October 14, 2013
This is what Elder Clifford and i do in the morning to relax from the stresses of being a missionary! :)
Yes my debit card used to work. I tried it again and it was about to work, but it loaded for a long time and then said it wouldn’t work. I tried it again and the second time it said by Order of my bank I can not make the transaction or something like that. I don’t think you should send me a new card. I can figure it out when I get home…
Tell your family that I love them! Could you send this to Jailey :)
Translation: I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love you Bro
I don’t think I sent you this picture yet. They are twins ones name is Adolfo and the other is Samuel. I was able to confirm the Aaronic Priesthood and ordain them Priests this week. They are 17 years old. Before they were baptized they were sure that their Mom would not accept and so they wanted to get baptized and then tell their Mom, but we told them that would not be good idea. I asked them if they believed in Miracles and they said yes. So we knelt down and prayed and asked that the Mothers heart would be softened and allow them to be baptized. Adolfo went on Friday the day before the baptism …to ask his mom and they talked and allowed them to make the choice and so they were baptized!
They are super strong and want to share the gospel with all their friends.
I had to talk with their Mom to ask permission to give them the Priesthood and she said yes. When Samuel heard she said yes he literally jumped and yelled for Joy! It was really cool. He said he wants us to pass by and teach some of his friends! They are awesome!
1.) If Bec can she should take it again (ACT). I wish I would have taken it more then once.
2.) I am not sure what my ID number is. I have my student card with me, but it is at the house I think it has my number on it. I also have that form that says you can do anything for me. Will I need to fill that out and fax that to you?
3.) The Violins left along time ago probably 8-9 months ago…the Abdos are still here in Luanda.
4.) Yes we are two districts and we are in the same zone (Lubango and Huambo). The District leader is Elder Clifford and the Zone Leaders are in Lubango; Elder Kearney and Elder Wilson. They will travel up here by bus next week I think to do divisions and things like that. In December we will probably go to Lubango for a Zone Conference! I am excited to go see everyone again!
5.) Busses are a lot cheaper (than flying)! Our bus ride (from Luanda to Huambo) was not too bad. I slept most of the way. There was a lady next to me and I talked to here about the church and she even came to church once, but she lives really far away. It wasn’t too bad for us... the bus was pretty good as well. The trip to Lubango in December will probably be worse though, because the buses are worse and the roads as well.
6.) Sorry I am not a very good writer. We have a few families (in our branch). Several people that range from 30-60 yrs old that were married once before, but not any more. One man here, Beato, actually has American Citizenship. He has lived in Atlanta for along time and even was a Temple worker for like 10 years, but came here to Angola to take care of his Dad who was dying and then planning on returning, but some bad things happened and now is stuck here in Angola without any money, he had a pretty good life in the states as well. Really sad story, but he is awesome... he is the Elders Quorum President. We also have a really good group of young single adults... all boys and now two young men Adolfo and Samuel; they are all really strong! I think they really keep the branch running!
7.) The town is more civilized, a lot of buildings and statues and things like that, but Huambo was a main front in the war and so the statues have bullet holes all through them and things like that, but it is pretty cool! It is hard to take Pictures because we are not suppose to take pictures while we are proselyting, but maybe I can take some today.
8.) As of right now no. We did a lot of door knocking this week, but no new people yet.
9.) I like (the other 3 missionaries) a lot! They are a lot of fun to live with! :)
10.) I will try and send you a Journal entry next week of a cool experience we had this week.
How many (horses) do we have now?
So this week we were knocking doors and we started to go up these stairs to knock doors and we heard these two dogs running and barking and growling coming down the stairs. So we turned and ran out of there! There was a teenager who was at the bottom and said they do not bite so he led us up there and put them in this cage thing and then left. So we started to knock this door but then the dogs got out of the cage and kind of cornered us, but they were not acting really mean, a few growls here and there, but not too bad, but we did not feel safe and so we decided to slowly make our way to the stairs and go down. We got to the stairs and as soon as we started to go down them the dogs started to come at us again very angrily! I thought to myself maybe I should turn and face them to scare them. So I turned and faced them and they got scarred and retreated, but then they turned around and started to come full blast at me down the starts, they were probably only 5-8 feet away from we. I turned and just started to run and hit my companion pushing him and telling him to run as well. I was getting ready for a big bite to get taken out of my leg, but fortunately we were untouched so that was good! At least it made for a good story right? :). So are you still planning on going to BYU or what?
Keep working hard! :)
Love you Bec!! :)
SPARKLEY BUNS POWER
How are things going? I hope all is well with you! Not the Business :) You! How are you doing? :) So I wanted to write you a letter to see what you think about me going to ASU or BYU. I have been thinking about it and I know that if I go to ASU I feel like it would probably be better financially for me (with my scholarship) and my future family and also so I can be in the loop with you and the business and things like that. Honestly that is what I want to do as well, but I have been thinking a lot about it … and I wanted to know what you think?
I love you Pops!
I hope all goes well this week!
If you could find out a little bit more about BYU this week that would be great. One thing I am nervous about is how many credits will transfer over from ASU to BYU. What I was thinking is maybe since I already have so many credit hours I could apply to get my associates and then transfer over to BYU if that is what I decide to do. I do not even know if that is possible or not, but if a lot of credits do not transfer over I think that that would probably be the best idea, because then basically all the credits that went toward my associates would have to be accepted by BYU. I am not sure who you could talk to, but if you could that would be great!
I love you Mom I hope you have a great week!!!!!
Love your little missionary Son!!