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Photos from missionary service to Porto Portugal

Historical Marker for Ano Santo 1950

Perafita Ano Santo Historical Marker

Perafita Ano Santo Historical Marker

In the middle of a road that runs east and west towards the ocean in the community known as Perafita, is this historical marker for Ano Santo 1950. In this picture, I pose underneath the towering cross. My guess is that this photo was most likely taken near February or March 1989. My missionary partner was Elder from Wyoming who worked with me from the beginning of January through most of March, possibly into April. We had a lot of success meeting and teaching the people of Perafita. As a result, this was one of the more enjoyable time periods during my mission.
While my memory is likely inaccurate after all of these years, it seems to me that this day was sunny but cold. We started working in Perafita in February after our success in Leça da Palmeira near Matosinhos was minimal. I remember the month of January was dark and wet. February seemed to be cold. Eventually the warmth of spring made the last few months working in this area more enjoyable. This was nice considering both Leça da Palmeira and Perafita have a nice ocean side that we traveled each day.
I need to go back into my journal entries to remember more about this time period. In the meantime, please enjoy this picture that shows this historical landmark on the Portuguese streets.

Picture with Boy on Bike in Perafita

Picture with Boy On Bike in Perafita

Picture with Boy On Bike in Perafita

My third area I served in while a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was in port city called Leça da Palmeira.

Leça da Palmeira was on the north side of a bridge that crossed the port located on Atlantic Ocean. We used to walk across this bridge to visit Matosinhos, the previous area where I served. Matosinhos was part of the usual course we would travel on our way to Porto, our mission home. The difference between Porto and Matosinhos was sort of negligible considering the whole area seemed one large city.

The house we rented in Leça da Palmeira was located with a view of the port and Atlantic Ocean from our back deck. Since we were so busy, we really didn’t go out there much. Rather, we would sometimes walk over to the port and visit with the fisherman. We were fascinated by the Soviet Union ships with the well-known hammer and sickle on the side. We used to stare at the many ships out on the waters of the Atlantic. Since it was late winter and early spring, we were safe to visit the beach enjoying the sites.

As one traveled northward out of town, the countryside would open up a bit. After my first month there, my missionary partner and I decided to investigate the area northward for new contacts. The other guys working in our area joined us. At first we simply walked northward exploring the area. Later we ended up taking a bus to our desired area.

We found a unique community called Perafita. Perafita could be described as a series of neig