Monday, May 16, 2016


Matthew 16: 25-26
 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

My time in Brazil has come to an end. I have loved every second of my mission and have grown and learned so much.
I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is true and I know that it has to power to change lives- no matter how hurt, lost, or far away the person is. The gospel has the power to bring every soul back to our Celestial home. 

I am forever grateful for the people I have met and the chance I had to get to know the Savior a little better. 

Thanks for all your support and love!! I love you all. 

See you all soon. 

-Sis Lloyd

Monday, May 9, 2016


Happy Mother´s Day to all the lovely moms out there!!! (Especially to my mom, who is the best.) 

This week I´m going to share something I studied this week that I liked a lot. It´s out of the Teachings of Presidents of the Church David O. Mckay. In one of the chapters he tells this story: 

``There is an old story... which told of the experience of a great artist who was engaged to paint a mural for the cathedral in a Sicilian town. The subject was the life of Christ. For many years the artist labored diligently, and finally the painting was finished except for the two most important figures, the Christ Child and Judas Iscariot. He searched far and wide for models for those two figures. 
 One day while walkng in an old part of the city he came upon some children playing in the street. Among them was a twelve-year-old boy whose face stirred the painter´s heart. It was the face of an angel - a very dirty one, perhaps, but the face he needed. 
The artist took the child home with him, and day after day the boy sat patiently until the face of the Christ Child was finished. 
But the painted failed to find a model for Judas. For years, haunted by the fear that his masterpiece would remain unfinished, he continued his search. 
One afternood, in a tavern, the painter saw a gaunt and tattered figure stagger across the threshold and fall to the floor, begging for a glass of wine. The painted lifted him up and looked into a face that startled him. It seemed to bear the marks of every sin of mankind. 
´Come with me,` the painter said, ´I will give you wine, food, and clothing.´ 
Here at last was his model for Judas. For many days and parts of many nights the painter worked feverishly to complete his masterpiece. 
As the work went on, a change came over the model. A strange tension replaced the stuporous languor, and his bloodshot eyes were fixed with horror on the painted likeness of himself. One day, perceiving his subject´s agitation, the painter paused in his work, saying ´My son, I´d like to help you. What troubles you so?´ 
The model sobbed and burried his face in his hands. After a long moment he lifted pleading eyes to the old painter´s face. 
`Do you not then remember me? Years ago I was your model for the Christ Child!``

President Mckay then goes on to explain that ``man has a natural body and a spiritual body`` He talks about the importance to nuture our spiritual body and not our natural one. At the end of the chapter he goes on to state, ``The true end of life is not mere existence, not pleasure, not fame, not weath. The true purpose of life is the perfection of humanity through individual effort, under the guidance of God´s inspiration. 

I am so very grateful to my mother for teaching me about God and to always seek His guidance and counsel so that He can make more of me than I ever could alone. Abraham Lincoln said it perfectly exactly how I feel about my mom, 

``All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.``

Love you all!!! 

Have a great week! 

-Sis Lloyd

Monday, May 2, 2016

Letícia was baptized!!!

Little Letícia was baptized on saturday!! 

It was super special. She was scared because this week it cooled off a ton and the church doesnt have a water heater, so she was baptized in cold water. After her baptism, her sister asked if she was happy and without missing a beat, wrapped up in her blanket, she said ``NO!`` but yesterday as she was being confirmed a member, her smile from ear to ear told a different story. During sacrament, she asked me for a Book of Mormon to give to her cousin and started marking all of her favorite parts for him to read. She asked me what part to mark and I told her ``let him read this part and when he finishes you can mark another one```and she said ``but he lives far away! So we have to mark a lot for him to read!!`` It was so cute. She also has a piggy bank that shes started to save up her money to go on a mission. I love her to death!! 

Also, my companion Sister Lopes, was sick last week and this week too. She has a virus that is transmitted through misquitos, called Chikungunya. The virus causes a ton of pain in the joints and aches in the whole body. The virus also stays in your body for a year or a year and a half, and every month has some kind of symptom that attacks. The worst part is the sickness is new so the doctors don´t know exactly what to do to treat it. But we´re doing everything we can to treat it!  

So I dont have much more to share with you all. But I know that everything happens for a reason and that Heavenly Father is very mindful of all of our needs. He takes care of us in His time, and I know that His timing is perfect. 

Love you all!! 

-Sister Lloyd