I had a baptism this week!!! It was a beautiful day! This lady is one of the funniest, sweetest old ladies I have met. She is only 57 but seems older. When we first started teaching her she didn't remember anything we told her. We got so frustrated and wanted to drop her but her cousin (who is in the ward and a huge help) told us that she as diabetes and CVA. Which affects her memory and mobility. So after learning that we started teaching her in simpler terms and she started to remember what we were teaching. We started to see the light in her eyes. We started to see miracles with her. She opened up to us and started treating us like her kids. She was so ready for baptism. The week before her baptism was hard. Satan tried to stop her. Putting thoughts into her head saying she can't walk and her head hurts. We continued to pray for her and just give her the love she needed. Also her daughter had all her documents which we needed for baptism and getting a hold of her daughter was one of the hardest things. However the Lord blessed us and we got all the documents needed. Saturday she entered the waters of Baptism fully aware of the choice she just made. She bore her testimony and it was beautiful! She said it was one of the happiest days of her life. She will continue to make a great member since she knows so many people. What a great day for her!!
Other things that happened this week...
Saw centipede #3. Saw my 3rd pig die in the street and saw two new born babies, kittens, and puppies!!! All were so cute!! If we could have pets I would take them all home!!
Also today I got to go to the light house!! That was so much fun!!! It was really windy but going to the top of the light house was a really pretty view. That is the closest I will ever get to the ocean while being a missionary.
A great few days!!!
Love you all!!
Monday, May 18, 2015
Yelp! I have 10 weeks here in Capo Verde and my comp only has 10 weeks left!! Crazy!! Time fly's by so fast!!
I also hit my 100 days on a mission this past week!! 100 days!!!!!!!!!!!! What?! That is a long time but nothing at the same time!!
Monday, May 11, 2015
So first I want to start of by talking about Skype. Truly it is the most stressful thing ever. I would prefer to be the one at home every time. Finding a place here is so hard. We found this place that seemed perfect but when we showed up Sunday the internet was down. Then we found this really ghetto cyber cafe around the corner that worked just fine but it was so stressful!!
It was really weird seeing my family it has only been 3 months and not much has changed.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
So last Monday my companion and I went bowling!! All missionaries need to have the opportunity to go bowling! Earlier that day we bought a watermelon and used 3 of our back up water bottle supplies. We set up our bowling alley in our living room. It was a great time until our watermelon broke. OH and we also had perfect scores!
This week I saw another pig die. Totally normal here. People raise pigs just to eat them. Crazy!!
The holiday of the workers was May 1st. My first one in Cabo Verde. So no one works. It was crazy!! Loud music everywhere, drunk people and lots of parties!! In the streets, where all the business are, there was no people. They were all in the house areas, tons and tons of people.
Also I have now gotten 4 misquote bits. They look terrible, but this is normal for me. However it does freak out my companion. I just have always had weird reaction to bug bites.
Other weird things this week. I saw a boy chasing pigs up a hill. Oh No Pigs on the loose!! I also saw a car on a roof and not sure how it got up there but that was interesting and a good laugh. A the little girl in the cyber place keeps handing me her purse and tape. Cutest thing ever.
Now on a spiritual note. Alma 26:16 "Behold I say unto you I cannot say the smallest part of which I feel" So much happens in one day that it is truly impossible to write it all. Today I have been on my mission for 3 months.
Time fly's by so fast and I still have so much to learn. I don't feel any different, I am just tanner. I don't speak the language very well yet but I try really hard to communicate with the people. I know I will not be fluent in the next 15 months but that means I have lots of room for improvement. The people of Cabo Verde love me so much that they are helping me speak the language, even if they are teaching me creole and not straight Portuguese. In the next 6 months I hope to understand and speak more fluently. The lord truly blesses you if you are serving him. It doesn't have to be a mission by small acts of kindness you are serving God. I love my mission and all the blessings I have seen so far!!
Quote of the week: "Little growth occurs in the comfort zone. Little comfort occurs in the growth zone." - unknown.
Love you all!! Thank you so much for all the love and support!!!
P.S. All roads lead to the ocean!! I love living so close to the ocean!! Too bad I can't touch the water! ;)