We got our transfer calls yesterday at around 7 p.m.. I learned that I would be leaving Miratejo and was headed for Setúbal.
Sis. Smith Taking The Train To Meet Her New Companion
It is a city South and East of Lisbon. It’s right on the ocean. I cried so much!
Maria João e Carlos Santos
My impromptu going away party.
Helena, Dani and I with Gabbi crying in the corner.
The Miratejo District.
But I’m here in Setúbal now with my new colega Sister Harper! She really is amazing. I woke up this this morning with Sis. Smith and she put me on a train for Setúbal. One thing that will be a little bit difficult getting used to is that the sisters in Setúbal are four to an apartment. I’ve never been in this situation before, so we’ll see how this works out. I’m really excited to meet other people and learn about other parts of Portugal!
The last week with Sister Smith was great. I am really going to miss her. We got a lot done. We even cleaned out our Sala de Morte (Room of Death). That’s where all the missionaries who are “Dying” (going home) just throw all their old clothes so other people can use them after they are gone. It was really funny to see Sister Smith just go after that whole situation.
Sala de Morte Before.
Sala de Morte After!
As of July 1, 2015, the mission is being split in two. After that date, there will be two missions where there used to be only one. I’ve had people ask me about how the mission split is going to work and where I will be going. I honestly have no idea. I will go where the Lord sends me and make the best of it. 🙂
I’m a thug!
That’s all I got for today!
Sister Smith and I got rained on quite a bit this week! It’s a little bit frustrating when you have blue skies and then two seconds later that one rain cloud shows up out of nowhere and follows you all the way home leaving you soaking wet. We did go without guarda chuvas *Umbrellas* on purpose one day. But that was not a good call.
On Sunday, week we had the opportunity to hear the inspiring words of Elder Bednar. It was amazing to hear from him again and just feel the power of his testimony as an Apostle of the Savior. He talked about how we are all Saints as members of the church and that through the Atonement of Christ we can do all things.
He teaches that Atonement is not just for the sinners but for all of us in our everyday lives. Through Christ’s Grace we can have the strength to move forward and do all things that He needs us to do.
As an example, he shared a story of when Sister Bednar was pregnant. He said that she would get so sick. They prayed to have the sickness relieved just a little. But it didn’t get better, it got worse. So they decided to change their strategy. They started praying for Sis. Bednar that God would give her the strength to get through the sickness. The Lord blessed them so that she was able to work beyond her capacity. It was really cool to hear the story and also to know how we can better apply the Atonement in our lives.
Christ knows everything that we are going through, the good and the bad. We can turn to him for anything that we have difficulties with. I know this with all of my heart. Like it says in Matthew 11:29-30
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
We can truly find rest in Christ and with his love and power we can be made whole and stronger than we could ever imagine. Today we got to go see Castelo de São Jorge once again. T’was fun!
That’s all I’ve got. Tchau!
We discovered the Portuguese word for Mills, Moínhos. So yeah, I’ll be Irmã Moínhos.
President and Sister Flukiger
Not much happened this week other than we’ve taken a break on trying to teach some people. They are deliberately avoiding us. We had one person tell us “Come to my house at 8:30. I’ll be home” When we showed up, his dad answered the door and said, “He left for work. He knows that he has work at this time” Alright! We get the message. We got to go to Lisbon today for interviews and lunch with President Flukiger which was really cool. Other than that not much else happened this week.
It has been an eventful / non-eventful day, non-eventful in the fact that we haven’t done much today, but eventful in that starting at 1:10 a.m., Sister Smith was up every hour throwing up cachupa. Cachupa is a favorite dish in the Cape Verde Islands. It is like stew with corn, beans and fish or meat. Sis. Smith has been nauseous all day. I just feel bad because cachupa has never made me throw up. Yes, it has been known to “stay with you”. But, I still have never had these awful effects.
On a positive food note, Irmã Luisa taught me how to make African Spaghetti which is pretty delicious!
We were blessed to have the sister Training Leaders with us this week. As always, it was fun. We learn so much from other missionaries.
Conference was amazing. I noticed that a “Theme” of this conference was defending the family. I know that family is important. I received a personal revelation through the sessions and I hope those who watched it did too. Even if you didn’t you still can go back and re-watch it again and again. It is an opportunity to receive continuing revelations from the living Prophets and Apostles.
There were people in the conference center who voted that they would not sustain the leaders. Many people are shocked by this. But President Uchtdorf noted the opposition and moved forward unfazed. I feel like we need to learn from President Uchtdorf’s example. While people may oppose our beliefs, we need to continue forward with a steadfastness in Christ, knowing that through him, all things can and will be made possible. Even though it may be difficult to carry on while the world is ridiculing us, we must with a sound heart that we know that Christ is our Savior. He has called Prophets and Apostles to guide us through everything.
Lisbon Zone Conference
So hold your head up high and continue forward one foot in front of the other. Everything will work out in the end.
That’s all I got this week!
I want to invite everyone to watch the 2015 Easter Message. A message of hope and inspiration to all. https://youtu.be/BZqTRSVA1YA
I know He Lives.