Urchins

Lindsay Nov 2013Don’t you hate it when you get a sea urchin needle stuck in your finger?

So this week was good! A lot of our baptisms fell through but it was still good. We had two investigators baptized, Sister M and Brother H. Sister M is one of those people that when you teach and ask a question she gives you the right answer and then says what you were going to say. We weren’t worried about her. Brother H is just awesome. He’s only 20 years old but is more mature than his age. His testimony grew really fast and he accepted all the commandments like a boss.
The baptisms were awesome! One of my favorite things to do after a baptism is ask the person how they feel. It helps remind you of how you felt the day of your baptism. Sister Willey and I got to overhear a conversation between Brother H and another young member who was a friend of his. They said,
Friend: “How do you feel?”
Brother H: “Light… like new”
Friend: (with a smile) “Yeah, that’s just the beginning.”
GAH I love our members. They’re such good examples to me.
On a random side note while we were standing by the ocean our bishop plucked a sea urchin our of the water and handed it to me. It was so cool! It moved is spikey things in my hand. Then I went to throw it back in the water and one of the spikes got stuck in my finger. It was like a nasty bee sting. It’s still chillin there cause I couldnt get it out hahaha.
Oh haha random funny moment. In ward council we were reviewing our progress record which talks about what help the missionaries need from the ward. Sister Willey had written that one of our investigators needs a “member friend” but the guy misread it and said really loud to the ward council, “She needs an ancient member!” Sister Willey and I were gripping our chairs and biting our tongues trying not to bust out laughing.
So anyway, life is awesome in Cabo Verde. I’m pretty settled into this area now. We had our interviews with our mission president this week which were so amazing. I love our mission president. He’s definitely going to be an apostle some day. You can tell everything he said is inspired. I walked out feeling like a new person.
Hope you all have an amazing week!
-Sister Sharp

One Third Party!

Boa tarde everyone!

This week was another one of those weeks that flew by. There is so much to do in so little time. On the bright side were starting to cut our inventory down so we can focus on certain people now which is good. On the down side, I still can’t get our members to work with us…
It was a good week though!!! One of our investigators named Brother N got baptized so that was cool Oddly enough we weren’t even planning on baptizing him last week. We went to go teach him the first lesson on Thursday and when we got there we realized he already had almost all the lessons because he was always there when we taught his girlfriend. He had been keeping all the commandments, and he had been going to church. After the first lesson he asked to be baptized that Saturday. We were just like… “Well… I don’t see why not…” That baptism literally fell into our hands. This is not to say its usually that easy. We have a few baptisms planned for this Saturday that will hopefully go through.

1/3 Party

On Friday I hit my 6 month mark on the mission. So hard to believe! My companion and I came in from the MTC together which means we both celebrated. I made a cake that said 1/3 on it and we attempted to each eat 1/3 of the cake. It didn’t happen but it was good.
This morning Sister Willey and I went to a salon and painted our toes. The lady doing them painted a Cabo Verde flag on my toes. sweeeeeet. Pedicures here are less than $2. Ill be doing that more often.
So anyway, Theres not too much to report this week. I love you all and pray for you!
-Sister Sharp

In The Mountains

LIndsay on the MountainsSo this morning we had a zone activity where we went to a national park and hiked up a mountain. It was way fun! I got a good work out. The view was of course, amazing. There were pine trees!!! I was tempted to go cut one down and take it home for a Christmas tree. The whole mountain was covered in all kinds of plants trees. I have an awesome zone. We discussed which Lord of the Rings movies was the best and what the next Hobbit movie will have in it.

Our investigator Gilica was baptized on Saturday which was really awesome. She brought her boyfriend and were going to start teaching him this week. Anyway, the day after her baptism in church she was called to be the Relief Society president. WHAT. poor girl. She’s only been to church like 3 times hahaha. That’s not too uncommon right now cause our poor ward was just split and we lost a lot of our strong members.

Lindsay Nov 2013 Baptism copy

This area is SO much work but I love it. There are so many ready people here and we really need more missionaries here. It’s just me and Sister Willey in all of Tarrafal. oh! apparently were having someone from America come to tarrafal to find a place to build a chapel! WOOOOO! We just have church in a rented building right now so a chapel would be SO cool.
I attatched some pictures of our hike today and Gilicas baptism. Enjoy!
love you all!
-Sister Sharp
Nov 2013 Lindsay Mountains

Tarrafal

Hey everyone!

I haven’t had anytime to breathe this week between transfers and learning my new area, so I’ll start from the beginning.
The day of transfers was sad, exciting, and nerve racking all at the same time. It was really hard saying goodbye to a lot of the people in Monte Vermelho. Nothing breaks your heart like seeing your recent convert cry as you leave your area.

One of Those Awkward Missionaries..

After I left I had to get to my new area…. alone… without a companion. And it was terrifying. After 6 months of constantly being with someone you just get used to it. I took a taxi to a big market where I found…. a hiace (pronounced yaus). Oh man. The hiace experience was something to remember. So a hiace is just a van that gets crammed with  people until you think you’re going to be squished to death. I was squished between a window and some ladies with baskets of bread and fruit. The worst part was when one lady opened her bucket of raw fish in the hiace. GROSS. The uncomfortable ride was SO worth it though. The view on the way there was easily the most amazing thing I’ve already seen. Once we left Praia everything just turned super green and these giant green mountains appeared. We went over these giant green mountains that go up into the clouds and look over huge valleys  with little houses and farms build up the sides of the mountains. I tried taking pictures but they were an injustice. When I got to the town that I was supposed to find my comp they weren’t there yet so I had to wait at the church with some elders. It was then that I realized Im one of those awkward missionaries. I felt so uncomfortable!

anyway!

my comp showed up after a while and shes awesome! Her name is Sister Willey and she is super sweet. She was a latin major so we enjoy using our good english vocabulary together.
My new area, Tarrafal, is adorable. Its a little town sorrounded by green mountains and the beach. The weather here is AMAZING. Its always sunny in the afternoon, then gets cool and cloudy around 4. I was cold the first day here because it was like 72 degrees haha.
The work here is unlike any other place in the world. We have too many investigators. We are constantly trying to keep our inventory UNDER 50 people. Its really overwhelming but amazing at the same time.
When my mission president called me to tell me I was being transfered he gave me specific instructions that I was going to a broken ward that was just split and that I was to fix and strengthen it. again… no pressure.
I haven’t met a lot of members here yet but I’m trying to get a ward council started and get the members working with us. Investigator wise the work is amazing, member wise, not so much.
On the bright side, the church here is so small that we dont have a capela… chapel? or font. you know what that means. OCEAN BAPTISMSSS! We had one of saturday and it was amazing. you can see the floor of the ocean cause the water is so clear. Too bad he had to baptize her like 20 times cause he kept getting the prayer wrong. haha.
There’s too much to write… We had stake conference yesterday in an old school building with holes in the roof and of course it was pouring rain. We were soaked to say the least. I had to keep my backpack on my lap cause the was a leak right above me. It was a good conference though!
What else… in the morning we like to run to a little house with one of two bread ovens in the entire town. It’s just a giant stone oven with a legit fire inside. They make fresh bread every morning and we get 10 rolls for like 50 cents. its awesome.
I love you all!
The Church is true and the Gospel is perfect!
-Sister Sharp