Week 71: So....It's now been move to 'Transfer of the Family Nights'

Boa Terde as they say here in Santo Antao,

Another wonderful week has passed by on this golden island that i love so much! We have had a lot of fun this week, and we have seen a lot of miracles. One miracle that I´d like to share was the story of the first door my greenie knocked. So it was a lovely summer day in Porto Novo; by lovely I mean drenched in sweat, covered in dirt, with sand in your eyes, with wind as if you were in a clothes dryer, when our lesson fell though and i decided to take the opportunity to have my comp knock the first door in her life. First, she had no idea where to go, haha so i picked the street and she picked the door. Turns out a family of like 14 lives there and 6 of the kids (from ages 8 to 23) sat to hear our message. They were so welcoming and so open. It was truely a miracle. We passed by again on saturday and just one of the daughters was there, but she had prayed and knew it was true. Can I just tell you that these people are prepared!?! Gotta love the mission. So we´re going to keep trying to work with the whole family (which consists of the parents and their 8 kids... you dont find that here! not with all the kids having the same parents!) so cool.

We also had another week full of family nights, every single night actually. It´s been great for our investigators and the less actives, and the members of course. We´ll see how many we can do this transfer, so far we´re at 12 out of the 14 days. soon to be 13/15 after tonight. 

Yesterday was bittersweet because it was the last fast and testimony meeting that I will have here in Cabo Verde, as I realized that sitting in the congregation I just bawled my eyes out. You grow to love these people so much, and it just breaks your heart to even think about leaving them. I love my mission. I wouldn´t trade it for anything in this world. There is not anything better that I could do with this year and a half than to serve the Lord.

Love you all! Till next week,
Síster Kohlert

Week 70: Week of Family Nights

Sooo... I only have a little bit of time today... long story. the internet here is rough. But this week, with Sister Tomas, we had a TON of family nights and it was the funnest thing ever! We had one every night for 5 days. Its amazing to see how much they help your investigators, recent converts, and less actives intergrate and find friends. We´re seeing a lot of success from them, so you´ll be getting a lot of pictures this transfers of all the family nights. But not today because this computer wont let me send pictures.... sorry.

My companion, Sister B Santos arrived this morning from Brazil. Unfortunetly her baggage got lost, so we´ll see what we can with the clothes we have in our house. I forgot what it's like to train! She just has no idea what she´s doing and I just keep forgetting that she doesnt know! haha and i think that i keep forgetting too because she already speaks portuguese haha. Can't wait to tell all the stories that come with training. Love you guys a ton! I love this work and the people here. They are truely amazing. Sorry for the short email, maybe next week everything will work out.

Ficam dret,
Sister Kohlert

Week 69: The Last Transfer


Can you guys even believe that its the last transfer?! So... my last transfer, I will be training Sister Santos, from Brazil. She´ll be arriving on Sunday or Monday, so until then I´ll be with a ´mini missionary´, Sister Tomas. She´s from this island, just another city. For those of you who dont know what a mini missionary is, its just a local who will serve for a short period of time (usually 1-6 weeks), they usually are preparing to serve, or are still deciding, so they are not set apart as a missionary. So it´ll be an interesting transfer.

This week we found some awesome people, who i´m really excited about, but we just have to get them to church... that´s always the problem. But, I have high hopes. We heard a rumor that they will divide our areas differently, but im not really sure about that. So you´ll hear about that next week. On Saturday, we were helping a member wash her clothes, and afterward we learned the dance for the festa of Sao Joao, and she made us Kamoka, the best stuff ever. I will make it for ya all when I get home. Its just toasted whole grain flour, then you add sugar and powdered milk and thats it. It looks just like sand, but tastes kinda like cheerios. You eat it plain. without any liquid. its soooo good! Sorry I dont have a picture of it, but maybe next week.

On Sunday, Sister M. Santos said bye to everyone. It was pretty sad, and she doesn't really know what to do because it's the first time that she´s been transfered to a new area, but she is actually going to serve where I was before, in Africa 70 Sal. She´s going to love it there, but it takes a lot of hard work. Lets just say that Santo Antao is one of the best islands, and you learn alot on the other islands haha.

