Monday, April 27, 2015

All is well now! I have a companion and she is super sweet!
Her name is Sister Aidoo from Ghana. She loves to teach and loves learning. I am grateful to be with her and I know we will do wonders in this area!
I still thought last week she wasn't going to come.

Monday the Zone Leaders text us saying probably she will come Wednesday. And then Tuesday night comes and I have no idea if she is coming. They finally call and saying she will arrive Thursday at 12. So then Thursday 2 pm comes around and she is still not here. They were at the airport waiting for her but my mind kept thinking that she didn't even get on the flight, they wouldn't allow her to come and all this stuff. BUT FINALLY she arrived at our flat at 4pm. Thank goodness!
This weekend we were able to watch conference and it was so good! I can't wait to have the Ensign so I can study each of them. We truly are blessed to be guided by Prophets and Apostles. 
As I got to go back to my area full time, it felt a little like we were white washing the area. So we did a lot of tracting and found some very sweet people who we are excited to teach!
Love you all!


Monday, April 20, 2015

This week was just like last week. Still companionless. Haha but it is
all okay and hopefully she will come this week ( I know I said this
for the last 3 weeks).
Lungu was baptized yesterday.  It was my first baptism where I got a
little bit emotional. Lungu like I have said is such a humble guy who
was just ready to accept the gospel. It was all the spirit that got
him ready and I am just happy to have seen his baptism. As he was
bearing his testimony he said “ I’m 50 years old and have never been
baptized, I had never fully accept Jesus Christ as my savior…. I
promise to live the Word of Wisdom, I promise to live the Law of
Chastity, I promise to keep the Sabbath day Holy, and I promise to pay
a full teeth (he doesn’t know how to say tithe). I am grateful for
Joseph Smith and that he restored the Church of Jesus Christ”. I
couldn’t help myself just have a huge smile to see this great guy make
a covenant with Heavenly Father, and when he couldn’t say tithe and he
laughed at himself.
Other than that this week was normal as ever.  We met a sweet woman in
my area who we committed to be baptized.
If there is one thing I have gained a huge testimony of on my mission,
its priesthood blessings.  It has helped me on my mission where I
wasn’t sure I could go anymore, and then this past week I was able to
watch another priesthood blessing bless another person. I am truly
grateful for the priesthood, and that I am able to have it in my life.
Heavenly Father is truly able to work through some of his servants to
bless other and I am so grateful for it.
One last funny thing for you.  We were teaching the sisters recent
convert and talking about the Book of Mormon and where it was written.
We talked about how some of it was probably written Central America.
And then their RC was dumbfounded that  America was 2 continents. And
then he uses the world map and pointing to North and South America
says “So Obama is running all of this area right??”
I about DIED as I explained to him that no, he is president over this
area (as I showed him where the U.S was).
This weekend we get to listen to conference and I cannot wait! Hope
you all have a good week!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Well…. I am still companionless.
She is still having visa problems but they are continuing to try to get her here!
Things are great here in Lilongwe. We still haven’t listened to conference, we plan to listen on the 25 and 26 of this month.
Lungu passed his baptismal interview and will be baptized this Sunday!! He will be the first person I have baptized who has a car. Honestly I see Lungu as a miracle baptism. Every person his age and status are to prideful in their church and beliefs to even think about switching churches. But Lungu is easily one of the most humblest people I know.
We had our kitchen sprayed for cockroaches (finally!) but then spent all of Saturday night cleaning the kitchen. Took all three of us 5 hours to clean.  I hadn’t been so homesick since the first couple months of my mission. Not homesick for all you (sorry) but for America!
Thursday we were teaching a guy named Andy. He had just been given a kitten for some reason and so we were playing with it having fun and then we started the lesson and let the kitten go. 5 minutes into the lesson and the kitten starts making a lot of noise. I look down at my feet and it has mouse inside its mouth about half the size of the kitten. He must have found the mouse under the couch I was sitting on and killed it right there. And then ate the whole thing! I know Lucy at home will save the bones and has her graveyard, but this kitten ate the whole mouse, including the tail, in 3 minutes! And Sister Quaye is sitting right next to me watching it eat the mouse.  I was ready to get out of there!
Well I love you all! Thanks for all the support!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Only in the Great Zambia Lusaka Mission...
Do I have to wake up at 5 am 3 mornings in a row

Do I get to be companion-less for a week
and the power goes out every night while we are cooking food.
With transfers, Sister Muthengi and 4 elders were suppose to leave Tuesday morning to Zambia. So all of us woke up around 5 and left at 5:40 to get to the airport, and then get there to find out that the flight is canceled. So we all got back into the cars and arrived home around 7:30. But it actually was good! Sister Muthengi and I were able to go back to our area. We had no plans but found some sweet people! It was like a miracle day, everyone was at their homes!
So Wednesday morning we tried again and luckily the plane was ready to go!
I spent the day with Sister Falco and Sister Quaye in their area, thinking I will be in my area tomorrow.
Wednesday night a girl from one of the branches in Lilongwe was going on a mission and got set apart. So she spent the night with us before her 6 am flight left to Johannesburg. Since she slept in my room, I was up at 4 am.
Thursday my companion was suppose to arrive at our flat around 12:30ish. At 2:30, instead of a knock at the door, we got a call from the Zone Leaders, "Well your companion isn't coming. She is having visa problems so they will try again next week." 
So I got to be with the Sisters for the rest of the week until right now. Yesterday was a crazy day. We first headed to their branch and had a couple people interviewed for baptism and then we ran to my branch for my baptisms. 
Hopefully my companion will come tomorrow though!!
I am jealous that you have all listened to conference. Soon I will be able to hear the wonderful talks from inspired apostles.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Yesterday was easily one of the coolest days on my mission. Lilongwe has 4 branches and then became a district. The place was packed and when President Erickson was conducting he said that a foreigner would think that we were creating a stake. There were so many people there and it was so cool! I can't really expressed how great it was, just that all of the hard work from missionaries and members we are finally able to be led and guided by a district. 
All in all a pretty normal week. Irene and Hannah will be baptized this Sunday, and Lungu continues to progress. He loved the conference.

This week I will be receiving a new companion from Ghana to train. I am excited to meet her and to have 2 sisters from Ghana in our flat... the only people from Ghana in the mission.

Anna didn't write much but she did send home lots of pictures this week. The first one is Sister Quaye, Anna, and Sister Falco celebrating 10 months on the mission. The gentlemen she is pictured with was her branch president but was called yesterday as the new district president. The next one is she and her companion, Sister Muthengi. Her companion is being transferred to Zambia today and she gets a new companion on Thursday. And the last picture is of the conference Anna wrote about it. This is what President Erickson said of the meeting, "We had a wonderful day today as we created the Lilongwe Malawi District this morning. We have 4 branches and one group in the district and expect to add two more branches by the end of the year. We had 428+/- in attendance at the Golden Peacock conference center. For a few minutes today, it felt like one of the more sacred spots on earth"