11.03.2014

To Everyone I Love :)

Killer week but I forgot my planner at home somehow so I only remember a few of the awesome things that happened this week:

Pedro, our recent convert, passed the sacrament! AH! Cry!

Paulo came to church and felt good! He said everyone was so nice. #normalobvs :)

Felt the spirit SO strong during role-plays in zone meeting with two cute new sister missionaries! I was their investigator, Cristina, and these girls helped her (me) really gain (confirm) her (my) own personal testimony. They are already incredible missionaries in their 4th and 2nd transfers :)

Sis Azevedo and I gave some trainings in zone meetings about Power Hour, one hour of weekly planning dedicated to helping investigators get to church through daily contact. Then we did it in our own real weekly planning. President Fluckiger is inspired! 


I want to show my love for the Lord by sacrificing and reaching out of my comfort zone to help people around me. I hope I´ve become who He wants me to be and learned what He would have had me learned on my mission but now I know I can continue to progress for the rest of my life. 

See you in a little over a week. I´ll probably get an email out next week too. Love you :)

Sister Shumway




10.27.2014

foto fotos

sister Azevedo killin it


My reaction when Elder Quentin L Cook is coming to our Stake the week after i go home:

Sickies

Before i read any of my emails or replies to last weeks email let me just clarify something i said wrong in last week´s letter: ew barf that 41 year old man is NOT disgustingly attractive but it´s just disgusting that he is attractive at all haha (sis azevedo and brundage agreed with me okay) and also the only reason why he directed his conversation to me at first was because i have been here 12 weeks longer than sis Azevedo. 

okay now that i got that out of the way 

YAY! sis A doesn´t have a parasite! we were worried about that monday, tuesday and wednesday until we got a renewal of a prescription for her and then she felt better. But then on Friday i had a major coming-off-a-coca-cola addiction migrane and couldn´t think straight. i´m fine now. haha. never drinking coke on a regular basis ever again.

Good news! I bought a barbie watch today for 3€. it´s fab for life. 

All of my future home´s dishes will HAVE OF NECESSITY be plastic. I broke 3 glass cups, 1 porcelin mug and 1 glass bowl in the last 2 weeks. #wrecklessfodayzz i also probably melted a pan handle. probably.

I READ THE WHOLE BOOK OF ALMA IN A WEEK. bask in my glory. (gonna finish the BOM in two weeks.)

AH the glorious time change. loved it. also couldn´t sleep in darn it.

MIRACLES!! this week our ward had a RELAMPAGO trip to the temple {lightning} and i hit in the suitcase of our ward mission leader. um no but two of the 5 people sis B and i baptized the last two transfers WENT AND DID BAPTISMS AND LOVED it and they bore their testimonies in church the day after. AWESOME Spirit presence i couldn´t handle it. 

I hope that in the Spirit world or celestial kindom or where ever that there will be less people coming up to me saying "i was right there! why didn´t you talk to me! You had the wonderful truth of the gospel and you didn´t say anything!" and more people that will say "Thanks for at least trying to stop and talk to me, sorry for thinking you were Jehova´s witness" haha or something to that effect... 

EPIPHANY :::::: I WILL BE A BIOLOGY TEACHER or at least do Bio Education as a major. in case my husband dies or something i can be a teacher. #validworry Now i know what i want to do!!! The spirit told me the second to last week of my mission! YAY! now i´m excited to go back to school! i was kinda always stressed about Biotech and i think i will still go into that someday but for now i´ll not stress about chem 106 and just work on the basics.

Public transport. Buses and Metros are actually disguised rollar coasters.  life is funner this way. 

Walking down the street one day. Guy bows to us. not normal but awesome. Normal: People tell us we are beautiful all the time. gonna miss that hah. 

Paulo and Carlos update: they loved and probably cried at the video Graças a Ele (because of Him)
 https://www.lds.org/youth/video/because-of-him?lang=por (sorry to lazy to look for it in English) 

Surprise mission council tomorrow in Lisbon. We had it planned for the last week of the transfer and found out last night that it is This tuesday not next and we had to call our two sisters in the cities of Gaia and Braga and switch around when we are doing their divisions. Ew. I hated that when my STLs did that to me. Sorry loves. 

Heart attack during comp study. Sister A had given me a werther´s original and i was sucking on it/ talking and out of the blue totally inhaled it. my life flashed before my eyes. #surviver

Our awesome District Leader gave Sis A and I blessings cuz we were little sickies. He was so inspired and told me and us lots of things we were needing to hear. Priesthood power is sooooo real and personal. Thankful!!


Sister Eliza Ann Shumway



10.20.2014

Onward Christian Soldiers

Definitely felt all of your prayers this week! Thank you for them! I had a great week! 

We had lots of member and investigator meals this week! One investigator meal was with Carlos (who we´d appreciate if you would pray for, that he can be humble and read the BOM and get the right answer in his prayers and know that he should get baptized. Thanks ;) and his wife Elisabete and 11 year old daughter Inês. We had whole shrimp for the appetizer, you got to rip the head and shell off and then dip it in mayonaise and/or Whiskey Cocktail sause. We kept with the mayo. Then after i got pretty full on shrimp i realized my mistake in thinking that was all when they brought out a huge dish of Bacalhau and puré which was delishious but i´m sure Heavenly Father helped me have enough room for it and also the creme brulé at the end. (I´m sure i ´m spelling all of this wrong, don´t worry. Every word in english comes up with a red squigily line under it. )

When we were all stuffed silly we talked about Paulo, Carlos´ not-as-wayward-as-two-weeks-ago brother, who recently had a spiritual awakening. This Saturday we walked into Carlos and Paulo´s store when to our horror, Carlos steps into another room and we were left semi-alone (it´s a store) with Paulo, a single, 41 year old very worldly man that looks at ME and says he wants to talk to me. "Uh oh. This will make for a good email home, and i hope i don´t know what he´s about to say" runs through my mind. I say "yes, you can talk to US" squishing myself to Sister Azevedo´s side. Then the floodgates open. He starts shaking and crying, this hugely buff and kinda disgustingly attractive man starts bawling in the store. 

He goes on to tell us how when he first met us all he wanted was to win the Euro-milhões (lottery), luxuria and a ferrari but the times we would come in to speak to Carlos he would overhear sometimes (he would not want to listen at the time of course, yes we did invite him) and how he was a changed man because of us sisters and what he has felt. Of course we invited him to be baptized on the spot, but unfortunately his "religious organization independent" brother (carlos, who is totally awesome besides that) had already gotten his "there are lots of ways to get to Christ" had already gotten in his head so we still have some more work to do. We read Alma 32:27-28 to him that talks about the word being planted in your heart and how it gives you a swelling in your breast an he totally started crying, sobbing and shaking again. WHoah. 

Carlos confirmed his change of heart at their house when we had dinner with them, how he was such an unresponsible teen-ager his whole 41 years but now he will cry on his shoulder and ask him for advice, kiss his mom, get home on time for dinner with the family etc etc... and Paulo says it´s because of our "positive energy" but we corrected him telling him it was the Holy Ghost and that he needed to repent an be baptized but we could only get him to commit to coming to church NEXT week... so i´m hoping we can direct all of this spiritual energy into the true church and not just into searching for random information about reencarnation or Jesus or whatever on the internet and sitting in the park enjoying the breeze and little birds that he said is happening right now. 

At another appointment with a random guy we found in our Area book, Fernando taught me a lot about myself. I didn´t mean to but he got me pretty mad when he didn´t want to hear what we had to say (we had been on a 45 min bus ride to get to his house to tell me i don´t have love in me haha darn it) and my comp also told me she had never seen me so mad. I was just mad that i could let myself get so mad honestly. But i´ve been studying charity and repenting this week so hopefully i´m not a lost cause. 

Christmas has already started here in Portugal! They´ve got some little halloween things (what it was just halloween last year! and i was in the Açores!) but mostly it´s all Christmas preparations now. Goodness! I kinda love the idea of having Christmas spirit everywhere for longer than just November 25th to December 25th like we do there. 

