Monday, May 17, 2010

Already halfway through May?!

Hello happy family!!


Sounds like it´s been a good week for everyone, from what I´ve heard. Happy (belated) Birthday to Uncle Charlie, and Happy (early) Birthdays to Mama KK and Kit! Time keeps flying faster and faster, huh? Mark and Aup - glad to hear everything is ok with Tearisa, especially after that ´hot seat´ experience.

I don´t know if I told this bit of news, but a few weeks ago I saw Elder Scott Braithwaite - he stayed the night with us a week or two ago because he had to be in Lisbon to renew his visa. It was cool to see him, and he seems to be doing great!
Anyways, this week´s gone pretty well. Most of the zones´ interviews were this week, except mine - we´ll be having our interviews on Tuesday/tomorrow. We had some good visits with the less actives that we´re working with, and we finally were able to meet with the bishopric about working with the ward more, especially with that family plan. Fábio´s still coming along, but hasn´t talked to his parents yet nor come to church, unfortunately. Friday night we had a dinner with a huge African family who has an 8 year old that hasn´t been baptized yet and they want us to teach him, just like with Filipa Torrão several weeks ago. We haven´t been able to start teaching him because the family is always so busy, but while we were there and finishing up dinner he was there and asked if we could teach him really quick. Kids are awesome! To paint the scene, it´s a rather chaotic apartment since a bunch of the relatives are always coming in and out. This time Teddy (the 8 year old) and some of his older siblings were there talking to us while we ate, and when Teddy asked if we could teach him just his 16 year old sister was there and asked if she could stay. She seemed to enjoy hearing about the Restoration again, and really chimed in when we mentioned James 1:5. When we finished the lesson she asked us about if she should still give a talk on Sunday, because she didn´t like the idea of speaking in public (no one does I think) and she felt a little embarrassed about giving a talk when she had missed the previous couple of Sundays being at Church. So we encouraged her to come and give the talk, because that´s what she should do, and she came and gave the talk and everything went fine.
The coolest thing happened yesterday at Church! When Elder Bennett and I arrived and walked into the Elder´s Quorum lesson, Osvaldo was there! Osvaldo was the African father I met and taught in Seixal, and he was baptized shortly after I left! Turns out he´s moving into the Amadora ward! Not that I´ve been depressed or anything, but that was a definite pick-me-up, and a tender mercy from the Lord!
Well, I hope to hear more from ya´ll soon! Have a great week everybody! Much love,
--Elder Spencer Ellis

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