Well it sure has been a great week! Lot’s to talk about. So we can actually start with what happened today. This morning after getting back from the gym I was doing a few dishes in the kitchen. When I picked up one of the upside down pots, I saw a tarantula! Geez we’ve got tarantula’s in Kadomer’s!!! I mean, it wasn’t very big, and luckily my companion loves spiders so he calmed me down. It was a baby baboon spider, eish I did not like that haha. First one I’ve see since I’ve been in this country.
The next event that took place today was some GOLF! Yup I told you we were members of the Kadoma Golf Club so we just rented some clubs, got some balls and hired a caddy for like 10 dollars. It was so sweet! We just walked in to the complex and said “Yo can we play golf? And this guy with dreads, no shoes, and a shirt that said Jamaica on it walked up and said “You wanna play golf? I’ll be your caddy”… Ok haha. We went home straddled on some golfing gear and hit a 9 hole course. It was so much fun! I got a little burned, but it was totally worth it. I was a little rusty at first, but I soon got in to a groove. I’ve really improved! I got two pars, and I even chipped one in to the whole just outside of the green, sooo sweeet. We felt like total goofballs on the course but why not? This was probably the funnest Preparation Day I’ve ever had.
Last week was also my new zone’s first zone meeting. I’ll send a picture. So many sisters! Wow, it’s really quite a bit but I guess I’m handling it. It’s a sweet zone with a lot of dedicated missionaries. We’ve got some high hopes for this hot pocket in Zimbabwe. Me oh my is it so hot. And when it gets REALLY hot it down pours with rain soon afterwards. In my zone it covers three cities with a lot of gold mines, and I dunno what it is, it is just an oven here. Maybe I’m just overreacting because I left an air conditioned office like a month ago haha.
One thing that I’ve learned today is one of the ways the Lord can help us with our problems. It’s a little bit of a Shona culture to believe that when you make bad mistakes it’s because of demons, not because of you. People always ask about deliverance, and people here believe that Prophets or men of God are here to cast those evil spirits from us so we can continue making good decisions, or be delivered from sin. Well, it’s kind of my job to correct false doctrine when I come across it, and with perfect mildness I tried to help people understand the purpose of agency, or the freedom to choose. In Helaman 14:30-31 it says…
30 And now remember, remember, my brethren, that whosoever perisheth, perisheth unto himself; and whosoever doeth iniquity, doeth it unto himself; for behold, ye are free; ye are permitted to act for yourselves; for behold, God hath given unto you a knowledge and he hath made you free.
31 He hath given unto you that ye might know good from evil, and he hath given unto you that ye might choose life or death; and ye can do good and be restored unto that which is good, or have that which is good restored unto you; or ye can do evil, and have that which is evil restored unto you.
Agency is so important in God’s plan for us. The more we come to realize that, the more we come to more fully know the love that God has for us, and what this life is really about.
Well that was about it for the week. More lessons, more people. We’re preparing a couple, and one more candidate to be baptized next week! Hope for the best!