Monday, November 30, 2015

Rainy season has started. Currently I am sitting in the same internet shop that I have sat in for 52 weeks. The rain is hitting the tin roof so hard I can barely hear myself.
This week was amazing like all the others. The days are going really fast and I don't know how it happens. We are teaching this amazing agogo (grandfather) and he is solid. He basically was telling us that when he gets to the church he will be baptized and his family will follow. But he can't come to church right now because his legs are very weak and won't make it to the church.

What scared me 18 months ago about Malawi are the things I will miss.
Walking through a busy market with people calling me Azungu is something I will miss a lot. I will miss the lessons when people don't understand me and I have to try to teach in chichewa and it doesn't work out to well. I will miss the long days in the heat with no one to teach. I will miss Malawi so much. Saying goodbye to the ones I love here is going to be hard because I may not ever will see them again. I am so grateful that the Lord has blessed me with a mission and led me here to spend 18 months in Malawi.
I am starting my last week on the mission and I know that it will be a hard week for me. I know with all my heart that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer and I feel very privileged that I got to declare his name for this time. I am so grateful for this restored Gospel. I am so grateful to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
I'll be seeing you soon.
Sister Rasband

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hi family and friends!
This work is amazing! Fredrick was baptized this last Sunday. He is
amazing and has such great fellowshippers!
This week has gone so fast so I don’t have anything to talk about. I
love studying this gospel. It is so sweet!
I'm gonna miss my home (Malawi) so much! Ndiquiziwa mpingo ya yesu
cristu de zoona!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Sorry I have been so bad at writing!! These past couple of weeks have been really good.
I had my last interview with President about a week ago and I just feel so grateful to be under his leadership and to learn and grown so much from him. He talked about having a 3 month goal and that going home does not mean going back to who I was but that I am taking the things I have learned from my mission and applying it to my life.
I had my last zone meeting and that meant I had to bear my testimony. I always looked at the missionaries going home thinking I hope to go home like them or to be so strong. It is crazy that it is now me. I love this place so much!
Yesterday we got a new  branch presidency and we are very excited to work with them. After some things and drama going on in the branch it feels good to have new faces. After church we were talking to people saying goodbye and playing with the children and a wave hit me of how much I am going to miss this branch!! I love Kalambo branch and it honestly feels like home. I love how in this church no matter where you are in the world there is such a culture of love and friendship for one another.
Yesterday we taught this amazing man! His name is Rangel and he is probably in his 60's or 70's and it is just one of those lessons where you can’t describe how strong the spirit was. He is one who recognizes truth so easily. He was talking about how he doesn’t believe all these false men can really heal and how the churches now are all about me, me, me. At the end he just said if I can get my legs to take me to church this Sunday and it feels right I am ready to join you guys. SOLID.
I love this gospel so much and I love sharing it with others! This is the best work in the best place ever!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Well I am offically starting my last 6 weeks. I don't know how this is
happening. Just the other day i arrived to the South Africa MTC. Time
really is ticking!
This week was really good!
I finished the Doctorine and Covenants and I love it! It is amazing
what all of the pioneers went throught and even Joseph Smith. Reading
it made my testimony grow so much stronger that he is a true prophet
of God and that the lord revealed so many important things for our
salvation. I always think about the scripture "Thine afflictions shall
be for but a small moment.And if thou endure it well, thou shall be
exalted on high" The pioneers of the church in malawi go through many
afficitions but thorugh this scripture we learn that it is all worth
Mike and elizabeth were baptized!!! They are so great! i was so happy
to see elizabeth finally enter the waters of baptism after knowing her
for year. If we continue to pray for those who either don't accept the
gospel or fall away, i know that one day they will. Elizabeth is a
testament to that! Don't stop praying!
We watched General Conference finally! It was so good! I loved Elder
Hales talk and Elder Lawrence about personal council/what lack I yet.
We are all trying to progresss and we need to have a council with
ourselves on what do i need to do to change or be better. I also
learned to love everyone! I don't remember who said it but that we
need to see everyone like how their parents see them. or even how
Heavenly Father sees them.
We had a couple funny experiences this week..a Recent convert of ours
wife turn from amayi  (mom) to pastor. So now we can no longer go
teach our RC because pastor L will start preaching to us. The longest
1 1/2 hour  of my week.
Transfers came and Sister Tuai and I are still together in Kalambo
branch. I am so happy! I am so happy to finish here and with sister
Love you all soo so much!

