Monday, October 28, 2013

A Couple More Pictures



October 28, 2013
Monday





Here are a couple more pictures that Camille sent that wouldn't fit in the other blog post.






This is me and my new comp, Sister Roig! I LOVE HER TO PIECES, but this picture was taken before we really knew each other.

These are the girls in our apartment (which is tiny and really old, but I don’t care because it is cockroach free!!!!) Sister Remy, American is in green, and Sister Rodrigues, Brazilian is in the back. They are both fantastic! 

LOVE YOU LOVE YOU LOVE YOU!!!! I miss you but I am loving the field.  Oh, ha-ha forgot to tell you, the only complaint my companion has had with me is that I walk too slow.  Go figure. I figured you’d get a kick out of that.
LOVE YOU!
Camille
 





 
 

Sister Morango Pilar de Luz


October 28, 2013                                 Monday
MOM!!!!!
HI :) Sorry I haven’t written in forever. They didn’t let us send an email when we got here. There’s so much to tell you guys! I didn’t get any letters in the MTC, so I hope they forward them when they arrive. Dang it.  I took pictures of all your emails and am going to read them when I’m done. I have a ton of pictures to send, and I hope I have time.
SO, I arrived in Recife last Tuesday. We took a plane (had to leave the MTC at 5:40 a.m.) and arrived there around 11, I think. Recife is an hour behind São Paulo in time. Like right now it’s almost 2, not sure what time it is in Michigan. The mission president and some elders picked us up. The president is great. When he speaks English, it sounds like Gru from Despicable Me, ha-ha. We ate lunch at the mission home with all the new missionaries (17) and then got a temporary companion for the night. The first night, with Sister Melo, we practiced making contacts. My Portuguese is good enough that I can communicate, and understand a lot, but not when people talk fast. Plus there’s an accent here. The next day, we had a conference with the president and all the new missionaries, went over rules, and received our new companions. My companion is Sister Roig (pronounced hoheeg) and she is awesome!!!! She’s from Argentina and has been in the field for only 4 months, but is teaching me sooo much. She is so patient with me, and so kind and encouraging and hilarious. And she’s a fantastic teacher. Our area is two hours away from the mission office, (that was fun, lugging my 2 suitcases onto a city bus, and then a charter bus) but it is BEAUTiful. It’s called Gravatá. Lots of hills, and it gets hot, but there’s lots of wind too, so it’s not too bad. But the first day of working (Thursday) it was raining and cloudy so I didn’t put on sunscreen, and when we got back, I had a sunburnt neckline. Sister Roig and Sister Remy and Rodrigues (the other two sisters in our apartment) were laughing at me. Sister Roig calls me pilar de luz, which means pillar of light, as in the First Vision. But she calls me that because I’m so white. Also she calls me Sister Morango, or strawberry, because I get so red when it’s hot out. And the members and pesquisadors think it’s funny because I’m so tiny and white ha-ha. (Whoops, pesquisador is investigator, my bad). The people here are fantastic. Last week, Sister Roig and her old companion had 2 baptisms, and we have more investigators heading towards baptism. We almost had one this week, Erick, whose mom got baptized last week, but his grandma is Catholic and told him she would be really mad if he got baptized, so he changed his mind. (But not until the elders were already on their way from another city to come interview him for baptism the next day). It was really sad. But we’re hopeful that he’ll see the example of his mom and want to be baptized in the future.
Had a really cool experience yesterday in a visit with two inactive members, a mother and daughter. We were talking about the importance of church, because of taking the sacrament, and I bore my testimony in broken, slow Portuguese about the Sacrament, and the peace it brings to my life, and when I finished, I looked over at the mom (she’s probably in her seventies) and she was crying, and she said that my testimony had touched her. She could see that my faith was powerful and strong (in her words) because I was living it.  I couldn’t understand all of what she said, but it was amazing. She really felt the spirit, and the desire to go back to church, and I really, really hope she does. It was also so comforting to me, because until that moment, I hadn’t felt like I was making much of a difference here, because I couldn’t understand what my investigators were saying, and all I can do right now is bear my testimony of the principle we teach, but that one person needed to hear my testimony. I’m not sure why mine in particular touched her, but it did, and it confirmed my decision to come here. It confirmed the witness in my heart that I received so many months ago, and followed with faith, that I really do have work to do here, and the Lord did send me to this specific mission, and specific area to help certain children of His. It was amazing.
So our schedule goes like this:
Monday is P-day.  We clean in the morning, email, and then have free time until 6, when we have family home evening with someone in the ward
Tuesday we have district meeting in the morning, then normal proselyting.
Sundays we have church, working, and then study at night.
All other days, we get up, study personally, study with companion, then do language study and missionary training since I’m new, and then we have lunch with a member, and share a message with them. Then we go teach investigators, or visit new members or inactives, or knock on doors and share a scripture. Nearly everyone who we talk to at the door lets us in to share a scripture. And then when we ask if we can come back sometime and talk more about Deus or prophets, they say yes. A lot of people ditch the next time, but I’ve been surprised by how many people are willing to listen. It’s because almost everyone believes in God here. We’ve had some really cool first lessons.

