December 9, 2014

Hey family!!! I am so sorry that I didn’t write you all yesterday… it was a crazy day! We had transfers, and I was kicked out of porto! hah I was sent to work in Sacavém. It is an area in Lisbon. I am pretty excited to be here! It is my first time working in the Lisbon area. The transfer was ridiculous… my new comp, Elder Pedro, and I are opening a new area and a new zone (yes, zone leader again…) We came into the area completely blind! We don’t know anything about it. Usually there are missionaries in the district who can help you out, but they are all new too. In the branch we will have six missionaries. Five of us got here yesterday, the sixth is a sister who is in her first month as a missionary so she doesn’t know anything that is happening either. Last night the seminary program here has an activity in the church so we had an opportunity to meat a lot of the youth and the branch president. He is a really cool guy! He has a lot of desire to help us out. We talked with him for a while just to learn a bit about the area and by the looks of it it will be awesome! The majority of the people here are african. I am also going to be living in a house with only africans. Ha it will be a blast!

I hope all is going great with you back home. Thank you so much for your emails. The were fantastic this week 🙂 Have a great week family. I will talk to you on monday!!!

Love,
Derik

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November 24, 2014

Hey everyone!

Not much time to write an email this week! Things are going well though! The weather has actually been pretty decent! Not too cold and not much rain. That is how we like it! I am pretty bummed that I am missing another turkey day… oh well. You will all have to enjoy it for me! The work is going well. We have a couple of new investigators from Cabo Verde who are progressing well. We are excited about them! We are also really excited about this Christmas season. The churhc is coming out with some really great stuff like a new film and lots and lots of advertising! Make sure you all share it with your friends! The film comes out on the 28. Go to christmas.mormon.org to check it out! I hope you all have a great week. Eat lots of turkey for me! I love you all and am so thankful for you. Talk to you next week!

Beijinhos,
Derik

November 17, 2014

This week was great!!! the highligh was by far our conferences with Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Twelve. We spent the entire week preparing for it. Because the conferences were to be held in our chapel, my comp and I were designated with a lot of things to do to make sure the chapel was 100% ready to receive an apostle. It was pretty stressful getting it all figured out, but it was so worth it. Elder Cook taught us about so many wonderful things. The stake conference with him was my favorite part. It was focused on “strengthening families through religious observance in the home”. He spoke a lot about the importance of daily scripture study and daily prayer in the family and weekly family home evenings. He left us a lot of promises that if we do those things, our children will learn and grow in the gospel and our families will be unified. They were such simple things he spoke, but it was so powerful. We had a few investigators there and they loved it. It really touched them and made them want to have those blessings in their families. I hope that everyone back home is following these counsels. It doens’t matter what the situation, if we apply these simple principles in the home, our families will be so blessed! I hope this next week goes well for all of you! Stay full of faith! Love you!
Beijinhos,
Elder Mehl

November 10, 2014

Hey everyone! This week has been great! Probably one of the most stressful weeks of my life… but it has been well worth it! The best part was by far the baptisms of Cristina and Jessica! A mom and daughter we have been teaching for quite some time now. I contacted them on the road in august and they have been showing tons of interest and great progression, but have had some medical issues that didn’t allow them to come to church or be baptized… This week we prayed like crazy, every single day, that they would be able to get baptized and it wasn’t looking too great. We hadn’t been able to teach them at all and it was being hard to contact them. One night, in desparation, we decided to just send a text to Cristina and ask her if she would be baptized the following Saturday. When we talked to her later she said yes!!! We went over to her house as soon as possible and planned everything. But when we talked to Jessica, she said she didn’t want to because she was scared there would be fish in the water… We decided to just keep going and plan on baptizing both of them anyways. The day of the baptism arrived and when Cristina was all dressed and we were ready to start the meeting Jessica came up to me and said, “I saw the water… there are no fish in it. Can I still be baptized?” Haha it was a miracle! We called another missionary up right away so he could come do the interview and then had a fantastic baptismal service!

