. . .Don’t know when I’ll be back again!
That’s right. The specs are in. My last transfer will be spent in Faro! It is in the Algarve region of the country. It is the southern most tip of Portugal. Only one hour from Spain. Two hours from Seville. And four hour from Gibraltar. I’m flying out tomorrow to serve with Sister Conrad. It’s going to be a lot of fun! Sister Luciano and Landbeck will handle things here in Ponta Delgada for another transfer!
I am going to miss all the great members and friends I have met on the Açores. I love them all.
Daneila and Sophia
I love these friends of mine.
So many great things happened this week! We spent the last couple of weeks trying to find members who haven’t been to church in a while and win their hearts by giving them cookies. It has been a fun. Some of these people said they never wanted the missionaries to call on them again. But, it is amazing how open people can be when you come bearing cookies.
We had a little bit of a scare on Sunday. We were awake and dressed ready for church. We were half way through our studies when the Elders from our district came knocking. They asked “Are you guys alright?” “Yes Elder. Why?” “Did no one tell you about the time change, they’re gonna start passing the sacrament.” “WHAT NO!!!!” We pulled on our shoes and ran all the way to church. Thankfully the chapel is close to our house. We made it just in time for the sacrament. I am sure that it’s probably not the first time someone has missed church when the clocks change. But not cool when it’s the missionaries. And is it especially not cool when it is the last Sunday you will get to meet with this exceptional group of Saints. Glad we made it.
Later that evening we had a musical fireside about Easter. It was amazing to be able to testify of our Lord on the day of his Resurrection. To remember his sacrifice and to know that he lives and loves each of us! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend!
This last week we’ve had the opportunity to share the Church’s 2016 Easter video. I love how each narrator shares his or her testimony of the Saviors redeeming sacrifice. Each one of them knows that through Christ all who have lived will live again.
I just want to add my testimony. Both my Grandpa and my Grandma Cross have passed away.
One thing I know and take great joy in sharing is that because Christ was resurrected, we too will be resurrected and will again see those that we love.
I know with certainty that I will see my Grandma and Grandpa again. I will talk with them. I know that through Jesus Christ we can find new life. Because of His sacrifice we can rejoice and sing ALELUIA!!!!! I love my Savior. The sacrifice he made for each one of us so can bring us joy. There is no need to sad at the death of a loved one. We can know that with each loss comes new life. With each fall we can get up again and continue on in faith. I know that through Christ and his atonement, our Father in Heaven will make everything right.
Like the testimonies that came before, in Jesus Christ I have found new life. You can too. As a representative of Jesus Christ, I testify that He lives and loves each and every one of us. I rejoice in knowing that his gospel has been restored here on the earth. I am a part of its growth! I know that through His sacrifice all of us may one day return to live in His presence and in the presence of our Heavenly Father. I know that even though I do not see all of my future, the Lord was a wonderful future planned for me and for each of us. We need only find Him and follow Him to know that future. I testify of these things in His sacred name, Jesus Christ, Amen.
May your Easter Sunday be full of joy and happiness!
This last week we went traveling again, to Lisbon this time!
The Chapel in Lisbon.
I did divisions with Sister Bakker. It was a lot of fun. We ate eat dinner at the house of a recent convert with five Elders. Seven missionaries in total in one house! Lots of crazy excitement!
For preparation day, we went on a trip to Sete Cidades with the Elders in our district.
Sete Cidades here we come.
We enjoyed ourselves. I think that it is a beautiful place.
What a great District.
The humidity makes my hair crazy.
No better group of missionaries anywhere in the whole world.
We have also had the opportunity to share the new video produced by the Church just for this Easter season. I asked my dad to put it up in the blog. He’ll share it with you later this week along with my Testimony of the Savior.
Put that on your calendar so that you don’t forget to check in to the blog on Friday.
Love, Sister Mills
This week was a lot of fun. We got to leave our little island for a little time as I had divisions with the sisters on the island of Terceira! It was a lot of fun as I was able to do divisions with both of the sisters because of our planes. We had to wake up on Thursday at 5:00 a.m. to catch our plane to go to Terceira. When we got there we found out that they only had one couch for us so we opted to sleep on the floor with just our sleeping bags. Bad idea! I woke up at least five times because I was freezing cold. But hey, the next night we got a little heater going so it wasn’t as bad.
The divisions were great, I got to stay with Sister Hart and Sister Doman. Sister Hart is a new missionary. I got to train her for the day. It was cool to see the fire that she has even though she doesn’t understand the language still. Sister Doman is as good as ever. She is a little stressed because of the training but she is doing well.
We had our zone conference on Friday. It was a lot of fun.
Sister Missionaries have to look their best.
Got spiritually fed, and we got to eat some awesome food! We woke up on Saturday at 5:00 a.m. again to catch our plane back to the Azores. Let’s just say that when I don’t sleep a lot three days consecutively my brain and body shut down. Saturday I was just fighting to stay awake. But hey, Sunday we had District Conference where they Skyped in from Terceira. The connection was kinda stinky so I didn’t really understand anything until Sister and Presidente Tavares started talking about the importance of temples.
It was cool to see the different stories they had to help them get across their testimonies. It just made me want to go to the temple again. I’m so happy that we have the restored gospel to help us know that we can live with our families again. That we know everything that happens in the temple for our eternal salvation! I’m so grateful that I’m a missionary to help others come to this knowledge that I have! I hope everyone had a great week and will have a great week!
Sister Missionary mad cookie skills!!
In conjunction with Lent, people here on the island are thinking about religion. At this time every year, the Catholic Church of São Miguel sponsors a Romeiro (Pilgrimage). To see a video of the Pilgrimage, click HERE. The Pilgrims walk around the island and visit the various Catholic churches along the way. In total, the trip is 240 km. The Pilgrims pray and sing and chant along the way. They make the trip around the island in eight days. Traditionally, only men and boys participate in the Pilgrimage. It is inspiring to see them wearing their crosses and capes and scarves.
We got a chance to see a group of pilgrims in Ponta Delgada on their way around the island this year.
Pilgrims at Ponta Delgarda
As missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we have been trying to show faith like these Pilgrims. We too have been doing lots of walking and lots of singing and contacting.
Faith in every footstep.
Maybe because Easter is coming up, people seem to be more inspired to let us in to talk. They share with us their faith in the Catholic Church and we take the opportunity to share with them our testimony in Jesus Christ. Lucky for us and for the Pilgrims, the weather has been pretty dry.
Last Monday we found a shop that makes pastries with Nutella. We had Nutella crepe there. It was really good.
That’s all I’ve got for the week! Have a great week this week!
Moonrise over Ponta Delgarda