So to start off my email before I forget I want to tell you about a pretty funny story. Last night in our area we were heading back to our car when some little kids saw us. There were about 5 of them and they were not older than the age of 3. All of them looked a little bit scared of me, so I made a scary face and put my arms out like I’m the cookie monster going to eat them. All of them ran away except for one. She just looked at me, smiled, then ran straight for a gigantic hug hahaha. Whoops! She thought I was giving out hugs that night, super cute. Then the other kids saw how cool I was and we got in a huge group hug in the middle of the street. It kinda just reminded me of Monsters Inc. for a sec haha. I felt like Sullivan. Priceless.
It was a slow week for sure. Not a lot happening in the area. We’re still working with a lot of different couples and individuals. Yesterday was interesting though. Except for the fact that I got tackled by a bunch of kids, after church we taught a pastor, then an apostle hahaha. Yeah did I tell you? We’re teaching an apostle. Both seem to be a little hardhearted, but always willing to learn more and seek for the truth. I don’t like wasting my time, but it’s nice to have a bit of a challenge sometimes. Both the Pastor and the apostle expressed to us they seek for the truth. Wherever it may be, if God reveals that it’s in our church, then they will follow.
Well it was kind of a boring week except for Easter. I can tell you of an experience that I told Mom about. I’ll just copy and paste haha. Well Easter was in full swing here in ‘babwe. It’s a massive holiday for the whole country. It’s really quite something actually, I;ll tell you. On Friday it was Easter Friday right? When Jesus was crucified. Friday morning as we head to our area, on the main road we see what looks like a mob of people. There was police and everything. It turns out it was just a Jesus March celebrating the death of the Savior. At the front of the group of people there was a man holding a massive cross on his back haha. It’s so funny how literal people can take scriptures here. In John 2:6 it says “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” I’m guessing that was the purpose of their march haha.
Well like my title suggests today was transfer day and I’m staying! It
also means that I have 4 transfers left! Crazy right? I just read
Trevor’s email and he’s left with 3. Also what is up with everyone
growing up so fast?! I’m afraid when I get home none of you will be
recognizable. I’m pretty sure I’ll be the same way though. I’m not the
same 18 year old that hopped on the airplane in 2015… it’s now 2017
by the way. I’m kind of lucky though, a lot of my zone members are
really young on their missions so I’m still kicking! I haven’t kicked
mule mode since the windy’s!
Well it was a busy week. Not a lot of missionary work done due to all
of the meetings and general conference viewings, but I’ll share a few
experiences that I had. There was one young mom we were teaching last
week that surprised us with a visit to church on Sunday. My companion
met with her on exchanges with Elder Tsotetsi and she was kind of
upset. A lot has been happening in her life and she feels like she’s
been mistreated. She’s looking for direction in her life and thought
she would find it at church. When she was visited by Elder Tsotetsi he
bore powerful testimony of the power that Christ has in our lives.
When I and my companion came on our return appointment she explained
to us that all of her anger was replaced with indescribable feelings
of peace. She said when Elder Tsotetsi bore his testimony she just
knew in her heart what she had to do now. We gave her a date to be
baptized that very moment. The spirit was so strong and was confirming
such truth to her soul. Very tender moment.
We also had another great visitor come to church this Sunday. His name
is Avias. He’s a paraplegic from the waist down, and an Elder in his
Roman Catholic church. After hearing about our message of the apostasy
and restoration, truth just resonated in his heart. His faith was
enough for him to roll his way all the way to church last Sunday. His
faith was so great, as he listened to the Prophet and his apostles he
said he just knew this was true. It took great faith to leave his
responsibilities at his church. His friend used to always pick him up
on Sundays to go to church in his car and he said to him last Sunday
“Nope, I can’t go with you anymore, I’ve found the truth.” Cool guy.
He loves the Book of Mormon, and I’m excited for his baptism on the
30th of April.
