The Miracle of the Fast!

Ola tudo mundo!!

This week was really great! Last week p-day we had an visit to Troia where we built sandcastles, attacked each other with ocean water and messed with the dead jellyfish that had swept up on shore.  There were hundreds of them!

Our day at Troia Beach.  (Left to right) Back: Elder Jiminez, Elder Jensen Front: Elder Martinez, Sister Landbeck, Me, Sister Neves, Sister Harper, Elder De Cesare

Our day at Troia Beach. (Left to right) Back: Elder Jiminez, Elder Jensen Front: Elder Martinez, Sister Landbeck, Me, Sister Neves, Sister Harper, Elder De Cesare

Sister Landbeck, Sister Neves, Sister Harper, Me

Sister Landbeck, Sister Neves, Sister Harper, Me

Elder De Cesare.

Elder De Cesare.

We had the opportunity to do what I never thought I would do on my mission.  We attended a Pentacostal Church youth scripture study.  We have two investigators Leticia and Damaris that attend this church.  We made a “deal” with them if we went to one of their church events they would come to church with us. So Sister Harper and I went.  It was strange because some of what they were saying was true.  But it just felt off somehow.  It really was amazing though to see the differences between our church and theirs.

Every other Friday here in Setubal we have what is called Frango Friday.  On Frango Friday, a couple from our ward prepares Frango (Chicken) for the missionaries for lunch.  We always eat together at the church.  This week the couple didn’t make it to the supermarket to buy chicken.  So they gave us “monies” (As Irmão Mario says) to buy food instead.  We took ourselves out to lunch at a restaurant that called Kefish.  I ordered lasagna and they served it in what looked like a hollowed out brick.  The serving was huge.  It was really, really, really good!  Lots of cheese!

Frango Friday.

Frango Friday.

Frango Friday.

Frango Friday.

My brick!

My brick!

Kefish. I should point out that the pronunciation of Kefish means (que fixe) which means how cool.

Kefish. I should point out that the pronunciation of Kefish means (que fixe) which means how cool.

Later that night we had a surprise from the other sisters.  When we got home, it appeared to us that they were trying scheming.  But we played along.  The story they were telling was that they had been arguing and they needed us to plan to come home from work the next day.  They were asking us to help them work out their differences.

After a few minutes the charade collapsed.  They told us that they were going to give us a surprise dinner.  They made stroganoff over rice and candy for dessert.  It was probably not as “romantic” as they had envisioned.  But it was fun.

Our lovely dinner!

Our lovely dinner!

On Saturday, I paid tribute to my brother Ian and his bride McKenna who were getting married that day in the Mt. Timpanogos temple.  In honor of their wedding, I wore their colors gray and mint.  I also got all fancied up, sporting a fancy hair braid and make-up. Congrats to my brother Ian and my new sister-in-law McKenna!

My fancy wedding braids.

My fancy wedding braids.

As I have reported the last few posts, we have been struggling to get people to listen to the message that we have come to share.  We decided to have a fast.  Initially, we had planned to fast for some people that the Elders were teaching.  But that baptism didn’t happen.  Sis. Harper and I received the impression that we needed to fast anyway, praying that others would be inspired to come to church and feel the spirit.  We carried through with our commitment and really started inviting as many people as we could.  In the end we had five people in church, 11 in total when combined with those who the Elders had invited.  It was amazing to see how the Lord works.  We even got to teach someone we didn’t expect.  She was a friend of one of the people that the Elders were teaching and she came to church as well.  Both of us were so grateful that we had listened to the spirit.

This week is going to be great! We get to go and play football (American soccer) with the Young Men and Elders today! We are going to have a blast.

Have a great week everybody!

Tchau.

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