Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Feliz Año Nuevo!

Dear Family,

It was so fun to talk to everyone this week!  Hope you had a great Christmas.

This week we had three baptisms planned but two fell through, Maryori and Britany.  Maryori read things on the internet about the church and so told us that she didn't want anything more to do with the church, however that's not the only reason.  Maryori understands everything that we say but is a little unsettled in her mind and so sometimes freaks out about something little and interprets it wrong.  She said she doesn't want us to teach her more, but I still have hope that she'll change her mind because she's said that before to us and the next day we were still teaching her.  She and her daughter are really great people, but need some extra love!

I lost our cell phone again!  That's 2 in three weeks.  Although technically it was stolen.  I somehow left it on the bus, although I checked when we were getting off to make sure I hadn't left anything.  Two minutes I realized I didn't have our phone.  We returned right away but it was already gone.  I have no idea how though because we were the second to last to get off and the man behind us gave a phone to a other boy that had left his.  I miss Utah in this respect because so many people that don't have the gospel are dishonest and lie to us. Bleh.  

We traveled to San Jose this week because the office said I had a package, but when we went it was the same package of Tiffany's that I had already picked up the week before.  6 mil colones for nothing!  I received a package from Grandma. Thank you!!!!

Today Hna Samayoa and I taught district meeting, I don't know how well we did, but I definitely learned something for myself while I was teaching!

Thank you for the Christmas presents!  My companion loved her gifts and I, of course, loved mine.  We woke up early Christmas morning to open them.  The 24th we ate with Elio and Paty and with the 2nd counselor in the bishopric and his family.  It was super yummy.  The 25th we didn't do much more than try to find people to teach because no one was at home.

Feliz Año Nuevo!

Hermana Bratt

Christmas Morning

My New Outfit. Thanks Mom!

Baptism of Diana With Her Family

Christmas Weather in Costa Rica.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Dear Family,

First off Feliz Navidad!  And secondly, they are splitting the mission!  Next June/July Costa Rica is going to be 2 missions!  We are all super excited, and I'm going to be here to see it!  President Wilkinson said that a member of the Twelve is going to reassigning each missionary personally to Costa Rica East or Costa Rica West mission.  OOOSH  (That's what we say here when something awesome or cool happens)

Well I mailed mom already about this, but I'm going to call home TOMORROW at 12 pm my time.  I hope that works for you all.  I'll be using Skype.   

I received your tape yesterday.  It was fun to listen to it, although EVERYONE had very deep voices and you all sounded like strangers.  The only one that sounded normal was Kash because is voice is so high.

Well, this week in Sacrement Meeting Axel was confirmed.  We have 3 baptisms planned next week.  Maryori, Britani, and Diana.  Maryori and Britani are family.  Britani is 9 years old and is so so special.  She is so sweet and good.  She's had to go through a ton with her mom and so she is really mature for her age.  When Elder Sub, our district leader talked to her Saturday he started crying!  This Saturday we had our ward Christmas party and during it Britani said that nothing, nothing, nothing, was going to stop her from coming to church the next day.  Sunday morning Britani, her mom, and her grandma had to move houses early in the morning, but they made it to church!

Right now are trying to concentrate a lot on the Mom of our recent convert Axel.  She's Evangelical/Cristiana and likes her church so doesn't want to leave it, but we know she's been prepared by the Lord.  We feel like we are in a tug-o-war with Satan over her, because one day are lesson is so great and the Spirit is testifying so much and the next lessons Lin is against everything we are saying.  But I know she's going to be baptized someday.  I just hope it's before I leave Turrialba.

