Monday, October 27, 2014

Happy Halloween!

I"ll be sure to dress up like a missionary this Friday for all you Americans!
Well it has been a great week! We are really working hard and finding a lot of new people to teach! Its an exciting time in this area because of the progressing investigators and the upcoming baptisms!
One of the investigators that we have on date for 16th of November is doing very great but is experiencing opposition. Last Sunday after she came home from church, her father yelled at telling her that Saturday is the day of worship and that if she continues to go to church on Sunday he will kick her out of her house.  Her father is fine with us coming to teach her but doesn't what her to go to church. We don't know what do but to pray and just love her. She came to church yesterday and we don't know how that went with the family but just hoping all is well. She knows this is the true church and that the BOM is true and she is super powerful!  Keep her in your prayers!
 We had a total of 7 investigators at church though yesterday!! We were so happy to see them all even though we could only count 3 because the rest didn't attend sacrament meeting. Africans and time... its a problem. We are very happy to see some progress even with people we meet just this week!
We also meet a boy named Cwho is very interested in the gospel. He and his uncle whom he lives with are Pentecostals. When we meet him he asked us 2 questions, 1. How come I have accepted Christ as my savior and so have my friends and they can speak in the gift of tongues but I can't? And i can't quite remember the other question but it was about prophets/ and how he hasn't received any revelation. I just loved how honest he was with us! But we meet him Friday afternoon, and invited to him to church and also to institute the next day because he asked if we had any other meetings. BUT HE CAME!! We always got to the church after institute and found him there and a great first lesson with him. But where there is always something great there is opposition. He wasn't able to come to church because his uncle he said won't allow. So frustrating. But keep him in your prayers also!!

Last monday we were talking to our Muslim Landlord and he was asking about what we do and everything and how we don't watch movies or TV. He then asked if we were like nuns. And then he asked us if we (more to me though...) are allowed to go on dates. And we said no. And as we were leaving it then said, "Well when you are done with your mission, I'll be sure to take you out on date!"

Next week we are hoping as sisters to go to a game reserve so I am very excited to see what everyone expects when I said i was going to Africa. ANIMALS. hoping and praying!!
Love you all so much!
pics
1. This is Corney. She is the daughter of the B who i am sure I have talked about before. She is my best friend even though we can't communicate of because of chichewa...
2.This is me with Sister C, the branch presidents wife. She is so fun and even knows Eric Stevens because she lived in Uganda/
3. Me and Joanna because she was wearing that shirt and i just had to take a pic. And i look ridiculous with my glasses but i woke up that morning with my eyes super swollen and i couldn't see.
4. This is today with Sister M a less active in the branch. She is super great though and loves us so much!



Monday, October 20, 2014

This week we finally got to watch Conference! So very happy to hear the messages from those who are called of God!
This week we worked hard and in return we were able to have 5 investigators at church! We were very pleased and happy to see our hard work paid off.
I am not really sure there is much to write about. Wednesday was Malawian Mother’s Day, So happy mother’s day to all of you mothers!
We have one couple named the Banda’s who came to church this Sunday. They are really great and we put them on date for 16 of November. They are so cute and fun! We also have Ethel on date and she is continuing to progress! Were really praying and hoping for these 3 baptisms! It feels like after a long drought of progressing investigators we are actually getting somewhere!
Nothing else to report on! Last Monday we got together with the sisters and watched the Women’s Conference and I loved President Uctodorf’s talk. It was just amazing. I just love how he said that these commandments are given to us because Heavenly Father knows these are what makes us happy. He is giving us the light posts to happiness!!! I also love the metaphor he used  about the umbrella. Its up to us if we receive the constant rain of blessing as long as we humble ourselves to follow Gods Commandments.
Love you all so much!

Monday, October 13, 2014

I could complain about how hot it is here once again, but I figured I will be doing it for the rest of the month. #prayforsisterrasband Yes, I should have been putting on sunscreen because I am red. And all the akudas (blacks) make fun of it. Actually so do the Azungus...
But all is well in Zingwangwa. I have made it through my 3 transfers here and I feel like I just finished my first. Seventh Day Adventist are becoming more of mavuto (problem) here. We extended a date for a sister for November 9, and she said YEs! She knows  everything is true, but then the question comes "What day is the right day to worship?"  

