Transfer to Viana....My buddy Orpheu...KFC!

Ola Familia! I just received word that I'm going to be transferred this Wednesday, most likely to Viana, which is on the outskirts of Luanda, a little bit different from the Capital, I'm super excited I can't wait to get out there, it's going to be a blast! Although I don't like saying goodbye to people and I know it's going to be tough, I have already made some strong connections here with the people in the Cassequel ramo, the ward members and also the investigators that we are teaching, it's going to be a bummer.

My Favorite buddy in Angola, Orpheu

I have some pictures of one of my favorite kids from the family of Rita and Paulo, his name is Orpheu, my favorite buddy in Angola.
Anyways, family I love you so much I want to share a scripture with you all that touched me this week, Alma 37:46....For so it was with our Fathers for so was it prepared for them.  That if they would look they might live.  Even so it is with us.  The way is prepared, and if we will look we may live forever.  I just loved that scripture, super cool.
The week was awesome to start off on Monday we had family night with a member family of all girls and they taught the lesson and then we had dinner after.
Tuesday we had lunch at Irma Lassalets house and we had a delicious fish and after that we went to Irma Claudia, she is still planning on being baptized on the 31st. Next we went and taught Joao and Paula and we taught their family about the 10 commandments, they always have so many stories and questions that go along with each commandment, so fun to teach them.  Then we went to Geraldo and taught him about Baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost. He is planning on getting baptized a few weeks from now, super pumped! We went to Seresty Grandy and shared a scripture with him D & C 84:88.
On Cuarta Feira (Wed.) we had a meeting with the Mission President and all of the missionaries that morning and we talked about obedience and also our goals, to work as hard as we can and we are trying to grow and strengthen the mission from within, we don't want to get too far out of  Luanda, we want to build it up as a center force here within, so that the church can sustain itself.  After that we had lunch and then off to work.
We went to see Graciano first and talked with him about the vida preterrera (pre-mortal life) where we came from and he was had a ton of questions that we answered. We then had a great lesson with Oliva and Mariza that are sisters and the daughters of Joao and Paula who are preparing for their baptisms on the 31st of August.
We visited with a member of the church from Portugal who was visiting Angola for a while and she was having a hard time so we bore testimony that in order for us to receive inspiration and help in this life when we are struggling that we need to pray and move forward and the Lord will sustain us in our trials.
After that we read in the Book of Mormon with Rita and Gelson and then we walked to Antonios and Rosanos.  We had discussions with some new people, Liop and Rodina and Dona Bem Vinda and talked about the restoration of the Church.
On Friday we went to Geraldo that morning and talked about faith and repentance and then we started reading from the beginning of the Book of Mormon with Seresty Grandy..super cool.  Then we sat with Graciano and had a super cool lesson and taught him about the Plan of Salvation, he studies the Bible a lot and always has a lot of questions. We invited him to come to church but he said that he did not have any money for a taxi. So I offered him 200 Kwanzaa ( about 2 dollars) to catch a taxi and take him there and back. After that we went to fill buckets from the well to fill up the baptismal font for the baptisms on Sat.
On Saturday we woke up and went to the church at 7 in the morning to full up the font some more because it has a leak in it, so it goes down during the night and they can't get baptized unless the water is high. After that Elder Montgomery and I cleaned the capela (chapel) because no one showed up to do the cleaning, so we offered to help.  Then we ran back to the house to get changed and make it back in time for the baptisms, it was a stretch but we barely made it.

Elder Montgomery, Elder Stewart, Claudio's baptism with his family, Elder Merkley and Me

 Super cool, anyways after the baptisms, we all went to KFC and my meal was about 1800 Kwanza which is about $18.00 everything here is so expensive.

Expensive lunch at KFC

Chicken's everywhere in the street...Appropriately in front of KFC

 After that we started our fast for the next day.  We then had to go back to the church to empty the font because we didn't want the water in there for the next day on Sunday at church because it attracts mosquitoes and it is dangerous for the kids. I accidentally spilled a bucket of motor oil and had to clean it up in my good clothes, I was filthy and we had an appointment after with Bernardo.

Spilled bucket of Motor Oil

On Sunday Graciano came to church! And so did Geraldo...both came it was way cool! Super stoked that they did! Graciano was asking questions the entire time and involved and participated in everything, super cool.
Francisco's cousin passed away a few days ago so we taught him about the Plan of Salvation and it gave him great comfort to know where his cousin is right now, super cool lesson.
While we were teaching Joao and Paula and Mariza about following the Prophet the lights went out, so we had to use our lanterns, super cool moment, gotta love it:)
Super great week! Hope you all are serving the Lord with all your capacity and loving you life!
Ficam Bem ( Stay Good) Chau Chau!!

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