Monday, August 19, 2013

Stormy week in Fogo!

Boa tarde from Fogo!

I don't know where this week went! We are just teaching and working and the days are flying by so fast in this transfer. And it has been raining and windy crazy so much this week!! But today the weather is nice :)

Oh yeah and congrats to Brandon!! That is so awesome South Africa!! I am so excited for him and that we will have two Africa missionaries in the family!!

Mom do you remember when we saw on that show when they made cru?? When the fish gets cooked in the acid of lemon juice? I guess they eat that in the Philipines a lot and Sis. Llano made it this week and I sent a picture! It was surprisingly soo tastey! I will pay close attention next time so I can make it for you! :)

This week we had a great family night at Tuta's house! Tuta and Linda are recent converts and it was their mom Maria's birthday so we had family night/birthday party for irma Maria. Haha it turned out pretty funny... because we asked Tuta how old irma maria was turning and she said 54. So when we made cake we put a '54' on it in sprinkles. Yep we go there and she is turning 56. Oops! Haha at least we didn't put too big of a number! But yeah it was fine she was just happy we were there. So we are going to watch the film Finding Faith in Christ with their family who mostly are not members and with our other investigator Nelson. They have a TV and a DVD player which is rare to find in our area. So we start the film and a little bit into it the power goes out because it is raining so much. Sooo then we all shared the things we learned thus far in the film and finished the spiritual thought. And by the light of one oil lamp we sang happy birthday to irma maria and ate birthday cake. :) She was so happy and kept saying 'obrigada sisters, obrigada!' which is saying thank you. Like I said she was turning 56, she told us this was the first time she had a birthday party. I was so surprised! We were so grateful that we were there with them and we had a great time. :)

Also this weekend it was the District Conference for Fogo/Brava. So the sisters of Brava have been here with us and we had some awesome meetings! Elder Timothy J. Dyches of the Seventy came to Fogo to speak!! Members from all over the island of Fogo and Brava came to the Sao Filipe to attend the adult session Saturday night and the general session Sunday We got to here from Pres. and Sister Oliveira also which was great too! The temple was definitely a huge focus in the meetings and how temple worship needs to be one of our highest priorities. I miss going to the temple and I just think about how blessed we are to have so many temples around the world. The Lord really does want to bless His children through the covenants and ordinances of the temple. A group of around 100 Cabo Verdianos just got back from going to the temple in Recify. And when they bear their testimony or you even just talk to them you can see the difference in the joy the temple has brought them!

We did have another hard time this week though with church attendance... It is hard because we will work so hard during the week, and have great lessons and great experiences with them and then it comes to Sunday and nobody will come to church. But we are learning patience. Lots of patience. And also how we need to better help these people understand the importance of keeping the sabbath day holy and partaking of the sacrament. And not being preguicas. (lazy)

I'll end with a good bit of news though. We found a family! Zelina has 3 kids- jovanni, Deori, Keori. Haha and I will keep guessing on how to spell their names until I find out what the spelling really is ... all the names here are so hard to spell! But any who they are a great little family who are new to Sao Filipe and they are humble and want to follow the Savior and be baptised! So we are going to keep teaching them and helping them become converted to the gospel and be baptised! This work really is amazing. It has its ups and downs but I know it is the Lord's work and I am so happy to be able to be apart of it!

I love you all so much and will write again next week!! Have a great week and remember to rely on the Lord in all things. I found this quote in my scriptures and it helped me a lot- 'Prayer is the secret to a happy and productive life.'

Sister Turner

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