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
Thursday, 15 September 2016
Giving Up the Gun
This week was sweet. Lots of small miracles, and lots of fun.
was one thing that sucked about this week, and that was a lot of our
investigators had family members that passed away. Like for Tommy and
Deborá, they had an uncle who passed away, Deborá called me on Tuesday
and told me they weren't going to be able to talk for like a week,
because of a tradition they have here, where family members pass a week
in the house of their loved one who passed away. Later in the week, we
went to go visit a new investigator for the second time, when her
brother at the door informed us that her husband had died that morning
in an accident. Really sad. We figured that might not have been the best
time to talk, so we'll go back later this week. It seemed like stuff
like that was happening all over the place this week.
were really lucky to have a lot of success this week, in teaching,
finding, and getting people to act. We found that we were really trying
to progress the same four people, and that wasn't working, so we started
pushing for progressing other people this week. The Lord helped us
outline a few.
One of our investigators, Junior, came back
from spending time in a mental rehab facility. He's recently out of
prison, and we had been teaching him, but his family took him to the
rehab place, and we didn't see him for like 3 weeks. One day while Elder
Ronces and I were out walking, we heard someone calling 'Elder! Hey,
Elder!' and we looked and saw him coming up to us. He took us to his
house right away and started to teach him. He expressed a real desire to
change and follow Christ in his life. While he's still sorta scrambled,
he's got a really, really good desire.
Another is an
investigator named Obona, or Neto, or Valdir, depends on who you are and
what status you have with him. We go with Obona, that's his favorite
name :P he's another guy who's what we would call a thug sorta guy,
likes to wear basketball jerseys, drinks some times, but a really nice
guy. He wants us to help him, and so as we've taught him, little by
little, he's been making changes. Each visit, he's understanding a
little bit more, his reading ability is improving, and he's answering
questions really well.
We also started working with a
couple that Elder Ronces found a couple weeks back on a division, named
Carla and Maruwilson. We went and taught them while we had one of the
new senior couples, the Souzas, out walking with us, and we all clicked
really well. Carla is really open and funny, and understands our message
really well. We taught about the Book of Mormon, since she or
Maruwilson hadn't read since the first visit, and by the end, Carla was
like, 'okay, i get it! I know I need to read! And I'll come to church on
The best part was, was on Sunday morning, while
passing investigators before church, all of the three above were
waiting for us, dressed up, holding their Books of Mormon, ready to go.
We walked with three investigators all together to church, and a fourth,
Zezinho, who came last week, showed up on his own. It was SO cool.
After a transfer where one investigator came once, the Lord helped us
finish off this one with 4 investigators in one day. It was awesome.
highlight of the week, though, was Mundinho and Nixi's wedding. Even
though it wasn't in my area, it was still so incredible to see two
people I worked with for so long make the decision to take that step of
faith and move forward, getting married on Friday, and baptized on
Saturday. I'd never seen the two of them so alive and happy. It was
really touching for me. They almost didn't make it to the baptism on
time, it was funny :P there were people already in the font getting
baptized when they showed up, so we threw them in some baptismal suits,
and ran to the font before they emptied it :P Cape Verde man. Both
Mundinho and Nixi got up and bore there testimonies after, and
especially something like that to come out of Nixi was incredible to
see, being more outspoken.
I'm really happy. Really good week, the Lord is a boss.