"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, November 16, 2015

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Hello everyone, this has been a pretty good/normal week but as always it was enjoyable and we got a lot of work done,

Tuesday we visited an amazing little less active family, well specifically the husband is less active but his wife is super cool and active as can be, their names by the way are Edward and Ganina. Really the only problem that blocks Edward from coming to church is that he is sick and can't walk far. Also that he is a tiny bit lazy you could say becaues people have offered to get him a posy(a little hand or bike pulled buggy) but he won't take it, so we will see how it goes with him.

Wednesday we started off by sharing a small vastimpanahy (spiritual thought) with Lolona, our returning member. Her husband Richard has been very busy with work this past week so it has been hard to get a meeting with them but at the very least Lolona gets a little spiritual boost to keep her going. Elder Razafimandimby shared the spiritual thought in Alma about the Zoramites and the way they worship on the Ramiomtum(?). He ended it by saying that while the Zoramites techniqually worshipped they did not live their religion until their day of worship came again. It was very powerful and a good reminder to always live what we believe. Then most of our program fell out so we tracted a lot and even though it was alot of tracting we still had a blast and as a result of that tracting we found a potential new family to teach named Jean Paul and Juliene.

Thursday we taught a semi newish investigator named Nirina and we had a great lesson on the Restoration. She told us that even though she can't provide that much physical food for her family she at least wants them well fed spiritually which is just so awesome in my opinion. Then that evening we got a return appointment with a family that we talked to this past week called Rivo and Ivonne. Ivonne works while Rivo stays at home, he hasn't been able to find work for about the last year or two. We had a great lesson on a subject that I love teaching about which is the importance of the family. Most people recognize that family is important but most don't see how it is connected to the gospel and really I feel that this teaching is what really gets people interested in our message.

I would definetally count Friday as a success. We have a less active named René that has just been inactive for the longest time and whenever we meet with him all that he wants to talk about is stuff like food and getting financial aide. Well this time we decided to talk to him about missionary work and René was just so involved. We then comitted him to helping us whenever we needed some member help which is a great step in my opinion.

Saturday we had an amazing lesson with Claude and his family and we reviewed a bit about Joseph Smith and the Restoration of the Priesthood. They just get it but it is hard to get them to come to church, but we left them with a commitment to continually pray about our message. Also we had a lesson with Rakotoarimandimby and Meline but unfortunetally they are having a hard time progressing. The thing is they have been praying to know the truth yet I don't believe that they are really doing it with real intent as Moroni instructs us to do. They are just so deeply rooted in being Catholic that they won't change, even if they get an answer, which is just so saddening sometimes but we will continue working with them.

And Sunday was my older sisters birthday so.... Happy Birthday Erica!!! I hope that you had a great birthday yesterday!  Also that morning we tried to go out and bring some people to church but a lot were not able but we were able to bring two with us. And this is just awesome, do you all remember Nirina that I mentioned earlier? She came to church for the first time and we got her introduce her right to some amazing sisters that took care of her, we were so extatic when she came. We went to work right after church ended and I would say the visit that I enjoyed the most would be the one with a man named Jevance. This is our second time meeting with him and he had already read the pamphlet that we gave him and had some questions for us, which is just so awesome when that happens.  We then reviewed a tiny bit and then put an extreme amount of emphasis on priesthood. I shared with him John 14:26 where Jesus states that his servants do not choose him but He chooses them and that just really made the teaching sink in.

I think that is it for this week everyone, I hope that you all have had an awesome time, and heres hoping for another great week!
Elder Nelson

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