The Time is Far Spent!

The Time is Far Spent!

On Thursday, we visited the Sisters of Portimão.  What a great opportunity to get to know more about them and about the faith they bring to the work.  I learned a lot from Sister De Sousa.

Sisters De Sousa, Wanamaker, Mills Conrad, Willes

Sisters De Sousa, Wanamaker, Mills Conrad, Willes

The Elders find some of the funniest ways to distract themselves.  Two elders in our district, Elders Gunther and Pickrell found a good little lizard.  They named him Ricky.  Poor Ricky didn’t have a home.  He didn’t have a tail either.

Left to Right.  Elders Higginbotham, Peterson, Lowry, Sisters Willes, Mills, Conrad, Elder Sutton, Elder and Sister Roberts, Seated, Elders  Gunther and Pickrell

Left to Right. Elders Higginbotham, Peterson, Lowry, Sisters Willes, Mills, Conrad, Elder Sutton, Elder and Sister Roberts, Seated, Elders Gunther and Pickrell.  (Ricky could not make it for the picture).  

Being the Good Samaritans that they are, the Elders took him home.  However,  I am sure they provided Ricky the good care.  But unlike the bible story, the care they provided did not revive little Ricky.  Unfortunately, Ricky died.

In honor of dearly departed Ricky, we started naming all the lizards that we see Ricky.  We caught our own little Ricky.

But unlike the Elders, we are the Best Samaritans.  We cared for Ricky so much that we let him go and he survived.  We also got to hold the cutest puppies!  They were so cute and tiny!!

We were invited over to members house for dinner.  They fed us snails.  Have you ever tried them?

Here is what Escargot look like out of the shell.

Here is what Escargot look like out of the shell.

Well this is it everyone.  This is the last email I will send as a missionary.  I just want to say thanks to all of the people who have supported me and been there for me this year and a half.  It really means a lot to me to have all of the support and the love!  I’ll see you all in one week!  TCHAU!!!!

We are the Captains of April!

We are the Captains of April!

Graffiti Mural

Graffiti Mural

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!

I’m Leaving On A Jet Plane

I’m Leaving On A Jet Plane

. . .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

Daneila and Sophia

Irmã Eliza

Irmã Eliza

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!

Sister Mills

Paulo Jorge

Paulo Jorge

Nicole

Nicole

Irmã Elizabete

Irmã Elizabete

Irmã Rosalia

Irmã Rosalia

Irmã Ana

Irmã Ana

Irmã Alexandra

Irmã Alexandra

Irmã Lucia

Irmã Lucia

Alleluia! Easter is Here.

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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.

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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!

 

Alleluia!

This last week we went traveling again, to Lisbon this time!

The Chapel in Lisbon.

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.

Sete Cidades here we come.

We enjoyed ourselves.  I think that it is a beautiful place.

What a great District.

What a great District.

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The humidity makes my hair crazy.

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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