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.