April 11 2016 Matosinhos, Portugal
Hey Mom and Dad!
So This week I’ve been really trying to finish reading the Book of Mormon in Portuguese and Preach my Gospel because I’ve never read either of them cover to cover and I need to finish them both before I leave!
So here’s some more about the awesome life in Matosinhos:
Almost every morning we get up half an hour early, put on our running shoes and we go run across the beach. It is soooo cool! Portuguese people don’t wake up before 8:00 so there is rarely anyone there and it’s really nice weather now. We’ve found it’s a good way to relieve stress and ponder a little bit.
Because Matosinhos is on the coast, the city gets a lot of money from rich tourists, but I haven’t run into any yet. There are a lot of really fancy sea food restaurants and expensive cars. (We’ve seen Ferraris, corvettes, Lamborghinis, and all kinds of cool cars). The city of Matosinhos in which we live is actually the Sisters missionaries’ area. Our area covers some smaller cities such as Leça, Lavra, Cabo de Mundo, and Anjeiras. There are tons of really big rich houses. It’s quite different from most of the other, poorer areas that I’ve served in. There are also quite a few people walking around on the streets for us to talk to, so that’s really exciting. Oh, and I almost forgot, that big round red thing that you guys saw on the internet is actually an enormous fishing net hung out right in front of the beach! There are tons of huge fishing boats that pass by here every day. We have to cross a huge folding bridge to get to our area and it’s sooooo cool! Every time we walk on it I just can’t help but imagine what would happen if it started folding up with me on still on it!!!!! 😨
We have some really cool people to teach here, one of whom actually showed up at church. The rest of them flaked out and I don’t know what happened to them, but we’ll get them to church this week. The ward is apparently one of the strongest wards in Portugal. There are about 70 active members and the sacrament hall is pretty full. We have a really good ward mission leader and bishop. I’m still trying to learn all of the members’ names, but I’ve only seen them once. With 6 missionaries always changing and so many members, it’s slightly more difficulty to create strong friendships with the members. About 90% of them live within the city of Matosinhos.
It also rains quite a bit here, which is kind of annoying because my shoes are far from waterproof, but it’s not too bad. We’ve actually been having some success with contacts in the rain.
Elder S_ has just finished training: this is his 3rd transfer. But, he served for 21 days in Brazil, waiting for his VISA where he baptized 5 people! 5 people in 21 days!!! He LOVES math. He is planning on studying to be a Mechatronic Engineer. I didn’t even know what that was until he explained it has to do with designing and programing robots! Super cool! Anyway, he loves to read anything he can get his hands on and likes numbers, haha! He’s a really hard worker too!
We’re pretty much just trying to find more new investigators and get the ones we already got to start progressing!
Anyway, life’s just real swell and passing real fast! Thanks for all your support. CONGRATULATIONS MOM on GRADUATING!!!!!!