Me: :l. Pray about it. 
We also had a sweeet lesson with a girl named Tiwo. She is a police officer and our first lesson with her was horrible. We tried to have a first lesson, explain what we do, and our purpose but she kept wanting to know what the BOM was. But on Wednesday we just felt like we should go and see her. 
We went there and she invited us to her bedroom, and we had a lesson while sitting on her bed. First for everything. But the spirit guided the whole lesson. She was saying she was just having a really hard day, crying and just was wondering how she was going to make it. I don't know what it was.  We started out talking about how much God loves her and how he blesses us. She then told us how she was asking for a sign from Heavenly Father, and just some comfort , and how she knows we were that sign. And although in the last lesson, her idea of the BOM was that she was afraid of it, we based our whole lesson on how it helps. So through everything that she said and the problems she was going through we would just pull out a scripture from the Book Of Mormon and show how this book testifies of Christ and helps us at anytime in life.  I don't remember the problem she was talking about then, but we decided to pull out Alma 37:36-37 and she just started crying know that was what she needed to do, to cry out the Lord  in all things and let him know and ask for help. She was so grateful for the Book of Mormon after we had shown her how she could use in her daily life. 

Its moments like these on missions, where you know you wouldn't want to be anywhere else. That this is exactly what I am suppose to be doing.  I got a letter from my grandparents this week talking about when they were mission presidents the missionaries that did well knew they were there to serve the Lord, instead of finding people to baptized. But they were there to serve the Lord in whatever way they need. It made me reflect on the 4 1/2 months that I have been on my mission. I am not here to baptized but I am here to serve the Lord. Its frustrating to think that I have been here for 4 months and had only 1 baptism while others that I came with the MTC have had at least 3-4! And how the elders in our branch have baptized 11 in the time my companion and I baptized 1. But numbers doesn't matter, all that matters is that I am here to serve the lord in whatever way he wants! Who knows what I have maybe planted for others to sow later. I also think about the one I have baptized and how that 1 hasn't missed church once in the last 3 months. I would rather say I baptized one who will get married in the temple send her children out on missions and so forth, than to say I baptized 20 and 2 remain active to this day.

Anyways I'm very grateful for this opportunity to be serving a mission, especially in Zambia and Malawi. I think about how terrified I was to serve in this mission, but now I can't picture myself anywhere else in the world! I love Malawi even if they don't have Cafe Rio! 

We get to watch General Conference this week and I am very excited!! I can't wait to hear all the great talks that you have been talking about! 

-Sister Rasband
Quotes of the week:
While walking away from drunk people, a drunk man starts yelling at me "I am a black Man!" and tries to throw a rock at me. And then another drunk man says to me.. don't worry, I'll protect you"

In sacrament meeting yesterday, a sister tells the congregation that the Wife should make all the decisions about the home, of where to build it and how it looks, because she is always at home. And if not, Satan will reside in the home.

District Photo

I could complain about how hot it is here once again, but I figured I will be doing it for the rest of the month. #prayforsisterrasband Yes, I should have been putting on sunscreen because I am red. And all the akudas (blacks) make fun of it. Actually so do the Azungus...
But all is well in Zingwangwa. I have made it through my 3 transfers here and I feel like I just finished my first. Seventh Day Adventist are becoming more of mavuto (problem) here. We extended a date for a sister for November 9, and she said YEs! She knows  everything is true, but then the question comes "What day is the right day to worship?"  

Me: :l. Pray about it. 
We also had a sweeet lesson with a girl named Tiwo. She is a police officer and our first lesson with her was horrible. We tried to have a first lesson, explain what we do, and our purpose but she kept wanting to know what the BOM was. But on Wednesday we just felt like we should go and see her. 
We went there and she invited us to her bedroom, and we had a lesson while sitting on her bed. First for everything. But the spirit guided the whole lesson. She was saying she was just having a really hard day, crying and just was wondering how she was going to make it. I don't know what it was.  We started out talking about how much God loves her and how he blesses us. She then told us how she was asking for a sign from Heavenly Father, and just some comfort , and how she knows we were that sign. And although in the last lesson, her idea of the BOM was that she was afraid of it, we based our whole lesson on how it helps. So through everything that she said and the problems she was going through we would just pull out a scripture from the Book Of Mormon and show how this book testifies of Christ and helps us at anytime in life.  I don't remember the problem she was talking about then, but we decided to pull out Alma 37:36-37 and she just started crying know that was what she needed to do, to cry out the Lord  in all things and let him know and ask for help. She was so grateful for the Book of Mormon after we had shown her how she could use in her daily life. 

