Sup fam? So its been snowing so freaking much here..... It just keeps snowing. As soon as I think it is going to warm up and melt a little, another storm comes in and dumps another foot or two of snow! Its ridiculous. ha ha but I like the snow so its all good. :)
Well I miss you all, I hope you are doing great! This week was
pretty great. We had some great lessons that helped our investigators
that are on date become more excited about their baptism and truly
understand why they need to be baptized. It is pretty simple to explain
it in english, but as it is translated it is hard for them to
understand... but we are making progress.
We had zone conference on Thursday. It was very uplifting and
inspirational. I have so much to learn and do to become a more powerful
missionary. We talked a lot about working with the ward leaders and
about having an increase of faith to invite and to see miracles. There
is work to be done.
I did some baptismal interviews for some investigators being taught
by missionaries in our district. I love having the opportunity to do
that. To see how someone has grown to understand the gospel and is
prepared to be baptized. I love hearing their testimonies and what they
have come to know through the spirit. Most of the time it is pretty
simple, but strong. A simple declaration of truth (which is basically
the definition of a testimony) can be gained through the experience of
reading the Book of Mormon and praying to know if it is true. That is
why we as missionaries are ALWAYS inviting people to read and pray.
Once they have a conviction of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon
everything else in the gospel will fall into place. That is why the
Book of Mormon is the strongest tool we have to use as missionaries. I
love it. I love reading it and I know it is true.
Anyway.... what else happened this week? Hmmm. Oh! So we
ate dinner with a family on Saturday. The Fathers name is Amram Musungu
(known as President Musungu.) He is the man who started the Swahili
Branch!! He has done so many cool things for the church. We were talking
to him at dinner and he was telling us how he was converted when he was
younger, maybe 16 or 17. Then he went on a mission when he was 18 years
old. He served as a full-time missionary for 27 months. Pretty cool
right? It gets better. He came back and since he knows Swahili and
English so well, he played a big role in the translation of the Book of
Mormon into Swahili!! He also did a major part of the translation of the
triple combination. He actually had some of the transcripts of the
Doctrine and Covenants at his house when he was translating them into
Swahili! He also has been translating General Conference into Swahili
for years now. He is such an amazing man. He does so much for the
church! And to top it all off, he is in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!!!!
ha ha he is one of the few black guys. I know there is the famous one
from England, Alex Boiea (I have no idea how to spell his last name!
haha) And the other one is President Musungu! He is a boss. He is
helping us a lot with our investigators and giving us a lot of ideas of
how to help to members of the branch become strong members and prepare
for missions. So I thought that was a pretty cool thing to share with
you all. I feel pretty lucky to be able to meet some awesome people on
Well other than that not much else. We are trying to find a
translator who speaks Maban and English so that we can teach a woman
that wants to be baptized this weekend! So I hope we can find someone!
I love you all! I hope you are all doing well.
Have a good week.
Peak The Strategy
P.S. Here is a picture when the snow is coming down really hard but it doesn't do it justice. I was kinda cold. ha ha :)