Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Grandma's a Missionary

I dont know if it was Christmas or what but this week went by soo fast it was crazy! 
im having loads of fun here at the ctm but i honestly just cant wait to get out of here! i want to go into the field and teach people already! 
talking to you guys on christmas was amazing! i miss hearing moms voice everyday and i miss her hugs! i miss joe and ashley too! but there is no place in the world id rather be than here! i know that this is where the Lord wants me and i know its where im needed! 
we got to go to the campinas temple today and that was incredible, i was in the celestial room and i was praying and i just felt like grandma was there, and i know that she is also a missionary! she is doing missionary work on the other side of the veil! it made me so happy and i thought i would share that with you guys. 
i dont have a lot of time today but i just want to tell you guys that i love you and im so grateful for all of you! 
did you guys get my pictures yet?? also i wont be emailing you again until next friday, soo it will be awhile, its just been weird lately because of christmas and new years but next week will be normal and then it will get crazy again because after my friday pday i will be heading out to the field! yay!! 

love you all! remeber to always follow Christs example and to be striclty obedient in all you do!
Eu Amo Voçes 
Sister Hair

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Two Temples

 i feel like i have so much to tell but i cant fit all of it, its crazy my life is incredible and upside down and just crazy but i absolutely love it!! thats super nice that you started a blog! i dont know if you will be able to put anything useful in there cause i feel like everything i write is so scattered and has so many typos, its insane... 

i got to have pday today because its usuallly on friday but christmas is on friday so thats fun! i love the temple it is so incredible i wish i could just spend all day in there! we are super lucky because the ctm is in the middle of two temples so we just get to switch off and go to sao paulo one pday and campinas the next!  oh! tomorrow i get to go proselyting for the first time!! im super excited! its still kind of scary because although i feel like im picking up portuguese fairly quickly i still have a lot to learn. but i am just so excited to go and talk to people!! i want to share this incredible gospel with everyone! 

ok so i have like no time at all especially since this is like a makeshift pday but i love you so much!! 

Sister Hair

Friday, December 18, 2015

Oi!! (to melanie)

im sorry i couldnt email you the first week! i had like no time! haha i still dont... but  EU TE AMO MUITO!!  i miss you guys a lot and im sad i cant be with you guys for christmas but im soo grateful to be here in brasil, it is just amazing!! its hard work but it is the greatest! 
ok i really have to hurry haha but guess what?? there are two elders here from lehi high school! its awesome haha 
i got to go to the sao paulo temple today so that was awesome! it was crazy spiritual and the detail inside the temple is incredible! 
guess what? i have actually lost weight since being here so thats cool! also could you ask mom or jay if they are getting my emails cause i havent even gotten one from them.... haha oh also could you let them know that i wont be able to skype on christmas, the internet here kind of sucks haha so i just get to call! but i will be calling you gusy at 3:00 sao paulo time, so probably in the morning for you guys but could you make sure everyone had their phones on them? i only get until 3:30 so i have to be quick haha 
ok i have to go but i love you so much and hopefully i can write more next week! 

Sister Hair

Friday, December 11, 2015

Extra Time

ok so i have a little more extra time to write and i just wanted to say that i love it here so much! i went to the campinas temple today and it was incredible! we are lucky because we are in the middle of the campinas temple and the sao paulo temple so every week we get to switch off and go to both! its very hot and humid here but i love! also the food is good! (not as good as moms but it is all right haha) 

please tell joe and ashley that i love and miss them soo much they are wonderful kids and have the potential to become anything they want! they will both be powerful missionaries! tell them also that they need to prepare now!! especially Joe! He is soo smart but kind of a lazy bum! Joe you have to work hard and remember to pray and read you scriptures every night! make sure you have a strong relationship with Pai Celestial e Jesus Cristo! if you dont know Christ how will you help others come unto him?? There are people being prepared for you right this second! so that you should be preparing as well! there is a sister and an elder here who are siblings! they came the same day and got called to the same mission how crazy is that?? everytime i see them i miss you soo much Joe! you are special son of God and also a pooface and i love you more than words can describe! remember to be a better you everyday! 

