I Got to See The Ocean for Like 10 Seconds!!!!

Hello Everyone!

We had some cool things this week. First was a division with the Sister Training Leaders. Those are always fun; I always learn so much. Our sister training leaders are Sister Bender and Sister Carroll. They are great. I got to see a little of Viana de Castello. I got to see the ocean for like 10 seconds!!!! Also, Viana de Castello is where the Heart of Viana comes from. I still haven’t bought that yet by the way. All the members in that branch loved me so that was cool.

After the division, we got called down to Porto. We got to watch the training with Presidente; which was cool. I loved the training; it was so helpful and very inspiring. For anyone who´s seen it, I met the Asian/British elder in the panel in the MTC. I actually have a picture with him.

We are trying to help Carlos to prepare to be baptized on the 23 of February. He´s actually seriously thinking about baptism. We just need to help him get to church more frequently and stopping drinking wine. He actually makes his own wine in his countryside property. We’re going to ask the members who had similar problems to come and teach with us. Please pray for him.

We prepared our talks for Sunday. I think it went well. We correlated our talks so we´d all talk about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Today for P-day, we went to the Indian restaurant as a district and afterwards we played district games together.

Other than that, it’s been a pretty regular week. Next week is my birthday; but I don’t think I´ll do anything special.

Love you all

Sister Runyan


This Week Was A Blast!

Hello Everyone!!

This week was a blast! I love Sister Parkinson. She is so fun.

We got a new bishop. Bishop Dias was released so that he could prepare to be a mission president in Brazil. The new bishop is awesome. We actually had a family home evening at their house on Monday. It was so fun. We played “water in the face.” It´s a game of categories. One person thinks of a specific thing and if someone in the circle guesses it, they get a glass of water in the face. Their little girl is obsessed with Frozen.

The Elders got locked out of their house (I know their pain.) We brought them pillows and blankets and they slept in the chapel. They had to wait for the office to come and get them in.

This week we taught this guy from Pakistan. His name is Jimmy and apparently he is running from the Taliban. He’s really struggling right now; because he doesn’t speak Portuguese, only English. We offered to help him with his Portuguese. But we will continue to pray for him.

We started teaching this guy named João. He´s kind of weird and he talks a lot!

The best thing that happened this week was that yesterday at church an old investigator came to church, also named João. He loved it and he wants us to keep teaching him.

This next Sunday, all the missionaries are giving talks. I think I´m going to write it out so I don´t embarrass myself with my Portuguese.

Also, we are doing divisions with our Sister Training Leaders tomorrow; so that should be good. There is a worldwide training for missionaries on the 20th so that should be good as well.

I hope I didn’t leave too much out today. Today, I took Sister Parkinson to . It´s my favorite cathedral I’ve seen in Portugal.

Love you all!

Sister Runyan

I Guess We Missed that Verse in The Bible

Hello Everyone!!

This week was super fun! First of all, I’m here in Braga still. Sister Nagliati left and everyone was super sad, including me. But now I’m serving with Sister Parkinson and she is also super great.

Ever since her first day, things have been crazy!!

On her first day here, WE GOT HIT BY A CAR! Don’t worry, it wasn’t bad at all. He did literally hit us; but it was in a cross walk, so he wasn’t going fast at all. The funniest part was that he just drove off. We were in the middle of the cross walk and then here comes this guy. I guess he didn’t get the memo that you’re actually supposed to stop when someone is walking. While we were still in shock, I look over to Sister Parkinson and she just goes “YES I ALWAYS WANTED TO GET HIT BY A CAR ON MY MISSION!”  I just started laughing. We just joked that if we went home tomorrow, it would be ok; because we had a killer story to tell people.

The rest of the week it rained non-stop. Unfortunately, a lot of our old investigators were in the process of dropping us; so we just spent most of our time contacting people; which was good. We do have a couple really good progressing investigators though. Carlos stopped believing in reincarnation and now he is like the perfect investigator; because he is really interested in what we have to teach him. Marlene didn’t accept a baptismal invitation; because she still believes her baptism is valid. We got on the subject of the Book of Mormon and she opened up about an experience she had when she had a rotten day and she came home and read the Book of Mormon and she felt a feeling of overwhelming peace. We will keep working with her and help her get a testimony in the restoration through the Book of Mormon.

One day it was raining like crazy! It was hailing and everything. We had to walk a ways to get home. By the time we got home, it looked like we had jumped in a pool. I wish we could have taken pictures.

Today, we went to Sameiro and Bom Jesus with Antonio. They are two catholic churches that sit on a hill above the city. It was really pretty. Sister Parkinson and I were just laughing at all the false doctrine we found. In Sameiro, there is a chapel that has murals lining the whole wall. It follows the life of Christ, with an emphasis on Mary. It gets to Christ’s resurrection; which depicts Mary ascending into heaven and being crowned queen of the universe. We thought that was funny; because we were just like “I guess we missed that verse in the Bible.” And then there is this other really funny part that depicts all the Portuguese colonies in Africa, Asia and the Americas and there’s a quote that translates as “Her son she gave to the world, the virgin, source of light, but after it was Portugal that gave the world Jesus.”

We had a really fun day with Antonio. He’s a funny guy.

Love you alll

Sister Runyan

Happy New Year!!!

Hello Everyone!!

First of all, President is doing things a little bit different this transfer. He isn’t telling us our new areas until tomorrow morning. I think it’s probably because a lot of new missionaries are coming in.

Things are pretty much all good here. I hope that Sister Nagliati and I stay together one more transfer. It’s been fun serving with her. I love Braga as well. It was so magical seeing it all lit up for Christmas.

This week, nothing super exciting happened. It rained a ton which wasn’t so fun.

New Year’s Eve was kind of funny actually. We had been invited over for dinner that night by an amazing family in our ward. We tried calling the whole day to confirm with her, but no one answered. We decided not to go, in case we would be intruding. Unfortunately, New Year’s Eve isn’t the best time to be out in the streets. We didn’t feel super safe; so we decided to find a quiet restaurant to celebrate together. We went to the Indian restaurant. It was nice. After that we still had a little bit of time before we had to be home. We left the restaurant and found these 2 drunk guys in the road who were being super rude. After that, we decided to go home; because it wasn’t safe for us to be out. The whole night, people had been setting off fireworks. At 12, we woke up and watched the city light up with fireworks. There was even one right outside our window. That was pretty neat. The member eventually called us and had explained that she accidentally left her phone in the car; but that she still wanted us to come over. She felt bad; so she invited us over for lunch New Year’s Day.

The next day, we came over for lunch and it was really nice. We had duck rice and shrimp. I made lemon bars for dessert. Afterwards, we were leaving their house, when we ran into this crazy guy. We have been laughing about it the whole week. He had a stick in his hand, and was whistling a tune really loudly and then as he was coming toward us he started counting his steps. Right as he walked past us he made this really creepy laugh. And then he sings dun dun dun dun. It was really weird but hilarious.

We’ll see how transfers go. Thank you for all of your prayers and support.

Happy New Year!!!

Love Sister Runyan