Happy Halloween!

Hey everyone!

So I’m currently in Praia for leadership conference which is funny cause… I have to come back here in a week to go home. Do I feel like I’m going home? absolutely not. Time flies.
I’m grateful the work in Sal has been kind of difficult cause its been making me focus and not think about home.
So this week was Halloween. Yay! Sister Ellsworth and I dressed up as each other. We both agreed we should never wear each others clothes again. It was pretty bad. It was fun though. I even wore her glasses all day and we swapped name tags. And I put her hair up in a high ponytail which made her look like the little girl from Despicable Me.
On Saturday we had a talent show which was a blast. We had two investigators that we just started teaching show up on their own and they loved it.That was such an awesome surprise! Sister Ellsworth and did a comedy act. We did that thing where one person is the arms of the other person and they tell a story or something. We made a pizza. or rather a giant pile of flour and tomato paste as I was the arms and had no idea what was going on. I think my favorite performance of the night was by the elders. The put on some epic Lord of the Rings music and walked in one by one with Gandalf bears made of shaving cream. Then they had a banana eating contest. It made absolutely no sense but everyone was dying laughing. Incuding the elder from the dominican republic… I thought he might choke to death on his banana and I was just thinking “Well, I hope Cabo Verdeans know about the Heimlich maneuver cause I’m a sister and can’t help you”
Ok here’s your spiritual lesson for the week. So last Sunday one of our families were teaching didn’t show up to church which was weird cause they’re almost always there. We went to go visit them that night and found the wife crying and drunk. She explained that her husband insisted on them going to a soccer game that day instead of church and it turned out to be a mess. They drank and a group of men beat up the husband resulting in his face and ribs being messed up. We found W (our recent convert and the husbands brother) and asked what was going on. he pretty much confirmed the story but added “Yeah they invited me to go but I was like no way I’m going to church!” and he was in fact the first person I saw in church that day. what a boss. The husband later told us that he saw us go to his house that night but couldn’t face us cause he was too ashamed. He also added that he learned his lesson about keeping the commandments and would keep them from now on.
so yeah. cool story.
Today, being my last pday on the mission, we decided to do something special. First, understand that professional photos here in cabo verde are the funniest things I’ve ever seen. like those really tacky family pictures but worse. so we went and did a photoshoot. We told the guy he could position us in whatever way he wanted and use whatever background he thought would be best as long as it represented our friendship. this was the result.
Lindsay and Sis. Ellsworth fabulous

Santa Maria and Halloween

So this week was nice ’cause it was just non-stop work.

On Tuesday we went on divisions with the other sisters here in Sal. I went with Sister Anderson in her area and Sister Ellsworth stayed in our area with Sister De Rosa.
It was a good division! and slightly scarring… I saw a dog get run over by a car!
Our lessons this week were good but kind of frustrating. We’re having a hard time getting our investigators to keep the commandments. One of our investigators has like some kind of addiction to wearing earrings and can’t seem to take them out. Even after I asked him if he loved his earrings more than Christ he didn’t take them out. That… makes no sense to me.
Thankfully Jenifer went to church this Sunday and is doing great. She has a baptismal date for the 8th.
We decorated our house with Halloween decorations and were getting our Halloween costumes together. Sister Ellsworth and I are being each other. There’s really only so much you can do as a missionary.
We had interviews with our Mission President yesterday and those were awesome. President Mathews and sister Mathews are some of the nicest people Ive ever met. In my interview with him he was like “Well.. Im going to interview you again in 2 weeks so we’ll save most of the questions for then” It was still an awesome interview though.
Lindsay MIssion Oct 2014 Back of Truck
here are some pictures of our last weeks santa maria trip. that second one is us in the back of a pick-up truck. thats the only way to get there.
Lindsay Mission Oct 2014 Mask Shop

Blistered Feet and A Phone Call

WOW. IM TIRED.
This morning we went to Santa Maria which was a blast and a half. Perfect beaches, cool african shops, and Irish milkshakes.
I have no idea what happened to this week. Oh wait. Now I remember.
On Tuesday we went to Boa Vista, the island below us, to do a division with the sisters there. It was a blast and a good spiritual experience. I went out with a new missionary, Sister Yeater, and she’s great. we contacted tons of people and had some good lessons.
It was kind of a hard week in our area. Baptisms fell though, investigators avoided us like the black plague, and we walked A LOT. yesterday was really special cause I limped around all day. I gave my shoes to a member at church whose shoes broke so I walked home without shoes on the burning hot cobble stone. Mmm blistered feet. Totally worth it though. She lives really far away and has little kiddos.
Oh man so I got the greatest phone call this week! Okay, so a little background info. I don’t know how many of you remember this but over a year ago when I was in Praia I taught some barber’s in a barber shop. Ya know. the guy the told the vender to leave and was like “hey man… a little respect… we’re hearing the word of God” as he shaved someone’s beard. So anyway, those guys were never baptized cause they never went to church. 2 days ago Sister Barbosa, who is now in Fogo, called and asked me if I remembered a barber named Kevin. I was like “of course!”. Then she told me 2 weeks ago he stopped them in the street and asked “Hey do you know Sister Sharp? She taught me a while back” then they were like OF COURSE and started teaching him. Well just this last weekend he was baptized. R894RJHFSAO9RUWH! WHAT. So cool!!! So lesson learned. Even if you don’t feel like your making a difference by sharing the gospel you never know the effect you have on peoples lives.
Hope you all have a great week!
-Sister Sharp

Super Saiyan Week!

