Monday, February 24, 2014


So this week was great!! For one i finally finished Jesus the Christ and i can tell you that really Jesus is our Savior and i am so grateful for him. I have no idea how many times that i received a stronger testimony about him and a greater desire to serve and give it my all out here in the mission. If you all need a book to help you get your priorities in order or just want an incredible book to read Jesus the Christ is it. I know that this is his Church established on the earth today! I am grateful for this knowledge and hope you all enjoy it as well.
I want to thank you all for the prayers sent this way for Stoyan! The baptism went through and it was awesome! I am so happy for him. The water was pretty cold but it was a great experience to get to baptize him. The weather was great for the baptism and then like an hour after it started to rain. And it was a big miracle that the weather was good because recently it has been not very good. But ya Stoyan is 8 and this next week will be the first official member of his family! He is a smart kid that really knows his stuff. And has a big desire to learn and will be as great member here in Portalegre. We are still working with a few other right now on baptism and trying to teach and find more people to teach. But we had a big blessing and got to find a few more people and they seem really cool and interested in the gospel. But ya the high light of the week was definitely the baptism that we had. It was great and i am just super happy right now.
Other than that i can't really think of anything else that is worth telling you all about. I miss having an area where we walked everywhere. The mission is a lot easier that way. But y ai love being here adn want to make sure i give it all i got for the rest of the mission. Glad to hear that life is going good for all of you and it seems like you're all happy and have a busy schedule. Oh ya i didn't know that Riley is going on a mission or if you already told me i forgot. But where is she going to? Tell Kayce good luck for me if you see him before he goes in and that i know he'll do great on the mission.
Well i love you all hope you all have a great week and know that i love you all a lot and hope you're all happy and enjoying life! Até proximo semana.
Amo-vos Elder Bascom
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 Geez.... This kid has some serious spelling errors. Some things never change! Gotta love him!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hey Hey My Family!!!

So I feel like all the best stuff has happened this week. Well in good news anyways. Jaren decides to get married, got some good news from other missionaries and MY LITTLE SISTER GOT HER MISSION CALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Still can't believe that Brittany is going to be a missionary. And speaking Spanish. That part i had guessed would happen. But i was not thinking New Jersey. Well the states are going to get the best Sister Missionary in the World! I am so excited for you Britt. I don't think that you can really tell that. ha ha. Well ya it was really cool to hear about everything today.
Well i am doing good. My address is
Rua Beatriz Rente
22   2º ESQ.
Portalegre 7300-015

But you can also send it to

Rua Jorge Barradas
N 14C
Lisboa 1500-370
That is the mission office and so either one will or should get to me this way. So this week was a good week. We had some really good lessons and found some cool people to teach. It is a little harder here to find people because there is not a lot of people and the missionaries have talked to almost all of them. So ya i am going to ask you all for an idea of how we can try to find more people here in a small town. but ya other than that it is really cool here. The weather is starting to get better now and we are actually having some sun again!! Stoyan the kid that we have marked for baptism this weekend is still firm and seems excited to get baptized. We don't have a font to baptize him though. So are going to a lake. Kinda like Deer Creak. but it seems a lot cleaner. It is cold though. We are going to pray for good weather and also that he doesn't feel the cold water too much ha ha. But it will be great. This last week we had 5 people in church including my comp and i. That was a little different because i am used to being in a ward or a pretty good sized branch. Well ya we aer working with all of the members to try and get them active and also with our investigators to get some more members here. Which we need. But there is a lot of potential here. We just have to find it. But it's here and waiting for us. I want to thank you all for the prayers because i can feel it everyday and i am very grateful for them. I can't really think about anything else right now.

So i love you all and i hope that you all have a great week and know that i pray for you all and hope your all doing great.
Love Elder Bascom

Monday, February 10, 2014


So what is this about Brittany getting her mission call?! She isn't old enough that's all I can say. But hey that is crazy to think that it is on it's way and will be here in 2 days!! I can still remember getting my call it seemed like yesterday haha. But i am guessing that she is getting called to the best mission in the world. The Portugal Lisbon Mission!!! That is my guess. So i will be excited to see her here in the next while. But ya crazy and still can't beleive it.

