Sister Mariah McCrea's Contact Information:

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Ukraine Physical Address (For Postal Mail and Packages):

Sister Mariah Sargent McCrea
Ukraine Dnepropetrovsk Mission
Karla Marksa 27A 5th Floor

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Elder Mitchell McCrea's Contact Information:


Brazil Physical Address (For Postal Mail and Packages):

Elder Mitchell McCrea
Brazil Belem Mission
Av. Navare, 532 Sala 412 4 Andar
Navare Royal Trade Center
66040-143 Belem-PA

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Mitchell, week 43, Tapana

Alright.... I don't have much time as always.... But I am doing GREAT!!! Sorry some words are stuck together. This space bar doesn't work that great. But wow I am doing great! I am seeing tons of miracles in my life! I learning so much!! Not sure if y'all know but my companion is as old as you can get here on the mission! He hit his 2 year mark 2 days ago. He wanted to stay one more transfer before going back home. He is "dying" but still working. We have a lot of words we say on a mission. like dying, killing, son/daughter (when you train a new missionary), father/Mother (the missionary that trained you) I will also get the privilege to "kill" Elder Rodrigues. Hahah So as of right now I have "killed" Elder Hoch and now Elder Rodrigues. But we are working great!! He is definitely helping me with Portuguese!

But here are a few things that's happened lately..... 

FABIO BAPTISM!!! Gosh he is such a great STUD! I can see him serve a mission later when he hits 18 or so. But that's his mom! Gosh his family is GREAT! I love them!! Hopefully the rest of the family will follow his example and our Savior to enter the covenant of Baptism. :D But that night was also the ward activity of TACACÀ!!! IT IS SOOO GOOD! I really don't even know how to explain how they made it or what it tastes like! But its SOOOOO GOOD! You eat the shrimp and bamboo and then drink the liquid! GOSH I LOVE BRASIL AND PARÀ!!!! 

One of the new members in our ward has a rain forest looking back yard. GOSH ITS AWESOME!!!! Their house is made all of wood and is on stilts. Alright so the first time in my mission I broke a bridge that some of the streets have. I haven't gained weight...  (I have lost like 2 more kilos here in this area) I just wasn't thinking when I walked over the weak part of the bridge. HAHAH IT was hilarious. Plus it's even more hilarious that they told me that many of the American missionaries have broken parts of this bridge. LOL! But yea I am officially in the rain forest now! Raining every day as normal and gets pretty hot as well too..... Also soon its Açai season! :D And the tall skinny trees that are shown below are açai tress!! :D In June/July is when they climb the trees and cut off the açai! They told us that when the season comes we can come over and drink some AÇAI!!! HECK YEAAAA!!!!!
I am running out of time as usual. But I know that this gospel is true and blesses families for eternity! I know that I have been called by God to serve here because there are people waiting to be blessed by the message that I share with my companions. I sure do love my family so much and I know they are receiving blessings while my sister is in Ukraine and I am in Brasil serving a mission! I know that this church is the Church of Jesus Christ restored with the same organisation of a Prophet and 12 Apóstles and that Jesus Christ is the headstone of this church (Ephesians 2:20). I hope y'all are having a great day today and a UTIMO (awesome) week this week. E Até MAIS! (and until next time)
-Elder McCrea

p.s.- YOU!! Yea you.... if your reading this can you please send me a card or something. I promise that if you write me a card that once I get it I will respond back to ya. (Something to keep in mind that, I am on the amazon.... So if I take long to respond its either I haven't gotten your card or your card is on the way) But It really does mean the world to me if when I get letters!!!! Thanks to y'all that have sent a letter to me! Love ya! 

Mariah, week 48, Poltava

I have 101 stories to tell this week and only 30 minutes to tell them.

Okay so ready... GO!

