Monday, March 26, 2012

Peder Enjoying life in Cape Verde

Familia e Amigos,
So this week has been pretty solid. First off I finished my first
transfer in the mission field. It is crazy how fast that time has gone
by. But it is all awesome.
So things that have happened this week. We are getting two people
readyto get baptized this next week which should be all good. I'm
pretty excited for them and we'll be hard at work gettting people
Elder Rodgers and I are both staying in Porto Novo. It's all pretty
chill and we should progress really well.
So for really cool things that happened this week. First off we have
this new investigator named Rosiane. She asked to speak with us which
is awesome. The first lesson with her went really well and her mom was
present in the lesson which was awesome. The next lesson we had with
her she had prayed and she had felt something different. We were able
to teach her about the holy ghost and how she was recieving an answer
to her prayers. It was awesome! She has a baptismal  date for later
this month.
Tambem we have this investigator named Elci. Her parents need togive
permission still but she has such a strong desire to join the church.
The other day we came by and gave her a Book of Mormon. We couldn't
teach then because she was locked in her house. So we came back later
and she had read the inroduction, made questions, and then was able to
answer all of them from the introduction. It was awesome. We are going
to make sure to work with her parents so that she can get baptized.
Overall the workis going well here. This next week we may be teaching
someonein English which should be fun.
Oh and because people have asked. From Santo Antão to São Vicente we
take a boat. From São Vicente we will take a flight to other places.
The travel is kindof frustrating but it's all good.
Love  you all,
Elder Peder Schillemat

Monday, March 19, 2012

Another good week in Cape Verde

Familia e amigos,
 So things have been pretty good here in Porto Novo. We have a couple people progressing torwards baptism which is awesome. Also our lessons are going really well and I'm speaking more which is really good. 
 Let's see to start off, this week we have had a lot of travel. On Thursday we had a training on Sao Vicente (another island) which went chill. Learning from President Oliveira is so awesome. Honestly he helps me to learn so much and it was an awesome training. We spent the whole day in Sao Vicente which was chill but it's weird being away from Porto Novo. 
 Also on Saturday we had to go to Pontu do Sol to do interviews for baptisms which is pretty regular. It was chill and I had pizza for the first time here. It was pretty good. 
 Also yesterday we had some pretty awesome times at church. So we have an investigator named Sueli who still hasn't recieved an answer. She hadn't been to Church yet so we made sure that she came this week. While there the members did a really good job of welcoming here and making her feel loved. We taught her later that night and because of the members she was able to feel the Spirit telling her that the Church is true. It was really awesome.
I'm glad to hear that you all are doing well and I hope that things continue to go well. This next week is the last week of my first transfer which is crazy. I can't believe it. Honestly it is just insane that I'm almost through an entire transfer. I've learned so much here already and I know that I will continue to learn. The mission is awesome and I love you all.
Tambem: Happy Birthday to Grandpa- Please let him know. And if possible can I ge the conversion story of grandpa+grandma schillemat and grandma haehnel? I've been interested in that for a while. Love you all e fica bem!!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Life in Porto Neuvo

 These are two pictures from the Missionary Training Center, Peder and his Companion and Peder's District.
Familia e Amigos,
So here's the update of life here in Porto Novo.
Last week on P-day we went to the beach and we're able to play some
sports which was pretty chill. We also played some basketball (which I
loved) and some football(soccer- I have to get in the habit of calling
it football). All really chill. One thing that I noticed during
basketball- no one plays basketball here so it makes me look really
good at basketball even though I'm really no good at it. And you know
what all these sports led to- a massive sunburn. It was kind of a
bummer but it has now tanned so I look way good. :) just joking
Our lessons this week have been pretty solid. The first couple of
days were a little hard because some appts were falling through but we
were able to do a lot better by the end of the week. We were on a
division with one of our APs named Elder Vance. He really helped and I
learned a lot from him.
Next deal was that we had a baptism last Saturday. It was our
investigator Dercia Maribel. She is 13 yrs old and her brother is
already a member. So during her baptismal service she was pretty
nervous. So when she was getting baptized she was pretty stiff.
Basically it took 7 times in total but she was finally baptized. :) It
was awesome to see her baptized and she has a lot of friends in the
ward already so she should be pretty strong. Also her mom is
interested in the lessons now too which is just awesome. :)
We have some sweet baptismal dates that got set up this week as well.
First I'll talk about Ronise. To start I'll have to go back to last
Sunday. So last Sunday we were going to vist Ronise but needless to
say when we got there, we had to do something else. The pipes in her
house had burst so water was leaking everywhere, We then decided to
try and fix it. Elder Rodgers got soaked in the process. After that
though we really needed to go back to the apartment.
So the next day came and then Ronise's aunt, Sueli, because of that
service said that she wanted to join the church. It was pretty
awesome. So we started teaching here on Tuesday. Ronise and Sueli were
there and we were teaching the Restoration. Ronise before this really
didn't want to be baptized. But during the lesson she handed her
baptismal form to her mom and got it signed. It was awesome and she
really wants to get baptized. Her baptismal date is on the 24th and
she is really excited for it. :)
So I guess that's the updates for this week. It's been good and
everything is going really well,
Love you all,

Monday, March 5, 2012

A Good Week for Peder.

 Ok so this week has been pretty good. First off I'll start with the baptism for Pedro. It went really well. We had a ton of people come and he has a lot of good friends in the ward already which is awesome. He was confirmed on Sunday and during sacrament meeting he bore his testimony! It was awesome. I stinking loved it. 
 Next our lessons have been going well and I have been speaking more. Yesterday in fact I gave over half one of our lessons. It was a little strange cuz I kept looking at my companion and wondering when he wanted me to stop but he just let me continue on. It was good. 
 There's this one lesson I want to talk about more specifically today. So we were teaching Dercia ( investigator getting baptized this week) and she had her friend Claudia come and sit in on the lesson. Before we started we asked the usual things ( how's it going, have you been reading and do you have any questions before we start). Claudia then asked how miracles are performed. We were able to go into the priesthood and then talk about how we have the power to bring miracles on this earth today. And we were able to talk about the Restoration and how that power was lost and it is now restored. We invited her to watch Pedro's baptism and to pray about Jospeh Smith. It was pretty awesome. But I just want to mention how important the Priesthood is. It honestly is the power of God on this earth. Through it we can work miracles. I know this is true and I am so glad that when we are worthy we can exercise this authourity. I am so grateful to have grown up in a righteous priesthood home. Thank you Dad, for the great example you have been to me. Also a thanks to Poul and Geoffrey for being worthy priesthood holders. 
 I love you all and I know that this work is ordained of God.
Explanantion on Pictures:
-baptism with Pedro, the ward mission leader (ravi), baptized him
- me and my comp Elder Rodgers