March 28, 2016 Portalegre, Portugal
Hello Mom and Dad!
Happy Easter! The Easter traditions here are essentially the same as at home, but people don’t seem to celebrate it to the same extent. We were able find some cool people yesterday by talking about Easter though!
One funny thing that happened this week was, we were standing in the street talking to a less-active couple at night and these 2 drunk guys came up to us and started messing with us. Luckily, we were able to calm them down and nothing happened, but I almost had to use my satchel like a mace; it’s pretty heavy 🙂
We heard about the bombing in Belgium on the first day it happened. Lots of people are talking about it here. It’s super sad. Elder M is a little scared because he’ll be flying on 3 planes in about 1 week, haha!
On Sunday I talked about the enabling power of the Atonement, as taught by Elder Bednar in his talk, “The Atonement and the Journey of Mortality.” It’s a really, really, good talk. You should read it. Most of the time we remember and use the cleansing power of the Atonement, which is incredible and necessary, but we forget about the enabling power we can attain. As we learn to use this function of Christ’s Atonement, we learn how to gain strength to change our circumstances and see the Lord’s hand in our trials instead of complaining and praying that our challenges will be removed from us. I particularly enjoyed talking about this subject because it is a principle that I have come to love on the mission. The more we discover how to use it in our lives, the more we will find ourselves doing things we never thought we were able to do. Mom, thanks for being an awesome example of this, by achieving your academic goals. You might be a little older than the median age in your accounting classes, but you know how to control your time and use the gifts God has given you. And, when you have done all that you can do, I know you pray for the Lord’s help and guidance and he gives it to you. Thanks Mom. I love you.
So, the city of Portalegre takes many more holidays than it should and so the library is closed again today….. We were forced to use a member’s computer, so I don’t want to spend too long here. Thanks for everything. Love you all!