January 23rd, 2017
This week has been POWERFUL!
To start the week, we had our Wednesday of deep cleaning at the house as the other elders left without cleaning. I wasn't terribly happy about that one, but that is just how it goes sometimes! :) Anyways, we cleaned every single room in the whole house, including sweeping the ceiling. Have you ever had to sweep the actual ceiling??? I have to say, it was a first for me here... Haahaha! But the apartment is spotless now, so everything is great!
Elder Boyce and Elder Kangwa came on Wednesday evening and we helped them settle in to prepare for our day on Thursday. Elder Boyce is from Montana, and he is really chill for sure. He is really obedient and a great missionary. We will get along really well! He loves fly fishing, which I have no idea about, except that I read "A Rive Runs Through it" or whatever the book is called. And now I will move on because that is all I know about fly fishing, and the book does 0.001% justice. Elder Kangwa is from Zambia, borders a part of Zimbabwe and he is really great. He is a brand new missionary and he is doing well so far. Still has to adjust to the food and the culture, but he is really great as well! :)
I took some funny pictures this week!
1-a picture of this ancient car that has been literally collecting dust for years named "Toyota Carina" !! :) HAHAHAAA! Sorry, Carina, i just couldn't pass up that wonderful opportunity.
2-We were waiting at the Tro station which read, " Dunkirk to Konongo Nkawkaw station" Also a great picture I couldnt pass up, since that's the city dad grew up in
3-Saw my first legit school bus from back home, huge and yellow as always, but it was out of place on such a skinny street, but good memories from home! :)
4-Last, Mom's favorite, a tro that read "Priase the Lord" which I died laughing about!!! Almost got it dude, almost got it... :) Hahahahaa!
To close out this rather short email, we have been having some serious miracles around here lately. We have really been struggling for the past few weeks with nobody progressing for a while, and we had no idea what was going on. But, the office elders gave us a brand new map a few weeks ago which the other elders grabbed, and turns out, the other companionship had been proselyting in our area for the last 2 transfers (12 weeks)! AAHHHHH, I wish we would have gotten that map much earlier, but I don't have much control over that. Anyways, we spent this whole week learning our actual area and finding the members that live there, and wowowowoowoowow, we have had serious miracles. We had a powerful referral from one member, the other brought his friend to church and gave him some nice church clothes to wear, then after my companion and I finished teaching the Gospel Principles class, one of the investigators came up to me and said she needed to be baptized next week. SERIOUSLY AWESOME. The scripture that immediately came to my mind was in Ether 12:6 which reads:
6 And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.
After these past few weeks, I would say our faith has been tried to the breaking point, but truly God does work miracles among us. It isn't every time we pray, we get what we want, most times, we have to be patient and show our faith. If you don't believe me, look at what you think a rich child is like when the parents give them everything every time they ask, and then one time they don't get it. It is similar to that. If God gave us everything we wanted every time we asked, we would have no patience, hope, or faith. and also in this chapter it reads,
28 Behold, I will show unto the Gentiles their weakness, and I will show unto them that faith, hope and charity bringeth unto me—the fountain of all righteousness.
We all can be more faithful and hopeful for God's promised blessings, and as we are faithful, have hope and trust in his promises, keep his commandments, and be patient always, we will become "the fountain of all righteousness". I can testify that God does work miracles among us, we just have to open our eyes and our mind to see them. I know that if we truly look for God;s hand in our own lives, we will see His miracles. This I know to be true as I have seen these miracles in my life this week, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
God bless all of you! Love you guys! :)