Monday, April 30, 2012

The First Stake in Capo Verde--That means the Church is Growing there.

Familia e Amigos,
 So as the title says: Cabo Verde got it's first stake. It's in Praia but it is still pretty stinking awesome. When we were in a lesson yesterday they even broadcasted it on the news. Which aslo kinda proves how small this country is. :) But it was still pretty awesome.
 This week we had a seventy come and do a training. His name is Elder Kopishke and he is the Area President of Europe. It was pretty stinking awesome. I learned so much from him. Elder Rodgers throughout though had to translate for all the people who can't speak English. But we still both learned a lot and really want to apply everything that we were taught. One of the coolest things was just about how essential it is to find with the Spirit. In Cabo Verde almost everyone will talk to you. And so it is essential that we talk to the people who will really progress and move forward. Speaking of which I want to tell a story of something this happened this week. So Elder Rodgers and I were walking back from the Port to a lesson. While we were walking we ran into a kid named Marcos. He asked us if we went to a church and we said yes and then we were able to set up a time when we could teach his family. We taught them yesterday and before we walked in a lot of people left. Which we were a little frustrated about. But Marcos and his cousin sat down and we began to teach them. As we were teaching their aunt walked in and sat down. And as we continued to teach another cousin was standing behind us. It was just awesome and you could feel the Spirit drawing them into the lesson. When we left they thanked us so much for coming and we are going to teach them again on Wednesday. It was just so awesome and when the Spirit is ther we truely see miracles.
 Also this week we had two baptisms! One us for our investigator Ineida. The othere was for Alvero. It was so awesome to see them baptized and to see them come unto Christ. Hopefully with both of them they can be a good example for the rest of their family and help them all to come unto Christ. Their baptisms both went well with not a ton of stress. Did't have to run for any water truck or anything- :). But they are going to be great examples and we are really going to try to help their families as well to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized as well. 
 The work is moving so well here and what's crazy is I'm almost done with my second transfer. Yesterday somebody asked me if they spoke Portuguese in the US which made me feel that my Portuguese at least isn't awful here. :) 
 I love you all and I hope that everything continues to go well. 
 Elder Schillemat 

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