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 18, 2017

Santarem 12/18/17

Due to all the logistics of moving from Portugal back to Hawaiʻi, Elder Kim was only able to send the following quote and pictures.

"Batismo em Sião! Me and elder Cardenuto! Me wit da Hawaiians! Me and elder casper and wanlass at the reunião dos mortos! Love you fam and see you in a few days!"

Pedro and Carina's Baptism!!!
This happened hours before Elder Kim's departure for Porto,
and ultimately, Hawaiʻi.
Elder Cardenuto and Elder Kim
Elder Kim's last companion, in Santarem

Sister Ngalu, Sister Gilbert, and Elder Kim
All from Hawaiʻi, serving in the Porto Portugal Mission
Gilbert and Kim return to Hawaiʻi on 12/19/17

Elder Kim, Elder Casper, and Elder Wanlass
Elder Kim served with both of them at different times and areas.
All three will be returning home.

All the missionaries who will be returning to their homes!!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Santarem 12/11/17

Aloha Família!

Dorina, Vitor, their children,
and Elder Kim
A family they have been teaching.
Starting off my last week on the mish fam....its super weird. I know in my mind it’s the last week, but I don’t feel it yet, haha. Ainda bem (still good) I guess. Just gotta work hard until the end! And this upcoming week promises to be a handful, haha.

Pedro and Carina are doing really well! We’ve been teaching their kids, and they have been doing a great job of bearing their testimonies of the lessons! We planned their baptism, and they’ve asked me to baptized them! They came to church with one of their kids, and had their baptisms announced! They, and we are too, super excited for their baptisms!

Elder Kim and Sister Macedo
Both will be returning home next week.
We had a mission council by zoom, which is like skype, and we talked about how we can help the mish move forward. We are hoping to help our zone move forward, and do better! Also, right after the meeting, the district surprised me and Sister Macedo with our "funeral", our last district meeting (in the mission). Was pretty funny. I mean, not every day that I have my pic taken laying down with a pineapple, haha.

We went to a nearby city to go work and we got wrecked, haha. I’d never been there before, but we went and worked and nobody wanted anything, haha. Tudo bem (okay) but what was cool was that, I had had the impression to bring some stuff printed out in Hindi, but I didn’t know why. Turns out I run into this guy who speaks Hindi from India and I’m able to contact him! We were supposed to go teach him, but it didn’t work out, but the experience was cool! At the least, the seed is there.
The "funeral" for the soon-to-be
returning missionaries

We are still doing the Christmas campaign and its working out well. We just set that banner up and get nuts, haha. We just go talk to everyone and its awesome! Always worth talking to everyone about the gospel because it will BLESS THEIR LIVES! I even ran into a girl from the Philippines, haha. Closest I think I’ve come to talking to someone from the Pacific, haha.

Me and Elder Cardenuto, we working hard! Lovin life on the mish, and doing our best. We have seen the hand of God in our lives, and I’m so thankful for His guiding us. We have a goal to find 60 new investigators (this transfer), an average of 10 per week, and we are at 53! We gonna do it!

Fam I love you guys! Thank you guys sooo much for all the love and support these last 23 1/2 months. It’s been a long ride, but I’ve learned soooo much. I’m so grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had to serve the people of Portugal, and for all the blessings with which I’ve been blessed. They really are the best two years FOR your life!

I know that God lives! I know that Jesus Christ is our Redeemer! I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that the Gospel is true, and blesses the lives of all those who live it. I know that any person can know that these things are true, if they will but ask God, in the name of Jesus Christ, with a sincere desire to know and an open heart, and that by the power of the Holy Ghost it shall be confirmed. I know these things not of myself, but by the power of the Holy Ghost. I read the Book of Mormon, I prayed, and it was confirmed unto me. I hope, pray, and will work, to help everyone recognize the blessings that come from this knowledge! Família, amigos, conhecidos, desconhecidos, eu vos amo! (Family, friends, acquaintances, strangers, I love you!)

E assim eu vos testifico, em nome de Jesus Cristo, amen. (And so I testify to you, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.)

Com amor (with love),
Elder Hyrum Kim

Another pic of the "funeral" of Elder Kim and Sister Macedo
Elder Kim got a pineapple, even though they originally came from
the isles of the Mediterranean Sea 
And of course, a video from this week!! Elder Kim and Elder Cardenuto!!

Santarem 12/4/17

*Just got this video from 12/4/17

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