Monday, after internet and shopping for food necessities, Sister Patterson and I met with our favorite member of the Poltava branch and ate at McDonalds! (Yes -- they have McDonalds in Ukraine.) It was my... 3rd time? maybe? eating at a Ukrainian-ized Micky-D's. Just so you know, it's waaaay different than a McDonald's in America. Everything is Ukrainian-ized English -- which means that everything on the menu is spelt in Ukrainian, but if you sound it out, you say something that sounds close to "chicken nuggets" or "McShake". It's sooo funny! I didn't get a burger... but I just couldn't leave without having a good, classic American chocolate shake and fries. 

Fun fact: Ukrainians don't like sweet and salty things together. The member who went with us to McDonalds made a face as Sister Patterson and I were both enjoying dipping fries into our shakes and eating them. We actually got her to try it herself, but she wasn't a fan. Oh well... she'll be converted someday!

This week was also a legendary moment in the history of the Dnepropetrovsk Ukraine mission. For the first time ever, President van Bruggen and Sister van Bruggen (my mission president and his wife) hosted the first ever Sister Missionary Conference! It was so fun to meet all the sister missionaries again, sisters that I hadn't seen for a while (LIKE SISTER SUMMERS WHO WAS IN THE MTC WITH ME AND I HADN'T SEEN FOR PRETTY MUCH OUR ENTIRE MISSION!) and new sisters who I hadn't gotten a chance to meet yet. 

The meeting though was so good! It was a solid 6+ hours of spiritual learning conversation with President and Sister van Bruggen, Elder Lichtenburg and Elder Krook (the APs) and all 19 sister missionaries of the mission. 

-- Sister Patterson, Sister Summers, Sister Meyers, me, Sister Garff -- we were all in the MTC together! -- and Sister Merishinchenko (who just wanted to be in the picture with us haha)
And that's pretty much all the time I have for this week. Just know that this next week is going to be crazy because Sister Patterson is off in Estonia on her visa renewal trip... which means that I'm with a different sister -- Sister Frank. And since her companion, Sister Esplin, is also off on her visa trip, we're going to be taking care of both of our areas -- which just so happen to be 4 or so hours apart from one another. Yup, so half of our week will be spent in Dneper Left Bank and the other half will be in lovely Poltava. So stay tuned for the adventures that will happen to us this next week!

And okay I literally have <2 minutes left. So enjoy this verse that I liked this week from Alma 5:7.
Behold, he changed their hearts; yea, he awakened them out of a deep sleep, and they awoke unto God. Behold, they were in the midst of darkness; nevertheless, their souls were illuminated by the light of the everlasting word; yea, they were encircled about by the bands of death, and the chains of hell, and an ever lasting destruction did await them.
Sister McCrea

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mitchell, week 42, Tapana

- The army was doing practices in the city of Marabá for 1 month before they head to Haiti. So many times during the day we saw them walking through the city with their practice guns and doing practices. 

- With their zone leaders we helped out big bom, a member that has a family restaurant. helped them clean some tables and chairs. 

- Family of Aradenie. WE dumped out their coffee when we taught them word of wisdom. She and the family drinks TONS of coffee before. But now they are doing so GREAT! The middle daughter got baptized last Saturday from what I heard from the elders there in Marabá.

 The service we did at the house of Aradenie.

the service we did. The front of her house

Post pictures of Aradenie house

Elder Cruz (leader of zone) 'a little mad.'

The shell and the nuts inside a casing know as the cashew of Pará. The state I am in right now

a member in Marabá - Crisline. She is preparing for a mission

Fabio/Celia. A awesome family!

Herbe - a member that is great! Preparing for a mission!!


Crisline and her mom

Aradenie and her 2 daughters and Julie (niece.)

Mariah, week 47, Poltova

When your hair is longer than your shorts -- you have a problem.

It suddenly got hot here in Poltava during the past week. Well, maybe not as hot as it is in Laredo, Texas right now (I'm guessing that it's starting to brim the 100 F mark everyday now?) But it's been 30-ish Celsius almost everyday for the past week... and it's not a dry heat like it is in Texas. It's this foreign nasty humid heat that I totally forgot about and am not used to at all. #help All I know is that I'm in dire need of some summer-approved skirts and shirts because the clothes I will probably die/melt with the clothes that I have right now.

