February 1, 2016
Hi Mom and Dad!
This week was kinda crazy because we left our area Tuesday night and got back Friday afternoon, but the training that was given to the leaders was well worth it. It was two days straight of just training and cold McDonalds they bought for us for every meal.
Some of the main points that Presidente Amorim focused on were the following:
2. Finding people to teach through that huge list of people that the members know. Finding people through huge activities at the church, etc.
3. “The Folder.” At the training meeting we all received a folder with pictures and information to be used during lessons. They are created on a point by point basis on a very basic level in order to captivate investigators attention and help us teach simply. They’re actually super cool and we already started using them here in Portalegre.
4. District Meeting. District meeting is so central to our purpose as missionaries because it allows us to learn, grow, practice, and gain experience as missionaries in a safe, constructive environment. WEEKLY. What could be more important. President extended our district meeting time from 60-90 minutes to 90-120 minutes. I will have to prepare really good for them so they are edifying experiences.
At 6:30 both nights of the conference in Porto, we all had to leave and go on divisions in various areas. The first night I went in a tripla in the area of Porto 2. It was super fun actually. We met this old guy who was pretty much a rock star by profession and really liked music. He also though “pretty much everything we say is a lie, ” but we convinced him to let us come back another day. Later on in the division, Elder J had a dinner appointment with 3 other elders of that area so he left us to fend for ourselves. We were roaming around when a member stopped in her car and waved us down. She was super nice and we talked to us for a while and then asked if we wanted some cheese. We’re pretty used to accepting any kind food so we said yes. She opened the trunk and gave us this massive circle of cheese! Like pounds of it! It was pretty cool. We still don’t have our money situation figured out so at least we got some dinner 🙂
The 2nd night, the district leader from Tomar and I were the only Elders that didn’t go home after the conference because we rode up with the couple missionaries from Abrantes, so he and I just hit the streets. He is from Cape Verde and he asked a girl from Cape Verde if he could help her carry groceries, and she accepted. Normally people don’t accept help. It’s pretty rare. But like I always see when black missionaries contact other black people “I’m black. You’re black. Let’s be friends. Wanna get baptized!?” It’s like so easy!!! Haha! It was a lot of fun. On our way back to the hotel we were staying in we met all three of the couple missionaries walking out of McDonalds. One of them handed us 10 bucks and told us to go get some food, so we got some dinner that night too. That’s always a plus.
One of the member families couldn’t come to church on Sunday because they went down to Lisbon, so we had a little smaller turnout at church but it went well even so.
Sorry I don’t much more to say. I hope this week goes well for all of you!
February 8, 2016 Portalegre, Portugal
Hey – Sorry about this but the internet is down at the library so I’m using a printing place to write this. I can’t spend a lot of time here. I just wanted to say I love you all. Thank you so much and the church is true 🙂