I didn’t get much written last week, so I think I’ll write for both weeks 😛
So, Week of the Fourth. Heh, Independence day 🙂 We made Cachupa. (the 5th is the Cabo Verde independence day).
Wow, like I said, Elder Bigelow is working me into the ground. He’s a machine 🙂 We’ve been visiting a lot of people in the last few weeks, including Anapaula and Pascoal, Pedro and Atija, William and Prisca, Senda and Henriqueta, Leandro (his wife, Angela, went to go visit family for a month with some of the kids), all couples. We also visited with Joseph and Felizardo (which means lucky or lucky devil :P). Joseph and Felizardo are progressing super well, although Joseph didn’t show up to church yesterday and Felizardo didn’t show to our appointment last night. I need to call them today to figure out what’s going on and if there’s anything we can do to help.
With William and Prisca, we’ve been working super hard to get them a testimony of the Book of Mormon. William has some trouble with addictions, but has told us he wants to stop (that’s actually how he found us). So we also shared a story in Helaman 5 about how to overcome addictions. If you have time to read it, I highly recommend it. Remember, the cloud of darkness represents the temptations of the devil (1 Nephi 12:17). Basically, to escape from the temptations of the devil, we should pray to God until we have faith in Christ. But read the story, it’s a lot better.
As of right now, we have 8 investigators with a baptismal date (which are all the ones I mentioned earlier). Some are progressing super well, while others aren’t as much. Elder Bigelow and I are working super hard to try and get them all where they need to be.
Oh, yea. Elder Bigelow and Elder Nascimento went to Luaha this weekend. They left on Wednesday, and will get back tomorrow. So, I’ve been walking with Elder Paxman since then. We’re having a lot of fun doing the work. Elder Paxman is a great missionary. But I do miss my companion 😛
So, Joseph. He’s from the Congo (I’m not entirely sure where). So he speaks fluent French and a dialect they speak there. Work was super hard to find for him there, so he left and went to Kenya. He was there for eight months (and he speaks English really well!) and happened to find the church through a friend of his. He moved here to Nampula because he has a ‘brother’ (who’s “not a brother, he’s a brother” according to Joseph. I think this means he’s a bro. :P) who said he could get a job here teaching French. So, he’s working towards that, and in the meantime is working at his bro’s salon. Joseph is super cool. I mean, like really super cool. Our second real lesson with him (in the first one, we gave him all the pamphlets we could in English and Portuguese) he taught us about the Law of Chastity and told us how important it was. We went over the Restoration and he apologized for not praying every time he read the Book of Mormon and told us he’d make sure he did it :P. Elder Bigelow and I were about foaming at the mouth with excitement.
Erm. Friday, I went to go change the water filters in our house, and saw a few roaches crawling out of the filter housing. So, I decided to take it apart to clean it and get rid of the roaches. I don’t know if that was a good idea or a bad one, but Elder Paxman and I went on a 3 hour roach killing spree. We killed hundreds and displaced hundreds more. Our kitchen is cleaner!
Ooh! Soares came back from Lichinga! He was a member who went to go study right before I left the first time, and I hadn’t seen him since then. (He’s the one who found Marlene and Neninha). It was super cool to see him again 🙂
Also, Nelo is a stud. We played basketball with him this morning (he’s like 6-8 inches shorter than me and can almost grab the rim…). But most importantly, he took it upon himself to try and keep the kids quiet and organized during sacrament meeting. He kept getting up and leaving to keep the screaming kids out side quiet. I love him. He’s going to be a great missionary when he gets older (he’s only 17 I think.)
Well. That’s about it. I’m super excited for this week. President Kretly gets here in a few days and we’ll have a training with him and his wife and recently-returned missionary son. Exciting!
Love you all!
Elder A. Spencer Leake
Below are this week’s pictures of the mish. Hi Elder Paxman’s family!