Lately we’ve been facing some challenges with unity and functionality
in the branch, and it’s really been slowing down the work. Although we
have so many people to teach, it just is so hard to get them in the
waters of baptism because of problems of this and that. Our most
progressing investigators all can’t be baptized in the month of April
which means we won’t reach our goal. I’ve tried to come up with
solutions to the problems, and things are okay but it’s a little bit
slow. You know me haha I’m a little impatient. As I was contemplating
what to do I my mind turned me to the scriptures. I dunno ’bout you
guys, but for me revelation always comes through scripture. I found a
scripture that gave me the quite assurance that “what I was doing was
enough”. Although I won’t maybe see the end result of my labors, what
I’m doing is helping. If I just do my part I should be happy. In D&C
64:33 it says “Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are
laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things
proceedeth that which is great.
Well that about sums up my week. Still in Kadoma, still loving it.
Still loving the Lord’s work, never getting tired.
Well like the title suggests, we went golfing again and we had another
baptism. This time there was six of us so it was a little bit slow, but we
went with the same Rastafarian caddy so it was chill. My chipping game is ON POINT. I had three pars last week. One of my chips even went in the hole!
This time I wore sunscreen (the same sunscreen that I brought from home that
I haven’t finished yet) so I didn’t get burned like last time. I went with
my classic joggers and superman shirt look and totally rocked it with my
vans… so professional.
Anyways we also had another baptism for Pauline Piki. It’s the niece
of one of our recent converts. It was a good baptism and she was
confirmed the following Sunday. She doesn’t speak much English,
because she actually speaks Ndebele. It was a real difficulty teaching
her, but she prevailed.
Last week we also had a lot of exchanges, including with the
assistants. Really solid guys who really understand and love the work.
My previous, previous companion in the office is still there. It
always makes me smile when I see him. He’s definitely someone I’ll
have to keep in contact with when I get home. As well as exchanges
with the Assistants we went on more exchanges with some Elders in our
zone. I went with Elder Campbell, and this is his first transfer in
Zimbabwe. It being his first transfer I think he was a little bit
nervous to go on exchanges with me haha. It was all good though, he
did a good job, He’s actually from Iowa, which is kinda cool.
By the way at church I totally gave everyone fire. Lately there has
been some pretty heartbreaking disunity in the branch. Our last
session was men and women combined and President Chiwaka gave me some
minutes to talk in front of everyone. I gave them some stories about
some less actives because they didn’t feel like a part of the branch.
I then shared a scripture from 3 Nephi 12 When Jesus Christ says “Ye
are the light of the world”. It was pretty sweet. Although it was kind
of fire, it was the right time and it was done out of love. They all
appreciated my contributions.
Last week we met with lots of different interesting characters. We met
some LONG time less actives and a few individuals who flat out
rejected our message and anything to do with the Book of Mormon,
pretty interesting. There is one boy who we met last week who was
really interested, and when we came for the second time his mom was
there. She’s very young and it looks like she’d gone through some
tough times. At first she was very critical of our message, but as we
calmly explained and answered her questions she recognized some
truths. She goes to PHD Ministries which is run by a false prophet
named Prophet Magaya. We invited her to come to church and to learn
more and to our HUGE surprise she came! It was so wonderful as we saw
the Lord calming her storm, and touching her heart.
Another family we’ve been teaching came to church, all 4 of them. I
was so happy to see them. Like the mom in the last paragraph, this
family has faced huge difficulties recently and really needs some
help. I am so convinced of the healing power from Christ. All of these
families have been through some hard times, and had skepticism’s about
the church. We calmly expressed our love for them and the healing
power of the Atonement. This is what this gospel is supposed to do. So
many people are satisfied with their lives and think they don’t need
anything else. These special individuals are coming to the light, and
I can see God’s hand in their lives as they learn more about this
restored gospel, and it’s restored truths. Thinking about these
families always reminds me of a certain scripture.
Luke 4:18 says…
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to
preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the
brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering
of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”
Man I love that scripture, it’s so true. I love my Savior, he’s there
for me in the good times and in the bad. I know he can heal these
broken families and individuals, and I love so much to be a part of
That was my week. Pretty cool I guess. Next week is the last in this
transfer. Each transfer is 6 weeks and after this week I’m left with 4
transfers out of 17 in a whole mission… so crazy.
PS I found the worlds smallest lizard like you see in that picture.