In other news: the internet cafe that I'm in right now smells like Trix cereal! Oh how I miss those rainbow fruit cocktail-ey tasting cereal balls... I've been getting some blasts from my American past this past week. There are so many perks of being a companion of Sister Patterson! Her family sent her peanut butter in the mail a few transfers ago and I've totally been indulging and taking advantage of the peanut butter that is in the cupboard. Her family also sent her a box of Mexican food and we've been slowly working our way through the box's contents. A few weeks ago, we made salsa!!! WHICH WAS SO GOOD AND HEAVENLY! And this week, after I made some homemade tortillas -- we made chicken fajita tacos... and I seriously don't even know how I'm alive right now. I thought I died and went back to Texmexican heaven...

But enough of that. This week was really fun and eventful. (I'm actually trying to keep track of all the adventures we get ourselves into so I have something to account for at the end of the week heheh.) Our week was filled with crazy heat, crazy football/soccer fans, crazy amazing people who we met off the street and even a crazy random almost-hurricane rain storm (not joking). BUT TODAY IS SISTER PATTERSON'S AND MINE (MY/I's) 11-MONTH MARK ON OUR MISSION! We're going to be celebrating the day by going to McDonalds and baking a cake (from a boxed cake mix) with our favorite member. :3

HOORAY FOR TEMPLE TRIPS! This week was the Dnepropetrovsk Mission's turn to go to the Kiev Temple! So all/most of the Poltava branch, as well as church members in other cities in the mission, were gone for the week for a spiritual vacation! It was kind of sad for us missionaries (because the members who were most likely to help us out on lessons were gone for the week) BUT it was so cool that they got to go and make the trip up to Kiev!! It's so admirable that most of the people here don't have a chance to go to a temple very often because it's so far away. They take time out away from work and school to be able to go to the temple for a week and do special sacred saving ordinances for their ancestors. The more time that I spend here in Ukraine, the more heroes I have. The members of Церковь Иисуса Христа Святых Последих Дней (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) in Ukraine really do have a strong, special testimony that is one of a kind than anywhere else in the world. I've heard so many different amazing conversion stories and heard so many rock-solid testimonies that I won't dare question them.

So once upon a time there were two big rival football teams. These two teams were from Kiev and Kharvov and because all the political nonsense that's going on they decided to come play in the little town of Poltava. 

SNAP I ONLY HAVE LESS THAN 2 MINUTES LEFT!!!!!!! jarekljerjklwjrkwejrwkl I can't finish my e-mail. But to close -- I love my mission and my time here is so precious. But my message is so worth it and I can't wait to share it with all of Poltava!

xoxo Sister McCrea

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mariah, week 46, Poltava


Greetings from a shady internet cafe! :D I am currently sitting on a chair which seat isn't connected/bolted to the chair legs and typing on a keyboard with keys that stick, doesn't work well and feels... really gross and nasty feeling. :|
I don't even know. All I know is that I'm def gonna be in dire need of some hand-sanz after this. And after my mission, I don't think I'll ever step foot in a gaming internet cafe again! :) I probably won't make it out of here today without contracting some kind of contagious airborne viral disease or something. #ukraine4thewin

Anyway! All is well in Poltava, Ukraine. Hopefully the weather is done being weird and bi-polar. There has been days where it's raining and cold (like in the 10's Celsius) and then the next day is fully of sunshine and wonderful 20-degree (I think that's like 70-ish degrees in Fahrenheit?) weather. 

But lol like I'm really going to be talking about the weather this week. THIS WEEK WAS... GREAT. Kinda. Sister Patterson and I have been hitting the streets hard everyday this week, on the search for new investigators. And thanks to Sister Petersen (our lovely Sister Training Leader) who came to visit us from Kremenchuk this week, we were able to pass out seventeen Books of Mormon to seventeen lovely people. Which, if my memory serves me correctly, is a record for me in a week. But enough of my bragging.

