Missionaries Are That They Might Have Joy!

Missionaries Are That They Might Have Joy!

Water, Water, Everywhere.  And No.  I am not talking about baptisms.  Almost every night this week we have come home to find our floor covered in water backed up from our sink.  No I am not joking. After we cleaned up the first time we bought air freshener.  But hour house still smelled like sewage.  It was really gross!

 

Here is what our sink looked like!

Here is what our sink looked like!

Luckily nothing got ruined the first time it happened after that we knew not to leave anything on the floor.  All of the floor was completely wet except one little patch right by my chair.  And what was on that little patch of dry land?  The slippers that my mother had made me for Christmas this last year!  Mom, I don’t know what kind of magic knitting yarn you used to make those slippers but I thanks.

 

After this happened again, the sisters and I had worked out a system with rain boots, towels, mops, industrial squeegees and bucket we borrowed from the chapel. We got pretty good at cleaning up.

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Yuck!

Yuck!

Every night, mop squeegee dry and then planning.  It was the grossest thing every.  Luckily nothing got destroyed, well maybe our sanity did, but besides that, our landlord has people looking at it today so we’ll see what they can do. 🙂

 

Who said Missionaries can't go swimming?

Who said Missionaries can’t go swimming?

On Tuesday we had the wonderful surprise of ice-cream with fruit from elder Jimenez!  It was really good 🙂 and very calming after our sink had started filling up again when we were studying.

Thanks Elder Jimenez!

Thanks Elder Jimenez!

 

Another thing happened this week.  Sister Nielsen and I are currently the only missionaries in the Setubal 1 Zone.  We don’t know all of the details but we know that some elder went home this week and there are not enough elders here to keep elders in their area for the time being.  So the Elders left and here we are.  Thankfully, our Bishop has faith in us and keeps on saying that one set of sisters has the strength of ten elders. Thanks for your confidence Bishop!

Heavenly Father put someone in our path this week and it was really cool!  We had originally set up an appointment with a woman who called us about an hour before our scheduled appointment to say that she couldn’t make it but she would be going to church with us that Sunday.  As we hung up the phone, we were grateful that she was planning to make it to church.  Then literally two seconds after she hung, we get a call from the elders asking us to go to an appointment with a different woman who was really prepared to hear our message.  The appointment they had made was a half hour before our other meeting would have been.  We never could have made both of them.

At this point I was so stressed out over our exploding sink and I could tell that the spirit was not with me at all so I decided that while I was eating lunch I would read the scriptures to help me calm down and get the spirit back.  I prayed sang a hymn and popped open my scriptures to chapter 17 of Alma.  Everything was going good when I got to verses 9-10

9 And it came to pass that they journeyed many days in the wilderness, and they fasted much and prayed much that the Lord would grant unto them a portion of his spirit to go with them, and abide with them, that they might be an instrument in the hands of God to bring, if it were possible, their brethren, the Lamanites, to the knowledge of the truth, to the knowledge of the baseness of the traditions of their fathers, which were not correct.

10 And it came to pass that the Lord did visit them with his spirit, and said unto them: be comforted. And they were comforted.

And I knew that it was meant for me in that moment, I had gotten my spirit back and we went and taught her and everything went great.  She really has been prepared by the Lord!

That’s all I got this week!

This Week Was Full Of Miracles

This Week Was Full Of Miracles

Monday was my Companion’s official Birthday.  I mentioned that in last week’s post just as I was closing.

However, Tuesday we celebrated her birthday a second time because one celebration is never enough.  Especially where Lorenço throws the party, which means lots and lots and lots of food and sparkling apple cider.

Happy Birthday Sis. Nielsen

Happy Birthday Sis. Nielsen

 

Wednesday we bought bus passes!!!! It is the greatest thing in the world.  We used to walk 30 minute walk to our area.

Those white spots in what looks like a layer cake are dates.

Those white spots in what looks like a layer cake are dates.

 

Thursday, jump on the bus and it is a 5-10 minute bus drive to the area.  We are saving so much time and it is really cool.

Friday, we have a chance to meet new people while riding on the bus!!!

But Saturday.  That is when the miracles really started.  We made it our goal to have 11 contacts before the end of the day.  Saturday morning we planned everything out.  We marked our calendars with plans and more plans and back-up plans and back-ups to our back-up plans to make sure we made all 11 contacts.

