Monday, June 19, 2017

Week 66: I am happy!

sup fam!

Another really crazy but really great week in Kwekwe! Sister Ziqubu and I are having wayyyyyy too much fun together and are seeing so much success. God is good!

First craziness was during exchanges, one of the sisters we were training got a call from President Mkhabela that she was being Emergency Transferred, so I was the chauffeur for the day. We drove to Gweru so she could pack, back to Kwekwe to work in the area, got her on the bus to Harare, and then drove her companion BACK to Gweru. I think we logged almost 350 kilometers that day! INSANE! The cops accused me a running a red light on the way (ridiculous, why would I do that), but a couple Books of Mormon later and I am ticket free :) 
Also the water shut off while I was IN the shower today. HIGH FIVE, ZIMBABWE!

So because God is a God of miracles, we had 20 investigators at church AGAIN. We are just in shock every week like what the even!!  We have been focusing on the sacrament so much with every investigator, so they're really understanding the importance of coming to church and are coming in numbers! I love Kwekwe.

 TAKUDZWA: So Taku. Oh taku. I like his name because it sounds like taco, but he's crazy! We tried teaching him the plan of salvation this week, but he was too drunk to get that much. He has this obsession of saying everyone is "kinda rude". "Did you meet my kinda rude younger brother?" "I have some kinda rude friends that want to come to church" stuff like that. Well as we were teaching him about Adam and Eve, we were asking him some questions to make sure he understood. As he was explaining to us he said, "Well because Eve was kinda rude, she ate the fruit and now we're here." Alright. We just closed the lesson there with our testimonies of how the Fall brought us here on the earth and how grateful we are that God had a plan. TAKUDZWA SHOWING UP TO LESSON DRUNK IS KINDA RUDE!

MAKANAKA: We're teaching a really great family right now, and Makanaka is the 10 year-old daughter who is stinkin funny. We were teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ this week, and really emphasized that Jesus didn't just choose anyone to baptize him, but chose John the Baptist because he had the priesthood. Well Makanaka raises her hand and says, "So, will John the Baptist be there to baptize me?" She was so serious and it was the cutest thing! All we could say was "abuda!" meaning he's not around haha. It was funny, cute, but really sweet. Even though John the Baptist can't baptize all of us, I am so grateful to have priesthood holders on the earth who can do the same thing as him! 

This week I gained a huge testimony of SERVICE! In District Meeting this week, I gave the doctrinal study on a section in Preach My Gospel "Go About Doing Good". Each of us in the district committed to praying individually and with our companions for unplanned service opportunities during the week. The results were crazy! Every single day Heavenly Father seemed to put us right in the path of so many people who we could help. Whether it was pushing wheelbarrows of fire wood, carrying fire wood (we did a lot with firewood), or helping with the dishes, Heavenly Father prepared so many opportunities because we prayed for them. So I invite each of you to ask Heavenly Father this week to help you find someone to serve! It will bring so much happiness into your life, I promise you!

Lastly, we had the baptism of Brother Munashe this week. He's 13 and is the cutest thing. He walks about an hour to church every week, and has a rock solid testimony. What I appreciate about Munashe is his prayers. He always tells Heavenly Father how happy he is. "I am happy that the sisters have come to visit me. I am happy that I can read the Book of Mormon" etc. I have tried to change my prayers lately into more gratitude than asking, and Munashe has taught me even to tell Heavenly Father what makes me happy. I am happy to be a missionary, to have a family, and to read the Book of Mormon! Tell Heavenly Father the things that make you happy and see how it changes your perspective on things. 

And most of all forever and ever, I AM HAPPY TO BE A MISSIONARY IN ZIMBABWE! 

Love, Sister Richards 

went to snake world today and it was TURTLEY awesome!

our snake world tour guide, moya. funny guy. 

the coobbbrraaaa. 

baby crocodile. so sick

with our new investigator tairiro! she is the sweetest thing in the world. baptism coming soon!

with makanaka, panashe, and gracey! 

sister ziqubu and member brother charlton with the kwekwe sunset!

 LOOK WHAT I FOUND (not the same as diet, but as close as zimbabwe can get)

"And ye shall go forth in the power of my Spirit, preaching my gospel, two by two, in my name, lifting up your voices as with the sound of a trump, delcaring my word like unto angels of God." D&C 42:6

our ward mission leader Brother Pilime! I love this man!

with my dearest zulu companion!!

our ward mission leader Brother Pilime! I love this man!

with my dearest zulu companion!!

munashe's baptism!

love this kid to bits

mbizo bizo

service opportunity: went and saw a less active member in the hospital! another answer to prayer!

thank you auntie claire for the package! 

thought about killing the spider, but then read the picture right next to it...

dinnner appointment food. the plate weighed at least three pounds. BUT the plate was clean an hour later. The spirit definitely had something to do with that

craziest emergency transfer day! got to be with my daughter in the area and it was the best!

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