Well, that´s just about all this week, I love you all, till next week!
Sister Kohlert

Week 68: It Lays Eggs


Well first of all, this week was a good week, well mixed, good until yesterday. We started out this week helping an investigator with her english project, making sure that everything was translated correctly. Its a good thing that I checked because it was a recipe, and as I was reading how to make this salad, it says ´and it lays eggs on topof the salad´ haha i about died laughing. It was good once she understood why I was laughing and then she was on the floor laughing too, since she meant to say ´place the eggs on top of the salad´. Granted that english is hard to learn. We continued the week with some of the funniest family nights of my mission. With Anilton (convert) doing a catwalk and other members trying to sing in english and dance the traditional dances here. It was a lot of fun, until friday.

The week was going great until I smacked my lip on my waterbottle lid and cut it open. Thats the reason why I didnt take any pictures. It looked pretty nasty, but now its not too bad. But we did have fun making up stories of how it happened.

Then we hit Sunday, and Albertina, Sonia, Ani, and Marcia didn't come to church! So instead of the 5 baptisms that we were supposed to have, we will not be having any. But in a few more weeks, hopefully Albertina, Sonia and Ani will be baptized. But Marcia and Janine will not be getting baptized because their dad will not give permission yet, but with more time he said he will let them. So ya know. Thats life. Its okay because the Lord has people prepared here, we might just be planting some seeds.

Well, thats just about it for this week!

Love you all!
Sister Kohlert


Week 67: Til Next Week

Dear Family and Friends,

Sorry I burned all my time, had to do somethings for a training I´m giving tomorrow, so the pictures will have to suffice for this week... but it was a good week! But the parties of sao joao are starting and everyone is gone at night! Thats okay because we´ll just find those who are TRULY seeking and thirsting for the gospel. Blessings on blessings.

Love you all!
Sister Kohlert

 p.s. thought i´d just make it aware to everyone that I have offically hit 16 months on the mish! 2 months left... but I love this work and my heart is already breaking knowing that my time is running out. I love these people and I know this is the work of God, that this work is directed by the hand of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. I know its true and I love it!

Week 66: Oh, Those Less Actives

Dear Family and Friends,

Well, I would just like to let everyone know, that I love working with the less actives. They´re my favorite. When the members wont teach with you, the less actives are always more than willing to help. When you can´t get referrals, go to the less actives and they´ll give you twenty. When you want to have a family night, you can set up one every day with any less active. You might even get one to come to church!

I think Sister M. Santos and I have discovered the key to working with the less active members this week, we´re just praying that it will all pay off when they start coming to church!

This week, we had a family night with a less active and her son, and some of their friends. We decided to talk about the atonement of Christ for our spiritual thought, and have her son do push ups to pay for a peice of cake for each person that was there. It was very entertaining and it was cool to see them understand a little bit more of Christ´s suffering, especially when we do not want the cake that was already paid for. (Im hoping that this kind of is making sense...)

We have another recent convert\less active that we have been working with, and he has changed so much! First, he started reading and praying again, then he took out his earring, then he came to church! then after church, we asked him to teach with us, but he didnt want to, but then 10 minutes later he calls us telling us he wanted to. And he came! ... but then our appointment fell through. We all know that God just wanted to see if he was willing. It´s a good thing that he sugguested teaching with us on Tuesday, too!

But maybe we just had to go to that appointment that fell through so that we could find an amazing potential investigator! It was a pretty funny contact because he stopped us in the street and asked if we we´re going to invite him to church haha. So then we talked with him to set up a time that we could pass by and talk to him. He soon informed us that he wasn´t going to be here for very long because he was going to Luxembourg.... bummer... but not till the end of August! It´s a good thing that it wont take 3 months to share our message. haha. This island is amazing. Its so prepared. I havent seem so many prepared people since.... since... a year ago when I was in the same place!

I love my mission. I love these people. I love the gospel and the changes it makes in me and in these people. And.... I love you all!

Till next week,
Sister Kohlert

Week 65: Zone Conference and Missing the Boat!

Dear Family and Friends,

So this week we were off to mindelo for zone conference, lovely as always. But this time the sea was REALLY bad, even I felt a little bit sick to the stomach. Luckily, we all made it though, until we got on dry land and a few hours later we heard that our district leader was sick. whoops. Then, we were praying for good seas on the way back, but we had to such luck because we missed the boat... the last one for the day. So we were stuck in Mindelo till the next morning when we had to get the morning boat... and the sea was even worse. But we survived.

