Aloha mai kakou e ka ohana!!!
Well I'm still alive and kicking here in Povoa de Varzim. Me and Elder Dias have been working hard and it's been going good. It has also been getting quite cold, haha, and of course Elder Dias didn't bring his warm clothes so he's using mine, haha. It's definitely been an adventure.
We've just been talking to everyone here on the streets, whether they want talk to us or not, on the way to and from lessons, just everywhere. And because of that we've just been finding all of these interesting people! I can honestly say that I am gaining a testimony of God's promises as I do my part.
Manuel seems to be making progress in his pursuit of the truth. We were able to talk to him this week and this time it seemed different. Normally when we talk with him he talks in a defensive manner, like he doesn't really want accept our message, but this time he seemed to talk in a more open manner. The spirit was super strong as we taught him and bore testimony of the truthfulness of our message.
We were also able to meet with Americo and Edoarda, the miracle couple. We talked with them about the importance of the priesthood and how it blesses our lives. We also taught about the importance of the priesthood in doing sacred ordinances, like sealing families, and how it directs the church. We then shared the video of President Monson's talk about the Word of Wisdom. The spirit was so strong, and I could just feel it testifying to them, especially Edoarda that this is the right way.
Church this past week was also really good. We were planning on having about 10 people at church, but 6 ended up not being able to make it. We did have though, Manuel, the parents of the Silva family, and also Andreia. The fast and testimony meeting started out kinda so-so, but then a visiting youth went up and bore a super simple powerful testimony of self-less service and of never wearing in good works. The spirit filled the room and stayed for the rest of the meeting. I hope that our investigators were able to feel it like I was able to feel it.
Andreia at church was a miracle. Apparently she was found a few years ago and hasn't been baptized. Me and Elder Nunes re-found her and started teaching her again, but she was unwilling to change and do her part. I honestly don't know how she managed to make it to the chapel, since she lives super far, but when I walked in I was blown away to see her there. It made me so happy to see her there, and I hope that this is a sign that she is ready to change and move forward.
We contacted this guy, and he starts trying to talk to me in English and it's just not making sense. So I tell him to speak Portuguese. So he starts speaking Portuguese, then starts switching in between the two and tells us the story how he recently got in a fight with some drugees and got stabbed in the arm. We invited him to church, and he said he'd come but he was unable to.
We were walking around this neighborhood looking for some people we talked to earlier and this lady calls to us from her window and tells us she has a lot of faith, haha. We're like "that's great", and she's like "yeah I have a lot" then points at her statue of Maria de Fatima. So we go up and talk to her and then she shows us this candle she got from the Catholic Church and the whole time I'm like, "wow the apostasy is true", haha.
Today was super hectic. We had to go to Porto this morning, and so we stopped at this mall in Porto so that Elder Dias could buy pants, since all his pants are too tight in the leg and are not approved. Then we went to the mission office and picked up some copies of the Book of Mormon and other materials cuz we don't have anymore, then we went to the mission home with Sister Amorim and Elder Dias got himself a jacket since he no more, and as we were doing that, Presidente Amorim shows up and I'm like "uh oh" but it turned out all good, haha. We caught the metro back to Povoa (the box of Book of Mormons was weighing a ton at that point), shopped for food, cleaned our house super good since we heard from a little bird that we're getting inspected tomorrow and only now got on to do emails, haha.
Family thank you for your emails. Sister, your writing like a champ!!! And great notes too!!! I definitely was not paying that much attention when I was 8 years old. Sam, looking good out there. Whose shoes are those? By the way did my card for the Nagaredas ever get there? Please if possible send the package to the mission office cuz it'll be simpler like that. Also I don't know if I could pick it up from the post office cuz last time in Aveiro I almost couldn't. Also, right on Aunty Mckenzie!!! Out of curiosity, why?
Ok love you family!!! Keep up the great work!!! Fiquem fixe!