Next time I want to tell you more about our investigators. We are teaching some really, really amazing people who are examples to me. I hope I can write more, but I’m afraid the computer is going to kick me off, so I’m going to send some pictures, and then see if it will let me respond to individual emails. If not now, then next week. Also, I may start sending letters, because I have more time during P-day to write letters, and then I can respond to individual people. Apologize to everyone for me, I’ve gotten many emails from friends and cousins, and I am so grateful, and I do plan to respond, but it might have to be through a letter. Oh, my letter address is the address of the mission office in the packet. They deliver them to us weekly.

Also, do you have a photo of my baptism that you can scan and email to me or send in a letter? I’d love to be able to show my investigators.
Also, I'll have a list of things for Christmas next week. Ha-ha
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH MOM, AND I MISS YOU A TON. AND I MISS DAD AND BETHANY AND NATHAN AND LAURA AND EMMA AND RACHEL!!!! I love you all and am so proud of you! Thank you for supporting me and sending me letters and pictures and emails!
Love, Sister Hicken


I would love to send a bazillion pictures, in fact I tried, but it is SO SLOW, so I’m only going to send a few at a time. :P 
Not sure if these will send, but if they do, this is us with our adopted district of Hispanics. One with the elders and one with the sisters. Probably only one picture will go through because my time is up :P but I'll send more next week! 

The first is our district with our instructor, Irmao Barros. I can’t remember what order people are standing in, but Sister Lawrence is the one with dark brown hair, Sister Cameron is tall with long curly blond/brown hair, and Sister Reichmann, my companion, is tall with glasses.

 
  
Me and President and Sister Degn, the MTC President and his wife.  




Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Your Missionary Made it to Recife

October 23, 2013

Olá Famílias!

Gostaríamos de lhes informar que seus missionários chegaram muito bem aqui na Missão Brasil Recife, eles são ótimos missionários e estão muito animados para trabalhar na obra missionária.


Hello Dear Families!

We just want to inform that your missionaries arrived safely in the Brazil Recife Mission!
They are such great missionaries and we are excited to see their work.

Sincerely,
___________________
Elder Maia
Executive Secretary
Brazil Recife Mission







October 22, 2013     A bunch of new missionaries that arrived the same day Camille did.

October 22, 2013   Camille made it to Recife.  She's the blurry one on the far left.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

This Time Next Week I'll Be in the Field


October 16, 2013                                                             Wednesday

Ola familia! (e amigos tambem)

Hope you are all doing well. It sounded like a CRAZY week for you guys at home.  This week has been really good. It's crazy to think that this time next week I'll be in the field. I won't have another P-Day until a week from next Monday :( but hopefully I'll be able to email you next Tuesday when I arrive in Recife. You'll hear from me next Tuesday most likely, and if not, then the Monday after.

This last Sunday, I gave a talk in church, in Portuguese. It actually went really well I think. I talked about faith. Faith has taken on a new meaning for me in the last year. Yes, Alma 32:21 is true, but more than a hope, Faith is an action, and often nothing happens until we take a few steps into the darkness. That's when the confirmation from the Lord comes. 

We also "baptized" our first "investigator"! We finished teaching our fake investigator, Augusto, and his baptism date was set for this Saturday, so we all put together a pretend baptismal service, where we gave a couple talks, and sang songs, and invited other districts, and even though Augusto (Irmao (which means brother in Portuguese) Barros) was not really getting baptized, we all felt so filled with the Spirit, and so excited! It was very cool.

