Mission Fasting Miracle

well… where to start…

Ill start with good news!

Elder CottonIf you remember several months back I wrote about an elder (Elder Cotton) that went home because he found out he had cancer. The cancer had already spread to all his organs and his chances of making it through were really slim. So our whole mission did a fast for him and this week we received news that he is now cancer free. SO AMAZING! We are all so happy for him and his family. It was a testimony to us that Heavenly Father listens to our fasts and prayers.

 

There wasn’t too much that happened this week, really. We don’t have a lot of progressing investigators and the work has been a little slow lately. However on Friday we got a call from a member who was preparing a class for Relief Society on Wednesday. She said she needed our help. So we hopped on over there and asked her how she could help. I could tell something was off and she explained that she was having a hard time preparing the lesson. She told us she was worried that she had done something wrong and that she didn’t have the Spirit with her. She said she had been trying to think of what she had done that week and wanted to repent if she had sinned. I immediately remembered my mission president explaining the gift of the Holy Ghost to us and the promise that we are given. So after listening and thinking I just looked her in the eyes and promised her she had the Spirit with her. And of course she did. Anyone that is continually looking to do good and seeks with spirit will have it. Then she just started crying. I could tell she was really relieved and just needed someone to tell her she had the Spirit. That Sunday she gave a great lesson in Relief Society! Funny how sometimes people just need to be reassured of the promises we were already given.

 
Yesterday we were going to a lesson and some soldiers stopped us and told us they wanted to hear “the word of God” as everyone says. So we were like, yeah, sure why not. We taught them the restoration and gave them a Book of Mormon which they promised to read. So there ya go. Now were teaching the Cabo Verde troops.
 
Why does Cabo Verde even have an army? It’s so small. If it wanted to be involved in a war it would probably go something like this:
China: YA KNOW WHAT ENGLAND IVE HAD IT WITH YOU! WE’RE AT WAR!
England: OOOOOO STRAP ON YA TROUSAHS LADS
America: ‘MERICA. WERE IN.
Cabo Verde: YEAH COUNT US IN!
everyone: ………
Cabo Verde: what…
 
Anyway. Thats all i’ve got for you guys this week.
To close here’s a random part from my journal entry this week:
We watched the Joseph Smith movie and its so good! It always amazes me how optimistic Joseph Smith was. Ill bet Christ is like that too. Ill bet you when life gave him lemons he didnt make lemonade or squeeze them in the eyes of his enemies. Ill bet he made lemons bars and offered them to his enemies. because he’s charitable and no one can deny lemon bars.
 
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

-Sister Sharp

European Vacation

Heyyyy everyone! Sooo this week… yeah. It was a normal week. Not too much to report. We had a baptism though! Clebber was baptized and it was probably the least stressful baptism I’ve had. Once he decided he knew it was right he just did it. WHY CANT EVERYONE BE LIKE THAT?

We’ve been finding some cool new investigators and I’m getting used to my area. Our members here are great and have been helping us a lot. We don’t really have anyone that can be baptized this week cause we’re working with a lot of new investigators.

Today we went to Santa Maria, a nearby town that’s super fancy and has lots of European tourists. I felt really under-dressed. We somehow accidentally wandered into a resort. I guess the security just assumed we were tourists and that were staying there. We ended up at their private beach and pool.

Yeah, sure. I’m a rich European on vacation. Why not.

Lindsay Mission - July 2014 - Euro Vacation

Anyway, not too much to report here. We have interviews with our new mission president tomorrow so I’m excited for that. Also Sister Yerman, my trainer is staying at my house tonight! I haven’t seen her in like a year so that should be fun. I think she actually goes home in 2 weeks. On the other side of the spectrum, there’s now a brand new greenie living in our house. Her name is Sister Zimbleman and she’s way cute. it’s weird to see a new missionary. it brings back memories of when I first got here. It also makes me feel really old.
SO! I hope you all have a great week!!!!
-Sister Sharp

Transfer 10…Sort Of…And President Mateus

Well, obviously there weren’t any transfers this transfer cause we had them two weeks ago. but hey! transfer 10! I’m in the double digits.
 

This week… haha.

 

So Tuesday was the leadership counsel which was great. Our new president, President Mateus is awesome. It’s interesting to see a new mission president cause you can tell they’re learning with you. I really loved all his trainings though and his wife gave an AWESOME training on how the Lord prepares people.

