Thursday, August 20, 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015

Dear Everyone

Dear Everyone,

What a great week.

The work was a bit slower because of all the parties that were going on this week, but it was still great.

I had a great division with Elder Gervais who is brand new.  He is a boss.  It was awesome to work with him for a day.

Yeah.  Thats pretty much it.

I LOVE being a missionary. One of the greatest things in the world.  I am gong to miss being a full time preacher of the peace and love of our Savior and Redeemer.

I Love Cape Verde.  This is the best place on earth.

Elder Sampson

Monday, August 10, 2015

Re-create yourself every day

Hey Everyone!

This week was a great week.  A million times better than the week before too!!!

Some highlights of the week:

Baptism!  I´d forgotten a bit about baptisms because it has been a while since I have had one.  Melanie was baptised this saturday and confirmed on sunday.  She is just a tad older than Kelsey (16).  She was found and taught by other elders, and then I showed up, and there were some complications with her baptism, and then, she was finally baptised.  She is super sweet.  She speaks fluent english. Her dad lives in america, and she is moving there at the end of next week.  It was a bit weird because I have never taught her.  But, somehow, I never felt any question about her rediness to be baptised.  Because of other problems, she couldnt come to church the two weeks that I have been there, although she had been there like 5 times before that.  It was a miracle for her to get permission from her mom and dad, and to finally see her baptised.  The elder that baptised here (the one standing next to her in the picture) was the one who found her and then got transfered to a different part of mindelo.

So I was reading through some of the coucil that I recieved when I was set apart, and some of it I really liked and have been thinking about this week.  One of the things was about recreating yourself every day.  Taking all the knowledge and experience you have gained up until that point and then.  BAM. starting over at the beginning of every day.  Work it out with the Lord and evaluate at night, then hit the day fresh.  There are still so many things to learn while I am here, and I need to be on top of it if I can get the most out of it.

I also forgot how to teach with a greenie that doesnt speak the language, but we had a good time this week.  I got to teach 2 lessons with Elder Gervais this week while Elder Gilbert went to do the interview of Melanie.  And... Both lessons were the law of chastisty.  It was great to help him figure out how to teach that and what to say for the first time.  Haha.

I also went on a divisoin with Elder Gilbert this week.  That was a blast!  He is a super good guy.  We found a bunch of new less actives and one of them came to church!  It was awesome.  Learnin´ every day.

I know that this is the Lord´s work, and I am so greatful for everything that The Lord has given me!
Like D&C 3 says:  If you dont want to do the Lords work the Lords way, He will keep going without you.
The Lord Knows.

I Love Him and His Son Jesus Christ.

Elder Sampson

Monday, August 3, 2015

I love my Mom

Dear Everyone,

This was a week full of adventures here in Mindelo!

It was a bit of a challange for us both as Elder Adams passed through the aniverasry of one year since President Mathews came to assomada with the news that his mother had passed away.  I struggled a bit to know how to succor. But, we are through, and just need to keep going and the Lord will do his work.  I am grateful for my mother and all of my family.  I have the best family in the world!
This week we had some great experiences.

One of those was teaching a man who we contacted last Sunday and got to teach this last saturday.  He is probably about 50 and is married and has 2 kids.  He had been taught in the past but not much and didnt remember anything.  He still had the book of Mormon though.  His copy was really old.  A style not printed anymore.

We left him a part to read, and he read a bit before our lesson.  He had read about eat drink and be merry.  He started off about how people reject the prophets and told us about a cycle he has seen in the history of the bible of rejection and prophets and stuff.  He pretty much just taught the restoration to us up until he had nothing after the great appostasty.  He talked about gospel principles that arent really lived in his church, and that he sees in other churches.  He said he has never gone to church and felt like they were living what Christ taught in the bible.  He said he has always longed to feel that he was living with others the true teachings of Christ.  I was able to testify of the restoration and give him the oportunity to learn for himself.  It was an amazing experience.  That doesnt mean he just picked up everything super fast though and is already on board.  We still have some work to help this brother gain his own testimony, but It was a great start!

This Sunday too, Hivandro, who is the group leader from São Nicolau, came out on his way to EFY in Santo Antão.  He went out to teach with us, and though it has only been a week and a half since I saw him, it was super awesome to be with an old friend again.  Also in this ward live the 2 mini-missionaries that were with me in Santo Antão a year and a half ago.  One is still a strong worthy melchezidic preisthood holder, and the other, who was my comp, left 4 weeks ago to Portugal to serve his full time mission.  What a blessing!!!

I also love the other members here.  Testimony meeting was full of people that bore their testimonys, instead of only haveing 7 people to start out with and only 4 will bear their testimonys.  That is a pretty quick meeting. But, here is was a great meeting.

I went into sacrament really needing a new start.  To be clensed.  I begged the Lord.  As the sacrament prayer was going on, I was praying it along with them.  However it became:
Oh God, the eternal Father, I beg thee in the name of thy Son to bless this bread to my soul... that I may always have Thy spirit with me. (or kind of like that.  I was praying in portuguese)
There was a great change in me from that moment until the end of church, as many open wounds were miracuously healed.

Also, we got to teach a lot with our ward mission leader too.  Helton.  He is awesome.  He is about to be able to start his papers.  A true and valiant member.  A great example to me.

I love the Lord.

I love you all too!

Elder Sampson