|Daniel and his companion Elder Maduna|
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Monday, March 31, 2014
Sasa wiki hii ulikuwa si mbaya. Sawa tu. Lakini Shida wengi!Another interesting week in Kitale, full of wonderful and weird things. Some guy called me a devil this week, many times actually. It was quite interesting, but hey i just brushed off my shoulders! Also, our Ugandan investigators told us that if they came to church and took the sacrament, then their first born child would just die. Spontaneously com-bust. There are some very interesting beliefs that people in Kenya have about our church, and its sad to see. And what makes it worst is that most of the rumors come from pastors of other churches... they don't like it when their members start coming to our church, mostly because those members aren't paying them anymore.
This past week most of our lessons were with less active members. And there are lots of less active members in Kitale and Sikhendu! But they are all really cool people, but are just struggling with some commandments which makes them feel like they are not worthy to come. Like Mama Daisy! This mama is awesome! But coming to church is a problem for her, and she wont tell us why. But me and elder Maduna had a great lesson with here about being obedient to Gods commandments. We kind of blasted her hah but she understood. We really talked to her about being a good example to her small kids and also her husband, who is not a member. We told her that he would never join if she was not setting the good example for him. It was really nice lesson and the spirit was there kabisa. Hope we helped her to get back on track. Also we have this Less active guy named Anthony who is super funny haha not sure if he is all there up top but hey he thinks that i am a red Indian, so that's pretty cool i guess. Just thought i would throw that out there.
Sunday was good. Elder Maduna gave a 30 minute talk, first two speakers spoke for 7 minutes combined so he had to take the rest of the time. Also got a awesome new investigator, Pamela. She was brought by her friend who is a member and is new to the branch. We had a super great lesson with her about the restoration! She had lots of good questions and really wanted to know more about the church! So we are really excited to continue to teach her.
Also saw President Edward (from Mautuma branch) this week! it was really cool to see him. He had to go to Sikhendu for a meeting and we saw him and got to talk to him for a while. He was mad that i hadn't gone on exchanges with the elders in Mautuma i was like umm I'm not sure if i can do that but ya ill try haah. It was really nice to see him, one of the most genuine guys I've meet in Kenya.
But the work is going well, still looking for those prepared by the Lord. But i love you all!! ALSO HAPPY LATE BDAY TO MY LIL SISTER EMMY!!!!!!!!!! LOVE YOU!
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Familia yangu,Really nice week! Lots of gooood stuff.
Other than that all is good!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Another wonderful week in KITALE! but not much to say this week.
But this week the rains came... and didn't want to leave! But we had to cancel a lot of our appointments this week, just because of the rain. When it rains here its almost impossible to do work. The roads turn into strait mud and its impossible to get around. And even if it looks like its going to rain people will cancel the appointment on us because its too difficult to get around in the rain (we set most of our appointments at the church). But its ok because rain is a blessing!
But the work was good this week. We were able to get a lot of work done out in Sikhendu. We were able to go on splits again there this week, so i got to work with one of the members, Maxwell. This guy is so awesome! He is 22 yrs old and is preparing to go on a mission, so its really helping him a lot to be out working with us. But he helped a lot with the work. He was going for it! hah he wasn't shy or timid at all about teaching. If i would ask him to teach a principle or something, he was ok with it and really taught well. It was fun working with him. He wanted to talk to everyone and get numbers to meet with them again!! it was cool to see him really engaged in helping and doing missionary work, i wish i would have been more like that when i was back home. But i know he will be a great missionary.
Sunday was my first week attending Kitale branch... so i was assigned to give a talk and be the concluding speaker. Ha the branch president told me that he assigned someone else to give a talk in the branch, but he said ''Ya so elder Thomas I know that this guy will not come, so can you prepare a talk?''... Yeah why not!! hah i was assigned to talk on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I felt like it went really well. I just taught on the basics of it, Faith, Repentance, Baptism by immersion, Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Endure to the end. I thought i would just teach the fundamentals of it because a lot of the members are still really new and are learning, so i just wanted to talk about it enough so everyone had an idea of what it really is! So it went well and i felt like i did a pretty good job.
