On Tuesday we did a lot of tracting and contacting. After that we had a great meeting with our ward mission leader, Bro. Nambina. He is a returned missionary and is probably the most diligent DMP(ward mission leader) that I have ever had. After that we again had some contacting to do (you will see that this will be a recurring theme for this week). Our last lesson for the day was with a recent convert named Sis. Lala. She is doing wonderfully, a bit shy but her family is helping her get adjusted and it turns out that she had not yet received a triple combination (Book of Mormon, D&C, and Pearl of Great Price) so we need to get that fixed.
Wednesday we got our meeting with the Bishop and he is just a great guy. I brought him questions such as, who is going to the temple, getting ready for a mission, ect ect and he had very good answers for every single one, it's very nice being in a ward where we don't have to worry about anything. Right after that we had a visit with a recent convert family and then they are doing fine. Then tracting for the rest of the day, like I said we did a lot of contacting this week.
Thursday we got to visit a less active lady named Sis. Sharline(?) and she is gradually making a come around, she even made it to Sacrament meeting this past week which was amazing to see. That evening we went to visit Voanghy and Ory, we reviewed with them a bit on the Plan of Salvation, which turned into a review of Apostacy and Joseph Smith and I tried so hard to get them to see the importance of coming to church. These people have apparently been learning from missionaries for just under a year (for those of you who know Elder Mumford he taught them when he worked here so its been a while). At the end I just bore the biggest witness that I could, hoping that they would feel something. At the end they said they would pray about coming to church which is all we can really ask of them.
Saturday was again a day full of contacting until we finally got into a lesson with this man named Naina who explained to us all of the things that he didn't understand the reasons for doing certain things. For example he doesn't see the reason that he needs conformation with his Catholic baptism, why he needs to pay money to the church ect. and now he doesn't really go to any church. He will be a hard one but I think that if we are careful and explain to him the importance and the reasons of doing things then I believe that he will grow to be a great person.
The only thing that I want to write about Sunday is that I just enjoy teaching Joseph and his family, mainly the reason is that they ask questions if they don't understand the teaching. So often there will be people that just sit there and learn passively and end up not changing but J and his family are progressing so well it is incredible. They are just an awesome family to teach.
That is about it for this week, work hard everyone, next week!
My zone leader Elder Cartmill
We did a zone activity today of hiking a mountain, it was great and the view was amazing.
This is everyone heading to the hike.
Elder Ralaivao and a member from Tanjambato
The mountain in the distance is close to where I work, to the left on the flat part
Some of the elders brought a football
Elder Ralaivao being goofy