Monday, February 23, 2015

Avoiding Iniquity in Mexican Culture Goodness

Dear Everyone!

This week was a grand week!

We had the baptism of Irma on Saturday which was great.  The Church is in construction right now (they 
are putting in lots of new walls and stuff to make class rooms and offices and closets instead of just 
having one large open area).  The construction is going super fast.  We are very happy with the way 
that it is going.  The bulk of it should be done by next sunday.  Church was a little difficult, using half 
completed walls and everything is a bit dirty, but it was still really good.  I am hoping that we will get 
a new piano but that is probably a bit ludicris.  (Not completely sure how to spell that word)  I actually 
heard a real piano from outside a building today and it sounded soooo good.  It was the first time I have 
heard a decent piano the whole time I have been out here.  My MP3 Player died too so it has been a 
while since I have had music.  I have been listening to the music in sessions of conference though.  I 
am hoping to recover some of the music next week though.

Carnival was this week on tuesday and wednesday.  On tuesday, pretty much everyone went to Espargos 
for the parade and parties there, and then wednesday they came here.  We went out and taught a bunch 
in the morning and then came back for lunch a bit later, and just stayed in our house for the rest of the 
day.  We made tacos which were incredible.  The food I miss most I think is mexican food.  You can't 
get any of that here.  We made tortilas, and refried beans, and rice, and cheese hamburger meat, and 
just normal chicken taco meat, and the lettuce, and salsa (first time having salsa on the mission was 
here.  Made it ourselves) and cheese, and amazing sauce Elder Zuniga got in a package, and lime, 
and it was sooo good.  Expensive though.  So, be grateful for Cafe Rio and lots of Mexican people 
all over the place.

I did a division with the zone leaders this week.  Elder Evans came out here to divisionize with me.  
We have been out in the mission for the same amount of time.  It was really good.  We marked 
some people for baptism for this week.  Leap of faith, but one of them is going super well.  Marisa.  
She is awesome.  Most people here just accept everything but just say they accept it but don't 
enternalize it.  She is making super fast super solid progress.  I real miracle.  She will be baptised 
this week.

The branch is doing super well too.  I am super grateful for our branch president, President Rodrigues. 
He is really magnifying his calling, as is his one counselor Brother Victor.  We organized Visiting teaching 
and Home teaching this week, and made our branch mission plan.  I am super excited to be working here.  

The Church is True, and The Lord is in charge so if you don't want to do your best, He can find someone 
else to do it.  So, do your best.

Pray requires preparation.  Plan for the future (the long future, and the very close future (1 day) with Him)

Elder Sampson

Monday, February 16, 2015

What a Wonder Week to be a Missionary

Dear Everyone,
This last week, and this coming week, and actually, every week is a great week to be a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the only true church on the face of the earth.
When was the last time that you consitered that profoundly.  Because a boy walked into some trees with a question, I live in Africa!  Joseph Smith after recieved many revelations, many of which are written in the Doctrine and Covenants, but almost always Joseph studied, had a doubt, and then approached the Lord with that question, and then recieved tons of revelations from Him.  Don´t be afraid to have questions, and when you study or go to church, or anything else, do so with a question in mind, and The Lord will enlighted your mind if you seek with faith.

This last week was full of miracles and progress and stuff like that.  The Lord never stops his work, so why do we?  Be a little more diligent, try to understand a little more, look within and act outward when you feel like you should look to the outside, and act inwardly.

This week we had a fantastic zone conference.  We are very blessed to have the mission president that we have and his wife.  It was great to see some old friends too, the assistants and the elders in Boa Vista, one of the other islands.  
One of the miracles of this week happened with Irma.  Sister in Portugues is Irmã, and so Sister Irma is almost redundant when we say Irma Irmã.  Haha.  Her 3 youngest kids have been baptised recently, and they are amazing.  She started making it to church straight from work, and her oldest child who is a member is 20, and recieved the aaronic preisthood so he will be able to baptise her.  She will be baptised this week, because the 28th, the day she was set for the senior couple, the Demkes will be out of town, so we are doing it this week!  I am super excited.

I am out of time today, but please remember the blessings that you have, and reremember the ones that you need to and discover the ones you have never seen.

Elder Sampson

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Dear Everyone, 
This last week was a week for sure.

It started out with going to the airport way to many times.  Elder Chevalier showed up.  He is from Idaho.  
His name is french though.  He is fantastic.  He has been out here one more transfer than I have.  
He will probably end his mission here.  We were in a triple for a while and then Elder Domingues was
 with us because the Zone Leaders were in Praia and he is serving with a mini-missionary who hadn´t 
showed up yet, so he served with Elder Zuniga for a few days until Elder Zuniga went to Praia to pick 
up Elder McMullin who is from Logan.  Elder Zuniga will be training him.  