One funny thing, but then again not funny. So we have really been working with this less active guy named Benard lately. He is a security guard who works pretty close to the church. We have visited with him a lot and have really tried to help him come back to church. We have been able to read the Book of Mormon with him and had really good visits with him. We were really anticipating him coming to church, but he did not show up. So we were sad about that. BUT! right after church we came out of the meeting house talking with some members, and we see this guy walking out the front gate with a jembe (hoe) in hand, and its Benard! SO he came to church.... or i should say he came to the church. At the church is a church shamba (farm/garden), for all of the members to use to grow things. So he went to work in his shamba.... at the church.... on Sunday... not even coming inside to take the sacrament or to go to the classes. When Elder Maduna saw him he was like ''HEY, STOP THERE!!'' ohhh snap he was mad!! haha then Benard tried to hide around the corner, but we went to talk to him. We asked him what he was doing and he was just like super confounded haha. elder maduna said ''Now God is going to curse your shamba for sure!'' i was like ohhh snap.... haha but its true. If we are not obedient, we can receive no blessings. It was both funny and sad at the same time. But afterwards i felt really bad, just that he was working on the sabbath, at the Lords shamba, not even coming to church. Weird experience. Sometimes i don't understand people. But we all have agency... but we need to use it very wisely!!
Yeah sorry nothing too interesting this week. Our investigators are doing ok, having difficulty getting them out to church but we will work on it. We will have Zone Conference this week in Eldoret, so I'm excited for that! Love you all!! Have a great week!
First week in Kitale!This week was pretty good. On Tuesday i had to pack my things and get ready to leave Mautuma. I also got to visit a few of the members, a lot of them were really shocked that i was leaving, because i hadn't been there for that long. Even for me i was really sad to go. I really loved the members of Mautuma!!!! Such awesome people who really love the Gospel and also loved helping us missionaries. But I'm happy I'm still in the same zone as Mautuma, i hope to go on exchanges there sometime in the future.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Crazy week......... wow.So to start we received transfer news this week. I thought for sure that i would stay in Mautuma because i haven't really been here that long... but the Lord has other plans for me now! President Hicken called me Sunday night and said that i am going to Kitale! So I'm still in the same zone, but now i am also a Zone leader here with Elder Maduna from South Africa. That was a real surprise but hey its all according to the will of the Lord, so its all good!
We were able to split again on Saturday and really taught a ton of lessons. We have a super super awesome Investigator now, Josiah! Man he is one truly prepared of the Lord. We have really been struggling to get serious investigators lately. But the Lord has blessed us with Josiah. He is 25 yrs old and is a great friend to Bro Daniel from the branch. He is really loving the Book of Mormon, and has already prayed and received and answer that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God!! I was sooo happy when he told us that! Just shows how really motivated he really is to find the truth, because we did not even tell him to pray about that, he did it on his own.. ohhh yeeeeaah!! Really wish i could continue to teach him, such a cool guy.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Another awesome week out here in Mautuma!This week we got a lot done with the work. It was awesome this week because EVERY lesson and visit we had, we had a member present to help us to teach! Its pretty amazing how much help we are getting from members. The members out here really are trying to step up in the work. They are really starting to see this as their work, and that we as missionaries are just here to assist them in doing the work, just in teaching and baptizing. But they are the ones who should be doing most of the work, like retention and finding people to teach and giving referrals. We have a lot more people we are teaching now because the members are more involved. Even we got an awesome referral from our first councilor, which is a family!! It is super difficult to teach families in Kenya. A lot of the time the Husband and wife live in different places, like one lives in Nairobi for work while the other stays at their home area. But now we have a family to teach! The husband is Hudson, and his two sons Brandon and Dixon came to church which was awesome. Unfortunate the wife didn't come. That's another common problem. Its like a cultural thing where someone always has to stay at the house... so they alternate coming to church. Which really isn't that good... but at least we have something to work with! But the work is really picking up right now which is awesome!