Monday, June 22, 2015
So this week was a battle! We started fully taking on the other Elders area. They move tomorrow to Tarrafal on the other side of the island to open it and we are all very excited. They found a good house there and have some less active members that live there come up to them on the street making the first contact. The first sacrament meeting will be there this sunday.
We got to have a few good lessons this week with our ancent branch president, who shared a bit about how he was prepared to finally come back. He is coming super good. He asked us for scriptures because he has pretty much forgotten how to navigate them. He also asked for some thoughts about how to help teach his kids some important principles of the gospel. His older son who is 14 wants to come to church too, but he is taking it slow, trying to get himself orentated before helping his family. His family has no idea of his old filiation to the church, and he is seeking divine help to know how and when to start that converstation. It is a blessing having him though!
I had a great experience with fasting this last week. Two weeks ago was stake conference so we didnt fast, and last week we forgot, so we were fasting this week. I have been studying and fasting about how to help our group leader, Hivandro, be the strong force that he needs to be. Yesterday we showed up to church, and he had changed. He was excited about everything, and had decided to take some steps that he had talked about but hadnt ever done. He gave a great talk on repentance, and it was super good. Fasting has power. I am grateful for the resored gospel and that we can help others come unto Christ.
Elder Barrus is awesome too! I am super grateful to be serving with him. He pushes me and grounds me (in a good way) and puts up with me and stuff. He really knows how to talk with God, and to seek for and follow the Spirit. He is our district leader right now, and has started us focusing a lot on families with the goal to be working with at least 10 families before the end of the transfer, and so we have the goal to get a reference of a family every day, and contact 4 families. The church really needs true families. There are so few good families here in this country and so it will make all the diference in the world to establish the church more centered in the family.
I love you all!
Especially those who are part of my family. And those who are my brothers and sisters. Let us remember to treat everyone as they are. Our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters of Christ!
Monday, June 15, 2015
Time is fleeting like the dews of heaven flee from before the roaring dandilions. or... Something like that.
This week went by really fast.
So Elder Jarvis showed up this week! Our mission is great because you can be in the same mission as someone for 2 years and never ever see them. I have met around half the people that are here in the mission. We got a letter today with all the missionary birthdays this month. I know 2 of the 9 people or so. It was great to not only have Elder Jarvis here, but I also spent two days with him on divisions while Elder Willes showed Elder Barrus all of their area.
Miracle of the week!
The church was first opened on this island 17 years ago. It stayed for 2 years or so and then was destroyed. We dont know exactly why, and have tried to find out a bit, but to no avail. The man who was the branch president back then lives in the other elders area. When the church was put back here a year and a half ago, they went to him first, and he wanted nothing to do with the church. 6 months or so ago he threatened the Elders to call the police if they came to his house again. This last tuesday, the Elders tracted into his 9 year old son. They told him to go get his dad just for a min, and his dad said no, but they insisted, and so they went in and talked to this guy for a few mins, and found out by the end that he was the old branch president. While he was branch president here, there were like 40-45 people who came every week, and was growing super well. The Elders just took it slow with him, and checked for a testimony which he still had. Elder Barrus went up there on saturday, and he said on his own that he would make an effort to come to church, and... He showed up! What a miracle! after 17 years. The spirit got him at the right time. He is awesome! I was the only one who hadnt met him yet, but met him in church yesterday. We are hoping and praying that this will be the turning point for this area.
We take the whole area tomorrow, as the elders are going to Tarrafal to open the area. Pray for them!
We also thought we got our first media referal ever today, then it turned out that it was just one of the members who had been messing around on the church website.
When I first got here it was a struggle to teach 10 lessons a week, and this last week, we taught at least 3 lessons a day. It has been growing slowly but steadily. We havent seen tons of success, but we are still loving the work!
We had 1 investigator in church yesterday too! What a blessing!
The Lord is Blessing us a ton. We have so much potential, and He is helping us to share the gospel with everyone.
I know the church is true, and that this work is true!!!
Love you all!!!