“American Day” in Funchal

July 6, 2015, Funchal, Madeira

My new mission address is:

Portugal Porto Mission
Rua Amalia Luazes
23 sala 1, Porto, Portugal
4200-057

We will get to meet President Amorim when, 1) he gets his visa and gets to Portugal and then 2) he actually makes his way to the island of Madeira. We shall see.

Also, I only have a half hour of email time today, so I’ll try and give you as much pertinent info as possible in as little time as I have.

So, as you can see, I didn’t send any baptism pics today because L was not baptized yet. I won’t talk about all of the specifics, but we saw so many miracles this week with him that I know without a doubt that he is supposed to be baptized. We had set up his baptismal interview for Saturday afternoon, which has to be done by our district leader from another city. They came in their car and we went up to Luis’ house to interview him, but he wasn’t there, just his younger brother. We went back into town for a while to give him some time to get back to his house before going back to visit him. All the while, we were calling him but he was not picking up. We decided to go a slightly different way than we went the first time, and as we passed by some festivities we saw him just walking around. I practically jumped out of the car and ran over to him. He was ready to be interviewed, he just doesn’t like to be home when his brother is home because his brother “doesn’t understand.” Very justifiable. So, we went to the church, he passed the interview, and everything was set for the baptism. Well, sufficeth it to say that he was a little scared to be baptized and he kind of ran away at the last minute before he was baptized. We tried calling him, but he didn’t answer. Later that day, we were getting off a bus on our way home (nowhere near L’s house or any bus that goes there). We got off the bus, and amid a bunch of other people, walking towards us was L!!! We see so many miracles on the mission, but each one is still amazing! We met him and asked him how he was doing and the first thing he did was say sadly, “I didn’t get baptized…” We asked him kindly why, and he told us that he just didn’t feel prepared. He belonged to another religion before, and he understands the covenant of baptism quite well. We felt good about everything that happened, and made a new plan to resolve any doubts that he may have.

Oh, and Happy 4th of July!!! Did you guys go see the fireworks as a family again? I see that Aiden played in the marching band! How fun! That sousaphone is sooooo big!!! Did Madison play in it as well, or did she just boycott anything that starts with High and ends in -school? We actually had a pretty cool 4th of July here as well! There were actually a few lame fireworks during the day for other reasons, but the coolest thing we did was have a district barbecue before L’s interview! We bought a tiny little grill for 5 bucks, some coal, and a bunch of chicken and beef and had a 4th of July barbecue! We called it American Day and blasted all of the most American-y music we could find!!!!

Hey, try the lemon, garlic, salt chicken again. You can use more juice from a bottle if you want. Just make sure it’s not frozen (we tried that, haha)!!!
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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