Monday, March 10, 2014

March 10, 2014

Dear family,
Hey thanks everyone for your letters and what not!!! I always love to hear from yall and know how you are doing!
So our week was way sick!!  On Wednesday night we helped out again with the mutual. We are starting to help the branch take it over for themselves, but for now we are still helping. We asked on of the members, Pedro, to give a spiritual thought and we helped out with the games and everything. It was a really fun activity and the youth really like to come and hang out with each other.

This upcoming week will be my last full week in the mission, and I  will be leaving on Wednesday the following week. I am not sure if I will be able to get on this next week because I will be traveling up to Luanda. So this very well could be the last letter that you all get from me in the mission. I am so thankful for the opportunity that I have had to serve amongst the Angolan people for these 2 years and for how much the Lord has protected me throughout my mission. I will miss my Angolan family so much, but I cant wait to see them once again whether in this life or in the next. They have taught me a new meaning of love and compasion for my fellow man. They are always willing to help and are very curious to know more about the gospel and they will always have a special place in my heart. I know that this is the true church of Jesus  Cristo on the earth. Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, and he did recieve the presthood keys to guide and lead the church today. I testify that Jesus is the Christ and that through him we can all be saved. I am thankful for the many experiences in my mission that have helped me to come to that knowledge.

I am very excited to see you all next week wish that all goes well during this week!!! I love you all so much.
Elder Wilhelm

Monday, March 3, 2014

March 3, 2014

Ola familia!!!!

Hey thanks everyone, what up!!! I am getting excited to see you all:) just a couple of more weeks. It is a really wierd feeling though, because I really dont want to leave Angola and these people, but I am excited to see you all. Thanks for the letters this week.  I really apperciate them!!!

So our week here was way sick!!! And I mean literally sick... After p-day this past week I got really sick with I think was a bad case of food poisening, but then after I got better my com, elder Chatwin also got way sick. All in all we were down for the count for about 4 days, but hey we are a lot better now.

The assistents came down and did a visit here in Lubango. So during one of those sick days that I was feeling better I got to walk with Elder Hyde. Our division went really good! Elder Hyde has a really good attitude about everything and is really positive. All of our appointments fell through, except one with a recent convert, Alex. So for most of the division we did a lot of door contacting and street contacting. There were a couple of really cool people that we found together that I think will progress pretty well!! 

During the days that we weren't sick, Chatwin and I tried to use our time effectively and go and see as  many people as we could before the end of the week. On Sunday as well, Elder Chatwin and I taught the youth class for Sunday school, which was way fun! I actually like teaching that class more than any of the others. haha ~

Anyways, I love y'all so much and wish the best for you all this week!!!

Elder wilhelm

Monday, February 24, 2014

February 24, 2014

Dear fam!

Hey it was so good to hear from all of you this week!! Thanks for the letters and whatnot:)

So I really hung myself with time today and really won't have a whole lot of time to write, but just know that our week was great:) as always!!! This week I had an interview with badger creek. I was so nervous when they called and I kept spitting out a porto word here and there:) haha but for what it sounds like it went good!!

This week Elder Chatwin and I did a lot of finding! There were a couple of people that seemed promising, but we will see what happens during this next week. 

Yesterday at church was kind of a bummer, because it rained. When it rains here people kind of hide in there houses and don't come out, so there weren't a lot of people at church. Good thing to because elder Chatwin and I had to teach gospel principles:) haha 

Sorry this was so short this week, but I love you all!! have a great week!!!

Elder Wilhelm

Monday, February 17, 2014

February 17, 2014

Bom dia todos!!!

Hey fam!! whats up!!?? It was great to hear from you all! thanks for the emails!

So everything is going pretty good here in good ol Lubango!!! Still workin hard and havin fun!!

Yesterday we had a cool lesson with Irmao Ricardo, Adilson's dad. When we first talked to him about baptism a couple of weeks ago he was kind of wishy washy, but yesterday we talked with him about the gospel of Jesus Christ and more about baptisms and he didn't even hesitate when we invited him to be baptized! He has a baptismal date for April 19th, so he still has got a ways, but he needs to get married first.. surprise surprise:) but he is progressing really well and wants to do whats right for his family.

