okay i just have to continue my birthday from last week because it only got better as the night went on.
OKay so we go over to our recent convert/less active/member (they have all 3) home for FHE and we teach a primary song and talk about being a member of the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints. We promised to bring a cake so we could all celebrate my birthday and then One of the little girls came and gave me a letter that said "Sister Thueson came because of the atoning sacrifice, don't procrastinate leaving" hahaha she is 10 and speaks just limited english. so cute. and then of course Sister Nonde insisted that we stay for nshima, adn as we were leaving Sister Nonde was like oh Sister Thueson isa! We have a birthday present, then she says something to her son in Bemba and then walks away and comes back with a live chicken in his hand... hahahha uhhhhhh what am i supposed to do with that? but my companion grabbed it by the legs... we thanked her very very much (they cost like 50 kwacha) and got in the car to leave. Sister Zohner called Sister Thole and we rushed over to her house to see if we could keep it there but Sister Thole said the best thing to do was just to slaughter it... hahahah so she teaches us how to do it but obviously I backed out and she had to do it. Pretty much you dig a whole in the groud to catch all the blood, and you put it on the ground and step on it's wings and feet and the slit the neck. fun stuff. Pretty exciting night haaha.
But once again a really really good week! we had to be in a temporary 3 some as we waited for Sister Arok's companion. So we had to split our time between the 2 areas... we also had to get the car fixed again.... because the alarm would go off in the middle of the night... xing. and we had zone leadership council up in kitwe so we had a couple hiccups but nothings stops the work of the lord:)
Elisha and Tina: miracle miracle miracle!! first elisha was like 30 minutes early to church!!! wahooooo okay so we saw them on Tuesday and it was only Tina at first butr then Elisha joined in. We re-explained the Book of Mormon and then we committed them to pray together and they said no... .uhhhh. and we kept trying to explain how important it is but it was just kinda awkward. So we went back on Sunday but we took the most solid couple in the world Brother and Sister Thole and they helped SO MUCH. They bore testimony of how important it is to pray together, and how familiilies are so important and then Sister Thole committed Tina to come to church on Sunday and she said she would and that they would bring the 3 little girls. When we got back in the car Sister Thole was so excited and she even asked for Tina's number so that she could call hjer and remind her about church. These members are just too great. But it was pretty funny because we had 2 other members who met brother thole there so that they could go home teaching and so we had 4 members in that lesson and 2 missionaries.... can you say overwhelmed?
Linda and Mercy: still on date for May 14th!!! Mercy even was asked to give the lesson in youth class on sunday and she did so great i guess... super confident and just super excited. Funny story we were teaching them word of wisdom and law of chastity and at the end we asked them if they had any questions and Sister Mpundu was like, "no i have no questions because i keep my body clean" hahahaha i love that woman... one day she'll join her husband at church. But Brother Mpundu is so excited for his daughters.
Greg: former investigator. OKay tender mercy of the Lord... the sisters went to go pick up one of their investigators but they waited so long for the investigator that they had to call us to ask if we could pick them up so that they wouldn't be late for church... as we were driving we saw greg so we stopped and asked where he was going and he said Church... hmmm interesting. But he actually came!!!! and we had a lesson with him after and he siad that he has been thinking a lot and he knows he has to be baptized and he is ready any day after today wahhhhhhhhhaaaaaaat? Please pray that he doesn't lose his motivation.
Service: so we went to go teach Fineli but she wasn't home but we found her family removing the kernels off of the maize to grind up and turn into maize flour and man i had blisters on my hands from donig it..... it is hard. haha but i can't really explain it.. just look it up on youtube or something.
Sister Maggie: so we were in Sister Arok's area and we were visting sister Maggie who is a super super old lady who walks to church from far away and we were asking her what her favorite scripture was in the Book of Mormon and she was like, "all of them." and so we're like well what about in the Bible, and she was like "the one in Ezeckial and the one in Isaiah.... because they talk about the Book of Mormon..." how cute is that
1. So we live in a flat with a lot of Indian men and they all have a crush on me or something. Every morning as i'm running they always stop and say hi to me but none of the others haha... But one of them jsut showed up to our flat the other night asking to hear about the gospel.... none of us can understand his accent but it was just the biggest shock to see him at our door.
2. so as we were teaching maureen the other day I tried to give her a fist pump because she got an answer right and she was like "no.." and she put her hand out to shake my hand, "I don't do that.. i do this because i'm a child of god." hahahahah yep we taught her right. Best recent convert ever.
Those were the highlights of the week!!! So grateful for the hand of the Lord in this glorious work!
went exploring at the river today
love love love you all. ndimakukonda kwam biri.