I’m Officially in the Portugal Porto Mission

Wow lot´s to say little time to say it.

  1. I´m officially in the Porto mission. We will meet our new mission president on the 10th I think. I don’t think he has his visa yet.
  2. Zaina and Sara don’t want to progress right now. They have a testimony of the Book of Mormon; but they don’t want to act on what they know and be baptized. A lot of people here think that all churches are the word of God and that there can’t be one true church. I don’t really get it but it’s their way of thinking.
  3. One door closes the Lord opens two. We found a family that have already been taught by the missionaries and they are really receptive. We think the reason they weren’t baptized before was because the father didn’t like the church. But now he has passed away they are ready to listen to this message and feel peace and comfort in his passing. We have taught a lot about the eternal nature of families and the importance of the temple for them. They accepted to be baptized on the 12th of July. The mom, Upili, said that she wants to wait until she does something in her culture. We don’t know exactly what, but it has something to do with her husband (Ginné). We are going to teach her the importance of leaving behind the traditions of our fathers to follow the Lord. We ate chicken feet with them. I feel like by the end of my mission, I’ll already have eaten every kind of food imaginable.
  4. We found another family in Azambuja. The dad was less active; but now he has come back to the church and is teaching his family. They are going to church in Lisbon right now; because the bishop there is a family friend and helped reactivate him. They are going to start coming to our ward now and we are going to baptize the rest of his family. They are solid! They read the scriptures every night, their kids are going to EFY this month and they go to church every Sunday. They are going to help our branch grow tremendously.
  5. Today, we went to Tomar with our district. It was really hot! Still, it was by far the best P-day I’ve ever had. This is my favorite district tooJ. Tomar is super cool. Right now they’re preparing for a festival called Festa dos Tabuleiros (Festival of the Trays). Look it up it’s really interesting. Some of the festivals in Portugal are really neat. We had a picnic in the park and afterwards we went to see a really cool castle. The castle part is closed but you can walk around an old monastery. It was really neat.

Everyday I like Portugal a little more. Just like any culture, Portugal has it’s ugly parts; but there is a lot of good here too. Presidente Fluckiger told us how the great people who made Portugal great in the past are waiting on the other side of the veil to receive the blessings of the gospel. Portugal has a lot of promises if the people are ready to receive the gospel. It’s promised that this can be a great country once again, if the gospel is received.

I know that my Savior lives and that he loves and knows us perfectly. I know that there is only one way to be happy and that is to be one with our Father in Heaven. In other words, have the same will, or in other words, obey the commandments. I have seen this principle in action over and over. There are so many people here who are absolutely miserable. They feel alone, abandoned and hopeless. The circumstances of our lives often dictate how we feel. But through our Savior, Jesus Christ, happiness can always be the answer. Through our experiences that are hard, we can grow anew in a strength that is unparalleled. With the attitude that we can do anything through him we can!

Today was almost unbearably hot and I’ve heard this is only the beginning. This week, I will have already done 5 months in the mission. Time flies like crazy; I can’t believe it. I love all of you so much!

Sister Runyan



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