MTC Mailing Address
Sister Kylie Peterson
Brazil Vitoria Mission
Provo Missionary Training Center
2005 N. 900 E.
Provo, UT 84604-1793

Mission Address:
Brazil Vitoria Mission
Avenida Joao Baptista Parra, 633
Salas 1501/1502
Edf. Enseada Office, Praia do Sua
29052-123 Vitoria - ES BRAZIL

Thursday, May 24, 2012

My dear sweet little family.
 I hate this computer. By the way. It is a little to hi-tech for me and
every word I type it is helping translate the word into English. to figure out out to make it stop. Stop. stop. Okay we
are good.

Anyways. So this week began with hippies!!! There are a group of
people here that the people of Brazil call Hippies. They have some
pretty awesome dreds, tattoos, and smell like marijuana. They travel
all over Brazil and live off of the money they get from selling
  jewelry they make. So we made friends with some that were visiting
Teofilo otoni. They had traveled from São Paulo to Minas by bike.
Which is a long long long ways away. They stopped in a bunch of cities
to sell their things and took baths in the rivers. They live in tents.
And basically just live. They earn enough to eat. And they just travel
and visit places all over Brazil and South America. Well, we made
friends with Tim, (pronounced chee) And I was talking to him about all
his travels and where he had been, and he was showing me his pictures
of Rio and some other places. I also bought a bracelet from him. He
told us he would make us a present. We came back the next day to chat
with him and he made us a ring with a star on it. Here in Brazil there
is a tradition of namarados (boyfriend/girlfriend) that they wear rings
of sliver on their right hand ring finger. So he made us this ring and
asked us if we accepted and of course we accepted. (I wonder how many
other girls in Brazil have this same ring he made ha ha) So it is
official. I now have a hippie boyfriend that is on his way to Bahia.
And I am determined to find him after the mission in the Amazon and
travel this half of the hemisphere with him on a tandem bicycle. He
also invited us to come and camp out with them. But we politely
declined. They were a cool bunch and it was fun talking to them. I was
trying to send pictures, but this computer is frustrating....I will next

This week, we marked another baptism with Jenifer a reference from a
member. She is super excited for baptism and had some really cool
spiritual experiences with her member friend! Yay for members. If all
goes well she´ll be baptized next month on day 9. Estefanie is
progressing really well. He is so elect! He still doesn't have
certainty about baptism and so we pushed back his date, but he will
get baptized and he will make an amazing member.

Transfers.....drum roll please. I will be transferred to who knows
where! Hallelujah! I am so grateful for the 9 months I have had on the
mission. 9 months I know - I cant believe it is half way over. It is
going by way way way tooo fast. But I am learning so much and I am
excited for a new area, new ward, and new companion! I hope everything
goes well! I will miss this little city here in Minas. It was a lot
harder leaving here than Vitoria. My last Sunday here we visited a
bunch of members and the day was filled with lots and lots of cheese
bread, cheese and cevada (type of Mormon coffee), (they eat cheese
like slices of bread with this drink. *gag*), and the brother of
cheese. Bet you didn't know cheese has a brother. In Minas Gerais there
is a whole family of cheese. But it was a wonderful Sunday. And I am
headed out tonight for another looooong bus ride to Espirito Santo.

I am ready and waiting for my new adventure to start this next transfer!

Love you all! Jealous I missed the black sun! And summer is just
around the corner! Yay for summer!


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Kylie's letter 5/14/2012

I am in the city of Téofilo Otoni, Minas Gerais. And here there are a bunch of different neighborhoods. Some are super nice and ritzy like the house I was in when I skyped. We live in this neighborhood. And we have a really  nice apartment, but you would never ever know because there have been countless years of elders living there. But it's liveable. And there aren't so many cockroaches now. The neighborhoods in our area are super duper poor. Like two room houses with a whole family, dirt floors, dirty everything. Kids wear the same clothes ever day etc. But these people are so happy! This city is famous for precious stones, people from all over the world come to buy the stones that are mined here. Minas is famous for cheese. Soccer is as popular here as it is in Vitoria just that people root for different teams. I am still trying to find my inner team--it is a toss up between Flamengos and Cruzeiros.