This week... or yesterday, I was able to talk with my mummy and daddy! On Skype! (Thank you technology!) Which was -- if I can be honest -- the weirdest thing ever. Forget the fact that that will be the last time that I'll actually be able to talk with them before I'll be back home come Christmas. (I haven't got my 6-month call, so I'm not 100% completely sure yet.) Anyway, it was so weird. But I didn't cry. #phew  And Sister Patterson and I had a chocolate pancake feast with some peanut butter (SHOUT-OUT THANK YOU TO SISTER PATTERSON'S FAMILY!!!) which was a good way to top off the day.

So this week's picture is of the Ukrainian version of the classic American campfire dessert -- the S'more. How do you make this said Ukrainian Смьор? Easy. 
  1. Find yourself some delicious Dominic chocolate-backed cookies and marshmallows (only found at your local neighborhood АТБ).
  2. Light the fire. Or if you're in Ukraine, light your stove.
  3. Pull out a fork and stick one of those lovely marshmallows on that said end of the fork.
  4. Roast that baby to your liking and heart's content, and be sure to have a Dominic cookie at the ready.
  5. Once your marsh is nice and toasty, slap it on the chocolate side of the Dominic and ENJOY!

This week's spiritual thought is from Alma 5: 26-27

"And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now? 

Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God? Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble? That your garments have been cleansed and made white through the blood of Christ, who will come to redeem his people from their sins?"

So what do these verses mean in the mind of Sister McCrea? Well, first, these verses are going out to all those people who are already members of the church. When Alma's asking "can you feel so now?" he's basically asking, "Do you still have strong testimony? Can you remember why you know the church is true?" Then he goes on to saying, "have you been taking advantage of the Atonement of Christ? Have you been repenting and trying to strengthen your faith?"

And that's what I want to challenge everyone who reads this message to do. Where does your testimony stand? Where is your faith? 

I know that the message that I share with people here in Poltava is true. I wouldn't be here if I wasn't. And I type these things in the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN!

Sister McCrea

Mitchell, week 41, Tapana


Hey I don't have much time right now. We are rushing it today. I sent will send 2 pictures with this email but it takes a long time to upload it and plus its risky because I don't wanna get viruses. But I love it here in Tapanã, Belém! I probably wont be able to take as much pictures of the city in the open and all because its a little more risky here in Belém. But it's great!! I am so happy I had the chance to take to my parents yesterday. I am so glad they are doing great and healthy! But wow I miss Marabá so much!! I heard that Larrisa (the middle daughter of Aradenie) got baptized last Saturday, and Aradenie and the rest of the family will follow soon. Also this week Claudio and Kayla will get married and baptized!! :D HECK YEA!!!! I cant wait to see those pictures. But wow the last day I was in Marabá I had a awesome experience! A man comes up to me while we were on the bus and asked what is my duty or work here in Marabá. I explained what I do and about missionary work and how we don't get paid anything and we actually pay our way these 2 years as we are away from our family! He was really surprised I would do that. Kinda funny he actually told a lady that was standing next to us this.... "Hey do you know what this young man does..... he is a missionary.... and he gets paid nothing and leaves his family for 2 years and pays his way!" Gosh it was great and awesome!!! But I set a appointment up for him the next day and he is just elite plus married and has a daughter! He is golden! I hope the elders there got the chance to teach him and all! :) 

But I love it here in Belém! I am in a neighborhood named Tapanã. It's a ward here and gosh its so weird to walk down one road and see like 2-3 members in the same road. Plus it's different that it rains like every day!! Usually after lunch. It's actually raining while I am writing this email right now. But gosh I love it here! Plus my companion is great!! Elder Rodrigues. He is from São Paulo and has over 2 years on his mission. He decided to stay one more transfer after his 2 year mark, he is great! Helping me out so much with my Portuguese and I am actually helping him out in English! But he actually knows tons of English! But he is just such a great guy!!! 

