"And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved."

Monday, January 5, 2015

It's a brand new day, and the sun is high (props to anyone who knows what this is from)

Akory (greeting here in Tamatave, basically the same as manahoana)

Ok everyone it has come, the year 2015 so tratra ny taona (happy new years in english, tratra means caught so tratra ny taona means caught the year)

How is everyone doing in your various locations around the globe? Tamatave is doing pretty well, we are teaching many cool people, two of which were baptized this past week there names are Kevin and Matio. Matio's little brother was baptized with them but since he is eight he doesn't count as a baptism.

One investigator that we are teaching I really enjoy teaching is Eugene, he is this older man who just loves to learn, literally he writes down every point that we say and teach him. He loves to learn so much and I can tell that he really loves the gospel, he has a baptismal date for the 31st of January. He has learned all of the lessons so all that he needs now is keep meeting with us, continue coming to church, and not have any sudden problems pop up. But I really enjoy teaching him.

A constant problem that we have, which everyone has is that investigators do not come to church. Yes we do have a few that do come but there are others that we really feel would improve if they just came to church.

But enough of that we had a good week. I am remembering our area better and I know our investigators I just have a harder time remembering the little paths that lead to peoples houses but I should be past that by next week.

Here is an experience from this week; yesterday we had a visit with Kevin, who had just been baptized, and we began going over all of the lessons with him as he is a recent convert. We began discussing Joseph Smith but ended up on the topic of prophets and the reasons that we need them. As we were discussing this I thought to share 1 Nephi 3:7 which is Nephi saying that he will go and do the things that the Lord commands but I used it to illustrate a point that we cannot do all that the Lord commands if we do not have his word and we receive his word by the prophets. It was interesting because I had never thought to use that scripture that way before but it just seemed the right thing to share and allowed the lesson to flow very well, it fit the lesson perfectly and allowed the spirit to come. There is a big difference between teaching a lesson and going by the spirit. We allowed ourselves to be moved by the spirit and it brought feeling of it just being right, it was an amazing thing.

I think that is it for now, sorry no pictures this week but I will continue to strive to provide visual proof that I am 1. alive and 2. actually in Madagascar. Thank you all for your thoughts and comments, have a good week and do not die, that would be much appreciated.

-Elder Nelson

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