Monday, April 17, 2017

Hope for the future


Tudo Bem! Estou a pensar como eu posso contar o que aconteceu essa semana. Foi um semana muito comprido. Mais ainda esta muito quentinho e estamos a receber muito sol. Basicamente mais uma semana em paraiso.

Well this week was really long so I guess I will start from the beginning. We drove up to Lisbon on Tuesday to trade companions and get everything settled. The plan was that I was going to trade Elder Jan for Elder Martel and that we were going to head right back to Loulé and get to work that night. They called us 15 minutes after we left Loulé and told us that I was actually going to be staying there in Lisbon until Friday because Elder Martel still hadn't received his driver's license in Portugal yet. The only clothes I had were the clothes on my body... oh joy. That drive I was cramped in the back seat between luggage and the car wall. We finally arrived in Lisbon. I traded Elder Jan for Elder Martel and we were taken to the mission office. We dropped off the stuff that we didn't need and we went to Mem Martins (the old area of Elder Martel) to work for the day. We didn't have a plan for the day.  We just went to work and talked to everyone we could in the street. That was a hot day and my clothes just smelled great afterwards. The next day, we went to the mission office and elder Martel did a lot of stuff there to prepare to get his Carta de Conduizão. I stayed there all day and waited for them to come back from CEF. Turns out that you can't take out a carta de conduizão in Portugal with an expired visa. So at 7:15, we received permission to finally return to our area (the bus to our area left at 7:30). We barely made it in time. After a four hour and a half bus ride, we finally arrived in our area. 

Now that we don't have a car it's a little bit harder for us to work because our area isn't Loulé.  We work in Quarteira and Albufeira. And the Bus tickets are really expensive and take a lot more time. The last buses that return to Loulé are really early in the night so we have to work really closely with members to arrange rides and everything so we can stay in our area until 9:30. We have basically been planning how we are going to be able to do this without a car and with the limited money that we have. We did the math and we might not have enough for food next week. It's alright I was gaining weight anyways.

We have been talking with everyone and we have a lot of hope for the future. The Lord does not give challenges that we can not over come. He knows our capacity and potential. Our capacity might not be our potential right now but he knows what we need so that our capacity can grow and we can live to our fullest potential possible.

Elder Fogg
Missão Portugal Lisboa

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