Monday, July 22, 2013

Another day Another Dollar

Hey everyone,so things are going good. Same old, same old. This past week we had a baptism. The niece of H and A, the couple that got married and baptized. So that's good. Not a whole lot of new things going on. So today i figured i´d talk a little bit more about Angola in general and some of our investigators.
We have two boys that were teaching. M and G, Their dad is a member, he was baptized in Brazil and now lives in Angola. Hes dating a lady from Brazil and wants to get sealed with her in the temple. But he wants his two sons to be baptized first. they already know everything. they're super smart and they always play soccer with us on Mondays.
Were teaching a mom and her daughter named Y and J. They're awesome. They're a reference from a member. and he served a mission in Portugal. So he always goes with us to the lessons which is nice, cause we get a free ride, and he knows his stuff.
Were teaching 4 families right now.They're awesome. They all have kids, super cool. We actually had all of them at church yesterday which is awesome!!! but they all need to get married, which is way hard here. And they don't have a good enough job, or a job, to save up money to get married. so were working with them on that.
Here's kind of a funny story. so this past week, we had to finish cleaning the old house. it was already clean, but we just had to take some things out, like an old cabinet and bunk bed and stuff. they're all pretty much broken. and there is a dump right in front of the apartment and some shoppas right next to the dump, so we were just gonna let the people in the shoppas have it. But its up 3 flights of stairs. which is kind of a pain. But some kids saw us moving and they've talked with us before, so they came up and were helping us clean, like sweeping and stuff. and they saw the bunk bed and asked if we were gonna throw it away, so we asked them if they wanted it. they said yeah! it was two little kids. probably about 12 and 10. So we took it apart, so we could fit it through the door, then put it back together, and they took it from there back to their houses. They were super excited. it was cool.
The kids here are my favorite. they're so nice and innocent. They LOVE magic. So we've learned some little tricks that we can do. They love the one, where you pull of your finger, its super simple. but they don't know how to do it haha. so there are a couple neighborhoods that we walk through and they always come running up to us telling us to ´´tira o dedo´´ which is like take off your finger haha. so we do, and they're always way freaked out by it. haha. and theres always the doubting Thomas who doesn't believe until he sees it. those are my favorite. haha. so if you know any simple magic tricks, let me know ;)

so yeah. Now for a spiritual thought. I often ask myself why is this so hard. why don't they understand that this is good for them. why cant they just stop drinking. why do they have to hate us. or even more simple, why is it so hot. or why do we have to follow this rule or that rule. In this past zone conference, we watched a video with Elder Holland that related the atonement to missionary work. He talks about how we ask ourselves these questions. and he replies, that we should look on the example of our Savior. and think about the Atonement. Elder Holland says ''It wasn't easy for Him, why should it be easy for us?'' I think we can apply that to all aspects of our lives. Nobodys life is easy. Everyone has their challenges. We might ask ourselves questions like why don't people just know that this is the true church, or why do i have to work so hard to get a testimony or to get this etc. But we can think of our Savior, and this quote from Holland. It wasn't easy for Him, the greatest of all beings, so when its a little hard for us, we should gladly accept it. its not going to be easy. But its the price we have to pay. Sou bem grato por nosso Salvador. e pela sacrifício dele. Eu Sou grato por vocês. E a suporta que vocês me darem. Esta é a Igreja de Jesus Cristo. Não era fácil por ele. não vai ser fácil para nos. mas é o preço nos temos que pagar. eu Amo vocês!
Elder Money

Translation: I'm very grateful for our Savior and his sacrifice. I'm thankful for you and the support you give me. This is the church of Jesus Christ. It was not easy for him. It will not be easy for us. but it is the price we have to pay. I love you!

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