January 9, 2018


Kitwe, Zambia


Elder Lusk

Week 18 in Kitwe -- Cholera Outbreak

Well this week wraps up 3 transfers in Kitwe! Currently I am waiting on news for officially where/if I am going. I heard some transfer rumors that I am getting transferred to Ndola but I haven't been told for sure yet. Transfers are all messed up right now due to the Cholera outbreak in Lusaka. All of the missionaries in Lusaka are officially on lock down right now because Cholera is spreading there. Apparently it has been been traced back to the Hungry Lion restaurants so we are eating at our local ones anymore now either. But anyway so far so good, at least it hasn't been recorded in the Copperbelt province. Anyway we had another pretty good week here in Kitwe. Oh also I don't actually have my planner with me right now because I brought my new one for this new transfer, so this week my email won't quite go day by day.

Anyway the important thing is though that we put Shadrack on date for baptism. He is scheduled for the 21st so we are excited to help him prepare for baptism! We met with him four times this week to teach him everything he is supposed to learn. We have to meet with him often because we always like to review the previous lesson to make sure he is remembering what we have been teaching him. He is really excited to be baptized though so that he can start working with us and helping us find more people to teach. Haha we nicknamed him the "Forrest Gump of Africa."

We also met with Eric again this week and had an amazing lesson with him! We taught him the Plan of Salvation and he understood and accepted it very well. We talked with for an hour and a half but we never ran out of new things to teach him about. We also ended up teaching him about temples as well and he was very interested in that! He wanted to know the soonest he could go inside. We told him he would have to be baptized first of course and then over a process of interviews and time he could go there within a year if everything goes smoothly. I asked him if he had thought more about getting baptized into the church so that he could begin his new journey and further his progression and he told us that he wants a little bit longer to think about it. He told us it would be within a week though so we shouldn't worry. We are way excited about him!

We also met with Richard, Lisa, and Domisa several times this week. We taught them the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it went pretty well. We read a lot of scriptures from the Book of Mormon with them to answer a lot of their questions. They are just so educated and their English is perfect, so it makes our lessons with them flow so well. They asked us if they had already been baptized if they would need to again. We told them yes because it has to be done the right way by someone who holds the Priesthood authority to preform baptism. They understood that surprisingly well which was awesome and it lend to further questions. They then asked about baptizing children. We read Moroni 8 with them and it answered that question. They agreed with it too so that was really nice. We found out that Domisa is 8, Richard is 16, and Lisa is 18, so they are all the correct age. We are excited to continue teaching them and help them progress.

We are also teaching a guard at a neighboring compound named Rebecca. She has a really good knowledge about the Bible which has been very helpful during our lessons. We have taught her the Restoration and the Gospel of Jesus Christ now and she is understanding very well. The only problem is that she works on Sundays so she can't attend church with us. She did tell us though that she has been praying so that she doesn't have to work on Sundays anymore so that she can start attending church again. We were so happy to hear that she already has that desire to attend church. We didn't even bring it up, she did.

Saturday was my turn to cook this week so I marinated some t-bone steaks Friday night and we had steaks the next day for dinner. I also made some mashed potatoes and chicken gravy with coleslaw on the side. It was a great way for all of us to start of our fast.

Sunday we had three investigators at church. All of them were relatives to members of our branch so we have high hopes for them as far as progressing. It's always way better to have someone to fellowship our investigators and to bring them to church, so in these case family is doing the work. During the last hour of church I got to lead the whole class. We have decided to start a new program where we go to the members homes and teach the message of the Restoration to them and we ask them to invited their non-member family members and friends to join us. We think that this will be very productive in building the church and strengthening the branch here in Kitwe.

Well that about wraps up my week. I wish that I could remember more of the things I did this week but I am struggling without my planner for a reference haha but oh well. Next week I am sure I will have a lot more to write about. I could be in a new area with a new companion, or not, haha we will see by the end of today. Until next week. Sending love from Africa!


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