Well, this week has been crazy. Since last week, we got kicked out of an apartment building, Elders Nascimento and Paxman returned from Luaha, Elder Coombs left for Marromeu, I walked with the other leaders for a few days, the Osborns came up, Elder Bigelow showed up, we worked till we died, and we played basketball this morning.
Some other things happened, too 😛
But yea, Elder Coombs is in Marromeu now. Elder Bigelow came on Saturday morning and we got to work! We’ve been working really hard the last couple of days, and have gotten a lot of work done. Yesterday was a national holiday, so we couldn’t do internet. So, we went out and got a lot of stuff done. On Sunday, we started going through our area book (What a mess!) and so the first thing we did was to go and sort out a few people and get some kind of contact information on them. Cremildo knows a lot of these people, so we talked to him. Afterwards, we took him to go visit Ana Paula and Pascoal, a couple who are fairly close to marriage. We talked a lot about perseverance (they are so close to marriage!). We then went to go visit Jamal and Suraia, way out in the boonies. It was a long trip, but worth it. Jamal and Suraia didn’t come to church on Sunday. That never happens, so we wanted to go find out what was wrong. They are currently renting a house and are about to be evicted, but are working on their own house. So, they were trying to get some stuff straight there. Understandable 🙂 After them, we went to go visit Carla. She had a couple of friends over, so we started to talk about the Family: A Proclamation to the World. it went over amazingly well until Carla’s mom (a Catholic her whole life, and she’s 70 something!) came to talk. Well, to try and prove us wrong. She asked a few questions designed to lead us off track, and I felt the Spirit leave. I said to my self “Elder Leake, don’t respond you can’t do this on your own”… I was right… I did try and talk to her, but without the Spirit, it went bad pretty fast. So I stopped, listened, and prayed. The Spirit came back. I can’t remember almost anything that happened, but I remember feeling a great love for all of those present and I remember expressing it to them. The Spirit was there, and I know they felt it. That was by far the longest conversation we’ve been able to have with Carla’s mom about religion. I remember bearing my testimony a lot about the truthfulness of the church, the fact that they can and should know for themselves, and the eternal-ness of families.
Words cannot express how incredibly excited I am to be working with Elder Bigelow and to finish up strong! 😛
Love you all!