Then on Saturday, Aldivino was baptized, and it went so well! Blessings! And he was confirmed on Sunday without any problems. I dont know when the last time that I had a baptism that didnt have any problems... oh wait... this was the first.

We did find a family as we were knocking doors after the baptism because our previous appointment fell through. We were about to give up and go back to investigators houses, but we decided to knock on one more door,I chose the door, and the woman that answered was so welcoming and let us in without us even saying anything! It turns out that her daughter is a member in the Netherlands, and she loves the church! We think... and are praying... that they are already married and they live with their two teenage daughters, who are amazing! We are hoping that something will happen with them, and that we can keep talking to them because Sister M. Santos said that she had knocked on that door several times and no one was ever home. That was the miracle that we were waiting for, que bênção.

Unfortunately, we will be having 2 weeks of stake conference, and we won't be able to have baptisms till the 11th of June... but we will have a few prepared for that day! So glad to be back in the Porto!

Till next week,
Sister Kohlert

Week 64: Talk About Flashback

Dear Family and Friends,

Well its nice to see that Porto Novo is exactly how i left it, expect for the fact that half the members moved to another island and the other half went inactive... well just some of them. It is amazing to see how many names i remember though! I feel like I know a lot of people, not as many as in the other area, but a decent amount.

This week was pretty normal. I am still trying to get down the area, but we have sooo many members here! Almost all of our lessons are with members, and everyone almost always has an automatic fellowshipper. My companion is sister M. Santos, from brazil. Shes amazing. And she has the privilege of being my first native companion! haha ill be brushing up my portuguese in these next 5 weeks. She started her mission here 5 months ago, but will soon be leaving(assumption). I did forget what heat was, untill I was on the boat over here. And yes, it is getting hot once again, so let the prayers and sorvette begin.

Coming back here has really helped me see how amazing this island really is. The people here are so prepared. Anyone will let you in and actually progress, well at least a little bit! And everyone is always at home here! Oh how I have missed the creole here, too. I had a hard time understanding the first day, but now its as if i had never left! Truly the best creole of all the islands (and i can say that since i have heard just about all of them).

This upcoming week we have zone conference so we will be heading on the boat over to sao vicente, so there should be lots of good pictures to send! Love you all!

Till next week,
Síster Kohlert

Week 63: Alright, It´s Time to Tira Chapeu

Dear Family and Friends,

Well, its been a lovely time in Tira Chapeu, and transfers have come once again. I knew my next area would be my last, but I didnt know that it´d also be my first! so im heading back to where i started, back to Santo Antao! I'm more than excited, the people on that island are prepared. I will get part of my old area, and also a large part that i have never worked in. So ill be able to visit a lot of my recent converts, and that will be a huge blessing! Maybe i´ll even be able to take advantage of the ex-investigators in that area and baptize them!

Tira Chapeu
But anyways, this week was a good one, a rough one, but good. We basically decided to drop all of our investigators because everyone stopped progressing. But we did find a couple who are MARRIED, and dont have a religion! The husband is looking for a church to save his marriage, so we have high hopes for them! 
Basically.....the stick form of pillow mints!
We also made it through another successful zone meeting (luckily it went A LOT better than last time). Our training was pretty good, thanks to sister mathews(mission president´s wife). We did have a wonderful lesson with Carminda about having hope, until your companion doesnt know that ai in portuguese means woe, and reads the following scripture: `Wo be unto him that crieth: All is well!´ thinking that its saying blessed is he who saith all is well. haha that was a good moment. It just brings back the memories of the MTC, i just thought that those moments were long gone. But im truly goping to miss praia, the ice cream, the sketchy bread, and of course the chocolate break and bifanas from arlinda, and lets be real, i am going to slighty miss all the drunk men on the streets. Farewell, oh Babilonia.

With much love,
Sister Kohlert

Week 62: Festa de Sao Joao

Nha Familia,

Well yesterday was the Festa of Sao Joao, and Tira Chapeu was CRAZY! Everyone and their dog was drunk, and no one was home, but it was quite entertaining to watch the people. We did hear 14 blank shots (3 in a row means its a festa) the other two were just kinda randomly in the mix of the triplas. So that was fun. I'm not sure that they´re actually blanks, but we´ll just pretend they were. And lets just say the turn out for church wasn't so great... at least we had two investigators. Who we thought would be getting baptized this week... until she told us that she has still be drinking coffee. And she´s being a stickler about stopping, but its a work in progress.

