Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Khumbo's Baptism

Maren and Khumbo

August 31, 2015

HI FAMILY!! I hope your week was wonderful:) HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOMORROW STEVE!!!! THE BIG 26! 

This week was wonderful as almost always!!!! We might as well start off with the big news first...

KHUMBO GOT BAPTIZED!! and it was the best best best. BRENDA GOT CONFIRMED!!!  and...... 

I'M NOT GETTING TRANSFERRED... I GET TO STAY IN THE BEST AREA EVER:) AND I GET TO STAY WITH SISTER SOLOMONE... but sadly Sister Browning is leaving to Lusaka next week... 

Fun facts: 
1. in malawi it's part of the culture to escort someone out... but you don't just escort them to the door... you escort them all the way down the road. i like it. 
2. Helaman 13:7 "And behold, an angel of the Lord hath declared it unto me, and he did bring glad tidings to my soul. And behold, I was sent unto you to declare it unto you also, that ye might have glad tidings;" soooo pretty much we need to preach the gospel so that other people can have the same glad tidings that we have felt. I dunno... I just really liked it. And it is Samuel the Lamanite talking and he rocks. 
3. I HAVE A GREAT NEW IDEA. so i'm on track to finish the BOM in the next 2 weeks... which means that I have the capability to read it in 3 months. So I'll be able to read it 5 more times on mission... so each time i'm going to focus on a different part of our missionary purpose. 
sorry i'm just really excited about it so i just thought i would tell you. 

Tuesday: Lucky Sister Thueson got to present at district meeting... first time woot woot!!! and the good news is... I didn't slaughter it. haha it was only a short 15 minute presentation about inviting members to teach with us.... and then looking at our key indicators at the end of the week we only had 2 member present lessons..... OOPS MY BAD. 

Wednesday: First exchanges with the STL's!!!!!!! Sister Frimpong came with me into my area and then my companions went with Sister Dlamini into their area. one of the best parts... sister Frimpong is an stl and so she is the driver and so we got the car for the day! HOLLA. But I really really enjoyed teaching with her, she is a very powerful teacher and I want to apply a lot of things that she uses in lessons. 
We saw khumbo and of course he brought 2 new friends to listen to the lesson. but after his lesson he told me that he walked all the way to Limbe to buy a white shirt for his baptism... come on people isn't he just the best??? Heavenly Father truly blessed us with this one. 

Thursday: we matched as a companionship.... i'll send a picture. it was adorable. 

Friday: We got a new investigator!! her name is agnus and she has 3 kids and her husband wasn't there but he gets home this week.... so i'm really hoping we can teach them as a family! The kids are 12, 7 and 2!! They are adorable.... except the whole lesson I was being swarmed by flies and they just kept landing on my face haha.... it was one moment where I wished to be back in America i'll be honest. but it's alright because I LOVE MALAWI. 

Sunday: KHUMBO'S BAPTISM. okay succchhhh a good day. it started off with khumbo walking into sacrament with his white shirt and bow tie on. So he had asked Sis Browning to talk on Baptism and then he asked me to give a talk on the Holy Ghost!! And us sister missionaries did a musical number. (don't worry i didn't sing....) I played the piano... and seriously I had prayed so hard that I would be able to play without making mistakes so that I wouldn't ruin the spirit because I only had 1 day to learn it... and once again HEAVENLY FATHER ANSWERS PRAYERS. and i made it through without making a mistake:) my companions sang "I know that my redeemer lives" beautifully. Then he was baptized by Mike (our EQ president) and when he bore his testimony he just couldn't stop talking about how much joy he was filling. 

oh and our branch president's wife had her baby on sunday... you should have seen the joy on that man's face as he was running out of the chapel to go meet his baby. He is such a great man. 

Well family that is about it. Another fantastic week in the Zambia Lusaka Mission!! and next week i finish my training:) which means i won't be a baby anymore wahoooo!! I love it here and time is flying waayyyy too fast! 

ps I don't know why that quote is my subject... I just liked it! 



Khumbu and Mendela singing Ï know that my Redeemer lives"

At the baptism

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