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

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