Another miracle we had this week is that we received a referral from a soon to be missionary, Justin.   The referral was a family that lives behind Justin's house, Luis, who was inactive and his wife Evelyn.  One day Justin went to tell them about his mission call (to Guatemala) and then started talking about the church. Last week we showed up to their house and Justin had already taught them almost all five lessons.  We didn't know what to say the whole lesson!  Evelyn is excited to be baptized and marry in the temple, but she has to divorce and marry first so it's going to be about 3 months before she can be baptized.  We entered their house and Evelyn had a bunch of LDS pictures up on her wall.  She's had a super rough life but already knows the gospel is true and we haven't even taught her anything!  She can't go to church this month because of work, but starting next month she's worked it out that she'll always be able to go to church.  It's amazing how the Lord has prepared his children to receive the gospel.

We had 10 lessons one day this week! We were super happy.   Although a few of the lessons were short because we were showing the video of He is the Gift.  If you haven't seen it go to LDS.org and watch it.  It's great.

This week I've learned how important it is to demonstrate love to your investigators.  One of our investigators, Marjorie, has a few problems emotionally and wasn't progressing much, but one day we were teaching the lesson and in the middle of it I just stopped, got up, and went and hugged her for five minutes, speaking softly about Jesus Christ and the Atonement.  She has improved so much since then and is really changing her life around, albeit slowly, in order to be baptized.  There are so many people in this world that don't feel like they are special in any way.  But if we can show them how special they are then we unlock the door of eternal life for them.  After that all they have to do is push it open!
I'll end with this scripture: Moroni 9:25 

"My son, be faithful in Christ; and may not the things which I have written grieve thee, to weigh thee down unto death; but may Christ lift thee up, and may his sufferings and death, and the showing his body unto our fathers, and his mercy and long-suffering, and the hope of his glory and of eternal life, rest in your mind forever."

I know that there are always disappointments in the mission and in life, but Christ can lift us up if we are faithful in Him. That He must rest in our minds forever!

Hasta mañana,

Hermana Bratt

Maryori, Britani y Yo

Picture I Drew for Sister Wilkinson 
A Birthday Cake From Rosa!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Week 23

Dear Family,

Thank you for all the birthday wishes! Yesterday we ended up not having a p-day because tomorrow we are going to the temple and celebrating Christmas as a mission.  We didn't do much, just taught lessons and I opened my birthday package.  Thanks for the outfit mom!  It's really cute! I think Rosa has a surprise planned for me tonight though.

Before I forget, I'll be calling home next Tuesday, the 23rd, I think. I'm not sure at what time, I think what I'm going to try and do is tell Justin what time and he can message Talmage during the week.  Or if you have a specific time have Tal message Justin.  Or just email me actually because my zone leader just told me we are going to be able to write you Tuesday before we call.

Well this week Axel was baptized!  He was really happy, although his mom almost withdrew her permission because he wasn't obeying her.  Marjorie and Britani didn't come to church because Marjori misunderstood a member and thought the member said something bad about her.  We're working to correct that problem though.  Hopefully they will still be baptized the 28th of December.  We also have investigators of 3 years, Elio and Paty who have a daughter that's about to turn 8.  We are planning her baptism for the 28th as well.  Elio has to be divorced before he can be married and to do that he was to return to Nicaragua for three months so they haven't been able to be baptized, but their children have been.

I was just told we have 5 more minutes! I should have 40 but I guess they are going to kick us off the computers (We are in a library and there are other people waiting to use the computers) :(  Sorry my email is super short!

We had 35 lessons this week!

Love you all!  Thank you for everything!

Hermana Bratt

Axel! :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Week 22

Dear Family,

Thank you for all the birthday wishes!  Thank you for all remembering (Even if  mom reminded you first) ;)  Hehe.

These last two weeks we've seen a lot of miracles.  I told you early how I gave a talk in church and that later a member came up to us wanting to introducing a less active to us.  Well she went with us last week and while the less active brother didn't seem very enthusiastic to come to church his aunt and cousin that live with him, Marjorie and Britani did!  They've already come to church once and endured the three hours of meetings, even though Marjori felt awful and had to be rushed to the hospital afterwards. This last Sunday they missed the bus and walked to church in the pouring rain, however they were so soaked that returned home before the meetings started.They are going to be baptized the 21st of December.  They are so excited!  

