Sunday, September 6, 2015

Bad Goat Intestines...

August 24, 2015

Time is short but these e-mails were very, very good. I don't know how you all manage to pull that off. So for news: My new companion is Elder Onen from Uganda. I think I already said that. We're doing fine. However he fed me a bean stew he made with bad goat intestines (long story) and I have been suffering with the worst diarrhea of my life. It doesn't help that after the stew I had hot pepper in my next meal. My stomach is on empty since yesterday, but I'll start eating small small soon. Today we are in another area to stay the night since tomorrow Elder Carson is coming to speak to the missionaries at 7 AM. Whose idea was that? I look forward to it though. We had a new investigator named Sandra come to church - her first opportunity. Excited for that. 

As for Dad's questions, well I already answered the first one. To speak honestly my stomach never feels 100% fine on mission so I'm somehow used to it. Strange food leads to strange dreams . The only nightmares are the ones where I come to school and I haven't done the last 4 math assignments. I'm very happy to wake up from those ones . . . I forget that my name is Austin -  Brooke just reminded me of that. It sounds really strange. There were even a number of people in high-school that called me Silva instead too. 

Studying the scriptures has become an absolute joy for me and I often go over my time limit in personal study. I have found a new love for the Old Testament and am just starting to read about King Solomon. A lot of lessons learned there. To answer your other question...well, witch doctors aren't always easily avoided since you don't always know who they are. Suffice it to say; Black Magic is something no-one should meddle with. I try to stay positive, Something my patriarchal blessing greatly admonishes me to do. I've even named the cockroaches in the kitchen! As for the last question, I can't give a full answer as to how much I love you all. Believe it.... that includes Duke the cat. Well I think my time is up. I love you all and wish you all the best! 

-Elder Silva

August 31st, 2015 

Thanks for the jokes.  I always appreciate any jokes haha. Wow so I'll start with me. Sometimes I've felt as if Agona is like a desert in the field, but we had a lady and her two kids come to church this Sunday and I really think they loved it. Fingers crossed. Also we had a traveling member return so we finally have a member to go out with. Other than that it has been mostly contacting and finding new people. Agona is an old town and many old people live here, so the language barrier is pretty strong. Our new Branch President's wife returned from a trip to her mother recently and we're hoping she’ll be baptized soon. She's ready. Been a while since I've had a baptism. I know that may sound usual for some missions, but for me it's not what I’m used to, haha. We have a couple of young women, but no young men. A bunch of children and older people. We do have a handful of young single adults.

            This week we have another conference with Elder Curtis from the Presidency of the Seventy. His one last week was great and this time I'm in full health and ready. We're staying at another apartment closer to the venue so we have a sleepover with 14 Elders! I have a lot of my favorites there so I'll really enjoy it. We actually just came back from KFC. Man I'm full. 

            If you ever wonder I actually have a lot of dreams about still being in school. I've said that before, but I say it again, because it happened to me twice this week. A mission truly is something else. I can only speak for one of them, but it's an experience I'll never forget. Anyways, don't worry, I'm not eating any of my companion's food anymore haha, so all is well. Well right now we have a very busy day so I'll have to get back to you guys later. I loved hearing about everybody's week and I hope that the info. about my week is enough. If not just let me know and I'll try to take more time. 

Have a great week everyone! 

-Elder Silva

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