Elder Justin Corey Lee
Portugal Lisbon Mission
Apartado 40054
1500 Lisbon

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Email from Justin on August 25, 2014

The flights here were crazy. The shortest one we had was to Dallas. Not bad. But the over night one to London was ruthless. As I expected, I slept about 4 hours, which actually was great because jet leg wasn't too bad. In Dallas, we met the missionaries returning home from Portugal. One of them knew my companion Elder De Oliveira. He lived in Brazil when he was younger, then has lived here in Portugal for the past 11 years. So he doesn´t know English very well, but he knows a lot. I can talk in English and he will understand me, but it´s hard for me to understand what he says. He doesn`t have vocal cords, so everything is like a whisper. But my understanding is getting better. 

I am serving in Setùbal. Its a great place, every where pretty much has a lot of hills. I can´t walk very far that's flat like at home (ha), but I´m surviving. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Atonement is real, but so is Satan.  You can be repented of your sins even if they are “red as scarlet, they can be white as snow”  (Isaiah 1:18).  And the Lord God “will remember their sins no more”  (Jeremiah 31:34).  But Satan will bring them back to your remembrance all of the time. This ! Does Not ! mean you haven’t truly repented. 

Elder Bednar said, “Please remember, the Lord requires you to be clean but not perfect.”  The Holy Ghost operating again in your life is the surest indicator of forgiveness by the Lord because “the spirit of the Lord doth not dwell in unholy temples.”  Once again you feel the spirit in your life, you will know you have truly repented.

I love the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  It is my life.  Without it, I wouldn’t be here right now and I would not be a Justin Lee.  I am very grateful for the Atonement.  It is the most important event that has happened on this earth.

I love Him, and I Love you.  May God be with you wherever you are in life.  He can and will help you, but you have to make the first move.  In the sacred name of my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, amen.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Elder Lee leaves the Provo MTC on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 to fly to Portugal.  He arrives in Lisbon Portugal on August 20 about 6:05 pm.

Justin said in his last letter, "I am excited to be teaching investigators for real and I can't wait to find out what his mission has to offer!"
The following was written by Elder Lee on August 5, 2014:

This week has been quite normal, nothing too exciting, except from last weeks post, on the Character of Christ. Find out what the Character of Christ is. Read through every account of the ministry of Jesus Christ once or twice or more. The more the better. You will come to know how special He really was. You will find flaws in yourself that you need to fix. You will find that everything in this life is about everyone else but yourself. Look into that.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

There is a talk titled "Character of Christ." The best talk probably ever given, given on a Sunday Christmas day to the missionaries. I don´t know if they have released it onto the internet yet, but if they have, I want each and every one of you to look and find that talk and listen to it with an open heart. Your life will be blessed, I PROMISE you. 

When Christ walked the earth, he ´turned out when we would have turned in.´  Turning out--putting others needs before your own, such as Christ did when satan was tempting Him, saying, If thou be the Son of God, turn these stones into bread.` And what Christ did, was, he prayed that His friends who were in prison, or in time of trial, would have food, instead of satisfying His own needs.  During this time Christ was fasting, so he was clearly hungry, yet he turned out instead of turning in.   So, turning in--putting your needs in front of others. If you were starving in the middle of the desert, and someone asked for the last crumb while it is in your hand, would you give it up? Turning out is the greatest characteristic in the world, called Charity.

While Elder Bednar was stake president, he got a call early in the morning. The lady that had called him was the relief society president in one of the wards. She was telling him that three young women were in a terrible accident and  they were being taken to a hospital by where President  Bednar lived. (One was pronounced dead). She asked him to go to the hospital and identify the victims. So President Bednar said he would, of course. While talking on the phone with this woman, he realized she also had another phone on her other ear, which was with the nurse who was helping at the scene of the accident. During the talk President Bednar heard the nurse say to the Relief Society President that the young woman who had died was her one and only daughter. She immediately talked to President Bednar that he needed to identify the two other victims and let their mothers know.

This woman was more concerned about the families of these two young women than she was of the death of her only daughter. That is the extent of completely turning out when the natural man would turn in (Mosiah 3:19). Another little story about this amazing women. On her daughters funeral day, she got a complaint (because she was Relief Society President), that this woman hadn´t had any food delivered to her because she had a minor cold. So on her way to her daughter's funeral, she dropped off a meal to this complaining sister. 

I believe this woman has fully developed the Christ-like Attribute of Charity.

I also want you all to search the scriptures searching for the characters of Christ, and don´t ever forget what you learn. :) 

Eu Ama Vocês