January 5, 2015
It’s crazy that we’re already in 2015!
I’m glad you enjoyed my Skype call. It was really great to see the most important people to me all gathered together again. Thanks for all the pictures. It works best for me if you just send them through email. Then I can see them immediately. I wish I were there with you guys to play Tetris and board games (and eat treats that are a lot better than the ones in Portugal). Some of my best family memories are doing exactly that.
Today, we had a district p-day in Covilhã. They have a car, so we all went up to the mountains next to their city to a place called Serra da Estrela. It’s actually a ski resort when they have more snow. It’s probably one of the only in Portugal! We took some pictures and did a lot of exploring! The terrain there was a mix between Idaho Mountains and the Lord of the Rings setting. It was quite beautiful.
So this week we spent a lot of time helping this older less-active lady move. We literally spent three days from 3:00-9:30pm helping her. Most of the details aren’t important, but she’s about 60 years old and one day her husband, who’s not a member, just told her he was moving out because the apartment was too expensive. He didn’t say they were moving out. He had been treating her really badly. She has 2 grown sons that live here in the city and they came to the house only to help the dad move. They didn’t move or help with ANY OF THE MOM’S STUFF. One of them even started yelling at her and being totally disrespectful to her until eventually they were both threatening to call the police. It was a little uncomfortable for us missionaries, but very instructive. I’m so grateful for wonderful parents who raised me with respect and love and the gospel. Nothing is more important that family, even if a family isn’t a “perfect” one. We spent two days just loading as much stuff as we could into a tiny little European car (the 3rd day we had a van) and squishing us 3 in there too, dropping it off at the other house, and doing it over and over again. With the help of a couple of her friends (that I hope we can teach this week) we moved all of the poor lady’s belongings without the help of her husband or any of her children who were there. It’s truly a sad situation, but was a sweet reminder of the incredible family that I have and can be with forever because of the gospel. I love you all.