui...As pessoas, açaí, pão de queijo, muitas coisas. Amo o povo aqui. Não posso esperar a compartilhar eles com vocês. Estão prontos?

Te amo!
Sister Hoggan
 
(Dad's translation)
Boa sorte e ate logo! (Good luck and see you later!)
 
Dear Family of Mine,
    I am going to write this letter in Portuguese and see if you manage to understand it before I get home. I don't know what to say to my family in the last week of my mission.
    This week was super difficult, people we are teaching very much wanted to be happy and to have miracles, only they aren't willing to do anything to have these changes in their lives. I remember Moses lifting up the brazen serpent on the pole. The people (who had been bitten by poisonous snakes) only had to look at the brass serpent in order to be healed. The people we are teaching have gone through many challenges and only need to start obeying the commandments, praying, etc. and their lives would change, but they don't want to move, to do. Wanting changes in life without doing anything is simply not how it works.
    Often we think that the solution to our problem will be given to us if we only pray. But miracles come after the trial of our faith. First we act and then He blesses us.
    So if you are looking for a miracle, keep the commandments...do your part and God will help (D&C 82:10--"I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.")
    Basically, this is a great country and everybody should visit it. I love it here...the people, acai, cheese bread, many things. I love the people here. I can't wait to share them with you. Are you ready?
 
I love you!
Sister Hoggan
 
A note from Rebekah's parents:

Dear Friends and Family,
   Thank-you, one and all, for your letters, packages, emails, prayers, good thoughts, interest in, and support of our missionary daughter these past 18 months (almost). She will be returning to San Jose on September 16th--just about 8 days from now. Good heavens! She hasn't exactly figured out what her plans are when she gets home, but we know that the immediate plans are to reconnect with friends and family. And probably buy some new shoes. :)
   As is a tradition in our church, she will be speaking in our sacrament meeting worship service after she returns, sharing some of her wonderful experiences from her mission, and helping those in attendance get a glimpse into the joys and sorrows of being a missionary. She and we would LOVE to have have you join us that day to hear her speak. The service is from 9:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. on Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at the LDS Church located at 3110 Cropley Avenue, San Jose, CA 95132 (major cross-street is Cropley Ave. and Morrill Ave.) Please, come join us!

With love and gratitude,
Will and Sarah
If you have any questions, give Will at shout at 408-712-9457
 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Prestigio Pizza

If I get this right, this should be my 2nd to last email home. It might be the 3rd if I write the day I fly out, but don't expect too many more of these.

Dear Family of Mine, 
    This week I met somebody else who remembers you, Dad!...Èlder Costa. He´s pretty convinced you won't remember him, but I took a picture with him anyway and will show you when I get home. He lives in my current ward with his wife and his son Leanardo, who is our Ward Mission Leader. 
    Mom, congratulations on being released as Gospel Doctrine teacher. Even though you stayed there forever I think people still liked your lessons. Well, at least a year and a half ago they did (I knew because they told me so). I think whoever gets to teach the Gospel Principles class is really lucky. Bishop Anderson, if you´re reading this and we happen to need a Gospel Principles teacher in our ward for a few months when I get home....I wouldn't complain. The Irmã [sister] who teaches it here is great. She is good at explaining things simply and helping anyone who is new feel really welcome. 
    Finding people to teach this week was super rough. All of the things we planned fell through. The lessons we planned with members, with investigators, people who committed to watch the other sisters´ baptism, go to church, etc. We planned and people canceled. BUT, we also had some very tender moments. We found someone who was super excited to hear about the gospel; I'll tell you more about him when I come home. And yesterday the Lord put two more people in our caminho [path] who are in need of the gospel. I am excited to help them. They´ve definitely had it rough in their lives and could use some of the Atonement´s healing power. 
   Anyway, I´ve got to run. But, its okay because I'll see you soon. Strange.

I love you both tons, 
Sister Hoggan