Monday, January 30, 2012

Inviting the Spirit through the Book of Mormon

So now i'm being better about writing in my journal so i'll just share
snipets from each day in my letters.
Monday - Errands. Famle Haos Naet. FHE at the Saksak's house. It's the
1st counselor of the branch with his son, The clerk, and 2
missionaries with their call waiting to go. It was great. We read the
story of Helaman and the 2,000 stripling warriors. I liked reading
what made them so great. They were 100% honest and obedient. They
learned well from their mothers and wanted to protect their fathers.
It was great to read about these young men because a bunch of them
were there to do it with us. Also something cool happened at the end.
One of their uncles, Harry was there. He's an old man who uses
crutches because one of his legs was amputated. He comes to church
every week. During the lesson I sat and thought about him and felt
compassion and wanted a way I could help somehow. At the end we were
about to leave when he asked for a blessing because of his sore neck.
I was glad to do it. He is making me a CTR ring right now with melted
australian money and a CTR logo.
Tuesday - RAIN. This full week is constant raining. Our clothes were
totally soaked through haha. Our member present kept singing the part
in "Praise to the Man" where it says "sacrifice brings forth the
blessings of heaven". Decent day. My favorite lesson was with Erik, a
recent convert. We read in Alma 22 about King Lamoni and Aaron. I like
it because it shows the power of the priesthood and missionary work and
especially teaching with the spirit. I want investigators like him,
who would give everything they possesed and give away all their sins
to recieve eternal life. Also today in Tagabe a massive downpour
started. We took shelter with some other people under a the copper
roof. I was feeling anxious to waste time. I prayed in my head for the
rain to stop and to still have a successful day. Almost immediately the
rain stopped. Then I thought about the part of my patriarchal blessing
that says you will see miracles on your mission.
Wednesday - We taught Moses! But first we taught Lucy out in Plantina.
It was a good lesson about prayer. We read the story of Enos and his
wrestle for forgivness. I love his example of prayer. Also we went up
to Rango Rango and Emile, the husband wasn't there but we read the
Family: Proclamation with her and the kids. They're great converts.
They are a long ways away from the chapel but they come every week.
After Maripol talked about how glad she is that they joined the church
and how much they've been blessed and changed. Ok, now onto Moses.
He's the chief of a nearby village called MCI. He was super interested
and very bible savvy. He wanted enough time to pray and read the Book
of Mormon before our next appointment. Elder Whitney's down in the
dumps because he's going from one threesome to the next and our 3rd
companion. Trying to help him out.
Thursday - We taught Amos! First we went to John a recent convert who
is more or less a less active already, he came to church to be
confirmed. We read Alma 47 about Lehonti and Amalickiah's trickery.
Then compared it to satan tempting us and how after many try's and
lying and deciet Lehonti died. It's a good eye opener. After had a
good discussion. Also taught Lembunu. She's well already from her
sick. Also went out to Roger and Candie and Marcella again. Great
lesson about the Plan of Salvation. Used lots of verses from the Book
of Mormon. They're very sincere and kind and love us to death and we
always have a blast there but...... they're strong catholic and they
have an altar thingy in their yard. We'll see what happens. After we
taught Amos. He was a referral from Carlo, a RM. He is really good and
has good questions. A mission is so demanding mentally. My mind feels
like it never has a break.
Friday - Busy day. We went up to Rango Rango again and found
Kalsimpalo. After taught someone we contacted, Marie. 2 of her friends
were there. Great lesson. They were super interested and wanted a Book of
Mormon before we had given them one. We passed the 2 guys on to the
sisters. Read Mosiah 18 with Lembunu about Alma changing and baptising
many. Also talked about the baptismal covenant to prepare her. After
taught Franko. He's great. We taught him the Gospel of Jesus Chirst.
Good lesson. Set a date with him. After my favorite lesson of the
week, Beni. He's a recent-ish convert haha. He expressed some desire
to serve a mission. But then he got a girlfriend and..... yeah. Our
branch mission leader, Harry asked us to go see him. We read verses
from Alma 26 with him about Ammon's feelings, experiences, and
thoughts on his missionary work. Awesome lesson. I love this chapter.
It shows how glad missionary work can be and some trials. I bore a
strong testimony of the work. He said he had something to talk to me
about on sunday.
Saturday - Happy B-day elda whitney. Baptised Lembunu today :). She's
really sweet. I'm worried a little about support though because it's
just her in the family. The young women here are great, they should be
able to help. Starting a few minutes before the baptismal service it
started to rain really hard and through the talks. As I got changed
into my white clothes before I prayed that the rain would stop to
allow the baptism to happen. After the last talk and before we went
out the rain completely stopped until we were going back into the
chapel after the baptism. Also contacted a girl named Elizabeth. She
was great too and wondered why so many people worshiped only at
church. She talked about joining the church already. Also taught Sam
again. He's awesome. He's 17 and a great listener. He's really
interested and humble. Amos had good questions again. Lastly, Moses.
Planned to teach the Plan but ended up talking about the Priesthood.
Sunday - The end of a succesful week. Church was great. Esron Vano
taught about the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden and in Lehi's
dream. He was a great missionary and is so knowledgable and speaks
with the power of the spirit. Saksak also gave a good lesson about
applying lessons we learn in church into our lives. Taught sam again,
good as always. Also taught Carlos, who was baptised last week. He's
so great. Great convert. Read the story of Alma again and covenants
and he totally grasps the seriousness of it. Also taught elizabeth,
very clear and good lesson. My favorite though was Beni. We didn't
teach him but he came up to me and said he had met with the branch
president that morning. He had confessed and wanted to repent and
change. He seemed glad too. Reminded me of one of my all time favorite
scriptures that helps me to be humble and talks about this what
happened. Alma 29:9.

I really liked this week because of how much we read the Book of
Mormon with people. It invites the spirit so well and is just plain
entertaining. It's so important for them to read this book.

Aright gotta go, love you lots!

Ale wan taem!

Elda Sia

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