Élder Kim was recently transferred to Vila Nova de Gaia, just south of Porto across the river Douro. The site dates back to Neolithic times. Gaia is famous for its 17 "Blue Flag" beaches. Church-wise, Gaia has the largest ward Élder Kim has served in. (In the picture, he shares the same "genealogy" with these elders: e.g. Élder Meza (right) is the "great-grandfather," and Élder Kim is his "son.")

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Gaia 7/17/17

Aloha Família!

We had zone conference, and was really good. We got these coins from Presidente Amorim for doing all the challenges he gave. It felt good to know that I had done my part. I hope I can say the same at the last day.

We did a division with the Elderes from Bragança and it went really well. I went with Elder Oliveira. He's from Lisboa (Lisbon, the capital of Portugal), but his English is like perfect. We had a good division. Was a little complicated though cuz we discovered the chapel had been robbed, and so we had to deal with the police for that....#lifeonamish, haha.

On the way to Chaves
A 200 scravos coin, from Presidente
We went to Chaves this week (about 100 miles away), to do some baptismal interviews for this family they were working with. Chaves is a miracle story! The branch/group was supposed to close but because of the guidance of the Spirit and the work of the missionaries, a family, along with a lot of other people, were found who were interested in the Gospel, and now the branch is booming! Super happy for them! Miracles happen when we magnify our callings! Gotta say though, was super hot out there (38˚C or about 100˚F)! Plus, it took like 3.5 hours to get there. It was all worth it!

38˚ C or 100˚ F. It's Hot!!

Estevão wants to get baptized! He said he'd be baptized on the 2nd of September! It's kinda far away, so we wanna see if we can move it any closer, but we'll see. It'll be hard though with vacations and stuff, but we're working on it. Also, he's got no problems with the 'word of wisdom' which is awesome! He's a stud.

We found and started teaching this Muslim family from Syria! The father's name is Jaber. They speak Arabic, some English, and some Portuguese, so it's interesting. We're taking it slow and stuff cuz they are super Muslim. The dad came to a baptism the ward had yesterday, and he left feeling something "he had never felt before" and said he was gonna pray about it! We're excited for them! They fed us when we passed by their house, so blessings!

Yesterday a member brought this Brazilian family to us at the baptism, and now we're teaching them! Que coisa boa! (What a good thing!)

I know that God lives! I know that we are only tools in His hands, and that really, He is the one making it all happen. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to wear His name on my chest and to act as His representative for the salvation of His children. It's a lot of work, but it's all worth it. I know He loves us and that as we do our part, He does His. Family, I love you guys!!! Keep up the great work! Have a great trip to Oʻahu, and go swimming for me haha! Tenham uma ótima semana! (Have a great week!)

com amor,

Elder Kim

In celebration of making 18 months, Elder Kim
burned a pair of pants! He apologized to his father
for playing with fire.
Junia, Elder Kim, Elder Karthigeyan, Gisele
David (in front)
David brought Junia and Gisele to a baptism,
and now they are taking the lessons!!

Outside our apartment, the fog rolled in.....

The metro, right outside our apartment.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Gaia 7/10/17

View from our apartment
* Note: Sorry so late with the post! Kind of crazy week for all!!

Aloha Família!

This week was pretty nuts, it being the first week of transfers, and this week that is coming up promises much of the same!

We’ve had three challenges from our Presidente per week for the last 4 weeks, and me and Elder Karthigeyan were able to do all 12! This week one of the challenges was to find a new investigator every day of the week. Was kinda stressful to try and do that, but really helped us to understand what is possible and what we’re capable of!

Elder Karthigeyan and Elder Kim
We got a new pair of elders in our district, and we cleaned their house before they got there cuz was wrecked! We also found like a tv and wireless routers and stuff and we freaked out cuz u know dat kine not allowed on the mish, but turns out was from a previous owner so all good phew! haha

Happy 4th ofJuly! 

Happy Birthday dad! Thank u for ur great example! Haili, happy early bday!

We taught this Angolan doctor who is here visiting! We were able to give service to this other Angolan doctor family, and we’re hoping to be able to teach them some ! I taught the first, second and third lessons to this guy as we walked to his house, and we marked him to be baptized! We’re looking to help him continue to progress!

Me and Elder Karthigeyan are working hard and loving life! We got zone conference with Presidente tommorow, we’re going to Chaves to do some baptismal interviews, and we got some divisions; so it’s gonna be crazy but being busy is always good!

Family, I love you guys! Thank u guys for all u do! Keep being the great examples that u guys are! I know that as we do our best, and seek to magnify our callings, God will use us as tools in his hands for the salvation of his children! Love yal! Tenham uma boa semana!

Elder Karthigeyan, Nuno, Estevao, Elder Kim
Nuno and Estevao are brothers from
Angola who are taking the lessons.
com amor,

Elder Kim

Élder Kim on his 18mos. anniversary!
6 more months to go. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Gaia 7/3/17

Gaia, at night, from the top
of our apartment building
Aloha Família!

This week has been complicated, haha. 

My companion was sick and we had to stay home a lot of times for him to recover and stuff. I had the opportunity to give him a blessing, clean the area book, clean house, and give service. He’s feeling better though, so we’ll do even better this week!

We taught this Muslim family, and because of me cleaning the house, we were able to give them a pamphlet they could understand in Arabic!
Elder Adams,  Carlos Peixoto,
and Elder Andrade
Elder Kim "found" him several
times, each time encouraging
him to be baptized, which he
was finally able to do!

I went to Mirandela to do a baptismal interview. Was super far! But really so beautiful!

Carlos Peixoto got baptized! I wasn’t able to make to his baptism, because of Elder Karthigeyan’s health, and our lack of an investigator, but I was able to talk to him on Sunday, and really he is a changed man! The gospel is true!

My trainer, Elder Meza, along with Elder Gabbitas and Elder Jonhson, and the sister missionaries that came in with me all died (slang for going home)....I’m kinda sad....but I’m sooo grateful for the good examples they left for me. Good people, good missionaries. I salute them, and wish them the best in real life (slang for “irl” for all you net savy individuals).

Oh by the way, me and Elder Karthigeyan are staying together one more here in Gaia 1A! Elder Dias (missionary trained by Elder Kim, his “son”) baptized last Saturday and will be staying in Covilhã! Elder Nunes (another “son”) is going to Matosinhos, taking Elder Bortolo’s spot there, and Elder Bortolo (former companion) is going back to Coimbra! It’s all too crazy!!

(l to r) Elder Meza, Elder Kim, Elder Gabbitas
Love These Guys!!! They are headed home after serving honorable missions.
All lived in the same house when Elder Kim started his mission in Aveiro.
Family, I love you guys! Seta get better! Jonah, nice haircut! Sam, camp looked fun! Be Sam Gibson’s friend! Bring him to church! Brandon, U da man! Also shoutout to Elder Ishibashi (ʻIo)! Thank you for your great example as well! Keep up the great work everyone! I know that God lives and loves us and is actively involved in our eternal progression. The gospel is still true!

com amor,
Elder Kim

The river in Mirandela
They have jet ski races here
every summer!
In the Elderʻs place in Mirandela,
hangs this sign. Every Elder who has
served in this area has signed it, for the last
5 years. A famous legend in the
Porto Mission, everyone wants to be assigned
to this area just so they can sign it. 

From Gaia to Mirandela is a 3 hour bus ride, but very scenic.

Lots of time, so I made a new
cover for my planner!