All of our investigators are doing super well right now. This week we were able to mark another baptismal date with one of our investigators named Gervasio that we have been teaching for a super long time. He's a super cool guy and will be a super big help to the branch here. One of our other investigators named Augusto is doing super well. I am so impressed by his desire to do what is right and please God. We are hoping for him to be baptized here in the next few weeks or so.
Yesterday was our first Sunday since Elder and Sister Violin left, it was definitely a lot different. I don't think the members realized just how much they did. With them being gone it is going give a lot of the members a chance to step up. It was pretty bitter sweet with them leaving, bitter because they did so much for us and sweet because we inherited their house. I took my first real shower in 8 months this week! I'm out of the bucket! haha. We always have running water now and on top of that we have a water heater! Life is good!
One of the things that we have a difficult time with with our investigators and members is getting them to live the culture of the Gospel rather than the culture of the country. There are hundreds of tribes and they all have their own wierd traditions. Just a few examples of wierd traditions: Mothers aren't supposed to leave the house for 3 months after having a baby. When someone dies (which is sadly way too often), they have what's called an Obito, which usually lasts for about a week and they all just sit at the persons house and eat and drink. Obito's take priority over everything.. It's understandable when it's your brother or something like that but most people at the Obito's hardly even knew the person that died. It's been cool to see how the lives of the members here are changing as they live and apply the Gospel in their lives and homes. Angolans just have a super hard time letting go of their traditions that they've been living forever, usually they don't even know why they do the things they do.
The work is going well! I love you all so much and am so grateful for all your support! Keep on Keepin' on!
Con, Glad to see you had a good time with the Utes in Vegas
Sam, You looked gorgeous at the dance!
Syd, I hope life is good squidster!
Luke, Good luck in your last game this week dude! Win for me!