One year Celebration for the Luanda Angola, Africa Mission!!

One Year Celebration of Angola, Luanda mission!!

At the Mission home...One year celebration!!

Month of July:
I miss you guys so much but I know that here is work here to do!  We are getting a lot more Elders now from Mozambique and as of now no new Americans have been called as they are still having problems with the Visas.  It looks like we will have 12 new Elders from Mozambique coming in!!

Elders, Magaia, Maezane and Figueiro from Mozambique!

Well Elder Ferguson are doing great things over here!  We are still in Terra Nova near Luanda.  We are focusing on references through the Members and also talking to people about the Book of Mormon.  This area is difficult for baptisms but we have met a lot of amazing people and have had the opportunity to reactivating some of the Members and they have come back to church.  We have been teaching Marliza and she has been coming to church and participating and really enjoys it.  We have a date set but she still needs to get married, which is all part of the process. There is something very special about her.  She is very intelligent and has an understanding of the Gospel.

Elder Ferguson and I

Streets of Luanda with Sister Merrill

We have also been working with a man from the Congo, he does not speak Portuguese very well so it is hard for him to come to church because of the language barrier but luckily there are a lot of people in the Branch who speak French.  His name Dom, which is gift in Portuguese.  He had all of the Hymns on the TV and he turned it up really loud and as he was leaving the house we could hear the Hymns throughout the neighborhood and it was really cool.  It brought a light into the neighborhood in Angola, super Awesome.
Riley that is so great that you learned a lot more about Joseph Smith at EFY ! We have been playing soccer as a branch on P-days and it is great because it brings everyone closer together.

Zone after playing Soccer

Elders of Luanda (me..far left)

This week we began to teach some new people.  Paulo, who is a Father with 2 kids and no job, they walk to church and sometimes take taxi's but he is waiting to have a marriage license to get baptized. He is a very humble man.  He just wants his family to have a great life and his wife too.  So we are trying to hook him up with some members who could help him get a job.  Then he will be able to afford to get married so that he can get baptized. 
The temperature is still very cool over here as we are in the winter season, and it has been very nice!
So a great experience that I had recently was with Carlos he came back into the church after he had been drinking for while.  We told him that we would pass by everyday to make sure that he was on the right track.  We had an awesome visit with him on Sunday and his family.  We talked about the Restoration and he began to tell his wife about the restoration and I talked about how the plates were translated and it was such an awesome lesson.  It was a great experience.
On another note our shopping center, Shoprite burnt down so now we will have to find another way to do our shopping. 
I miss running on the track with Brother Hedengren and Brother Huntsman and getting up at 5. I know there will be time for that later...but right now its my time to serve.
I love you all,
Elder Dunkley

And a silly one...the Elders of Angola..one year celebration!

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