Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Oi para todos,

This was such a wonderful, spiritual week for me. My first week with my dearest Sister Ortiz!! Sister Ortiz is from El Salvador, she's very special to me because we knew each other in the CTM and always tried to communicate...in our mixed-up 3 languages hahaha. She is such a sweetheart, we're going home the same week, so this is both of ours' last transfer.
This week we worked super super hard, finding lots of new investigators and preparing Thiago for his baptism...we felt thatthis Sunday wasn't right, so we decided to remark his baptismal date for the 30th which is this Saturday. We think he'll be much more prepared...he chose Bishop Viana to baptize him, I know it will be such a beautiful beautiful service on Saturday!!

I love their family so so so so much, I feel at home when I'm with them ❤ The Lord seriously blesses me with a brazilian mother in each area, I am so so so grateful!!

It has been raining crazyyyy here, Tocantins weather in the 'winter' is like Utah weather... bipolar. 😊 

This weekend I read a pretty amazing talk from Elder Holland in the 2016 Liahona titled 'Knowing the Godhead', if you have a chance please read it, I absolutely loved it.

I think the paragraph that shook me was this:
[God] is real being, an actual person, literal Father of flesh and bone who speaks and sees and feels, who knows all His children’s names and all their needs, who hears all their prayers, and who wants all His children in His Church.
I testify of Elder Holland's words, that God truly does have a body of flesh and bone, I know that He is my Father, I know that He hears me and loves me and will always take care of me. I know that He blesses me when I keep His commandments.
I have never had a stronger love for my Father in Heaven than I have today. ❤
I hate email because there are some things that can only be expressed when I bear my testimony because I feel the Spirit!!! But I know that this work is the work of the Lord!! I know that through Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ restored His true Church here to the Earth. And I know this because every day as I study and pray about the Book of Mormon God tells me through His Holy Spirit that everything I say when I open my mouth is true.

I have never felt closer to my Savior than here. Because I feel Him and His angels at my side as I preach His word.

I love every one of you, thank you for your support. 💜
Sister Hill

Monday, January 18, 2016

We Are All Cockroaches

Oi gente!!

This week Sister Fernandes was my companion and it was just us 2 here in our area, kind of crazy because all of our work we were doing in name of the 2 companionships...but it was wonderful, I learned so much with this sweet sister that I love tons and tons.

I finished her training this week, so we say that I'm her 'stepmother' ;) haha it was so crazy watching The District over again, it's been soooo longgggg since I've watched it but it was amazing and I learned so much this week.

Thiago is a special 15-year-old boy, son of a recent-convert family...he went to church for the first time yesterday and will be baptized this Sunday, I'm so excited for him!! Please pray that everything works out. He is reading the Book of Mormon and receiving answers about who he is and his destiny as a son of God. He is such a good kid, I'm proud of him. He wanted to leave early before YMs yesterday but I didn't let him, I made him stay the entire time, and he finally left with a smile on his face because he knows that I wasn't gonna let him leave early haha. This week we gotta rush through the rest of the lessons but it's all gonna work out because with faith we can move mountains!!!!

This week I have been deeply studying a talk from last General Conference...and this talk has touched me so, so hard, I don't think I've ever been so deeply hit by a conference talk before.
It's called 'Remembering in Whom We Have Trusted' by Elder Allen D. Haynie, it is so so so so wonderful I cried through the whole thing because I felt like he was literally speaking to me.

I love what he says about repentance:

"I testify that the Savior wilnever turn away from us when we humbly seek Him in order trepent; will never consider us to be lost cause; will never say, “Oh no, not you again”; will never reject us becausof failure to understand how hard it is to avoid sin. He understands it all perfectly, including the sense of sorrowshame, and frustration that is the inevitable consequence of sin."
I can also testify that I know that the Savior's Atonement is real and it made repentance possible so that we could become as our Heavenly Father is, I know that it's true!! I know that the Atonement can literally change us if we seek to know our Savior better and seek to know the enabling power as well as the healing power of the Atonement.

Oh it is wonderful that He should care for me enough to die for me
Oh it is wonderful, wonderful to me!

I'm grateful for my mission.
Jesus Christ has changed me through my mission.

I love you all, thank you for supporting me in what has been the best thing for my life and eternity. 💜

Sister Hill

p.s. the sisters in Gurupi (my last area) surprised me with this t-shirt yesterday at the bus station that they made about our transfer there. we're all cockroaches hahahah cause there were always huge cockroaches running around in our house. :)

Monday, January 11, 2016

Luciana's Baptism

Yesterday we had Luciana's baptism, it was such a wonderful thing because in just a little over 2 weeks she has been preparing and preparing, she is so amazing and we had so much faith in her and even more than that, she believed in herself and truly used the Atonement of Jesus Christ in her life.
Truly seeing the change in her was such a testimony to me of Heavenly Father's love for us.

Sister Gimenez leaves me today 💔 and at the beginning of this transfer we had so many goals to baptize tons of people, even though we were opening the area together... and I'll be honest, 2 Sundays ago when I was playing the piano in sacrament meeting during the sacrament I couldn't help but cry because we were doing everything in our power to bring our investigators to church and we had 0 people in church that week.
But yesterday, reflecting on everything we passed through together these past 5 weeks, I felt that Luciana was our miracle.
ONE soul.

This week I've been pondering Alma 29 over and over and over again... because it got to a point that we had walked a ways to visit an investigator who flaked out on our appointment (about the billionth time that this happens #southamerica) and as we were walking to the other side of town I just looked up at the sky and asked 'Why don't they get it'.

Alma 29:1-2:

 that were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that might go forth anspeak with the trump of God, with voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people!
 Yea, would declare unto every soul, as with the voice othunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto ouGod, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth. 
I believe that in this moment, this is how I was feeling.
But Alma continues, in verse 9:
this is my glory, that perhaps may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.  
For us this transfer, Luciana was that 'some soul'. And seeing her pass through the repentance process was something wonderful to me. So wonderful to me.
Sister Gimenez has been an amazing example to me, and here in 3 hours we'll be at the bus station sending her off to Brasília which makes me super sad, Sister Pariona (Peruvian) will be leaving me too as she has also finished her mission... and as I'm sad that they'll be leaving me I know that the next month and a half will be wonderful as this is my last transfer of the mission 💜 For now, I'll be here with Sister Fernandes (brazilian<3) and we'll be working together this last week until next week when we pick up our new companions.
As I've been reflecting these days, I've been reflecting on how much I've changed and how I'm still changing every day that I spend here in the mission... and I've never felt so grateful for anything in my entire life than I feel about my mission. I'm so grateful for how my Savior has refined me, molded me, used me as an instrument in His hands to do amazing things that I never thought I was capable of doing... and more than that I've become a person that I never thought I was capable of becoming.
I thank my Heavenly Father every night in prayers for this incredible experience that HAS NOT BEEN EASY but has the best thing that I've ever done in my life.
These next 7 weeks are gonna be awesome.
I love you, THANK YOU for the support and the prayers and everything that every one of you has done for me to help me. Amo cada um de vocês com um amor imenso.
Até mais um pouco 😄😘

Sister Hill 💜💙😘🎼