"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, February 15, 2016

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Hey, how was everyones week?! So I am just going to come out and say that transfers happened this week and... I am staying here in Antsirabe with Elder Sweeten! He is a great guy, love working with him.

I don't have much to say this week except that I got to go on a split with Elder Tangarasi in my area which was just a blast, I love that elder so much. Cool thing that happened though is while we were tracting we found an Apokalipsy pastor and shared a small little lesson with him. It was a bi funny as all he wanted to do was fight us by rattling of scripture after scripture (some of which didn't really even make sense). The thing is though we didn't really care, well we showed interest and were polite but we didn't rise to his challenge. Instead we taught him bits of the lessons as they applied such as the family and the nature of God. I asked him once "why did Christ come here to earth?" he responds "because God loves us" and I then ask him "why, why does God love us? How are we important to him?". It saw that he didn't really understand so I gave him a little example; "if one of your children were thrown in prison, would you want to help him or not?". At that he flipped a tiny bit saying that we were just talking about spiritual things, not physical things and that they should not mix in a sense.

I told him that truly what we taught was spiritual and physical at the same time; God sent Christ down to earth to save us, why? Because we are his sons and daughters and in a sense we are all "in prison". But in what makes him a father is he want to help and free his children, that in fact we are all zava- dehibe (important or literally a great/ big thing). He was quiet for a bit but I could see that he wasn't really convinsed so Elder Tangarasi and I finished with a bit about Joseph Smith and prayer and promised him that he could know all of this for himself if he prayed. He took the pamphlet and said he would call us if he wanted to meet again.

Last thing is we have this investigator named George who is supposed to be baptised at the end of this month. We meet with him for a lesson/visit and he had some very sad news for us. He had just found out that one of his dear friends in the south had just had all of his belongings stolen from him (in that about 200 cows) by some Dahalo/ Malaso (biggest crime organisation here in Mada) but to top it all off is that his friend with his wife were both killed by them. Obviously this was terrible news and the lesson that we had brought about the Law of Chastity was not going to cut it. We decided to give a review about the Plan of Salvation, George already knew it and knew it well but this was a chance for us to give him some real life experience of the blessings that come with the knowledge of the Plan.

We discussed many things including ordinances for the dead and temples, and while he did get a big change in his face we could sense and see that he truly was grasping the true importance of Gods plan; that death is not the end and while it is sad we will all see each other face to face again. Now every time we see him and ask how he is doing he says he is great because of the lesson that we shared with him. It was a great experience, George is probably one of my most favortie investigators of all time.

That is just about it for this week, thanks for reading everyone and have an awesome week!
Elder Nelson

p.s. Mom, I got the package that you sent, the sugary treats were much appriciated.

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