"And at all times, and in all places, he shall open his mouth and declare my Gospel as with the voice of a trump, both day and night. And I will give unto him strength as is not known among men."

-D&C 24:12

Monday, February 16, 2015


Hello Everyone!
   How was your Valentine´s Week? Mine was filled with lessons and contacting people on the street! Hence, the name of my letter this week: #Sister4Lyfe. Portugal celebrates it, but not as much as back home. So yeah!
   This week was awesome! I truly truly love my mission so much! And it´s mainly because of weeks like these! 
   Well, let´s start with Monday. IT WAS AMAZING. It was definitely one of those P-Days where you totally remember you live in Europe, because in the day-to-day missionary life, you forget sometimes and speaking only Portuguese becomes normal. We visited all of the historic sites Coimbra has to offer. We started out at the botanical gardens. Me and Sister McCall both agreed we felt like any moment we would transport into 1776 or something.
   We also visited the University of Coimbra (AKA Harry Potter University) and were totally in awe the WHOLE TIME.
   FUN FACT: University of Coimbra is the 2nd oldest University in THE WORLD. It was founded in 1290. 1290!!!!! How awesome is that!?!?!?!? We walked into the Library, saw students studying, and it reminded me of my freshman year of college... Sigh...
   We also decided to just discover the Old City of Coimbra. We went past little cafes and Sister McCall´s a believer in Carpe Diem while we´re in Europe, so we decided to go to 3 different cafes and eat pastries! It really was awesome... :)
   The rest of the week went just as great! We were able to have lessons with Mariana and Nuno again this week! They really are amazing and we´ve been talking to them about marriage and asked them to pray about it, so we´ll see how that goes this week.
   We met this woman who´s a friend of a member, and we´ve been having the most spiritual lessons with her! She´s this little old lady whose husband passed away a few years ago. Me and Sister McCall both feel so strongly that we met her for a reason and when we had a lesson with her this week, we both, without saying anything could feel the presence of her husband and her parents in that room with us. It was so spiritual and a testimony to me that The plan of Salvation that the Lord has for us is indeed real! There are people who have passed on who are waiting for their loved ones here to accept the message! I know that that is true. We felt so strongly the love that Maria Odilia´s family has for her when we were teaching her in her house! The Lord really has a plan for everyone, we just have to humble ask in prayer what His will for us is. 
   We were also just randomly knocking doors one day, when we met this ELECT African woman who immediately let us in and start teaching her! It was so great! We could really feel the miracle that the Lord really guided our footsteps and really, He´s been doing that all week!
   We also had a lesson with this man who is so open and receptive and he has so many questions and after our lessons, he just smiled and said "I´m really happy with what I heard today. It answered all of my questions."
   So, that´s my week in a nutshell! I hope everyone is having a good week and please write me! Stay awesome!
Sister Mancuso


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