Enjoy this song, it was my theme song for the week. 

Please write me back!! Tell me about your life!! 

Sis Shumway

9.22.2014

Baptism fever

HEY all. Sorry for the lame email last week! I´m in a better mood today :) I came to the realization that i really have to plan out everything  in life, including my emails home and computer time so that I can let you know what´s going on and do everything I need to do while on the computer. 

I´ll just write down some experiences from the week:

You know you´re  a missionary when you answer the phone and you start saying a prayer. 

We got caught in a torrential downpour with one little umbrella loaned to us by an investigator and after showing up soaking wet while giving the lesson the power went out to the whole neighboor hood so we just sang a song and prayed and left :)

Saw an advertizement that says "There´s more to life than chocolate, but not right now" and agreed. 

Someone asked me if i was pregnant while slouching in a dress with a high belt and i guess it did look like a baby bump. Maybe it´s a sign that i´ll train a new missionary next transfer. 

If you´re ever sad, just look up at the sky, it is probably beautiful just for you. Tender Mercy from a loving Father in Heaven.

Our investigator, Camila, who got baptized on Saturday, and her mom got scammed online! They thought they were going to get some new puppies but turned out they cheated them out of 125€ which is like 200$ for them, it was probably just satan making her sad before her baptism. rude. but they´re okay now. x)

The baptism went well. The elders also baptized two people. Near the end though before the closing song and prayer there was a member that is friends with one of the people that got baptized and she asked if she could give a testimony. It wasn´t in the program but the elders said it was okay. She got up and started talking about weird stuff like how the bishop was our pastor and whatever and i honestly kinda zoned out, it sounded like a high school graduation speech but  i started zoning back in because the spirit literally LEFT. It was THE WEIRDEST MOST CONFUSING FEELING. I have never. ever. felt it that obvious before. It actually really strengthened my testimony of the reality of the Spirit because now I know when it is NOT there... The bishop was really kinda mad at the elders for letting her get up and speak without confirming it with him before because we had less actives and investigators in the baptism and to end the meeting like that was NOT okay. Without really knowing what had just happened we sang the last hymn and in the prayer a different member said some more kinda embarrassing things but besides that the meeting was great. I just don´t think our investigatores will be wanting to hear from us for a while. 

I mentioned to my mom about Paulo and Fatima last week, and they will be married and baptized this weekend. MIRACLES!! We have to meet with them everyday and teach them the rest of the lessons before then but we´re feeling so blessed and excited. 

Also my testimony of the Spirit was strengthened when after showing up exhausted and scatterbrained to a lesson as it was my turn to teach my mind went totally blank BUT right when i KNEW i had NOTHING to say, was when LITTERALLY the Spirit said what i needed to say in my mind and then i said it outloud. Wow. Coolest thing ever. 

Went on divisions with Sister Duke, who was my comp for three weeks in Mem Martins last year in our second transfers. She goes home next week but was telling me all that she learned and how at the end of her mission now is like the ends of her marathons that she would run. When she knows she´s close to the end she sprints all the rest of the way, to have no more energy whatsoever when she crosses the finish line. She said to me "It´s probably time to start sprinting". Epic. 

Daily odd compliment from Sister Brundage : " You´re the only person i know that can wear pig tails and not look like a 5 year old" Thanks Sis B. 

i ate a box of cereal by myself in less than 24 hours. 

What the Helaman? new joke. 

I wonder if in General Confernce they´ll talk about the second coming. 

K well that´s about it. 

love you all. 
Sis shumway. 
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9.15.2014

Fwd: Hey Fam!




haha that letter from noah is so funny.
well i´ll tell you something that happened yesterday i am just too lazy to write it but i will for you and it´s a super long story with lots of details but i´ll get the jist of it to you. 

we had missed a bus to our appointment with our girl who will be baptized this next saturday and with only a little over an hour left in our day we decided to go visit a less active and his active wife who had just tried calling us. we got there and she said her son, Paulo, had called her that day asking for the missionary´s phone number. We call him at her house (she had given him the wrong number) and we ask if we can just run over there right now. We get there and turns out he is an inactive member that was baptized about 6 years ago. He told us how his cousin who is one of his best friends had talked to him about how the mormon missionaries had been talking to him and how he went to church with us for the first time that day (yesterday, and this is Carlos who he and his family are amazing but are way convinced that reencarnation is real so they´re having a hard time with that) so then Paulo (who had been a sunday school teacher and had the melquisedeque priesthood etc) for the first time yesterday didn´t have to work on a sunday morning and felt really depressed and that something was missing and he knew he was supposed to go back to church. he didn´t know how to go back so he called his mom for our number. He and his non member girlfriend who he lives with want to go back to church (they had met at the church, she was an investigator for a while, and another weird thing, she is literally old enough to be his mother. she´s seriously like 65 and he´s 35. really kinda weird but he says she has a great spirit so i believe him haha). I was feeling nervous as to what to say but a tender mercy happened, literally my mouth was filled and i told him things that i was kind of scared to say not knowing how he would react. I told him how it doesn´t matter how far off the path we get but Christ´s atonement made it so that anyone can come back through repentance, and with a few other details  but at the end and scared for his reply he said: it´s funny that you would say that because that´s just the situation i am in right now and that´s just what i needed to hear.... and all this stuff. 
ive been having a hard time lately thinking maybe i should just come back with the big group of missionaries i got out here with who are going home in two weeks but they all had the full MTC experience and feeling kind of useless  i feel like Heavenly Father gave me this experience to let me know He can still use me for an extra 6 weeks. My amazing comp, sis Brundage usually is the one that comes up with all the awesome stuff but this little tender mercy experience from yesterday has helped reassure me that i can still serve for another 6 weeks. plus, if i go home now i will always wonder what could have happened those last 6 weeks being out here and obviously i went in early to get all this experience and i want the lord to continue teaching me and humbling me and making me a better servant of His. 
yes i am still with sister Brundage, probably for only another two weeks but we´ll see. I am what is called a Sister training leader for the first time in my mission and i go on splits with the other sisters in a few zones to help them or try to help them with whatever or just give them a fun different day. 


On Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 2:12 PM, kristen.shumway <kristen.shumway@gmail.com> wrote:
hi sweetheart, KK is going to send you a copy of a letter that Noah wrote to him. It's really funny.

 so you think your other friends aren't writing you much, is that what you mean? who are you kind of thinking of not writing?



Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Express™, an AT&T LTE smartphone



-------- Original message --------
From: Eliza Shumway <eliza.shumway@myldsmail.net> Date: 09/15/2014 7:06 AM (GMT-07:00)
To: "kristen.shumway" <kristen.shumway@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Hey Fam!


haha wow is it you?
hey i got your letter! thank you i think i said last week i got it. 
i need to do better but i do write a few things down in my journal. 
i am feeling really weird right now ya know 
i made my last little agenda today for the six week transfer.. i did it kinda early but i only have 8 weeks left and no one writes me and i feel just a little forgotten... i am thankful for yours and dad´s letters though. you´re the only ones i look forward to each p day

On Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 2:03 PM, kristen.shumway <kristen.shumway@gmail.com> wrote:
Seriously, I think you will wish you had written more down of your weekly experiences when you are old and your kids want to know about your mission but you can't remember anything.

Xox


Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Express™, an AT&T LTE smartphone






9.08.2014

Love from Portugal

Well that´s nice to hear that Grandma´s funeral went nicely. Sis Fluckiger called me and told me the news last week, and I cried a little but I´m mostly just happy for her. Good job Daddy. Would have liked to hear your talk. but i´ll hear it eventually. (do we get to watch our lives and other stuff again in the next life? that´d be sweet.) 

