So this week was nice ’cause it was just non-stop work.
WERE OVER 9000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So i trudged through the rain all day without an umbrella. All I had was a pano. Which is… like… a yard of fabric that people use for everything. But not umbrellas as it turns out cause everyone was looking at me like I was a crazy person. Soaking wet with a Cabo Verde flag on my head singing/yelling “There is Sunshine in my Soul Today”. I think we had like 8 members at church yesterday. One being Walter who we forced to come so that he could recieve the Holy Ghost.
Which reminds me. Walter was baptized! We worked with him every day this week to help him prepare and it actually went really smoothly. The day of his baptism was awesome. Haha. He fell into the baptismal font and baptized me and some other people with a huge wave of water. I commented to our ward mission leader quietly, “Why is the water salty?” And he responded, “Because it’s full of people’s old salty sins.” HAHA.
So other than that it was a pretty normal week. We were blessed for being troopers and going out in the rain cause a random guy named Kid walked up to us asking about our church. Apprently he’s looking for a religion and is new in the area. The Lord loves his missionaries.
haha random story. Last night we went to a members house to visit them and when they answered the door we were surprised to find they were all standing there in the entry way. They invited us in and we stood in the entry way making small talk. After a few minutes it got kind of silent and I was wondering if they were going to invite us inside so we could talk to them. Then the dad commented, “Uh… we don’t have chairs. We’ve just been standing all day.” HAHAHAHA! First time I couldn’t teach someone cause they didn’t have chairs.
Have a great week everyone!
PS in the photo the order is me, Sister De Pina, Walter, and Jailson (member that baptized him)
Thanks for the birthday wishes!
Yesterday I made a delicious cake and forced my companion to sing happy birthday with me. I also finally opened mom’s birthday package she sent, which was full of delicious American candy and cute clothes. Don’t judge my cake. It’s ugly but it tasted delicious.
We had an activity on Saturday where we tied balloons to everyone’s feet and they had to pop other peoples balloons and protect their own. Turned out to be a lot of fun! The best part was seeing out middle-aged ward mission leader prancing around yelling “ATTAAACK! ATAAAAACK!”
I about died.
Well, I hope you all have a fantastic week!
So this week went by fast like all the others. We’re working with really awesome investigator, Walter, right now. His parents were the first members on the island of Sao Vicent but are now inactive. So we want to help them, too. Walter is really prepared and actually wants to know the truth. He was totally blown away when we taught the plan of salvation. So was the member we taught with…
Member: Yeah me either!!!
Us: what the… who taught you?!
Anyway, this next week is going to be pretty crazy. I’ve got leadership counsel tomorrow in Praia with a member of the 70, a zone training, with the same 70, and then there’s like this all day beach activity on Saturday that we’re going to help with. Party week.
oh yeah! random cool story. As we were walking to an appointment we passed a guy and I felt like we should contact him so I was like “Boa tarde!” and he said nothing back. I was like, “Well then…” but I still walked up and started talking to him. Then he gestured that he was actually deaf. So Sister De Pina pulled out a pamphlet to see if he recognized the church and he got super excited! He started pointing in the direction of the church and we were like yeah! So we invited him to go to church. way cool!
anyway I hope you all have a great week! love you all!
Well we have officially entered transfer 11. Transfer calls were yesterday.. er… they were for everyone else. Somehow our house managed to stay the same. This is now Sister De Pina’s 5th transfer here. She will be in one area for almost 8 months. How she does it I don’t know.
This week we good and full of random things.
Sister Spolador, a Brazilian sister, was here for the week ’cause she was waiting to go to her island that she was transferred to. Have I mentioned that I love Brazilians? Seriously some of the funniest people I’ve ever met. So it was an entertaining week. Having her here was actually really convenient cause Sister Garcia went to a different island to get some dental work done on Sao Vicent. Yeah, a dentist in Cabo Verde. Pretty much makes you make the same face as when you see a toddler with a butcher knife.
Anyway, random moments from this week:
I dared my comp to pick up a cockroach which… she did… then threw it on me…Sister Spolador quickly tried to flick it off me but just flicked it into my face. We were laughing so hard. Then I looked down to see one of its wings was pasted to my sweaty arm. Now that’s just not right…
We no longer need to debate if Heavenly Father has a sense of humor. Yes. Yes he does. Want to know why? We didn’t have water in our house all week. HAVE I NOT SUFFERED ENOUGH?? Needless to say I can now survive in any conditions.
I’m ward choristor. which means every week I give 1 or 2 solos in front of everyone cause they don’t know many hymns. This week was especially entertaining cause I was giving one of my embarrassing solos but I started the hymn off way too high. So it wasn’t really singing but more of me practicing my dolphin call in front of the whole branch. Then I lost my place half way through and halfheartedly waved my hand around while mumbling with a confused face as if the song was still going… so that was nice.
As for the good news, we have awesome new investigators. Zinha is such a boss. We’ve been teaching her for a few weeks now and she’s preparing to be baptized this week. She’s only been reading the Book of Mormon for 2 weeks and she’s already in Jacob. Such a boss.
It’s interesting to see the difference between investigators that read and that don’t. If they read, they’ll have a testimony and want to be baptized. Investigators that never read never really gain the testimony they need.
Hope you all have a great week!
It was a great week here in Sal. You all wrote me about some new illness that’s spreading but Ill be honest… I haven’t heard anything about it. I also don’t watch the news so who knows. I guess it could be here.
Mom Note: She was talking about the Ebola outbreak, which we asked her about. Apparently not a threat on her islands. LOL. “Some illness” indeed.
haha you guys remember my sand garden? So Sunday I did a fast to have more faith which was awesome and I definitely felt more uplifted afterwards. As I broke my fast I thought to myself “Now if I could just get my tomatoes to grow. Then I left to Praia for my conference. And ya know what. when I came back IT WAS A FULL BLOWN GARDEN. My sandbox was literally filled with plants. So there you have it. Our God really is a God of miracles. If you’re ever wondering if He cares about the little things you can remember He even cares about Sister Sharp’s sand tomatoes.
Hahaha! Oh man, here’s a story for you. So Thursday night we were walking home at like 9ish and as we were approaching our house there was someone walking behind us calling out in what sounded like a woman’s voice. Sister De Pina and I were like “Uhhh, is she talking to us?” But I didn’t recognize her so I just walked into the house and Sister De Pina stood at the door staring at her. Then I just heard her slam the door and start booking it towards me screaming “IT’S A MAN AND HE’S COMPLETELY NAKED!!!!” hahahaha! Oh man, we booked it up to our apartment so fast. We think he’s just some crazy guy but poor Sister De Pina is scarred for life.
Right now I’m in Santa Maria, the touristy town. We rented bikes and are just riding around looking at the sites. Those first couple minutes on a bike were glorious. Sister Garcia and I were like “YEAHHHHHH! WOOOOOOOOO!” riding past all the european tourists. Sister Zimbleman, the newbie, wasn’t as thrilled. I don’t think she really understands how it feels to go over a year without doing those trivial things. Then I had this embarrassing moment when my bike broke and I had to do the walk of shame back down the same road as the tourists watched me walk the bike back. No worries though cause I switched the bike out and rode back up the road going “YEAHHHH BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN!!!” Sister Garcia and I gave each other a triumphant high five as we passed the tourists to show them that missionaries can do hard things.