June 22, 2015 Funchal, Madeira
Happy Father’s day! Ya, I must admit I didn’t know it was Father’s Day, but better late than never. We obviously heard about the mission President switch, but we all know it’s inspired. He (President Amorim) seems like he’ll be a good President.
The mission won’t give anyone the new mission address yet. We already tried, because we are “still in the Portugal Lisbon Mission.” All mail for quite a while that is sent to the Lisbon Mission will be shipped up to Porto, so don’t worry too much about it.
Oh, I bought a very well-priced 16 gig flash drive this week. My other ran out of space so this one should do well for me.
So, this week was pretty normal. One of our investigators, LF, is still doing really well. He didn’t show up at church so we stole a couple of teenagers in the branch and had one of them drive us to LF’s house. He was there tending his sickly mother because his brother, who was supposed to tend her, had left. He made quick arrangements for his mother to stay home alone for a little while, put on a suit, and we all rode back to church. Phewww! Sometimes it is so difficult to get investigators to church. Satan does NOT want people seeing the true church in action and feeling the spirit in the Lord’s house so he does EVERYTHING he can to make sure people do not get there. Anyway, we feel LF could be baptized this weekend so we’ll see this week. We found him by knocking doors. We do a fair amount of that here. He used to be Jehovah’s Witness but realized that it wasn’t the true church, so he already understands a lot of true Biblical doctrine. The ward mission leader invited him over for a family night tonight in his house, so that should be really good.
I was sick for a couple days this week but I feel much better now
Did you know wine and beer here are cheaper than most juice and only slightly more expensive than water? Madeira has TONS of homeless drunks. They have ghetto cartons of wine by them every single day, drinking their lives away. Alcohol destroys people and lives. We find so many people that are half brain dead because of how much they drank in the past. I always knew alcohol was bad for you but I didn’t realize the physical, metal, and emotional damage that it does to people. It is so easy to see how the Lord inspires his prophets with revelations such as the Word of Wisdom. When we as missionaries teach the word of wisdom, we teach 5 things that we should not use or ingest to keep us healthy and receive blessings from the Lord: 1. Alcohol, 2. Illegal drugs, 3. Coffee, 4. Smoking/tobacco, 5. Tea (it’s green tea in English right?) as well as iced tea. It seems so easy sometimes, but it’s so difficult for people that have become so addicted to them. Satan does not want us to be happy and have our agency so he uses these 5 things that seem fun and popular to drag us down to misery and subordinance to him.
Other cool things that happened this week were there was a young men’s activity that we attended and they cooked burritos (not common in Portugal) and had a ping pong tournament. I did well in the tourney, but our recent convert kid, L, won–blessings of getting baptized. We also did some service by building a canopy for grapes for our branch mission leader. It was super fun to build and I learned some effective knots as well. He happens to be a former “pescador” which means fisherman.
Anyway, that was pretty much my week. We’re just working with whom we’ve got and teaching everyone we find. Love you all!
p.s. What do you think about me going to BYUI instead of Provo? I have already done a lot of thinking and weighing the pros and the cons, but I want to know your unbiased opinion.