Monday, May 25, 2015

ONE MONTH LEFT!

I am doing a few other things today on the computer, so I'll be a bit scattered.  







My companion Elder Oliviera is great! He's timid, but he's pushing through his social barriers. 















When you get to know him he's hilarious. Best of all, he knows how to cook! (That's always a relief). He's still mastering Portuguese, because his native language is actually Creole. He's trying to teach me Creole...it's very similar to Portuguese but a very choppy language. I think he is one of my companions that I most get along with. 




















I'm really liking the members from this ward. They are awesome people. The challenge here is distance. The chapel is about 1 hour from our area and we go by omnibus. The people don't really have enough money for omnibus here anyways, so it is really hard to bring people to church. 
















There was a time when the ward paid for an omnibus to pick everybody up. And then they stopped doing that. I've been talking a lot with the members and bishopric to see if we could restart that, but it won't be possible. 













Instead of that, here in a little bit we will move chapels so there will be 4 wards attending the same chapel. It will be very crazy but we are hoping it will help out the ward!

We're still bringing a few investigators to church. The young man M that I told you guys about is pretty firm to be baptized this week. There was another really cool young woman we will teach on Wednesday, but she is a member of another church. That won't be too much of a problem :D


Actually I only noticed that today is the 25th when you told me... and it made me more than a little bit trunky. It's funny, being with E. Oliveira on the start of his mission makes it feel like I'm also just starting my mission. We talk more about Cape Verde than we do about anything else. I'm totally visiting him someday!







I don't know how to describe my feelings about going home....anxious, nervous, confident, sad, happy, exhausted, it seems like I'm feeling everything at once. And I'll admit that it's getting harder than ever to do the smaller things. And all of the missionaries always talk about how close to going home I am. What can you do :D

Love you all!

Elder Gale

Monday, May 18, 2015

100% TRAINER

Hey Family!

That's right, Elder Gale is officially training! It is absolutely wonderful and has done a ton for my focus and happiness and zero trunkiness. I am training Elder Oliveira, from Cabo Verde, Africa. (Cape Verde--where Kyle Teela is called to serve!). He's an awesome "son" and is helping me a ton. He already speaks quite a bit of Portuguese but his first language is Creole. He comes from the island Santo Antão. He was born in the church, and his father was actually one of the first branch presidents there who served for 14 years. His family was the first family to be sealed in the Recife temple from Cape Verde. We're getting along really well (particularly because he knows how to cook!)

I'm feeling great. I'm at the point where it doesn't feel hard to go out each day. I feel excited to savor this last time that I have on the mission. We're going to use every last moment!

I'm also acting as music director here in the mission :D The mission will have a devotional with a seventy this month and the Assistants asked me last minute to organize the whole choral performance. So I chose the Elders and Sisters in the mission that will participate and we had our first rehearsal today. It was great! It will be on the 31st of May. 

I am in the area Aguas Lindas in the zone Entrocamento. It's funny because this is one of the areas that I followed up with 1 year ago when I was here with E. Rolando. It's an area that is historically very difficult, but I'm sure we will have a ton of success! I feel like this is the last test to see if everything that I've learned on my mission will tackle this area. Until now it's going great! It's a huge area, but the members are really willing to help out. We were left without any investigators when we got here, so for now it's just the area book and who we can find. 

We have 1 young man who looks really promising! We found him yesterday, his name is Marcos. He is the brother of one of the members. We're looking hopefully towards the 30th of May!

I love you guys so very much! We're in the last stretch, now it's full sprint until the finish line!

Elder Gale

Monday, May 11, 2015

MY LAST WEEK IN TENONÉ

Well guys, it's official. I'm being transferred on my last transfer on my mission. The first week of my last transfer officially started, and I have no idea where I'm going! Sounds like I'll only be able to inform you guys next week. 

I'm very grateful for Tenoné. I learned a lot of lessons here...about happiness in the face of lots of problems.  Perseverance.  Work and Success. Conversion.  Disappointment. Relief. I learned to really love the members here for who they are and for who they can become. This was one of the areas that I felt like I left my mark on. It certainly left its mark on me. 

It was sad saying good bye to Elder Marler.  I'm sure I'll see him again at BYU.  He was definitely one of those companions that were also very good friends. We worked well together because of our contrasting personalities. It was a great 2 transfers. 

I'll miss the people that were baptized here. They are very special to me and I hope God helps them along the way to staying strong in the Gospel. 

Now I'm bracing myself for the last stretch.  6 more weeks is very few, but it's not the end yet!  I want to go strong until the last day when I can say that I did everything to further the work on my mission!

Thank you so much for everybody that supports me and prays for me. I can feel those prayers lifting me up when I get discouraged. I love this Gospel and I love being a missionary!!!

Have a great week!

Elder Gale

Sunday, May 10, 2015

THE MESSIAH!


This young man's name is Messias, 
which means Messiah in Portuguese. 

I baptized the Messiah!








The mission authorized motorcycles and 
motorcycle outfits for all the zone leaders!