Monday, March 10, 2014

This week was a little bit difficult. Just due to the fact that it was a white wash and we both don't know our area or the lines. Ha. We found out that the first day we were working in the Elders area.... But we found out our lines. :) Though apparently where the Elders are now working used to be the Sisters area. So it made us sad because that area is prettier and there are more people in the street and it is closer. Cause we have to walk a while before we get to our area... Ha though in the beginning to figure out where our area was we had even asked the members and tried to consult our map. Though the members in the office (the church office for the country of Portugal-which is right next to our church here) here said the areas were changed and the lines are different. So we had a lot of confusion in the beginning. But now it is all good. So our area is all apartments pretty much. And we don't have a lot of people on the roads. At night it is literally dead! Ha. Even sometimes during the day. It is so strange. So we have decided that with the area that we have we are going to have to change the way we find people. And we will have to knock a lot more doors.... Which I do not like doing very much because I feel so unproductive and so many people don't answer. And everyone always asks "Quem é?" through the door, so they don't ever just answer the door and let you talk. So it makes it a little hard that way. But we will make the best of it. :) So the last sisters left us a list of progressing investigators. But sadly none of them except one want anything to do with us.... So that was strange. And the one, Alina, we still haven't been able to meet because things would happen, she would cancel, and craziness. So we are starting from ground zero. We are trying to love our area, cause right now we are a little bummed that our area was basically a dying area. Though we figured the reason they switched the areas was because they thought sisters might take better care of it and give it more love. Ha. (That is what we said because we just didn't understand why it switched, especially since it makes the sisters have to walk so much farther. Ha. But thats ok, we will stay skinny! Yay!) So ya, we were a little down hearted when we got here and realized our area was going to be really hard, however I know we can make it successful with the Lords help. So really we have just been trying to find people, get to know our area and our ward. So nothing big to report. Though, even though we aren't having a lot of success right now. We are still seeing the Lords hand. One night last week, we were just so sad, and tired, and literally no one was on the streets and we had been walking for a while with no luck, and we hadn't found anyone who was interrested. Lets just say it was a rough night. At one point. There was a flight of stairs, and we decided to take a little break and before we get up to work again, we felt we just needed to say a prayer. So we began to pray, and at the end of the prayer we heard a noise... it was footsteps! Someone was in the road coming our way!!!!!!! We quickly ended the prayer and sprang up and probably startled the man. HAHA. Though the first thing we did was say hi and we told him exactly what had just happened! He was super cool. He was also really grateful that we had stopped to talk to him about the word of God. He actually thanked us for that many times. Ha. After we stopped and looked at eachother. And I know we had the same thought. Which was, " Wow.... Heavenly Father answered our prayer so quickly! We weren't even finished with our prayer when He answered it!" It was fabulous. So I think this area is really going to teach me to see the hand of the Lord in even the smallest of things. (Which, the mission does in general) But especially here. And in helping me see even the littlest of successes that we have. Even if it is just increasing the faith of someone, even though they don't want anything from us. I also just want to thank you guys for everything! I really have the best family in the whole world! I love you all so much and you better know that and not forget it! Stay safe! :) 
Love Always,
Sister Amanda Stokes :)

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