The city of Santarém is situated on a plateau, located on the right bank of the Tagus River, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Lisbon. The economy of the city remains mainly dedicated to the production of agricultural goods.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Santarem 12/4/17

Aloha Família!

Been a good week this week. I have felt the hand of God in my life, and know without a shadow of a doubt that the Gospel is true. Two years and still true, que coisa mais boa! (What a good thing!)

First of, it's been COLD in Sião! (Zion) Beanie, gloves, two socks, and of course my tights :P  Some days are colder than others, but it's been cold none-the-less. The wind doesn't help. At the same time though, it's definitely getting more festive here. We've been doing contacts saying "Feliz Natal" (Merry Christmas) and honestly, it just brings a whole new level of happiness to the contact, haha. It's a great time of year! On a sadder note, it's surprising how many people we run into, who tell us they don't celebrate Christmas...but hey, the message will still bless their lives!

#Be A Light to the World
Missão Portugal Porto is in the Seja uma Luz ao Mundo (#Be a Light to the World) campaign full swing! We have these cool posters, calendars, pass along cards, etc., that we are using to contact people and it's been great! Lots of fun too! People seem to stop more willingly to hear us out! Plus, you know, who doesn't like to wear a Santa hat right? :D

We've been teaching a lot! At least 2-3 lessons per day, since the beginning of this transfer. To some, that may not sound like a lot, but it's a pretty good amount here. We've taught some Indians, some people from Timor, and a lot of Romanians, and of course Portuguese people, haha.

Pedro and Carina are progressing well! They have been taught almost all the lessons. They came to a baptism this week and to church! Super cool!

A recent baptism in Santarem!
We had District Conference on Sunday, and a general authority named Elder Bennasar, from France, came. He talked about the importance of following the first impression using the story of Nephi being called to go to the mountains to receive the instructions on how to build the ship. Also, the question of how our faith is when the circumstances change, using the example of Darius, of the New Testament, and how he has to wait for Jesus even though he was "1st in line" as he heals the woman and gets the notice that his daughter is already dead. We need not be afraid, and only believe!

All in all, a pretty good week! Thanks for writing me everyone! Rainbow falls is RAGING! Fogo! Plenty rain in Hilo! Also, everyone looking spiffy at that activity at the Veteran's Center. Sister, beautiful pāhana! Fam, I love you guys! Be lights unto the world! Jesus is the way the truth and the light and as we do the things that He did and does, we will be able to fill other peoples' lives with light and happiness! Vos amo! (I love you!)

de Sião, com autoridade, (of Zion, with authority)
Élder Kim de cabelo pintado vermelho (with red painted hair) 

"He who has the red painted hair",
styling in his new suit!!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Santarem 11/27/17

Aloha Família!

Been a pretty good week. Miguel and Tánia are still doing well, and their son David actually participated in the primary presentation! Pedro and Carina, we were able to teach a few times this week and they are solid! They've been reading the Book of Mormon. We took all their coffee from their house, and they were supposed to come to church, but something came up; super sad, but maybe this week. We've taught a lot of Romanians, and I've started to walk around with a 1st lesson pamphlet in Romanian. We just offer to say a prayer, using the Romanian word for prayer, and they let us in! 

We went to Carregado today, and I got me a suit and some ties, but sadly I'll have to hem up the suit pants myself! I don't know why they didn't do it for me, but hey no better time to learn I guess, haha.

Família, vos amo! Keep up the great work! Let us all keep in mind that trials are for our good, and that it is at that time that we should keep going instead of stopping! Its hard, but I know that as we pray with all the energy of heart for help from God, we will be strengthened, and God will help us overcome! Have a great week!

-Élder Kim

Santarem 11/20/17 VIDEOS

*Elder Kim sent some videos from 11/20/17.

Santarem Part 1, at the chapel

Santarem Part 2, at the park

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Santarem 11/20/17

Rio Tejo, or the Tagus River, near Santarem
Aloha Família!

I was gonna make a weekly video, but it doesn't look like it's going to work out. 

This week has gone well! We've been teaching a lot, and we've found some cool people! A reference from Elder Dias came to church this week! Sadly, Pedro and Carina and Miguel and Tánia didn't come. We don't know what's going on, so were a little worried, but we'll figure it out. We taught some more Indians this week and they want to feed us roti!

I really liked a scripture shared in the Zone Conference, 1 John 5:4. All of those who are born of God will overcome, by their faith, that's like a condensed version. I know that according to our faith mountains are moved! I know that faith is a principle of action, and that as we act God will augment our efforts, and open doors we never knew existed. 

Family, I love you guys! Have a great week and keep up the great work! Read the scriptures, say your prayers, go to church, and do your best to always be an example of the principles we profess! Tende uma boa semana! (Have a good week!)

com amor,
Élder Kim

Elder Dias and Elder Kim
They used to be companions, but recently met up again!