42º C Is A Lot Hotter Than It Sounds!

This week has been a blast! Last p-day we got “kidnapped” by the Portuguese version of Bilbo Baggins.

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He tried to force feed us all of the food in his house.  He took us to some really cool places and castles.  It was really fun because he speaks English with us and says things like,

“No Funny faces, I’ll beat you up!” when we were taking pictures or

“EAT!” when he is dishing us up a third serving of food or

“You’ve got half an hour” as he tells us to go explore the different places he was showing us.

It was a lot of fun!

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Tuesday we had splits with the Sister Training Leaders.  I got to go with Sister Donahoo, who was in the MTC with me for a few weeks.  It was a blast!  I learned a lot from her.

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Another fun story.  One of the members of our ward was hosting students from BYU Hawaii.  The students are making a documentary about church members who live in Europe.  The funny thing about it was that one of the girls in the group lived in my ward a long, long, long time ago, McKenzie Tingey.  Just goes to show you how small this world actually is.

Friday we had a ward activity.  We spring cleaned the chapel plus we had a dinner right after.  They had great music and I had to really try to resist the urge to dance like a maniac.  The food was delicious!  And I love squid/octopus!

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When Sunday came around the BYU Hawaii students were still here so I volunteered my “not so good” translating skills.  Basically my brain shut off halfway through Sacrament meeting.  Luckily we had a returned missionary from Manchester England who stepped in.   They were able to understand him.  I got to help some more during Relief Society.  I felt like I did a lot better third hour.  I found it really hard to change the Portuguese that I understand just fine back into the English that I have now forgotten.  My brain does not work in English well at all.  I felt like I was struggling to form basic English sentences!  Just goes to show you how the Gift of Tongues works.

The downside to this week was that we hit the hot streak 42º C which is about 111ºF *BLEK!* We basically died from heat.  This is normal for Las Vegas.  But as I explained to Sister Harper, we don’t normally leave the house unless we absolutely have to, let alone walk for hours in the blazing heat.  The only plus side to this is that we will sometimes get a little bit of a breeze from the ocean to cool things down.

Tchau!  Boa Semana!

Familias, familias, familias…

Over the last couple of weeks, the missionaries each made promises to President Flukiger and to the Lord to be more effective in our work.  Sis. Harper and I made the promise to contact ten families every day.

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It’s amazing when you make a commitment to the Lord how the Lord will help us keep our promises to him by putting people in our path.  We stopped and talked with every family we came across even if we were in a hurry and even if they were on the other side of the road.  Sometimes it weirds them out and they were rude.  But I know that the Lord is blessing us in our work.

This week was crazy!  We had district meeting on Tuesday, a service project for an old folks home on Wednesday, Multi-Zone Conference on Friday and Stake Conference on Sunday.  Our week was packed!!

Stake conference was really cool.  Sis. Harper and I got to sing in the choir.  That was fun because I love music and I also got to see all of my friends from Miratejo!

It was really funny.  The top three comments from my friend in Miratejo were “Tu es muito bonita hoje”  (You’re really pretty today.)  “Tu es muito moreno” (You’re really tanned.)  Estas a emagrecer? (Have you lost weight?  The literal translation of this phrase is “Are you skinnying?”  I think you all get the point).  It was really funny to me.  Even Sister Fluckiger commented on my looks.  I honestly have no clue nor do I care.

Today, when I’m done sending this email, we will hang out with our district’s Elders and an investigator of theirs.  The investigator is a tour guide who is going to show us the historic parts of Setubal!  I hope that everyone has an awesome week!  Hopefully more pics next week.

The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow!

Basically this week has been rain, rain, rain, a little sun and rain.  Looking on the bright side though all this rain has been good for my allergies.  I have stopped hacking up a lung every time I inhale.

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The work moves forward.  We made the effort to have members with us for every one of our confirmed lessons.  Following this counsel has really paid off.  Although some of our lessons fell through, we were able to get closer with the members.  Their testimonies of missionary work have been strengthened.  I would encourage the members everywhere to take the opportunity to go out with the missionaries and preach the gospel.  We have no clue how much of an influence our personal testimony can have on investigators.  When they see that we’re normal human beings and not just robots with a tag and when the members can be there with us, it really makes a difference in the conversion process.

Today we went to the Castelo de São George with eight elders.  It was a little bit cray-cray but really fun.  That’s all I got this week.  Tem um boa semana! (Have a good week)

Love Charlotte

Porto or Lisbon? You will learn the answer for Charlotte on this week’s episode of Preaching in a Postcard.

On July 1, 2015, the Lisbon Portugal Mission will split in two.  The headquarters for the new mission in northern Portugal will be Porto. Down south, the headquarters will remain in Lisbon.

I guess we gotta keep the Elders because they have long arms for selfies!

I guess we gotta keep the Elders because they have long arms for selfies!

Well this is it.  The votes are in. Now the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Will Sister Charlotte Rose Mills be a missionary in the Lisbon or Porto Mission?

See!  Long arms = great selfies.

See! Long arms = great selfies.

Drum roll please.  Here we go…. And the winner is…But first a word from our sponsor!

No.  Not really.  The winner is LISBON!!!

That’s right.  My mission will be spent in the southern half of Portugal in the Lisbon Mission.  I will stay at least one more transfer here in Setubal with Sister Harper.  There wasn’t a lot of movement this transfer.  All of us in our house are still here.  The only change in our area was that we got a new Elder in our District, Elder Trickler.  Everything will be great.

Besides that, this week was uneventful.  Sis. Harper and will will sing in the choir for our Stake Confrence coming up in two weeks.  That is going to be a lot of fun.  I’m one in that choir that doesn’t complain about the low notes.  It was really funny for me.

Those are the highlights of the week.  See you all next time.

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Ama Vocês

Well here we are, seven months in, less than a year to go.  It feels so strange knowing that I have less than a year left.  But I don’t want to think about it because that means the less time I have out in the field.  Not much happened this week, Lina announced that she has gone nine days without smoking! WOO!  She looks so different. I got the case of the heat stroke yesterday.  All is good now.  Sorry this is so short but we don’t have a lot of time.

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Ama vocês! (Love you all)

Charlotte

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