Monday, August 21, 2017

BOM is the keystone of our religion

Ola tudo bem, Como estão esta semana?Estou bem obrigado. Chegou aqui em mini africa (barreiro) e é bem fixe!

I don't have much time this week. I gave a talk in sacrament meeting in the new branch in Barreiro. I talked about the quote of Joseph Smith in the intro of the Book of Mormon. How the BoM is the most correct book on all of the earth, how it is the keystone of our religion, and how a man would draw closer to God by abiding by it's principles than by any other book. This book is true. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. God has restored his church on the earth today. Jesus is the Christ. I am his servant.


Elder Fogg
Missão Portugal Lisboa
2016-2018

Monday, August 14, 2017

Trasnfer to Berreiro

Ola Meus Queridos! Como Estão? Tudo tá muito fixe aqui! Só Estamos a destrutar, quemando e batizando, no sol do Algarve por mais uma semana, depois vou voltar para Lisboa.

Transferencias: Esta semana mudarei para Barreiro. So this week was transfer week. Elder Rogers is going to stay in Olhão. He is really excited! We received a call from Elder Schlofman (the couple missionaries that are responsible for the Algarve) that said we were going to move out of our house because the sisters are going to be kicked out of their house, and that we are going to live in Tavira. We thought that meant that we were going to work there too but now it seems like we will just live there until they find a new house in Olhão for Elders. Yea, the sisters aren't going to move into our house until the 26th of August. Should be fun, we have been cleaning for the past two days, woot! Also I am going to be leaving the Algarve and the scorching sun, that kills.  After 6 months here, I will be serving in Berreiro. That is an area on the southern part of the Tejo River, just across from Lisbon. 

Uma Coisa Engrasada: Carlos será batizado ali em Loulé.  So we had been teaching this guy named Carlos for about a month but then his boss stopped paying him. (This happened around the time that Cidalia got baptized). He didn't like that very much that he wasn't receiving money for his service. So he moved to Albufeira (where I served previously). For about a week we lost contact with him, waiting for him to return. Finally we gave his info to Elder Martel (My old companion who is still working there). They got in contact with him. They taught him, and marked him for baptism. Then he went dark again.  That is until Sunday when he showed up to church with a pair of clothes to change into, ready for baptism. Lol, they really wished they could have baptized him, but he was still missing some small things before he was ready.  But yeah he'll probably be baptized this next week, na boa!

Mais como o Salvador: O amor por o povo é sempre dificil durante tranderencias. It's great developing the love of the People when you are on the mission. The members are always the greatest.  They are your family away from home for the period of time you are in that area. When you come to an area, it is usually hard feeling the love right away becuase you don't know anyone.  It's kind of crazy. But by the last day, you have spent an extended period of time trying to help these people. You have exerted a lot of energy and sweated a lot, cried a lot, and sweated more. You sweat a lot on the mission. But the point is that during this time you sacrifice your whole life for them and through that sacrifice you are able to feel a small fraction of what the Savior felt for us.

Elder Fogg
Missão Portugal Lisboa
2016-2018

Monday, August 7, 2017

A Day of Miracles

Ola Tudo Bem?

Esta semana foi bem fixe! Ajudamos toda gente, foi muito bom.Espero que todo mundo esteja bem. A verão está a acabar então faça muitas coisas fixes. Tá certo? Então esta semana....

Nosso Milagre do Batismo em Seixal: Não tivemos muito termpo na sexta-feira mas ainda tivemos milagres. This Friday Elder Rogers had the opportunity to return to his old area of Sexial to help his amigo Lucas get baptized. It was a really special experience. He had a lot of fun seeing his old companion and the ward members there. Unluckily, that meant that we had to leave our area for a long time. A miracle happened that Elder Lopes from Tavira had a car and was willing to drive Elder Rogers all the way to Sexial and back. So I had a division with Elder Heiner. We had to leave our area at about 6 on Friday so we did our best to work hard in the morning to do our best. We had a couple lessons, our recent convert Cidalia was able to be helped and took a big step toward salvation and our friend Ana called us randomly to tell us she had made food for us, so we had free food too! (It was awesome, a day of miracles, especially the free food part that was key). But the biggest part of this whole miracle was that I was able to sleep in one of the only houses in our mission that has air conditioning that completely saved my fast! It was just blessing from the Lord this Weekend. 

Coisas Ingresadas: Nossa irmã Ana trabalho muito mas ainda nos deixa entrar sua casa ainda quando ela tem muito sono. While I was on a division with Elder Heiner, we passed by our amigo Ana. She works a lot so she doesn't get that much sleep. The only time we can drop by her house is really late at night. So we decided to watch the restoration video with her because she has a couple questions about Joseph Smith. We turned off the lights and watched it. She must have had a really hard day. As we were watching the last part of the restoration something was kind of off. I thought to myself «hmm, I don't remember snoring to be a part of the joseph smiths first prayer». That's right she slept through the last half of the film. It was so funny.  When she woke up she was like «Aiight, not gonna lie, I mised the last half of that thing». Lol, we'll probably show it again this weekv--a d this time with the lights on.  

Elder Fogg
Missão Portugal Lisboa
2016-2018

Monday, July 31, 2017

Scripture of the week: Mosiah 5:12

Ola, Tudo Bem!
This we worked a lot.

