QUESTIONS & ANSWERS FROM ELDER CORY ZWAHLEN, 9/1/14:
1. How will you share your photos with us?
2. Any photos you can add this week (companion, apartment, etc.)?
Yes, I did
3. Did you get the letter I mailed to the Portugal Mission Home?
Yes, thanks a lot! and Grandma’s and one from the older Ericksons
4. Have you seen improvement in your language ability since you arrived?
Yes, I can understand a lot more now, speaking is slowly getting better, but I usually
know what is going on. Direct questions are also very difficult
5. Did you get reimbursed for the airlines’ luggage fee?
Not yet, nobody showed me but I’ll work on that this week
6. What were your impressions of your mission president and his wife?
They’re amazing! I didn’t get too much time with them though
7. Do you live in a high rise apartment building?
Yes. Everyone lives in apartments here. We live on the top floor of one
8. How many Elders in your apartment?
9. What kinds of meals do you eat?
We make rice and beans and noodles and chicken
10. Do you do any door-to-door tracting?
Street contacts. Lots of street contacts
11. How are the missionaries generally received by the local people?
Most of them just tell us they are in a hurry to get somewhere and try to just walk
Away; or they say they are familiar with us, even though they don’t know very much
12. What do you do for daily exercise?
13. It sounds like you walk everywhere. How did you get to this city from the mission home?
14. Where do you access your weekly emails?
At an electronics store; we pay by the hour
15. How long do you have to read and write them?
Like an hour, and reply to the mission president
16. Are there any foods you have noticed that they don’t have in Portugal?
Peanut butter. It doesn’t exist
17. Do they sell Gelato (a type of ice cream) from street corner vendors?
Not in Figueira, but the word Gelado in Português means ice cream, haha!
18. What is Elder S like?
Elder S was a boss, a really hard worker. But his most defining characteristic was
his optimism. He was NEVER down on himself or me or the work. He truly relied on the
Lord all the time. He was a consecrated missionary
19. How did it go this week with your new investigator, A?
Not so good. We haven’t been able to see him again….. We’ll find him though.