Friday, 25 March 2016
Your English is Good
Just like the guys in Tokyo Police Club, lots of people in Cape Verde have been saying, 'ohhhh, give us your vote', being that there was an election going on. It's been the subject of a lot of activity for the past few weeks, and finally finished up yesterday. I was kinda rooting for the guys with the cool free yellow t-shirts, but the guys with the lesser cool free red t-shirts won. Still working on trying to get some of those t-shirts by the way...
You can bet yesterday was a pretty hectic day, with the election going on and all. We were trying so hard to find people to teach, seeing as we had a solid amount of commitments marked, but it was a STRUGGLE. Nobody seemed to be home, and if they were home, they were out chilling in front of their houses, with a bunch of friends, being rowdy. We felt like we were competing with the political parties here a bit, as we kinda wanted to say, 'if you know what's good for you, give us your vote', kinda like TPC said.
We're continually finding that the Lord his putting his hand directly into our work here. Over the past 5 weeks of this transfer, Elder Penner and I have had countless occasions where we've found people out of the blue who are willing to listen to our message, and end up being decently interested. We had one experience at the beginning of the week where we were walking, and just contacted a guy, named Carlos, randomly sitting outside of his house, and asked if he had 15 minutes for a message, to which he accepted. By the end of the lesson, he was saying we could come back every day if we wanted :P another example is when we taught a less active member, with a few of his friends who wanted to sit in. We had taught this less active guy, Jailson, the week before with a few of his friends, and only had enough Book of Mormon's to give to one of his friends, but this week, we found them again, and Jailson's one buddy, Patrick, was super stoked to see we kept our promise and brought him a Book of Mormon.
I'm not sure if I wrote about this already, but there's this sorta funny thing we find every once and a while that makes me laugh a bit. There's lots of younger guys here who try to be all thug-like and 'too cool', but whenever we contact them, they're like super down to hear our message. They're the kind of people that, on first glance, you'd think, 'that guy probably doesn't want to hear, but I'll give him a go anyways' and they end up being like 'heck yeah man. Palavra de Deus is cool man, any time you want, you come over.' That's sorta what happened with our Patrick guy.
Also, on the subject of good English, we were walking and met this one guy dressed in a Celtics jersey with a ton of chains and he spoke fluent English. He was a super funny guy, he was like, 'you guys remember me??' and we were like 'uhhhhhh, no...'. He's Cape Verdean, but told us he's from Rhode i sland. Love those little moments.
As a closing funny story, in our gospel principles class yesterday, the memeber teaching, who is also our ward mission leader, somehow brought up a comparison between Mother Teresa and Osama Bin Laden. Not sure how it got there, but at the point in the conversation where I realized what was going on, the Sister who was in front of me, turned around and said, 'hey, you got any idea what's going on?' and when I told her what I thought it was, she responded, 'okay, that's what I thought too, just making sure'. It was classic.
It's been a good week! I'm still doing well on keeping my mouth shut about transfers. Only one more week...