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.

Monday, November 28, 2016

*Another video from Elder Kim

A Video sent by Elder Kim in which he tries to show how cold it is in Coimbra:

Coimbra 11/28/2016

Elder Kim with snow
Aloha Família!

I’m still alive!!! It’s been getting colder here, but it’s been great!

Elder Bartolo eating snow
We started this week by going to AVEIRO!!! THE HOMELAND!!! When we got there, there were snow patches on the ground!!!! I was like WAT?!?!?! So that was super cool! We went and visited the district meeting and then did a division. I ended up staying in Aveiro for the day. I described it like this in my planner "Coming back to Aveiro is weird. I am Aveiro B, I made it, but it’s not mine anymore. Everything, everyone, and everywhere is basically the same except that I’m not the same. I know it can never be how it was, and I’m pretty sure this is how it’ll feel like going home." We were able to find this Chinese lady, which is funny seeing as my first investigator was Chinese, and my last in Aveiro was also Chinese. I had to go over some rules with the Elders of that house, but all in all it worked out really nice. I love Aveiro!!!

Elder Kim with Felipi and Family
I was also able to make it to Felipi’s house!!! Shout out to Felipi!!! I love them sooo much! I look up a lot to them!!! They helped to "raise" me here on the mish, and I am super grateful for their great examples, as members, as parents and as return missionaries! They are family for sure!!!

Lucinda, Leonel, Elder Bartolo,
and Elder Kim
That older couple we found last week, we were able teach them a couple more times and their cool!!! Leonel and Lucinda are an older couple who have been married for 50 years!!! They have strong faith in Jesus Christ and are getting ready to be baptized on the 10th! They even went to church!!! It was cool cuz when we went back to their house the other day they were asking all kinds of questions about the their baptism so we’re super excited for them!

Elder Kim, dressed for the cold
Sexta-feira, Friday, was kind of rough. Elder Bortolo locked our keys in our house by accident, then like all our plans fell, and nobody wanted to talk to us, and it had been raining all day so it was junk. I was a little upset but we stuck it out and kept going. We felt we weren’t doing something wrong. So right then and there, we stopped, said a prayer, asking forgiveness and guidance. We received the impression to keep knocking the building we were in. So we kept going, and we found this super cool lady!!! I know that God is at the helm, that He guides us, and that we are just tools in His hands. I am so grateful for this humbling example of persevering and prayer.
Elder Bartolo, dressed for the cold

That night we stayed at the other Elders house, Elder Teixeira and Elder Maloy. It was super good to be able to hang out with them! I really love those guys!

On Sunday after a great church with Leonel and Lucinda, we had lunch with Irmão Elídio and his family! It was soooo good! I think that was my first member meal here in Coimbra, and it was great! What was even better was that Irmão Elídio served his mission here in Porto, so was cool to talk story with him, and his wife served in England so she speaks English and is super funny!

funny stuff of the week:

Elder Teixeira: "I dont make poop, I make dollars"

"Não é de sua conta palhaço" (basically: what does it matter to you clown. haha)
Sister Braz, Sister Nance, Elder Maloy,
Elder Bartolo, Elder Teixeira, Elder Kim
The Coimbra District

Well family I think that’s about it. I love you guys!!! Thank you for the letters and the pics!!! Take care of each other!

me ke aloha,
Elder Kim

A Street in Coimbra

Interesting Graffiti in Aveiro

Elder Aguilar and Elder Kim, divisions for a day
A place called "The Portagem". Apparently a celebration
was held, capped off with a visit from St. Nick who handed
out balloons to all the children

Monday, November 21, 2016

*From the parents: short videos sent to us of Elder Kim and some of his companions

Click on the links below:

Introduction of Elder Dias, take 1

Introduction of Elder Dias, take 2

Coming home from Porto to Coimbra after a LONG day

Just interesting snap shots of Elder Kim's life on a mish.........

Coimbra 11/21/16

Elder Kim and Elder Bortolo.
Just a little chilly in Coimbra.
 Aloha Family!!!

