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.

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!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Santarem 11/13/17

Miguel, Tania, and the kids
Aloha Família!

This week was really good! Miguel and Tánia came to church! Pedro and Carina want to get baptized! We taught a Romanian couple using a JW Romanian bible and a Romanian Book of Mormon and was awesome! We found some cool students and some other families, so that was really nice! Also, Elder Maloy got safely to Madeira, so shout out to him!

My new comp is Elder Cardenuto and he's great! He's from São Paulo, speaks pretty good English and is always smiling! We've been working hard and it has been great! He even knows how to cut hair! He cut mine this morning!

I just want to say that I know that God lives! I know that He loves us! I know that this work is  bigger than us, and it really is to bless other people's lives! I know that we are purified and happier as we practice faith in Jesus Christ, and that He has the power to make our weaknesses strengths! He IS a God of miracles!

Love you, fam! Mom, Happy early B-day! Have a great week!

com amor, de Sião,
Élder Kim

Elder Cardenuto (with the clippers) and Elder Kim
Ready to cut some hair!!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Santarem 11/06/17

Aloha Família!

I know I said I'd only do video entries from now on, but I was looking at my google drive, and it won't work cuz I don't have any more space, so I'm back to sending emails, haha.

This week was awesome. We ended well the transfer (in Yoda voice). We found some new families and restarted teaching some others that we dropped a while back, and we brought some to church. Miguel & Tânia continue to progress; sadly, they didn't come to church because their baby got sick, but are coming this week! Dorina and Vitor are also taking care of the papers, and a representative of theirs in Romania should be taking care of their papers, and in 1-3 months should be set to be baptized! Cárina and Pedro, who came to church last week, came to church again this week but this time with their kids!!! Super cool! Church was awesome! All the testimonies were exactly what they needed to hear, and the Spirit was so strong! Was great!

We went to Carregado to do a baptismal interview, and we met the baptismal candidate on the bus there! Which was funny cuz the Elders of Carregado didn't know where he was! He passed and was baptized and confirmed this past weekend!

Transfers went down, and I'll be staying in Zion to finish my mission with Elder Cardenuto who is from São Paulo! Elder Maloy is going to Madeira! I'm going to miss him a lot, but I'm excited for him to go to Madeira. He´ll finish his mission there. He's a great elder, and I'm grateful for the opportunity I had to serve with, and learn from him. Other cool stuffs from transfers is that Elder Alves, my "great grandson", is going to train, and so I'm going to have a "great great grandson"!!!! Crazy! Also, Elder Halvorsen is a zone leader with Elder Bortolo in Coimbra, so I'll have 3 generations on the leadership council! 

I know that Christ lives and that He is our Savior! I know that this is His work and not ours, and that the Spirit is the true professor. I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve as a tool in His to bless the lives of others. I'm also grateful for the patience that He has with me and my weaknesses. 

Seta, Happy 13th B-day!!!!! I remembered your B-day, don't worry! I love you!!! Fam, I love you too! Keep up the great work! Thank you all for your love and support! Have a great week!

com amor,
Élder Kim

*Sorry, no pictures or video this week!