Well the rain yesterday morning turned out to be a blessing in disguise, only our two eternal investigators showed up because of it but all of church was so weird. All the normal people are gone on vacation or whatever and so just our wonderful less than normal ward members bore their testimonies and gave the classes.... we heard in testimony meeting how someone saw God and Jesus, (lucky) and someone read a few paragraphs from their patriarchal blessing, and our ward mission leader who is awesome is moving back to brazil but his mom is staying here and he cried like a baby on the stand and his mom (our awesome mãeinha) came over and wiped his tears off his face and held him for the rest of his haha cryamony about how much he loves his mom. haha. we love him and we will miss him. it was just funny. 
but then in the princípios do evangelho (the recent converts and investigator´s class) we were only there for the last 15 minutes of the class on the douctrine and covenants but we heard lots of lovely things and watched cool 90´s videos about the ressurected moses and elijah and Jesus etc. coming to the temple to restore priesthood keys etc and the priesthood being restored from peter james and john and the golden plates and to wrap the lesson up we watched some videos about how awesome the word of wisom is and baptisms for the dead. All the best about the mormon church, but all the hardest to accept. haha. 

We are studying the Atonement as a mission right now. We have a study packet with lots of quotes from modern prophets and apostles and 70´s. I love this quote by John H Groberg (he´s a 70 right? he´s the dude the Other Side of Heaven is about huh)

When filled with God's love, we can do and see and understand things that we could not otherwise do or see or understand. Filled with His love, we can endure pain, quell fear, forgive freely, avoid contention, renew strength, and bless and help others in ways surprising even to us.

Jesus Christ was filled with unfathomable love as He endured incomprehensible pain, cruelty, and injustice for us. Through His love for us, He rose above otherwise insurmountable barriers. His love knows no barriers. He invites us to follow Him and partake of His unlimited love so we too may rise above the pain and cruelty and injustice of this world and help and forgive and bless.

K well i love you all. 

Sis Shumway
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9.01.2014

Re: still counting up



On Mon, Sep 1, 2014 at 5:38 PM, Eliza Shumway <eliza.shumway@myldsmail.net> wrote:
hey folks
we had a great week!
i´m currently in LISBON we´ll have mission council tomorrow.
sis brundage is still awesome!! we have so much fun together.
bad news i think i lost my video camera today on the way from Porto to Lisbon... the one aunt Cass sent me in the MTC.. with videos and pictures on it since the MTC... i´ll call the subway people see if an honest person found it...
We had a hard week of numbers... last week and this week coming are going to be seeeuuuuper busy but I love the Lord and He will provide if we do our part.
love yalls.
sis shumway
10

still counting up

hey folks
we had a great week!
i´m currently in LISBON we´ll have mission council tomorrow.
sis brundage is still awesome!! we have so much fun together.
bad news i think i lost my video camera today on the way from Porto to Lisbon... the one aunt Cass sent me in the MTC.. with videos and pictures on it since the MTC... i´ll call the subway people see if an honest person found it...
We had a hard week of numbers... last week and this week coming are going to be seeeuuuuper busy but I love the Lord and He will provide if we do our part.
love yalls.
sis shumway
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8.25.2014

Don´t spiritually barf on me

So. Imagine you are sitting on your couch watching the afternoon cooking show. You hear the doorbell ring. You reluctantly get off the couch with a "I´ll be right back Rachel Ray" to see who´s bothering you. You open the door to see two strangely beautiful asian girls who come with a message about Buddha. You don´t know why but you invite them to come back another day with a gift in the form of a book about Buddha and promises that your life will be better by hearing and applying the teachings of Buddha. 
This is missionary work in Portugal.
Except they all think they know who Jesus Christ was and is here. But who in the USA doesn´t think they know about Buddha?
This is why it´s the Spirit that does all of the teaching and converting. 
To these people, we are just two strangely attractive (i mean honestly) American girls with a message about someone they have already heard of and they think they know all about, then they feel something different, and that´s why they invite us to come back (if they do:). 
Anyway this is one of the many interesting conversations Sis Brundage and I indulge in. 
We had a great week! Great week! GREAT WEEK!! 
got some new instructions from Mr President
We can only count a lesson if it had an opening and closing prayer and a new investigator if we have had previous contact with them. our numbers have gone down a lot but it feels so much better like this. 
love you all! if any of you are online i´ll be online for the next half hour! write me back! but i think it´s like the middle of the night in Utah right now so scratch that idea. (but hey! other missionaries!! SAY HEY)
love you all! 
sis shummers

8.18.2014

ye sisters of israel

Great week! 
Antonio was baptized in a river! YAY! 
Pedro was baptized in the church! YAY! 
i am still the worst letter writer in all of missionary history! 
i´m Staying with Sister Brundage!! YAY again! 
Prayer, music and scripture study can invite the spirit into your daily life! here´s a song to get you started! (hopefully the attachment works!)
Love you all! 
Sister Shumway

8.11.2014

8.04.2014

Grateful for your existance no matter the distance :)

Hello my beautiful family and gorgeous friends and lovely neighbors.

How was your week? 
Mine flew by. As is the usual with Sister Brundage. We enjoy spreading the gospel together and calling people to repentance and inviting people on the street to be baptized. 

One such incident was indeed special.  We had a cool contact (Contact n: someone we stopped to talk with on the street for a brief interval of time) who was SUPER elect (elect adj: 1. someone prepared by the lord for the restored gospel 2.someone who has wondered why there are so many curches, wished he knew which one´s right, and wondered about the meaning of life before the missionaries brought up those questions) and as we were talking to him, José Paulo, 23 years old (cat called at sis B--but turned out to be a nice guy), and pretty much teaching the whole first lesson about the restoration of the church he kind of stopped us and said, Before i started talking to you i was all stressed out about work and stuff but now i just feel this weird calm feeling and i´m not stressed anymore (as he was like patting his chest haha), to which we told him was the Holy Spirit testifying of the truthfulness of our message.  We kept talking and after we said the prayer he stopped us and was like WHOA What is going on!? What is this inside me? I have goosebumps! What the heck!? Haha! We were all like DUDE THAT´s the spirit! He´s like I gotta get into this church! How do I become a member? How can i be a missionary like you? and on and on and then when we asked him for his address and phone number... unfortunately for us but fortunately for the other elders he lives JUST across the dividing line of our area, and Zone AND WARD grr. but the other elders are zone leaders so they´re supes righteous and they´ll baptize him on the day we marked him for (yes we marked him for baptism right there on the street for the 17th of August and he accepted. lucky elders...) He´s just gotta stop smoking but he´ll do it! haha. MIRACLES!! THE CHURCH IS TRUE!

We have a newish/oldish rule that we can´t take pictures during proseliting time but we remembered to bring our cameras with us today on p-day so enjoy these pictures. i sent like 8 in this email, tell me if you didn´t get them. Sometimes they don´t come through i guess. 

OH ALSO 

We had 9 people at church yesterday!! WHAT?? THAT NEVER HAS EVER EVER EVER HAPPENED!! AND WE HAVE THREE people marked for baptism this week and one for the week after!! {tender mercies} and one of them is the HUSBAND of the RELEIF SOCIETY PRESIDENT!!! who is a recently-reactivated member and her husband has never heard the lessons or anything, and is just surprisingly sooo ready. GAH!! i am SOO not worthy for ANY of these incredible blessings.. Sis B is the backbone and get ´er done ´er but thankfully i help out a little! And the --->LORD<--- is giving us so much work!! Such a blessing to know He can trust us. 

Love you love you all

Sister Shumway

7.28.2014

Re: Good one.

pictures: antonia at the bus stop 
and missionary selfie (this is Sister Brundage´s cute cute dress.)


On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM, Eliza Shumway <eliza.shumway@myldsmail.net> wrote:
Hello! 

Wow this week flew by!! 

Our baptism fell through after he showed up as a drunken sailor to a ward activity the day before he was supposed to be baptized. Sad but funny at the same time. He was doing so well! But dang it SATAN has a big hold on him with the alcoholic beverage and smoking too. I felt at peace about him all week though, so I know with whatever happens all will turn out right. 

 We´ve been having a great time calling people to repentance this week. So now it´s your turn.  

 27 But wo unto him that has the law given, yea, that has all the commandments of God, like unto us, and that transgresseth them, and that wasteth the days of his probation, for awful is his state!

