While I'm gone on my mission for two years, I will update all of you on my many adventures through this blog! My name is Elder Sean Massey, I'm from Calgary Alberta Canada, and I will be serving in the Cape Verde Praia mission from December 2014 to December 2016. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 13 June 2016
Ready to Start
Well, this week was boss, because Adiley (previously written in my
emails as 'Adalei', had it spelled wrong sorry :P) proved to us that
he's ready to start on the path Heavenly Father has for him, and he was
baptized on Saturday! That was the definite highlight of the week for us
A good 50% of our working time this past week
went into helping Adiley get ready. Seeing as how we've only been
teaching him for under 4 weeks, we had to help him get all prepared, and
man, was he ever. For every time we taught him, he would leave his
house and walk 20 minutes or so to meet up with us. There were so many
times where he showed us how prepared he was, like when we taught him
the Word of Wisdom, and he told us, 'I've never been into those things,
my dad taught me not to use them', or like when we taught him to keep
the Sabbath day holy, he told us, 'I was thinking about leaving to go
and work in Boa Vista, but that job would have me work Sundays, so I
won't go'. Guy's a boss. He wanted Elder Penner and I to be involved in
his baptism too, so while we had our 2nd counselor, Nunu, do the
baptism, I had the opportunity to confirm him on Sunday :) it was cool,
and my first time doing it too! Now, the next step is to get Adiley
preparing to receive the Priesthood, which could happen as early as next
week! It's been such a miracle for us to teach him.
YSA Family Night activity
so much of our time this week went to Adiley and getting him ready,
that some other parts of our area suffered. We still managed to teach
other people, but like, not many :P We were able to teach our
investigator Belarmino for the first time in like more than a week,
which was driving us crazy! He's so so SO close on getting his answer
and confirmation that the Book of Mormon is true. We showed up and asked
him how his reading was going, and he told us all about the story of
Abinadi, which was like boss, and told us it really resonated with him.
He's not a guy who reads usually a ton, but he told us that one day he
read two full chapters because of how compelling it was to him. On
Sunday, after sacrament meeting, he left to go home, and the Stake
President (who's in our ward) came up to us and was like, 'guys, I saw
your one investigator left. I see him all the time, I wanna get to know
him. When are you teaching him next?' and we were all like YESSSSSSSSSS.
That's gunna happen this Wednesday, updates to follow.
Finally in the driver's seat! A happy day!
really funny part from this week was a lesson we had with an
investigator named Baka. He's really into listening to us, but we're not
too sure how much gets through all the time. While he's very honest,
he's also in a constant state of having juuuust this much alcohol
in his system at all times. When we taught him this week, we were able
to calm him down enough to teach him about keeping the Sabbath day holy,
which he really liked, but after we closed with a prayer, he got really
close to us and told us, 'I'm the luckiest guy in the world, ask me
why' and so we were like, 'uhhh, okay, why?' to which he told us to
wait, and came back holding two Books of Mormon. He told us, 'that night
after you last taught me, I went to bed with one of these, and when I
woke up, there were two' which just about made me crack up. It
was apparent to us that Elder Penner, being often forgetful, left a Book
of Mormon he was walking with in the last lesson we had. We didn't want
to break his heart, and since we have plenty Books of Mormon, we just
let him have his moment. On the way out, he kept shouting to us, 'I'm
gunna give one to my woman!' which I told him was great, to which he
responded, 'and if she doesn't like it, I'll leave her! There's plenty
of women out there!'. I had to get moving fast because I was gunna laugh
Other highlights from this week
include a sunglasses purchase that Elder Penner and I made today for 5
bucks total. Sorta loving that new rule.
Rocking the new look....
of things ready to start, here in a few minutes, my next companion will
be getting here! Being as there is one week left in the transfer, Elder
Penner gets one week to train my next companion, Elder Neville, on how
to do all the secretary stuff, meaning we'll get to hang out in a triple
for a week. It should be fun :) Elder Penner and I will be finishing up
our 3-transfer or 4 month tenure together. Maybe this last week he'll
let me hold his hand :)
Zone conference last week
Fun with planners....
Elder Massey's favorite color is orange...kind of stands out amongst the neighbors...likely made him smile!