So yea. Interesting week. Or half of it anyway.
Thursday Elder Nascimento and I did Zone Leader stuff, and didn’t get much done in the way of “real” missionary work. But it was still a good day, and we had fun. On our way back from a store, we encountered a group of young men talking and they invited us over because they had some questions about ‘religion.’ We were a bit fearful at first because most of these type of encounters don’t end well, but we went over and started talking to them. They had some questions about what is a bishop and a pastor and what is the difference, and why some churches allow women to preach, while others oppress women. Elder Nascimento and I followed the Spirit, and it was amazing. We started talking about the church the Christ established while He was here on the earth, and why we have so many churches on the earth now (223 here in Chimoio…). They kept trying to distract us with other questions and derail us with side topics, but we always managed to bring it back to the Restoration. I felt the Spirit so strongly at that time. I remember imagining I was like Paul, defending the church and helping others to learn the truth. It was super cool. I’ve never felt so incredibly… powerful… in my life. And it wasn’t even me. 😀 I think I’m finally started to understand what it means to rely on the Lord. But it’s hard and I have a long way to go 😛
Friday, we got out and saw a bunch of people, after an interesting stop at Migration to work on getting us as missionaries into Chimoio (registered at least :P). I found out there are 222 registered churches here in Chimoio, but they think it is at least double that, because so many are unregistered. 223 churches now :P. But afterward, we went to start working on my DIRE, my visa to stay in the country. Hard to believe I’ve been here for long enough to need to renew it. Saturday, I went to go help Irma Filomena with her electricity. I’ve got a lot more work to do, but it’s at least a start. We’re supposed to go back today, but a lot of stuff is happening, so it might not work out. Bummer 😕 We also had a great talk with Raul, the Group Mission Leader and Young Mens President, and with Castigo and Meves, the Elder’s-Quorum-President-and-Relief-Society-President couple. They’re super cool and have a very strong desire to learn and to help. It’s cool to see the leader’s of the church growing and taking on responsibilities. I hope to see them again in 30 years, when I come back 😛
Yesterday was super cool. We walked with Papaito and Raul and went to go visit a bunch of people. It was a great time, and Raul and Papaito are amazing. I think they finally are starting to get it into their heads how important their mission will be for them. It was cool to see them teach and feel the Spirit. They will be awesome.
Today’s a bit hectic, and I don’t have a lot of time. We have to go work on my DIRE, I have to go help Irma Filomena, our septic tank is full, so a plumber is supposed to show up to help us (and fix the leak in the pump that he never fixed :P) and probably about ten other things I don’t know about. But we’ll see.
I’m doing great, and I’m super invigorated for this week. Woohoo! 😛
Elder A. Spencer Leake