Monday, April 17, 2017

"Finishers Wanted"- Thomas S Monson

Mais uma vez...

Oh how I LOVE being here in Recife.  But I could´ve been called to anywhere in the world and still would miss it in the end because it´s the fact that I was called to be a representative of Jesus Christ that has made me love being here so much.  But it´s not over yet- and finishers are needed in the world! I want to be one of them!

This week Sister Seiuli twisted her ankle as we were walking quickly to a teaching appointment.  We had to go to the hospital and we basically stayed inside this whole week from Wednesday to Sunday.  Luckily she fell close to Bishop´s house so they could help us out.  I love the people of Brasil! They were so helpful in callign the neighbors to help us out to move Sister Seiuli out of the middle of the street.  Brasil knows charity.  I´m so grateful that I have gotten to know so many Christlike people here.

This week Thiago Félix was also baptized!  He’s a member’s cousin and he has been so prepared to be baptized!  He´s an incredible young man and will be a future leader of this church for sure!  He was confirmed on Easter Sunday- how special!! 🐰🌸🌺

I hope you all had a wonderful and renewing Easter.  We were able to have a Family Home Evening last night with some members, recent converts and investigators and we just did a study about Jesus Christ.  Everyone shared a scripture that they loved about Christ´s life.  Every scripture shared was an act of charity and love.  It was so interesting.  We closed it off by watching the video that ya’ll can find on at this moment called, "Prince of Peace."  On my mission I have learned that we can come to know Jesus Christ.  I was able to have my last interview with President and Sister Bigelow this week and they were both very special and spiritual moments for me, so I won’t comment on exactly what was said, but I was able to receive a blessing from my mission president and a great talk with his wife about the future and getting to know Jesus Christ.  I just want to leave you all with my testimony that I know Christ lives.  I know that his invitation to come and follow Him is not a joke.  It´s a real invitation.  We can truly come unto Him and feel closer to him each day that we exercise faith and repent of our sins- daily.  I know that baptism and receiving the gift of The Holy Ghost is essential to entering into our loving Eternal Father´s presence.  He loves us so much.  We are His Family.  Before we were born, he knew us, for he created us.  He sent His Only Begotten son to live a life devoted to save us and to do the will of The Father. He partook of the bitter cup so that we don´t have to if we repent and keep His commandments.

I love my Savior.  

I thank my Heavenly Father for letting me participate in His work- in the gathering of Israel- in these the last days.  I’ve seen lives change.  I’ve seen people literally move.  I’ve seen the Atonement of Jesus Christ better the lives of all who want it and who are ready to accept it and to cherish it.  I’ve found a few of God´s prepared people and I know there are more to find this week and throughout my whole life.

I love you all and am so grateful for your support, letters, packages, emails, and prayers! I´m so lucky to have all you as my friends and family!  I will be back on home next Wednesday.  Those who are still on a mission for awhile- love. every. moment. 

With so much love from Recife,
Sister Garrick 
Missão Brasil Recife🐚🌴🌎⚽

Being a missionary makes me smile :)

It was a struggle for her to take a shower hahaha

Reunião de Zona


more fish

our hair cuts!

Shout-out to Sandro for the placa de carro for my family´s collection hahaha

Thiago´s baptism!!! (Sister Seiuli´s hand sign) (Samoan?)

Emerson, Sister Seiuli and I sang at Thiago´s baptism! 
Feel free to watch- Emerson canta bem! 

Easter Sunday

Wednesday, April 12, 2017



Hey, this week was super GREAT!  Carlos was baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints!  And to top it all off- his best friend of all-time baptized him! It was way special.  Fast and testimony meeting was also such a spiritual experience and I was able to feel a lot of love for the Rio Doce ward and feel that they love Sister Seiuli and I back as well. :)  We are both so grateful to be able to be here and see miracles happen every day.

This week I ate a lot of seafood.  From codfish to squid to mussels - oh my! It´s good... It was prepared well.. I mean we live on the OCEAN amiright??  But I don´t think I´m converted yet... haha.

I don´t have time for more!  Love ya’ll!

Until next week,

Sister Garrick

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Well hello there!

Surprise!! I didn’t write on Monday... sorry... because today we are going to the RECIFE TEMPLE!!! Woop Woop!🎉 Our P-days switched.  This past weekend- wasn’t it just THE BEST! I loved Elder Ballard´s talk about objectives and plans.  (At least I think that´s how it translates). 

Let´s see if the themes I got from Conference match with yall´s:
The Holy Ghost
Eternal Families
Family History
Teach your children the gospel in the home
What is faith
THE ATONEMENT/the life of Christ

This week I have been able to reflect upon the Atonement.  I realized I’ve been saying it/teaching it all wrong.  The Atonement isn’t just an event.  It´s Jesus Christ´s life.  HE came to the earth to do the will of the father.  He is the condescension of God.  He is a God who voluntarily descended to our earth to partake of the bitter cup, serve us, and save us as we readily repent and use HIS life to save our own.  Through my study of His life in the scriptures and in "The Living Christ" I have only begun to know my Savior a little bit more and understand how much HE and our Father in Heaven truly and infinitely love us.  Let us accept the invitation to repent so he can clean us.  He has the power to cure us. 

19 And no unclean thing can enter into his kingdom; therefore nothing entereth into his rest save it be those who have washed their garments in my blood, because of their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end.
20 Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day.

(3 Nephi 27:19-20)

Sister Garrick

#PríncipedaPaz #PRINCEofPEACE

We got really rained on last night and SIster Seilui walked home with plastic bags on her feet and head and bag haha and we made our Sunday lunch :)  I´m learning Brazilian recipes....visse? ;)

as fotos da conferencia de zona