Hey everyone, This will be a short letter cause i don't have a lot of time, but things are going great! I'm loving Lubango! It rained every day this past week! I love it, except when it rains, it pours, and most of our lessons fall through.... but its still fun to walk in the rain. The other two elders that live with us, will be going to Huambo this week, so Elder Dunkley and I will have the house to ourselves! haha. Things are going great. I love and miss you all. Thank you all for your support!
A bittersweet week. I got a call from my mission president this week that my dear 'Gramps' had passed away. I was waiting for this day, and praying for it so that he could move on to a better place, but its still hard.
I have been especially grateful this week for the plan of salvation. I had the opportunity to teach the plan of salvation to an investigator the day i found out that Gramps passed away. That was a special experience. It really is a trial of your faith. But I'm glad to say that i do believe this plan. I am grateful for the knowledge of the plan of salvation. I know Gramps is in a better place. Hes happier, hes healthier, He's laughing more than ever with that great old laugh of his that we all know and love tss tss tss. :)
What a great example he was. His charity, he was always giving, even if it was old stale bread from the warehouse :) he was always serving others, Gramps could never stand to let someone else work when he wasn't. He was tougher than nails. I will miss him, everything about him, even his crazy stubbornness! haha. But every single one of my memories with gramps is a happy one, ones that will always be cherished. I love you gramps. Keep a look out on the family while I'm gone. Its not goodbye, but see you later. :)
I'm finally on the second half of my mission! I hear it goes faster than the first, we'll see I guess....
This week was pretty cool. We Hiked up to a place called Cristo Rei. Its on the tip of the mountain here and its a big statue of Christ. There are a couple ways to get up, one is to go up the road, which comes up from behind. but we don't have a car and it would take a long time, plus we wouldn't get to see anything cool along the way. The other way is to go to the front of the mountain and just walk up. We walked up to the base of the mountain, theres a bunch of little houses which are more like huts, around it. and then its just green... plants, trees, brush, etc. and then it gets really steep and its just rocks. We asked some people how to get to Cristo Rei and they told us ''So subir'' which means ''Just Climb''. So that's what we did. We started walking up. Theres no path to get up there, you kinda just make your own. So we started walking through the plants, then it got flat for a little bit and we walked around. it was awesome to look back and see how far we had walked, even though we still had a long ways left. We could always see where we wanted to go. It was just a matter of getting there. occasionally we'd stop look around, and say well where to now, and then somebody without fail would say ''So Subir'' so that's what we did haha. We just climbed. It was beautiful. We even found a chameleon along the way! and We finally made it to the top of Cristo Rei which looks out over all of Lubango. I thought of a quote that Reed gave me at the beginning of my mission. its something among the lines of:
''Out of all those who did it, there will be those who said 'I could've done it better' or those who would say 'i would've done it different' but in the end, all that really matters are those who actually did it.''
Its a lot like life. We know our destination - Eternal Life. Now its just a matter of getting there. There are a bunch of different ways to get there. All of us we'll have our trials. all of us will have to walk through the weeds, and plants, and trees. And some parts might get hard and all we can do is ''só Subir''. Thanks to the atonement, our sins can be forgiven. We CAN make it there. In the end, it doesnt matter what happened, as long as we get there!
Quero ver todos vocês la! :) Eu Amo vocês
Translated: I want to see you all there! :) I love you all