Thursday, July 31, 2014


Dear Mom, Dad, Family, and Friends,
Well, to start off, CONGRATS LINDSEY AND BRYAN!!! Freya is so adorable and I´m glad that she´s happy and healthy. Sounds like it was a pretty crazy delivery story but I´m glad that in the end it all worked out just fine. I´m sure I would have been pretty stressed out if it was me but I´m sure you guys handled it great! And you look so great Linds! Congrats again and send more photos :)
Oh, Mom, the other companionship had to get something at the mission office last week and they went by and a package that you sent was there, the one with the maple extract (thanks so much, the member was soooo grateful) and the trail mix, and granola bars and bug repellent. Thank you thank you thank you! I also got the article that you sent from the Church news, that´s so cool! Oh, and I got another card that you sent as well! Thanks :)
Oh, and also before I forget, next week is transfer so I´ll email on Wednesday :) I hope that I stay in Cabedelo with Sister Maciel. If we stay together it´ll be our third transfer together. In the mission president interviews, Pres. Nogueira told Sister Sayonara that our house was going to the same (no one would be transferred) but who knows, it could always change.
Wow, sounds like you had a great week this week with going to Wolf Trap and going to the Nats game and seeing Billy Joel! And Greg looked so happy in those photos you sent :) haha, he´s so funny :)
and wow, Eythan is getting married, I had no idea!
Ok, I´ll take pictures of the house this week and send them to you :)
And yes things are definitely back to normal after the world cup which is nice.
Well I hope you´re having a great time in Wyoming and send Grandma and Grandpa my love. And glad to hear that the meeting at the temple with the Relief Society sisters from the stake went well. I really liked what you wrote about receiving revelation. 
Well, the time passed really fast today but I do have one funny story. It´s not from this week but a few weeks ago, this drunk guy came up to us and he asked to marry me, and he asked me in ENGLISH!!! haha, broken English for sure but it was pretty funny, and then afterward he asked "But, why not?" haha, oh drunk men...haha it was pretty funny
Well I promise to write more next week!
I love you all the MOSTIEST!!!!
Sister Hicks

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Looking on the Bright Side :) July 21, 2014

Dear Mom, Dad, Family and Friends,
First off, thanks Mom and Dad for your kind words. They were exactly what I needed to hear, well, read :) This week was definitely better and things can just improve from here.
Oh, and before I forget, the other sisters in our house had to get something at the mission office so they stopped by and the envelope with the 4th missionary and the cute Old Navy shirt was there. Thanks so much! I´ve already started reading and studying the talk and I love the shirt! I also got a card that you sent me as well Mom. Thanks so much! I´m sure I´ll get the other packages soon! Probably at the beginning of August.
Oh and other news, we ended up having interviews with the mission president this week. It went really well actually and I asked President Nogueira to give me a blessing and it was very nice blessing. He also explained how it works if you guys want to come pick me up.  So, I was right, my release date is December 10th, which is Wednesday. He said that you guys need to arrive here in João Pessoa on that Wednesday, December 10th, and after that Dad, you would probably release me, and then we could spend as many days as we want touring my mission. The only thing is, which I didn´t know, is that the Church wouldn´t pay for my return plane ticket, I would need to tell the mission office to not buy my ticket and I would fly back with you two. But let me know what you guys think and we can start planning :)
Your email was perfect, Thank you so much. I really liked what you wrote about Nephi´s example. I had never stopped to think about how Nephi was truly an example of patience and doing the Lord´s will. Of course, if the Lord wanted to, He would have been able to deliver him from whatever trial but as you said, the Lord must try us and allow us to learn in different ways.
And like you said, the same is with Joseph Smith. He was tried in a myriad of ways and had to learn to follow the Lord´s way.
I think I´m going to start reading the Book of Mormon cover  to cover in Portuguese, I still  haven´t done so in my mission so far. And it will be especially helpful to read the first few chapters of Nephi with this in  mind.
Also, that´s so cool that you saw so many familiar faces when you were in England. Sounds like it was a great trip.
I wouldn´t be surprised if it´s true what you wrote, that maybe you had a harder week because you were feeling that I was having a rough week. It´s interesting how moms seem to have a special radar, or are so in tune with the Spirit to know what their children are needing. 
I loved the photo you sent of you and Amanda. You two look so cute. And I´m so proud of you that you were able to get everything working with your iPod! woohoo!
Wow, I can´t believe Jake enters the MTC this week! It´s so crazy how time flies!
haha, and I just about laughed out loud when I read that the baptismal jumpsuit pattern is called "Vintage 90s." I am really getting that old so fast?
Oh, and I´m so happy to hear that they have the Cherry Cordial ice cream again! What?! That´s really exciting! haha,  woohoo!
Oh, and I loved the photo from the Missionary Mom´s. the crazy part is that there are a few faces that I don´t even recognize! Wow, that´s weird to me as well!
Well, I hope this week goes well, and who knows, maybe I´ll have another niece next time I read my email!
And I hope everything works out well with the swim lessons for Norah and Alice. I think Norah´s competitive spirit will probably kick in a little bit. ;)
And if the baby comes this week don´t forget to send lots of photos to me too! :) I´ll be sure to continue to keep you in my prayers :)
Well, Saturday night we had a ward activity that went pretty well. The four of us missionaries planned the activity with the help of our Ward Mission Leader, Neto. The name of the activity was "Estória de Pescador" or Fisherman´s Story. So, Cabedelo was, and still is in some respects, a big fishing  town because it´s right along the coast and there´s a huge port here.  Well, there´s a joke that all the fishermen tell lots of stories and exagerate their stories as well. So, we had an activity where one of the games was that the members had to trade "fishermen stories" and the other group had to say if it was a truth or a lie. And we showed a few videos from YouTube from the Mormon Channel and it actually went really well.
Umm, well, in response to your questions Mom. We don´t cook that often. Sometimes the members can´t give lunch so they give us money and we make lunch at home. But the best part is that we usually make the same thing that we eat every day, rice, meat, macaroni/pasta...the only thing we don´t make at home is beans because they take a long time to make. For lunch on P-day, I usually make a salad and some rice and Sister Maciel knows how to skillet beef really well with lime and onions, it´s really good.
Taking the bus, well we have to grab the train a few times a week to go to lunch because the ward boundaries are really big. The train is definitely old and super squeaky but it´s only 25 cents a ride :) And the bus, we sometimes have to get on a bus to go to district meeting if it´s in a chapel that´s far from the train tracks.
Also, it´s nice to live in a house because there´s definitely a lot more room. We have 2 bunkbeds where we sleep, then there´s another room where we keep our pamphlets, Book of Mormons and other stuff, there´s a big corridor with our study tables, a bathroom and the kitchen, and they we have a porch area and there´s another bathroom in the back and a little backyard where I jump rope every morning as my exercises because no one likes to run here, not even exercise...haha.
But well, that´s about it, don´t have very much else to write,
Just know that I´m doing well and thank you so much for all your love and prayers!
I love you all the MOSTIEST!
Sister Hicks

