"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."

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter in Mada; party for some, service day for others

So this week was Easter which apparently is one of the biggest holidays in Mada so nothing what so ever was open, that is why this one is a little late.

Tuesday we got a little shot as no one wanted to learn so we ended up tracting for a good portion of the day which for the most part was unproductive until the very end. At the last house we contacted a guy answered, we introduced ourselves and he says "sure, come on in". We sit at his table for a second, talk some more, show him the name of the church.

He pauses for a sec, tells us to wait, leaves, comes back with a Bible, some other pamphlet and.... an old copy of the Book of Mormon! We were super confused, wondering if we had found an old investigator. We asked if he had learned from missionaries before, he said that he had not, and that he had gotten the book from a friend. But he said that he had questions for us about the book. He then literally tells and shows us that there is some stuff in the Book of Mormon that is in the Bible ( showed us some footnotes and stuff) but he did not understand where the rest of the scriptures come from because he can't find them in the Bible. This shows that 1.) that he (Jean Jack) has actually read most if not all of the Book of Mormon and 2.) he truly wants to know more about the book, super excited to begin teaching him.

Thursday we had a decent day, caught some of our planned lessons, contacted and found some new people to teach. That evening we taught Elisette, planning to focus more on her children but as we get into the lesson I could tell it was not going to go well. Everyone was just lecturing or telling them information and it was plain to see that they were not really listening. I was thinking on how to help them learn better when a thought popped into my head "why don't we just introduce Family Home Evening?". It seemed so simple as FHE is said to be the best place for children to learn gospel lessons. So I sorta just but in and ask Elder Connault " can we talk about FHE really fast?" he thinks about it for a sec and says sure, go for it. So that is what we talked about for a good deal of the lesson and set up plans to come that coming Monday to help them learn.

Yesterday (Monday) we helped clean the now chairs for our new chapel, about some 600 chairs from what I heard, with members from all of the branches in Tamatave. It was a great time and it ended with a little lunch with everyone, it was so awesome. One elder named Elder Herrin said something that I really liked as everyone was gathering for food "look at everyone, everyone is just so happy. The gospel just makes everyone happy man". Looking around I did see that the what he was saying was true, those who truly follow the teachings of the Church truly do have greater happiness in their lives.

That is about it for this week, thanks for reading everyone, it was a great week and I look forward to another.

Elder Nelson

These are Elder Razafindresetra and... 

...Elder Tiu, they live with us, super dope

This is me when my camera started working for a tiny bit

so my camera decided to work for a tiny bit so I was able to get some pictures to send, these two are of a service activity that we did with members from all of the branches at the brand new church building here in Tamatave, it is so nice, to bad I won't be here before it opens

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