Well, this week has literally been the busiest week ever. We had a ton of things to do this week. I will just name a few and write a little about them.
First, we started off the week traveling to Agona, about an hour or so away, and had a multi-district council. We focused on the use of the Book of Mormon and how we can improve on using it in our teaching and in our daily lives. The Spirit was so strong as we talked about the divinity of the Book of Mormon. Simply put, the Book of Mormon is true and it is a blessing to each of our lives, as long as we use it and read from it.
We also had A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY this week to participate in the opening of some of our YSA's mission calls! We were in a lesson and got the call that they were about to to open them at the chapel, so we literally ran from our lesson to the chapel! Here's the scoop:
1. Josephine -Abujan, Cote D'iovire
2. Jude - Nigeria, Benin City
3. Patrick- Nigeria, Calabar
It was a wonderful night :)
We also had to say goodbye to Sister Comfort, the one who normally calls us to eat in the evenings, bless her soul. she left on Thursday morning to go to the MTC for 6 weeks. So sad, but so good for her to go and grow in the Gospel :')
WE got to watch the funeral fro President Thomas S. Monson as well. It was really sad to watch, but the gospel really helps to cope with loss of loved ones. I really was touched by President Monson's life of love and service, and I hope I can be like him someday. I have watched a few minutes of his movie, and wow, he really was a great servant of the Lord.
We went on splits this week to cover all our Twi speakers. We grabbed a few boys from bishops to help us, so I took Patrick, and Elder Erickson took Johnson. We had a great day together, as they are both preparing to go on missions. We were able to teach most of the ones we needed to, but I think this is the first time I have been separated from my actual companion for a split with members. It was so helpful! :)
On Sunday, we had like 1,000 things to do! After church, we created some baptismal records for those who we baptized last week. In the process, we also were asked to help the bishop input his tithing since the clerk and his counselors were all not around, we printed some Patriarchal blessing recommends, made some LDS accounts, adjusted some family households in MLS. Wow it was crazy, but I got to learn so so much about the church and its programs and things. Seriously, this church was not made by any one man, everything is so simple and works together so well. The Lord is wonderful.
This week also was a great week of study for me. I was able to Study Alma 24-29 about Lamoni and his people, their conversion and their trials of faith. It was a moving passage of scripture, maybe I will recount their story.
These people were among the worst of sinners, but after having Ammon share the Word with them, they had a mighty change of heart. They had no more desire to break the commandments of God, especially after all the murders and wickedness they had committed towards their brethren. Their conversion was so strong that they covenanted with the Lord that they would not take up arms again against their brethren. Even when their Lamanite brethren came into the land to slay them, they stood without weapons and prayed that the Lord would be with them. Many were slain, but after so many were killed, those who came upon them to slay them were converted as well, and made the same covenant. They then joined the Nephites as more of the wicked Lamanites came to slay them, and humbly presented themselves to the Nephites, and asked to be their slaves in return for all the previous murders they had committed toward them. They were accepted as free men and women:
27 And they were among the people of Nephi, and also numbered among the people who were of the church of God. And they were also distinguished for their zeal towards God, and also towards men; for they were perfectly honest and upright in all things; and they were firm in the faith of Christ, even unto the end.
30 And thus they were a zealous and beloved people, a highly favored people of the Lord.