my little ashley! i love you soo much! remember that even though you are years away you also need to prepare because there are also people being prepared for you!! keep doing gymnastics and keep being yourself. i know that one day you will be even better than Gaby Douglas and little girls will look up to you and tell their moms that they want to be just like Ashley Hair! you are a choice daughter of God! dont let anyone tell you different! remember to be a leader!! not a follower!! make good chioces always and listen to mom! you were blessed with the greatest mother in the world! dont take her for granted, appreciate her every day and let her know you love her not only through your words but through your actions as well. you too Joe!! 

ok now i really am out of time but i love you all! remember to always be an example and hold fast to Jesus Christ he is our savior and knows exactly how to help us!

muito amor
Sister Hair


eu amo o ctm! its really fun here but also a lot of hard work, i have a very strict schedule and its mostly studying haha but the crazy spirit that you feel is amazing!! i absolutely loooove being a missionary, its my dream come true. we have choir practice here every tuesday and it is so incredible! the whole ctm gets together and sings christmas songs and the spirit is unlike anything you have ever felt!

mami te extrano muchisisisisisisisisisisisimooo! ya me di cuenta q no puedo vivir sin ti! eres la mejor madre del mundo y es por tu testimonio q eu estoy aqui hoje. eu amo ser misionaria, y aunce es muito dificil, lo hago para q otras pessoas podam tenher uma familia eterna como la mia! yo voy a estar bien sin ti por 18 meses mas no puedo imaginarme lo q seria vivir sin ti eres mi vida y sin ti me muero! obrigada por ser uma mai tan especial! tu fe en Cristo es lo q hace minha fe crecer! 

no podo esperar a sair a o campo misional y ensinar a familias q estan esperando a escuchar o evangelho de Deus! eu tenho tantas abencoes y eu quiero q todas as pessoas tenen ese mesmo felicidade q eu tenho e minha vida. eu se q este evangelho e verdadeiro, e se q jesus cristo morreo e na crus por nossos, Ele e minha salvador e redentor, y eu sou muita obrigada de ser representante de Ele.

no tenho muito tempo mas los amo muito a todos e os extrano muito!!! y no te preoocupes por mi because i am having the time of my life!!! there is no where else in the world i would rather be than here serving the Lord!

muito amor
Sister Hair  

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Arrival e-mail to mom !!

Hola Mami!! 

ya llege aqui al ctm de Sao Paulo, el vuelo estuvo muy largo pero todo estuvo bien. gracias por todas las cartas q me dieron! me hicieron lloarar en el avion. Ya te extrano mucho pero yo se q todo va a estar bien y yo se q aqui es donde tengo q estar! 
durante todo el vuelo estuve con otros misioneros, al vuelo para altlanta me encontre con dos misioneros q se iban para bogota!! y habian 9 misioneros q vinieron conmigo a brasil.
estaba mirando todas las fotos q tome y en el avion me di quenta q deje todas las q tome anoche.
el ctm de aqui esta muy lindo, es grande y las camas son muy comfortable! bueno no tengo mucho tiempo por q solo es para decir te q llege bien y q te amo mucho mucho muchisisimo! tambien di le a todos q los quiero mucho.
te escrivio mas la proxima semana 
besos y abrazos 

Sister Hair 

y no puedo mandar fotos aqui en el ctm pero voy a mandar fotos cuando salgo al campo

Important information from the MTC President

Dear Parents,
Sister Swensen and I are very happy to let you know that your missionary has arrived safely at the Brazil Missionary Training Center...Your missionary will be able to e-mail home on Preparation Day after a morning at the Temple.  This will be either Wednesday or Friday, depending on individual assignments...

PLEASE DO NOT SEND PACKAGES to the Brazil Missionary Training Center. All packages must be sent directly to the mission where your missionary will be serving not the MTC. If you have already mailed a package to the Brazil MTC, please understand that the package cannot be forwarded to his or her mission and will be returned to you.
WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE SENDING HAND WRITTEN LETTERS.Please write your missionary´s first and last name. Your missionary will provide you with his district and box number. Also, please DO NOT SEND ANYTHING BY FEDEX, DHL, UPS, or other private carriers.  The cost to process this type of correspondence is exorbitant.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The drop off

Bittersweet day dropping off Jessica. She was glowing with happiness and only shed a few tears, mostly when saying goodbye to Joe because they won't see each other for three years. Other than that, the excitement she had to start this new adventure definitely allowed her to leave without looking back.  


Melanie (23)

Joe (17)

Ashley (13)

We will miss you but are so excited to live your adventure through your letters and pictures.