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.")

Monday, February 6, 2017

Coimbra 2/6/17

Boa tarde!

This week was seriously super tiring and trying but we’ve survived and that’s the main thing.

We had mission council this week. Was cool to be able to see Elder Gabbitas, Elder Meza, Elder Jonhson and all them. Always cool to be with good people. We talked a lot about how we can be better inviters and helping people to understand the blessing we receive or lose by keeping or not keeping the commandments. We got to catch the train home with Elder Meza and those guys, so was fun to laugh with them and stuff. Only junk thing was that we woke up at 4:30am to get to the council on time, and we didn’t get home til like 10pm, so we were super exhausted.

Of course, the next day was even more stressful planning out the zone meeting and stuff, having to organize the requests for the all the areas, setting up the chapel, and then moving chapels cuz our chapel didn’t have a computer we could use. Once more, didn’t get home till like 11pm.

Next day was the actual zone conference. Went down well. We went over time little bit, but was all good. I felt like the missionaries understood what we hoped they understood and are excited to do better. Was soooo happy when it was all over. 

We were supposed to have our customary interview with Presidente this week, but that got cancelled at the last minute. We’ll see if we get um this week.

We also had stake conference which was cool, and Elder Herbertson of the Seventy was presiding. He’s Scottish so was cool to hear his accent. He gave a great talk about the importance of staying on the path, getting back on the path, and being an example. The most important thing is that we are on the path and moving forward, and not to compare yourself to anyone, cuz you always come off worse. Was good.

Amongst all the craziness, we’ve been being blest with new people to teach, and opportunities to share the gospel. We marked Edmilson to be baptized on the 25th of Febuary. We read 2 Nephi 31 with him and he recognizes the importance of following Jesus Christ. I invited him to be baptized and he’s like um...nah. I’m like do you trust in God, he’s like yeah, so I’m like let’s pray and you ask him if you should. So we do, and then Elder Casper shares Galatians 5:22 and Edmilson is like I felt peace. So I re-invite him and he says yes!!! The Spirit is the teacher! Sadly, he didn’t go to church even though he said he would, so we’ll see how he’s going. We also have a few people who are showing some promise, including this one African family!

Family, I love you all soooo much! hope you all have a good week. Keep up the great work, and go Vikings!

com amor,
Elder Kim


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