 

Once I got back to Sal I got to work in my new area. I’m more used to it now so the adjustment isn’t as bad. My new companion is so funny. Haha–she’s a sassy one. Our conversations are just… haha well for example. At district meeting we had a “understand your companion” time where we all separated and asked each other questions trying to understand our comps better. (Ours consisted of me asking her questions and her shrugging.) When we came back this was the conversation:

District leader :Alright! How was it? (looking at us)

me: It was great!

comp: no it wasn’t

District leader: did it go well?

me:yeah it did!

comp: no it didn’t.

District leader: Do you feel like you understand each other?

me: We’re getting there!

comp: no we’re not.

hahaha oh man she’s a funny one. She’s not super thrilled about the whole transfer thing but I’m determined to be her best friend and I shower her with loves and kindness.

I made her pancakes the other day and presented them to her. She glared at them and grunted “just one.” and gave me the bowl back. So I took the other pancakes out except for one and gave her the bowl so she could eat the pancake. hahahaha.

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I also entertain myself. I found this really ugly pair of glasses in our house and started wearing them as if they’re mine. My comp hasn’t said anything about it even though I never used glasses the first 2 weeks I was with her.

 
Anyway. Despite all that craziness were seeing tons of miracles. Especially yesterday. We have a boy named Clebber marked to be baptized this week but was saying all week he hadn’t recieved an answer to his prayers. As we were talking about recieving answers I felt I should read the chapter in 3rd Nephi of when Christ came and the people heard God’s voice but didnt understand it. Then he sat and thought for a moment and asked “Can an answer come through my thoughts also?” then we shared D&C 8:2 and he was like, “Yeah, I think I actually did recieve an answer then.” YAY! now he’s going to be baptized Saturday.
 
We’re also teaching a guy named José who almost died a few weeks ago cause his alcohol count was 86% and now he wants to change his life. We taught him the first lesson and when we came back he said “I recieved an answer and will be baptized.” SO AWESOME!
 
Can’t wait for this week.
 
LOVE YOU ALL!

-Sister Sharp

Transfer to Sal

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So, monday night we were walking home from a family home evening and our phone rang. It was President Oliveira. Figures. I answered the phone and all he said was “Sister Sharp you’re going to Sal”. He could have at least thrown in a “Good Luck!” or a “Don’t get sick on the boat!” We were all pretty shocked cause it was two weeks before the end of the transfer. I guess since it was our mission president’s last week as president he wanted to do all the transfers before the new president got here.
 
Anyway. I was really bummed. I didn’t even get to say goodbye to anyone cause my boat left at 6AM the next morning. Thankfully Milton, a member, was walking with us when we got the call so I at least got to say goodbye to one person. He also told me I had fulfilled my mission in Brava and thanked me for everything I had done, then told me to do the same for Sal. So. I felt a little better about leaving after hearing that. STILL SUCKED THOUGH. 
I had to take a boat to Praia instead of flying cause I guess the assisants don’t like me and want me to be stuck on a boat for 5 hours. And on top of that, they didn’t send me with the other sisters that were going. They sent me alone… with one elder. AWKWARD. It was ok though. It was just Elder Gunther, who I served with in Tarrafal. 
 
Other than all that, I really felt like the Lord was blessing and thanking me for the work I had done in Brava. For example:
  1. For the first time ever the boat was completely calm all the way to praia and I got to stand on the deck and watch dolphins in the ocean which I always wanted to do.
  2. My whole mission I told everyone I would finish my mission in Sal, and now Im here.
  3. The Lord sent me to an area that never lacks water.
I got to Sal wednesday night. It is SO different here. It’s dry, flat, and really big. It’s like an actual city. Where we live kind of reminds me of an area in Florida with lots of stores, palm trees, and white sand. However where we WORK reminds me of… I dont even know. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s a little ghetto developement of houses but instead of houses they’re little shacks made of scraps of metal sheets and wood planks. Poorest area Ive ever seen. It’s kind of hard to teach the people because they have so little education they can’t really grasp the concepts we teach. Even something like what a prophet is. I like it though. I’m learning to love Sal but its a little hard after being in Brava for so long. All in due time. I’m now with Sister De Pina who is great and hard working. We’ll do great work together.
 