So yeah. If you´re not living your life as you KNOW you should, don´t postpone your true happiness anymore. I KNOW that living the gospel of Jesus Christ is the way we are guaranteed to have pure happiness. It´s sad how so many people here (Portugal) and there (U.S. and everywhere) think they need to find their own way to happiness. Humble yourself and get back on the only track that has already been proven and prophesied to bring happiness. Give up something bad or even something okay/good for something BETTER: The peace that Christ can give you in knowing He has forgiven you and that you are trying your best.  Ask Heavenly Father for forgiveness for whatever it is that you have done or are doing or are NOT doing and then LIVE ACCORDINGLY. https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1989/04/beware-of-pride?lang=eng

On a happy note, we had a fun ward activity on Friday! On a sad note, i tripped on a little INVISIBLE step during it and bruised my foot and pulled a muscle in my calf. On a happy note, I am almost better now and it didn´t really take much time out of our work to rest. 

Update on Luis: He is not too gun-ho on the whole "other testament of Jesus Christ" idea. He said he´d read it that one day but he hasn´t yet, because he says he doesn´t feel a "pull" or "force" or "flame" coming from the book. He´s a weirdie. He thinks he´s being open-minded but he´s not. We love him anyway. His mom said that she wouldn´t go to another church even if God Himself appeared to her telling her to go somewhere else. Haha. At least Luis understood and said he would. But he´s not acknowledging the Spirit he felt when he met us or when we went back the first time before we mentioned the Book of Mormon. We´re going to bring a member that he liked when he went to church to teach with us.
 
K well this is my mind ___________________________
so I love you all! Keep the Commandments! Read the General Conference Talks Again! Do It! 
Sister Eliza Shumway



7.21.2014

Fwd: Pics



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Marie Miles <mariemiles93@gmail.com>
Date: 2014-07-14 14:26 GMT+01:00
Subject: Pics
To: Eliza Shumway <eliza.shumway@myldsmail.net>




Re: Espirito, Verdade, e Luz oh my!




On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 1:35 PM, Eliza Shumway <eliza.shumway@myldsmail.net> wrote:
Hey everyone! 
Wow! Probably the most spiritual lesson on my mission this week! We found this awesome 30 year old evangelical dude, Luis, on the street on Wednesday. As we were walking past he stopped and talked to us and we talked for a good 20 minutes there. At the end my comp asked him why he stopped to talk to us. He said that as we were passing he felt a "flame" on his whole side and he knew we were servants of God. Wow. Then we went back on Friday and his mom was there and she started crying even before we said the opening prayer. We asked her what she was feeling and she said "a happiness". Luis said he felt it then too, the "flame" again in their house. We told them that was the Spirit of God telling them that what we were about to say was true. We gave our lesson with an overwhelming dose of the Spirit and when we got to Joseph Smith´s first vision my beautiful comp bore her testimony saying that she knew Joseph saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ and she said she knew that more than she knew she was there in that room with them. WOW Bowling ball of Spirit punched me in the gut. loved it. She is such a righteous warrior. But anyway they totally felt it too and when we got to the Book of Mormon, Luis was a little apprehensive, because evangelicals teach that there can ONLY AND WILL EVER ONLY be the Bible, (which is dumb. present subjunctive.) But {miracle} he said he would be willing to read and pray about it. (which is a lot more than what most evangelicals are willing to do). We reminded them of the spirit they felt at the beginning and we reminded them how we all felt it and we could not deny the feeling and so God was telling them they needed to read and pray about it. Wow. So needless to say they accepted the "convite suave" which is when they know these things to be true will they be baptized and then Luis came to church yesterday! For some reason his mom couldn´t come but she´ll probably come next week we hope. 
Can I just say how THANKFUL i am for Sister Brundage? She has helped me so much. She is the most patient person ever, good thing cuz all my comps have really had to have that quality while serving with me. I know I´m not a super good missionary and I have so many weaknesses but she´s helped me appreciate the little miracles and have so much fun along the way. She wanted me to make a list which i still haven´t made of the reasons why I know Heavenly Father loves me, and i will make this list soon, and the first thing i´ll put on there is "I know HF loves me because He let me serve with Sister B." Hoping for two transfers is all haha. 
K well i sincerely love you all. And miss you. 
Sister Shoomay.

Espirito, Verdade, e Luz oh my!

Hey everyone! 
Wow! Probably the most spiritual lesson on my mission this week! We found this awesome 30 year old evangelical dude, Luis, on the street on Wednesday. As we were walking past he stopped and talked to us and we talked for a good 20 minutes there. At the end my comp asked him why he stopped to talk to us. He said that as we were passing he felt a "flame" on his whole side and he knew we were servants of God. Wow. Then we went back on Friday and his mom was there and she started crying even before we said the opening prayer. We asked her what she was feeling and she said "a happiness". Luis said he felt it then too, the "flame" again in their house. We told them that was the Spirit of God telling them that what we were about to say was true. We gave our lesson with an overwhelming dose of the Spirit and when we got to Joseph Smith´s first vision my beautiful comp bore her testimony saying that she knew Joseph saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ and she said she knew that more than she knew she was there in that room with them. WOW Bowling ball of Spirit punched me in the gut. loved it. She is such a righteous warrior. But anyway they totally felt it too and when we got to the Book of Mormon, Luis was a little apprehensive, because evangelicals teach that there can ONLY AND WILL EVER ONLY be the Bible, (which is dumb. present subjunctive.) But {miracle} he said he would be willing to read and pray about it. (which is a lot more than what most evangelicals are willing to do). We reminded them of the spirit they felt at the beginning and we reminded them how we all felt it and we could not deny the feeling and so God was telling them they needed to read and pray about it. Wow. So needless to say they accepted the "convite suave" which is when they know these things to be true will they be baptized and then Luis came to church yesterday! For some reason his mom couldn´t come but she´ll probably come next week we hope. 
Can I just say how THANKFUL i am for Sister Brundage? She has helped me so much. She is the most patient person ever, good thing cuz all my comps have really had to have that quality while serving with me. I know I´m not a super good missionary and I have so many weaknesses but she´s helped me appreciate the little miracles and have so much fun along the way. She wanted me to make a list which i still haven´t made of the reasons why I know Heavenly Father loves me, and i will make this list soon, and the first thing i´ll put on there is "I know HF loves me because He let me serve with Sister B." Hoping for two transfers is all haha. 
K well i sincerely love you all. And miss you. 
Sister Shoomay.

7.14.2014

this week.


​gah. here is my beautiful hollister model comp from california! hah well she could be a hollister model. 
we had a great week! lots of inviting people to be baptized and people have accepted! We have to help lots of people stop smoking and drinking but they´ll make it! we´ll fast and pray for them. hehe. 
we went to the beach today for p-day! pictures maybe next week. 
sorry i suck at writing emails! gah. i feel bad for yall but i can never think of things to say when i´m actually sitting at the computer. haha. 
i love this gospel! i KNOW it´s true. duh. it only makes sense and the Spirit reenforces it into my soul every day. it´s like this feeling that overcomes my whole body and almost paralyzes me. i feel it especially strong like that during the sacrament of weeks that i am fasting. it´s so so wonderful. reenergizes and refocuses me. 
we got a reference for a lady that had just moved back to portugal from Germany. She said she didn´t want elders so we went over to see her. I got transfered into this area just barely and we went to go see her when i first got here. It doesn´t always happen like this but we have the email of the sisters in Germany who passed her to us and one of the Sisters is my good friend from High school, Natalie Motto! Shout out! small world! we´ll take good care of Maria Teixeira, Natalie! don´t worry! and she said you speak great german!! we talked to her in portuguese though of course haha. 
love you all!! 
sis shummms

7.07.2014

Re: well...

