Wednesday, February 8, 2012

This week in Praia

Last week during P day we went to eat at this place called Sucupira. Sucupira means flea market, and this is something that Praia is well known for. This has got to be one of the biggest flea markets in the world. It’s a maze of all sorts of things from clothes, to electronics, to furniture, to just everything you can imagine. There is as sign as you are entering that says:

Li tem tudu kuza ki bu mesti - se ca tem - Bu ca mesti!

(Here we have everything you need. If it’s not here, you don’t need it!)

Anyway, there is a woman there named Segunda, and she makes this incredible food. All the elders in Praia go there, and she gives them discounts because they're always there. She gives you an enormous plate of rice, your choice of meat, beans, french fries, a fried egg, and a soda for 250 escudos, (80 escudos to a dollar) you leave this place quite satisfied. The food is not anything new or radical, but there is something about the way that she makes it that makes it the best food I have ever eaten in Cape Verde. It’s also one of the cheapest. It’s funny that, after so much time of having the elders as her clientele, she is now being taught by them and is coming to church. She is a very nice, humble and honest lady.

All the zone leaders got together on Tuesday and Wednesday for the big meeting, and it was incredibly spiritual. We reviewed everything from Revelation through the book of Mormon, to helping investigators get to church, to just about everything that we needed in order to continue helping our zone have success.

We had our flight back to Fogo on Thursday. Again, it was rather windy, and the plain at landing made a very sharp drop, but it was all good.

After almost 3 months of teaching Dino, he finally made it to the waters of baptism. In our meeting on Friday, we asked him "how are you feeling about baptism?" He responded "I think I knew it was true all along, I just didn’t want to admit it to myself, but I am ready this time”. Again, there was no water in the chapel, so we had his baptism in the ocean. That day everything went well!

Elder Cuestas

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