|Elder Legerski, President Mbenge, Wos Salomon, Flore, Elder Mwehu|
This week has been a very long and yet a very short week. The highlight of my week was that I finally had my first baptism!! We had 2 investigators, Flor and Salomon who were baptized on the 24th! It was a very awesome service and I was so excited! Plus, on top of that it was Elder Mwehu's birthday! It was awesome seeing them baptized and I'll talk a little about Salomon. He has been meeting with us every day for the last 2 weeks. It has been awesome to see how he has grown in this time. As we went over things with him, I remembered when he was just beginning the lessons with us and how much that he has grown from that period. Then, on the Wednesday or Thursday before his baptism, we were closing the lesson when he asked us if he could share something with us. And he turned to a few verses that he had read in The Book of Mormon and he said that as he had read them, he had felt comforted when he had thought about his baptism. This was so awesome for me to see and it just strengthened my testimony of the Book of Mormon and the things that are inside. It breaks my heart that I have to leave right after his baptism, but that is the mission and I know that I am needed somewhere else by the Lord and not here.
That is one thing that I have really come to realize; sometimes I am needed somewhere where I do not want to go but still I must go where he wants me to go. During my personal study, I was reading about how Jesus was tortured and made to carry his cross when he was crucified. He had all the power in the world to stop that and to make all the pain to go away, but he didn’t. I thought of how Jesus lived a perfect life and before I had always thought about how He had never broken the commandments. But now I realize that he submitted himself to everything that His Father wanted him to do. He followed every prompting and obeyed with the will of the Father with exactness . That just blew my mind to think about how hard that is and how much He loved us to do that. I know that Jesus is the Christ and through Him we may have eternal life and through his atonement, we can grow and become the person that God sees us as.
In the gospel of Jesus Christ we read that we must have Faith, Repent, be Baptized, Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Endure to the End. And as I was looking through Preach my Gospel, I was prompted to read about Faith. I loved how it talked about if we have faith in Christ that means that we will act and that we will place our faith in him. In doing so, He will bless us and we will be able to grow our faith in Him even more. Recently, we have been having a need for more amis and I read about how we needed to have faith that our Father in Heaven will show us the people prepared for us. Then I made the connection that I needed to go out and search and place my faith in Him and that he would show me. So, I spent a really long and hot day with Elder West contacting and although nobody accepted our message at that time, I know that I did my best and that that is all that I can do at this moment. I just have to know that all things will be done in His time and His way and to be patient until that time will come.
This email is coming at you a little late and I'm very sorry about that, but we went to Limbe today and it was amazing! I will do my best to tell you all about it next week but it was amazing and such a great experience! I took lots of photos, so I will send them next week as well! It was certainly not a trip that I will forget anytime soon.
For my family, I am sorry that my letters have been a little short and not full of detail. Sometimes we want to fill up our letter with amazing experiences that we have, but in reality sometimes we do not have any amazing experiences. While speaking with Elder Larson today, we both expressed the feeling of almost accomplishing nothing while we have been here for 6 months together. Sometimes you're outside all day and it's hot and nobody will meet with you and you are tired and it's not easy. Sometimes it just flat out stinks. You come home and you are so tired; you eat, prepare for bed and then you wake up early to do the same thing over and over and over. Now why serve a mission if it's like this some may ask? It's because the knowledge and the testimony that you gain of the Gospel on your mission cannot be gained in any other place or at any other time. It is worth more than all the money on the world. Right now I can't even explain how much I am thankful for my mission and how much I want every young man to serve. This is the most important thing that I have ever done in my life and I would not replace it with anything. I love this Church and I love this Gospel. I love my Savior and I am so thankful that I have the chance to serve Him.
To all of the people who wrote me, I am so thankful for that and keep it up because I love you all and I love the things that you do for me. Someone go drink a root beer float for me. Je vous aime avec tout mon Coeur (I love you with all my heart). Until next week and Pointe-Noire!