Well, this is it. The final countdown. We received transfer news on Saturday and it looks like I’ll be in Bindura until I leave. This is a good place though. I’m glad I wasn’t transferred because there’s still work to do! I don’t ever have to worry about transfer news again, because I’m looking at my last transfer sheet haha.
Wow, well, where do I start? Well it was a pretty productive week. Our attendance at church isn’t quite what I wanted it to be. I’m finding difficulty in helping member’s see the significance in coming to church each and every Sunday. It’s hard to find families or individuals who come out to church EVERY Sunday. We’re still trying to make an impact, but that’s what we’re facing at the moment. We do have a few marriages/ baptisms lined up. We could have up to 3 marriages next Saturday. That could be a record haha. That would beat my previous record which is 2. It’s Brother Chigogo, Brother Mathew, and Brother Kudakwashe. They’re all father’s and have wives, but it’s been a challenge getting them to be interested in our message. These mama’s need your prayers. It’s no joke exactly what I was fasting for on Sunday. It’s funny because in the rest of the mission it always seems like just the opposite is the problem.
On Sunday church starts at 8am so that means I and my companion do our studies later. Yesterday we chose to do our personal studies on a mountain! We just drove up it (there was a road) and sat down and pondered the words of Christ. It was a beautiful scenic view of our area, and I was studying a lot about prayer. I read a lot of the words of Christ to see what he had to say about prayer. Often times he also prayed on mountains so… that’s why I studied prayer haha. As I was looking at our area from that gorgeous view, studying the scriptures my mind caught hold of something. It’s something I always knew, but I never really thought of it this way. In 3 Nephi 13 The Savior teaches the Nephites something similar to the Sermon on the Mount. He teaches them about prayer and how we shouldn’t be like hypocrites praying just to be seen of men. As I was reading I noticed in verse 8 it says “Be not ye therefore like unto them, for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask him.” Our Father knows our needs, but have we even bothered asking? Did you even think that our Father is just waiting to bless you, but all He requires is that you ask Him in humble prayer? It’s like me asking Dad “Dad, how come you never buy me ice-cream” He would then say “well did you ever ask me for ice-cream?” Such it is with prayer. ASK… and I promise you, you WILL receive. That’s how we receive revelation. This was a great experience, and I’m grateful for the things I learned that day. Trojan needs help, and my Father in Heaven knows what it needs, all I need is ask.
This morning we also went fishing, African style! You’ll see what I mean. It was a lot of fun.
That was my week, I only have 6 more to try and have something just like it!
It’s back to Shona title lines because it totally sums up all of last week. Hapana means “nothing” haha. On Monday we drove to Harare and spent P-day there. Tuesday was zone conference, Wednesday was exchanges with the AP’s in their area, Thursday was interviews with President, Friday was interviews for the zone. Saturday was like the only normal day, but it was pretty dismal. On Sunday it wasn’t exciting to see it so empty! Not more than 30 came to church which was weird. I think it’s because we didn’t go to the are like all week haha. People need us! I guess it’s normal though. That’s missionary work! The ups and downs are all a part of the path to perfection. Sometimes God gives us weakness’s so that we can be humble and learn to put our trust in Him (Ether 12:27).
I know it’s boring since last week was so exciting, but quite honestly that was our whole week. I guess one cool thing is I went on exchanges on Friday with Elder Lin. He’s from Taiwan and can make LEGIT Chinese food. He was so happy when we told him about a Chinese mall in Harare. He brings dumplings to every District meeting. He’s always got a smile, and a joke to tell so he’s a lot of fun to be around. It was also fun walking around the China mall with him because I couldn’t read any of the label’s so I was always like “what’s this?” and then he’s like “that’s wasabi” or something like that haha. I took a picture, so I’ll send it at the end of the email.
Many of you know I’m currently training a new zone leader right now named Elder Silotile. Awesome guy, he’s seriously just a great companion. We love to have discussions on how we can help each other and it always turns in to real bonding moments. He always boasts that he’s going to be the one to kill me (be my last companion), but we’ll see, got one transfer left. Why would I leave though, that’d be lame. I’m loving this place. We’re really doing our best to help the zone out wherever we can.
I’m actually emailing you in Harare right now, for which looks like my 2nd to last MLC meeting. I’m also looking forward to my last zone conference.
I’m always so anxious to get out there everyday and see what the Lord has in store for me, I know that I’m here for a reason. Most of all He sent me here to be Elder Robison, no body else. I love that. I’ve always tried so hard to be myself wherever I’m serving, because that’s just who the Lord needs.