We started the week with zone conference and it was awesome. We and the UST Zone Leaders got to instruct on how baptismal services should go, and things that we should and should not do. Recently, there has been a problem about taking pictures in the middle of the service and also of people demonstrating the ordinance at the service, so we got a chance to teach about the sacred nature of ordinances and how they apply to the baptismal service. It was sweet. Then we had an awesome instruction over the Book of Mormon, which we prepared for by reading the talk "a Miraculous Miracle" from President Nelson. Great talk by the way, that will really help you understand the Book of Mormon for sure because it did for mine.
I also got real sick this week. We have some filters on our Polytank (tank of water for our house), and one of them is not really checked that often because it is kinda in a weird spot. Anyways, there was some algae in the water, so I decided to change it. The night after I changed it, I had some serious stomach cramps and runny tummy, which was not terribly fun. We stayed in Thursday, I took some meds, and got some advice from the Dearings. I have recovered, but I will have to send a picture of the filter next week, it is disgusting. The funny part is, that it was the wrong filter in the filter case on the Polytank. A missionary put the wrong filter inside, one that was for filtering our drinking water instead for the ground water. But, all is well now, I am of good health, and back to eating my fufu. :)
Lastly we had the baptisms for Sisters Carrine, Rebecca, and Charlotte (the bishops granddaughter) and also Bro Alfred. It was so cool. Charlotte was baptized a long time ago, but they lost the record, so we remade the record and baptized her again. Carrine and Rebecca we have been learning with for some time,and they were really excited for their baptism! :) They were all confirmed on Sunday, and there was a visible change in he countenances of them. Carrine is usually pretty quiet and not too happy, but after church, she was just smiling and happy and said she felt really really happy inside. What a sweet testimony to me of the power of the Holy Ghost. I love Kwamo.
I also had great studies this week in the Book of Mormon. I have set my reading schedule to read the Book of Mormon a few times more before I come home, and I started this week! I read in 1 Nephi 4 and it is interesting what insights I have gained because really, I have read this section of scripture tons, and I always get to learn something new. :) This is when Nephi is commanded to kill Laban, much like David and Goliath. He is hesitant to do so because he has never shed blood before. But this is what stuck out to me:
13 Behold the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes. It is better that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in unbelief.
14 And now, when I, Nephi, had heard these words, I remembered the words of the Lord which he spake unto me in the wilderness, saying that: Inasmuch as thy seed shall keep my commandments, they shall prosper in the land of promise.
15 Yea, and I also thought that they could not keep the commandments of the Lord according to the law of Moses, save they should have the law.
16 And I also knew that the law was engraven upon the plates of brass.
17 And again, I knew that the Lord had delivered Laban into my hands for this cause—that I might obtain the records according to his commandments.
18 Therefore I did obey the voice of the Spirit
I learned a little more about how the Spirit works with us on occasion. In Nephi's case, I love that the Spirit was able to teach him through a logical train of thought. First Nephi is hesitant to carry out the command because he doesn't fully understand why. Then, the Spirit teaches him by bringing some thoughts to his mind by helping him remember, and then by putting the pieces of the puzzle together for him so that he would understand and obey. I love this because it is not always a burning in the bosom when the Spirit is guiding us. Sometimes we are guided and directed by our thoughts, and by just doing what is good in our lives.
The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that if you will listen to the first promptings, you will get it right nine times out of ten.
I know this is true, and I leave this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
-No Pictures Came Thru This Week-