Our Lesson in Faith.

Our Lesson in Faith.

Tuesday the fog rolled in.  Lots and lots of fog.

Fog on the Azores.

Fog on the Azores.

It’s not that fog is so bad.  You have to have a lot of faith as a missionary.  But you have to have extra missionary faith when you go out in the fog to find people who are interested in hearing the message of Jesus Christ.  That is particularly true on the Azores. . .on a side street. . . that doesn’t have any sidewalks.

Sis. Landbeck and Sis. Mills contacting on Sao Migeul.

Sis. Landbeck and Sis. Mills contacting on Sao Migeul.

I have to admit, it gets pretty scary not knowing what vehicle might be headed your way in the fog.  Extra prayers said week.

In spite of the obstacles, we stayed out working.  We set some goals and promised ourselves an incentive if we continued to contact this week.  Sis. Landbeck and I agreed that that we would go and eat pizza at this one place that is really delicious!  Guess what?  We made our goal.

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We had the opportunity to visit one of the church members.  She is older and sick and is not at church as often as she would like to be.  Hopefully we brought her a little ray of joy.

On Friday we had a missionary family home evening.  After the lesson, we had a game.  The game requires two players, a table and a ping pong ball.  The object of the game is to blow the ping pong ball into the other player’s goal.  In true competitive missionary fashion, Sister Landbeck and Elder Foutz faced off.  They both blew so hard both of them almost passed out.

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Yep!  We went and served the Lord this week and it was great!  Have a great week everyone!

Alex!  Why you got to go and ruin the work?

Alex! Why you got to go and ruin the work?

Many of you have probably heard that we were hit by a hurricane this week.  They named it Hurricane Alex.

Alex1Don’t worry.  It’s totally okay.  We survived.  Actually, it wasn’t that bad.  We were only hit by the edge of the storm.  The bad parts passed us by.

Just a few clouds.

Just a few clouds.

Basically it was windy and a little rainy.  The worst thing was the ocean.  The waves were washing over the harbor walls that are about 14 meters (45 feet) high.  It looked the ocean was having a party.

Storm Track.

Storm Track.

Before the storm hit, we got a call from the Mission Home.  Sis. Tavares told us “DON’T YOU DARE LEAVE YOUR HOUSE!!!”.  So we stayed inside for most of the morning.

This us us being fearful and rushing to our apartment.

This us us being fearful and rushing to our apartment.

By the afternoon, we were calling the members asking if it was okay for us to come out.  Thankfully, no one we know got hurt. 🙂

On Monday, before the storm came, we had the pleasure of getting on an airplane to go to Lisbon for the day! Ah, the perks of being an Sister Training Leader.  We get to go traveling. 🙂

Airport Selfie!

Airport Selfie!

We had Mission Council (We call it Jedi Council) on Tuesday.  It was great to see other missionaries.  I have to admit, sometimes it gets a little lonely on an island in the middle of the ocean.

My First Mission Council Meeting.

My First Mission Council Meeting.

We got to see Sister Nielsen.  She is still super cute and happy.

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On Saturday we had a really fun activity.  The members called it the Noite dos Sopas (Night of Soups).  Everyone made their own soup and brought it to the church to eat and share!

Night of Soup!

Night of Soup!

Clearly, there had to be a competition between the members as to whose soup was best.  It was a lot of fun.  Another great week in the great country of Portugal.

COM MUITO AMOR! (Especially from Sophia)

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Sister Mills

Unfortunately not much happened this week. 

Unfortunately not much happened this week. 

That is because Sister Landbeck and I have been sick.  The cold season is upon us! Sister Landbeck started it.  Just some stuffy nose and feeling like crap.  Then I started having a bit of a cough and then of course, as usual, I get it worse than she does.  That is to be expected though since we spend 24/7 together.

I’m feeling a bit better.  The stuffiness is gone but I’m still hacking up a lung… it’s a lot of fun…NOT!

On Thursday we decided to splurge and buy some street food.  Bifanas are pork patties in their own special sauce on bread.  It was a let-down though.  They looked huge!!!!!!  Lots of, lettuce, and sauce and stuff.  But when we bit into the sandwich there was so little meat.  What a pity. We’re not going to that food stand again.

Bifanas

Bifanas

We also took a little pause at this really cool place in our area on Sunday.

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Because I am the new Sister Training Leader, my companion and I get to fly to Lisbon today to attend the Mission Council meeting tomorrow.  At that meeting, all of the mission leaders get together.  We discuss how we are doing the work and learn from each other’s successes.  The Star Wars fans in the mission have dubbed it Jedi Council.  The weather has been bad the last couple of days.  Hopefully, there won’t be too much turbulence on the flight.

Have a great week everyone!

Just Another Day in Paradise

Just Another Day in Paradise

Well the news is in.  It’s now officially 2016!  WOO!!! 2015 was great but as the Phineas and Ferb full theme song says, “And the forecast says that tomorrow will likely be a million and six times better.” So 2016 is going to be great!

President didn’t want us out late.  But I admit that we watched the firework show in the harbor from our balcony window.  It was really really cool!

Fireworks over the harbor from our Balcony at Ponta Delgada

Fireworks over the harbor from our Balcony at Ponta Delgada

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We have a family here on the island who basically just kidnapped us for the holidays.  For Christmas we ate at their house on Christmas Eve.  They fed us again on Christmas Day.  Then the same thing happened for New Years.  They brought us dinner for New Years Eve.  Then they invited us over for lunch on New Year’s Day.  We had a lot of fun and I learned to play chess. (I suck but that’s to be expected).

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Also big big news. For this transfer I am staying here in Ponta Delgada, but with a twist. I am going to be the Sister Training Leader here on the Azores.  I will be responsible for the sisters in my zone.  I get to go out and do splits with them and help them with their work.  I’m so excited for this new calling.

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That’s all the news I have for this week! BOA ANO NOVO!