"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 28, 2015

What a week, teaching an agnostic and I hate bars, they are evil

Hey hey, so this has been an awesome week here in Ambohipo, we are just living it up here and the work is slowly but surely progressing.

Tuesday we went out to work early as we had english class in the afternoon and visited Raymond and his family again. We had planned on leaving a Book of Mormon with them but decided to review a bit and ended up talking about priesthood and authority for almost the entire lesson. Really it was a really good thing that we decided to review as the concept of authority and the need for authority had not yet fully set in and it must be full understood for the investigator to understand the restoration of the priesthood to Joseph Smith.

We ended up having to contact as the rest of our times fell through which is fine, there are still people to find and teach. But that afternoon we had our english class which was great as ever. Then right after that we had our coordination meeting with Bishop Roger, it was pretty productive in my opinion.

Wednesday we only managed to teach Vincent, and then Alex and Nalia. Vincent really surprised me during our meeting with him as he normally just rambles on but that time he actually discussed his concerns with us. He has worries for his brother who is not really behaving himself which in turn was causing his mother to have a hard time (his mother is very old and should be relaxing, not dealing with her adult son misbehaving). We listened and all that I could think about was that we needed to read some of the Book of Mormon with him, as he had not been reading, so right as I was about to tell that to Elder Pinson he turns to me and says "you know, I think that we need to read in the Book of Mormon with him". Well you could say that I was a bit shocked but we ended up reading passages in the Book of Mormon with him and bearing testomony of it to him and he just loved it. He told us that the scriptures that we had read had really helped him and that he was going to share them with his family, yes! It was just amazing to see the affect that the scriptures had on him.

Thursday we visited with Hary Tina and also watched some General Conference with him as he was very interested in that. We watch a talk or two and then discussed them, he said that he wanted to keep watching and studying them so we also left him with the comittment to share the Conference with his family as they do not learn with us yet. We then had a lesson with this young married couple named Cedric and Landy, which have been learning for about two weeks, and they gave us the sad news that they will be moving to another part of Tana. That makes us sad but at least we can give their names to the missionaries that work near them so they can continue learning.

Friday I got to go on a split! I had the great chance to work in Manakambahiny with Elder Kissi, who by the way, is so awesome. We had a great day and taught some amazing people.

Sunday we taught Bebe Razafy and her husband Victor and we actually believe that they could be on the brink of progressing. We were able to teach well and share many important doctrines while the entire time they were listening and Bebe Razafy started reading through the first pamphlet that we gave them as soon as it got in her hands. Then to end our day we found a new person to teach names Carros. He happens to be an agnostic that believes that God exists but does not believe that Jesus is the Son of God or that the Bible is true. It was just so interesting meeting with him as the way we taught had to be different from the way that we were used to. In the end we put a lot of effort on the importance of prayer and we just talked  to get to know him. It just caught me by surprise when near the end of the lesson he just tells us "ok guys I just gotta tell you that I really hate Jesus". Both Elder Pinson and I were very shocked but we feel that he could become a very strong investigator if we took the time and were patient.

That is about it for this week, I hope that everyone has had an amazing week and that we all have another great one in coming,
Elder Nelson

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