March 17, 2014
well hello family!
glad to know you are all doing well. Mom thanks for updating my blog (i got a story for you about that)!
well first off happy saint patricks day! Angola has no idea what that is.... but yah.
also today is kind of a sad day. my hommie from az finished his mission and went home today. elder tilley! well actually he went to luanda today. he goes home on wednesday. but still. great guy great missionary. huambo will definately be different! now i have to fend for myself against the utards ;) but yeah definately invite him to dinner.
so elder rigby and i did work this week. we pulled out some record numbers this week for huambo. so that was a good feeling. i wont write our numbers because... well i just get upset when talking about numbers. some missionaries think they are cool because they got X number of lessons. okay well lets look at the quality of those lessons. okay ill shut up about that now.
so do you remember giovania? recent convert. and i am soooooo proud of her. literally i swell with pride. so we took her to a lesson with us... holy cow i was blown away. less than a month after baptism and she already teaches better than me! you could really feel the spirit when she spoke. the other elders took her to a lesson too and said the same thing! we took her to a few more lessons with us and she was amazing. then she taught the lesson in relief society and in branch council they couldnt stop talking about how great she was! what a champ! i was such a proud missionary. okay now im going to boast a second. because i take huge pride in this stat. but none of my recent converts have gone in active.
actually marcia, my recent convert called me this week. told me she got officially engadged. ring and everything. i already knew they were going to but still it was way cool. the guy she is marrying is such a stud. like..... just way awesome. so happy for them. they are getting married in september and they threatened me that if i didnt come... well they basically said i HAVE to come. so i hope i can!
some funny things that happened this week. Ngeve, a less active that we teach who loves us now, well we were at her house and we invited her daughter to sit in on the lesson with us becuase she is not a member... and..... she could use the gospel(i.e. law of chastity) if you catch my drift, in her life. so we taught them the law of chastity. Ngeve paid lots of attention and loved it. her daughter however... didnt really care or pay any attention. so at the end i asked them if they had any questions. they both said no, so i said something like are you sure? and then the daughter asked, actually all i want to know is if your eyes are naturally blue? ................................. dang it. thats not the right question!!!!!!!!!!!! yes they are and my skin is naturally white too thank you very much now can we get back on subject?! elder rigby died laughing. president probably reads my blog and with every one of these instances my time in huambo probably gets shorter and shorter... :/ hey its not my fault.. blame my parents.
next story. sooo we are walking down the street after talking to a crazy guy and we saw this white woman on the other side of the street walking her dog. okay nothing weird here. there are plenty of white people in huambo (thats actually not a joke) but then she has a little bit of a different look about her.... something familiar... and im like elder rigby.. that lady looks american... será? so i hollerout tudo bem?! and she responds tudo bem. and then i say falas ingles? (do you speak english) and she responds yes im american. Che!!!!!! so we basically run over to the other side of the street. an american an american! haha anyways so we talk to her. she lives here with her family (husband and kids) and they are missionaries for the church of Christ. so thats cool. she is from cali, the bay area. so weird.... but way cool! and then she asked me if i had a blog and i said yes and she said yeah i think ive read it before. so you never know who is reading this...... dun dun dun.
then the relief society had an activity on saturday. then were "remembering" slash acting out stories of women in the bible. and.... unfortunately for me... they asked me to be Jesus. so... i was Jesus for the activity... little awkward. they had me dress up and everything. im too scared to send pictures home.. i look more like pharoh more than jesus.. but the activity was good. we had 4 investigators come to it so that was sweet.
then yesterday we had a lesson with this family we contacted during the week. we taught them the plan of salvation. probably one of the best lessons ive ever had with the plan of salvation. the mom just loved it. and she was so happy that we knocked on their door and taught them the plan of salvation because "something was just missing" (oh those magic words every missionary loves to here) so i hope that they progress... and something really cool happens with them. i be prayin.
also fernando our investigator who is the humblest man i have ever met in my life. which is so cool because he is huge! if he were younger i would have drafted him in the nba. but anways he is going to be getting married of the 4 of july and then baptized shortly after! so im pumped about that. great week. great experiences.
thats about the week!
also yes yes yes to Tingey 1 and Tingey2 fam reunion after the mission. tem que ser. (it has to be)
also dont have to much fun in mexico without me. write me a letter while you are on the beach. well i love you guys!