too exciting happened today except after Pday!! We emailed at the
internet café and it is horrible hahaha! Later we emailed again because my
companion’s sister is in the hospital!! But I didn’t really get on because
nothing new happened in the middle of the night!! My mission president isn’t
strict about emailing—we can email all day as long as our companion is not just
sitting there! But he does care about traveling around on Pday to see the
touristy areas. No beuno! A guy started talking to me and telling me I wasn’t
Christian cause I cut my hair! It was so funny! I feel bad though cause I just
start laughing and I shouldn’t but it’s so funny and so hard for me to not
laugh all the time. We taught a Ugandan FAMILY!! It was the best!! So
spiritual! Man missions are THE BEST!! They really are! SO Great! And so
awesome!!! We talked about eternal families! AND THEY LOVED IT! They are really
Catholic!! But they have so much potential!! They fed us a small dinner! The
Ugandan family was in Area 9, which is a very Muslim place with a Muslim temple.
So we aren’t allowed to teach many in that area so we’re happy to find a family
to teach there!! And not just anyone! A great, great family!
like our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are so loving. I love the verse in 1
Nephi 21:14-16 that talks about how our Father in Heaven doesn’t forget us. I
wonder what it’s truly like to lose one of your children. It has to be hard. I
can’t even imagine. If you look at the prophets they are literally begging us
to come to Christ. And God talks through the prophets! It shows the love He
really does have for us. He literally is begging us to come back. He also talks
about every member a missionary. Remember that. Just cause I’m on a mission
doesn’t mean you can’t help with the work. Especially you mom you have SO many friends
who don’t know about the Gospel. Although our Heavenly Father is merciful, he
still is just, and who satisfied the demands of justice? Jesus Christ. Its
important to remember our Heavenly Father does love us but he expects a lot. His
plan shows the love He has for us.
was the best day ever!! We taught Andrew and he said he prayed and felt joy
that he knew the Restoration was true. Missions are THE best. They really are
so cool! I can’t believe it! He is struggling to accept the Book of Mormon. He
says he can find revelation through the Bible so why would he need a Book of Mormon!
BUT, still AWESOME, right?! He has been avoiding us a lot lately but we’ll keep
also taught Steven the Plan of Salvation! THIS MAN IS SO HUMBLE!! He believes
different stuff but accepts what we are teaching him immediately! It’s so
awesome how willing he is to learn!! Humble people are great!! His dad is in charge
of something in the Catholic Church so it will be hard so pray for him and his
AWESOME GUY!! He’s probably my favorite guy ever!! He is so awesome! He is so
humble! He is an elder for the Presbyterian Church but he is absorbing
everything we are teaching! We haven’t taught the Restoration yet! But he loves
the Plan of Salvation and eternal families! We gave him a picture of the temple
and he wants to go so bad! It’s hard because every church pays their people to
work for them but if they know it’s true then they’ll be willing to give it up.
Heavenly Father made the greatest sacrifice for us by letting his Son come to
the earth and atone for our sins. And this was done for all of us so we have to
be willing to sacrifice for Him as well.
LESSONS in one day! Tons of fall-through lessons but that always happens TIA (This
Is Africa) . We usually plan for nine lessons and always expect fall-throughs.
Nephi 1:25, shows the importance of doing things for the right reasons.
Remember it’s never about recognition just following our Heavenly Father.
June 18 2014
the mission is the best!!!!! My mission is already going by so fast I don’t
want to come home! I miss you guys but you’ll be there in a year and a half and
these people won’t! I love the people here!! So many people are mean to us too
but its okay. We got canceled on a lot today.
taught Noah. He didn’t really understand the purpose of our visit but thought
we were there just talking about God. But it was still good. The guard behind
us was listening the whole time!! Sweet, right?! And we talked to him before we
started with Noah because Noah was late (TIA). The guard is more interested
than Noah so that’s good!!
We taught Freddy!! He is AWESOME!! His father was a polygamist and his mother fed
him beer when he was 10. But he has basically changed his whole life around!!