But this week:

Estefani - he is progressing super well, and is the investigator of gold. He was a reference from someone in the church and he and his family and constantly support Estefani and helping him integrate in the church and supporting him. This is how missionary work should be with the members. He is really searching and studying to know if this is right. He accepted the word of wisdom without hesitation and was asking about what music he should listen to. He also asked if he should play soccer on Sunday and we said no and explained why and he gave it up--which is HUGE for these Brazilians. Soccer and Sunday go together like Frosting and cake. He just needs a really strong spiritual experience and testimony builder. He has a date set for May 26

Random thing of the week  We always see these kites in the sky and they are little homemade kites from grocery bags. We were walking by a bunch of street boys flying these kites and we stopped to talk to them. All of the sudden they stopped talking to us and they started frantically pulling in the line and everyone was looking at the kites. Its a game they play here. They have kites with string with little miniscule pieces of glass they use to cute the other kites string and so with proper maneuvering the battle of the kites begins.  Their fingers get little cuts and bleed because of the string.
Also this week - spiritual thought. I was reading more about the church in the New Testament and 1 Cor 12 talks a lot about how the church is a body with Christ at the head. Paul goes on to talk about how the members make up the parts of the body, he talks about apostles and prophets, etc. At this point the reader is thinking - Oh I am just a member - I might be a part of the body, but definitely not something vital. To respond to this doubt Paul says in verse 12 that all the feeble parts are necessary. Thus I concluded I may just be a pinky toe in the body of the church, but everybody needs a pinky toe and I am going to be the best pinky toe this church has ever seen!

We are all important in the eyes of God. and we all have our own gifts and talents that are necessary in the building up of the kingdom!
 Love you so much!  


Monday, May 7, 2012

Kylie's letter 5/7/2012

My dearest of dear little family,

My favorite part of p-day is this little hour I have to sit at this computer and read your emails and send you emails. It is an hour filled with lots of love and happiness. I think the celestial kingdom will feel like this.

This week - the work here is ho hum. We are still teaching Joice and Merivauldo and family. They are not taking huge steps in progress but they are still interested. They haven't come to church the past three weeks, so we might have to cut them and move on...but I not going to give up on them yet.

We are also teaching Estefane - a reference from one of the members. He is super quiet, and very pensive and thoughtful, I think he will get baptized. He has been coming to church and doing the readings, but he won't accept a baptismal date because he doesn't feel ready....but I really like him.
He was a reference from Pedro, who when we came here was going through the repentance process, and he couldn't do anything--pray, speak in church, take the sacrament etc etc. But he stayed firm in the church. Now he is the president of the elders quorum and he is like a lion that has been kept in a cage way to long. He has a lot of fire in him and he is helping this branch a lot. It was really cool to me to see the repentance process and to see the thirst and hunger he has and all that he is doing. He has been helping us a ton - doing visits with us, he is teaching seminary now, he is also the step in missionary leader, and he has been helping us plan activities and carry them out with the youth here. It was a Testimony to me that the atonement of Jesus Christ is real. And it is so worth it, to go through the painful process of repentance to receive the new clean slate and to get to start over again. I love this gospel, every time I teach, it is another testimony to me that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us so much and he will provide us every possible opportunity to reach our full potential and live with Him again someday. We all have mansions and thrones waiting for us in the Celestial Kingdom, but it is up to us to get there. I know that every sacrifice, every trial we go through will all be worth it in the end.

Random happenings of the week:
- everyone here loves to help the lost missionaries find the street they are looking for. They will go way out of their way to help us and walk us to the location we are looking for. They are way helpful to the point it is a little bit frustrating. But when we are ready to stop looking for a bogus address that someone gave us, these die hard Brazilians will walk with us and knock on every door to find this address that doesn't exist. Well, on one of these days, we had an old man, 102 years old, walk with us to help us find a street. We didn't even ask him but he told us he would take us there, and what would have been a 10 min. walk ended up being 45 min. It was well worth it though - he rambled about all the people he knew in every single house. These mineiros just love to help.
- the other day we clapped on a door of an old man who played the accordion. He played and sang for us. He was the first catholic I have met that has read the bible (3 times no less) and liked and accepted other religions. It was so fun to listen to and watch him play! I took a video of him and I will try to send it.

Love you all!! Cant wait to talk to you next Sunday too!!!!


The pics are of some of the widows here that I love so much. They say the funniest things. One of them commented about the Pearl of Great Price (in Portuguese it is the Pearl of Great Value) and she said she didn't really like the book and didn't think it had very much value. The other one always strokes our stomachs and tells sister J she is losing weight and I am gaining. There's a pic of some vultures eating a dog. and a pic of the green beautiful hills of Minas, and the accordion man. oh and there is a pic of me in front of a gym rec center appropriately names scorpions.... this area is full of them.    Enjoy