Hey Mom and Dad!
Well, it’s official, you guys are real Idahoans now that you’ve been to Yellowstone’s National Park. I remember multiple times when my friends would ask me something about Yellowstone and I’d tell them I’d never been there and they’d squint and frown a little and ask me how long I had lived in Idaho. At least now you guys don’t have to worry about that.
Because of the mission split, the Porto Mission didn’t have a bank account yet and so my new comp Elder G didn’t get ANY money from the mission yet so we were just running on mine….. Well, we ran out this week so that’s why I had to use some personal, it’ll all be reimbursed. His family is super poor so he doesn’t have any personal money and he needed some tennis shoes because we were going running with our investigator Leonardo so I paid for them and the mission will reimburse me. Anyway, the financial secretaries said his money will come today so we really hope that’s true……
Elder is super sick (awesome!). He is completely different from my other companion from Portugal. He is the only member from his family (although he got a pic sent to him today of his mother, who started going to church as of a couple weeks ago!) He’s humble, teaches well, funny, positive, and works well with lots of different types of people. We’ve had a great time together. So, yes the transfer came about a week later because President Amorim had visa problems and got to the mission later than expected. He wanted to interview every single one of his missionaries before making any changes to the transfers and that took about 2 weeks so he postponed the transfers. This also meant actually that Elder G stayed in the Spain MTC for an extra week as well. He was pretty happy about it though, because he was able to go visit the big soccer stadium of “Real Madrid.” The next transfer will be on the normal schedule. It’s like this transfer is 5 weeks and the last one was 7.
Anyway, to talk a little about my week: It was great! It was a week filled with funny experiences and interesting people and coincidental miracles.
One funny thing happened a couple days ago. Even though I’ve been in the area for a while now, I still haven’t managed to find all of our recent converts. This week we found 2 of them actually! We called one named C_ and asked him where he was at. He told us that he was at a certain government building next to a park that I thought I was familiar with. We called him when we got close and he said he was still there. We looked around for a couple minutes not knowing who this man was, when a man walked out of the police station, being the perfect age of C_. We yelled out his name and waved and he came over and we talked to him for a long while on a park bench. He told us about how he was baptized by Sisters a while back and then asked the church for money which they didn’t give him, so he got offended and started attending a super apostate church. Anyway, we tried to get him back to church but he said he wasn’t ready to come back. We were just happy we had found him. We went back to find him yesterday as well and I called him and he told us where he was but he seemed a little annoyed with us actually. I told him we’d eventually find him. We walked over to where we thought he should be but didn’t see him so we asked the closest old man for some directions. He told us that we were there already and said, “You guys are looking for me.” We told him no, we were looking for C_. He said, “That’s me.” We were super confused because we had talked to someone named C_ the day before and he was definitely not the same guy! Then he was like, “Ya you guys called me and marked an appointment with me at 5:00 yesterday and never showed up!!!” We realized that this random guy was the REAL C_, the recent convert. But to this day, we have no idea who that other imposter C_ was whom we talked to for an hour and had a lesson with, haha! Seriously, these two men were about the exact same age with almost the exact same story, haha! Super weird. We told the REAL C_ that there is some guy who stole his identity and is running around telling people his name is C_. He thought that was pretty funny, haha!
At church yesterday, Ln showed up but only had time to go to Gospel Principles before he had to leave 😦
Note: I don’t know if I told you this already, but Ln is a super cool kid and wants to be baptized and it looked like he liked church, but his problem is he’s gay and doesn’t really want to change…… The timing of how this worked out was very strange.
We did have a surprise when a man we contacted on the street, who ended up being homeless showed up to church as well. We invited him, he said yes, and he showed up, haha!
So, President Amorim wants the missionaries to do something BOLD each week. This week’s bold thing was contacting this SUPER cute girl at a bus stop last night. I normally try and avoid those types of contacts. She was pretty cool, but she came up with some excuse about her boyfriend not being chill with it. Hmmm…. we just got to find one that’s single….
So, we’ve been finding some really cool people this week and they’re actually marking appointments with us so this week should be super sick (awesome)!
I love you all!
So I bought these “Tuna Steaks,” fried em up and we ate them with this great rice I made, maybe one of the best meals I’ve made, with limited mission supplies (try to ignore the dirty stove in the picture, it’s about to get cleaned 😉
The other picture is us with our awesome Branch mission leader eating spaghetti noodles with mayonnaise and ketchup… the classic mission mixture…..