Oh man, greatest moment of my day today. So if you all remember sister Barbosa (who I miss dearly) and I had been fasting and praying all month long to have 6 resgates (less actives turn active). We worked SO HARD. I talked to her today and she told me as of yesterday we had 6 resgates this month. MIRACLES. She also told me people in Brava have been asking about me a lot which makes me feel better. Zezito, our recent convert, tried calling the Brava sisters phone cause he figured I took that phone with me. The new sister had to explain to him I have a different number now and that he couldn’t talk to me anymore. Sad. 
 
The only thing about my life that hasn’t changed this week is that I’m STILL sister leader even though I know nothing about Sal. So later today I have to hop on a plane and go back to Praia for our first conference with our new mission president, President Matthews. Should be interesting!
Hope you all have an amazing week!!!
-Sister Sharp

São João and Sharks

Who celebrates a saint by getting drunk for 2 weeks? All of Brava.


Other than the super annoying festas and drunks this week was full of miracles. We had 19 lessons with members present, a baptism, and 2 resgates (less active members made active). We were really blessed this week.
We also found some new investigators who are SO prepared. Our branch president took us to his mom’s house who had never talked to the missionaries. When she opened the door and saw us she screamed out of excitement and grabbed us into an enthusiastic and slightly painful hug. She was so excited to have the missionaries finally visit. Apparently she’s been to stake conference twice and a baptism once. She said ever since the baptism she saw she’s always wanted to be baptized. Doesn’t get much more prepared than that.
Thankfully D, our recent convert said he’s been staying far away from the festas cause he had problems with drinking before. Man, he told us the coolest stories the other day!!!! He’s a fisher and he goes to little islands smaller than our little island to fish. He said it’s super dangerous cause there are a lot of sharks. There’s one shark that can tell where you are in the boat based on your shadow and will JUMP out of the water and grab you out of the boat. There’s also this one fish that’s like 20 feet long and swims SUPER fast. As in, if your fishing hook hooks onto him your boat will tip over and sink. He said he’s seen it a few times and that it’s really colorful and when it emerges from the water it changes color.
Anyway, this week W was baptized! W is 9 years old and most of his family are members but his mom died last year so he was never baptized. We’ve been working with him for a few weeks and he finally understood all the commandments.
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M and E are our two resgates and they are awesome. They’re a young couple that stopped going to church a few months ago and didn’t want to come back. This week we had some really good lessons with them and E told our branch president that nothing would get in his way of following the gospel. He picked up his old calling and he looks SO happy all the time now. His wife M received a calling as the Young Women’s president yesterday.
so yeah! it was a great week!
-Sister Sharp

Zezito

Well, it was another awesome week!

Sister Barbosa and I worked hard, as always. 
 
On Tuesday we went to Zezito’s house and after the lessons he had set up the table with cookies and juice for us to eat before we left. Then as we were eating he was like, “Man, sisters are fat…”
ZEZITO. We were like “You’re the one making us fat!”
 
sorry. that was random. 
 
We focused a lot on working with our less actives this week and it was great. I love working with less actives. Ok, sorry, one more random funny story. We’ve been trying to get Tony to read the Book of Mormon everyday but he’s been really stubborn about the whole thing. So we stopped by to read with him and he was, of course, outside smoking. GAH. Anyway, we had the following conversation.
Me: “Hey, Tony do you have your Book of Mormon with you?”
Tony: “Reading the scriptures in the street is a sin, you know. Everything is a sin. You’re sinning just by breathing.”
Me: “Tony, the only reason I’m sinning by breathing is because I’m breathing in your cigarette smoke. Let’s read.”
Everyone, including him, busted out laughing. 
 
On a more serious note we saw tons of miracles this week. We fasted yesterday and had 10 less actives were working with come to church. It was amazing. Then I was looking over our goals for the week and realized we were way behind and only had 1 afternoon until we had to do our numbers. It was almost impossible to meet our goals we made. I prayed to see miracles that afternoon and not only did we meet our goals, but we taught 8 lessons in 6 hours. It was pretty incredible. 
Love you all! Have a great week!

Tree Reception

Lindsay Mission June 2014 Sister BarbosaYayyyy for an entire week in my area!!!! It was great! Sister Barbosa and I rocked our area this week.

I’ll give you guys little updates from each day.

