Eating Raw Turkey…

December 28, 2015, Portalegre, Portugal

Hey Family!

So, as requested, I will share the story of our turkey challenge:

So, we have the privilege of living right across the street from one of the member families, the Palmeiros. This allows us to talk to them frequently and mutually share homemade goods 😉 They invited us over for dinner on Christmas Eve and we asked what they wanted us to bring. The Mom just said that something small would be fine, but we had a different plan: we bought a full-size turkey! We bought it, brought it home, everything was good, and we were real excited about it until we realized we didn’t really know how to cook it. We’d already cooked chickens many a time, so we figured it couldn’t be too different. We took it out of the freezer the night before and set aside a full TWO AND A HALF HOURS for preparation and cooking time. As we started preparing the bird, we found a large block of ice in the middle of it (due to having put the turkey in water to defrost it, haha!) But, it would eventually thaw, we thought. We put it in the oven with more than enough time to spare and waited. When we went to check it a little while later, we found that our ghetto little oven had somehow turned off. No worries; just a small setback. After relighting the oven, we were on our way again. An hour and a half later, it smelled pretty good and a small cut in the side seemed to say it was done. After we pridefully brought over our buzzard to the intended family’s home, we started cutting it open only to find it still more than a little raw. This could have been a major setback for the dinner, had the mother not been “legally blind.” I think the kids noticed, but they saw us eating it unperturbed, so hey, it couldn’t be that bad! We asked quite a few people about how to cook a turkey, and we received many responses on how to prepare it, what spices to use, what to put inside and all kinds of things, but not once did someone mention that it would require 3 days to thaw and then at least 3 hours to cook!!! No one got sick, so it was a success!

I’ve met tons of people already who want to travel the world, but I’ve never really had that desire. I’d like to stay in Idaho for the rest of my life, if possible, haha!

So, I already told you this story on Skype as well: on Christmas night we went over to the home of someone we had met, to say hi and we saw all the firewood that he had to carry in from his truck. We told him we’d come back the next morning to help him carry it in, but he thought we were joking. Here we were the next morning, at his house. We actually unloaded quite a bit of wood before we even rang his doorbell, so that he couldn’t refuse our help. After it was all finished he just said, “Alright, let’s go get more.” So we hopped in his truck and went out to get another load. (Mind you, this is an investigator that didn’t want anything to do with the church.) We had a bunch of fun getting another load and when we got back he offered us lunch and invited us over for dinner that same day! It was cool to see how service can change someone’s heart.

It was so awesome to see you guys the day after Skype. I really enjoyed being able to talk to each one of you individually. I’m glad even Zach was able to make it down from New York. I have such a wonderful family 🙂

Well, that’s pretty much everything. Happy new year everyone! Don’t forget to buy some Martinelli’s (sparkling apple cider)!!!


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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