Keep up the good work Sister



On Monday, July 7, 2014 8:27 AM, Eliza Shumway <eliza.shumway@myldsmail.net> wrote:


That was fast. 
After one very short yet very long transfer (6 weeks) in Seixal, I am out and up to Porto! Yay! I´ll be serving where my dear old companion Sister Lybbert has been serving for the last two transfers with her MTC companion, Sister Brundage! She´s stinkin cute and super funny and from California! I´m excited to serve with her :)
I´m thankful for the opportunity I had to serve in Seixal. I know exactly why I was sent there: to serve with Sister Fuller. She taught me so much about myself and let me know what things I need to change and work on to be a more humble person and disciple of Jesus Christ.  I know I have so much to work on and I hope I can each day become a more broken hearted and contrite spirit daughter of Heavenly Father to better serve Him and give all I have to Him. 
Well I´ll let you know how this area is next week! It´s beautiful so far!! Look up Porto on google images probably some gorgeous pictures on there. 
Sister Shumway


well...

That was fast. 
After one very short yet very long transfer (6 weeks) in Seixal, I am out and up to Porto! Yay! I´ll be serving where my dear old companion Sister Lybbert has been serving for the last two transfers with her MTC companion, Sister Brundage! She´s stinkin cute and super funny and from California! I´m excited to serve with her :)
I´m thankful for the opportunity I had to serve in Seixal. I know exactly why I was sent there: to serve with Sister Fuller. She taught me so much about myself and let me know what things I need to change and work on to be a more humble person and disciple of Jesus Christ.  I know I have so much to work on and I hope I can each day become a more broken hearted and contrite spirit daughter of Heavenly Father to better serve Him and give all I have to Him. 
Well I´ll let you know how this area is next week! It´s beautiful so far!! Look up Porto on google images probably some gorgeous pictures on there. 
Sister Shumway

6.23.2014

6.02.2014

Re: BRAFRICAN

and we had an AWESOME conference that i told you about last week. find me! 


On Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 3:23 PM, Eliza Shumway <eliza.shumway@myldsmail.net> wrote:



On Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 3:21 PM, Eliza Shumway <eliza.shumway@myldsmail.net> wrote:
Hey yalls. 
thanks for all the emails this week! A neeeeeeew record! 32! keep them coming! I love hearing from you! AND SEEING PICTURES hint hint (mom, how many months has it been since i´ve seen pictures of you and dad and my brothers? years? hah just kidding)
HAPPY JUNE man i love june. so happy i was born in it. 
WELL i have learned lots of new skills for my future marriage from this week. Such as talking and apologizing and being sensitive and careful and more humble and altruistic... the list goes on. seriously the hardest, longest, most teaching week of my mission. First off i offended and kept offending sister Fuller (by interupting her in lessons and stuff) without really knowing it and of course not meaning to and i tried to apologize and it didn´t work. Then at church President and Sister Fluckiger were there (mission president and wife) and i talked to sister fluckiger after and asked her for help and she suggested we have a little talk right there. But i found out after that that had REALLY hurt sister fuller.. So i really have had to be way more humble than i´ve ever wanted to be (which is way good for me hah) and apologize sincerely afterwards--aka this morning) but thankfully she forgave me hopefully she´ll forget it and we can move on and just be friends. I have really learned a whole new meaning to Ether 12:27 that i thought i had already learned at the beginning of my mission.. that IF men come unto Christ He will show us our weaknesses. I´ve been humbled this week because of my weaknesses and praying for help that i can continue to recognize what they are (that´s probably why i+m here in this area with sister Fuller, for her to teach me how prideful i am and how not to be--for serious.) Christ can help us when we are humble so that our weaknesses may become strengths. I know it is through hard things that we learn how to be more humble. 
well we are in a land with lots of awesome Africans! (I saw a store that said it was for brazilians and africans called Brafrican i thought that was epic.)  We marked one for baptism this week and she´ll get baptized on Saturday! And then we have another awesome Portuguese young man named Tiago who will be baptized the week after. Yay baptisms!! These guys are awesome and understand that this is will change how they live their lives to be in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ!  Man! Love this area! It is hard in the way we have to walk for a half our to get to our area and a half hour back from our house but i swear all my skirts are getting looser so that´s good hehe
well here´s how long my hair is! i hope i´m not bald when i get back though, i swear SO much hair falls out every DAY. Apparently in the MTC Sister Fuller said that someone told them that their hair would fall out on their missions. Good thing i didn´t hear that because i probably would have just said see ya and walked right back home. Good thing i´ve learned to be a little bit more humble cuz i don´t really care anymore. Lots of hair falls out and my pony-tail is tiny now, but meh. Whatevs. if i have no hair when i get back i´ll just cut it into a pixie cut again. yay!
Sister beautiful Cardoso will go to her official mission in England this wednesday! it´s been a joy being and serving with her, one of the best girls and friends from the Azore islands! 
k love you all. Be peacemakers. Don´t take offence. Forgive and FORGET IT duh. 

Sister shumway


Re: BRAFRICAN




On Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 3:21 PM, Eliza Shumway <eliza.shumway@myldsmail.net> wrote:
Hey yalls. 
thanks for all the emails this week! A neeeeeeew record! 32! keep them coming! I love hearing from you! AND SEEING PICTURES hint hint (mom, how many months has it been since i´ve seen pictures of you and dad and my brothers? years? hah just kidding)
HAPPY JUNE man i love june. so happy i was born in it. 
WELL i have learned lots of new skills for my future marriage from this week. Such as talking and apologizing and being sensitive and careful and more humble and altruistic... the list goes on. seriously the hardest, longest, most teaching week of my mission. First off i offended and kept offending sister Fuller (by interupting her in lessons and stuff) without really knowing it and of course not meaning to and i tried to apologize and it didn´t work. Then at church President and Sister Fluckiger were there (mission president and wife) and i talked to sister fluckiger after and asked her for help and she suggested we have a little talk right there. But i found out after that that had REALLY hurt sister fuller.. So i really have had to be way more humble than i´ve ever wanted to be (which is way good for me hah) and apologize sincerely afterwards--aka this morning) but thankfully she forgave me hopefully she´ll forget it and we can move on and just be friends. I have really learned a whole new meaning to Ether 12:27 that i thought i had already learned at the beginning of my mission.. that IF men come unto Christ He will show us our weaknesses. I´ve been humbled this week because of my weaknesses and praying for help that i can continue to recognize what they are (that´s probably why i+m here in this area with sister Fuller, for her to teach me how prideful i am and how not to be--for serious.) Christ can help us when we are humble so that our weaknesses may become strengths. I know it is through hard things that we learn how to be more humble. 
well we are in a land with lots of awesome Africans! (I saw a store that said it was for brazilians and africans called Brafrican i thought that was epic.)  We marked one for baptism this week and she´ll get baptized on Saturday! And then we have another awesome Portuguese young man named Tiago who will be baptized the week after. Yay baptisms!! These guys are awesome and understand that this is will change how they live their lives to be in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ!  Man! Love this area! It is hard in the way we have to walk for a half our to get to our area and a half hour back from our house but i swear all my skirts are getting looser so that´s good hehe
well here´s how long my hair is! i hope i´m not bald when i get back though, i swear SO much hair falls out every DAY. Apparently in the MTC Sister Fuller said that someone told them that their hair would fall out on their missions. Good thing i didn´t hear that because i probably would have just said see ya and walked right back home. Good thing i´ve learned to be a little bit more humble cuz i don´t really care anymore. Lots of hair falls out and my pony-tail is tiny now, but meh. Whatevs. if i have no hair when i get back i´ll just cut it into a pixie cut again. yay!
Sister beautiful Cardoso will go to her official mission in England this wednesday! it´s been a joy being and serving with her, one of the best girls and friends from the Azore islands! 
k love you all. Be peacemakers. Don´t take offence. Forgive and FORGET IT duh. 

Sister shumway

5.26.2014

Re: SEIXAL

Little does Seixal know what will hit them.  You and your unstoppable spirit will change their world.


