“Deve ser a luz.” (Must be the light.)

Óla mundo! (Hello world!)

Sorry for the short post last week.  We went to the zoo with our district and didn’t have a lot of time to write much.  But I will make up for it this week!  The zoo as a district which was a lot of fun! We saw some animals, took pictures and just hung out.

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We also had splits with the sister training leaders in our area.  I worked with Sister Thornley.  We had an amazing time together.  We had the opportunity to teach a woman named Mariana.  She is very quiet and soft spoken which makes understanding her hard.  But we made it through the lesson.  We also went to the building that has a radio playing over the speakers in the building.  We rode the elevator up and down a couple of times just to listen to the music.  It was fun.

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Other good news.  We set a date for the baptism of one of our new investigators, Paulo!!!  As Sister Lewis says “High fiving a million angels!!”  He will be baptized on February 7.  I am so excited for him!

We’ve had really strange weather here. . . cloudy and rainy one minute and sunny and warm the next.  It really bugs me because we leave the house prepared for rain and then sun.  Or we are prepared for sun and we get rain.  Weather…

On Thursday we had lunch with one of the members of the ward Irmã São.  She is so great!  She has done so much family history research that she has a notebook full of family members.  She has gone to the temple for most of them.  It’s really cool to see all the work that she had done.  She told us that she has been looking for a record of her grandmother for ten years with no success.  I am praying that she finds her.  One thing that amused me asked her if we could get a picture with her.  I took my picture with her and Sister Lewis.  But every time Sister Lewis tried to take the picture of the two of us it always came out blurry.  After two times of trying to explain why it was coming out blurry, she just said “Deve ser a luz.” (Must be the light.)  We decided to let it go at that.

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A couple of days ago, I apparently didn’t have my head on straight. In the middle of the day I decided to say “Boa noite.” (Good night) to a man we had been talking to.  He looked at me like *What is wrong with her*.  After he was gone said Sister Lewis said rather sarcastically and confused “Boa noite?!”  We both just started laughing.  Later that evening, I was trying explain to explain a realization I had by saying “You know if you translated Harry Potter into the Book of Mormon, Always would be Sempre.” After Sister Lewis clarified what I had said, we both started laughing again.

On Sunday I had the opportunity to fake my way through playing two hymns that are only in the Portuguese hymnal.  I had never heard them before.  It was an experience.  I was proud of myself.

That was my week this week, hope yours goes well!

Everything’s Better With A Rainbow!

If the group of missionaries that came with me to Portual had arrived in country at any other time of year, we would’ve seen two transfers by now.

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But because we arrived just before Christmas, there is no such luck for us.  Our arrival was timed just before a big group of missionaries was scheduled to go home.  However, had the mission stayed on schedule, those missionaries would have been leaving the day before Christmas.  So President Flukiger decided to send them home two weeks early.   What that means for my group and me is that our first transfer was only four weeks long and this one is eight week long.  In other words, there are still two more weeks before our next transfer!

Regretfully, illness is still present.   But this time it’s not me!  The day I got better is the day that Sister Lewis got sick.  Well that’s what you get for living with someone 24/7.

The Secret from U.S. to Metric Conversion

So this week, to help us feel better I decided to make cinnamon roll cookie bars.  The only problem is that my recipe uses US measurements instead of EU measurements for the ingredients.  I didn’t know how to convert the butter to the right measurement.  I asked Sister Lewis, “Sister, how does the conversion of butter work?”  And without missing a beat she said, “Sister did you really forget? We just studied that this morning.  If you don’t teach the butter by the spirit you’re not going to convert it.”

We both started laughing.

GOOD NEWS!! We’ve marked Idell for baptism on January 31!!!!!!!! Yay!  It took us a little bit but he’s making it!

That’s all for this week!

Tchau, Bom Dia!

Yay for Illness!

Yes, as the title suggests, I am sick… *Jazz hands*.  It’s just a head cold but it still sucks, because in missionary life you don’t get a break really.  You wake up, study, go out, lunch, go back out, dinner, go out again, go home, plan for the next day and sleep and repeat the next day.   I got a blessing from a set of Elders in our District yesterday which will help.  I feel a little better than the last few days so I know I’m going to be okay.

