"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, September 14, 2015

Ambohipo, it is all just one big hill

This week was just insanely good and like the title says we climbed up and down the big hill which is our area but we had agreat time and I can't wait to tell you all about it!

We went easy on our Pday activities this last Monday; playing basketball at the office, went to ShopRite, ect. But that evening we had a great lesson with some investigators from the previous missionaries; Felana, Eniko(?), and Rota. After only meeting with these people a few times I can definetaly say that Felana is the one who is the most excited about learning while Eniko and Rota just sit there and don't seem like they are paying attention. We had a great lesson on the role of prayer and Felana was just eating it up while the rest were just sorta there.

Tuesday we had a rough time as we went out with not much of a program and began tracting. We looked and looked but we couldn't really get anyone to really let us in but we randomly found this less active member but she doesn't live in our area but we invited her to attend church and we got her number to get to the missionaries. After that we got to attend our English class here and we just had a blast. This class is probably the best one that I have ever attended because 1.) there are people there that speak english so we can help them more, 2.) Elder Pinson is just so fun to teach with, for example we got in each others face and "argued" as an example of what it means "to get in each others face" and the class just loved it, so much fun. The only thing is that the class is right in the middle of our work time so both Elder Pinson and I were thinking about changing the time.

That night we had been invited to have dinner with a member named Mama Be and her family. I don't know why her name is Mama Be but apparently everyone just calls her that and she just loves having the missionaries over. It was great and there was some really good food, it just took a while to start which annoyed Elder Pinson a bit but in the end it was great.

Saturday (sorry I jumped a bit but I like Saturday) was an amazing day in my opinion. We start off with some great personal and companionship studies, then right after that we have a meeting with our bishop. Bishop Roger is an amazing person that is just full of fire and loves the gospel, we ended up have an amazing discussion with him. Later that day we got to teach Hary Tina again! It was super fun to teach him and he seems to really enjoy the times that we have. We reviewed a lot on the Apostacy, especially on the fact that there must be living Apostles and Prophets for the true church to be on the earth. We then showed him a picture of President Monson and the rest of the Twelve and he just ate it up.

Then that evening we got to teach Alex and Nalia, one of the most amazing experiences on my mission. We had prepared a super good lesson for them but we thought that we might not be able to teach it. But as we get inside and talking Nalia asked us an amazing question "how can we better apply what we learned mast time"(whic was about conversion) and it just so happened it was perfectly suited to be answered by that before mentioned lesson that we had prepared, which was about Repentance and what it really does for us. It just seemed that every thing in that lesson just went perfectly with the lesson, every little thing went smoothly, and at the end both of us agreed that Alex and Nalia were both touched by the Spirit and were pondering about what we had learned, the best lesson that I have ever had the blessing to attend.

Then the last thing for this week is that on Sunday we found this new family which we name after the grandmother of the family, Bebe Razafy (bebe means grandmother). She just had so many questions and concerns, one was that she did not believe that there was any truth on the earth and if there were Apostles and Prophets on the earth then she didn't know where they were. We bore testimony to them that what she had just said was our purpose for visiting them; to tell them that there really were prophets and apostles here on the earth, people that can actually recieve reveletion an guidance from God. I am looking forward to returning to their home and aiding them to know what we have told them is true.

That's it for this week, have a time everyone!
Elder Nelson

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