Monday, January 13, 2014

January 6, 2013

Another awesome week out in Western Kenya.
So this week i go to go out on exchanges in Misiku to do a baptismal interview, so i was with Elder Marble for most of the week. He is a really good missionary from Utah.  So we had to do 3 interviews, one of which was for 2 younger kids who's grandparents are members and wanted to be baptised, and another one for a 23 yr old guy.  Unfortunately we had to do the interviews at their homes.... and the 2 places were on the opposite sides of their area. So we spent the whole day biking around and taking matatus to get around. Legitimately. And also a huge storm rolled on in on us and we got dumped on.... hahah it wasn't very pleasant but hey it definitely spiced things up.  It was a really tiresome day. But the interviews were awesome, all of them were very prepared.  Just really came to show me how the Lord is truly preparing people to accept the fullness of the gospel. Its awesome! Also spent new years day in Misiku... just felt like a normal day. The number of  drunk people was the same.... one out of 5 hahah. But ya its 2014 yall!!
This week in Mautuma we had some really awesome lessons, especially with teaching the restoration! We were able to go and teach it to two of our progressing investigators, Caroline and Titus.  Caroline is a single woman who is staying with her father right now with her kids.  She found out about the Church in Nairobi and was very interested in attending here in Mautuma.  We had a really powerful lesson with her and the spirit was really there. She had lots of good questions and has a really strong desire to be baptised.  we just hope that she will continue to attend church and gain a strong testimony in the church. Then with Titus, we had an awesome lesson with him.  He is really interested in serving mission and loves the structure of the church. He likes how at church our classes are more of a discussion and you are allowed to ask questions.  Most churches here is just the pastor teaching and not allowing anyone to speak... so that's kind of a big reason why people like our church!! ohh ya! But even with him he is doing awesome and always has lots of good questions at church.  So things are doing well in Mautuma right now.
A few funny things this week though.  I ate it on my bike. Big time. hahahaha. I was tom cruising down a hill and i got to close to a washed out ditch and my back tire slid down and well before you know it i was over the handlebars and on the ground.  It happened so fast that i didn't know what happened. it was pretty crazy and i just look back and Elder Griffiths was dying laughing.  Only one mama saw me so it was ok. But still, the only thing hurt was.. my pride.... but its ok pride is of the devil! hahah still it was pretty bad. People the entire day were just looking at me like what happened to you.  Another funny thing was something a member said in his prayer.  People here for the most part are pretty devout and in to their prayers, but sometimes they say some really funny things.  So we asked a member to pray for us during our visit with him as we were about to leave, and he said in his prayer "next time we meet let us say to each other 'HEY LORD' we thank you for the gospel".... umm and my companion pretty much lost it and started laughing a little bit.  yeah i wont lie it was pretty funny hahaha.  The funny stuff that happens in KENYA!
But things are going great!! Love you all have a super week!
Elder Thomas

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