Well i am doing great and loving Portalegre. It is a hard area but we are starting to have some success in this area right now and we have some awesome news!... Stoyan one of our investigators is marked for baptism on the 23rd of this month!!! I am so excited and hope that everything works out. He is a very cool kid and has a lot of potential he is super smart and is super prepared already to be baptized. So ya that is the exciting news on my side right now. I am happy for all the blessings that Elder Soutas and i are recieving. It is awesome!
Well i am happy today because i finally got to take a nap and i am going to take another when i get done sending this to you all. Best thing to do on a Pday. Well I unfortunately don't have a lot of time the people here need this computer, but it's ok because not much more to say right now. But ya i am doing great. the weather is still bad here and rains almost every day. But today we actually have some sun. But i heard that it might rain this week as well. Glad to hear from you all and hope that you are all having a great daty and week. Know that i love you all and hope you're all enjoying life right now. If you can send me the video of Britt opening her call. I would love to see that before i hear it from any one else. Or just make sure that nobody puts it as their heading for the emails. Except Brittany if she wants to. Well ya i think thats about all i can think of right now. I will try to send some pictures of me and the comp and the area this next week. So you can all see what it's like here in Portalegre. But it actually looks a lot like the Azores. Well untill next week and congrats Britt i am so proud and excited for you!!!
Love Elder Bascom

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Oh Hey My Family!

Hey all you people!
So how are all the people doing that i love so much?! Great i hope. So i have to say that i am very tired right now. Who ever said that life would be easier with a car in absolutely crazy ha ha. I wish that i didn't have one. But hey whatcha gonna do ha ha. So this past week we had maybe 2 and half 3 days at the most in our area. The rest of it was all meetings ha ha. Not very fun. And since we live in Spain almost we have at least a 2 hour drive if not longer to get to most of our meetings. So ya i am excited that this week we will be in our area more and out of the car! But ya good times.
So right now in Portalegre we had a rough week this past week but then again we didn't have a lot of time there. But we still have some really cool investigators that are progressing pretty well. We have a young boy named Stoyan that is a Bulgarian and we are working with him on a baptism date and he is very close to that right now. we have plans on marking him for the end of the month. The real challenge with him is that we need his parents, who aren't members, to really support him and stay active. We want to baptize the parents as well but they need documents from Bulgaria to be able to get married. But we have a big hope for them that everything will work out for them. But they are really good with us and want their son to get baptized!  The other investigators that we have right now are Florbela and Geraldo. They are the parents of the recent convert here. Who actually just got the Melchizedek priesthood last week. but ya they are super close to accepting a date and we are working hard to get them ready. But they are our main investigators right now and we are trying to find new ones which is proving to be the hard part right now. But that's ok because it will all work out and be great.
So the weather here in Portalegre is super cold, well windy and always foggy. But i like it a lot here and am learning a lot with Elder Soutas. He is a great Elder and really knows why he is here. But ya that's about it with all the news from me. In other news though Happy Anniversary Devin and Kirsten. I am super happy for you both! And also Brittany i am stoked that your papers are in and that you'll get your call here soon!
But it sounded like you all had a great week and that you're all doing good. I feel like this super bowl was a crazy good one to see. Well i love you all and i am super happy to be out here right now. I learn that again and again everyday that i am out here. This is a sacred work. We are studying the Doctrine and Covenants right now and there is a part in Section 3 verses 1-3 that i think you all should read. the last verse says that God's work can not be frustrated but only man's can be frustrated. Or in other words what we try to do alone doesn't always work. But God's work always does and is always going forward. Hope that makes sense. Well hey i am just about running out of time but i love you all and i hope that you all have a great week and know that i love you all and pray for you all everyday! Until next week!
Love Elder Bascom