Making Friends

092815p10 SMALLJuly 27, 2015 Funchal, Madeira

Hey Family!

This week was great! We’ve been doing a fair amount of tracting recently, trying to find some new people to work with. We’ve found some people that look pretty cool.

L looks like he’s doing alright. He has a great heart. He didn’t show up on Sunday for his confirmation, even though we talked to him on Saturday, sooooo we’ll have to figure out what’s up with that so he can get to church this Sunday.

Oh, so it probably sounds like we have activities all the time, but I think we do! This week, on Pioneer day, we had a huge activity for the whole district of Madeira! L and another investigator, H were able to go too. A lady from our ward dressed up in a pioneer dress and bonnet and gave a talk about how she was a modern-day pioneer–she was the first person baptized on Madeira!!! After that, we heard from an awesome recent convert and watched 17 Miracles. I had seen “17 Miracles” before, but it seemed so much more incredible this time (it’s possible that it’s because it’s the only full-length movie I’ve seen in over a year). What they had to go through seems unimaginable to us. I looked around at all the other missionaries dispersed in the chapel and we were all taking turns crying, haha! Truly, it is a remarkable movie that strengthened my faith. Afterwards, there was already food prepared which consisted of potatoes, stroganoff, Tuna pie stuff, and a whole lot of other stuff. It was a fabulous activity!

The story you sent about visiting less-actives is compelling. This week we had kind of a funny experience. We were knocking doors and an old man came out. We cracked a couple of jokes and smiled a lot and before saying much more we asked if we could come in. He kind of stopped, thought for a second and told us sure we could come in! We went in and as we were walking up to greet his wife she asked her husband why he had let these two strange men into their house. He pretty much replied by saying that he didn’t know, but that we were “his friends!” Obviously, we didn’t know him and he didn’t know us, but we showed our love to the man by our friendliness and smiles. Oh, and the wife ended up being really friendly as well actually.

Elder P and I are really excited because we talked to an active member, R, about his 11-year old daughter who is not baptized. His wife, who as of five or so years ago went inactive and doesn’t like the church at all, happens to be the legal guardian. But we felt we should talk to R about her and it looks like the Mom will finally give permission for her to be baptized!!! It would be super cool. The daughter is such a sweet girl that wants to get baptized.

Reading the Book of Mormon in Portuguese? Ya, I haven’t ever finished it in Portuguese yet. I stopped in 2nd Nephi during my 4th transfer and after that it has been just reading wherever I want. You’re right, I would be a great goal to finish it in Portuguese before I go home. Maybe I’ll start that this week. It’s slightly slower going, but I actually really enjoy it. I told you that the Portuguese is like really archaic right? But I guess it’s probably strange in English too, we just don’t really notice.

Hey I’ll send some pics later today. We’re gonna go play soccer with the other missionaries and some teenagers from the branch.

Love you all!

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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