Hey everyone! Me and my comp Elder Baptista had another great week here in Masala, Ndola. This week we tried our best to work hard but it ended up being a tad bit slow. However everything turned out good in the end!
We were able to spend a lot of time teaching this week most of the days, but as usual we always have a slow day that a lot of appointments drop. However we always use that free time to go and tract into new investigators or visit one of our many less active members.
This week in my email I will just give some of the highlights of my week because my emails have been super long lately haha. Anyway so Wednesday (Valentines Day) we were able to do the baptismal interview for Peter Sakawa and he passed! I wasn't worried about him at all. While the interview was going on I got to talk to about 10 drunk individuals that approached me wanting to know various things about me and the gospel haha so that was eventful. Peter works at a shop that is near a lot of bars in the slum so a Muzungu (white person) reading the scriptures attracts a lot of attention. After the interview the rest of the day was pretty slow because everyone was doing something for Valentines Day and didn't have time to meet with us.
Thursday we were able to make four new investigators. We have been teaching a group of guys in Masala and they invited some more of their friends to join in the lessons, so that was cool. We also went and taught some guys we met in Main Market one day. I have learned a very important lesson from these guys. So we met these guys last week and they were drunk and kinda scary looking so we just made a false return appointment with them and were going to forget about them. Well they found us another day and made us come and teach them so we did and turns out they are way cool. Maxwell is an intimidating guy at first sight because of his tattoos, orange died hair, and huge build, but inside he is a really nice guy and he knows the scriptures very well. He invited us to come and eat lunch with him and so we gladly accepted and it was very good. We ate beef chops, Nshima of course, and cabbage. He told us someday he is going to cook the bush rats for us to eat... so that should be interesting haha. Anyway we learned that he doesn't have a church so we are eager to get him to come to church with us soon. Maxwell's friend Logan looks like a total drunk because of his yellowed eyes and such but he also knows a lot about religion so we will see about him. Anyway I learned don't judge a book by its cover, but if you are going to judge, judge righteously.
Friday were able to teach Patrick again and we had a really good lesson with him. Turns out that he has been teaching his nephew Daniel about the Godhead and helped him to understand that. Here in Africa almost everyone believes in the Trinity where God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost are all one being. This was the same with Daniel but now he knows the correct doctrine. We are excited about both of these two individuals and hope that they continue to progress.
Saturday we had the opportunity to meet with James Chilishi and get to know him very well. We spent a long time talking to him about the gospel and how we can receive answers to our questions of the soul when we read the scriptures. He has the potential to be a very powerful investigators and he should keep the commitments we give him. However someone told him the our church believes Jesus has a wife so we have had to do some research about that because I haven't had to teach that yet haha but it is good to always stretch yourself.
Sunday morning we were able to hold the baptism for Peter Sakawa. It was a very special experience. He has been looking forward to the day for a long time so he was excited it was finally here. I don't know what he was expecting haha but when he came up out of the water he said, "Is that it?" Haha he got a good laugh out of everyone that was in attendance. After the baptismal service ended it was time for church to start. Peter was then confirmed in sacrament meeting and then sustained to receive the Aaronic Priesthood right after that. He was then given ordained to the office of a Priest during the last hour of church. We are very excited to have Peter as the newest member of our branch. The majority of our branch is girls so our Priesthood quorums are kinda small which means that Peter will be put right to work.
Also on Sunday we had five investigators at church which was awesome! Kelvin came for the first time so we met with him after church and gave him a baptismal date and he gladly accepted! He told us it has been 15 years sense he has been to church and he has been wanting to start again he just didn't know how and where to start. He expressed how grateful he is for me and my comp Elder Baptista for changing his life and helping him finally do what he has been planning on doing for a long time. It was such an amazing experience to have someone tell us that. It re-affirmed to me that I am right where I need to be as a missionary! The other investigators we had at church were Natasha, Alex, and Jared. We picked up Natasha and brought her to church and she made a friend with a powerful recent convert named Goonie. We talked to her after church as well and she told us that she wants to be baptized as well! Alex and Jared were contacted by the other missionaries and came to church on their own. We plan to begin teaching them this week.
In total this week we had 1 baptism, 4 people on date for baptism, several others that want to be baptized without a date, 5 investigators at church, and 6 new investigators. All in all it turned out to be another great week and we are pleased with the way things turned out in the end. The church is true and missionary work is the best! I love my job! Haha until next week. Sending love from Africa to wherever you are!!
More pictures this week! We had a lot of fun! Haha
Ps. I will respond to personal emails next week. I don't have much time today.