Our other investigator Pedro, we finally committed to a baptismal date, after giving an awesome lesson on baptism. Sister Reichman came up with these awesome analogies relating baptism and covenants to a legal contract, or a law firm. Pedro is studying to be a lawyer, so this really clicked with him, and he was really impressed and touched that we had prepared so in depth to help him understand baptism. We're doing better every day teaching by the Spirit, and I am learning more and more how much I need to rely on the Lord.

I love you all! Nate, Laura, Emma, Rachel, I hope school is going well :) Congrats on band festival Nathan. Send me pictures of your Halloween costumes, everyone!

Soon I'll be able to send you guys pictures too. Although, you should have gotten a picture of me at the Sao Paulo temple, from the MTC a few weeks ago. Let me know if you got it, so I can ask them for it if they didn't send it.

Eu amo voces muito! :)

Scripture of the week: Ether 12:27/ 12:6

Love, Camille

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Where have all these people been for the past month?!


October 9, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!!!

I thought about you yesterday, and was hoping you had a lovely birthday. I haven't read the family letter yet, so I don't know what you did, but you got some fun presents!!!   [Editor's Note:  She was asked if there was anything that she wished she brought with her.]   I’ll wait until I’m out in the field, to see about getting sent stuff. Same with Christmas. It’s hard to tell right now what I need until I’m out in the field because São Paulo is so cold and cloudy, and Recife is exactly the opposite, and plus I’m just indoors all day, not working, so I’m not sure what I need. I’ll be sure to make a list when I do though.

Not a whole lot happened this week. My new companion is cool though! Her name is Sister Reichmann, and she's from North Dakota. We get along really well, and she brings a really great spirit to our companionship. We've been praying together a lot, and it helps a lot. Her Portuguese suffered at Provo, but she's a fast learner and hard worker. She was also in the missionary choir at the Relief Society meeting! Also, another elder came with her from Provo who's going to Recife, but he's in another district. And then I met like 5 Hispanic elders going to Recife, and we all leave the same day! Where have all these people been for the past month?! Anyways, it's really exciting.

Last Friday, we went proselyting on the biggest street in São Paulo. We each got two Book of Mormons and had an hour to give them away. I was really, really scared. They sprang it on us the day before, and hadn't done anything to prepare us. And it was hard at first. It was like New York, except not as crowded, but people were in a rush and didn't want to talk. But we managed to give them all away! After a few tries, someone stopped and talked and listened, and the last two we gave away to a couple of high school kids, who talked with us for about 10-15 minutes. They were so sweet, and wanted to add us on Facebook. It was amazing.

Conference was fantastic. I loved it. We watched it in English and it was great. My favorite was probably President Uchtdorf's, but they were all amazing. Can’t wait to read and study them.

I managed to catch the cold that's been going around the MTC. Whoooo. It’s getting better though. Two of my companions are also sick. It’s been really fun.

Love you mom! Thank you for writing me so diligently and supporting me and praying for me and taking care of everything at home. Thank you for helping me prepare to do this all my life. Tell everyone I love them and thank you for their love and support and emails! I read them all, but often don't get to respond. Hopefully in the field I’ll have longer than 45 minutes on the computer.

Talk to you soon!

Love, Camille


Letter to her Siblings:
October 9, 2013
  
Laura: Hello missy! Good for you for being an awesome indexer! Keep up the good work! The hayride sounded really fun.  What are you reading right now? Where are you in the Book of Mormon?

I don't cook my own meals until I leave the MTC in 2 weeks. We don't party because we're always really tired at the end of the night, but sometimes we do share candy and sing songs with each other! We have fun throughout the day :)

Nathan: You are one busy man! Hope quiz bowl goes well next week. Take a video of your drum line performance when it happens! I want to see it! La comida es muy buena, si. It’s really hard to speak in Spanish now, after being in Portuguese mode. Sometimes it's even hard to speak in English haha. The food changes from day to day but is often very similar. A lot of meat. And lots of Jell-O. Always Jell-O.

Emma: You should send me some mock éclairs in the mail! :) Haha just kidding. What are you reading right now? What are you going to be for Halloween?

Rachel: You will be an awesome Princess Leia!!! I want to see pictures! Say hi to the Spencers for me! That’s awesome that you watched Studio C. I quote it sometimes with my companions. The name of the church in Portuguese is: A Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos Santos dos Ultimos Dias.

