Go After That Which is Lost

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January 26, 2015 Portugal

Olá!

I’ll start out with some interesting news that you guys probably already know but I forgot to tell you. The Portugal Lisbon Mission will actually split back into two missions in July! Presidente Fluckiger ends as mission President at the same time. It will be hard to change to another mission president but I’m sure both of the following men are awesome!

“We are authorized to inform you of the two couples who have been called to serve in the Portugal Lisbon and Portugal Porto missions beginning on or about July 1, 2015.
Portugal Lisbon Mission: Victor and Edgle Tavares de Curitiba, Paraná Brazil; e Portugal Porto Mission (New): Joni L. and Michele Koch de Balneário Camboriú, SC Brasil.”

Who knows, I might get to serve in two different missions!!!

My companion was sick for a few days this week so we stayed in the house for quite a while. After doing all the house cleaning and cooking I could thinking, I resorted to the broad missionary library. This week I finished “Our Search For Happiness,” read “Our Heritage” in a day, and read a large chunk of “Jesus the Christ.” I especially enjoyed “Our Heritage” because it literally talks about all the major events that happened in the dispensation of the fullness of times since the time of Joseph Smith to the present. I’m just amazed how fast the church grew in those first 10ish years. It’s simply incredible and a testament to the veracity of the restored gospel.

I just loved hearing about your grave yard photo-taking experiences. That does sound like a great family activity (I’m quite certain Elijah would agree.) I was actually thinking about indexing and family history this week and I think I’ll have a much greater desire to be a part of it when I get back. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m on a mission and a lot of the things I used to do for fun are gone, but indexing and searching for names and learning about my ancestors is really starting to interest me!

So, a funny thing about Portuguese toilets is I’m pretty sure they’re like ‘child-proof,’ I mean, they can’t really overflow. I realized they are piped in such a way that the water level never rises nor lowers. It’s probably because of all of the apartment buildings: overflowing toilets would be terrible. Maybe you guys should invest in an ‘child-proof Portuguese toilet?’ 🙂

Yes, transfers are next week. I’m pretty sure I’m going to stay in my area. My district is pretty cool. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

The coolest thing that happened this week was visiting a less-active member, M, that I’d never met and hasn’t come to church for who knows how many years, and then to our profound joy and slight amazement, she and her less-active daughter came to church and are excited to return to the fold of God. “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?” (Luke 15:4)

Thank you all for everything! The church is true!

Love,

Elder Zwahlen

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About Elder Zwahlen

Elder Cory Zwahlen is serving a 2-year proselyting mission in the Lisbon, Portugal area, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He entered the Provo MTC on July 9, 2014. One of Elder Zwahlen's favorite scriptures is Alma 29:1-2 "O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people! Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth."
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