Tell the World: A Savior Is Born

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December 14, 2015 Portalegre, Portugal

Dear Mom:

The new Christmas initiative, “A Savior Is Born,” is really cool. We use cards with the website listed on them a lot, to talk to new people about Christmas and the Savior.

So, this week went really well! We were able to teach 13 lessons, which is really high for us. We don’t have very many members but there’s a teenager that really likes to teach with us so we’ve been teaching a lot with her.

We finally had the chance to teach the coolest family ever. It was super difficult to schedule with them so we’ve been trying to do that for the last 3 weeks. They have a 3 year old son and a little baby. They are amazing! Super open, funny, great people. We got to know them for a while and started teaching them about the restoration. They were understanding really well and everything was going well until we ran into two unexpected hiccups. The mom decided to start breast-feeding right before the First Vision, and didn’t use the blanket cover-up technique! So that was the first interruption. Then, a few minutes later, the 3-year old decide to put an Airsoft BB in his ear. So then we kind of watched and laughed as the parents tried to get it out with tweezers, using medical tubing to suck it out of there. It was super funny though, because everyone was laughing including the toddler being ‘operated’ on. They were about to go and try the vacuum, but I recommended that it probably wouldn’t be a good idea! Anyway, they realized after some futile attempts that they would have to go to the hospital right then to get it removed. So, we asked the father to say a prayer that they would be able to get the BB out and we left without too much delay. It was a very unconventional first lesson.

Church this week was interesting. The fuse box broke and started smoking so we didn’t have any electricity in the chapel. We moved all the chairs from the normal room to the one by the door because there was more light, but church was still pretty dim 😉 But like normal, Elder T taught Sunday School and I taught gospel principles. While I was teaching a lesson about repentance, one of our investigators just started talking about a crime that had happened in Portalegre recently–a 70 year-old lady got raped and murdered. He said he actually knew the guy who did it and that he had been in his house. I did not want to talk about it anymore, so I told him he should turn in the man to police and we kept on with the lesson. It wasn’t until we got home that we realized that we now had a valuable piece of evidence in a murder case! Well, we went to the police station, but they said they don’t deal with those types of crimes. Only in other cities did they have a murder and violent crime sector. We asked if he had a number or something we could call, but he was very unhelpful, and apathetic. I would hope that in America, if you went to any police station that if you said you had a valuable clue to a murder case, that they would at least direct you to the correct authorities…. Anyway, we will be in Tomar tomorrow so we will talk to the police then. Crazy huh!?

We have 2 activities planned for this week. Saturday night, we are going to watch the movie “Elf,” as a movie night, assuming we have power by then, and then Sunday, we’ll have our Christmas party with food, games, and we’ll watch “Meet the Mormons.” I still haven’t seen it so I hope it’s as good as I’ve heard. Hopefully we can get all of our investigators out there!

Answers:
1. Yes, my neck was still sore, and I still had some sessions left, prescribed by the doctor so I finished them up. It’s still not great, but quite a bit better than it was. I switched pillows, which has helped a little. No, I’m not taking any meds for it.
2. Sorry about email last week: the insurance company set up my physical therapy session on P-day (how inconsiderate!) and I thought it was later, but it happened to be right when we were to do email last week.

Anyway, it looks like the rainy season has begun, so I get to pull out the super-big Mr. Mac rain coat again! I love you all! Only one more P-Day until Christmas! It’s coming so fast!

Elder Cory 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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