June 8, 2015 Funchal, Madeira
So, the transfer results have been revealed!!! I’m staying here in Madeira with Elder P for another transfer! This means that I’m now in the PORTUGAL PORTO MISSION!!!!! It’s pretty much the upper half of Portugal plus Madeira. The other islands in Portugal, the Acores (Azores), are in the Lisbon Mission. It’s pretty funny, every time I say the name of the new mission, there’s always an awkward pause: Portugal………..Porto Mission. I’m really excited about it, actually. Lisbon is really sweet and it’d be cool to have a chance to serve in the part of the country we call ‘Africa,’ but I know that transfers made by President Fluckiger are inspired. All 5 of the other companionships on Madeira had changes except for me and Elder P. It’s because we’re gonna do some really effective work this transfer that can’t be slowed down by a small learning curve. Elder P is now only in his 4th transfer but already speaks really good Portuguese and is a highly effective missionary.
Before I forget, we actually had dinner with Sister R and another American couple that randomly appeared in sacrament meeting. They actually came for kind a late honeymoon. The husband, Jake, served in the Portugal Porto Mission about 5 years ago and served in Madeira. It was lots of fun. Sister R made us stir fry, which was really good, but slightly inferior to Dad’s famous wok stir fry. She told me you emailed her but she hadn’t read it yet.
My haircutting machine is just like yours, just more ghetto. It’s got a normal blade and little plastic combs at the end. It’s been kind of a fun adventure for this transfer.
So here are some updates: L got confirmed this Sunday, which was a great experience. He’ll receive the Aaronic priesthood here in a bit as well and we’re really happy for him.
Last week we did a service project for our branch mission leader. He wanted us to help him gather some “cana,” which looks a lot like bamboo and grows wild as weeds here. We grabbed some very primitive scythe-like tools and just walked down the road until we found a spot that had a sufficient number them and we just started hacking away. I’m not entirely sure if we were stealing or doing someone else a service by clearing them out, but either way, we gathered quite a few of them and carried them back to Joel’s house so he could construct some kind of canopy with them. We don’t really know actually, it was just really fun!!! Afterwards, we made them food at their house which was in essence just simple burritos but the thing is, burritos don’t really exist here so they were super excited. We just cooked up some beans and chicken and J_ made some African rice with coconut and Elder P made guacamole and we brought home-made tortillas we had prepared early. It was really funny watching them try and fold up a burrito. They’d never seen anything like it, hahahaha!
There were also some excellent fireworks down by the port the other night. We were on our way home and we walked down by the beach and there were soooooo many people there awaiting the huge fireworks and party. One day, I’ll have to come back and enjoy that part of Madeira a little more!
Also, President and Sister Fluckiger are coming here to Madeira one last time later this week and there will be lots of cool parties and meetings. Unfortunately, there will also be a ‘house check’ done by them as well, so I spent all day today cleaning (it was less than presentable, for sure).
I also contacted two teenage girls on a bus this week. They said they’d be interested in learning more but we’re not so sure…….if they’re interested in the gospel, anyway. We’ll just have to wait and see 😉
Anyway, that was pretty much my week. Tomorrow is my 11 month mark!!!!! I love you all!