Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Exciting Week!!!

What a week in Bebedouro!
Just found out too that my trainer is getting married in a few months. Congrats Kelsey! I´m way excited for you!
Wednesday was Jeniffer and Leonildo´s wedding. It was so great! It was a special day and they were so happy :)
Thursday, I got to be companions with Sister Marchant (my MTC companion) for a day! It was so amazing to see how much we have grown since we were companions a year ago in the MTC. We were remembering the struggling to teach in Portuguese in the MTC (how scared we were, how we had no idea what was going on in lessons, how we prayed SO HARD before each lesson) to now when we can say pretty much anything we want. I´m so grateful for all the amazing companions I´ve had! I´ve learned so much from each of them while on my mission.
Friday was Jeniffer and Leonildo´s baptism! It was simple, but it was really sweet. They were confirmed Sunday. It was so amazing to see their smiling faces this week as they took some important steps in their lives that will bless them and their family forever.
My heart is so full that I get to be here and experience all these amazing things. I am so grateful for my mission. <3
Much Love,
Sister Shipp

Busy! (August 18, 2014)

We are getting ready for one crazy week here in Bebedouro! We have 3 baptismal interviews scheduled tomorrow, a wedding and party Wednesday, Exchanges with our Sister Training Leaders (one of them being Sis Marchant, my companion from the Provo MTC, yay!!!) Thursday, and 3 baptisms Friday. We are SO excited! Ruan, Jeniffer, and Leonildo are so awesome and it´s amazing to see the faith that they have; it makes my faith grow, that´s for sure. I love Bebedouro so much! I could just stay here the rest of my mission. I´m so grateful for all the experiences I´ve had on my mission, in California and now here. I could not have done anything better with this past year of my life.
Have a great week! :)
Sister Shipp

Monday, August 11, 2014

Another Week

Okay. I just need to talk for a second about how amazing Bebedouro is. It´s really changed a ton since I arrived here 5 months ago. The members are a lot more excited and there´s something special that´s happening here now. The Franciele´s baptism was last Sunday and she was confirmed yesterday. Jeniffer and Leonildo are getting married this next Wednesday and baptized the Friday after. We have some other wonderful investigators and finding some others with some awesome member referrals. I could not have asked for more! I am honestly treasuring every minute here in this area now with my 3 Brazilian sisters. Maybe I´ll get to stay a little longer? But for now, I at least have 5 more weeks.
It´s amazing to think about how a mission changes you. It really is the perfect time in your life for a lot of things. You learn SO much and really are changed into more of the person that God wants you to be; you get closer to your potential. I cannot explain the amazing joy that comes from each small victory on the mission, seeing OTHERS change and better themselves and their lives. It´s indescribable.
I´m so happy to be a missionary :)
Hopefully this was a better update! Y'all can send me questions that you have that I can respond to in these updates too.
Love y'all!
Sister Shipp

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Hello everyone! This week was awesome! There are definitely miracles happening here.

We had a baptism here yesterday. After lots of opposition, Franciele was finally baptized. It was so great! Her parents were there to support her and really liked the church meetings, baptism, and a lunch we had after. Fran is already part of the Young Woman´s program. Everyone loves her. She definitely has gained lots of good friends in the church already.

During the church meeting yesterday, our investigator Jeniffer stood up and gave her testimony. It was beautiful. She really loves the gospel already. Her, her husband, and their 2 young children are changing and receiving so many blessings! It´s incredible. They are both looking forward to their wedding on Aug 20 and their baptisms on the 22nd.

And we are too because WE GET ANOTHER TRANSFER HERE IN BEBEDOURO! We literally screamed when we heard the news. All 4 of us are staying here. So today is the start of transfer #5 here and I´ll finish training Sister Vaneza.

I guess the only other thing is I completed a year on the mission this past Thursday. I had a cake and some presents waiting for me from Sisters Jales, Sousa and Vaneza that night. It was wonderful.

We are all looking forward to another transfer of miracles here!


Sister Shipp