On Monday, May 26, 2014 5:05 AM, Eliza Shumway <eliza.shumway@myldsmail.net> wrote:


Transfer day! I´ve been kicked out of Santarém and I´ve been sent to Seixal, on the other side of the river Rio Tejo from Lisbon. I´ll miss Santarém, but they need some new blood up there to help them get people to church. We probably only had one or two people come to church the whole transfer, which is SUPER bad. usually you can at LEAST get one or two people a week but I am not sure what we did wrong but NO one would ever come. Yes people would promise, "I´ll BE THERE." and then not show up and then never want to talk to us again. SO what did our inspired President Fluckiger do? He sent Sister Amazing Church Attendance and Baptisms KROPF there to shake some things up. My only child, (the only Sister i´ve trained), is gonna tear it up in São Domingos with Sister Juilfs! 
GUESS WHAT MIRACLE GAHHHH
My kindred spirit, bosom friend, beautiful Nicole Cardoso from The Azores is on a mini mission here in Portugal. And guess who gets to be in a tripla with her and Sister Fuller for the rest of it until she heads out for her real mission in England? THAT WOULD BE ME and i cried tears of joy. First i cried tears of sadness at the mission conference we had last week when i saw her and was sure i would never see her again in this life, then yesterday i found out that i was the blessed soul who gets to serve with here until she heads out. haha. (i was also running on 5 hours of sleep and hormonal, so i cried for only like 15 minutes. nbd)
BUT THE CONFERENCE was amazing. Elder Patrick Kearon from England came and toured our mission. That means he came and held multi-zone conferences on the islands of the Azores, and Madeira and had two more on continental Portugal. HE WAS AMAZING. IS AMAZING. he told me everything i needed to hear. gah. i took really the best notes i could (with my left hand, yes i am still doing that, you thought i stopped didn´t you) but still didn´t even give it justice. He is so so sososososososo inspired. I don´t know how people get to that point. obviously i´m missing out on something vital here. How do i become an amazing conductor of the spirit? Better, how do i STAY completely obedient without going back to old/easier habits? i gotta pray harder. 
K well sorry no pictures. but Sister Crossman keeps a blog and even though i won´t be on anymore updates probably i´m in some. there are your pictures. 
K LOVE AND PEACE AND BLESSINGS (which come from LIVING the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST just do it.)
Sister shumway




SEIXAL

Transfer day! I´ve been kicked out of Santarém and I´ve been sent to Seixal, on the other side of the river Rio Tejo from Lisbon. I´ll miss Santarém, but they need some new blood up there to help them get people to church. We probably only had one or two people come to church the whole transfer, which is SUPER bad. usually you can at LEAST get one or two people a week but I am not sure what we did wrong but NO one would ever come. Yes people would promise, "I´ll BE THERE." and then not show up and then never want to talk to us again. SO what did our inspired President Fluckiger do? He sent Sister Amazing Church Attendance and Baptisms KROPF there to shake some things up. My only child, (the only Sister i´ve trained), is gonna tear it up in São Domingos with Sister Juilfs! 
GUESS WHAT MIRACLE GAHHHH
My kindred spirit, bosom friend, beautiful Nicole Cardoso from The Azores is on a mini mission here in Portugal. And guess who gets to be in a tripla with her and Sister Fuller for the rest of it until she heads out for her real mission in England? THAT WOULD BE ME and i cried tears of joy. First i cried tears of sadness at the mission conference we had last week when i saw her and was sure i would never see her again in this life, then yesterday i found out that i was the blessed soul who gets to serve with here until she heads out. haha. (i was also running on 5 hours of sleep and hormonal, so i cried for only like 15 minutes. nbd)
BUT THE CONFERENCE was amazing. Elder Patrick Kearon from England came and toured our mission. That means he came and held multi-zone conferences on the islands of the Azores, and Madeira and had two more on continental Portugal. HE WAS AMAZING. IS AMAZING. he told me everything i needed to hear. gah. i took really the best notes i could (with my left hand, yes i am still doing that, you thought i stopped didn´t you) but still didn´t even give it justice. He is so so sososososososo inspired. I don´t know how people get to that point. obviously i´m missing out on something vital here. How do i become an amazing conductor of the spirit? Better, how do i STAY completely obedient without going back to old/easier habits? i gotta pray harder. 
K well sorry no pictures. but Sister Crossman keeps a blog and even though i won´t be on anymore updates probably i´m in some. there are your pictures. 
K LOVE AND PEACE AND BLESSINGS (which come from LIVING the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST just do it.)
Sister shumway


5.19.2014

sorry to disappoint

last week of the transfer! bring it on! 
no time and i have to be home in 5 minutes
love you all
sis shum

5.12.2014

GUESS WHAT

I'm alive.
and I have no time.
k bye.
sister Shumway
pictures: Santarem zone and fun with the ipad

5.05.2014

WHAT

ANOTHER WEEK GONE BY?!?! 

whoa. time flies when you´re having fun.

But some days it´s like a heard of turtles on cold tar going backwards uphill. #insidejokewithsisterKROPFsomethinglikethatright?faztempo

it was kinda sad yesterday we were knocking doors (well, here there are gates in front of houses if it´s not an apartment building so technically we were ringing doorbells) and we rang one doorbell that got stuck and the doorbells here are not (normally) the cute little ding-dong someone´s here that loves you song that the doorbells sing in the US of A but rather a BEEEEEERRRRRRRZZZZZZZZZZZZ SOMEONE THAT HATES YOU IS DISTURBING YOUR AFTERNOON noise (it´s unpleasant) so we were standing there outside freaking out while this SUPER annoying noise goes off in their house and we couldn´t do anything about it besides try to get it unstuck and prepare ourselves for angry people to come outside and yell at us. Surely that´s what happened but it was a little bit older (about 60 years old) lady who was at first really rude (understandably) but we used our power of the cuteness and made friends. (people here are super open with any personal problems) so she goes straight into how she has depression and how she´s not happy to which we held her hand and listened without really saying who we were or why we were there but then suddenly her maybe 25-30 year old son comes out and says quem é (who are you)? And then it gets personal as he starts speaking perfect english and says we are not interested, come on mom, we aren´t interested. She´s trying to get out of his grip because she wants to talk to us and is objecting the whole time and I say we aren´t Jehovah´s Witnesses (this is how people usually reply when they think we are JW´s) and her son says You´re mormon´s right? I say yes, and he says yeah we aren´t interested. so he (mostly) gently just pulls her back inside but then i hear him say under his breath "fanatics" to which i said back We just have a strong belief in Jesus Christ, there is nothing wrong with that and he just grumbles a yeah whatever and then it was over. pretty sad. i wonder what lie he´s heard hah. but it was sad cuz that lady was totally wanting to talk to us... but we said a prayer for her and hopefully she is okay. 

Well i am out of time but i love you all and i got a SICK farmer tan yesterday 

mom would you send me some doTerra Lavender oil too? i use it when i get sunburned (i do put on 60spf every day but i miss places sometimes) and it feels super nice to have that and it helps so much. if you can i´d super appreciate it... but don´t worry about it if you can´t.

Love you ALL! 

send me a quick email saying hey if you read this so i can know to keep you on my email list. i don´t know who still wants to get my emails. 

Sister Shumway

ps. aunt Jan can you send me a picture of Pregnant Kaily? haha thanks!

4.21.2014

hotties.

HELLO AGAIN! 

Yet another week has gone by in the beautiful Portugal. And i guess everywhere else too. hah

Sister Juilfs is supes awesome. But all of a sudden we have been eating lunches and dinners with lots of members´ families which like never happened before now and it´s awesome for me but poor sister Juilfs has always had a really bad stomach problem that doctors have not been able to find out what causes it but pretty much she can´t eat anything outside of most fruits and veggetables. If she eats anything else she gets terrible stomach pains. The members wonder how she is still alive even though she can´t eat meat (which is basically included in every meal and snack in some way here.) But we just go to the store and buy a salad for her to take incase they didn´t make one. Needless to say she´s super healthy. She can eat rice, but she hasn´t really liked it before until she tried mine! WHABAM! can i say pronta para casar? #no. But anyway i kinda want to try her diet while i´m with her. So i´ll live on oatmeal, apples, salad, spinach, cucumbers, carrots, rice cakes, and whatever else she can eat for the next 5 weeks at least. (i´m going to try  to do it... this week i´ll just buy what she can eat but there are still a few more things in the house i´ll finish up but after that... vegan diet on sterioids baby.) 

