Elder Keato's Address

Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos S.U.D.
Caixa Postal 18404
Luanda, Angola

Sunday, November 25, 2012

What's Up?!

Life is good down here in Lubango! I had a really great week, full of teaching and learning.
Our area had a baptism on Saturday! His name is Henrique, Elder Kelsey and his old companion had been teaching him for the past few months. He is a very cool guy, he bore his testimony in Fast and Testimony Meeting last week just saying how excited he is to be baptized. So cool. He brought a lot of his family to the baptism and they all really enjoyed it. We are hoping to start teaching them as well:) It was so cool to see him come out of the water with tears in his eyes, full of the spirit.
Elder Kelsey and I have a lot of investigators that are really coming along and progressing very well. We should be having quite a few baptisms here shortly. We have one investigator named Toni who is so cool. He's about 23. We have been teaching him for about 2 weeks now and he is still yet to miss an appointment with us. (Rare). We always teach him in the chapel and he is always prompt and ready to go. Last night we taught him about the Priesthood and it got him really excited about the opportunity he has to be baptized. At the end of the lesson we asked him how he was feeling and he went off for abou 5 minutes telling how much he enjoys being with us. We explained to him that it isn't us, it's the spirit. He's so awesome.
President Kretly has been here for the last 4 days or so, it has been so good to be able to learn from him. He's a wise man. He alse brought with him Elder and Sister Hartman who are serving a mission helping missionaries with their mental health. They cover like half of Africa. Elder Hartman is the guy that came up witht the whole personality color thing, and he gave us a super cool training on how we can be our best selves. He is an awesome man. President Kretly also gave us another motivating training on the necessary things we need to do in order to build the church here in Angola, but most specifically Lubango. It was an awesome opportunity that the 4 of us had down here.  President Kretly also did a seminar thing for anybody that wanted to come on Sunday Night. The seminar was on "The 7 Habits of an highly effective person". He was the CEO of FranklinCovey in Brazil so he incorporates a lot of that stuff into our trainings. It was such an awesome thing that he did. We had about 30 people come and they all loved it. He talked to them about how they can be more effective/successful in every aspect of their lives, professional and spiritual. It was very cool. He also spoke on Sunday about the importance of living the Culture of the Gospel and not the crazy African culture. It was really good for them to hear because there are some crazy traditions that people have down here.. I am so blessed to have been raised in the Culture of the Gospel!
Every Monday we play soccer with Elder Violin and a few of the members in the ward, but this Monday was a Holiday so we had about 20 people show up to play. It was so much fun! President Kretly was also there with us which was fun cause he played professionaly for a while in Brazil. I may or may not have scored a goal on him... Not sure if that was a good idea or not. haha. It was so good to get everyone together though and have a good time. We also got quite a few investigators there, which was awesome.
I am so grateful for this opportunity I have to serve here in Lubango. The church is still so new here. I get to see such joy in these people's lives as they make changes in their lives and start living the Gospel. I love it!
Thanks for everything everyone! Shout out to Jim and Michelle I got their letter this week:) Thank you!
I love you all!
Com amor,
Elder Hyde
Sam It sounds like your thing was blast! That's so cool that you put that together!
Syd: Love you yo! Keep workin hard!
Con: Have a fun trip! So cool
Luke" I love you buddy! Keep on being cool!

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