“Hi, I’m Prophet Robert and your name?”
So yeah. My week was pretty cool.
This past week we didn’t have to much time being out in the area because my companion was sick, but when we were out we had some pretty sweet experiences.
We are teaching this guy named Lungu and he is awesome. He is progressing and has a date to be baptized April 5th. He reads everything we give, explains it back to us perfectly. He understands that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true church, and our Savior's church, and the only way to salvation because of the priesthood. I feel that most people don’t understand what we really mean when we say those things, they all say basically a church is a church; your church is good my church is good as well but its nice that you have the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. But no Lungu understands and wants to join so badly! Only problem is he couldn’t find the church and left our number at home so he couldn’t call us.
Mtsiliza, the village, is doing great! Our recent convert Isaiah gave a great talk on the Plan of Salvation on Sunday and blessed the sacrament for the first time. So happy to see his growth for only being a member for 1.5 months. Our less actives are coming to church. Sister Kapobo (pictured with Anna below) a strong less active has been to church for the last 4 weeks, on time. Amazing. No one is on time to church. Church usually starts at 9:15 instead of 9.
And yes my companion and I met a prophet. We had an appointment fall through and so we started knocking on gates. One woman lets us in basically saying, “What are you still doing standing at the gate come on it.” So we enter her home and the woman keeps talking and talking, and then we meet her niece, Ruth (who came to church!) and she has had some struggles in life. Her husband died, as a widow she went to the U.K for nursing school, and while she was there got really sick, to the point she should have died. She came back to Malawi in a wheelchair, but now is doing great and just has a limp.
And then we meet Robert. I don’t even know what to say. But he introduced himself as prophet Robert and then he started preaching to us for 10 minutes and then his mom was like “Ok Bobby, stop preaching”. But it was funny because he starts talking about how Jesus Christ gave his apostles the power and authority to preach the gospel, and how he as the power and authority. Haha in my mind all I’m thinking is how do we teach about prophets/gospel dispensations.
His mom then tells us the story of how he became prophet, and I don’t really understand but all it was 2 men telling him and his mom that this boy is special and has been called of God. He is a prophet. So they believed these two men, and now Robert is trying to get into some missionary/prophet school, and wants to come work with us by sharing the gospel with other people. “You can come over everyday and then we can just go share the gospel, because I want to be like you guys I want to be a missionary” And his mom just keeps encouraging “you need to work with him”.
But all in all, we see potential with Ruth and really want to teach her. She loved church on Sunday!
So that’s my week. Sitting inside I got a lot of studying in and it made me really happy! Honestly I feel pretty blessed to be apart of the mission, even though we have to be home at 6. Yes its super frustrating because that is when all potential investigators get home from work, but I get to study for usually an hour or two every night! I love it! And this week I studied a lot about the Holy Ghost and receiving revelation. On my mission I always feel disappointed when I don’t know what to do or where to go, thinking why can’t I get some sort of feeling on what we should do. But through my studying, I learned God gave us our agency for a reason. Even as missionaries we have our agency. Agency to choose right from wrong, but also to just go and do. Make a decision. If we are worthy of the spirit, pray to discern, and then listen throughout the day, then God can direct us. But also God isn’t going to tell us where to go every day, what to say at every moment. We have our agency. We have to use our agency and judgment and just go to work. God will not command in all things.
I love this quote by Elder Henry Eyring
“Whenever darkness fills our minds, we may know that we are not possessed of the Spirit of God. … When we are filled with the Spirit of God we are filled with joy, with peace, and with happiness, no matter what our circumstances may be; for it is a spirit of cheerfulness and of happiness.”
The spirit does not go with sadness, frustration, or anger but with happiness. Sometimes we can know we have the spirit just because we are happy!
Well done with preaching Sister Rasband but its all true. The Holy Ghost is so amazing! Love you all! I'm grateful to be a missionary and to learn the gospel and even help others learn and love it.