Scripture of the week: Mosiah 5:12 
"I say unto you, would that ye should remember to retain the name written always in your hearts, that ye are not found on the left hand of God, but that ye hear and know the voicby which ye shall be called, and also, the name by which hshall call you."
This scripture is really important. We need to rewrite our desires especially after baptism. When we make that covenant with God, we promise to obey his commandments and basically try to exemplify Christ's attributes in every way possible. Also this scripture helps us see that we need to work at learning how to hear the voice of the Lord. We are not perfect, Heavenly Father knows that. He knows that we won't obey perfectly.  He knows our weaknesses and he is perfectly patient with us. As we practice obeying the commandments of the Lord, we will grow hearing and following the voice of the lord. If we try perfectly here to learn how to obey the commandments of the Lord, we will know the voice of the Lord on the last day. We will know the voice that calls us.  We will recognize it because we have tried our hardest to learn it during this time. 
I know the church is true - that God is patient with us. He has given us leaders with spiritual revelation and keys to help us in our lives. He loves us. 
Elder Fogg
Missão Portugal Lisboa
2016-2018

Monday, July 24, 2017

Be blunt and be bold

Miracle: Nossa amiga Cidalia chegou nas aguas de Batismo esta semana! Cidalia is a Portuguese women that we found while searching for some one else in our Area Book. She already knows the missionaries -- some of her family members are members of the church. She is a very spiritual person. She has a mission that she has received from God. She has to help people in need, that is her mission. Fine by me. Cidalia is one of the Elect. She was willing to change and she did change. With Cidalia I learned what it means to be blunt and be bold. Sometimes I would have doubts if we taught her the word of wisdom that she wouldn't let us come back but that was the adversary talking. When I heard the voice of the spirit tell me what we needed to teach or to clarify, we taught it or clarified it. There are people who are just ready to hear the gospel, and she was one of them.  We had her baptism on Friday. Elder Rogers baptized her ( was reminiscent of how I baptized Salva a couple of weeks ago). And this Sunday she received the Holy Ghost. It was amazing seeing the change in her life. I was glad to be a part of it.
 
Jejum: Neste tranferencia estamos a fazer um jejum como uma missão. So this transfer we are doing a fast as a mission where everyday one or two missionary companionships fast for the entire mission. This week it was our turn to do the fast. I was on a division with the Elders of Tavera and there we felt the pain of the fast. It was really hard. It was like we could feel the weight of the mission on our shoulders. I don't want to sound self-righteous but I felt a little bit like the Savior during that time. I was able to feel just for a couple hours what it was like for him with all of us depending on His sacrifice. It helped me learn more about the nature of the atonement. I wanted to stop a couple of times, not going to lie. We did a complete fast, no food and no water, even though we were still proselyting during that time. But I knew that the entire mission was depending on us and I didn't give up because I knew the blessings the others would receive and the miracles that we would see from it. 
 
Elder Fogg
Missão Portugal Lisboa
2016-2018

Monday, July 17, 2017

''This is was what we received as revelation that we need to share with your family specifically"

Hey,
 
So this week we worked really hard.
 
Cool: Os  Sholfman's e o Aniversario de Elder Rogers. Elder and Sister Schlofman came to inspect our apartment this week. It was really fun seeing them again. They were impressed with our cleaning job that they only gave us ''kind of clean needs work'', which both Elder Rogers and I are both really proud of. (Probably because we procrastinated cleaning until the very last moment, so that was one of the bigger wins of the week this week. The other cool part was that that day was also the birthday of Elder Rogers. Happy Birthday! yoot. But the best part was that the Scholfman's took us to this Brazilian barbeque place. It was a buffet with the meet on stakes that they take around to each table and it was all you can eat! IT was the bomb. Also that night we talked with one of our amigas and she had said she would try to get us a tub of ice cream because she has a friend that works at this ice cream place. Well when she heard that it was Elder Rogers birthday, she made sure we got that tub. And it was really good ice cream! I would say that Elder Rogers had a good birthday.

Spiritual: Trabalhando com os membros. This week we shifted our focus a little bit. We are trying to stop by all the houses of the members that are active in our branch every week. We have a list of active families and we divided the list into areas and gave one half to the sisters and we took the other half. We tried to pass by all these families during the week, trying to strengthen them spiritually. So Elder Rogers and I planned really hard for the families we were going to pass by and we prayed and we practiced, revised prayed and practiced so more. Yesterday we visited two of those families and I still remember how unprepared I felt. I said a prayer in my heart that even though I am slow of speech and can't speak the language correctly that the spirit could be there and strengthen them. The first family that we visited we didn't share the scripture that we planned, we didn't talk about the stuff we had planned, we followed the spirit and what it wanted us to say. In the end we left them with an invitation to pray and read the Book of Mormon together as a family. It was amazing what happened next. The less active son who was sitting on the couch playing video games (who I thought was completely not paying attention but apparently was half listening) piped up and said ''Ya I would do that if we did it as a family''. The parents then asked us if this was the message that we were giving to all the families. ''No'' I confessed ''This is was what we received as revelation that we need to share with your family specifically''. The parents said ''This is what we need as a family, how did you guys know?'' Prayer and revelation are real. D&C 84:85, we need to plan, but in the moment we will be given the revelation that we need.