On Saturday we did a little bit of service for Ze. I don't remember if I mentioned anything about making cement blocks last week, but that is what we did again this week. Ze has been working so hard on trying to make this new house for his family. For almost 3 months straight all he was doing was grabbing sand from the river and hauling it up bucket by bucket. And during these last two weeks he has been making a bunch of blocks so that he can start making his house. Most of his money has gone to buying cement so that he could build these blocks and food for his family. So on Saturday, we went to help him we finish making a the blocks that he needs!! Afterwards he looked at us and asked if we knew how to lay the blocks to start making the wall because he didn't know how to do it:) ha ha I just had to laugh a little and told him I didn't know how to do that. So he is going to find someone to teach him how to do it and we will assist him in his work little by little:) ha ha I think some a the church knows how to do it so I don't think it will be a problem. Ze is progressing very well though and really wants to get baptized, but first he needs to get married to his wife. So we set some goals with him and he said that he would talk to his wife about marriage.

Other that that things are going pretty good and we are seeing the branch starting to get more organized and excited for the work!! Still loving Angola:)

Anyway have a great week!! I love you all so much!!!

Elder Wilhelm

Monday, February 10, 2014

February 10, 2014

Ola familia!!!

Bom dia Bom dia!!! Obrigado for everything you guys and for the letters this week. It is way good to hear from all y'all!!!

This week went by in kind of a blur! Haha, I can't believe that I already get to talk to all you good people:) My week was great!! This week was fairly busy with just a bunch of random stuff that made it all go by super fast!

So on Tuesday, President  Marques, the branch president, wanted our help with an activity that the youth had. We were also able to get some of our investigators there as well, so it was well worth it. At the beginning of the activity President talked a little about the importance of seminary and institute and we watched one of those really cheesy seminary videos that brother Greer used to show us:) It was talking about how the scripture can come ``alive`` as we read them:) haha it was pretty funny. Then after that we all divided up into groups and read a talk together with the youth and had to come up with a presentation. To end off the whole thing, there were sack races, a game that they play here called garrafinha, and a relay race of sticking their faces in a bucket of water to get something, then to put your face in a bucket of flour and find something, then they had to eat an apple on a string;) haha no one finished the race.

 This past week our water pump went out so we had to wait for a repair man for like ever to come and fix it! We didn't have running water for quite a while:) it just brought really fond memories of the beginning of my mission.

On Saturday, Elder Chatwin and I had a lot of appointments, so we decided to plan some splits with a few of the ward missionaries in the branch. I went with a young man named Guilherme, who is preparing for a mission right now. He and I went to go meet up with a man that we found on the street, but it fell through. So an old ex investigator came to my mind that I have never taught. So we decided to go and see her.  She happened to be Guilherme's aunt. So we got to Neusas house, the ex investigator, and started talking to her about the life and tried to get to know her a little bit more. She told us a story of when she was younger during the war. She was riding on a train returning to Lubango with her sister, brother and her mother. As they were about 2 hours outside of Lubango, Unita, a political party, had attacked the train, derailing it, and started shooting people as they were running away. As she and her sister jumped out of the train, she landed on her hip and broke it, but she couldn't just sit there. So she got up and followed after her sister down the rail road tracks. They could hear gun fire until they finally reached Lubango. When they got home one of her brothers asked where her mother and brother was. She didn't know. Later they found out that they had been shot in the ambush. So for all of her life she has been dealing with a bum leg and a constant reminder of what happened to her, her mother, and brother. She was angry, and full of hatred. When the missionaries finally found her she had had 3 different operations, but these only left her in more pain and the inability to do much more than get around the house. She goes on to explain that over time after sitting with the missionaries she has found so much comfort and love from the message that we carry. She and her family have been attending church every Sunday also.