Awesome guy!! He is a Pentecostal. Man they are tough--believe they are saved
by grace, no works. But he has so much potential. He is VERY interested in how
our church is organized with prophets and the 12!! He is like amazed!! That’s
basically where we left off!
is so cool!!! It testifies of Christ and the Book of Mormon so much!!! IT’S SO
COOL!! So many verses talk about the Restoration and the temple ordinances and
the priesthood and everything. I wish I read the Bible more before my mission.
have come on my mission, I have learned a lot. I feel like I understand the
relationship with our Heavenly Father a lot better. I feel like I understand
how much he truly does love us and how much he truly does care for us and wants
us to come back. I have felt so much love for these people. I can’t even
imagine how our Heavenly Father feels about the people here. It must be so hard
for Heavenly Father when people rebel because He loves them so much. I feel
like the atonement is so perfect. It shows so much love but it also shows us
that Jesus Christ did not just atone for our sins. We have to turn to him. We
have to become clean through Him. Like everything in this Gospel, it shows how
much Heavenly Father loves us.
June 19, 2014
a service project today!! Man it was awesome!! I felt like I was back in Tijuana or Fiji or
Uganda again!!! I loved it!! So much fun!! We worked on a farm with cow manure
to help fertilize the plants. My companion and I were COVERED in manure and when
we got home, the showers were turned off hahaha!! We served in the village--the
most humbling place of my area. It’s great though. All our appointments fell
through today but it was probably our fault. The service project went longer
than expected and we couldn’t ride with the ZLS or DL because its not allowed. We
had to go with the lady who owns the farm. And she was a little slow. Haaha but
it’s still okay!! And it was still a great! We met with some members and some
youth that are inactive! The priesthood is so needed in Africa. Well, actually
punctuality is needed because no one comes in time to prepare the sacrament and
we start a half an hour late every time!
June 20, 2014 - MIRACLES
with Grace who literally is the sweetest lady and lives next to the church. She
has a Book of Mormon that the branch president gave her. She has been taught by
missionaries and loves discussing the gospel. We talked about 2 Nephi 31, which
talks about the authority to baptize, and she LOVED it! And it was so inspired
that we talked about it because she asked us, “Why did Jesus walk all the
way to John the Baptist?” The Lord is a miracle worker! We explained the
priesthood quickly because we had to go but we will teach her again!
next guy we visited was Mkwandavi!! AMAZING moments like this make a mission
all worth it! We talked with him about eternal families and he LOVED every
second of it!! I wish I could describe it! That’s the thing--mission moments
are indescribable. He is so humble and so willing to learn. He didn’t know he
could be with his family again and when we told him, he was just shocked and
amazed. He kept repeating things like “you have enlightened me” We asked, “Do
you have any questions?” “No I agree with everything you are saying.” “Well we
aren’t perfect teachers so we might be confusing” “No You are perfect; you are
called by God to teach this message to me’. After the lesson, he said, “When we
get up to Heaven, I will point you out to God and tell him that you two sisters
were the ones who inspired me.” Man what a miracle lesson! (teared up a little).
next guy we taught was so prepared by the Lord. He called us because he’d read
a pamphlet and that NEVER happens but he did and we asked him why and he said,
“Because you guys were different. To be honest, I’ve met many missionaries
(Jehovah witnesses) but you guys were just different.” His concern was that his
baptism was not done correctly. Man that was a miracle guy that just walked
into our hands.
first month of my mission has been amazing. It has made my whole mission worth
June 21, 2014
literally every lesson fell through. :( You can have the longest day though and
still be happy. We did teach two people. My weaknesses as a missionary is
being bold. My companion is great--actually every African is great at the bold
thing. But I am horrible at it. And I always start writing in my journal and go
to bed a little late. So I’ve got to work on those two things.