Ahhh they're kicking me off now! Tell dad I love him, and thank you for his email and I will respond to it next week! I love you all and really wish I had more time to talk to you! I’m proud of you guys! Scripture of the week: 2 Nephi 31:20

Love, Camille


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Camille's Farewell Talk from September 8, 2013


D&C 18:10--The Worth of Souls
Camille’s Farewell Talk
Chelsea Ward
September 8, 2013

Good morning, brothers and sisters. I was asked to speak on D&C 18:10, one of my favorite scriptures. It simply reads, “Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.” Just twelve words, but so profound. This is absolutely wonderful, The God of heaven and Earth, who created everything in existence, values my soul and our soul and the soul of every single one of his billions of sons and daughters.
The word soul is used as a synonym for “spirit” in the scriptures. So our soul, or spirit, was created by our Heavenly Father. He is the Father of our souls, which reside in our bodies now. At death our soul and body will separate until the Resurrection, when our soul will be reunited with our perfected bodies, and if we have been righteous, we, as a united body and soul, will meet Him again.
So how do we know that our souls are of great worth to God? How has he shown us? The answer is in the next verse of D&C 18. Verse 11 says, “For behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him.” How much are our souls worth? According to this, our souls are worth dying for. God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to die for us. Jesus understood the value of our souls, and so he came to Earth to pay the price for our sins, that we might be able to repent and be worthy of eternal life, and he died on the cross and was resurrected, that we might also be resurrected.
Not only did Christ labor for our souls, but our Heavenly Father does. In Moses 1:39, He says “For behold, this is my work and my glory---to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” God is working to save us! Our salvation is His GLORY! Nothing better illustrates this than Jacob 5, the allegory of the olive tree. The Lord of the vineyard and his servant, who represents Christ, digs and prunes, and nourishes His vineyard, which represents our world. Despite all their hard work, the wild, corrupt fruit overcame the good fruit, and in verse 41, the Lord of the vineyard weeps, and asks the servant, “What could I have done more for my vineyard?” But even then, the servant convinces the Lord to try to save it, and so they give it one last chance, and labor with all their might. They even call in more servants to come help them nourish the good fruit and cast out the bad, and in the end, the vineyard is saved, and producing good fruit again.
Marion G. Romney, in a 1978 talk on the worth of souls said that “In comparison to eternal life, all else sinks into insignificance. For, as Jesus said: “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:36-37)”
If the worth of our souls is greater than any earthly possession, even so great that their salvation is Heavenly Father’s work and glory, should we not treat them as such? Marion G. Romney also said As God’s work and glory is to bring to pass the eternal life of man, so the desire, hope, and work of every man should be to obtain eternal life for himself. And not for himself only but also for his fellowmen.”  Those servants in the Lord’s vineyard who answer the Lord’s call represent each of us. He needs our help. We have the chance to work alongside the Lord. There is much work to be done. There are trees, or souls that need nourishing. Will we answer the call to labor in the vineyard?
The sons of Mosiah certainly did. They wanted to go preach the gospel, but not in their own land, in the land of the Lamanites, their wicked enemies who hated all Nephites. When the brothers told their friends this, their friends “laughed them to scorn”. But the sons of Mosiah “were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yea even the very thoughts that any soul should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble”  (Mosiah 28:3). They knew their Heavenly Father loved the Lamanites despite their wickedness, and had faith that they could change. They themselves had gone about trying to destroy the church just a few years before. But the Lord chastened them and they repented and were so grateful for the forgiveness they had received they wanted to share it with others. As a result of their mission to the Lamanites thousands joined the church, and repented and lived in peace with the Nephites.
