Monday, November 24, 2014

"Good Morning Sister Rasband.  How are you?" "So we are calling you concerning transfers" .... my heart starts beating and hands shaking. "The Lord has called you to serve in the Lilongwe Zone"
Yup. Leaving my home of Blantyre/Zingwangwa headed to Lilongwe, Malawi. Just earlier this week Sister Griffus and I were talking about how we want to serve in Lusaka and Copperbelt but we have absolutely NO desire to serve in Lilongwe. But its okay... I'll go wherever the Lord wants me to go. All  I know is that in Lilongwe they don't use minibus for transport but instead stradding a bike while someone is peddling for you. So I got that to look forward to...
I will be companions with Sister Falco (A sister from my MTC group!) and Sister Muthengi. But I think we will only be in a threesome for a couple weeks.
The hardest part of this all is that this upcoming Sunday we were suppose to have a baptism for 3 people! Ethel, Janet, and Enita. These three have truly become my best friends as we have been teaching them and I  can't believe I won't see them get baptized!
This last week has been great though! We did a service project with the Chikapas (our branch president) but moving bricks AGAIN.  We had a FHE with the Tsoka (Enita and Janet, and Enita's 2 children) Family and played the game with a thimble of Water and they loved it! But it just seems like everyday this week we have either been at Ethels or Enita/Janet's home just preparing them for their baptism. And now I don't even get to see it... Its okay.
Well  I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving! Watch all the Football for me (#gohawks) and eat as much sweet potatoes as possible. I love you all!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

“It feels like the perfect day to go knock on every gate, toss a couple of bricks huh huh.” Name the song my Americans. Tribute to this woman for having another album.
But truly I feel like all this week I have knocked on gates and tossed 500 bricks. But its okay cause my arms are arms of steal now.
Tuesday we had a lesson with this guy named Andy. He is super smart and taking the GRE so he can get his masters in economics in USA. But he started off asking 2 questions. I can’t remember the first but then asked “So if someone you are teaching doesn’t want to hear about your church anymore, how do you handle that” We explain that we can’t do anything that’s there will if they want to see us. But then the question came back to him why he asked that. And he goes on to say he agrees with everything we are teaching, nothing is weird, he likes the Book of Mormon, but just isn’t interested. He promised us he would come to church on Sunday, but “after that I would rather that we stop meeting”. We left with our testimony and asked him to simply pray to know if what we are sharing with him is true. He said he won’t do that because he doesn’t see the point. He knows what he believes in is 100% and so if he asks and the answer is yes, he won’t do anything about it. Sooo yup. He came to church, he said he really liked it, but… still doesn’t want to meet with us.
Wednesday we took the whole day doing service with the district for the President of the branch. They are building a new home so we had the opportunity of moving 500 bricks. We first had to get the bricks and take them all down to her house. That took about 2 hours. Then we all stood in a line and tossed the bricks to each other and put them in little squares right next to the house. The next morning I couldn’t move my back or extend my arms. I was soo sore! And these bricks aren’t like American bricks OK? They weigh like 3xs as much as normal bricks. But it was so fun to do this as a district, before 2 of the missionaries left us this past transfer. We were SO sad to see them go!
Ethel is doing great. Continuing to progress! We talked to her mom this week about having the support of the father for her to baptized. She said she will talk to him. Her mom then told us how grateful she is for us because the gospel is changing her life! She use to run away from us when we first started coming but her father would always say “Come in, Ethel is here!” as Ethel is trying to hide in her room. But before we started teaching her she would run away from home, smoked, never helped around the house, and was pregnant. But she has seen the changes since we have been coming and even as missionaries we can see the light radiating from her! THIS GOSPEL CHANGES LIFE'S. I am so grateful to be apart of this work.
Anita is continuing to do amazing. This morning we taught her little sister, Janet, and put her on date for baptism the same day.  Even Janet has been coming to church twice now and we are already starting to see how the gospel is changing her life too! As Anita told us yesterday “She is a naughty teenage girl.”
Love you all so much! Grateful for the example and love you have always set for me!

Monday, November 3, 2014

What a grrreeat week it has been!! Investigators are progressing and so excited to be apart of this great community and love that the members of the church bring! I will just tell you a little about 3 of our investigators.
Sister Ethel
She is so great, and was suppose to baptized on 16 of November but because of branch problems she will on 30th of November. :( but she has such a great testimony and is making a lot of changes in her life. We are still working with her family though. Last week she told us how her father won't allow her to come to church, but this week it is now that she can come to church has long as she goes to SDA on Saturday! Its a progresses! She is 19 years old so she doesn't need the permission from her parents to be baptized, but it is something me and my companion really have been wanting and praying for. So maybe the change to the 30th is for the best to get her family's support.
Anita and her family!
We meet her through Ethel. She is so great. She hasn't missed church yet and even came to the women's activity in Blantyre on Saturday. She is making a lot of friends, and even in Relief Society yesterday when they were talking about visiting teaching, she raises her hands and says she wants to be apart of visiting teaching  and to visit others!!! She is just wayyy to great! She is on date for December 7th.  She has 2 children Angela and Prince, and although we have mainly been focusing on Anita we want the whole family to be baptized at the same time. It is just hard because younger children don't know English too well.
Lastly is Sister A N. 
If you knew how much I loved this girl you wouldn't understand at all. Because she speaks no English. So i can't even communicate to her. But she has been coming to church for a long time because her mom is a member. She is about 30 ish?  But she is always so happy and excited to see us. I have never seen her without a smile. I just wish i could communicate with her more!! It makes me so sad!! But we put her on date for December 7th as well and we hope she makes it. The only reason she wouldn't would be because of us and not getting a translator because she also understands slowly. We haven't even finished the first lesson yet!
Anyways that is our main progressing investigators. We though we had the B family, but as we planned to go and pick them up for church they already left for their old church. Super frustrating and we don't want to lose them!!
So just some updates from the week:
Saturday when we were at the women's activity at the church, someone stole our phone. We have been phoneless since and it is really hard! But just they day before, we were at the market buying potatoes when a boy ran up to us saying someone had opened my backpack and stole 1000 kwacha and gave us back the kwacha. Market 1 Blantyre Chapel 0.
Today we hiked Soche Mountain as a district! It was so fun, but man am i out of shape! Its been to long since I've hiked the beautiful mountains of Utah!!