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.")

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Povoa de Varzim 08/22/16

Aloha e ka ohana!!!

Usually I have a phrase that just seems to capture the essence of the week but none come to mind this week, haha.

Movie night in Povoa de Varzim
Last week Monday, right after P-day, me and Elder Nunes had a cinema night activity! It was great!!! Fernanda and Henrique, our recent converts came, Américo and Edoarda, the miracle couple also came, and we got a number of people from our ward who came as well! It was great and everyone loved it. Was kinda stressful at the beginning cuz the guy who had said he'd bring the computer didn't show. So we ended up having to dismantle one of the computers in the chapel, move it to the other room, and then wire it right to get the movie to play haha. Then, during the movie, me and Elder Nunes were making popcorn and distributing the food, so really I only caught like the end of the movie, haha. But everyone loved it, so that's what matters. Next time though, better communication has to be done with the members, cuz we the missionaries can only do so much by ourselves.

This week, we were knocking doors, and this Brazilian lady answered. She said she just moved here with her FAMILY and that she had been looking for a church to go to. She said she found one she liked thats in Vila Chá, which is like super far and we were like WAT?!?! Then we're like, "Our church is right here. You wanna come?", and she's like yeah that'd be awesome! Unfortunately though, we haven't been able to talk to her, and she wasn't able to come to church. We're hoping to be able to talk with them this week.

We also had Zone Conference this week. The Zone Leaders let us know that our goal as a mission, till the end of the month of September is to baptize 50 people! I think this was exactly what I was looking for. Ever since Fernanda and Henrique's baptisms, I've kinda slipped into a content way of thinking. I'm still working hard and stuff, but the drive was kinda gone. During the meeting, it really hit me that I needed to once again rekindle that fire so that Elder Nunes and I could help to contribute to that goal, and help more people come unto Him. I'm sooo grateful for inspired leaders, like meu Presidente da Missão, who help to motivate us and help us to strengthen our relationship with Christ.

So I was pretty pumped, only to come to weekly planning and notice that we don't really have investigators right now haha. Just because of circumstances and stuff we've been dropped, and/or had to drop most of our investigators, so now we are looking everywhere for new investigators. It has been a rougher week just because right now is tourist season, and so nobody actually lives here, or if they do they're on holiday so they don't have time. It's all good though, me and Elder Nunes are working hard and just doing our best.

Viana do Castelo, outer fringes of a parade
On a cool note, we went to Viana do Castelo, so that I could do a baptismal interview. We got there and there was this huge party/parade going on! It was soo loud, with sooo much people, it was crazy!!! The energy was awesome! We were able to make it to the other side (of the parade) though, find the guys house, and do the interview. Was cool. He got baptized here in Povoa, and had the unique experience of being baptized 7 times. I was totally feeling for him, but I was soo happy he was able to be baptized and that he was strengthened to drop all the things he needed to drop.

At the baptism we had João Barros, that guys who contacted us in the street a month or two ago, and also Américo. It was soo great to have them there. We talked to Americo after, and he expressed his desire to be baptized as well. We were sooo happy! He religiously studies the bible, is reading the Book of Mormon, and has come to church 3 times in a row and just really loves church. We will be working a lot more with them to help him be baptized, and also help his girlfriend, Edoarda, also develop this desire as well.

Interesting stuffs: 

Had to use a sweater a few days due to cold spell
It rained in the morning a few days ago, was actually cold a day or two ago, but it wore off. The nights have also been colder. Normally it's been hot in the day, but the cool wind has returned.

We knocked a door, a guy answered, told us he was already married, and then closed the door, leaving us rather confused. LOL!

We had a member presente (lesson)/dinner, and the member whose house it was, his wife is Brazilian. She introduced us to the guest and was like "This is Elder Nunes. He's from Brazil. Isn't he awesome" and all this stuff, and then goes to walk back into the kitchen to grab something. The guest is like oh wat about the other one, and she's like oh yeah he's American and goes into the kitchen, haha. Verdict I've noticed: Brazilians elders = cool, American elders not soo much, haha.

Mission dreams: dreams that you have as a result of the mission life. Man I've been having mission dreams like crazy! In the MTC, and my 1st transfer I slept like a rock. Then 2nd transfer, started to have mission dreams. 3rd, more. My 4th and this transfer it's like every night, haha. I'll go to sleep, and be like doing missionary work in various forms, then wake up tired, only to go work some more only to go sleep tired haha. It's been interesting, lol.

Anyway that's all I got this week family. Love you guys!!! Keep up the great work, and make sure to pray like it all depends on Him, and then work like it all depends on you.

com amor,
Élder Kim

ps. I'll probably be able to send some replies to some of the letters I've gotten this week.

Futebal (Soccer) Court near the chapel




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