Sometimes You Have to get Creative
We finished divisions for this transfer, so we celebrated by making cake and eating mangos and coconut. I was able to buy the newest sister from america her very first sorvette. so good. that new found knowledge will get her through any summer in cabo verde. que bençao.

Vovo Fati!
Sketchy bread place, best bread in all of Praia


Shucking peas(?) aka cascar feijao
On Tuesday, we had our first mission lock down! There was a shooting about 30 minutes by car from us. Don't know if anyone heard about that, but 11 people were killed. There are no missionaries serving in that city, but we all went home early just to be safe. And while we were home, we ate some more mangos.
We have been finding lots of new people, but for some reason everything seems to be at a holt. Im not quite sure why, but we´ll just keep on working. This whole transfer no one seems to be making any progress, but Heavenly Father has a plan for His children, some just might need a bit more time. But I still love it here in Tira Chapeu, the work will go forth.

Love you all!
Sister Kohlert

Week 61: Early Celebrations

Dear Family and Friends,

Just another lovely week here in Praia, so close to finishing divisions, just one more left! Woot woot! We celebrating by having a TON of FHEs and bring brownies to all of them. They were SOOOO good. All I needed was ice cream and my life would be complete. 

Family Night #1

Family Night #2

Family Night #3
We did find out some sad news... the family that we LOVE and I was convinced would be getting baptized while I was here, moved JUST BARELY outside of our area and into the area of the AP´s. It´s literally across the other side of the street from our area. It was so sad. So we had to pass them over to the elders. They were supposed to be baptized this coming saturday, but she still hasn't had her baby and she´s overdue... so we just hope that we can get be there for their baptism!

We also hit out 100 days left (well ish... because we will probably go home on a wednesday so we´ll hit 100 days left on wednesday) but we celebrated early and got a Bifana from a recent convert. One day I'll explain all the cabo verdean foods, but I don't have time for that today... sorry.
District Activity: Hike to the top of Monte Vermelho
We had a great night yesterday, as a drunk man couldnt stop talking to us from our investigators door, we have some videos of it, he just kept leaving and coming back. One of the times he came back with an english restoration pamphlet. that was interesting. Other than that, the week was pretty normal. Last week just had all the crazy stories. Maybe next week will be good too.

Till then...
Sister Kohlert

Week 60: Sooo... you´ll get the stories next week

Dear Family and Friends,

Sorry, i managed time bad today, but ill make sure to get all the stories that happened into a few lines....

So here´s a summary:

- 2 divisions, one of which was VERY interesting
- More gun shots, but thats normal
- How our member explained brownies (they´re his favorite family night treat) 'theyre kinda like pizza'
- The drunk man with a blow dryer pretending like it was a speed gun-thing, and checking the speed of the cops, with sound effects.
- We witnessed a robbery, well a man stole a womans phone and money right in front of us, like a run by-ish. idk. it was so weird.
- AND.... I found out that my convert in Santo Antao is putting in his mission papers in a month! I bawled my eyes out when he told me. That was the highlight of the week.

Sorry for the short email, but it was a good week.
Sister Kohlert

and ill send pics next week...sorry!

Sister Kohlert

Week 59: Por Favor, Tira Chapéu

Dear Family and Friends,

Oh my area! If only I could tell all the things that happen in this area. Its like belonging to a secret club, no one knows what really goes on in Tira Chapéu till you walk these streets everyday. The things you see, it just kills me! You wouldnt believe everything that went on, and its just the usual out here. You just have a lot of good stories to take home, if i remember them all.

It cracks me up when talking about the gun shots in relief society is a completely normal thing. Same with the massive amount of drunk people walking in the streets. For example, we went to teach the plan of salvation to one of our new investigators, but when we showed up, him and his friends we´re all throughly drunk. They tried to tell us that it was just juice, until we asked if we could have some, in which they quickly responded ´NO!´ haha it was pretty entertaining. So we decided not to talk about the plan of salvation, and instead talked a little bit about reading and praying and for them not to drink or smoke before our next visit. Hopefully they´ll be just as accepting and willing sober as they are drunk. It was nice to have three women in there who were all pregnant so they at least were sober and hopefully got something out of that lesson. 

