A note from Ben's Dad: Elder Palmer referred to here is Elder S. Mark Palmer of the Seventy--who was Ben's dad's Teacher's Quorum Advisor when he was a Teacher (in New Zealand)....
This week super crazy with transfers, mission conference, and a division with a seventy... so let me get started. Elder mitchell comes into the area and we go straight out to work and are already doing great, i haven't had this much fun in a LONG time. We go to the office on thursday to help prepare it for the arrival of elder palmer, a general authority seventy for the mission tour. We weren't there to long before we had to go to make it to our lessons on time. We get home and get ready to head out just as we say the prayer to leave we receive one of the most stressful phone calls i have ever had in my life... it was president, long story short he wanted us to go on divisions Elder mitchell would go with president and i would go with elder palmer.. so we spent the next 20 minutes scrambling around trying find more people to teach. We finally drove down to the office and picked up president and elder palmer.. and boy what an experience i had.. He didn't speak a word of Portuguese, but his love for the people and desire to teach the gospel were really strong. I learned a lot about the spirit and how we can follow it, many times he would bring out the BOM and chose a scripture to share and some how it fit perfectly with what we were saying. I had a nice little one on one with him for about an hour where i could ask him any questions about making better contacts and being a better missionary and about the gospel. Dont worry i took some solid notes and wrote everything he told me down. Just being in his presence and walking in the angolan streets was something amazing, seeing how we conducted himself and his desire to share the gospel was and is a model to follow. He asked a ton of questions about the mission and what not. Needless to say i was on a spiritual high all night long. (plus his accent reminded me of papa so that was also pretty cool.) The next day we had mission conference with him, and the thing that i most remember was how many times he said that our calling is the same as his and the 12 apostles. I could write a whole lot more about what he said, my impressions and his teachings but it was took a long time so just know It was for sure an experience to remember, and one i will treasure forever.
Carlos and Eduarda and alicia are all still doing really well, we have to move their baptism back a week due to general conference... but oh well itll still happen so i aint mad. Celson and Lurdes are getting SUPER close with their documents to get married. Their pretty much members, the come to all the activities, watch church films as a family, blast hymns for the whole neighborhood to hear and share the gospel with all thier freinds and neighbors, we have gotten some great referals from them. We are also teaching Tarics brother junior, he as well is doing really well, we passed by his house yesturday with a couple young men and he loved it. We are gonna have some great baptisms coming up in this area which we are all super excited for.
Other then that nothing else really happened, just the usual work. Mother i measured my pants on the outside of them from the top to the bottom, they seem good and ajustable, but still the longer the better.. but honestly i need the shoes more then anything, its getting harder and harder to walk with these moon boots on my feet.. this sand is killer and these huge shoes are slowing me down and killing me, so if you could send those here pretty soon that would be awesome.. thank you very much!! Elder Mitchell is awesome, we laugh, we play, but we put in that hard work when it comes time. Im super excited for these 2 trasnfers which are just gonna fly by. The members some how keep getting better and better, and the lord blesses us with his elect and chosen.. so i honestly cant really complain, other then i know ill have to leave this area which is pretty killer.
Thank you mother and father for everything, i cant wait to get the packages.