The most newsworthy week of my mission. . .

This was a phenomenal week on the Azores.

The island of São Miguel in the Azores.  Ponta Delgada is the largest city on the Island.

The island of São Miguel in the Azores. Ponta Delgada is the largest city on the Island.

Monday started off with Family Home Evening with our District President and his family.  We made “arms and legs” as Sis. Neves likes to call them.  Actually it is chicken wings and drumsticks in a tomato sauce.  It it turned out pretty tasty.

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Tuesday we had lunch with the family I have dubbed My Family of the Azores!  Sis. Neves and I and all of the Elders from our district were invited.  We had fish, sweet potatoes and vegetables.

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Thursday was the day it rained.  It was a downpour all day.  We’re talking some serious rain. We had a ward activity, a movie night, we watched Meet the Mormons, because the people here had not yet had the opportunity to see it.  I love that movie.

Movie Night at the Chapel.

Movie Night at the Chapel.

The big event of the week came on Friday.  Everyone is so excited.  That was the day that we got the official announcement that they will be breaking ground for the Portugal Temple on December 5, 2015!!!!!!!!!!  HERE and HERE are links to the announcement.

All the members shared with us the architectural rendering of the temple.  They are thrilled to see construction start on “their” temple.

The Lisbon Portugal Temple.

The Lisbon Portugal Temple.

We are teaching a woman is gaining her own testimony.  Saturday we had the opportunity to talked to her.  It’s amazing to see the growth of people and their willingness to step out of their comfort zone to learn new things and  accept the feelings of the spirit.

Sunday I had the wonderful opportunity…*insert sarcasm here*  to give a talk in Sacrament meeting.  I felt like the talk went well but I still do not cherish the opportunity to give a talk to all of the members.  I’ll have to work on that.  Today we are planning to play basketball with the elders and a few friends 🙂  That’s plenty for this week.

Sis. Neves, Joana and Me.

Sis. Neves, Joana and Me.

I played checkers.

I played checkers.

The thrill of victory.

The thrill of victory.

The agony of defeat.

The agony of defeat.

A really neat old church in our area.

A really neat old church in our area.

Another shot of the facade.

Another shot of the facade.

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