Elder Justin Corey Lee
Portugal Lisbon Mission
Apartado 40054
1500 Lisbon

Monday, October 19, 2015

My week has been quite interesting. Last Sunday night I received transfers for my district and we were all staying. It was a party!! About 5:00 Tuesday afternoon, I recieved a call from Elder Madsen who used to be my Zone leader in the Algarve and is now an Assistant to the Presidente. He asked me if I wanted to start doing contacts  on another island. I tried calling his bluff, but this time he was serious. When he was my ZL he did that to me right before a zone conference and I called his bluff, I did good. Anyway, this time I tried calling his bluff again, but I guess he is Assistant now. :) So I left Lisbon at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning and rode an airplane for 2 hours and arrived here in the Azores at 9:00 am. I am now here with Elder Kaelberer from Holladay, Salt Lake City, training, his second transfer. I am also District Leader for 6 missionaries, 2 are sisters. So I have nearly been here a week and I am really enjoying it. It's green again. :) But being DL might drain me again. Oh yeah, and the other elders are the ZL, so just a little pressure. ;)

One thing I have learned this week is: Always take a third person look at yourself every once in a while. Look at yourself as others would. Always be aware of the Appearance of Evil. You could be doing anything super innocent, but if you look at it in another way, you might see that it doesn't look that good. For example, a guy was supposed to deliver a bouquet of flowers to a bar but said he wouldn't do it. The boss understood his religious beliefs but responded saying that he would be walking into the bar with flowers and people would know that he is working. The deliverer replied saying he would be walking out of the bar without them and anyone could assume anything. Take a third person look at yourself and ask yourself if you would be alright with parents, or the Savior, seeing you do that. 

I also really enjoy the new Mormon Message that is being advertised on the Church's home page, "Am I Really A Good Man?"  Look it up! 

Love you all. Have a great week.

Elder Lee

Monday, August 31, 2015

Transfers were today.  I stayed here in Sacavém with my comp, Elder Viehweg, from Idaho.  Sacavém is in Lisbon.  We had a good week. . . hot . . . and wet. We got one baptism yesterday. The next one should be this coming weekend, so we will see.  I was called as district leader again..... 

Monday, July 13, 2015

A spiritual experience I had was during studies learning about the youth of the church. There are millions of talks and discourses about the "Hope of Israel" is in the hands of the youth. All of the kids from 12 to 18 years old should and need to realize how to listen, hear, and follow the whisperings of the Holy Spirit. He is the way our Heavenly Father talks with us and helps us guide our lives according to His will. 

And now, I would like to say a little on how you can do this, it is NOT easy. It is a work of a lifetime, but you NEED to know how to establish habits to be in tune with the Spirit. I will tell you how to do it, and all of you will say, "Elder Lee, that's just a primary answer." Then I ask, "Why aren't you doing it?" You all know the answers. 

I will give you one more answer that all of the women in the church are striving to do and I see them being examples to the faithful, as they should and are taught. Now young men, you have the same resources that they have. They have Personal Progress that helps them with many spiritual habits and studies. How are your studies young men? Are you just going through the motions and reading your 1 verse per day? You have something equivalent to the Young Women's Personal Progress, which is called Duty to God. Do you know your Duty to God? Do you know that the presidents of the quorums have keys to the priesthood? Do you know you can be ministered by the angels of God.? If not, read the last talk from President Monson. 

I am looking at the world in a different perspective here on a mission and as a missionary. There is nothing better to prepare to serve a mission or enter the Temple of God than the Young Women's Personal Progress and the Young Men's Duty to God. I love you all. These things were inspired by prophets, let's use them to our advantage. Read the Hymn "Hope of Israel." Who does it talk about? "Oh be wise, What can I say more?"

Com muito Amor, 

Elder Lee

Monday, June 1, 2015

This week was great and long. I don't know why but these last few weeks have felt like a drag.  Honestly I have just about knocked every door here in Beja in our area in walking distance. We still have this week or next to get the rest of them finished then restart. Many of them don't answer so we need to do it again anyway. But I don't like going down the road knocking every door I see. I heard one time that an elder said, "you aren't exercising your faith if you hit ever door on every street." so I have been putting that to the test. We found some pretty solid investigators, well, potential investigators. Better than nothing. It's the best week I have had on getting more solid potentials, instead of the people that roll their eyes and say,"yeah come back another day, when you want," wink wink nod nod. That happens a lot. But it's all good. 

The weather is hotter than I would like. It is perfect in the mornings when we go out to run. But by working time comes, it is too hot. We don't have a thermometer so I couldn't tell you the temperature. 

We actually did one little thing of service this week, we got to take someone's trash out. When we ask to do that, only maybe one in a hundred accept the help. And we don't even get the opportunity to ask much anyway. :) So it's rare.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

This week has been great, but tiring, as usual. We didn't get baptisms or anything, but the other elders had a baptism. We were supposed to have the interview Friday night, but he didn't show up, and we couldn't get a hold of him. Saturday, his friend called the elders and asked, "Do you want to speak with him?" So clearly they did. We met them in the church, taught the last lesson, then immediately after, had the interview. About 2 hours after that, we had his baptism. :) It was a fun, long day. We ended up spending about 4 hours in the church for that, but it was worth it. :) 

Transfers were this weekend and nearly all of us stayed here.  We have four in this house. From what Sister Jeffers told me, was, as of last Friday, we were all staying here. But last minute, President transferred Elder Darrington up north.  I will receive my companion this Thursday, Elder Sanderson (from what I know).  It's going to be three straight transfers that I have trained. Maybe this time I will do it right.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Nothing really big happened this week other than on April 1st we had a zone meeting. Before it started we all decided at 12:00 we would stand up and walk outside, no matter what we were doing, and to not say anything. Well the zone leaders put on a show for us during the announcements like they were getting pretty mad at each other, they did a great job, but it was "April Fools." We caught it easy. Anyway, so at 12:00 exactly we were supposed to separate into groups to do these practices, or the role plays, right, and exactly at that time, we all stood up and walked outside. It was the funniest thing ever. I loved it. :)  ~ April Fools ~

After the Zone Meeting the two zone leaders came to our area and we did a division. Elder Madsen came in six weeks before I did and he is from Spanish Fork. He went to Dixie for some school before the mission. He is awesome. I got the privlige to be his companion for the division. He is an amazing missionary. 

We watched all sessions of conference except the last one because we had to be home before 10:00. I was having a hard time taking notes so I didn't get to choose a favorite but a lot of them talked about families. I wonder how many missionaries got "trunky" at this conference. :) 

Thanks for everything. Everything is great here. Love you all.

Elder Lee

Monday, March 30, 2015

Our week was good. Mais ou menos. My hardest problem is finding new people to teach. And that's what we need now. I came here, finished the work they did before me, now I need to start something, but I don't know how to do it. P-days, we study in the morning until 11:30. Then afterwards we usually either clean the house or buy food for the week, eat lunch about 1:00 or 1:30, go do email, and look for things to buy around the city. We don't have much to do here in Beja. Not many stores or many attractions.

Have a great week.  Keep up all of the good work.  Love you all.

Elder Lee