So the guitar strings finally came! Yay I’ve been waiting so long thanks guys, preciate it. Also, today we had a wedding for the Nyika’s! I haven’t told you about ’em yet but I’m getting there. Soon after the baptism we baptized all 5 of them, a whole family! The whole time I was just thinking “man, families really are forever huh”. Yup, their goal already is to be sealed in the temple a year from now and I couldn’t be more excited.
So the Nyika’s are a family that we’ve been teaching in our area for quite some time but as usual the only thing that delayed us was a civil marriage, and that was today! I’ll tell you a quick story about Baba Nyika. At first it was his wife joining our services and she was in love since the beginning. She had some friends in the church so it was easy. After finally meeting him and teaching him the restored gospel he agreed the invitation to come to church. Sure enough he came! And in Priesthood attire! We were so proud of him, and before he realized it he had some friends in the church too. Guys listen, the only reason this worked like it did was… friendship. Showing Christlike love for everyone. I can tell you it is so much easier to endure through life’s challenges, and remain true to the faith when you have a friend to help you along the way. Let me share with you a scripture in my favorite (not) book of the Old Testament. In Ecclesiastes 3…
9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
On another note last week we witnessed a few miracles. So my designated Ward is Borrowdale, but sometimes we work in Highlands Ward because there are not missionaries and it’s right next to the office. Last week we attended Highlands Ward and 15 investigators came to church, many it was their first time! Lucky we were there, we were able to get all of their contact information and visit them during the week. That night when I gave our indicators to our Zone Leaders I immediately get a call to a voice saying “men of God!!!”. I don’t remember the last time assistants had that many investigators come to church and or be baptized. Luck? Fortune? Blessings? I hope it’s the third one. My companion and I have really been striving for the extra mile when it comes to obedience. We really want to set a tone for the mission.
President is certain that obedience, diligence, and hard work starts with leaders. A good leader can set the tone for everyone who he’s been giving stewardship and accountability for. They really are game changers and President is very careful who he selects. It’s also amazing to see how much people are watching us. It’s kind of frightening because if you mess up, you put the whole mission in jeopardy. Just last week one of our recent converts said her friends took a picture of us and sent them to her as we were walking down the street. We were baffled at how people will just observe us and watch us like that. It really is amazing how much of a difference we can make with out even saying a word, just by the things we do.
Those are my thoughts for the week, have a great one.