Monday we walked around a bit, went shopping, took a nap (it was great), and went to the cyber to send emails...then the power went out (that is why there was no letter from last week).
Tuesday we got dogged alot but we were able to teach Niaro, the son of some recent converts, and we reviewed the first lesson with him. He really surprised me with how much he remembered and that he had been reading the boky kely (pamphlet) that we had given him. Our last lesson of the day was with a returning member named Lolona and her nonmember husband Richard. I have to say that they are some awesome people, Lolona had been inactive for a long time apparently until Elder Razafimandimby and his last companion Elder Obioma visited and reactivated her, now we teach her husband. They are both amazing people but Richard is not really that dilligent right now about coming to church but we are still going to work with him on that.
The lesson that we had was on the relationship of the Holy Ghost and Prayer. I I shared with them 1 Nephi 10:19 which says that the person that diligently seeks will find and that the mysteries of God will be revealed to him by the power of the Holy Ghost, it is a really good scripture and they said that it made perfect sense to them.
Wednesday, I would say that my favorite family to teach right now is Cluade and Haingo. They have been learning with us for a bit and are making really good progress. They learn well, have accepted a baptisimal date, but just need to begin coming to church. But the lesson that we had was centered on the Apostacy andit went very well.
On Thursday we contacted a decent amount but ended up meeting with a family named Rakotoarimandimby and Meline. They are firm Catholics yet I feel that if they would just ask and pray to know that they could change. But this last Thursday we only taught Rakotoarimandimby and we really focused on Joseph Smith and asked him "if God has called a new prophet that was like Peter and all the other prophets of old, what would that mean?" He replied "that would mean that we should follow what he says" which is exactly true. Spo we bore testimony that there reallyis a living prophet in our day and along with that we invited him to be baptised when he feels that what we are teaching him is true. After a bit more discussion he finally accepted, but only if he felt it was right which is all that we ask.
Sunday (going to skip a bit) we had a great time at church and then got right to work. We met with a new investigator that we had contacted earlier in the week and started off expoaining who we really were and such with a small lesson. Then Elder Razafimandimby, being the great missionary that he is straight up asked Jevance (that is his name) to be baptized if/when he felt that it was true and Jevance accepted. We then got some member help to teach this woman named Lily and her daughters as there father was not home. We reviewed Apostacy thoroughly and ended with our testimonies and again my companion just slayed it by extending a baptisilmal invitation and they accepted, Elder Razafimandimby was on fire that day.
One thing that I have seen from this is that really it is ok to asked people to be baptized in the first or second lessons, especially when then understand that the choice really depends on them, it helps people see what our goal is. But right now Antsirabe is just killing it, it is just so amazing to work here.
That is it for this week, I hope that everyone has a great week incoming, ampitiavana,
Beetle or vongory in malagasy, and there are also plenty of mosquitoes too!
Crushing corn as some service for some recent converts who then fed us some of the corn that we crushed the next day, it was way good.
It was dry corn that we crush/ semi crushed which can then be boiled and cooked