Monday, July 14, 2014

And another goal for Germany!!! July 14, 2014

Dear Mom, Dad, Family, and Friends,

Well, yes, let´s just say that Tuesday was a day that I think almost every Brazilian wants to forget. 7 to 1! Yes...let´s just say it was painful. But thankfully, it was pretty calm in our mission area. I didn´t hear, let alone see, any riots or anything. I think it was especially calmer in João Pessoa because they didn´t build a stadium there. The other cities where they built stadium was worse. But, a lot of Brazilians think that the game was rigged and that some of the coaches and players were paid to lose. Who knows, but sure seems possible. 

Anyway, I´m honestly just glad that the World Cup is over. It´ll be nice to just have normal weeks ahead of us. 

Wow, that´s so cool to hear that Katie Bell is going on a mission! And to Paris! So so cool! 

Aah, have fun with Amanda tomorrow, that should be a fun outing. 

Wow, I really can´t believe that it was a year ago that you had surgery. I was in the CTM! Time sure does fly! And I´m glad that you´re walking up a storm there in Ashburn! haha, oh the fit bit...

So, I didn´t get any packages this week (we normally just receive them at the beginning of the month when we have zone meeting) but this week we´re supposed to have interviews with President Nogueira, so maybe they´ll bring the letters and packages from the mission office. And, I´ll ask President Nogueira or the mission secretaries this week about the release date and how it all works. :) 

Dad: Glad to hear you´re having a good time there in the Mother Land :) Don´t forget to say hi to Prince William and Princess Kate for me :)

Bryan: Hope everything is still going well with the home improvement projects. 

Oh and btw, loved the subliminal message... :)

Oh my goodness I absolutely LOVED the photos you emailed me! Baby Guy is getting so big! I can´t even believe it! And he´s so stinking cute! And the picture of the three of you from the 4th was adorable. You all look great. 

That´s a bummer about Jason. He actually came to my thoughts this week during my personal study. I wondered how he was doing. But that was sweet of you to console the sisters. 

Hope everything is going well with Kimball´s new position. 

I loved, loved, loved the blog posts that you sent! You all look so cute! And your hair! What?! It´s so long! I love it! You look like you when you were dating Bryan!

Well, I hope everything goes well with the baby. And we´ll see if those herbal things actually work, haha :) I don´t put much trust in them as well, those oils and everything, but...who knows?!

Well, this week...yah...this week was rough. We didn´t have not one investigator at church, our investigators that we were certain would go to church, didn´t come. Let´s just say that I want to forget this past week. 

Last night, as I kneeled down to pray, I just began to cry. I think the stress of the week and everything that had happened just built up and I just cried and cried. But sometimes it´s good to just get it out and cry. I was reminded of a quote that I put on my wall from Elder Holland that goes something like this, "If at times it seems that the more your try, the harder it gets, be of good cheer for so it has been with the best that have ever lived." 

I feel like I`ve been giving my all, we´re obedient, we´re diligent, we follow or district leader and zone leaders´ counsels, but it just isn´t working. But today as I was studying Elder Perry´s talk from this April´s conference I was struck deeply. It talked about how we have to be obedient and show our faith. This week I´ve decided that I need to develop more faith. I know that things will improve, but I need to show and exercise my faith more. 

Well, I´m doing well. :) I love and miss you all! 

I love you all the MOSTIEST!!!

Sister Hicks