Another small miracle is that we gain the permission of the mom of one of our investigators to baptize her son Axel.  When we first came to her house she was very guarded and didn't want us to teach her, but now we visit her three time a week and teach her boyfriend as well!

We didn't have a phone all this week as I left ours on the bus.  Two days later I left my brand new 20 dollar umbrella on the bus too!  Then yesterday my companion's umbrella was stolen while we were teaching a lesson.  Luckily it's the only thing that's been stolen of ours here.

Yesterday we had transfers...but I'm still here in Turrialba.  I was a little bummed at first, I love Turrialba but was ready for a change.  However, I know this is where I need to be.  I'm happy that I'll be here for Christmas!  I forgot to tell you but I forgot it was Thanksgiving the day of Thanksgiving until around 6 o clock when Rosa and her daughter gave us rotisserie chicken, sparkling grape juice, and mashed potatoes for dinner.  I felt so special, especially since I'd forgotten and they hadn't, even though they don't celebrate Thanksgiving here.

Yesterday we put up the Christmas tree you all sent along with some lights we bought.  It's so cute/awesome, thank you!  I love it!

Hermana Cook is a sister training leader!  Woot!  She's going to bless soooo many lives.  

I have at least two more months here in Turrialba, and I'm determined more than ever to leave it a much stronger ward.  There are a lot of members that don't fulfill there callings or are only more or less active.  They don't support the activities or service projects either, but we already have plans about how we are going to help.

Yesterday we went to the Mission President's house as a zone to eat breakfast as a reward for meeting our baptism goal. Our district leader told us the wrong time to arrive so we got there an hour and a half early, but it was fun helping make chocolate chip pancakes with Hermana Wilkinson.

Thank you for sending me dad's blessing, It's so amazing! It was weird talking to mom and dad last Friday.  I felt so awkward, I didn't feel that I'd changed to be that awkward missionary yet, but I guess I have.  I couldn't figure out how to greet them.

I'm so happy to be a missionary!   I know that this work is so important.  Please do all you can to contribute in the missionary work where you are!

Les Quiero,

Hermana Bratt

Our Trip Last Week to Tapanti

Me Making Eggs at the Mission Home

Our Christmas Tree

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Dear Fam,

Well this week Melba and Alejandro were confirmed!  We had a goal as a mission to have 200 confirmations this month and we had....exactly 200!  It's so amazing how many miracles occurred in the mission this last week for us to reach our goal.  The last confirmation was last night by the assistants to the president.

Yesterday as a reward for the 200 baptisms we went as a zone to Tapanti, the second largest reservation forest, if that's what it's called. Sadly we didn't have much time to explore, but it was fun, though we only saw some weird raccoon/ferret animals.  There was a waterfall and river as well. I also meet an Elder Patterson that knows Ammon Loveless and Megan Cook.  We found out we went to the same birthday party (Megan Cook's) four years ago. What a small world sometimes.

Transfers are next week!  I don't want to leave Turrialba!  Hopefully I'll get another 2 months here. The next transfer is going to be 8 weeks.  I don't know all of the details about calling home for Christmas yet. I know that it will be through Skype.  I'll email you more about that after transfers, because I don't know anything really yet.  But I'm pretty sure we can choose the time to call home.

I can't think of anything else to write!  Ahh!   

Today we saw vultures in Turrialba, which was cool, but weird.  They were eating garbage in the street.  

A new investigator came to church with her daughter.  She stayed for the three hours but didn't look very happy.  I was afraid she wasn't enjoying her self, but right after the block she asked my companion to call the ambulance.  A ward member ended up taking her to the hospital.  She didn't feel good, but she's okay now, just dehydration and a virus I think.  Hermana Samayo asked her about what she thought about church and she, Marjorie, told her she wanted her and her daughter to be baptized!  One Wednesday we are going to put a baptism date.

I'm out of time, but I'll write more next week.  Don't worry mom, I'm doing great!  And thank you all for you emails!

Lots of Love

Hermana Bratt