Tuesday

We went to a member’s house cause she asked us for our “help”. She had really made a big lunch for us which was awesome. After we ate we were all talking then sister Lima started looking really tired and zoned out. Then she said she couldn’t see anything and that she didn’t feel good. Then she passed out. Apparently she didn’t have enough sugar in her system or something. I went to go call someone for help but my phone wasn’t working. Then the member said, “You can’t call people here. You have to climb the tree.” Yeah. Figures. So I ran outside and climbed a giant tree while the others fed her sugar. I eventually got a hold of people and it all worked out. That tree really did have great reception though.

Wednesday

Pretty normal day. We got a lot done but then the whole island lost power so we had to go home early cause it was so dark.

Lindsay MIssion June 2014 Tony CalendarThursday

So we’ve been teaching this guy named Toni from America. He’s pretty hardcore. He tells us prison stories and owns a popular restaurant. But he wants to stop smoking and he wants to know what church is true. So we set up a calendar with him to help him stop smoking. At the end I told him I wanted to see him tape it to his wall. I looked around for tape but couldn’t find any. So he GLUED the calendar to his restaurant wall. Now whenever you walk into that restaurant you see a cute calendar with check boxes for prayer, reading the Book of Mormon, and going to church haha.

Friday

Also a normal day. I was kind of stressed out that morning cause I got a call from my mission president chewing me out for something that had nothing to do with me. That’s what happens when you’re a leader,I guess. Anyway, Sister Barbosa totally made my day when she told me “If president Oliveira knew what kind of leader you are, he wouldn’t have the courage to be angry at you”. She’s the best.

Saturday

Lindsay MIssion June 2014 Photo BoothOh man, we had a SICK activity at church. We put on the Chronicles of Narnia and had a movie day. But, being sister missionaries we had to get artsy. So we turned the doorway into a wardrobe so people had to walk through a clothes rack of coats to enter. Then when you entered there was “snow” on the ground and mattresses to sit on and watch movies. We also set up a fun Photo booth and served popcorn and juice. It was awesome and the other sisters found a whole new family of investigators through it who went to church the next day.

Sunday

ugh, Sundays. so stressful. a lot of people didn’t go to church cause there’s a 2 week long party going on in Brava so everyone stayed out until the morning and slept through church. But! Zezito, our recent convert, gave a talk and did a great job. At the end he closed with this: “Sorry this wasn’t a really good talk…I’m really sweaty… I’ll do better next time. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.” hahahaha. He’s the best.

Monday

As for today… I’ve been hand washing all my clothes cause we have no water hahaha. I attached a picture of how we wash clothes here.
LIndsay Mission June 2014 Washing clothes
LIndsay Mission June 2014 little duck

Cute baby duck!

ok that’s all I have for you!
Love you all,
Sister Sharp

Last Testimony for President Oliveira

Lindsay on a tree CroppedMonday we had leadership counsel which was amazing. It was our last one with President Oliveira which was sad. It was, of course, very spiritual. Everyone cried. Oh man, and at the end he was like, “Sister Sharp, will you please stand and bear your testimony of the Savior?” I was like OH COME ON ITS LIKE YOU YOU JUST WANT TO WATCH ME CRY. It was good though. I’m excited for this next transfer. Were really focusing on less actives and my companion and I made a goal to have 6 resgates (less actives made active) and 6 baptisms. It’s going to be a lot of work but its going to happen.
Then on Saturday we had a zone meeting so the sisters had to get back on a boat to Fogo. You know the seas are going to be rough when they hand you a motion sickness pill when you enter the boat. Zone meeting was good though. One of my favorite parts was a quote by C.S. Lewis that talked about how there is no such thing as ordinary people because every person you pass on the street has to potential to be a god. cool thought!
“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously – no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption.”
Second best part of zone meeting. a couple weeks ago I taught my companion from Portugal to say “Honey badger don’t care!” which was funny enough. Then at the beginning of zone meeting our zone leaders told us to say our name, where we’re from, and our favorite it animal. yeah. you better believe she stood up and said “honey badger” in English. That’s my comp.
Miracle of the week, I fasted to find the 6 less actives and 6 baptisms that we need to work with and when I showed up to church the next day a member came up to me saying he had a list of less actives and people who want to know more about the church in our area, and that he wanted to mark a day to go out and show us their houses. Yeah, that’s not normal. Definitely a miracle.
Now I’m just glad to be back in my area and I’m ready to get back to work. I missed my investigators and less actives so much. I’m going to be in trouble when I leave this area.
Love you all!
-Sister Sharp

IT’S MANGO SEASON!

mangoHey!!!! Well we had another great week. We were in Fogo for half the week for a zone conference but the days that we were here were great. As you can see it’s officially mango season again which makes me SO happy. I’ve missed them.

