Baptisms and Blessings in Portugal

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April 18, 2016 Matosinhos, Portugal

Hey Family!

This week was all over the place. The other Elders had a baptism, so I was helping them quite a bit with that, interviewed the investigator Sunday morning and she was baptized Sunday night.

So, Elder S_ has this gift which is talking on the phone with people. I haven’t figured it out yet, but when he talks on the phone with people they just really like him, enjoy talking to him and mark appointments with him. We’ve been trying to use that to our advantage and he has been calling every number we can find, but we haven’t had too much success with it yet. We’ve made quite a few appointments with people, but they normally end up falling through. Hopefully, this week all the people that didn’t work out last week will be able to find a few minutes to listen to our message. That is the plan 🙂

So, we had an amazing miracle with our elect Brazilian investigator. She works literally every Sunday in a mall but we were able to make things happen and she came to sacrament meeting this week and loved it! Normally, people have to come to at least 2 sacrament meetings before they can be baptized, but we talked to President Amorim and he said she can be baptized; he wants to interview her! We met her husband too, but he didn’t want to attend church with us. We’ll get him next time for sure. So, this Friday she’s off of work and we’re gonna have a game night at the chapel. We’ll meet with her a little early and mark her baptismal date. She is the most elect lady I have ever taught.

We also had a zone conference with President Amorim on Thursday. He gave us a review training on finding investigators’ problems, and not just their excuses. Almost always, the investigator’s real doubt is NOT the first answer they give when they decide not to be baptized. Our job as missionaries is to look beyond the first excuse, and ask them what else is bothering them and then keep quiet. A lot of times, it is not the 2nd answer they give either. So, we have to acknowledge the second problem, but tell them we feel there is something other than that that is bothering them. Only stop when you have reached the real problem. If the investigator says they can’t be baptized because they can’t quit smoking, but their real problem is living the law of chastity, creating a plan to help them quit smoking isn’t going to help at all, and the investigator won’t be listening anyway. It was a great training. It also works in other applications in the real world–interviews, parenting, relationships, etc.

Anyway, I don’t have too much else. The weeks just fly by. Thank you for all of your love and support and prayers. You guys are the best.

Love you tons,

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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