Monday, September 17, 2012

life in Bulawayo...

I love you. Well, I guess it's true. You think so too? What about Sue? That cow with a Moo. . . ok enough with the rhyming timing here, and onto the better letter of this peak week. 

Well how are you all today? It is a bright and sunny day here in good 'ol Bulawayo! This weeks forecast consisted of lost days and miraculous finds!

Elder Nellesen and myself had set a goal for exact obedience, as I told you all. We had, accordingly, set higher goals than usual for this week. Then, lo and behold, Zone conference comes and steals away a full day of proselyting. Now, we had quite a bit less time than usual, and higher goals than usual. *que miraculous hand of God* we ended up meeting our goals! Extra lessons and all, we found all the people we needed to find, taught all the lessons we needed to teach, and to top it off, we have 3-4 people preparing to be baptized this weekend! The Makenas are having their wedding on Saturday, and an hour later, we will be having a baptism for them, Sis Dube, and maybe Evelyn. 

Elder Nellesen and I have been having a lot of fun together, making some cake for DM (no, he didn't eat the whole thing, it just looks like he did), and we have been seeing some changes in our lives as missionaries as we have been striving for obedience with exactness.

In teaching, I have seen a very common mental 'defense mechanism' people here have. As they are feeling the Spirit testify to them that the things we are teaching them are true, often they will have a fear of change. They are so deeply rooted in their family's religion from generations back, that they will quite often try to disprove the necessity of only one true church. "All churches are one" or "We are all just worshiping the same God" have become some of my least favorite phrases. It was to my utter disapointment when two times this week I heard it. Both from the wife of an active member, and the 20 year old daughter of a less active member. It is often the cause of a rut in their progression, and with many has held them back for months if not years. However, with the way things are going with the Mupasi family (the less actives) we are seeing a ray of hope. Both the youngest son, Tinashe, and the Father (a devout long-time Catholic) are showing great desire in finding the truth, and we have even been going over the '17 points of the true church' with them to help them out.
Just yesterday, we gave them a Book of Mormon to read together and to pray about it with the promise that if it were true, they would know that this church is Jesus Christ's one and only true church. Time will tell, but I believe that they will come to that knowledge.


Is your P-Day always going to be on Tuesday?
No, that was just because Zone Conference was on Monday. 

Alas, my time is far spent, and I must bid you all farewell. I love you much, and such and such
"Brethren, Adieu."  (Jacob 7:last verse)
~Elder Williams
Remember: Pray always, and look to the Lord. Write often, and live life to it's fullest.

Doubt is the seed of failure. ~Taggart Williams

Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not. ~God (D+C 6:36)

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