Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"He seriously was very prepared by the Lord"

A week of miracles! Like I told you last week, we have been working with the boyfriend of one of our members, and last Saturday he accepted to be baptized. It was a really strong lesson and we knew that we were all feeling the spirit! So then this past week, we were teaching him and preparing him for his baptism which happened yesterday!!! woot woot! It was awesome! He seriously was very prepared by the Lord. Elder Easton and I were just blessed enough to be able to teach him. His name is Andrey and he is brazilian. We met him about 3 weeks ago at a birthday party at the members house and he was asking us some questions about church and stuff and that's where his interest sparked and then we've been working with him since! His story is real awesome. He is 22 and before we had been teaching him, he wasn't sure what he believed or even if he believed. We helped him see the blessings of having a modern day prophet, and he received many answers by his own reading of the Book of Mormon! The Lord truly did everything! It was a tender mercy for sure. We are working with another young man here in our area named Alex. Right now he is progressing very well! The pictures are at another cliff with a lighthouse here in Sintra. All is well! Love you all!
Love Elder Quinn

Thursday, August 20, 2015

August 10, 2015 - Waddddup? Sittin at Mcdonalds on a tablet doin Internet. There was nothing too special this past week. Easton and me are doing alright. We didn't find too many people this past week, so we are on the search still. Our investigator came last week to a baptismal service and to church again so I think she is still having a good experience with the church. She doesn't think she needs to be baptized again and she likes to be able to say she is a member of the catholic church so we´ll see. Easton and me ate tons of grilled cheeses this past week. I love them and he got a little sick of them, so we are gonna try to change it up this week a little. All is truly well. Gonna give it more than I did last week. We can always do better than what we´ve done. The Lord doesn't expect perfection but he expects progress. Gonna keep goin! Easton is really helping me with the work! He is speaking really well and has a true desire to help people. I am learning a lot from him! It's still kind of hot here, but not as hot as it was down in Lagos. It's nice to have a breeze every now and again! Thanks for all the support and love!
Love Elder Quinn
August 3, 2015 - So this week was another fun one - Probably one of the best weeks of my mission actually. We ended with 6 lessons all with members present, which was pretty cool. It took a little more effort on our part to line up the members and the lessons, but the Lord for sure blessed us! We found some pretty cool investigators that have some good potential, so we are excited to work with them! We had an investigator in church and she wants to witness a baptism and see what she feels about it! So we´ll keep going with that! Elder Easton is already speaking really well! He´s doing awesome in helping me out and never complains, so that really helps! We are talking with billions of people right now! President Tavares' goal, is for every companionship in the mission to baptize at least one person this transfer, so we will for sure be able to do that! The members have been feeding us really well here in this ward so that's definitely a plus. Other than that, not much more to say. Been in the mission for 17 months this week, it has seriously flown!!! President said I'm in my "Sprint" meaning now's the time to give it all I've got plus more until the finish line!
Love you all!!!
Love Elder Quinn
July 27, 2015 - WHADDUP peeps of Utah... and others reading this blog.
So I got transferred to Povoa, to be in a companionship with Elder Fish and an Elder we would be training together... when we got to the office to pick up our greenies, two missionaries showed up that didn't have companions. So I got one of them (his name is Elder Easton from Bountiful, UT) and we were transferred to Caçem and we are now working there. So it will be a fun challenge for these next 5 weeks to just search for the Lord´s prepared here in the City of Caçem. This area was being worked by other Elders, but they also have their own city where they´d work more, so basically, we split the area and it will be good for the Church. Elder Easton and I are talking with millions of people. Not found anything too promising yet, but we will in a bit. Just gotta keep showing the Lord our desire to find people! This place is a lot more populated than Lagos, and there isn't any tourists here, so that makes the work a lot easier (the finding part of the work). The ward here is a good size and seems pretty supportive of missionary work, so I am excited to be here and work with the Leaders here in Caçem. There are apartment buildings everywhere!!!! But that just means that there are more people to find. All is going good here. I have not had as much juice this past week, but I'm sure I'll make up for that this week! Love you all!!
Love Elder Quinn

Me and my dragon! (Avatar Roku)

This is the view of Portugal from a really cool castle that we visited today!