This weekend we also had transfers. Elder Gardner ended his mission which was pretty sad… I miss him already! I am staying here in Porto though with Elder Da Cruz! He is from Cape Verde. It should be fun serving with him! This weekend we will have a special zone conference and then stake conference with Elder Cook. We are super excited! As the Zone Leaders here we are going to have to organize quite a bit of stuff! And we are under a lot of pressure because it is an apostle coming and President Fluckiger wants everything perfect! It should go great though!

Anyways, have a great week! I love you all!

Beijinhos,
Elder Mehl

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November 3, 2014

Hey fam!

This week went pretty well! Pretty wet though! It has been raining nonstop the past couple of days! We haven’t let that stop up from working hard though. We have made some pretty good progress with a few of our investigators! I don’t know if you all remember but we have a mom and daughter that we have been teaching the past few weeks. They have been pretty close to getting baptized for a while now, but have had a few health problems that have prevented them from coming to church and getting baptized. This past week we had a great lesson with them, taught them all of the commandments and helped them strengthen their testimonies until they wanted even more to become a part of the church! We had everything prepared for them to be baptized on sunday after stake conference but unfortunately something happened that caused them to go to the hospital and miss church… it was a bummer! We will see if we can get them baptized this week! We have also been teaching a young boy named Gonçalo. He is progressing like crazy! He will be baptized here soon as well. This past week we also got some exciting news. Elder Quinten L. Cook is coming to Portugal!!! We are going to have him here for a stake conference in Porto and some mission conferences as well. We are all pretty excited! Anyways, I got to go! I hope all continues to go well back home! Send me some pictures of the snow!

Beijinhos,
Elder Mehl

October 27, 2014

Hey Everyone!

This past week has been great! Full of a lot of hard work and some great new investigators! I think the best investigator of the week goes to a man named Rui. He is a half English guy who came up to us on the road and started talking to us in english. He talked to us about the Tabernacal Choir for a while and then expressed a desire to come to church! We combined a time and place to meet up with him and it went great! He came to church, stayed for all three hours and had some great questions. When church was over he started talking to all of the members saying “don’t you all worry! I will be here next week too!” Haha he is great. We are going to keep teaching him this week and hopefully will baptize him this month! Other than him, we have a few other investigators who are progressing well. Nothing too excited yet though. Sorry for the short emails lately…. I am always pressed on time! I hope all continues to go well back home! love you all!

Beijinhos,
Elder Mehl

October 13, 2014

Bom dia familia!

Hope the week went well for everyone! It went great for us. Aida, our recent convert from last week is doing great! She was confirmed yesterday during sacrament meeting, and then went up to the pulpit to bear her testimony during fast and testimony meeting. It was the coolest thing ever! She is so firm. We have found a couple other investigators this week who have some great potential and are starting to make great progress. The rainy season has started here. Even if it looks like it will be a sunny day, before you know it the clouds will roll in and you’ll be caught in a downpour! It is great! This past week we also had a couple of conferences in the mission and in the zone. They went well! It has been really great working so close to President lately. I have learned and grown so much because of him! I hope all continues to go well back home. Have a great week!

Beijinhos,
Elder Mehl

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Hey Family!

This week has been great! working with my new comp., Elder Gardner, has been a blast! Full of good hard work and some really great experiences.

These past few weeks we have been focusing a lot on teaching an elderly woman named Aida. She is such a sweet lady and was introduced to the church a few years ago by a friend. She was given a book of mormon, but never taught by the missionaries, nor went to church. About a month ago, we were inspired to talk to her on the street. During our very first conversation with her, she opened up a ton and cried to us, telling us she really wanted to come closer to Christ. We invited her to be baptized on the spot, and she said yes. We continued teaching her and had some really incredible lessons in which the spirit was so strong that it brought everyone to tears. She continued to progress and was baptized on saturday morning!!! She is so happy too! When we first got to know here she couldn’t even force a smile, but know, she can’t get one off her face! She is so excited to keep learning and growing!