The Lord loves His children on the Earth today, just as much as His children who lived 2000 years ago. Alma 39:17 says, “Is not a soul at this time [Alma’s time] as precious unto God as a soul will be at the time of his coming?”  He wants everyone to have a chance to hear and accept this gospel, and so we should share it with everyone we know, regardless of whether we think they’ll accept or not. Remember that when the sons of Mosiah told their friends they were going to preach to the Lamanites, “they laughed them to scorn”, but thousands ended up joining. We do not know who of our friends is ready to receive the gospel, but the Lord does. If we share it with as many people as possible, we will be blessed for our efforts, and our friends will be blessed. 
Clayton M. Christensen tells a story in his book, The Power of Everyday Missionaries about sharing the gospel.  They had been challenged to find a family to share the gospel with.  After no success with several families that looked like “ideal Mormons” he says,  “We gave [the missionaries]  the names of four couples we had excluded from our initial list. Among them were the Taylors.  We warned that while the elders certainly could knock on the Taylors’ door, it would be a waste of time.  The husband had bad feelings about organized religion of any kind.   In addition, he was a tough rugby player and loved his daily pints of Guinness ale.  The elders returned an hour later, jubilant.  The Taylors had invited  them in, listened to the first discussion, and invited them back for the second.  We subsequently became close friends with the Taylors as we studied the missionary discussions together.  We would never have imagined that they would have had any interest in the gospel.  We learned from this experience that we simply cannot know in advance who will and will not be interested in learning about the Church.    We thought we could judge and therefore excluded from our list many people whose lifestyle, habits, or appearance made them seem unlikely candidates.  As we reflect upon those who have joined the Church, however, few of them would have been on our list of “likely members” when they first encountered the Church.  “For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart”  (I Samuel 16:7).  Living the gospel transforms them. The only way all people can have the opportunity to choose or reject the gospel of Jesus Christ is for us, without judgment, to invite them to follow the Savior.” 
On the first day of my mission prep class, Brother Elms told the class to go out onto the streets of Ann Arbor and give away two copies of the Book of Mormon in 10 minutes. We were terrified. We walked through the streets. Dozens passed by, but we only talked to a handful of people. We were able to give away one Book of Mormon. I was glad, but something bothered me. As I thought about why I chose to talk to some people and not others, I realized I had unconsciously been looking for clean-cut, modestly-dressed, nice-looking people; people who fit my idea of what a Mormon should look like. I had judged these people before talking to them. I had decided that they wouldn’t accept the gospel before they even had an opportunity to hear it. I learned a humbling lesson, that the gospel is for everyone. Everyone deserves to hear it because everyone is a child of God. It is up to the individual to accept or reject it.
Some of you may have heard of Al Fox. Some call her “the Tattooed Mormon”. When Al Fox first met the elders, she wasn’t at all interested in the church, but joked that she would listen to what they had to say if they bought her a steak dinner. Much to her surprise, they showed up a couple hours later with a steak dinner, and so she reluctantly listened. She met with the missionaries almost every day for the next few weeks, but when given a Book of Mormon, she promised she would never read it. She also doubted the story of the Restoration. But after a powerful experience with prayer in the nearby Sacred Grove, Al gained a testimony of prayer and started to try living the gospel. She was baptized a few weeks later on August 22, 2009. Now she speaks at firesides all over the country and makes videos online, sharing her conversion story with the world, inspiring thousands. And just a few weeks ago, she was married in the temple on the four-year anniversary of her baptism.
            Al Fox was prepared by the Lord to receive the gospel, even though she didn’t know it. But Heavenly Father and those elders knew that her soul was precious, and gave her a chance and didn’t give up on her.
I would like to close by bearing my testimony that God loves His children. He wants you and me and everyone we know to be happy, and to follow His commandments so that we may be with Him again. I know that everything that has brought me joy in this life has come through the gospel. (God loves me, has a plan for me, and I can be with my family forever). And it is my responsibility as a Latter-day Saint, and soon, as a full-time missionary to share that. Because the people around us need it just as much as we do.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Friday, October 4, 2013