By the end of the day, despite our best plans, everything had fallen through.  We still needed 11 contacts but it was time to start heading home.  Before we headed out, we stopped and prayed.  We were looking for a miracle.  We prayed that we would find 11 contacts on the way home.  We started walking and immediately ran into two people.  They accepted our card but obviously didn’t want to talk.  We spoke to a third person who talked to us but only wanted to talk about his trip to Brazil… literally we heard EVERYTHING.  The funniest thing was that he was from Germany.  He was so much taller that just about everyone in Portugal and definitely taller than me.  He kept bending over to try and figure out how tall I was!  I tried really hard not to laugh.  After standing and listening to him talk for about ten minutes we told him that we were on our way home and needed to get there on time.  We were able to get his address!  Then, even before we had even left our area we were able to get the rest of our contact. *Miracle*

The second miracle of the week was Sunday.  We were trying to help one of our friends get to church.  At 9:30 a.m., we started trying to reach her to remind her about church at 10:00.  We called and called and called but nothing happened.  Then we went to her dad’s house.  She wasn’t there.  Off we went to her mom’s house.  She got up and went with us to church.  We were only about 45 minutes late.  But she made it.  *Second Miracle*

Later that same day we had the same problem as Saturday.  Everything that we had planned wasn’t working.  It felt like we were walking around in circles and rummaging through our planners for addresses of people to visit.  Sister Neilsen said a prayer in her heart that before the end of the day we would be able to have a sitting lesson.  No sooner than she said Amen we got a text from someone that we had contacted.  She asked us to could come over to her house.  At this point we were both starving because we forgot to bring a snack in our bags.  With it being Sunday and all we wanted to honor the Sabbath and not buy anything from a cafe.  On the way, we both talked about how nice it would be if she offered us food.  After the lesson was over she just said, “You guys need something” and then went and got us cookies.  “Third Miracle.*

This whole week has been a real testimony builder to see how Heavenly Father loves and cares for his children.  Tchau!

This is what the date layer cake looks like whole.

This is what the date layer cake looks like whole.

 

Happy Birthday Sis. Neilsen!

Happy Birthday Sis. Neilsen!

Last week we went on an adventure.  In the past, the economy in Setubal has been much better.  Setubal used to be a big fishing port.  There was more industry and people were more affluent.  But with a slowing economy and fishing jobs consolidating to other ports, people have moved.  Some have even abandoned their homes because they could not keep them up.  A number of homes are still in good shape.  We visited one of those houses and then had sushi for lunch!  It was really really good! (Not as good as Sushi Tachi in Las Vegas though).

Today we went to Sesimbra with Lorenço aka the Portuguese Bilbo Baggins.  He is the member of the Ward that is a tour guide.

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

Royalty.

Royalty.

After our adventure last week we got back to work.  We had a lot of people set appointments with us.  The problem was that when we passed by, they were not there.  It is so frustrating.  But we will continue forward!

Do you like my new Star Wars shirt?

Do you like my new Star Wars shirt?

Us Girls. Sis. Nielsen, Sis. Landbeck, Sis. Mills, Sis. Steagall

Us Girls. Sis. Nielsen, Sis. Landbeck, Sis. Mills, Sis. Steagall

Happy Birthday Sis. Nielsen.

Happy Birthday Sis. Nielsen.

Sesimbra is a beautiful seaside town.  It is East of Setubal and South of Lisbon.  To get there from Setubal, you have to go through the Parque Natural da Arrabida. We had so much fun because we were celebrating Sis. Neilsen’s birthday!!  We enjoyed cake and sparkling apple cider.  It was a lot of fun. 🙂
That’s all I got this week.  Love Charlotte.
Prayers Are Answered!

Prayers Are Answered!

Hello my amazing friends and family!!!

This week has been incredible.

At the beginning of the week, I was a bit sad being without my old companion Sister Harper.  But after a few days, my new companion and I began seeing the hand of our Heavenly Father in the work.  For the last few months, Sister Harper and I had been praying and fasting to find families that we could teach, families that would be ready to take the lessons and progress.  But during that time it seemed like no one was listening or progressing.  However, Sister Harper and I were laying the groundwork.  This week, we have been led to so many people that have a lot of potential.  I know that none of this would have happened if we had not been obedient and if the Lord hadn’t been there.  I have no clue what changed but one thing I do know; it is Heavenly Father that has been helping us this whole time.  With His help we were able to make all but two of our key indicator goals this week!  It was wonderful to see all of the miracles this week!  We are going to Troia again today.  It is gonna be fun!

Love yall!

Pic of the week:

I reorganized my picture wall!

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