Friendly Investigator not Ready for Church Attendance

September 21, 2015 Leiria, Portugal

Hey Mom and Dad!!!

I’m really starting to get a feel for my new area and getting to know some of the members better.

Also, we dropped an investigator this week. She has two young kids, one of them baptism age. We worked really hard trying to help her out, talking to her, listening to her problems, literally everything. She had already gone to church once, and we were really hoping we could get her to come back to church and start progressing towards baptism. To say the least, she LOVES us, but she just didn’t want to change her life. She even invited us over for dinner at the last minute earlier this week and we told her it would be better if we planned it for a different night when we could bring a member with us so we could actually go inside her house. She told us it didn’t matter, we’d eat in the doorway! So, we did. Haha! It was terrible too, because her doorway has stairs leading directly up to it, so there is nowhere to put chairs outside. So what we did was, she pulled up the table to the doorway and gave us a couple of doormats to kneel on as we ate our food…. I don’t know if this is anything like it was for you, Dad, but I totally felt like I was in Japan or something, having to eat while kneeling on the floor 🙂 Anyway, we did everything we could to get her to church, even got a ride for her and her kids, but she still wouldn’t go. Hopefully she’ll change in the future.

District meeting this week was at the church in Figueira da Foz, my FIRST area! I thought it would be strange being back there, walking through my old stomping grounds but it wasn’t at all actually. It felt like I was just there yesterday! Time passes super fast!
Funny story actually about district meeting: We had to catch a bus in that left in the morning. Elder M and I were there with our tickets with a lot of time to spare. 4 minutes before our bus was supposed to leave we get a call from the Sisters (who also need to be on this bus) and they asked us to buy their tickets for them and stop the bus for them because they were running late! We ran to the ticket booth and of course there was a huge line, like 15 people. (If they missed this bus, there wouldn’t be another one for hours). So we waited in line until we couldn’t wait any longer and the sisters showed up to take our place in line. We ran over to our bus and it was already pulling out! We barely made it on the bus and then we had to convince the bus driver to wait (he was not very happy about it either.) I ran back out to call the sisters over and I caught my suit jacket on a hand rail and totally ripped a big hole in it. Awesome. And we all barely made it back on the bus as it was leaving. Very stressful. Not to mention the Sisters live like 5 minutes away from the bus station… I’m just glad we all made it there okay, except for my suit jacket that is….

So we planned this awesome family night, but only a few recent converts showed up :/

Mom, my neck is alright, but it still hurts, hopefully it will get back to normal here shortly.

Sorry, we went to Nazaré today for P-day and I don’t have any more time to write. I love you all and I hope you all have a great week!

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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