Monday, February 17, 2014

Feb 17,2014-Zone Conference

Hey everybody!
This week was an incredible week! We had interviews with President Cook on Tuesday and zone conference on Wednesday, but we still got 7 new investigators this week! We had 20 investigators at church! We met THREE new families! And we're going to have a first contact with two more families this week! It was incredible! Anyway, I'll break it down a little....
Tuesday we had interviews with President Cook. We came early and the Baileys fed us breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and hashbrowns. It was really good. Then we talked to Sister Cook while we waited for interviews. Sister Cook is full of awesome stories. She is just like Grandma Ringger haha. The story I told you about was in Benghi? I don't know how to spell it, but it's something like that. To add to that story, the church was able to send a whole bunch of supplies there shortly after! So they're being taken care of. Oh yeah! Funny story. On our way to the Baileys' we were stuck in traffic and then we saw this naked man walking down the road. He was completely naked, had a healed over gash that probably an inch deep and over a foot long, and completely crazy! Then he walked over to our taxi and starting speaking gibberish to us about how this isn't France haha. After he left everyone just starting laughing haha.
Wednesday we had an awesome zone conference. It was President Cook's birthday so I brought cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting. You should have seen everyone's faces when they saw them! Sister Cook said I should consider a career in the food industry haha. They were really good though and everyone loved them. We had an awesome lesson about inspired questions and our area book too. Learned lots of cool things. 
Thursday seems like a dream. We went out to Ngoyo which is really far away but apparently is the gold mine of investigators. Ngoyo is where the Louzolo's live. We had an awesome first contact with a guy whose dad works for an oil company so he is really rich. He had a lot of questions about armageddon and stuff like that haha. Then we met another incredible family! We got to their house and we were blown away. The mom's name is Nadege. She was invited to go to a different church by her friend, but she didn't know where it was. So she took a taxi and the taxi dropped her off at our church! She attended all 3 hours and loved it and invited us over! So we went there and they have a beautiful house! Real couches, a massive flat screen TV, REAL dvds, and an XBOX 360! Turns out they met and lived in France for 13 years! They speak beautiful French, and he works for an oil company, so he's stinkin rich! It felt like we were teaching a normal westernized family! We were a little nervous during the lesson cause we've never met a family like that before! It was so cool! And they are progressing too! It was really cool. 
Then Friday we walked, and walked, and walked, and walked. For hours. We were trying to make some first contacts, but a lot of appointments fell through. We did have a second lesson with a guy named Surprise who lives really far away. But we got there and his 2 brothers and mom were there to listen too! It was really cool. Then at the end, Surprise climbed up in his avocado tree with a 20 ft long pole and knocked 9 avocados down for us! It was so cool! Then we used the avocados to make guacomole with the MASSIVE chimichangas that I made. They were so big I couldn't fry them... But they were at least double the size of the one's we usually make haha. 
Then Saturday we had a lesson with an investigator that has been on the verge of baptism since before I got here. He was struggling and needs a special case interview. But he said that he wants to rekindle the fire and start preparing himself for baptism. It was really cool. Then we had a first contact with another family! This is the brother of Padma and his family.  They were really awesome. Then we went to the church for the baptism of the guardian at the church named Poppy. He's the weirdest, funniest guy I have ever met. But he has progressed a lot and all of us were so excited to see him get baptized. Then I got to give the restoration talk too. That went pretty well. 
Then Sunday we had 20 investigators at church! And the other elders in our branch had 8 so we had almost 30 investigators in our branch! That is so cool! Pointe Noire is incredible. Church was really awesome. And so full! 
Anyway, I'll try to answer some of your questions. Yes we think the water is back because the reservoir is full and we didn't fill it up... haha It wasn't too rainy this last week, but it has been ridiculously hot... 1900 baptisms is a lot, but totally doable. That boils down to 3 baptisms per companionship each transfer. And most of our baptisms come from Kinshasa. A couple weeks ago there were 127 baptisms in one week! Our mission is incredible, and the church is growing really fast. 
So it sounds like you guys had a great week. It's good to hear everything is going well. Have a great week!
Elder VanAusdal

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