Like two and a half months ago when i was with Sister Lybbert it was the end of the day and "super" late, like 9 o´clock and pitch black outside (other missionaires--we go in at 9:30pm and the lattest we can be out is 10pm, we wake up at 7 hah) when we decided to do what we don´t normally like to do under those circumstances: try to enter apartment buildings and knock doors. But on the first doorbell we rang of the first building we tried (the building of a less active member we had just talked earlier in the day) (they have all the doorbells on a little panel by the main entrance to the apartment building) with outsomeone even coming over the intercom to ask who we were they unlocked the door from their house and let us into the building. We were surprised but headed up to the top (third) floor where we had rung) and knocked on thier door. This cute about 37 year old lady we found out to be named Mara, a brazilian opened the door and to our surprise and delight invited us to come in. (this never happens with normal portuguese people... the assume we are there to steal their souls or something right of the bat usually hah) We kind of stood there for a second apologizing for the late time we passed by and that we didn´t really need to come in and bother them etc but she insisted and we went in and when we asked if we could just say a quick prayer and come back another day she agreed and so we said a prayer and included her little kids in the prayer cuz they were sick and then planned with her to come back the day after next to teach about the plano de salvação which we left a panflet for. So we show up two days later and she didn´t answer the door so we wented and visited our less-active member and she said that the lady on the third floor moved yesterday back to brazil. We were pretty shocked and surprised (at first we didn´t really believe her, sometimes people make up stories for their neighboors so we won´t go bother them too haha) but when we kept trying and for a week or two after that no one ever answered the door so we assumed that that was true. We sadly gave up and moved on. 
So this Tuesday with Sister Juilfs and I this lady with sunglasses walks by and we recognize each other and we start talking. (i'm playing along pretending I know who she is--happens all the time) but she says hey you'll have to come by and say another prayer for my daughter and niece... we moved up the street here's my addresss.. blah blah awesomeness and then as we were saying goodbye I said I was sorry I don't remember your name, MARA! Okay sweet, bye! DING! it all came flash flooding back. So to make a long story short we go back there and she was baptized when she was 12 and we'll go back and reactivate her haha! sorry if that doesn't make sense I was going to write more but I have to be done like NOW heh
Love you all!!
Sister shumway

4.14.2014

bittersweet goodbye


Bye Sister Lybbert! I love you with all my heart! Have fun in Maia! And we´ll miss you Carregado Elders! We´ll just have the zone leaders  here in Santarém from now on. I love my new comp Sister Juilfs! 
Sorry! Time is short! 
Sister Shumway

4.07.2014

SO SICK!

Literally :)

Sister Lybbert has been sick this whole week and I felt fine (which it´s always been the other way around for me on my mission until now) but then last night right as she´s feeling almost all the way better besides a cough is when I got sick. The Elders gave me a blessing so that was nice. I got my essential oils out this time though and I know I don´t feel as bad as I would have right now because of those two things. We are hoping I´ll feel 100% soon so we can get back to the plow and make our last week together AWESOME. I´d just like to bear my testimony of eternal marrige, I´m thankful I´ll get married to my best friend for time and all eternity so that it´s longer than two transfers BUAHahha.  Love you sister Lybbert. (she gets tired of me telling her that.) #awkwardlove #I´llmarryaman

Well someone had a "great" idea to watch all the general conference sessions on Sunday, So that´s what we did. We showed up at the church at like 11:30 as they were ending the priesthood session (BYU-IDAHO´S MEN´S CHOIR HOLLAAA i saw like 5 people i know hah) and then had a lunch break and then watched the Saturday sessions and then the sunday morning session live all in a row... 6.25 HOURS OF SPIRITUAL FEAST! we didn´t get permission to watch the sunday "afternoon" session here this time, (in october we did) it starts at 9pm and goes till 11pm portugal time, and that was too late for us missionaries so we still haven´t seen it. I am hoping we can watch it later today. It was in the last hour of the sunday "morning" session (that started at 5pm here live) that i started getting the hot and cold chills and body aches and a sore throat sickness. I am thankful for my DoTerra lemon oil, (for my b-day could you send me another one of those mother dear? i´m almost out .. Ü)  (with a spoonful of honey helpes the lemon oil go down) that helped my throat not hurt as much. 

Well as for spiritual experiences this week we didn´t have many outside our own house (as we were inside it most of the week) But i love personal study time. I WILL ALWAYS MAKE TIME FOR THIS FOR MY WHOLE LIFE it´s so worth it and so necessary... everyone TAKE and MAKE TIME TO READ THE SCRIPTURES and Ensigns and Liahonas and PREACH MY GOSPEL (holla Elder Ballard, you continue to be my favorite #notbiased) 

OLIVIA IS AWESOME she´s the one who got baptized on the 18th of March and she´s already being a missionary to her brother (who was actually a contact of ours before we even met her) and helping him gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon. Also an AWESOME family in our ward is helping her and her two sons integrate into the branch faster, they went over and visited them and their son João Pedro took Bruno (olivia´s son) to seminary (where it was just them two there haha but it´s probably better that way. private religion classes! haha)

I LOVED learning what the word Religion meant in General conference! DUH Knowing portuguese i should have noticed that so much earlier! Re-connecting with God. LOVE that. The word for connection in portuguese is ligação, so re-ligação--» religião. WHAT. STELLAR. I´m gonna share that with the people we meet on the street sometime. 

K WELL my time is up in this library but not for my alotted p-day time, we´ll see if we can get on again later heh heh but for now TTFN :)
Sister Shiney Shumway




3.31.2014

Vida é assim. Se Deus quiser. Estou com pressa.

Heavenly Father has been teaching me the Christlike qualities of patience, controlling your temper, and charity recently. We´ve been contacting (stopping on the street or knocking the doors of etc) a lot of people who have strong feelings against the precious Book of Mormon and awesome Joseph Smith--basic Mormonism anything. At first I would get all worked up and want to "fight" back, but after a few unsuccessful yet learning experiences on my part, I have learned that keeping calm and offering to say a prayer (which they usually say no to) and thanking them for their time and leaving is a MUCH better way to handle the situation. They still need to be humbled to be able to except Christ´s message and that´s Heavenly Father´s job not mine. hah.
I LOVE the Holy Ghost. I love prayer. I love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I am not even worthy to say that, I disobey every day and don´t do my absolute best a lot of the time but at least I know they have mastered the qualities of patience and they love me infinitely and will forgive me of my weaknesses, and even when I disobey or rebel even though repentance from those are harder, I can be forgiven. The spirit has taught me that negative thoughts and feelings of inadequacy are not from Heavenly Father nor does He want me to think them. I am a simple 20 year old girl, yes. But I have a glorious message and divine power, even if some people don´t recognize it. Heavenly Father knows I am not perfect, He knows I will mess up and make mistakes and not choose the right sometimes but that´s where Jesus Christ comes in. He has shown me the way to be like him and be forgiven. As I follow the prophet, the scriptures, the Spirit... I am guided to Them, and I have peace.
The Spirit gave me the idea to read the last general conference Liahona (ensign) before the next general conference this week. Wow. I can´t even explain it. I have never gone back and read all the talks before and I can´t believe how much stuff we miss out on by not going back and reading what we watched/listened to. I invite all who read this letter to do that. Start now with reading last year´s November ensign and read it beginning to end- or as close as you can get before this weekend and then when you get the ensign of this April´s conference in May READ it-- with a highlighter and pen and prayer. (and then in September this year I will read April´s conference again to prepare for October´s conference. Ü ) Wow. I am going to do that for the rest of my LIFE. Such a FEAST. You will not regret it.
Peeps. READ the Book of Mormon. I wish I could say read it in Portuguese, but that might not work for some. I am thankful I can read it in Portuguese because the wording is SO much simpler... I almost understand the scriptures in Portuguese better than English.. but still INTERNALIZE the Book of Mormon the best you can. I am so thankful for the testimony I have of it. I know it is true. I know that the way it came about was miraculous and to some literally unbelievable. But that´s just because they haven´t asked in humble prayer if it could all be true. God is GOD. He can do anything. I have realized that the whole crazy story about how it came about CAN be true and IS true because He can do whatever He wants. (Some guy on the street told us he didn´t believe Joseph Smith´s story and when we asked him if he prayed about it he said no because he doesn´t believe it could be true. Haha. sad. don´t limit GOD buddy.) Yes, they were gold plates. Yes Joseph Smith did have angels appear to him. Yes he did use some weird glasses to help him translate at first. And so on! Why not?
I love this gospel. Faith in Christ. Repentance. Baptism. Gift of the Holy Ghost. Persevering to the end of our mortal LIVES. Tem que ser.
Sister Shumway

3.10.2014

Re: The Work is Working.