´papa de abobora´ (mashed squash, flour, and water cooked over the stove, with milk)​ I promise it was good, my face just doesnt show it very well...
CACHUPA! this time with squash and tuna
We did have a fun time at Sukapeira today, you can get custom fit dresses for $5, you just have to buy the fabric. So I probably should have just started my mission in Praia and only brought like 4 skirts from America and gotten the rest made! Yeah, so Cabo Verde is pretty cool. Sorry that I dont have a TON of stroies that I can write in an email, but after the mission you´ll get all the stories from this week.
Gatorade from the american store, picture taken in the MASSIVE market place called Sukapeira

Síster Kohlert


Week 58: For the Love of Praia

Dear Family and Friends,

OH MY GOODNESS! You wouldnt believe the hurricane that we went though this week. Our zone is quite the piece of work, but thats another letter way too long for me to write right now. lets just say that we are all BRAND NEW, and have no idea what we are doing. I jsut basically had to play zone leader during council and zone training meeting. Our training went really well, but the rest kinda was lacking energy, but sister burke and i brought it back at the end to make sure our zone didnt think we were robots.

We had a lot of fun at conference, eating snacks as usually and trying to understand the translaters as they switched from brazilian to portugual portuguese. Thats always fun. We had a good turn out of recent converts, less actives, and investigators. We saw a miracle when the boyfriend of a less active let us talk to him, and it went really well! Our ward is just full of pregnant people right now, not to mention that two of our 10 investigators with baptismal date marks are pregnant, one who will be giving birth any day now!

We had a great time with all the american candy that sister burke got in those three packages that were on my head in the picture that i sent. We may have eaten too much at times and made our selves sick, but we knew we had to get rid of it as fast as we could, so we gave a bunch to the missionaries at conference (bribing the secretaries to always bring us our packages and letters first haha).

But i´m loving it here in Praia, never thought id say that to be completely honest. The people are amazing and I love them to death! I love teaching them the gospel and seeing the change in their lives. They know its true. I learned the power of bearing testimony of eternal families this week, because I talked about it with every taxi driver that took us all over Praia this week. They really start to listen because they have never though about the principle of having a family forever. I know that the keys were restored to seal families. I am so grateful for temples here on earth and the chance that I have to share this knowledge with the families I have been blessed to know here in Cabo Verde.

Love you all! Till next week,
Síster Kohlert

Week 57: Transfers

Dear Family and Friends,

So ya know, of course im still here in Tira Chapéu,but my new comp is sister Burke, who lives like right down the road from us in Lindon, and she was friends with Nicole and I knew her in high school, and we were in the MTC together. SO ITS GONNA BE AN AWESOME TRANSFER! Super excited. But also SUPER sad to say bye to sister dorgan, love her to death. But ya know, its life on the mission.

This week was Jo´s baptism. So cute. She´s a model, no big deal. She´ll probably go to NY to model soon too. But she is amazing! We Finally finished divisions. Happy thats over, and ready to start again, first with leadership council tomorrow, then zone meeting, and then the divisions begin! haha but i really do love it even though i complain. The sisters here are just awesome. 

We had a great time at womens conference, and at church that morning we thought that our investigator jacquelina was going to go into labor at any minute in relief society, but she didnt. But that baby is coming soon!

We had a lovely family night with our vovo fatima. Shes our cabo verdean grandma. She takes care of us when we are sick, like when i had a sore throat on thursday and she made us tea. What a sweetheart. But what i talked about last week and leaving these people forever is so hard. Because we knew that sister dorgan would be transferred, so we had to say goodbye to everyone, and you cant help but cry. You just LOVE THESE PEOPLE SOOO MUCH!
Water in Our Apartment
Anyways, Congrats to Tanner and Kristy! Hope your marriage will be full of ... all i can think of is to promise blessings like a missionary, so maybe ill just stop there, CONGRATS! I love you guys!

Dont forget about the purpose of easter too fast! When Christ was born, there were 3 days with out darkness, and when he died, there were 3 without light, but when He was ressurrected, the light returned to the earth, just as it will pour into our lives as we come unto Him. As we shared our message about Christ at the family night, there was another woman there that we did not know, who started talking, just about her beliefs in christ, but you could feel the spirit leave the room. It was a reminder to me of the Spirit that we bring in to our investigators homes. A lot of the time I forget because you get used to the feeling, but as I felt the Holy Ghost leave and then return as we continued to testify, I was amazed. Dont ever doubt the power of the spirit when you testify of the life of the Savior.

