Monday, September 21, 2015

Another week gone!!
This week has been crazy. I don’t know where to begin.
Monday, Sis Browning came up to Lilongwe so she could catch a flight to
Lusaka for transfers. So Tuesday morning we take her to the airport at
6 am to find out that the flight was canceled. So we were at the airport
until 9 am trying to rebook her flight keep in mind that I had sweats
on and no name tag. From their we rushed to district meeting and the
Wednesday we had errands to run in the morning like picking up mail
and going to copy a key. Then at 11 we get a text from the Zone
leaders that we have to go pick up the new sister coming to Lilongwe
at the airport at 1. So we finish, eat and rush to the airport. To find
out that after we have to take the sister to the church so she can be
interviewed by President Erickson. So we rush to the church and sat
there for a couple hours. By the time we get her off with her
companions and get the key its is 5. So we go to the area and get 2
lessons in before coming home at 7.
Thursday we get a text from our recent convert who is a fellowshipper
for our investigator Wille. Wille told Barrack, the Recent Convert ,that he knows
the church is true and is ready to be baptized! We were so excited!!
Willie is the one who will lose everything if he joins the church. So he
prayed and got the strongest confirmation that it is true! He went and
told his boss and miracle the boss said it was okay for him to close
the shop on Sunday! Miracle! He is on date for October 4, 2015.
Also on this day we saw one of our new investigators the Kamwana
family! They are so great. We just contacted at their gate and they
were really interested in the Book of Mormon. Usually when we are
there we talk to the dad, but today only the mom was there so
taught her. Right after the opening prayers she says “I
just want to talk for a minute” and then she talks for the next 10
minutes about her past. In 2006 she was sick and was was she said a
"mad person". With that she lost all of her education and knowledge. She
had gone to school and was super smart. But she lost it all. She
lost her English and from 2007 she has been relearning English. She
kept saying “I am nothing, I don’t really feel like god loves me” and
just how grateful she is that we are coming. She lost all of her
confidence and honestly feels like God doesn’t even love her. It was
so hard for her. Sister Tuai and I were just dumbfounded. Her English
was so amazing. We just expressed God’s love
for her and how amazing she is. That was easily one of the best
lessons of my mission and I wish you guys could have felt how strong
the spirit was.
Br. Njobvu was baptized yesterday! That guy is solid! He always tells
my companion and I how it was all the Book of Mormon that helped him
gain his testimony of the true church. It always amazes me how the
Book of Mormon can truly change peoples life's. I know the Book of
Mormon is true and that is how I gained my testimony of everything
else. I love seeing others know how amazing the Book of Mormon is.

Love you all so much!


Monday, September 14, 2015

Big news everyone... Sister Aidoo is training so I get to have a granddaughter before I go home! And she is coming to Lilongwe for her first 12 weeks and my last!
Yesterday Henry and Joseph got the gift of the Holy Ghost. I always love seeing their face glowing after.
I've started playing the piano for the branch. I have no idea what I am doing. I mess up a lot. And I started teaching piano to about 7 people and I just am super confused about it. I mean I only took lessons for maybe a year...
Willie our investigator is so powerful. We saw him on Wednesday and after we left his home, my companion and I were just speechless. Willie explains to us that he knows this gospel is true, all of it. But he has a problem. If he were to join the church, he would sacrifice his job and home. He has been hired by a non-religious guy to work at his mini shop and lets him live there as well. His boss wants him to always work on Sunday. If he really wants to do this, he said he will lose all that and the money to take care of his 2 children (his wife died about 3 years ago) and he would have to move back to the refugee camp. But he kept saying its worth it..its worth it to be in the restored church.
We don't know what has really happened yet but Saturday night we called to see if he was coming to church and he said "Maybe, I talked to my boss to see if he could come on Sunday but he said "no"
Then on Sunday, as I was giving a talk, I see him come in with his two sons and I died! That man has a lot of faith, makes me want to be better. 
Heavenly Father has blessed us with such great people to teach, but Satan is truly working on them. It is faithful members and investigators like him that will help the church be established here in Malawi.
Love you all so much!
Sister Rasband

Monday, September 7, 2015

Hey Hey!!
I am getting really tired of this writing every week... so I am gonna make it short. Sorry, one day I will tell you everything!
-Where there is opposition there is miracles. When old members of the church are going around our area telling everyone and their chicken (chicken because everyone has pet chickens) that the church is satanic. But we are still baptizing and teaching some amazing people and families. We honestly couldn't be more happy with our investigators right now.
-Yesterday I hit my high of number of investigators at church...12!! Holla.
-Joseph and Henry got baptized yesterday! They were so excited and happy to come into the fold!
-Lungu my recent convert from the Lilongwe Branch has been interviewed for Melchizedek priesthood and should be getting it soon soon!!

Love you all so much! Thanks for everything!