Monday, February 3, 2014
How are you all doing?! I am doing great! We had a good week. A challenging week, but a good one all the same. Right now we are trying to find people who will let us teach more than just a lesson in the door on the first contact. Right now we only have a couple, and it is a little bit rough seeing as teaching is one of my favorite parts of the mission. But we will find more people.
Paula is doing well. Her new baptism date is this week. She had a rough time last week, and became a little bit discouraged. However, she is back on track. She only smoked 2 cigarettes yesterday. We will visit her tonight and make sure everything is running smoothly for her still. Thanks for all of the prayers in her behalf, she is thankful as well.
We experienced a cool miracle this week. We were knocking doors (we have been doing a ton of that lately...) and found a woman named Felicidade, or translated, Hapiness. She had talked to the missionaries once in the past, but never had seen or talked to them again. We ended up randomly (you know, 'randomly'...) knocking one her door, and she let us in right away, and let us teach her the first lesson. She is really cool. Also really catholic, but hopefully we can help her out with that. We will visit her tonight.
Our area is small... really small. It reminds me a little bit of the island, because there is not really anything in it as far as industrialization goes. No big stores, restaurants, or businesses. Just poor little neighborhoods of apartment buildings. Most everything is one grey color, and a lot of the people are the same way. I love it here in Póvoa though. Life is really simple, and the people are all straightforward and honest. We'll splash some gospel color into this place.
Thank you all for the Christmas package! I am loving it, and so is Elder Richmond. I also got a Christmas package from the Stokes that had an awesome little origami nativity in it. It is fantastic. I need their email so that I can thank them and say hi!
I love you all, thank you for your prayers and support! I love you all!