Monday, January 26, 2015

A crazy week. A lot of chaos, but hard to explain. Electricity turning on and off the whole week, a sister staying with us before she went to the MTC for her mission was showing some sketchy signs that she was not ready for mission, and having to go to the hospital last night (for her companion). But don't worry all is well here in Lilongwe.
Br Bitto and Isaiah got the Holy Ghost yesterday and they were so happy. It was so great seeing them come to church in their white shirts and ties ready to receive one of the best gifts from our Heavenly Father. Truly we are very luck as members to have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. A lot of times I think we forget about how blessed we are. That as we continue to remain worthy the Holy Ghost is always there for. To tell us when we are not in a good situation, to comfort us when all we feel like is crying, to testify of the truthfulness of the gospel when we start to have little fears or doubts, and to strengthen us in time of need. I think a lot about my mission, and how a lot of what I am doing now I can't ever imagine doing on my own. But the Holy Ghost was even there to help to grow, to do what I need to as a missionary, to be obedient, to talk to as many people as possible, to always have a smiling face. None of this would be possible without that special gift from our Heavenly Father. He cares and loves us so much, and we need to take advantage of this gift, by being worthy and partaking of the sacrament each week. 
Br Bitto and Isaiah, truly understood the power of the gift of the Holy Ghost. They know what it can do. On Saturday as we were seeing Isaiah he continues to express his concern about Satan tempting him and delaying him going on a mission. He knows that Holy Ghost will truly help him stay on the right path and that Satan will have a harder time getting to him. He is truly preparing for his mission! Everyday he studies all the material we have given him, Liahonas, the Book of Mormon, pamphlets, and even the Teaching of President Ezra Taft Benson. He will be one amazing missionary.
We also started teaching a woman named Robson who came to church last week. When we saw her Wednesday she expressed to us how much she loved church and wants to join. When we extended a baptismal date for her she said "Yes, but I have to ask my husband first".
Saturday we see her again and she explains that her husband is not okay with coming to The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is a Roman Catholic and feels the need for her to go there. She was so heartbroken and kept looking at us and asking "What should I do?" We then lead the discussion into Prayer, praying with faith. She understands that she should pray but never thought about praying with faith. And how often do we struggle with that. We pray for this and that, for a good score on a test, for a job, but do we have the faith that God will help us. Or do we just pray and leave it at that.  One morning as I prayed before we left to the area, Sister Falco asked "Do you have the faith that your prayer will come true" Uhh... And its true. I prayed that we would be able to find people who are ready to hear the gospel. But in my mind I didn't really believe it, or have faith. I just thought this area is too rich its very hard to find people willing to hear the gospel. But prayers will work according to our faith. Do we really believe that God will help us or show us the way?
This week we will be going down to Blantyre for Mission Tour with Elder Cook from the Seventy. I am really looking forward to hearing him talk to us, and seeing some of my favorite missionaries. Truly blessed to be a missionary and to learn amazing things from Elder Cook, my mission president, my mission leaders, and all of the missionaries. A once in a lifetime experience.
Love you all!
Sister Rasband



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