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
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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