The castle we were at is clear at the top of this picture!

July 13, 2015 - Glad to hear all is well! All is going well here. That man, Paulo, which we found, has basically dropped off the face of the earth. We are having a hard time with finding people that will stinkin progress... kind of sucks. Just have to keep going.
Love you forever!!!
Love Elder Quinn

July 6, 2015 - Yancey and me went to a Mexican restaurant for 5th of July celebration. I wasn' t very satisfied.... ha-ha nothing like cafe rio, but still was good. We found a cool guy named Paulo this past week. He says he is agnostic and has never really believed, but recently has been diagnosed with severe kidney problems so he has been reconsidering his faith. I know we were inspired to knock on his door when we did. We have a little more potential than usual right now but it's hard getting people to act, especially on the part of coming to church!!! ha-ha people are sooo stinkin lazy!! They don't realize they can sleep after church... but we´ll get some good firm investigators for sure!! I am going to miss Angela and Davey soooo much! I think things have changed the most at home while Paige and me have been out... #notfair! Angela's cousin came here to visit our branch president and I asked her if she knew the Felicianos and she said "are you Daveys cousin?" I can't believe Paige is on her way home!!! Time is flying soooo fast out here! I love you mom!!! Thanks for always keeping me strong in this gospel!
Love Elder Quinn

Last time at the Beach, the beach, let's go get away

One of the only creatures that would listen to our message in Lagos


June 29, 2015 - Things are starting to heat up here too! Humidity and these winds from Africa... whooo don't know what I'm gonna do!! At least I got a little bit of juice to keep me hydrated! President Battaglia is going back to Utah for a month to have his son's farewell, sell his house, and then come back so he can continue to help out the branch. A miracle happened this week though. We were coming back from saying our last goodbyes to President and Sister Fluckiger, and on the train there was a lady coming back from Lisbon. The next day Elder Yancey and I went to this place we had never been before about 50 minutes out of our area looking for a lady we had contacted the week before. We found the lady we were looking for and starting teaching here in her front yard and her neighbor came over. It turns out that this neighbor was the lady on the train that had seen us the day before coming back to Lagos and was curious about why we all had Jesus Christ on our name tags and questions like that. We are for sure gonna let you know what happens with her! We found a couple of new people to teach so that's good... still looking for someone that is going to progress. The branch is doing good and Yancey and me are having a great time laughing and stuff. Love you so very much!!!
Love Elder Quinn!
June 22, 2015 - hi I don't have too much time today. All is well. It is getting sooooo hot here! like draining! We just gotta keep water in us. So this past week I tried some Angolan food and it was good. Also had some inked squid dish that our Branch President caught while he was fishing! That was a new experience! Having a rough time encountering people to teach! We talk to a lot of people, but they are all tourists. All is well here, getting tan and blonde! This is the last full week of President Fluckiger! Life is kind of sucky like that. I got to talk to some members from costa da caparica and it was so nice hearing their voices and just having a little conversation with them! I might get to see them this weekend! I'll let you know!! Love you sooo much mom! Thanks for always supporting me!!
Love Elder Quinn!
June 15, 2015 - This past week was good. We had a power lesson with our investigator Charles, but we have not been able to get in contact with him since. It's pretty sucky. He is sooo elect. It's not like him to not answer the phone or the door so we do not know what is happening right now. We are giving him the benefit of the doubt. Other than that, the weather was cooler this week. Some clouds came over and it rained a little! Things are going good here. But it's hard sometimes knowing that when I go home tonight I won't be able to relax and have a nice conversation with the fam! But at least we have email!! ha-ha, love you soooo much mom!!! Miss you too! Time is flying sooooooo fast!
Love you!!!!
Love Elder Quinn!