Monday, November 21, 2016

Week 36: Even if You Sing and Dance

Hi Everyone!

This week was okay! We're trying to find new investigators and the contacting is kind of tiring, but good thins are happening. One of our recent converts told me I'm too clever and will get myself into trouble if I'm not careful (what the heck), we finally got back electricity and water after a week (HALLELUJAH AMEN), we were able to baptize 7 converts, and we made some killer sadza and ma veggies. Good stuff happening.

Remember how I told you about Fungai and his tender mercies last week? Well he has asked to give the prayer in sacrament meeting this, and he was so nervous that he wrote it all out. The first thing he said in his prayer was "We're thankful for all the tender mercies that thou hast given us". Mine and Sister Namugenyi's eyes just popped open and we looked at each other and we're like YES! Conversion happening right before our eyes.

We've started teaching the security guard at the church while we wait for the other sisters to pick us up from our area. His name is Peter, and he's really great. We taught him the Restoration last week, and this week had a full lesson just on the Book of Mormon. We read through the introduction and Moroni 10:3-5, and then discussed for a long time with him. Just as the lesson was ending he said, "I will become a member of your church if I come to know this book is true. Even if you sing and dance and do funny funny things, if I know this book is true, there will be nothing stopping me from joining you". Shout out to the Book of Mormon for literally being the most true and powerful book in the world! We owe it all to you, my friend. 

This week, we were able to witness the baptism of Brother Nobert! It was so amazing. We had such an incredible experience with him again this week regarding the Book of Mormon. He's struggled because he says he knows that the Book of Mormon is true, but hasn't felt a confirmation from the Holy Ghost. He knew it, he knew it so much, but just was sad because he hadn't felt that feeling of Holy Ghost really testifying to him of it's truthfulness. I don't remember if I told you, but Nobert's son had a stroke about 6 months ago, and had just very recently started making progress. The first day Sister Namugenyi and I visited their home, he could not speak, stand up, or walk. As we've been going, he has improved so much. He can speak, he can stand up, he can even walk around the yard! Brother Nobert spoke to us on Thursday and said, "Sisters, I've received my answer. My son has gotten better because of the Book of Mormon. The answer has been in front of me the whole time, and I know that the Book of Mormon is true because of the miracle of my son getting better." Miracles! The Book of Mormon is not only true, but it has power. Serious power.  After his baptism, he bore a powerful testimony and I could not stop smiling! I love that man.  

Rely on the Book of Mormon and you can do anything. "And then may God grant unto you that your burdens may be light, through the joy of his Son. And even all this can ye do if ye will." It's our choice! Let us choose the Book of Mormon, let us choose Jesus Christ, let us choose happiness. 

Missionary work is cool, Zimbabwe is hot. Stay alive, my friends!

Love, Sister Richards 

mai mangwende put me in african attire and then we made sadzda and ma veggies. it was niiice

weekly planning supported by the one and only, MARY RICHARDS 

baptisms for days 

had a sisters activity at lake cleveland today. very windy. very nice. 

brother nessan, the rc who told me i'm too clever, posing. the funniest

us pretending to be brother nessan on a very large rock 

went to tanzanian club for lunch last monday. goat stew, rice, and chapati. SO STINKIN GOOD. 

my companion's camera has a funny funny filter but this is us at tanzanian club

my beloved companion

me taking selfies on my companion's camera in my rain coat 

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