WERE OVER 9000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Man we worked hard this week. We had no investigators at the beginning of the week, no baptismal dates marked, and no dragonballs.
We still have no dragonballs but we taught 15 new investigators, 6 dates marked, and had 5 investigators at church. KAMIHAMIHAAAAAA!
All silliness aside we really did have a great week. It was probably one of the hardest weeks of my mission but most rewarding. We walked SO much. We contacted 69 people in the street and marked with a lot of them. Also I think I’m on to a break through. It seems like the more we pray and follow the spirit, the more success we have. SHOCKER.
One day we were trying to get to an investigators house but couldn’t remember where he lived. He seemed really cool and we had marked with him but after wondering around the streets for a while we were at a loss and really tired. So we decided to say a prayer. In my head I was like “ok I’m going to say a prayer then turn right and keep walking” but after the prayer I felt like we should go left. So we did. Then we got to another intersection and I felt like we should turn right. So we did. We ended up on the main road and I was like “great… that didn’t help. Now what?”. Then I heard Sister Ellsworth go “Wow! Good job!” Our investigator’s house was right there on the main road. We had a great lesson with him and his brother and they both accepted baptismal dates in the first lesson. Once again, Heavenly Father loves his missionaries.
After a long week of hard work out brains were completely fried and we decided we needed to build a fort in our apartment and eat cinnamon rolls in our fort. Definitely well deserved. Have a great week everyone!
-Sister Sharp
Lindsay Mission Oct 2014 Fort
Lindsay Mission Oct 2014 popcorn

So. Much. Rain.

So if you ask anyone that lives here in Sal what the weather is like they’ll tell you it’s sunny, hot, and NEVER rains. Biggest joke of my life. Yesterday from morning until night it poured all day long. And guess who doesn’t have an umbrella. Yeah. This one.

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.

Lindsay Mission September 2014 Sister Pina

Have a great week everyone!

-Sister Sharp

PS in the photo the order is me, Sister De Pina, Walter, and Jailson (member that baptized him)

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Hey everyone!

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.

Lindsay 22 - mission - september 2014

Walter will be baptized this Saturday. We were a little worried for a bit ’cause he was still a little unsure if he would be prepared by the 20th, but on Saturday we had a rockin’ lesson with him. He was talking about all the problems he had and how down he felt so I handed him a piece of paper and told him to list 9 blessings he had in his life. You would think that would be pretty easy but he got to 5 and couldn’t think of anymore. I was like COME ON DUDE. So we sat and waiting as he thought. Once he got to 8 he gave up and just left the last spot empty. Then I explained to him that sometimes we  get so caught up in our own problems that we forget about all the blessings we have. He has a 2 year-old son so I related it to how he is a Dad. He works all day every day so that his son has food to eat and clothes to wear. When he comes home he spends his little free time with him. Does that 2 year old understand all the his dad does for him? No, he just kind of expects it. Then I explained how our relationship with God is the same. We cannot fully comprehend all the he does for us. Then Walter got a sad contemplative look on his face and said “I forgot to put God on the list”. It was kind of a wake up call for all of us. Then at the end of the lesson he told us that he likes to talk to us ’cause when he talks to us he feels like he’s talking to God. We were like well… it’s not us… it’s the Spirit. Then he said he would do everything in his power to do what God asks of him. So that was cool!

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!

-Sister Sharp

Who taught you?!

Hey!

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…

Walter: Wow I’m so amazed!!! I’ve never seen or heard of this before!

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!

-Sister Sharp

The Vineyard

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.

Anyway, this week was good. Zinha was baptized and I just love her. All throughout the week when she said prayers she would say the most sincere prayers asking to be able to be baptized. Also… she’s ahead of me in the Book of Mormon and I started before her. Embarrassing on my part and impressive on hers.
 
Sister Zimbleman was with us for most of the week because her companion was still in Sao Vicente, so we were a trio for a while. It was a blast. There was one night were it was pretty dark and I saw something one the ground and I was like “Awwww look guys! is that a puppy or a kitten!?” I went up to pet it but it was a tin can. Awkward moment.
 
Reminds me of that one spongebob episode when old man jenkins runs into a pole and goes “Oh, sorry young lady! ….what a fox.” Hahaha!
 
Wednesday we had zone conference which was good and unusually short. I think the Mathews just wanted to get out of there cause the air conditioning was broken. The next day my thumb muscle was sore from fanning myself. 
 
I read Jacob 5 this week. you know, that SUPER long chapter about the vineyard and how the lord of the vineyard constantly has to chop down branches and burn them cause the trees keep going bad. Poor guy. Anyway. A couple day after reading that chapter one of my tomato plants went bad! it turned black and all the soil around it turned black. WHAT THE. I was like NOOOOO LET US GO DOWN TO THE VINYARD AND PLUCK THE WILD TOMATO PLANTS AND WE WILL CAST THEM INTO THE FIRE THAT THEY MUST BE BURNED! So yeah, I’m going to have to replant my tomatoes before they all die. 
 
Anyways, that’s what’s up this week.
 
BE HAPPY AND ALWAYS SMILE!
-Sister Sharp

Dolphin Calls and Cockroach Wings

Hey guys!
 

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!

-Sister Sharp

YEAH I’M ON A BIKE!!

Hey everyone!

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.
 
Anyway. Tuesday we had leadership counsel and it was AWESOME. I just love the Mathews. Sister Mathews gave a stellar training on the gospel of Christ and how to teach it. I seriously think she’s given some of the best trainings/talks Ive ever heard. She talked specifically about repentance and what it means to repent. She said that repentance isn’t the reason we are cleaned from sin. It is just our access to using the atonement. You can’t pray sin away. She also used some great quotes by Elder Christofferson. One saying something like “when we repent we do not just abandon sin; we abandon the way of life we had and replace it with a Godly way of life.” So awesome and so true!

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.

Lindsay Mission - On a bike - Aug 2014

Lindsay Mission - Aug 2014 -  Companion on a bike

 

So anyway, have a great week everyone! love you all!

-Sister Sharp