So some weird stuff has been happening around here for the last few
days. First off we teach a huge group of kids then in the middle of it
this large man busts through the crowd then grabs one kid by the
shirt, gives him a few beatings then throws him in the car. I was kind
of nervous and it happened so fast. I asked the kids who that was and
they said it was that boys, girlfriends dad. It turns out that kid
beat up his girlfriend and the dad wasn’t very happy about it (not
Another crazy thing happened the very next day when we were coming
down a turn we normally turn on when this crazy lady see’s us. We try
turning left then right as she was approaching to get out of her way,
but she wouldn’t let me pass. As she got to the car, she put her hands
on the hood and started shouting at us. She then starting beating the
car so I started reversing fast. I saw she was running so instead of
reversing I decided to go forwards. I skidded in to drive then turned
out of the way on to another road and she kept running at us haha. It
was so insane, we didn’t know what the heck was going on. No damage to
the car or to ourselves, so it’s okay haha.
Not minutes later when we got out of the car, we parked at a familiar
street. Soon all these little kids started running at us like they
always do shouting “Murungu!” I didn’t think anything of it. Then one
of them asks me to lift him up in the air, so I did (which was a
mistake, because if you do it to one, you have to do it to all of
them) and they all start chanting “Again! Again! Again!” it was really
cute. My companion has a video of all these kids chanting. I wish I
could send it but the file is too big :(.
In this email I really want to let you in on some of the new people
we’re teaching. One of them I have to tell you about is Brother Semba.
Cool dude! He’s like 60 years old, and accepted everything we had to
say. Piece of cake! He’s just so humble and teachable, he’s
incredible. We didn’t waste any time and invited him to be baptized on
the 28th of May, he said “That’s too late Elders, my wife and I need
to be baptized now!” We need to teach him some things, but he’s
totally ready. People keep walking in on the lessons, and he’s just
inviting more and more people to hear us teach. Seriously cool guy.
There is also another amazing lady we are teaching called Sister
Chauruka. She recently went through a divorce and is facing some tough
times trying to raise her kids. She’s been going church to church
thinking they could solve her problems. She was doing this until the
night we met her. She was very against our message, and what we had to
say. I think I’ve told you about her before, but we calmly answered
all her questions and asked her to pray about the Book of Mormon and
about Joseph Smith. Well that’s what she did! And you know what, she
got her answer! After reading the BoM with her one night she just
paused and looked at us then said “guys, I need to get baptized. I’m
tired of going church to church I just want to stay in this one.” As
we’ve been preparing her for baptism we’ve been teaching her a few of
the commandments. She’s had some issues but at the end of each lesson
she just says “guys, all I know is that God wants me to be baptized.
What ever it takes I’ll just do it whether I like it or not” soo
coool. I love her determination and conversion to the Lord. She did it
all by herself, so proud of her. This Gospel truly changes people, and
can turn their hearts to God. Our inside motto with SIster Chauruka is
“trust God”. Her experience reminds me of what I read a few days ago.
In Alma 19 this is the story of when Ammon converts all those
Lamanites, including the king Lamoni. After they arose, being filled
with so much of the spirit this is what happened. In Alma 19:33 it
“And it came to pass that when Ammon arose he also administered unto
them, and also did all the servants of Lamoni; and they did all
declare unto the people the selfsame thing—that their hearts had been
changed; that they had no more desire to do evil.”
Many more people we’re teaching, and miracles are happening every day.
Just yesterday we extended 5 baptismal dates! So crazy! We now have 11
on date to be baptized in May.
I love the work, and the people I’m working with. I feel so blessed to
be where I am.