Yep, this week was Christmas! I hope yours was a good one! Mine was. After waking up in my new pj’s that I bought on Segunda-feira (Monday), we started our day like normal, with scripture study. A cool thing I learned this week is that the Book of Revelations in the Bible is called Apocolipse in Portuguese! (Yes it is spelled with an “i” not a “y”) Cool right?
After our studies, we went out walking the (empty) streets looking for contacting opportunities. For lunch, we were invited to share a delicious turkey/chicken meal (I’m not really sure which it was) with a family in our ward. After lunch we decided to sing some Christmas carols for anyone on the street who wanted to hear. Then we headed to the chapel to talk to our families via Skype. That was great. I was glad to talk to my family and was excited to talk to Sister Lewis’ family as well.
Back at our apartment we had Christmas dinner, a pizza. (I’m sure it was the best Christmas dinner ever! Oven cooked pizza!). We took ourselves out for dessert, a couple Portuguese pastries. We stayed out for a while longer then returned home. Nothing very eventful but amazing.
One let down this week. The baptism of Idel that we were hoping for didn’t happen. A couple of complications made it so that the baptism could not go forward. But I know that it will happen, whether I’m here or not.
This morning was our preparation day. We travelled to the city of Belém which is across the bay from our city of Miratejo. We saw several well-known tourist sites. First we went to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos or Monument to the Discoveries. If you look closely I’m sure you’ll recognize the great Portugese explorers Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan and Henry the Navigator which are all depicted there. (You can see them. Right?)
Then across the street is a park and on the other side is the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. It is a remarkable looking monastery that dates back to the 1500s. It was really cool and we had a lot of fun!
We tried some of the local cuisine, McDonalds. It’s hilarious because the McDonalds restaurants here are fancy. Not in the sense that the food is nicer. It’s just fancier inside.
Those are the adventures of Christmas week. Check back next Monday for more exciting sharing the Gospel in Portugal.
Tchau Bom Dia