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.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Santarem 10/16/17

Aloha família!
Tania, Miguel, Elder Kim
It’s been a pretty good week this week, and I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to serve during this week.
We are teaching a few cool families, and things are looking good! Miguel and Tânia are doing well, reading from the Book of Mormon, and saying their prayers. The spirit is always strong in their home, and they really want to follow, God but with the work he has now it’s just impossible. So for now, they aren’t on date for baptism, but they do want to follow God and when the timing is right they will be!
Sadly, Marcelo and Mônica aren’t progressing right now, but we’ll see if we can meet up with them this week.

I’ve given a better report on my video thing for this week of how things went.  (Be warned: It is long and unedited)

Tania and Miguel's Daughter
I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of hope, and also the faith sufficient to trust in God. Without hope, there is nothing to look forward to. No light within the darkness. Its bleak. But with Jesus Christ we can have hope. He is the light and the life of the world. We can do it. It can be hard to see that sometimes, and if not to see, accept and understand that. But I know that faith is not a perfect knowledge, and that as we do our part, acting accordingly to what we know is right, moving forward, that we can be blessed with the faith and the hope to continue. It all starts with our desire, if we will let it operate in us. I know that God knows us. He understands us, and as He’s said, He stands with open arms to help us. I am grateful for the love that He has for us, and the opportunities that we have as missionaries to share the blessings of the gospel with everyone. 
Family, I love you guys! Hope you guys have a great week! Please keep up the great work, and don’t lose sight of the mark, Jesus Christ! Vos amo (I love you)!
com amor,

Élder Kim

Look Ma! I remembered your recipe!!!

Elder Maloy is happy that I remembered your recipe too!!!!

 (Note: If you have trouble viewing the video, the link is here:Talking story with Hyrum)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Santarem 10/09/17

Aloha Família!

Elder Maloy, Former Missionary,
FM (Elder Gomes), Elder Kim
The two former missionaries served in
the Porto Mission, and were in the area visiting.
Just want to say I love you guys and that I hope you’re (all) doing okay. I sent some letters to you all, so you should get them soon....maybe? Haha. Anyways, this week was a good week! We had a rougher start, but we finished off strong. Could be worse, haha.

Miguel and Tânia understood the plan of salvation and liked it. They also like the idea of keeping the day of the Lord holy! But his work isn’t helping them with that. We are working with them so that they can better keep the commandments and receive the blessings that God wants to give them! It’s really cool cuz they really are recognizing the Spirit as we teach them. They feel the difference of living the gospel.

We taught another cool young couple, Marcelo and Mônica, with their little baby and they are awesome. They are feeling the Spirit in the lessons, and are developing the faith to follow God. They accepted baptism, and wanted to come to church but it seems like some things came up to impede them.

We’ve been doing well here in Sião (Zion). We’ve been working hard, and trying to do our best in everything that is expected of us. I am grateful for the patience that the Lord has with our imperfections; also for the opportunities that we have to get better. I’m grateful for the opportunities to develop and exercise faith. I know that as we consciously put Jesus Christ in the center of our lives with real intent and desire to follow Him, we will begin to see ourselves change for the better. A peace, happiness, and joy will enter in our lives, that can only come from God. Our lives are richer, our lives are more colorful, they have more purpose. As we trust in Him, our lives will be shaped and directed in ways that we could not have necessarily foreseen and that we may not understand, but as we do our best we gain the hope and faith and patience that all will work for our good. 

Family, I love you guys! Have a great week! Thanks for everything! Keep up the great work! Mālama pono!

com amor,
Élder Kim

On the hill is a former Muslim fortress named Portas do Sol.
It is in Santarem.

For exercise, we ran up to Portas do Sol, to watch the sunrise.
Unfortunately, it wasn't open yet. 

The five patches in the bottom row are from the cities I have served in while here in Portugal.
The one on top, for Porto, I bought since that is the namesake of the mission.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Santarem 10/02/17

Aloha Família!

Well one more week has gone by...fogo (fire)...where does the time go. I feel like I sit down to write this email, I got out for a walk, and by the time I come back its the next week, já (already)! weird. This week was a good week. If I’m honest, it was a trial of my patience...

A lot of the week we just got wrecked. I don’t know what it was, if I just had a short fuse, or if everything was made to get to me in all the right ways, but I had a hard time not blowing up on people, haha. Tons of appointments fell thru, nobody has time, or is just not interested, and instead of being the bigger man and letting it go, I got salty....But I’m repenting and trying to do my best. I’m grateful for the challenges. I’m grateful for the Lord’s patience with me and also for the patience that my companion has with me. I’m grateful for the gospel that gives me an opportunity to overcome my weaknesses.

There was a ray of sunshine in the gloom! We marked Miguel and Tânia for baptism! They are the parents of that family we helped move house! We were rushing over to give the Sisters (missionaries) something they needed, and we saw them carrying something heavy to their house. So we stopped and helped them, and we asked to come by later. They said we could. We passed by later, and the first thing Miguel starts telling us is that he read the chapter we had left with them, and starts telling us what happened in the chapter! AWESOME! We sit down, we teach them the second lesson and we invite them to be baptized and they accept! I bore my testimony of how the gospel would bless not only their lives, but almost just as importantly, the lives of their children. The Spirit was really strong, and they shared with us that ever since they’ve been talking to us they’ve felt better, and that even their parents with whom they lived before have commented that they seem happier and stuff! In the closing prayer Miguel thanked God for the invitation to be baptized and said he’d continue to read the Book of Mormon! We are super excited for them! Sooo cool! They have some difficulties coming to church because of Miguel’s work, but we will continue to work with them.

I’m so grateful for the opportunities that we have to serve those around us. Really, it’s the most awesome thing in the world when people will actually hear us out and let us bless their lives! The blessings are real! 

General Conference was also really good. I felt like a lot of the talks were directed towards me, and had a lot of good advice and things to think about as I try to overcome my weaknesses. Something I was reminded of as I watched was the importance of keeping the bigger perspective. It’s so easy to get distracted and/or sidetracked, but as we focus on Jesus Christ doing our part, everything WILL work out. He is the font of everything that is good, and as we come unto Him, we are filled with a perfect hope that thanks to Him, we shall have eternal life.

Elder Kim and Elder Maloy
with the Awesome Roti!!
Funny experience this week was that in between the Sunday afternoon and Sunday night session we went and passed by some people who said we could come back another day. In doing this we met up with this Indian family! They let us in, and fed us roti! We didn’t really understand each other very good, but hey, everyone understands eating, haha. We shared a short, and VERY simple thought about Jesus Christ and then made our way out. It was pretty funny, and we hope to go back another day. 

Family, I love you guys! Make Jesus Christ the mark, and come unto Him by doing those small simple things that He has asked us to do. Know that He is aware of who you are, what you are going thru and how you feel, and that He has prepared MANY blessings for you, as you continue to exercise your faith. Have a great week!

com amor (with love),
Élder Kim

The wonderful Indian family who invited us in for Roti!!!