Elder Branco and I (in Marabá) did like a 5 hour service project cleaning and cutting the front and back yard of the house of Aradenie. It was a great day and she definitely was grateful we helped her out! :D (btw, only she and her 3 daughters live there)

I am really sad I left Maraba but the memories and people will always be in my heart and I am grateful I had the chance to serve there and also right now in Tapanã!. I know I am called by God to serve here and help the people here in Tapanã now. I know this Gospel is true and this is the work of the Lord! Also I am grateful I'm part of the 80 thousand missionaries world wide serving a mission with the same purpose, receiving not one cent and helping families for eternity!  There is no other church that does this with young adults from ages 18-25. I love this work and I love my family so much!!! Remember to always smile and count your MANY blessings!!!
Ate maís! 
Elder McCrea

Elder Branco and I (in Marabá) did like a 5 hour service project cleaning and cutting the front and back yard of the house of Aradenie. It was a great day and she definitly was greatful we helped her out! :D (btw, only she and her 3 daugters live there)

Herbe (A member in Marabá) hosted a farewell party for me and another elder that was leaving in Maraba that week. WE had tons of members and investigators that night. It was just a great night and tons of memories! :D 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Mitchell, week 40, Marabá

Weekly letter :D

HEYYY!!! Well this week was transfers! :O And guess what????? I got transferred to the city of Cabanagem in the area of Tamapá. My new companion is Elder M. Rodriguez. I leave this Wednesday by airplane. I hope my luggage is not too overweight. But it kinda stinks I will miss the marriage of Brother Claudio and Sister Kayla and also the baptism of Sister Aradenie and her daughters!! GOSH IT STINKS!! But that's the missionary's life..... To plant the seeds and for some other missionary to grab it when its ready. But yeah I am kinda excited the 1st time in my mission that I am actually in Belém. I am in a neighborhood that's a bit far, but still in the city of Belém, from what I know. But about talking this Sunday. I am pretty sure it will be after lunch. I don't know who in my new area will have a computer and all, but I am sure I will talk to y'all after our lunch. But I think we are only 2 hours difference. I don't know what time the church service there in my new area is but I will try to get it around 4-6pm my time. When I get to a computer I will get on this email 1st and send y'all a email when I am online. 

I think that's a about it for this letter. I am a bit sad that I am leaving Marabá! I love it here!! But again this is the missionaries life! Nothing big has happened lately. I am just excited for something new in my missionary experience. I hope everything is well with y'all and Just be ready to talk around 16-18H (my time) or 12-14 (your time) 

Again sorry this letter is short. I just hope when we get to skype we can talk and just have a great time together!! I will be writing stuff down what we need to talk about in my planner. But I sure do love y'all so much!!! Thanks for everything! :D 

BIG O`l HUGS!!!!! and some kisses for you mom! :P

Mariah, week 45, Poltava

We Are Daughters of Our Heavenly Father

I read this General Conference talk during personal study a few months ago and this topic -- of remembering that I'm a daughter of God -- has been on my mind a lot lately. And even though this talk is directed towards young women, I felt inspired to share it with you all. xoxo

We Are Daughters of Our Heavenly Father

Recently Released Young Women General President

As daughters of God we are each unique and different in our circumstances and experiences. And yet our part matters—because we matter.


