Monday, June 26, 2017

Week 67: Tender Mercies Akawanda!

Family! Friends!

What is UP? This week was awesome! We saw tender mercy after tender mercy after tender mercy! We had 16 investigators at church to attend Ward Conference with us, and it was so happy. Transfer news comes this week which is INSANE. Where in the world did these past 6 weeks go? This transfer has honestly been one of my favorites of my mission, so Sister Ziqubu and I are hoping we stay together in Kwekwe so she can translate me! Last transfer LET'S GO!

We had five baptisms this week and they were especially sweet, because many of our candidates had been coming to church for months! Solomon, who is 11, wrote out his testimony and had Sister Ziqubu and I proof-read it before Saturday morning. It was the cutest thing!

Tender Mercy: After a really good week, Sister Z and I decided to cook a Sunday night FEAST. Seconds after we prayed and had started to eat, the power went out. Instead of moaning and saying not agaaiiin like we normally do, we looked at each other and we were like THE LORD LOVES US! We had power to cook our entire feast, and then we got to have a candlelight dinner. God is good!

Tender (Sister) MERCY: We received a referral from a recent convert in Kadoma this week. The Kadoma Elders baptized this sister just a couple weeks back, and she referred us to her sister named Mercy. My companion and I are not too familiar with the area where Mercy stays, so we parked the car at the church and walked up and down the streets of section 4 trying to find her home. We had been walking for about an hour and could not seem to find her house ANYWHERE. I started to wonder to myself if that house number even existed. Even the neighbors started laughing because they could tell we were so lost haha! Finally, we decided that we would come back later in the week with a member who could help us navigate around the area. We needed to get back to the car, so we decided to take this random street and crossed our fingers that it led back to the church. Well, to our surprise, this random street turned into being Mercy's street! We looked up and saw her house number right in front of us! We just stopped in our tracks and looked at each other with huge eyes. What in the world, how did that just happen! We found Mercy home with her family, and she invited us back for the next day. We walked with her to church yesterday, and after church she asked for a copy of the Book of Mormon. We laugh to ourselves because it was such a tender MERCY to find Sister MERCY. I have a testimony that if we do the right things, the Lord will forever be leading us and guiding us even if we don't know it!

Adonia: We've been hounding like every person in Zimbabwe for referrals lately, one of them being our recent convert Edwin. He kept promising and promising to show us his friends, but nothing seemed to be happening. Finally we told him, "Edwin, we are coming at 1:00 on Tuesday so you can take us to one of your friends to share the gospel. Sound good?" Well, a miracle came out of it! At 1:00 on Tuesday, Edwin took us to see his neighbor Adonia. We got to know him, shared about the happiness that comes from the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and testified of the truthfulness of our message. He said to us, "Sisters, just as you have testimonies, I also want a testimony. I have never heard the word really get into my heart, but I'm starting to feel it now." As we taught him the message of the Restoration, I could really feel that Heavenly Father had prepared Adonia to hear this message! There are people ready to receive us, we just need to find them! I'm grateful that the gospel has not only touched my heart, but also Adonia's to believe that the restored gospel is here on the earth for us to enjoy.

This week, I finished the Book of Mormon. Before I read Moroni 10, I felt impressed to read the conference address by Elder Costa who spoke of the power of the Book of Mormon. He said for us to be able to know if it's true, we need to read, pray, and repent. I thought this was so interesting, because I have never thought of repentance as a way to come to know if it's true. As I read Moroni 10, I was touched by the words "Come unto Christ and be perfected in Him". One of the last messages the Book of Mormon has to give us is to be perfected in Christ, which is to repent! What better way to find out the book is true than to give yourself to Christ to be perfected in Him, just as the book testifies. I LOVE the Book of Mormon! I am grateful for Moroni's admonition to repent, and I am grateful for Jesus Christ's atoning sacrifice that enables us to become perfect.

I love missionary work and I love Zimbabwe! Come what may and LOVE IT!

Love, Sister Richards

us pretending to be kombi conductors

love my companion, love ezra!

happy sunday!

sunday night feast

my cute people.


cute panashe. I feel like this one and I were really friends in heaven. I love this girl!!

 I think this might be my favorite picture of all time. Grace and Rejoice!

Dutchman's Pool. we saw a wolf here the other day.

taught two of our investigators and our primary president (pictured here) how to make cookies this week. super fun!

super nice

 I bake, my companion tastes! the most dynamic duo

 hand washing baptismal suits on a Saturday night!

eating peanut butter sandwiches on the lawn of the church with our ward mission leader, PRAYING that the water comes back on so we can fill the baptismal font. prayers were answered!! (sorry for the action shot, brother pilime)

Friday cleaning at the church to prepare for the baptism!

sadza made by sister sithole. nothing better honestly. vegetables made by yours truly.

Charlton, the member who usually works with us, has really gotten lazy in writing on pamphlets these days hahaha

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