Chillin'

Chillin’

News this week. . .  We were planning a lesson for one of our investigators.  Sister Lewis and I decided to a practice the lesson that we were going to teach him.  During the practice Sister Lewis started talking about his fear that his family would freak out if he got baptized too soon.  She made a promise that if he would get baptized that his family would follow his example and as soon as she said the words the spirit came in like a tsunami!!  We were both overwhelmed that it was just a practice!  How cool is that!?!  We are praying that it goes that well when we get a chance to give the lesson.

Graffiti War

Graffiti War

Dialogue heard during our Christmas skype home:

-My Dad “Hey, do you know if there’s a military base near where you live?”

-Me “How am I supposed to know?”

-My Dad “Do you see a lot of people in uniform?”

-Me “No.”

So every day since that conversation, Sis. Lewis and I have noticed people in military uniforms.  We were out with a member and saw a group of them and asked,

“Nuno, is there a navy base around here?”

“Sim, lá.” (Yes, there)  He pointed to a couple of buildings on the hill.  Surprise, there is a Navy base in my area.

Lisbon Naval Base

Lisbon Naval Base

Directions from the Chapel to the Front Gate of the Lisbon Naval Base.

 

Well life goes on here. The work is tiring when you’ve got the sniffles and yet worth it.

Tchau, Bom dia!

Wait a second President…. What did you say?!

Our mission is getting split in July?!  Really?!  Yep, that’s right.  We received news last week that in July 2015 our mission is getting split in two: the Porto (north) mission and the Lisbon (south) mission!  It’s really excited and also crazy!  I got called to one mission but I may end up leaving from a different mission.  But, we shall see.

The Sisters in our Zone at the Lisbon Aquarium

The Sisters in our Zone at the Lisbon Aquarium

President also started a new initiative called “Mestres de Israel” (Masters of Israel).  The purpose is to help us become better missionaries.   The parts to it are: wake up at 7:00 a.m., read three pages of the missionary handbook, memorize some scriptures associated with the lessons, practice a point of a lesson twice a day, use all the resources in our planners and make ten contacts per missionary per day.  He wants us to make these items habits.   We will do that by following these principles ever day for 30 days.  If we miss a day, we have to start over on day one.  Sister Lewis and I are on day five.  It has been stressful with the ten contacts each, but it’s getting easier.

Sister Mills at the Lisbon Aquarium.

Sister Mills at the Lisbon Aquarium.

BOA NOVO ANO TUDO MUNDO!  (Happy New Year!)

The rules say that we have to go to bed at a certain time and get up at a certain time.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the New Year.  Right?  Sister Lewis and I had a plan.  We set an alarm to wake up at midnight.  We were going to get up and take a selfie and then go back to sleep.  The alarm clock went off at midnight.  But Sister Lewis was so confused.  “Sister, why is this happening?”  “Because, it’s midnight Sister”.  “Do we want to do this now or later?” “Later” I said.  Then we went back to sleep.

Most frustrating was the fact that we had had Zone Conference a day earlier.  To be on time for the conference, we had gotten up an hour early at 6:00 a.m..  We forgot to change the alarm back to 7:00 a.m.!  It wasn’t until we were up and exercising that we realized that we had forgotten to change the alarm.  I heard Sister Lewis yell “Sister, it’s only 6!  We’re going back to bed!!!”  We then promptly went back to sleep for an hour.  No New Year’s selfie.  But what a celebration!

This has been a fun week.  According to at least 3/4 of the people here in Portugal, I look Portuguese.  At least that is how it seems.  People come up to me and start talking lightning fast while I stand there in shock.  They then look to Sister Lewis and ask “Where are you from?”.  The people are surprised that I am from the United States as well.  It’s been interesting.  Another thing I learned is Fast Sundays are universal.  You always get the little kids not wanting to sit still and the sweet little lady getting up to talk about something that happened during the week that has nothing to do with her testimony.  Another thing about Portuguese people that I wish we would adopt in the states.  When an activity is planned, and things don’t go according to plan, nobody freaks out and tries to fix everything.  Instead, they just sit and talk and have a good time.  I really enjoy that.

Well that’s all for this week!
Tchau! Bom Dia!