An American Store in Porto


102615p7SMALLOctober 26, 2015 Leiria, Portugal

Hey Mom and Dad!

I hope you had a great week! Mine went quite well.

Thanks for all of the Halloween party ideas! I think we’re going to have stations with different games at each one — bobbing for apples, minute to win it games, Halloween x-factor game (where you stick your hand in something and try and guess what it is), etc. Oh, and we’ll also have Zumba as well (hopefully Halloween style). There will be a lot of food and a lot of fun. Hopefully everyone will invite their friends 😀

My birthday was so much fun! We had lunch with a recent convert girl from Cape Verde. She made me a cake and a card and everything. All her Cape Verde friends were there too and they really like us. We actually made all the food (just stuff that would go in burritos, including lime-cilantro rice) and just brought it to her house. Later that night, we had dinner with a young couple in the ward and we had another celebration with them. It was a fabulous b-day!

So, I’m sure you know already, but the groundbreaking date for the Portugal Temple was announced! It will be on December 5th!!! Unfortunately, it’s in the southern mission, so we won’t be able to go… But it’s really exciting for all of the members to have a temple so close. (like 4-5 hours is close when you would otherwise have to drive to the middle of Spain.)

Random: did you guys know that it is illegal to turn right on a red light here? Weird, huh?

So, I made a trip up to Porto this week to do “residency.” They simply take another picture of me and make sure all of my information is right to allow me to stay in the country for another period of time. I’m still LEGAL! YAY! Also, on the way back, we stopped by “The American Store,” which has imported American food that they don’t sell here in Portugal. They had A LOT of things that I wanted, but it was pretty expensive. I just bought some Ramen, a Reeses, a Butterfinger, a cream soda, and some Smarties. They also have beef jerky there actually, but it’s super expensive. We’re going to be up in Porto again next month because Elder M will have to do “residency” as well.

My black Eccos have decided to start to go south. The soles began to separate from the upper part of the shoe in the front (most definitely from the many, many times I’ve tripped on the cobblestones….) But no worries; I bought some cheap Shoe Goo stuff and it seems to be holding quite nicely. I heard of a missionary who would dip the bottom of his shoes in rubber cement every day, in essence creating a new layer of sole before he would go out to work, in order to make his shoes last his whole mission. Don’t worry; I don’t think I will become quite so desperate.

It’s been pretty rainy lately; at it’s starting to get colder 😦 I’m going to have to take out those sweaters and Under Armor clothes that saved me last winter.

The work has been going well this week. We are really excited to start teaching a Brazilian man this week. He lives in a smaller city outside of Leiria. We have to take a bus out there to go teach him. He seems really open and excited to talk to us.

One thing that the young African people kept saying to me on my birthday was “Turning 20 doesn’t happen every day.” Of course it doesn’t happen every day. That’s what makes it special. But every day is unique. No day happens twice. We need to live every day like it could be our last. Be happy. Work hard, and prepare for the future. That’s my spiritual thought for the week.

I love you guys so much and thought of you a fair amount this week!


Elder Zwahlen


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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