Portugal Lisbon Mission

Portugal Lisbon Mission

Monday, January 25, 2016

Amadora -Week 3

This week was really good. Edna came to church and a member even offered her a ride to work so she could stay longer than just the first hour. We did find out though that she isn't married, and never wanted to be, but she still has the strong desire to be baptized.

The daughter of a family in our ward was baptized and they invited so many people and many non members and less active members came which was great because they loved it! One even came to church the next day and I have never seen so much talking from non-members in the gospel principles class than from this woman. Her questions were all very sincere and she loved the class and invited us to visit her this week.

Working with the members here is going a lot better. We have been making visits to the members bringing no-bake cookies and asking for opinions on different activities that we can do. We have recieved so many ideas and the members are all very excited. We are going to start piano classes every week and think that most people are excited for that haha.

The members are getting better at bringing their friends to church. Yesterday we had a member that brought his friend and he really loved the hymns that we sang in sacrement meeting.

We had world wide training from the missonary department this week and it was very uplifting. All the missionaries in the whole world attended via satelite broadcast and it was live.

I hope you all are doing well! I love you all.
Love, Sister Jarnagin
Lots and lots of rain
Brazilian desserts we made for the baptism
Missionary brodcast :)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Amadora - Week 2

This week I got a little bit of a better feel for the area and it's a lot easier to get around now too that we have our train and bus pass. We have been getting to know our members better which has been really good.

So Edna wasn't able to be baptized this week because of her schedule. Of course when we mark it for her day off her boss decides to move her whole schedule for this whole week. So we didnt get any opportunities to teach her. :(

One of the families in the ward, their daughter is getting baptized so they asked us to teach her.  It's interesting to see how simple the gosple truly is that an 8 year old can understand things like the restoration, plan of salvation, and word of wisdom. All of our investigators are currently and actively reading the Book of Mormon which is exciting!!

Well that pretty much is it. Something funny that happened this week was that we were coming back from an appointment and sister Souza stops to talk to this older guy wearing one of those russian fur hats and they start talking about his hat haha and her puts it on her head to see how warm it is. Yep... we don't have lice or anything yet but I'm on the lookout. :)
I love you all!
Love, Sister Jarnagin

Stairs of exaltation
Bad picture of our area from the baby mountain
Portugals air force
Our members :)

Monday, January 11, 2016

Amadora - Week 1

Well it´s a lot different here from Barreiro, but I am already loving Amadora.

I´ll start with the details. Our area is made up of 3 areas:  Part of Amadora, Que Luz, and Monte Abraão which is literally a mountain haha. I have found I am not quite as in shape as I should be climbing all the big hills here. I am in a ward that is quite big of about 80-100 active members. We also have 2 sets of elders here so 6 of us all together in the ward.
This week it rained every day and didn't stop. It rains the most here I think.

Our apartment is small but super clean and doesn't have mold like Barreiro, and it also comes with a view of 10  fat cats that sit outside in the sun on the roof. We count them every day to see if there are more.

Sister de Souza is wonderful! She is a very powerful missionary for only being in her second transfer. She is from Uberlandia, Brazil and grew up in the church. She is also learning english and is very dedicated and so we have english practice sometimes in the street and I teach her hymns in english. She says a lot of words from Brazil, so sometimes I don't always understand haha but we are getting there.

Neither of us really know our area which is huge, so we have gotten lost quite a few times, said a prayer to help, and ended up finding new investigators. One was a Brazilian named Kika. She cut the elders' hair on p-day in Brazil and read the whole Book of Mormom just out of curiosity. We taught her and she is super cool. We have been having a lot of success just in our first week.

I am learning alot from Sister de Souza. She contacts people with vigor and they listen. We found a cool guy named Daniel who we taught, and he came to church and prayed about the Book of Mormon and accepted the invitation to be baptized. Also we marked a woman, Edna for Baptism for this Friday. She came to church yesterday too and loved it! It was interesting because when we did the baptismal invitation she said she had already been baptised, but understood clearly why she needed to be baptized again. When we teach by the spirit and focus on the people we are teaching, they truly are touched and understand.

Well I love you all! Until next week!
Sister Jarnagin

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Barriero - Week 24 (and transfers)

Well it was my last week in Barreiro... My reign as queen came to an end. Our mission president actually changed our transfer day to Tuesday so I will be leaving tommorow for Amadora which is in Lisbon. I  will be finishing the training of a brazilian sister, Sister Sousa. I´m really excited!

I love love LOVE Barreiro and I know it will be hard to leave. We were at Conceição´s house yesterday and I told her and she got so sad. Some friends walked in to visit her and were almost bashing on the church and she snapped right back at them and told them how good the church is and they need to go to it! I was so proud. 92 and still has fire :)

I can´t remember what we did this week because I left my note at home, but we did have new years... and we celebrated by making guesses of what would happen on transfers. Our mission president gave us permission to stay up inside our house until midnight... but sadly I didnt make it. I turned over in bed to my companion yelling "Happy new year!" at midnight and that's the new years party we had :)

Sister Stegeman and I had this great idea for a new family home evening that we did on Friday. We set up the christmas tree my mom sent in the chapel with the lights on it and put yellow apples on it. Then we strung another string of lights from the tree to the door. We made a huge maze. We started in the scriptures reading about Lehi´s vision of the Tree of Life. We blind folded all of the members and likened our lights to the iron rod, and they had to go through the maze, find the rod, and then follow it to the tree to eat the fruit. They all loved it. Not to mention we threw a couple soccer balls at their legs to cause confusion. They still loved it :)

I had to say goodby to all the members yesterday and it was so sad. I have learned so much here. I am so grateful for the opportunity to meet so many new people and to share the gospel in different parts of Portugal. I think the biggest thing I have learned this transfer and here in Barreiro is to just completely trust in the Lord. I know that His plan is completely perfect. He does everything in his timing and we do absolutely everything we can and he will carry us and do the rest.

I hope all of you had a wonderful new year and you made goals for this new year. The adversary is working harder than ever. That means our goals have to be stronger than ever and we have to exercise our faith more than ever before! I love you all!
Com amor,
Sister Jarnagin
p.s. Sorry there are no pictures this week... the computor that im am using wont let me send them :(