Sorry that is me with a fun hair do (i'm so vain I thought that song was about me)
and Olivia!!  and my sunglasses cuz it's SUMMER IN MARCH we are thrilled.
sister Shumway
oh and my hair is getting long!


On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 5:09 PM, Eliza Shumway <eliza.shumway@myldsmail.net> wrote:
Whoa that was fast. I was just here last week. oh wait. right.

Hey darlin's. Well I am speechless. We had a great week and worked hard and ran every morning besides Friday and Sunday. The devil held our blankets over us until 7am so we couldn't get out of bed on time to run. But we blasted EFY music and danced around the house.* (*sister Shumway did. Sister lybbert is a beast and did sit ups and push ups)

Olivia is eating everything up! It's been awesome cuz it's worked out for us to have a different member or member family present at almost every lesson, so she's gaining a strong testimony and fast. Her boys are seeming to enjoy it all too! The three are marked for the 18th of March and we are SO happy :) They make everything worth it.

This week went all SUMMER on us. We are sure it will get rainy again but we are SOOO enjoying not having to wear tights and coats every day with our rainboots and umbrellas. The sun has been oh so welcome and lots of people are out and about on the street it's almost overwhelming.

Well here are some pictures worth a 1000 words.
 
Sister Shumbuckets. 


The Work is Working.

Whoa that was fast. I was just here last week. oh wait. right.

Hey darlin's. Well I am speechless. We had a great week and worked hard and ran every morning besides Friday and Sunday. The devil held our blankets over us until 7am so we couldn't get out of bed on time to run. But we blasted EFY music and danced around the house.* (*sister Shumway did. Sister lybbert is a beast and did sit ups and push ups)

Olivia is eating everything up! It's been awesome cuz it's worked out for us to have a different member or member family present at almost every lesson, so she's gaining a strong testimony and fast. Her boys are seeming to enjoy it all too! The three are marked for the 18th of March and we are SO happy :) They make everything worth it.

This week went all SUMMER on us. We are sure it will get rainy again but we are SOOO enjoying not having to wear tights and coats every day with our rainboots and umbrellas. The sun has been oh so welcome and lots of people are out and about on the street it's almost overwhelming.

Well here are some pictures worth a 1000 words.
 
Sister Shumbuckets. 

3.03.2014

WE ARE YOUNG SO WE SET THE WORLD ON FIRE spiritually :)

it´s normal.

letter to the PRESIDENT OF PORTUGAL missionaries

PRESIDENTE FLUCKIGER! OLA! Melhor semana da missão! Bom, eu gostei imenso. Senti mesmo boa primeiramente porque minhas costas não doerem quase nada e também agora tenho um GRANDE testemunho de EXERCISIOS de manhã! Sempre tive mas eu sempre fui preguiçosa então talvez eu não tinha. Mas nos fomos a correr CADA dia alem do domingo e segunda feira (nos limpamos a casa de manhã.. isso é tudo bem fazer nesta hora no dia de p-day? ou deve ser durante o dia?) Nos REALMENTE tivemos uma mudança grande de coração, eu tinha pelo menos, e posso dizer que eu QUERO ser obediente agora. Eu sempre sabia que eu precisava de ser obediente mas era algo difícil e estressante mas agora eu procuro ser obediente. Tenho sublinhado cada "faça isso" e "não faça isso" no MM e SdMM. (a maioria dos dois são sublinhado agora haha) Mas antigamente eu sempre me dei a desculpa de "ah eu não SEI se isso é uma regra ou não" mas não foi nada, agora quero SABER de TODAS as regras e guarda-las como se fosse minha salvação. O espírito tem me ensinado muito esta semana. Ele me lembrou do emprego que eu tinha em que minha tia foi minha chefe e algumas vezes eu não fui exatamente obediente em o que ela queria que eu fizesse e depois de um tempo fiquei desempregada. Então o Espírito disse que este missão é a mesma coisa e ainda mais importante! Se quero que meus chefes, Deus e Jesus Cristo, fossem felizes comigo e confiarem em mim (com muitos pesquisadores e conversos), preciso fazer tudo em meu poder para obedecer-Los e não apenas trabalhar mas trabalhar arduamente, todo o poder, mente, e força. Eu posso dizer que eu realmente estou a fazer isso agora. Tenho energia. Tenho animo. Tenho fé!
Amo te!
Sister Shumway

 

the Google translated english language:~

Shumway , Eliza Ann

PRESIDENT FLUCKIGER ! HELLO ! Best week of Mission! Well, I liked it a lot. I felt really good at first because my back did not hurt nearly anything and also now have a BIG testimony EXERCISIOS morning ! Always had but I 've always been lazy so maybe I did not . But we were in the running EVERY day besides Sunday and Monday ( cleaned in the house in the morning .. it is all right to do this time on p- day 'or should be during the day ? ) We really had a great change heart , I had at least, and I can say that I WANT to be obedient now . I always knew that I needed to be obedient but it was difficult and stressful but now I try to be obedient. I have stressed each " do this" and " do not do that " in MM and SdMM . (most of them are stressed now haha ) But once I always gave me the excuse "oh I do not know if that's a rule or not," but it was nothing , now I want to know all the rules and save them as were my salvation. The spirit has taught me a lot this week . It reminded me of the job I had when my aunt was my boss and sometimes I was not exactly obedient in what she wanted me to do and after a while I was unemployed . Then the Spirit said this mission is the same thing and even more important ! If you want my bosses, God and Jesus Christ , they were happy with me and trust me (with many researchers and converts ) , need to do everything in my power to obey them is not only working but working hard , all power , mind, and strength . I can say that I really am doing it now. I have energy. I cheer . I have faith !
Love you !
Sister Shumway

 

HOLY CANOLI i had a great week peeps. GO RUNNING IN THE MORNING IF YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY i am high on happiness right now. happy happy happy  not even kidding. i have even lost like a kilo or two. HAH plus sister lovely lybbert and I don´t eat chocolate, cookies, cake, and a few more other crappy things anymore so i am like a little ball of health. my back hasn´t been a problem this week hardly either! YAY!

WE HAVE AWESOME INVESTIGATORS!!!!!!! Olivia, whom we said high to in the backery today while grocery shopping and her CUTE LITTLE BOYS Bruno and Ruben (14 and 9 y.o.) RUBEN UG IS SO CUTE just like a little version of JENSIE BO BENSIE love you jens. high five. We just need to pray for her hubby to be interested himself.

AWESOME SENIOR COUPLE ON THE LOOSE in Santarém! They arrived from Bluffdale utah last week and we already love them. The Crossmans!! Please pray for sister crossman cuz she doesn´t speak any portuguese and she´s getting a little downhearted. I know how she feels but it was a long time ago that we first got to brazil and i didn´t even know how to say " i don´t speak portuguese". They are both awesome though and Elder Crossman and President Fluckiger served in the same mission at the same time so that is fun!

Love you all!

sister shiney