So this week has been really good if not a little busy.

Elders Teixeira, Gee, and Kim
All served together in Aveiro.
Elder Gee goes home in a few weeks.
On Tuesday we had Zone Conference with Presidente. It was super great!!! It was our zone, Coimbra, and also the Santarém zone, so there was a lot of us there. I sat next to Elder Meza at the conference so it was great! Some of the things I really liked was that I need to focus more on the Spirit in our lessons, and focus more on helping our investigators recognize the Spirit. This was something I had been thinking about the other day but really touched me during the Conference. I really liked the conference. It was a lot of work to make sure everything was put and taken down right, but in the end it all worked out. Presidente liked what he saw; didn’t give us faca ("grief" figuratively); so it’s all good, haha.
Sign says "District of Liberty"
Elder Kim poses....

This week we were able to teach Tiago again. I think I mentioned him last week but I’ll do it again. He’s a college student in his 5th yeah, studying psychology. He’s a guy I contacted on the street a few weeks ago, and he doesn’t believe in God, BUT HE'S TOTALLY SUPER COOL!!! When we met up with him, he had read Alma 32 that we left with him, and we had a great discussion about how he’d recognize the Spirit answering his questions. At the end of the lesson he said a super sincere prayer and he was like: “God, thank you for these two guys showing me the way. I don’t really believe, but it looks like it could be possible, amen.” It was awesome! He also had some questions about the word of wisdom, and so we taught him the word of wisdom too, haha. He even went to church with us to church despite only sleeping 2 hours! We invited him to baptism, and he said he’d continue to pray about it.
Elder Bortolo's turn to pose....

Ana is another lady we helped go to church. She really liked church and in Gospel Principles, Elder Teixeira asked what she felt during the lesson, and she said she felt good, she felt peace and a burning feeling. We were like GREAT, ITS THE SPIRIT!!! It was sooo cool because the last few lessons we had with her we had talked a lot about how she could recognize the Spirit, and we hope that this is one of many evidences for her that this great work is true. Sadly, since she lives alone, we’ll have to pass her to the sister missionaries, but we’re excited to see where she goes from there.

L to R: Sis Nance, Sis Braz, Elder Teixeira,
Elder Bortolo, Elder Maloy, Elder Kim
District P-Day Lunch at
"Francesinha & Cia"
The other Elders also had a baptism this past week. A guy named Mario. What’s cool is that he was a contact that me and Elder Bortolo did like my second day here. We passed him on to the other Elders, and he got baptized like 2ish weeks later!!! It was super cool to go to his baptism. We found out the day before that he actually lives in our area, which was kind of hard to swallow, but we’re super happy for them. We were also able to take Ema, one of our investigators to the baptism, and it was super great! The Spirit was super strong!

The "Super Moon" over Coimbra. Nice to think that no matter where
in the world you are, we all look up and see the same moon.

Up until yesterday we hadn’t found too many people, but yesterday after church, and the ward lunch (YUM!) we went out and worked. We found 4 people!!! We found a boxer, this super cool rapaz from Brazil, and a super cool couple!!! I know that God recognizes our efforts and as we do our best up until the end, He will bless us!

Family, I love you guys!!! Mom, HAPPY BDAY!!! Jonah, Sam, GOOD GAME!!! You guys looking sharp!!! Thank you Jonah for being a good older brother! Keep up the great work family!!!! Fiquem fixe! Tchau!!!

com amor,

Part of a series of pictures taken
so that Elder Kim and his companion
can visit with an investigator who is
currently incarcerated. The picture is
for the Prison Authorities in Coimbra.
Elder Kim

Elder Kim made some rice for a ward family home evening
activity at the church. Good thing his mom taught him how
to cook rice on the stove, huh?!

Apparently, the rice was a big hit. Elder Bortolo stated that
it is his "new" favorite food and wants it for every meal.
He would fit in here in Hawaii, eh?