Monday, October 27, 2014

MISSION FIELD: Week 76 Hello Again, Everyone!

                                                        27 Oct 2014

Well, Everyone!!!!

  This week was a fun week, nothing really big happened, but just small miracles throughout the week and blessings out the wazzooooo.

   We found some really good people this last week and we marked a few date for them and they are progressing very well.  Cisso, from Guinea, is doing great and decided that he wouldn't smoke anymore and is quitting.  He has gone 5 days now!!  He said to me, "Elder, its just a decision and you can't change you mind, if you want to follow God.  Super cool guy and he will be so good for here.  It's super nice.  We also are working with a kid named Se.  We are getting ready to be baptized.  It will be fun to see his progress.  

   But that's about all that's happened this last week.  We did go fishing this morning.  Caught and released an octopus and a puffer fish.  Super cool!  I hope everyone has a great week and I love you all!!!

Elder Stratton!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

MISSION FIELD: Week 75 Well, One More Week Down... 5 months to go:)

                                                 20 Oct 2014

    Well, this last week was super busy here in the mission, full of stuff that we needed to do and teaching.

    So everything started on Monday.  I was walking in the road and some guy from the court came to me and said I was getting summons in court for something.  And I was like, 'What the heck!?'  So, we went to the court house and well, I found out I had to go see some judge about something.  They didn't say very much about it, so that night, I called up the Mission President and was like, 'I have to go to court for some thing', and he said 'Okay, I will call some lawyer in Germany'.  Then, the next day, I was talking to the lawyer and finding out what was going on.  I found out that it was about, when our house was robbed, they were starting an investigation about it.  I also found out that we have the best lawyer in Cape Verde, so I was happy, but it was all taken care of and I'm all good to go again!:)

   Then, at the same time that all was happening, I was trying to get all the stuff fixed for the old house we left.  What a mess!  So, some elder broke a tile on the bathtub and we needed to replace it.  So, I got a guy to replace it and well a little job turned into a big one.  Well, long story short, we replaced all the tile on the bathtub, 'cause it all started breaking, then,  we got the house cleaned and now its all out of my hands, thank heavens.  

   Then, we started our week and it went pretty good.  Found some new people and marked some dates for baptism including one Muslim!!  Super cool!  He changed lots and he wants to be baptized now.   

   I hope this week will be great and many miracles will happen.  I wish all of you a great week and remember that when we follow the commandments we are blessed.
love Elder Stratton

Monday, October 13, 2014

MISSION FIELD: Week 74 Another Great Week!! (and picture!!)

                                                          13 Oct 2014

So this last week was great!!!
  So, we had some good work done this last week. The best thing that happened was we found a guy named Lando.  He stopped us in the street and started talking to us and he is like, 'hey can we talk in my house?' and we are like, 'ok', but, we went in and we started talking and he just broke down crying.  He said, 'I hate my life and I want to change.'  It was such a great way to start a lesson.  By the end, we were all crying and the spirit was so strong and it was just good.  But then, he was like, 'I feel something in my chest', and he said, 'it feels good and I want more of it', and we said that this is the way that you can have it, by following Christ and keeping the commandments.  He hasn't drank since and he is doing great.  We will see him tomorrow, but such a good week and we all learned from it.  

   Have a great week and I love you all!!!
Elder Stratton

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Monday, October 6, 2014

MISSION FIELD: Week 73 What a Conference!

                                                         6 Oct 2014

    Well, to start, this was a great week!!  We had 9 people in church for conference and they are all progressing great!!  Man, the Lord is blessing us right now!!!  We went out with the branch president, lots this last week and we found so many people!!  I can't wait, for here in a few weeks, when the fruits of the work will start showing!!!

    Then, there was conference.  What a great thing we have to listen to prophet and even  have people teach us in other languages!!!!  It truly was an amazing conference and to make it even better, I will be at the next one!!!!!!!  It's so cool!

 The Lord is teaching us some much, we just have to listen and we will hear His teaching.  I invite all, to study this conference and follow the prophets counsel.  We are the true church of God, it won't be easy to follow, but it will always be worth it.  The Lord will always give us more, when we sacrifice.  I love this gospel and I know it is true.  As we learn and grow, we should always remember that we do it through the grace and mercy of the Lord.

I love you all!  Have a great week!!

love Elder Stratton