Monday, March 30, 2015

Contas Muitas Benções

Really counting my blessings this week, some really awesome things happened and I'm feeling better than ever!

I'm happy to announce that Kuk and Janete were finally able to be baptized this week! We were worried about whether the dad would sign the forms or not in time, but apparently a member of the ward talked to him a week ago and he agreed to sign it without problem. We were so happy to finally see Roney baptize them and to see them confirmed as members of the Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos Santos dos Ultimo Dias.

Also, an awesome story happened with a new investigator, Laura. She was a reference from the stake president, and we called her a few weeks ago. She called us back last Tuesday (never happens in Cabo Verde according to Elder Figueiredo) but she said she didn't have time to meet this week until Saturday, so we invited her to watch the baptisms with us. She actually showed up on Saturday right on time (again, NEVER happens in Cabo Verde) so we took the opportunity to have a lesson with her in the chapel right afterwards. We started the lesson and asked about her family, and she told us that she and her husband separated 4 months ago, and started tearing up when she said it. Well, good old Elder Penner, who thought she said that her husband DIED 4 months ago, started talking about how we believe that families are forever and that she'll be able to see her husband again. Nobody decided to correct Elder Penner until after she had left. I felt great, let me tell you. But luckily, she didn't seem to care as we met the next day, we didn't even have to wake her up to get to church on time! She really wants to join the church, so we gave her a date for the 11th to be baptized! She really was prepared by the Lord.

Other than that, it's business as usual. To sum a few things up, President Matthews visited our district meeting and gave a few awesome insights on our investigators and an awesome training on inspired goals, I saw a drunk guy pass out and break his nose as he fell on his face, and I found something in my french fries that could either be a really tough corn kernel or possibly a human tooth. That pretty much sums it up.

Well, hope you're all awesome as always! Ficam Bem!

Elder Penner

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