The Weeks Are Getting Shorter.

The Weeks Are Getting Shorter.

Well here we are another week gone by.  We went up to Lisbon to do divisions and to have me go do the death meeting.  It’s a meeting with the missionaries to give them some coaching on  how to succeed when they get back to real life.

Sister Anderson.

Sister Anderson.

Here is the presentation in a nutshell.  “Y’all gotta save money.  Here’s how you fill out a resume.  Here’s how you find a job”.   It was really awkward because there were only three of us.  But hey we got to go to Lisbon!

It was a lot of fun being with Sister Swain for the day.

Sister Swain

Sister Swain

Yesterday we had a funny lesson with the parents of one of the recent converts. The father was basically just kept bringing up the fact that his life was horrible and how could God let that happen to him when he was so good growing up.

We tried teaching him about the plan of salvation but he didn’t want to listen.  We decided to give them a Book of Mormon and told them the only person who can answer their questions is Heavenly Father.

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My souvenir copy of the scriptures.

My souvenir copy of the scriptures.

We invited them to read and to pray about it so we’ll see what happens.  🙂

Hope everyone has a great week!

The week that ends with #HisDay .

The week that ends with #HisDay .

Well this week has seemed sooooper long!  The thing is, I don’t know why.  We did all the normal things.  Being in a tripla is normal by this point.

Division selfie! Sister Stegeman, Sister Mills, Sister Conrad, Sister Lopes & Sister Willes.

Division selfie! Sister Stegeman, Sister Mills, Sister Conrad, Sister Lopes & Sister Willes.

On Wednesday and Thursday we had divisions with the sisters in Tavira and it was really uplifting.  We talked with lots of people and Sister Stegeman played the ukulele for me.

We also got to hold this really weird looking duck this week.

Have you ever seen a duck like this before?

Have you ever seen a duck like this before?

We were just walking around when this red headed duck just walked out of a house.  The owner followed the duck out of the house and he asked if we wanted to hold it.  Sure, let’s give it try.  So we stuck out our arms and he just perched the duck on our arms.  Man, was it heavy!.

We also had lunch with a member.  She likes me because I took a lot of little portions of the food so it looked like a ate a whole bunch.  It is a missionary trick that you learn.

Lunch with the members.

Lunch with the members.

The thing that I love the most about being in a tripla is that we all get along, so our conversations always turn so weird. . . and yet so funny.  For example, Sister Conrad walked into a pole yesterday trying to learn how to play the harmonica.  It was really funny in a painful sort of way.

"Hey Sisters, do you want to go to Lisbon or Spain?"

“Hey Sisters, do you want to go to the Hospital or to Spain?”

And yes, we had a miracle this week.  One part of the Missionary Handbook says that we should look for opportunities to serve.  Unfortunately we have not had as many opportunities to help as I would have liked.  But this week we actually found an old lady that let us into her house and let us clean it!  It was amazing and I was just laughing the whole time because it was the first time in forever!!!

Then one of the best parts of the week is attending church with your companions and with the Branch.  #HisDay

#HisDay Sister Willes, Sister Conrad and Sister Mills attending church in Faro, Portugal

#HisDay Sister Willes, Sister Conrad and Sister Mills attending church in Faro, Portugal.

But yeah, that’s everything of note! Hope everything is going well with you.

Love ya buckets.  Go forth and serve.

A Week of Crazy.

Well as all of you know, I was transferred down to Faro this last week!  Can I just say that the process of getting here was so annoying!

Faro, Portugal

So on Tuesday we woke up got all of my stuff together for my final flight off of the Açores and back to the mainland.  It is a two hour flight putting us in the airport in Lisbon at around 5:30-6:00 p.m.  We went to the mission office to grab the stuff I left on the continent when I first transferred out to the island (they only let you take one suitcase).  Then we then hoped a bus at 8:30 at night to go down to Faro… arriving at what time… that’s right 1:00 in the stinking morning on Wednesday!

My new companion Sister Conrad.

Needless to say we just put our PJs on and went right to bed.

Wednesday was the only fully day I got in my new area this week.  Thursday, we had to be on the bus again for Lisbon so that I could attend the Mission Council planned for Friday.  After the meeting was over, on Friday, it was back on the bus for four hours back to Faro.  It’s been a long week…

Mission Council April 2016

On Saturday we had a branch activity.  The members and missionaries got together and we went on a hike to the beach.  It was a really long day but a lot of fun!  I am loving being here in Faro.  The members are super nice and caring.

Jovens and Elder Sutton at the beach.

I was so grateful for the opportunity to get to watch Conference.  My favorite talks were those of Elder Stevenson, Elder Rasband, Elder Uchtdorf, and Elder Holland.  It was amazing to see how every time these men speak I always feel that they are speaking right to me!

I know that they are called of God as his special servants!  I’m so grateful to testify that I know this and that I know that God lives and He Loves his children!  Hope everyone has a great week!