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 1, 2017

Gaia 7/31/17

Aloha Família!

This week was a pretty good week! We worked hard, found some cool people, got wrecked small kine but we still leveled up, haha.

We taught that Brasilian family that the member presented to us a week or two ago, and we had a...not bad lesson. We went in trying explain baptism better and stuff. They didn’t understand, and they were like ok, what is the difference between our church and your church? And I’m thinking authority! We had Carlos Braga with us, and he’s like “may I answer”, and I’m like “yeah sure”, thinking we were all on the same page....turns out we weren’t. He’s like “one of the differences between us is that we do baptisms for the dead” and I’m like "NOOOOOO!!!!!". That was it, lesson #gotwrecked. They just unloaded on us, haha. We survived though, we got out alive and we’re hoping to explain authority better along with the plan of salvation next time. LOL!! Was a funny lesson, makes me laugh just thinking about it, haha.

We were able to teach our Muslim investigator Jaber again. It was a LONG LESSON! We ended up missing the bus we had originally planned to catch back and got trapped there for like 2 hours, haha. At least they fed us AWESOME Syrian snack food :) He has a lot of doubts, and is hard core Muslim and Koran and stuff, and we’re trying to help him understand better. We’re excited though to keep working with him, especially now that we have a Book of Mormon in Arabic for him to read!

Estevão came back for like a day and we were able to make plans with him for his baptism on the 2nd of September. He’s solid for that day, looks like. He just can’t do it earlier because of all the traveling he has to do. He’s soooo cool! We’ve been sending him scriptures every day for him to read on his phone as he travels, and he loving um!

Friday, we #gotwrecked hard. Everything fell thru....nobody wanted to talk to us....was pretty lame...we kept going though, trying to do our best despite all of it, even though it was pretty discouraging, and right at the end of the day we were lead to this family who let us right in! Gods got a plan! We just gotta trust and keep doing our best!

We completed all the challenges of the Presidente, and we’re gonna keep working hard talking to everyone, preaching repentance, and just getting buckwild! I love being a missionary! Its super stressful, and it’s a lot of work, but the feeling of peace, happiness, accomplishments, and purpose that come are just awesome! I KNOW THAT GOD LIVES! Life just makes soooooo much sense when in the context of the gospel!!!

Family, I love you guys! Glad to hear you guys had a good reunion!!! Please continue to look for ways to put God in first place in your guys lives, cuz as we do, everything else falls into place! It works! It’s true!!! Love you guys!

com amor,
Élder Kim


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