It was an interesting few first days for Elder McMullin.  He got here on Friday, and on Saturday had a 
baptism.  While he was in the water for the baptism he cut his foot on a sharp rock, and so it was 
bleeding profusely and had to go to the hospital.  Haha.  He is having many great experiences from 
day 1.  He already speaks really well, and is going to be a super good missionary.

We had a great zone meeting this week too.  We say, I know that Jospeh Smith saw the Father and 
the Son many times, but in the meeting someone said that, and it had such a different meaning.  I 
understood it on a completely different level.  Even when we aren´t capeable of being fully focused 
all the time on what is the best, but when we are where we should be consistantly, the Lord can teach 
us new things from old things.  I have heard that and said that many times, but the experience of 
Jospeh Smith had such a new meaning.  We also have a new rule that we can not eat with or 
anything from members or natives.  It is going to be a bit of a struggle, but we need to be obedient!

Church was great!  It was super edifying this week, and we broke our church reacord with 56 people.  
We are trying a ton to find and help progress potential preisthood holders.  We had some preisthood 
holder miracles this week.

1. We have been trying to figure out what will happen after our branch president goes back to Portugal 
in a few weeks, and who will replace him.  There were no obvious answers because of worthyness and
 age.  Then at church on sunday there was a new guy that showed up.  He is a returned missionary of 
3 weeks that just moved here.  He got here and pretty much went straight to church.  He had been on 
this island a matter of hours,, and was called as the 1st counselor in the branch presidency.  What a 

2. We have been working with a couple, Artur and Simone for a while, and Artur is strong and has 
known that the Church is true, and has been coming to church etc... for a long time, but because of 
the Law of Chastity, he hasn´t gotten baptised yet.  Then this week we went to him, and then shared 
with him a revelation that we had recieved earlier, and the Spirit led us, and we invited him to be 
baptised on the 7th, and he accepted, ready to make the needed changes to get there.  We then 
asked him to bear his testimony in the lesson and it was super powerful.  In church, the district 
president also shared a fantastic talk on marrage.  

The Lord knows that we need worthy preisthood holders, and has prepared a way.

I know that this church is true, and that the Lord wants us to share our testimonies because he that 
does not share, will start to lose it.  We can share it verbaly and through our actions, but we must share 
it, and we must notice opportunities to do so.  That is my challenge for this week.  Make sure that you
bear your testimony at least once every day.  Kids need to hear the testimony of their parents.  Parents 
need to hear the testimonies of their kids.  Friends need to hear the testimonies of other friends in 
situations other than testimony meetings.  I know that if we share our testimonies, we will change.  
Without change, the Atonement of Christ means nothing.

Elder Sampson

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Last and the First

The last and the First


Jared Sampson

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to me
Dear everyone,
As they say here, she is bedju.

So, we just got back from taking Elder Manga to the airport, and last night at like 9 we took Elder 
Gooch to the airport, both of which are going home.  Also going home tonight is Sister Brock, who 
entered the MTC with me and came out the same day as me.  Weird.  So, now we have a new beginning, 
and will hit the ground running.  I am very excited for this new transfer and the oportunity to give more
 than I did in the past.  Elder Chevalier will be getting here in a few hours and we will be serving together.  He is from Utah I think.  I´m with Elder Zuniga right now, and he will be traning, so it will be a blast to have a greenie in the house that I am not training.  

Some things I learned from Elder Manga:
Watch your words.  Your words are very important, and if you say something, you´d better be 
committed to it.  That is one thing that makes God God.  When he says something, he does it, he
lives it, he fulfils it.

Recognize God.  Frequently I would say, thank you for helping me with this, or showing me this, 
or for being and example of this, and the response would always be, It´s not me, just God.
Be happy always.  If you aren´t happy, be happier.  If you are happy, praise God with singing and 

So this week, we had the baptism of Romário and Denilson.  Their family is progressing super 
well.  Jamile (12) was baptised a few weeks ago, and Romário (20 this week) and Denilson (10) 
were baptised.  I don´t know if I have ever met a 10 year old with such a strong drive and desire 
to be baptised and to continue.  He is like Mormon describes himself to be in Mormon 1.  (sober 
mind I think it is in english).  He wouldn´t focus in school lots of times because he was just thinking 
about being baptised, even before he had a set date for sure.  Their mom, Irma, also has started 
coming to church which is a miracle!  She knows the church is true, but works from 5 until 12ish, 
but last week she didn´t have keys because everyone was in church, so she showed, and now 
she showed up after work instead of going home and resting to see the confirmation of her sons.  
We are going to work so that Romário can maybe baptise his mom.  We are super excited.
We are also starting to work harder to establish the preisthood here.  We have very few preisthood 
holders, and without more, this area can never progress, so here we go.

So, that was the week.  I attached some pictures too.  I hope they are relevant!

Elder Sampson