First of all happy birthday to Ash!! Good thing you have Charlie to keep you young ;) hehe Also congrats to whit for graduating high school!!! crazy that its been a year since i graduated!! its been a busy one, that's for sure.
So things in our area are going great! We had 169 people at church yesterday, and 14 investigators! The chapel was full, we had to sit out in the foyer area. I don't know what they're going to do when it gets any bigger. We´re really trying to focus on families, but its hard cause usually the dad works all day, or they're not married, or they just don't want to listen. but were working hard. We have two investigators getting baptized on Saturday, and hopefully well have 3 on the 29th. A is getting baptized this Saturday. Hes awesome!! We got lucky, cause he studied with the missionaries in Namibia, so he speaks perfect English, and he found some missionaries here, and was studying with them, but he moved into our area. So we've been teaching him. Hes super humble. And he actually studies what we teach him! He didn't have a bible, so I gave him mine. the BOM is more important anyways ;) But hes married which is super rare, and he has one kid. His wife´s aunt died, so she is out of town for a month, but when she gets back, well sit with her as well. He use to be a DJ haha so that's cool. Hopefully he´ll get baptized this Saturday and then receive the priesthood next Saturday, and if his wife decides to get baptized, he´ll be able to baptize her!! So yeah things are doing great! Our area is awesome. And I'm finally getting the hang of things.
Also, The weather right now is awesome!! Its still on the warmer side, but its cooling down. and Usually theres a nice little breeze. so that's a lot better than what it was when i got here!
I love you all! things are going great!! keep in touch!! Eu Sei que esta Igreja e verdadeira. E tambem que esta igreja abençoa as vidas das todas pessoas. Cada familia precisa o evangelho en suas vidas. Eu Amo todo Voces!
Translate: I know that this church and true. and also that the church blesses the lives of all people. every family needs the gospel en their lives. I love all you guys!
Mom and Reed,
i decided to write you guys together so i didn't have to type it twice :)
Crazy times!! so much is going on!! Graduation, birthdays, missionaries, Taylor swift concerts haha, all that!!! Awesome!!!!! i love to hear that everything is going great!! Trent wrote me a letter, I get letters pretty quick, sometimes a week, sometimes two. packages take a lot longer. as far as i know i don't have any. But I'm waiting! Things are going great in our area. I'm doing a lot better with the language, i know the area, things are going great! when i first got here, we usually had about 100 to 110 people at church. yesterday we had 169!! Elder McAllister and I had 14 investigators at church yesterday! we have two baptisms this Saturday. one with Arnaldo, hes a stud, he was a DJ. he studied in Namibia, he speaks perfect English. and hes married with a kid. we haven't been able to sit with his wife so only he will get baptized. then Mimi, she comes to church every Sunday and we always sit with her fam, she has 4 kids. but they never come. she doesn't really have much control over them. but shes also going to get baptized. and hopefully that will be an example for her kids. then we have two or three people that were hoping will get baptized on the 29th! so things are going great.
We meet a ton of people in the streets, and they always say they'll come to church but never do. this past week we were walking and the normal thing to do is to say how are you as you walk by. most people will either say thank you or good. and i was walking past this guy and said como esta and he said sou mal. which means I'm bad. first time I've ever received that response so we asked him why, and he told us cause of his health. (he was an older guy) and his foot and leg were all swollen. theres a lot of elephantitis here but i don't think it was that. but we gave him a card and told him to come to church. and he actually did!!! so that was awesome. crazy how some people will go through sooo much just to get to church, when others wont even read or pay a dollar for a taxi to get to church.
Also tell Trent thank you for the letter!! he writes me quite a bit. i love his letters! he talked about fasting and his trip to India. (India sounds about the same as Angola) haha. he always says not to write him back, so tell him thanks for the letters. Things are going great!! I love you and miss you so much!!! Hope you're all safe and things are going great!! Eu Amo Voces!! :)