I love you all! Have a divine week!
Sister Kohlert

Week 56: Cop Cars and Divisions

Dear Family and Friends,

Yeah, my life is basically divisions these last two weeks, but we only have one more on Wednesday and then we're done! woot woot! then itll be transfers and counsel and zone meeting and the life just keeps on going. But MAN! The time flies! Hit one year in Cabo Verde this week. So we went to the American store here and considered buying pancake mix and syrup, but we decided against it. We decided that we would just make the peacan pie that Sister Dorgan got for her birthday, because she also made 500 days on the mission. But she also got some new clothes and they smelled like america. You dont realize how good america smells. Like walking into a house and actually having it smell clean. That'll be weird. For now we just work with the air freshners and dirty bleach water. 

But this week, other than running around like crazy on divisions, we got a ride home in a cop car! They we're worried that we'd get mugged, so we got to skip the 15 minute walk home and chill out with the cops for a while and invite them to church!

Another crazy thing that happened this week, was that our investigator, who was epilepsy, had a seizure at the end of our lesson. Luckily her son was there (because he works ALL the time), so he helped her, well kinda just held her hand and talked to her because you cant really do anything. But it was just crazy to think that she is usually at home by herself and she could have a seisure at any moment and no one is there to help her. So we arent really sure if she can even come to church, because she could start having a seisure in the middle of church, but thats why we also need to start teaching her son! But it was so hard to watch her suffer and not be able to do anything to help. But her son is awesome, he takes such good care of her.

Anyways, we had to move the baptism of the family (Jacquelina and her kids) to the end of april because she wants to wait till she has her baby, because she's literally about to pop. But we do have one investigator who will be getting baptized on Saturday, her names Jo, and she's 22. Shes aborable and knows EVERYTHING, she just had to make the disicion to go to church! She had some problems with her family and she found a stronger testimony of the Book of Mormon and she decided to come to church! Gotta love that book.

Oh and today we went to probably one of the only chinese restaurants in all of cabo verde and it was super good! Dang! ive missed chinese food. Almost as much as i miss american ice cream. All i gotta say is that i want a container of chocolate covered raisens and a chocolate banana shake waiting for me at the airport when i get home haha.
Lunch at Chinese Restaurant
Lo Mein Noodles - Cabo Verdean Style
I love being here. I love the people, more than i could ever imagine before coming here. At the beginning of our mission as missionaries, we say goodbye to our families for a year and a half, but when we leave we find out that we are leaving a family forever, one that we will probably never see again, and it breaks your heart, and it changes it, forever. Every once in a while, Heavenly Father reminds us how precious this time truly is. I love you all, and I love this mission.

Till next week,
Sister Kohlert


Week 55: Life Got a Bit More Real

Dear Family and Friends,

Sorry, this email will be a short one, kinda had to plan my life a bit... aka BYU classes for fall, so I kinda used my email time to do that. Sorry, I promise next week will be better. But this week, we have the LOVELY family! they are SOOOO golden! they will be getting baptized on the 26th of this month, if all goes well with jacquelina not giving birth. They came to church two Sundays in a row and went to a baptism with us, and they always want us to stop by everyday. 

Sister Dorgan had completely convinced me that the people from the island of Fogo are special, that they truely have been prepared. AND ITS ALL TRUE! the family is from Fogo, and im pretty sure that like half of the cabo verdeans serving here are from Fogo. So now i want to go end my mission there. It'd be lovely.
And just a random side thought, one of our members sons was wearing a Provo shirt!

And i had a sandwich today that was SOOOO good, so everyone needs to try to make it. its a panini with chicken, cheese, and banana on it! SOOOO good!