Its moments like these on missions, where you know you wouldn't want to be anywhere else. That this is exactly what I am suppose to be doing.  I got a letter from my grandparents this week talking about when they were mission presidents the missionaries that did well knew they were there to serve the Lord, instead of finding people to baptized. But they were there to serve the Lord in whatever way they need. It made me reflect on the 4 1/2 months that I have been on my mission. I am not here to baptized but I am here to serve the Lord. Its frustrating to think that I have been here for 4 months and had only 1 baptism while others that I came with the MTC have had at least 3-4! And how the elders in our branch have baptized 11 in the time my companion and I baptized 1. But numbers doesn't matter, all that matters is that I am here to serve the lord in whatever way he wants! Who knows what I have maybe planted for others to sow later. I also think about the one I have baptized and how that 1 hasn't missed church once in the last 3 months. I would rather say I baptized one who will get married in the temple send her children out on missions and so forth, than to say I baptized 20 and 2 remain active to this day.

Anyways I'm very grateful for this opportunity to be serving a mission, especially in Zambia and Malawi. I think about how terrified I was to serve in this mission, but now I can't picture myself anywhere else in the world! I love Malawi even if they don't have Cafe Rio! 

We get to watch General Conference this week and I am very excited!! I can't wait to hear all the great talks that you have been talking about! 

-Sister Rasband
Quotes of the week:
While walking away from drunk people, a drunk man starts yelling at me "I am a black Man!" and tries to throw a rock at me. And then another drunk man says to me.. don't worry, I'll protect you"

In sacrament meeting yesterday, a sister tells the congregation that the Wife should make all the decisions about the home, of where to build it and how it looks, because she is always at home. And if not, Satan will reside in the home.

District Photo

Monday, October 6, 2014

A week actually worth writing about!
I hope you all had a great conference weekend and enjoyed the inspired messages!
Monday:
We had planned on going to visit our relief society pres who just had a baby. In the four months I have been here she has been to church 0 times. When we got there we found out that the elders had planned on having a FHE with them. So change of plans the 6 missionaries in Zingwangwa Branch came to the Thembo's home and had a great FHE with them! One of the daughters is blind so we ended up playing the game where you have to clap and keep on beat and say your number and then pass to someone else. Safe to say Sister Rasband was always one of the first to get out because we Rasbands are not musically talented and can't keep up with the beat.
Tuesday:
We had district meeting and planned to have a member fireside this Saturday. We are asking all members of the branch to bring one friend and we will just tour the meetinghouse and watch the Restoration. We are really hoping it will give us some new investigators.
Wednesday:
We had district service up in Soche. First time going to Soche after being transferred out of the area and it was so nice. We helped Br Tella make bricks, the African way. Mixing dirt and water together and putting into molds and them letting them dry all around his home.
We then went home after that cause my comp wasn't feeling well. While she slept I made chocolate chip cookies.  Those cookies have never tasted sooo good. They reminded me of the first day of school when I would come home to my mom's cookies.  Also chocolate chips are very expensive. 1/2 cup for 2 dollars. But.. worth it.
My companion then needed a  blessing so the zone leaders and district leader came over to give her a blessing. After the blessing we told the elders they could take one cookie. They are about to leave when we See Elder Muthoka walking conspicuously away eating one cookie and another 3 in his hand. haha I am going to miss Elder Muthoka so much when he goes home! Which is very soon!
Thursday:
My companion still wasn't feeling well and so at 10:30 at night the Zone leaders had to take us to the hospital and we were there until 1 am. She is feeling better now. We don't really know what is wrong but no it is not malaria or Ebola.
Friday and Saturday:
Went to the area and worked hard! Had some great lessons and some great new investigators. We have been teaching the Banda family and they are super sweet! They understand very well the restoration and they say it feels right. But they didn't come to church because a friend from Mozambique came unexpectedly.
Sunday:
Had a baptism for 4 people from the Elders who took our area. 2 that were getting baptized were our past investigators, Beverly and Sister Nthenda (Br. Nthenda wife who use to be a Muslim). It was super exciting to see them get baptized!
Anyways that all that is happening in Zingwangwa! Mission is going fast and I am continuing to love what I am doing!
-Sister Rasband