Ebola...being careful...Zone Conference....Service project!!


Streets of Angola

Month of September

4th week
Hi Family! I loved all your emails!  We have 3 new Elders from Mozambique and they are great!  This morning for P-day we played soccer with all of them, our mission is pretty much half native now.  The temperature is pretty cool but it’s getting hotter each day as we are entering into the warm season.  President and Sister Merrill went out to Luena where there are only 5 members but they brought 76 non-members to church, they really spread the Gospel. The church is really new there not quite established but it will grow because the members always invite their friends and neighbors.  Next weekend I will be going to the President’s house to spend the night and watch conference with the whole mission! Then on Monday we are going to the beach it should be a blast!


There are two sister missionaries from Angola who were sent to Boston! Pretty cool right?!
I am really excited to listen to the General Conference talks this Sunday.  General conference on the mission is a big highlight.
Elder Ferguson left for home and this past week  so we were trying to accomplish as much as we could before he left.  He said goodbye to people, the branch had 2 baptisms and we went over to the Morro Bento chapel and went to the baptisms on Saturday and then ate at a Restaurant with all the Elders.  It was a great day.  We are teaching a guy named Moses and he has been coming to church.  We are hopeful that he will get baptized before the next transfer.  I also got a new companion, Elder Nash, he is a great guy.  I am really excited to serve with him.  I am assuming that I will be in this area for another 6 weeks and then transferred to my last area, so I am hoping that the area gets built up and is strong.  This area has a history for being a tough area, but I am not letting that get in the way.
I Just want to share my testimony with you.  I am very grateful to be a member of the church.  I think what my life would have been like if I were born out of the gospel.  I don’t know where I would be and I know that I would not be content in life, or for a better word, comforted and hopeful.  Knowing what lies ahead gives me strength.  I know that when I gained a testimony that this church is true it was by reading the Book of Mormon.  It is something that I always reflect on when I feel down.  I am very grateful for my family and the life that I have.  I love you all so much

Elder Garn and I

3rd week
I came across a scripture that I really like in Ether 4:12  “And whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do good is of me, for good cometh of none save it be of me.  I am the same that leadeth men to all good: he that will not believe my words will not believe me- that I am: and he that will not believe me will not believe the Father who sent me.  For behold, I am the Father, I am the light, and the life and the truth of the world.” I love that scripture.
I am excited for this week, a new companion and many more things happening.  I love you all so much.  I will probably email you on Tuesday or Monday night since we will be at the beach for P-Day.

New Elders from Mozambique

This week was a fantastic week with Zone Conference.  We received 3 more Elders from Mozambique and now we have 11 Elders from there in total.  The mission is changing for all Americans to about half native speakers!Mason you look huge at your games! Cant wait to get back to watch you!

Soccer with the Missionaries

We had a conference with all of the missionaries in Luanda.  It was a great experience and we had a lot of food.  I still don’t know how to cook that well for myself.  We played soccer this week with the Branch and then with some other Angolans out in front of our Apartment.  It was awesome and we are going to play next week with all the missionaries from the mission.

Zone Conference

The highlight of this week was the Conference.  Also yesterday we had lunch with a member after church, he served his mission in Portugal and he is awesome.  He is Angolan and his wife is Portuguese.
We taught Farias and we talked with him about the Plan of Salvation, the lesson went great and each time that we visit with him he is more comfortable in saying that he is not part of the Catholic Church and is a part of the Mormon church.  It is really awesome, he used to always remind us that he was Catholic, but now he is easing up on that.  He is so cool, his children are members of the church and he understands the Book of Mormon.  He only needs to get married in order to get baptized, things are going great with him! 
A family from Lubango called me and to say Hi, so great to talk with them.  There were one of the best families that we taught there.
2nd week
We did a helping hands project where we cleaned up part of the streets in Sao Paulo.  It was great although there was a ton of dust and black water.  I never thought I would have seen so much black water!

Helping Hands Project

Cleaning up Sao Paulo

This week we had a lot of contacting hours and talking to people. I have had some of the best missionary experiences contacting people here. In Angola if you talk to a bunch of people you will find that they are from all over Africa.  They are from Nigeria, Namibia and South Africa and the Congo.  One day we spent an hour and literally contacted like 20 Nigerians.  They are super funny, they speak English, but they are sometimes hard to understand.
Ebola has reached Angola now, I am unable to track it but I just hear from people that it arrived in some province called Cabinda.
We have Zone Conference next week and the whole mission is looking forward to it!

1st week
This week was great I got to see Brother Johnson at church again and it was really cool and we have had a ton of people show up for church, and some that we weren’t expecting.
We set a baptismal date with Carlos but he needs to get married first so the date will hopefully motivate him to start working on his documents and we are hoping that everything goes through.  Also his wife is starting to show more interest in the Gospel, which is really great.  More and more each time we show up she is showing more of a desire to know more.
We also had a discussion with a new lady, Filomena, whose husband passed away and was a member.  Yesterday we taught her about the Plan of Salvation, it was a great lesson. She is very smart and sincere.
I gave a Sister in the Branch, Sister Lizet some mint packet and she loved them so much and she said thank you, thank you! She is such an awesome lady!
Dad, that’s incredible that Brother Kussy visited the ward, I remember him from the first transfer that I had and he talked about The Woodlands and said he had visited and passed by there way cool!
The area is going really well right now, we just have a lot of people we are teaching that cannot get baptized until they are married.
Tell Grandma and Grandpa that I say Hi and that I love them!
Super cool week and lots of work and new things going on.  I miss you all so much and I hope you have a wonderful week! Elder Dunkley

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