Love you all! Till next week,
Sister Kohlert

Week 54: O Teto Ceiu

Dear Family and Friends,

Oh what a lovely week! Well first of all, I learned the stresses of bring a sister leader... we had a new sister come in on monday night at midnight/Tuesday morning. So we woke up at like 11:50 and they called us and said they wouldn't be arriving till later, so we stayed up since it was the mission president and his wife that would be dropping her off. And they didn't arrive till about 1:30 am. Then she came and wanted to take a shower, and so we did'nt get to go to bed till about 2.30. then the next day was counsel. So we did that all day Tuesday till 7:30 at night then had to keep track of about 6 sisters and where they needed to be and organize divisions. Then on Thursday we had zone meeting, where we gave a training. It went pretty well, but it was pretty stressful. Glad that was over. Then we get to pass by Jayson, our baptism. We show up at his house and he´s in a wheelchair with a cast on his foot! Ahhh! We asked him what happened and he explained the the CEILING FELL ON HIS FOOT! and now his toe is fractured. So we replanned his baptism for the next week because he couldn't get the cast wet. BUT THEN.... on Saturday morning, he tells us that he is going to get baptized anyways and just take off the cast because it wasn't doing anything (it really wasn't, it was just like wrapped in gauze... let's just say they haven't quite gotten the purpose of a cast down yet). So he did just that. So he was baptized! Crazy, huh!?!

We also had some funny contacts in the street. Can I just say that there is a reason for the Word of Wisdom? Anyway, this drunk man on the street stops us (about 8.50 pm) and tells us that its not safe to walk around here at night. He continues going on about who knows what, and introduces us to his son and daughter who are clearly annoyed with their father. He proceeds to pull out a piece of hair(a nice size chunk, too) and telling us ´Look at the truth! This is real! Take it, take this to remember me! Look at the truth!` Anyways, it was very entertaining. I wish I had that on video.

And I would just like to say that I love my companion, Sister Dorgan. during our companion study,we were discussing if the church advertises, and she said ´I don't think that we publically preach.` and then she proceeded to think about what she said as I was just laughing my head off. We have lots of fun together.
Anyway, I did actually learn something this week, about our progression. We were not created perfect. We were created with potential. And we are here to reach that potential. In counsel, Sister Mathews had a quote that was pretty cool, so I thought that I'd share it with you all! ´Hell will be when we meet the person that we could have been.´ So... achieve your potential!

But here´s a quote just to end off this letter nicely (thanks Tasi for sending this one to me when I was in the MTC). `Do not expect to be perfect at once. If you do, you will be disappointed. Be better today than you were yesterday, and be better tomorrow than you are today.´ -Lorenzo Snow

Love you guys! Till next week,
Síster Kohlert

Week 53: The Neighborhood!

Just getting to know the area over here, and this week was just a lot of fun! Some times I just wonder what I am doing with my life. Which you will understand by the time you finish reading this email.

So we started off Monday by heading to this MASSIVE market place where they sell just about everything you can dream of. I now understand where everyone gets anything here. Its like walking into Narnia. But anyway, we went out to teach that night, and about an hour in the power went out, and we decided really quickly that we didn't want to be there after the sun went down. So we "used our intelligence" (as Pres. Mathews would say) and went home.

I had my first division, with Sister Friaça (past companion in sal). That was pretty funny, truely learned that I do not know our area yet, but we made it through without getting lost. And it would just amaze you at how many times people stop and tell us that we should not be walking in our area at night. At least 5 times a week. Like on Saturday, when in the middle of the day a man stops in his car and blocks the entire road to tell us that we need to be careful walking around there. Then on Sunday morning, on our way to church at 8 am, we are alerted by a member that the thuggies really were in a war (at that very moment) and that we should avoid that zone, but we had to go there to get to church! so of course we went. As we were waiting to take one of our investigators, a few of the thuggies were running down the alley way we were in, so we just ran into our investigators house and closed the door. Later that night we found out that no one died. Bahaha but that isn´t even everything that happened on Sunday! The stories have just begun.

During church, they were talking about how missionaries are protected, and a member, Fernando (55 ish), says `The sisters are out in Tira Chapéu, and I wont even walk around there and night and I´m from here!´ They just kill me! I love the members, especially because that same member, after church, gave us a referral for a young man who had gone to prison 4 times and just got out 5 days ago! Hahah, so we went and talked to him and he´s actually really cool.

Anyway, that is why I sometimes wonder what I am doing here, but I love it! (sorry dad, i cant take pictures of my area because i won't bring my camera there, as you can probably imagine why, but maybe one day ill take a picture)

So that´s just about all! I´ll be giving my very first training this week in zone conference, so pray for me! Ahhh!

Love you all!
Síster Kohlert