Visiting a Religious Sculptor

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December 9, 2015 Portalegre, Portugal

Hello!

No, we didn’t see the Christmas Broadcast. That’s not really a big thing here.

Hey, I’m real happy to know I got accepted to BYUI! I’m super excited! Let me know when they tell me my track schedule!

We did have an activity this week. It was kind of a mini Christmas party. We simply decorated our Christmas tree with all kinds of little ornaments, and made some new ones as well, including a Natividade, made from plastic cups, a shoe box and other cheap materials. Only 2 members showed up (which is about half of the active ones) and our investigator, M_, also came. He seemed to like it. It was a fun activity and we had previously made 3 chocolate pudding pies, with graham cracker crusts and whipped cream on top. They were a big hit!

So, things have been crazy this week. Here are somethings that happened:

We contacted this guy wearing a fisherman’s vest. We asked him about it and it turns out he was really into fishing. We tried to “swindle” him into teaching us how to grill some fish, but he didn’t take the bait….. 😉

We were walking along the street and we found this guy named J_ sculpting rocks with a pick and a hammer in his front yard. We stopped to watch and he ended up coming over to us to talk. He invited us into his shop and it was filled with sculptures of Christ, Mary, lovers, saints, nativities, nuns, and all kinds of crazy things! He was super talented. He said he just did it as a hobby and almost never sold any of it. We found out, actually, that he’s an atheist, but he just likes to sculpt religious things. WHAT?! We’re going to try and visit him again this week.

I also had a gun pulled on me….don’t worry, it was just a crazy investigator. It probably wasn’t even loaded…… 😐

We found a really tall German guy that Elder T had already met and he was like 6’5″ and bought us lunch in a café against our will! But we had to eat it. He was a lot bigger than us and I can’t say no to free food!

So, remember how I told you that the front of my shoes had come unglued. I took them to a Cobbler this week, like you said, and he repaired them for super cheap, 2 bucks and 50 cents! And they look good as new! Ready to trip over some more cobblestones.

We had to go to the Library to see the groundbreaking of the Lisbon temple but it was really cool to see. I actually knew some of the leaders that were there at the groundbreaking, so it was cool to see. It was actually broadcasted on TV as well, and I think A LOT of people ended up seeing it. I went to physical therapy 2 days later, for the first time here in Portalegre, and one of the first things that the physical therapist said to me was that she saw something about our religion and a temple opening on TV. It’s awesome to see how the Lord is hastening His work.

On Sunday, we had 2 of our members at church, 2 from the district, and then 4 investigators showed up! It was awesome! Hopefully we can keep that up here.

Anyway, that was most of the funnier things that happened this week. Love you all!

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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