Every week young women all over the world repeat the Young Women theme. No matter the language, each time I hear these words, “We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we love Him,”1 the Spirit affirms to my soul that they are true. It is not only an affirmation of our identity—who we are—but also an acknowledgment of whose we are. We are daughters of an exalted being!
In every country and on every continent, I have met confident, articulate young women, filled with light, refined by hard work and trial, possessing pure and simple faith. They are virtuous. They are covenant keepers who “stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places.”2 They know who they are and that they have a significant role to play in building the kingdom of God.
When I was in college, I was a member of the BYU International Folk Dancers. One summer our group had the unique privilege to tour the missions in Europe. It was a difficult summer for me because a few months earlier my father had unexpectedly passed away. While we were in Scotland, I felt especially alone and became discouraged. We danced at a chapel that night, and then after our performance we went next door to the mission home. As I proceeded up the walk, I saw a stone placed in a well-kept garden by the gate. On it I read the words, “What-e’er thou art, act well thy part.” At that moment those words went deeply into my heart, and I felt the powers of heaven reach out and give me a message. I knew I was known by a loving Heavenly Father. I felt I was not alone. I stood in that garden with tears in my eyes. “What-e’er thou art, act well thy part.” That simple statement renewed my vision that Heavenly Father knew me and had a plan for my life, and the spirit I felt helped me understand that my part mattered.
Later I learned that this saying had once motivated the prophet David O. McKay while he was serving as a young missionary in Scotland. He had seen it on a stone on a building at a discouraging time in his life and on his mission, and the words lifted him. Years later as the building was being torn down, he made arrangements to obtain the stone and had it placed in the garden at the mission home.3
As daughters of God we are each unique and different in our circumstances and experiences. And yet our part matters—because we matter. Our daily contributions of nurturing, teaching, and caring for others may seem mundane, diminished, difficult, and demeaning at times, and yet as we remember that first line in the Young Women theme—“We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us”—it will make all the difference in our relationships and our responses.
Recently my magnificent 92-year-old mother passed away. She left this mortal existence as she had lived—quietly. Her life was not what she had planned. Her husband, my father, passed away when he was 45, leaving her with three children—me and my two brothers. She lived 47 years as a widow. She supported our family by teaching school during the day and teaching piano lessons at night. She cared for her aging father, my grandfather, who lived next door. She made sure that each of us received a college education. In fact, she insisted on it so that we could be “contributors.” And she never complained. She kept her covenants, and because she did, she called down the powers of heaven to bless our home and to send miracles. She relied on the power of prayer, priesthood, and and his divine role will be reflected and perhaps amplified in your daughter’s attitudes and behavior.
What is that part we must all “act well”? The family proclamation is clear:
“By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. …
“We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God.”6
In the decadent society of Mormon’s time, he lamented that the women were robbed of that which was most dear and precious above all—their virtue and chastity.7
Again I renew the call for a return to virtue. Virtue is the strength and power of daughters of God. What would the world be like if virtue—a pattern of thought and behavior based on high moral standards, including chastity8—were reinstated in our society as a most highly prized value? If immorality, pornography, and abuse decreased, would there be fewer broken marriages, broken lives, and broken hearts? Would media ennoble and enable rather than objectify and degrade God’s precious daughters? If all humanity really understood the importance of the statement “We are daughters of our Heavenly Father,” how would women be regarded and treated?
Several years ago, as this Conference Center was being built and nearing completion, I entered this sacred building on the balcony level in a hard hat and safety glasses, ready to vacuum the carpet that my husband was helping to install. Where the rostrum now stands was a front-end loader moving dirt, and the dust in this building was thick. When it settled, it did so on the new carpet. My part was to vacuum. And so I vacuumed and vacuumed and vacuumed. After three days my little vacuum burned up!
The afternoon before the first general conference in this beautiful building, my husband called me. He was about to install the last piece of carpet—under this historic pulpit.
He asked, “What scripture should I write on the back of this carpet?”
And I said, “Mosiah 18:9: ‘Stand as [a witness] of God at all times and in all things, and in all places.’”
In an extremely challenging world, that is what I see young women and women of this Church doing. They are an influence for good. They are virtuous and exemplary, intelligent and industrious. They are making a difference because they are different. They are acting well their part.
Years ago when I was vacuuming this carpet—trying to act well my small part—I didn’t realize that I would one day stand with my feet on the carpet under this pulpit.
Today as a daughter of God, I stand as a witness that He lives. Jesus is the Christ. He is our Redeemer. It is through His infinite atoning sacrifice that I will one day return to live with Him—proven, pure, and sealed in an eternal family. I shall ever praise Him for the privilege of being a woman, a wife, and a mother. I testify that we are led by a prophet of God, President Thomas S. Monson, and I am grateful for righteous men, whose and I am grateful for righteous men, whose priesthood power blesses my life. And I shall ever be grateful for the strength I receive through the enabling power of the Savior’s infinite Atonement as I continue to strive to “act well [my] part.” In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.