After we saw her, Guilherme and I went to do a service project for an investigator named Ze who is now constructing his house. Once before elder Wilson and I helped him bring sand up to in house by hand so that he could make blocks.  This last time with Guilherme we started to make some blocks with him! Ze is such a hard worker and wants the best for his family!!

Anyway, I love you all so much! I hope you all have a great week!!!

Elder Wilhelm

Monday, February 3, 2014

February 3, 2014

Dear Family

Hey thanks for the letters this week!! It sounds like the sj stake is in full swing with their missionary work! Wow, I love president! It sounds like he is helping a lot of people to get a wider vision on missionary work! Good luck with the challenge!

Our week here seemed to just fly by so fast!! but it was a really good week with a lot of traveling and work.

On Tuesday, Elder Chatwin and I traveled up to visit the Huambo elders and have a zone conference with them. On our way up our bus broke down! ya what my luck:) but after sitting there for three hours or so a replacement bus was sent to rescue us!!! In total, the trip to Huambo took about 10 hours. It was way sick to see all of those guys again. In Huambo there is Elder Tilley, Fontain, Tingey, and Whiticker. We only stayed for one full day and then it was back on the bus. While we were there we got to do divisions and we decided to just walk in 3s. so I walked with elder Tingey and Whiticker for the day!! We had a good time as we were walking around in their area. On that same day we also had a zone meeting. I will be honest I truly felt like I was preaching to the choir there. The missionaries are doing a marvelous job with the branch and their area! Luckily the trip back to Lubango was uneventful and no breakdowns.

When we got back we tried to just sit with as many people as we could before the end of the week so we stayed pretty busy when we got back. We had a really cool lesson with our investigator Marcos. So we have been sitting with Marcos for about three weeks now and he has just progressed amazingly. During our last lesson, at the start, I asked him how his reading was going, and he didn't say it at first, but he read the whole Book of Mormon, cover to cover. He even read the guide to the scripture that is at the end of the Book of Mormon in porto! We were so amazed!!! he started telling us stories that he liked out of the Book of Mormon and had a ton of question.

Ya we were so excited for Marcos!! He is progressing great! The only problem that he has is that he needs to get married, but he has a big desire to be baptized and said he will start preparing!!

Anyways, I love you all and have a great week!!!

Elder Wilhelm

Monday, January 27, 2014

January 27, 2014

Bom Dia familia!!!

hey hey everyone!!! Thanks for the letters this week:) it was fun hearing from all of you! you all rock. It good to hear that everything back at home are still in full swing and that the grand babies are getting so big! It dont think that i am going to recognize any of them by the time taht i get back!! haha

This week was way sick for us!!! When chatwin and i became companions we decided that we wanted to focus on strengthening the brach, and boy has the lord opened up some door for us to do so. We have been helping members with there callings, passing by their houses, helped update the data base of the branch records and just a huge aray of things! In return we have receive a lot of trust from the branch president and he is actually asking for our sujestions on how we can all work together to strengthen the branch. It has really been a milagre to see all of these changes within the branch! And for the first time in like 2 months we got a member referal because we decided to visit the members and help them with their callings! 

The focus on the branch does not mean that we are not working with investigators though. Whenever we get free time we are out trying to find people and teaching families. We finally we able to sit with adilsons dad and share a message with him and his whole family. After we were done Ricardo, adilsons dad, said 'you guys ought to pass by everyday so we can study the bible.' ha ha he is a very nice man along with the rest of the family members! Adilson this past week recieved the aronic preisthood and was passing the sacrament:) he had a grin from ear to ear as he was passing!

Marcos is doing really good! everytime we go over there he just has so many questions for us on the gosple and is like a sponge and soaks it all in! Our last visit with him was a very neat experience as we talked about the plan of salvation. Near the end he asked us how it is that he could be baptised. So we explained it all to him and also explained the law of chastity. after he learned that we said he would do anything to get baptised and said that he would get married so that he could do so!

Well i love you all somuch and hope all goes well during this week!!!

Elder Wilhelm