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.
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!
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!
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.
So anyway, have a great week everyone! love you all!
Soooo highlights of this week…
Wednesday we saw How to Train Your Dragon which is still an amazing movie. it lacks some charm in Portuguese cause it doesn’t have the scottish accent but I’ll take what I can get.
I’m proud to announce I finally bought sunscreen after 14 months of saying I would. It finally became necessary. The sun here is cray cray. The other day a sister was like “sister sharp… you’re getting really dark… and kind of orange.” So I guess that was a hint. Here is a chart to map out the progression of my tan on the mission:
So I’m doing personal progress, you know, the Young Women’s program– ’cause I never finished it before. One of the projects I have to do is to start a garden. I’m sure youre all familiar with the whole “faith is like a seed! plant a garden and watch your faith grow!” project so I was like well… ok…I mean I live on the 4th floor with no sun but hey why not. So I bought some tomato seeds and went outside to fill up a shoe box with dirt. Then I realized I live on an island. And islands don’t have dirt. Just sand. So… i filled up my shoe box with sand and planted the tomato seeds in it. So far… I haven’t had success with my garden. Then I realized this project is only good if the garden actually grows. If it doesn’t you find yourself in the mirror saying “I have no faith… WHO AM I!?!?!” Poor Beehives. I’ll keep you all updated on my garden.
Anyway, as for the work. It’s going. We had a cool experience on Thursday while I was on divisions. We taught a woman who has been taught for a long time but never had an answer about anything. We encouraged her to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. When we came back we asked her how her prayers were going. She told us that she thought she received an answer because when she prayed she felt “something weird inside”. We asked her if it was a good feeling and she said yes. Then we read some scriptures about the spirit and bam. She knew she had received an answer.
Interesting how even if a person doesn’t know anything about the gospel they can receive the same kind of answer as someone who knows everything. Just gotta ask!
Have a great week everyone!