"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, March 16, 2015

Transfers indray

Salam'anareo tompoko, Elder Nelson izao!

Hey everyone, how are you doing? Things here in Morarano are going pretty well; Yesterday we had 10 investigators come to church some of which have been learning for a long time but have not come to church until that point. Also last night we recieved transfer news where I will be staying here in Morarano while elder Anderson heads to Tana to work in Saotsy Namena and is very excited to be working with Elder Midgley. I will now be working here in Tamatave with Elder Connault. I have almost nothing about him which, for the most part, is a good thing, makes things run smoother.

Monday was actually a very good day, we got three lessons; one new investigator, one recent convert family, and a less active. These people are just so cool, I just love visiting them and seeing them progress, there is a certain little happiness that comes to you when you see people that you teach change and try to be better people, just truly amazing.

Tuesday was just all over the place but strangely we somehow got six lessons with our new Branch Mission Leader, Rahalahy Cheride. One of them was a person that we had talked to in the past that just came right up to us as we were taking a quick drink break, asked if we remembered them and asked if it would be fine if we had a visit right then. I was a little in shock by the end of the day;

One thing that I have learned more and more is that it is important in fact essencial to have a good understanding of the Bible. The teachings, scriptures, sns (ect.). For all of you that are preparing to go on missions (and I know that a few are) I would encourage you to begin a study of the Bible if you have not already started. It is a completely awesome book and you will be showing people how the Bible and the Book of Mormon miara-miasa or work together, know your Bible guys.

Last thing is that on Saturday we went to visit this newish investigator that had learned about two times. We get to his house and he is just so extremely drunk, it just happened to be his birthday that day but birthday or not a drunk man does not create a good teaching environment. Elder Anderson just looks at me and says "We're just going to restate our purpose, introduce the Word of Wisdom, and state that we cannot teach you or your family (because his wife and her friends were over) when you are drunk". Now normally we do not do that but this time it seemed a little more appropriate. By the end of it his wife looked devestated not because our words were harsh, we ensured that they were firm but not attacking in a sense. No I think that she was wanting to learn and realized that she couldn't because her husband was drunk while he on the other hand was a bit oblivious and rambling stuff I didn't understand.

But we encouraged them to pray to our Father in Heaven for aide and guidance in following the Word of Wisdom and to come to church the next day. And you know what she did and she brought one of her friends which was is our lesson, with her. I would like to say that while we are to be kind and loving to those we serve I think we all need a reminder every know and then that at others we need to be firm and make a stand, and I know that the spirit will guide us as needed.

That is it for this week everyone, have a great week,

-Elder Nelson

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