Missions are the best!! If I had days like today for the rest of my mission, my
mission would still be the best! Lessons, personal study and learning the
importance of prayer have changed my life.
study has changed my life! It really has!! It’s so great! The Bible and Book of
Mormon are so cool and they work hand in hand! I’ve read the scriptures before
but studied them like I do here? Not really! And I promise myself to never just
read my scriptures again. I wish everyone understood the beauty of really
studying the Book of Mormon. It’s so awesome!
could write a whole page about teaching but I won’t. It’s indescribable. It’s
the best feeling in the world when you see someone’s face light up, when you
see something click and when you see them feel the Holy Ghost. It’s the best.
a goal to pray aloud and on my knees daily. I never did that before my mission.
It changes your life, your perspective. Do it.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
IS GREAT!! There are about 40 members!! And it’s awesome!!!
church we met with a family that believes they are saved by grace. They are the
greatest family ever. They fed us and we taught them a small lesson! Man they
have so much potential to be amazing leaders.
we explored area 1 which is a dead area. There are huge houses but no one lives
in them!! Except a miracle happened--we met a young girl who is so prepared to
find the gospel. She said she lost Jesus and is just barely figuring out her
life. She is very interested and is so stoked to read the Book of Mormon!
Missions are full of miracles. Actually everyone’s life is filled with miracles
best missionary advice I would give is to go and accept that you aren’t going
to be perfect and don’t get upset with yourself when you mess up. Just rely on
Heavenly Father and the atonement. I’m far from being a perfect missionary. My
advice is to just go. Just do it and then rely on your Heavenly Father. It
might be hard but its so WORTH it!! It’s the best decision I have ever made.
We arrived in Zambia and my mission has finally begun! Our mission
president is a gentle and kind guy, but you can tell he is strict but in the
best way possible. He is so loving. His wife is very sweet as well. The mission
has doubled in size since my mission president has been here (1 year). The
growth of the Church is awesome. They have to make strong center points and
build out. Something that is even cooler about the growth is that the people
are already meeting without any assistance from the missionaries.
My first area is in Milawi!! Lilongwe is a nice
city, not like Johannesburg but we have hot water and we use the couples’
washer and dryer. And the BEST part--we have a truck! What a perfect mission!
The flight to Malawi was literally the craziest thing I have ever
done. It was 1 hour and 45 minutes long and the airplane was about the size of
a bus with 19 seats and 7 windows. Crazy! There was no bathroom and I had to go
to the bathroom the whole time. And I could only bring one suitcase and the weight
limit was 50 pounds. The AP's will bring the rest of my things when they visit
The food is the same as in Uganda but the grocery stores are WAY nicer with
more access to American food. Road conditions are better than in Uganda
and the people are AWESOME.
My companion and I are whitewashing an area. The area book has no investigators
though... so yeah. It’s literally white washing with no direction. So we have
been tracting and tracting and no one wants to hear our message. But it’s
okay!!! We went and visited members the first day to find referrals and the
spirit is so strong! It’s SO awesome!!! It really is!! The GOSPEL really is the
best way to raise a family. It really is! If you remember what you are
doing--you are bringing people unto Christ. It makes things a lot easier when
you tract all day long and get one lesson in—it’s hard but it’s fine. It really
does make things easier when you remember your purpose and the importance of
what you are doing. The mission is awesome. It really is!!
We did get to teach Msue. She is AWESOME!! Super prepared by the Lord!!! She
will be a golden investigator. She is a young girl and she is wondering about
where she will go after life! She asked us for the Book of Mormon because
someone gave her a pamphlet. She is a sweet, sweet girl!! She has such a good
spirit about her!! I feel so much love for her even though I barely know her!!
We also taught Andrew--He is awesome and super sweet!! He’s a good guy!! And,
we taught Jonathan--He is a Pentecostal and he believes that he is already in
the kingdom of God. So he’s a little tough! His friend was there and was just
telling us all his beliefs. Other than that we have just tracted!! but its
And English speaking mission?? haha funny. It’s Chewa (Malawi's main language)
with English! Both for sure!!! Chewa is more common though!! President Mckay is
genius. well…He relies on God obviously!! (President McKay blessed her with the
gift of tongues when she was set apart).
