This week was awesome! Probably my best one yet. Let me tell ya about it..
So on Tuesday we had a big zone (mission) conference with Elder Renlund of the 70. He is such an awesome man! It was so nice to be able to spend the day together as a mission with our President and the President of the Area. We had some really good trainings and learned a lot of really good things that we all need to apply to our teaching and overall work. He talked a lot about the importance of simplicity. These investigators don´t need to know everything all of the deep/complicated doctrine. But, luckily for me, since I can´t exactly speek fluently it´s kinda hard for me to complicate things. haha. Each of us got to sit down with him for a few minutes and chat with him. It was so cool to be able to hear his council and wisdom. Later that night at about 7 he had a devotional for everyone in Luanda, it was AWESOME! About 140 people showed up, which was so cool. He spoke to everyone about the importance of the restoration and how any question about the church can be answered by refering back to the Restoration. It was awesome to see all of the members so contently listening and loving it.
Yesterday was an amazing Sunday. We had 116 people at church! I think the record is 122 so we´re pretty close to breaking it. There are 3 companionships in our district and together we were able to bring something like 12 investigators. Awesome! We also got a lot of inactives there which is just as good.
A few weeks ago we met a man on a road fairly close to our house named Samuel. We were giving this drunk man that always bugs us a Book of Mormon and he came up and said that he would love one too. So I talked with him for a bit and got his info, and this week we started teaching him. He is such an awesome guy! Elder Davis were on a division on Wednesday and taught him for the first time, it was such a powerful lesson. Samuel is about 25 and has a ton of faith. He showed up to church yesterday and loved every minute of it. I think I´ve found my first "Golden" investigator. Since Wednesday we have taught him 3 times and he has started inviting his brothers cause he wants them to hear our great messege. I´ll keep you updated on his progress! So like I said I was on a division with Elder Davis this week and it was awesome! Our day went perfectly as planned and we had a lot of awesome lessons. He´s a stud and I have learned a ton from him.
We also got to go to the Orphanage again this week. We´re making it a weekly thing which I am so excited about! The kids are all so awesome and happy. We started by having some English lessons and then after just kind of hung out and played games with them to get to know them. This next week we hope to sing some hymns with them and get them feeling the converting power of the spirit. Mom, you would love it!
It truly was such an awesome week, and I´m confident that this next week will be too! Elder Hobbs and I are making a lot of progress in our area and as of right now have 5 people with a Baptisimal date. The next baptisimal service will be on the 22nd and combined with all of the Missionaries in Luanda we will have 15 baptisms! Woo! We have 1 girl that will be baptized on that day who is awesome! We started teaching her about 3 weeks, her dad served a mission in Congo about 10 years ago and for some reason has never pushed the church on his family so that´s where we come in! We´re starting with his oldest daught Loriana who is 15 and after her his wife wants us to teach her. They are going to be an awesome family!
It is so cool to see how the spirit works on people! It´s a pretty powerful thing!
I love you all so much! Keep on keepin´on!
And come on Utes....
Lukey- Keep your head up buddy! I heard you had a sick catch!
Sam- Tennis star! Thanks for the email!
Squid- I hear you had a crazy busy week as always! You rock!
Con- Holla at the 22 year old! and thanks for the updates.