Translating Into Portuguese

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8/24/15 Funchal, Madeira

Hey Mom!

Today was super busy, and so I don’t have a lot of time to write but I’ll try and summarize some of the events of the week.

We’ve still been working with B, the 11 year old member’s daughter. She’s super sweet and it’s fun teaching her. She loves drawing, so during the lesson we have her draw certain things like the plan of salvation while we teach the lesson. She learns and remembers things a lot better that way. She’s still on schedule to be baptized this next Sunday.

Saturday night we found this 30 year old guy who knew a lot about the church and all kinds of things, but he still didn’t believe in any of it. We tried to help him change his life, but he used his agency and didn’t want to. But while we were talking to this guy, two members from Scotland came up to us and were very excited to see us and also fairly lost. I talked to them for a little bit, told them of a couple places to eat, and how to get to the church. On Sunday they showed up and I got to translate for them (I actually translate almost every week lately, for someone.) It was interesting actually, how well I could translate depended a lot on the speaker. One lady just got up there and instantly started reading a bunch of stuff she got from talks and quotes and random stories and it was really difficult to show the correlation between all the information. Then the district President gave a SUPER good talk on keeping the Sabbath Day holy, It was so much easier to translate. And the Scottish couple loved it! I think we need to remember to have direction in our talks and lessons. Things we say can’t just be a bunch of quotes we pulled from somewhere or other. We need to have things that the members can actually apply and a specific goal in mind when we give talks. I wish I was perfect at this, but I feel like everyone can do better at giving interesting, inspiring talks in church.

Some of the things I remember from his talk are the following:
1. We often talk about what we shouldn’t do on Sunday but what about some things we should do? Family History!
2. We should also prepare ourselves for church by getting there as a family on time and going to bed on time the night before :/
3. Other good things that strengthen our testimony and our relationship with our families.

I don’t think I’ve told you yet, but we’ve started working with our 13 page member list. We’ve started putting everyone into different areas because our area is HUGE, and we’ve started passing and calling people too see why they’re not coming to church. We’ve already found people that don’t want anything to do with the church, who instantly start giving excuses and lying, but we did find at least one that has promise and we’ve only just started. We have SO MANY more names. Hopefully we’ll be able to help some people out.

We went on a hike with the young men this morning. Dad would laugh if he saw what the “hike” was, because there was little or no altitude gain, haha! But it was still fun.

Oh, and last night we were walking home and a group of drunk people called us over. I started talking about the existence of God with one of the less drunk guys and Elder G got stuck with this super-wasted older lady. She kept saying “I’m sorry, I’m sorry” over and over again, in English, and he was like, “Sorry for what?” Eventually she like draped herself over him, gave him a hug and spilled beer ALL over his shirt, hahaha! I just kind of laughed and kept talking to the guy. First transfer is quite early to be getting beer spilled all over you. But it’s definitely not the weirdest thing that’s happened to us, haha!

Anyway, I am out of time so I will pick this up next week. I love you Mom and Dad!

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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