Monday, October 12, 2015

-I had my last zone conference this week! It was so good! I came home from the conference so sad knowing it was my last and I don't get opportunities to be taught from on high like that anymore. Missions are amazing! Never again will I get to reopen the book called Mission and relive it. Sis Tuai and I presented on Planning Effectively and it turned out really well! A lot of it was the Stones (senior couple) testifying about referrals and with referrals we won't have the question "well what do we do next". In the mission we are trying to do a no tracting November. It was all about working smart and not tracting because it is so useless. I am so excited and think that it will change the mission soo much! 
-Zikani, one of our investigators told us this week that she got answer that the church is true! For the longest time we have been teaching her and her cousin Leslie. Leslie was so excited to learn and Zikani was super hesitant about it. She never wanted to come to the lessons, church, and didn't want to leave her church. But after building a good relationship with her we invited her to pray. 4 weeks later... this week she tells us she knows it is true and she ready to be baptized. Now we are just waiting for Leslie to come back from visiting family so they can be baptized together!
Love you all so much!!!

Pictures are of Anna with the sisters in her zone, Zikani and Anna, and the chicken from last week's letter!

Monday, October 5, 2015

General Conference was soooo good!!! oh wait... 3 more weeks until I know!
This week was good! It is gonna be a short email...
1. Willy got baptized! Holler at him! He was so ready and prepared for the gospel. I am just lucky that I got to watch his progress. Now we are working on teaching his 10 year old son.
2. I got to go on an exchange with Sis. Mukweya in my old area. Sis Mukweya is 3 weeks new on a mission but it was so good to be with someone just starting. I felt like that was just yesterday for me going on my first exchange with the stls, and now it has switched. She is doing good and man I miss my old area.
3. A member from my old area got me a chicken! We had made a deal like 3 months ago that if she doesn't come to church she owes me a chicken. So Friday Sister Zohner comes to the window of the truck with a live chicken. We brought it home, killed it, and then ate it. Also Sister Aidoo saved the head and said she will eat it later. (No, pictures of this event but she says she will send them next week. Their guard actually killed it for them!)
4. Another funeral. This was the son of our investigator getting baptized in 2 weeks. It was actually really hard to see her and the rest of the family go through it. If you remember the name it was the Lunguzi. They have been a member family that I have been close to for 11 months since I came to Lilongwe.

Pictures are of the new sister she went on exchanges with and a sister from her old area that Anna is very close to. I can't remember her name but Anna has told me of her love for this sister before. The other picture is of the baptism on Saturday of the man who lived above the mini shop that was going to lose his job if he joined the church but his boss had a change of heart and allowed him to close the shop on Sundays.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Another week gone!!
This week has been crazy. I don’t know where to begin.
Monday, Sis Browning came up to Lilongwe so she could catch a flight to
Lusaka for transfers. So Tuesday morning we take her to the airport at
6 am to find out that the flight was canceled. So we were at the airport
until 9 am trying to rebook her flight keep in mind that I had sweats
on and no name tag. From their we rushed to district meeting and the
Wednesday we had errands to run in the morning like picking up mail
and going to copy a key. Then at 11 we get a text from the Zone
leaders that we have to go pick up the new sister coming to Lilongwe
at the airport at 1. So we finish, eat and rush to the airport. To find
out that after we have to take the sister to the church so she can be
interviewed by President Erickson. So we rush to the church and sat
there for a couple hours. By the time we get her off with her
companions and get the key its is 5. So we go to the area and get 2
lessons in before coming home at 7.
Thursday we get a text from our recent convert who is a fellowshipper
for our investigator Wille. Wille told Barrack, the Recent Convert ,that he knows
the church is true and is ready to be baptized! We were so excited!!
Willie is the one who will lose everything if he joins the church. So he
prayed and got the strongest confirmation that it is true! He went and
told his boss and miracle the boss said it was okay for him to close
the shop on Sunday! Miracle! He is on date for October 4, 2015.
Also on this day we saw one of our new investigators the Kamwana
family! They are so great. We just contacted at their gate and they
were really interested in the Book of Mormon. Usually when we are
there we talk to the dad, but today only the mom was there so
taught her. Right after the opening prayers she says “I
just want to talk for a minute” and then she talks for the next 10
minutes about her past. In 2006 she was sick and was was she said a
"mad person". With that she lost all of her education and knowledge. She
had gone to school and was super smart. But she lost it all. She
lost her English and from 2007 she has been relearning English. She
kept saying “I am nothing, I don’t really feel like god loves me” and
just how grateful she is that we are coming. She lost all of her
confidence and honestly feels like God doesn’t even love her. It was
so hard for her. Sister Tuai and I were just dumbfounded. Her English
was so amazing. We just expressed God’s love
for her and how amazing she is. That was easily one of the best
lessons of my mission and I wish you guys could have felt how strong
the spirit was.
Br. Njobvu was baptized yesterday! That guy is solid! He always tells
my companion and I how it was all the Book of Mormon that helped him
gain his testimony of the true church. It always amazes me how the
Book of Mormon can truly change peoples life's. I know the Book of
Mormon is true and that is how I gained my testimony of everything
else. I love seeing others know how amazing the Book of Mormon is.

Love you all so much!