I don’t know if I added this in my last email but this happened at the
MTC. They had investigators come and practice with us. I didn’t know it
at the time but I had to teach a nonmember and the best part is I found out
AFTER that the investigators were Elder Maakas family. He got to teach them
after me. He told us that his family wasn’t interested in the Gospel before he
left on his mission but when they were helping us practice, they ended up with
a testimony. Both Elder Maaka and his family were crying!! I hope they get
baptized or converted!! So awesome!!
I remember watching Elder Bednar’s video about Africa and how
there are people meeting with no assistance from the missionaries and thinking
that oh that’s so cool, but probably not that common! Well, it is common!! And,
it’s happening in our mission too!!
There’s a place in Africa where 25-30 NONMEMBERS meet and act like a
"branch" They even have an investigator class! UNREAL right!! How
blessed I am to be serving in a place where the Church is so young and growing.
Even though Satan is in war with righteousness, Heavenly Father’s power is
ALWAYS greater. We have to remember that! We are never powerless if we depend
on our Heavenly Father!
A minister just recently found the Book of Mormon. He has read it and believes
it is true. He recently contacted the Church for copies. Cool, right? A
minister! But want to know what makes this story even cooler. He isn't
just a minister of 20 or 30 people, but 400 people attend his CHURCH!! This
CHURCH IS TRUE AND THE BOOK OF MORMON IS TRUE!!
I have a testimony of this Gospel through prayer and consistently searching the
scriptures. A boy could NOT translate or "write a book" so powerful
unless it was through God. There is NO possible way. Every verse has meaning.
It’s so powerful and amazing! And I’m grateful for this Gospel and everything
I've learned! And because I know it’s true, I must DILIGENTLY seek after it. We
must be constantly trying and reading and praying. God knew it wouldn't be easy
so we needed to have a Savior!! What a blessing and perfect plan! He knew we
would make mistakes so he gave us Christ BUT WE MUST turn our hearts to Christ
and lean on him!
By the way, internet speed is HORRIBLE but our president let's us
take as much time as we need with emails as long as we're respectful to our
1. When's your Pday
and what time of day do you write your emails? Well, this is my last Pday here
soo... haha :) I’m leaving for Zambia on Tuesday.
2. How's the food in
the MTC? I don't really eat... haha :)
3. Did you ever find
the small "Preach My Gospel"? Yes
4. Have you been to the temple? Yes, it was really cool!
5. How many missionaries are in the South Africa MTC and are they teaching any
languages in this MTC? No, they are not teaching any languages, and there are
17 total missionaries, 8 in my district.
6. What's your daily schedule? Lessons, practice teaching, lessons, practice
teaching, with a sports day.
7. Do you need us to send you anything? Not in South Africa, just food :)
CARLY SENT EXCERPTS FROM
The MTC is a
wonderful place. I love the spirit here, and the Church is true. I love what
they have taught us. One thing they taught us is that investigators need to
trust us as missionaries. They taught us the famous triangle. As you grow close
to your Heavenly Father you will be closer to your Investigators. As your investigator
grows closer to your Heavenly Father, you will as well. This can be applied to
many things in your life—husband, family and your companion.
I liked a lot what we
talked about when we talked about the potential of people. What does the gospel
bring us? It gives us security, purpose, peace, sense of belonging and much
more. And what may someone who is drinking, and doing drugs looking for?
Security, belonging, and much more. Everyone is searching for what the Gospel
brings us! Most have no knowledge it’s what they are looking for. They put their
trust in something other than the Lord. For example, one might put their faith
in drugs, when in reality all they need to do is put their faith in our
Heavenly Father. One of my religion teachers told me that Satan tries to be a
copycat and I believe he is except with him there is an end to this
Anyway the first day
at the MTC has convinced me that being a missionary will not be an easy
experience. It has taught me that we must focus on others. I want to be the
best missionary I can be--not because of myself, but because I want to help the
Savior help his children. I am so grateful for this opportunity to share the
gospel and be a full time missionary. I know I am far from perfect, but I WILL
give my whole heart to the Savior. I WILL accept criticism and continue to
grow. I WILL pray everyday with real intent. I WILL be 100% obedient. I WILL
love my companion. I WILL be 100% focused on my mission. I will continue to use
the gift of repentance. I WILL work and give the BEST I can for 18 months.