On Friday, we visited Aida to have her baptismal interview (eveyone has to be interviewed before being baptized to verify that they really have testimonies). During the interview, we waited outside her house. As we waited I saw her next door neighbor on her front patio doing some cleaning. I felt impressed to talk to her, so I did! It turned out to be a great decision. The lady with whom we spoke became really interested in the church, accepted a Book of Mormon, and said we could visit her another day. That wasn’t the good part though. I asked her if she lived alone and she said the she didn’t actually live there, but it was the house of her daughter and she was just there helping out. I told her we would like to meet her daughter too but she said it wasn’t worth it becuase she doesn’t really believe in God. Next thing you know, a younger woman came up the stairs behind us and entered the gate. She walked in without saying a word. We asked the first lady if it was her daughter and she confirmed. After a bit of persistance, the daughter, Silvia, finally came out and talked to us. We had about a thirty minute conversation with her right there at the gate and it was incredible. We said a prayer for her, and then taught her how to pray. At the end, she said she felt so good inside she was going to cry! Hah then, she said the best thing a missionary can hear somebody say: “I think I am going to be a mormon.” hahah MIRACLE! The Lord really is preparing people for us to teach right now.

I hope all continues to go well at home. I hope you all enjoyed General Conference and remember the words the Prophets spoke to us. Please, have faith in them and apply them in your lives. The Gospel really is the most important thing we have. Don’t let anything distract you from it! Love you all so much. Take care 🙂

Beijinhos,
Elder Mehl

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September 15, 2014

Hey Everyone!

Sorry I didn’t write last week…. Time has been short lately! This weeks email is going to have to bee a quick one too! The work has been going great though. Lately, we have been working a lot with a lady named Lurdes. She is incredible! She has been progressing like crazy the past little while and was finally baptized this past saturday. She is so happy too. Her entire family is against her joining the church, but she knows that it is true, and so she decided to go for it. She was pretty sad that none of her family was there at her baptism and pretty worried about what will happen now that she is baptized, but she is happy with her decision and is so excited to continue to learn and serve in the church. She is amazing. The next relief society pres. here for sure! This passed week we found a little family (a mom and her two daughters) and started to teach them. They came to the baptism on saturday and church on sunday and really enjoyed it. They are marked to be baptized in two weeks! I hope all continues to go well back home in Utah. Love you all!

Beijinhos,
Elder Mehl

FAMILIA!!!

Hey everyone!

This week has been another week absolutely full of miracles… It has been incredible! Last sunday, one of our recent converts (baptized about three weeks ago), brought a freind to church with her named Rosa. Rosa was Catholic, but not practicing. When we talked to her for the first time she basically told us that she didn’t know why she was there because she enjoys her lifestyle of worshiping saints, smoking and drinking tea and would not change. We told her to just focus on her feelings and eventually she would want to change. She enjoyed church, and stayed to watch the baptism of Luis. During the ordinance the spirit touched her. She had to leave the room becuase she was so full of new feeling that she was about to cry! We marked an appointment with her for the next day and went by to teach her about the Restoration of the Gospel. At the beginning of the lesson, she was not really focusing nor learning anything. We kept trying to get her to pay attention, but nothing worked. That is when we decided to turn the lesson over the the spirit and simply bear testimony. We did, for a long time, and the more we testified the more she listened. The spirit flooded the room. Before too long she was crying and said she was feeling something she had never felt in her life before. Something amazing. We invited he to be baptized the following sunday on the spot and she accepted. She said there was a voice in her head that just kept commanding, “batiza! batiza!” At the end of the lesson she told us she would stop smoking, drinking tea, and worshiping saints without us even saying anything. It was by far one of the most powerful lessons of my mission! Yesterday, Rosa was baptized 🙂 It was fantastic!

I hope all continues to go well with you all back home. I love you and miss you! Thank you so much for all of the love and prayers you send. Have a great week.

Beijinhos,
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