That also means I’m old. I hit my one year mark this week which was cool. I was in Fogo for it so we had cake with a couple other sisters that were in my district in the MTC. Group birthday party! Zone conference was awesome. It was our last zone conference with our mission president Oliveira before we get a new mission president. It was pretty sad but I think Ill see him again at leadership conference in a week or two.

Agh I cant believe Ill have to go back to Praia in a week. I’M NEVER IN MY AREA.

Our water problems still continue. I don’t think we had water for one day this week. For that reason we started looking for new houses. I don’t know if we will have to move houses but it will either be that or get the water at this house fixed. One needs to happen cause… we smell bad and haven’t washed our clothes in forever. Our investigator inventory is a little low right now. It could be cause were never in our area but it could also be that our stench is really offensive.

Yesterday we had a cool moment while going to an appointment. As we were walking we passed a women and I felt like we should talk to her. I didn’t… but I told myself If we found her again I would stop and talk to her. On the way back she was still there so I said quickly to my comp mid sentence “we’re going to talk to her”. So we started talking and she seemed really excited that we stopped to talk to her. Then she literally invited us to come back and talk to her. Obrigada espirito santo. I’m excited to see how things go. Other than that… Life is pretty much the same. In an awesome way. LOVE YOU ALL! -Sister Sharp

President Oliviera and Sister Oliviera

President Oliveira and Sister Oliveira

Mom note: Here is a catch-up on last week when she went to the beach for her P-Day

 

Lindsay Beach P-Day with little boyToday was by far one of my favorite P-days. We decided to go on a hike down to a village called Furna down by the ocean. It took about an hour to get down there but it was totally worth it. The views were amazing and the people down there were so friendly. When we got down there we collected sea shells and ate sandwiches by the ocean on some giant rocks. While we were eating we saw some kids trying to fish but all they had was a fish head and some fishing line. They weren’t having much luck. So helped them out by taking the bobby pins out of our hair and making them into hooks. They didn’t catch anything but we did get to watch the fish pop out of the water trying to eat the bait. It was a blast!

Lindsay Beach P-day May 2014
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Mom Note: This is Dave! He owns the Mail N’ More store near our house where I send a lot of letters and packages. He’s a Praia mail expert.

 

 

 

 

 

Send Me Back To Brava!

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Zone Leader Conference In March…with ice cream!

Oh my goodness I miss Brava so much. I’ve been in Praia all week long and it’s been rough. And on top of that something is wrong with our phones so I don’t even know if D got baptized on Saturday. GAH. That’s killing me but I’m pretty sure he did. I was pretty upset I couldn’t be there for it.

On the bright side I’ve had some really good recent convert lessons. OH. let me tell you. I don’t know how many of you remember the family of Maria, Mario, David, and Ima but they were the first family I worked with when I came to Cabo Verde. They’re the giant family we worked with for months. Anyway, I got here and asked about them and some one told me THEY ARE ALL LESS ACTIVE. You better believe I wasn’t going to let that fly. I marched to that house and found Maria outside. I asked her where David was and she said he wasn’t there. Yeah, ok. So I stormed into that house and yelled his name. No worries everyone, it was righteous anger. Lo and behold! He turned the corner to find me standing there a foot away from him. His face was priceless. Its been a LONG time since I’ve seen them.
Mother’s note: Perhaps he was afraid because she looked like this….
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I told him to grab his brother Ima but when he came back he told me Ima was going to take a shower and couldn’t talk. Once again, yeah ok. So I walked passed him to the back of the house as he yelled “Sister! my dogs will bite you!” HONEY BADGER DON’T CARE. I started yelling his name as David kicked his dogs away from me. Needless to say, They both joined us in the living room to talk. We had a great lesson. As angry as I was, I was more sad than anything. They’re my first family of Cabo Verde and I refuse to ever let them go less active. David will definitely be going back to church and the missionaries here will be working with the others. 
So other than that, not much else has been going on over here cause I have no idea what’s going on in my area. Today Sister Black and I went to the market and bought awesome benfica jerseys. 
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Have a great week everyone! Happy Cinco de Maio!!!
Sister Sharp