My companion name is
sister Namatsa (BUTALI). She is so awesome!! I met her in Uganda last summer.
What a tender mercy. I love this Gospel and I know it to be true.
We learned to be
diligent in our study of the gospel. I love what it says in Alma 21: 7-10. You can
RECEIVE the word of the Lord and you can RECEIVE the words of the Gospel during
general conference or even church. I like what it says in this verse because it
uses the words NEED and diligence. We need to study what we are taught. Listening
and feeling the spirit is so awesome but with no action, we shall only receive
a portion of this word."
DAY 3 (I am just
In the scriptures, prophets
are commanded to cry repentance and the people often harden their hearts. I
find this interesting because we have been taught as missionaries to build
trust and then invite others to repent. Prophets can’t necessarily do that to a
group of people. In my experience, one reason people harden their hearts is because
if a stranger calls you out to repentance you will likely get VERY defensive.
We are human and we have the tendency to be prideful. We learned that building
trust could allow others to accept the gospel with a more humble attitude.
handbook is SO cool!! I decided to read it with my companion because she hasn’t
read it yet and there are so many things to learn and so many promises. I am
determined to be the best missionary I can be. The handbook has this great
promise. "You will be expected to maintain the highest standards. You must
strive to fulfill what the prophet says, live mission rules, follow counsel of
mission president and devote ALL time and attention to serving the Lord,
leaving behind ALL personal affairs, as you do these things the Lord will BLESS
you and you will become an EFFECTIVE advocate and messenger for TRUTH.” Isn’t
that everyone’s hope to be the best missionary. It continues saying more stuff
and then it says obedience will show YOUR LOVE for him, earn TRUST and
CONFIDENCE with nonmembers and members and qualify you for the companionship of
the Holy Ghost.
God truly asks so little
of us. And gives us so much!!
These AFRICAN people
They know the gospel
SO well, not just spiritually but they understand the Book of Mormon so WELL! I
am impressed by so many of them. I will share three examples of Elders I truly
He is a convert to
the Church and went with the missionaries to teach BEFORE he was baptized
because his family wouldn't allow him to be baptized. He is an incredible young
man and he will be an example to his mission and to this world. His testimony
is unreal, his knowledge of the Book of Mormon is incredible, His love for
missionary work--no words can describe it. African culture is a little laid
back compared to America and he works so hard for this Gospel. I am impressed
and will forever look up to his happiness and positive attitude! I love that
Also a convert--his
parents are giving him no support for his mission but he came anyway. He is a
quiet guy but his testimony is beautiful and so good!!!!
He has studied the scriptures
so much and has many versus memorized. He quotes prophets all the time. He is
Most of the young men
here are converts. I am surrounded by people whose testimonies remind me of
Roman’s testimony. They have ALREADY given their whole heart to the Lord. I
know personally I struggled with trust, ALWAYS second guessing my decisions. My
whole heart was not with the Lord. Their whole heart was with the Lord from the
time they knew the Gospel was true even before their mission. I am grateful for
this trust I have gained in life and in the Lord because of their example. I
know things will work out. Whatever is supposed to happen WILL happen.
The Church is in good
hands in Africa. These Africans are amazing people. What a BLESSING to know
them. The MTC has 17 missionaries total, 5 girls and 12 boys. 5 are white (2
from England, 1 from Finland) 1 Tahitian, the rest are African. 12 of the
17 are converts and 10 ARE AFRICAN!! They are the best!! Imagine being
surrounded by those with the testimony of Roman and the humility and respect
for this Gospel like Jeff.
Well love you all!!
This is long...
Probably won't get
emails this long hahahah ever again!!
But I love you!! Thanks
And don't worry about
me. I am happy here and not homesick.