I made it safely to Cabo Verde Praia on Tuesday night and spent the next day getting some training. Thursday we flew to Fogo then drove from Sao Filipe to Mosteiros. The drive here was very beautiful. There was a mountain on one side and the ocean on the other. We got to go back to Sao Filipe for a stake priesthood meeting last night so it was pretty cool getting to go on that drive again. On Friday we went up the mountain to do some manual labor with the members. It was a really cool view of the ocean and landscape. One of the members took a picture of me and my companion so I'm gonna try to get him to send it to me this week.
Culture shock is definitely a real thing. I've thought about home so much this past week. I can't tell you how many times I asked myself "How am I gonna do this for 2 years?" While I was at the top of the mountain I heard some people playing some native African drums in the distrance and I thought about how I can't wait to get home and listen to a band again. That's something I enjoy but not something I expected to miss and much as I do. That's when I realized this homesickness isn't coming from God. Other people talked about how much Satan tried to keep them from serving a mission but I never really felt that before. Now I definitely feel like Satan's trying to get me to go home so every time I feel homesick I just remind myself that it doesn't come from God.
I know that there's no way I could do this for 2 years without the Lord. The times when I've felt the most peace here are when I've been reading about our Savior. The Book of Mormon truly testifies of Christ and I've grown so much closer to Him as I've read it.
Love you all!Elder Bennett