A Visit to the São Paulo, Brazil Temple



São Paulo, Brazil Temple on Preparation Day





Sister Cameron, Sister Hicken, and Sister Lawrence




Sister Cameron, Sister Hicken, and Sister Lawrence  October 2, 2013

 



October 4, 2013

Dear Family,

We are pleased to be able to send you a picture of your missionary´s recent visit to the São Paulo temple.  This is always a special moment, entering the temple with other missionaries engaged in the Lord´s work.   We know they will treasure this remembrance. 

It is a great honor to serve with each of these fine young people and to watch their growth as they learn more about their sacred calling of a missionary.  We have a great love and respect for each one of them.

Thank you for your support for them.  They love to receive emails and letters from you, and feel of your love.  We know that your family will feel the blessings of their service.


Sincerely,

President and Sister Degn





Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Getting a New Companion, Sending Friends to the Field


October 2, 2013
Wednesday

Hi Mom!

So I'm doing something a little different from now on. I'm going to take pictures of everyone's emails, and then write to you guys, and if I have time, go back and reply to everyone individually. And then whatever I don't have time to read right now, I can read later on my camera. So I’ll scan people's letters, but won't be reading everything until later today, so if my replies are a bit more general, forgive me. I do love getting them, and I do read everyone's! Hopefully in the field, I’ll have longer than 45 minutes to read/write emails. Anyways,

SO, biggest news of the week is that I have a new companion! We got a new sister from the Provo MTC today, and it turns out she's going to Recife, so she'll be my companion! Our companionship/district wasn't thrilled at first at being split, but I’m SOOO excited to find another missionary going to Recife, and I know she'll be kind of shell-shocked, and we're going to do our utmost to make her feel welcome and loved. We actually haven't met her yet. She’ll be in orientation meetings all day, but next week, I’ll be able to tell you more about her. And the four of us will still be in the same district, so it's not a super huge deal to be split. We’ll just be teaching different lessons.

One thing I forgot to add from last week, when I said we taught our friends the cup song, I meant the cup rhythm thing. We don't sing the actual song. We actually sing Called to Serve with it! Haha it's really cool. Almost every hymn can go with it.

We got 2 new Brazilian roommates last week. They're in our room, but a different district. They're very sweet, but communication is limited, haha. We do our best to get to know them though!

My teaching is getting better and better, because my language is improving, my knowledge of the gospel and scriptures is improving, and my sensitivity to the Spirit is improving. We don't go in with a rigid lesson plan now, with every question and comment written out. We study, and discuss, but now we can go in and have a discussion with the investigator, and ask/answer questions because we can understand what they say (most of the time). We're doing better at teaching to their needs. But it's still definitely a challenge.

I'm getting more and more excited for the mission field. Several instructors have told us that up in the northeast, we'll have lots of investigators. I cannot wait to start teaching, and getting to know people! But I still have a lot to learn. It’s crazy to think that I’m halfway done with the MTC though!

Last bit of news, our best friends left for the field on Tuesday. This is the Hispanic district I told you about. We were absolutely miserable. I'm starting to understand what dad meant when he said it was harder for him to leave the field than to leave home. I've only known these people for three weeks, but I was SO upset when they left. We loved them so much. From day one, they were our friends. They took us in, and made us feel welcome despite the fact that we could hardly speak each other’s languages, and they taught us, and talked with us and made us laugh. We got to be like our adopted brothers and sisters. When we said goodbye to the elders, us girls were trying not to cry, but when one of the elders started to tear up, we lost it. We couldn't even hug them! It was really sad. We hugged the guts out of the sisters, and I would have bawled then too, if it hadn't been for Sister Valderrama who is hilarious, and always makes us laugh. But seriously, I felt almost as sad as I did when I said goodbye to you guys at the airport. (And if this is what it's like now, I can't imagine the love/sadness I’ll feel out in the field). Monday was their last day, and we wrote them letters and filled their mailbox with little notes (don't worry, we used the free time we had on Sunday, not work time). The next morning, we opened out mailbox to find it filled with notes from them that they wrote the night before :) We cried all over again. We were sort of feeling mopey and lonely in the morning, but then during companion study, we made a goal that we wanted to do the same thing for some new people that our friends did for us, and that we would not let ourselves mope and be sad, but look for opportunities to serve some new missionaries around us. We're going to love this new sister, and love whoever our new classroom neighbors are!

So yeah, that's basically it from me! PLEASE, you are more than welcome to send pictures! I can't download them, but I can see them, and I would love it! :)  Thank you for your emails mom! I love you muito muito! I'll answer one of your questions: CONFERENCE!!! We are so excited for conference. We'll get to watch it in English.  Gonna try and answer kid questions now, but if I run out of time, tell kids I love them VERY MUCH and thank you for their letters and I miss them and they rock, and I hope they're reading, and praying, and being good examples in their schools! Saw Laura’s story about helping that one boy, and was very proud of her. That was a very Christ like thing to do. Thank you for being a good example to me Lar! 

Also, thank you for the note, Dad!  :) I love you! 

~LOVE, Sister Hicken.