Monday, October 6, 2014

Lots of Driving


Transfer week. The worst week of the transfer.... haha.

Super, super busy this past week. And it wasn't even like with normal missionary work (like teaching, contacting, visiting members etc), It was driving and taking people all over Nairobi.  

Tuesday I was still with elder Maduna and also with Elder Uma (from ethiopia), we drove 2 sister missionaries (from Kenya, one of which lives in Darajani branch) to the bus stage for them to go home.  Only problem was the bus stages were right in the middle of town... so the traffic was super bad.  At one point we pulled over and like 4 drunk guys came up to the van and started going crazy.  I had no idea what was going on.... but it was pretty funny.  They wanted me to move the car for some reason not sure why. I just laughed tho.  Then we had to drive to Kasarani to pick up some sisters who where getting transferred.  We had some extra time because we had to wait for them to pack up all their things, so we went to this place called Thika Road Mall.  Probably the nicest place i have ever been to in Kenya.  It had pizza there, so we ate pizza.

Wednesday was super rough.  We woke up at 4:00am to pick up a new elder at the airport.  His flight was suppose to land at 5:40, so we arrived at 5:30 just to be on the safe side.  So we waited... and waited.... and waited. Then over the intercom, they said that the flight from Accra (he was at the Ghana MTC), had some technical difficulties so it would be delayed.  So we kept waiting... 8:00 pulls around... nothing... So we ask customer service what the heck is going on.  They say that people from that flight are still coming out.  We keep waiting.... 30 mins pass by and we ask again.  She calls someone and says that all of the passengers from that plane have already passed customs.... so we wait a little bit longer, and nothing.  Turns out the Elder was never on the plane.... the Ghana MTC sent us his itinerary for the wrong day.  So that was really,really unfortunate.  The rest of the day was then packed with picking people up from Eastlands, picking people from the bus stages, and then finally finishing at 11:00pm driving from Westlands to Rongai.  Long day to say the least.  

Thursday, woke up at 4:30. first full day with Elder Nyambita. more driving.

Friday, more driving.  Dropping off Elder Ndaba at the bus stage, then we realize at our apartment that he forgot his ticket in the car, so we have to drive all the way back to the bus stage.  Then the rest of the day was spent at the doctors office, we had to drive a few sick missionaries there.  

Saturday. Finally get to proselyte! Unfortunately, we planned to go to part of our area called Kibera, but the members who were suppose to show us the place canceled on us at the last minute.   But we made the most of the day and ended up with a few appointments.  

Sunday was POWERFUL! One of the best Sundays I've had in upper hill.  Nice service, and all four of our progressing investigators with a bapt date came!   Javenah, Nifred, Jackson, and Kevin.  We were able to split and meet with all of them after church and teach them.  All of them are doing really well.  Jackson will hopefully be baptized soon.  I was able to teach Javenah, and we read 2 Nephi 31 with him about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He then asked a lot of questions about baptism.  He had a concern about if he was baptized into the church, he wasn't sure if he could leave his church that his family attends back in Meru.  So we talked about how he needed to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it and the church, and if he finds out it is true, make his decision from there. He is a super sincere guy and I love him a ton, i just hope he really does his part to know the truth.    But he is still doing well and enjoys coming to church.  We then finished the day by visiting a less active family, the Macheti's.  They have been members for a long time, but for some reason or another, they have just gone less active.  But the mom came to church, so we wanted to follow up with her. She was super excited to have us over.  We also had the ward mission leader, Emmanuel (who just got his mission call to this mission!) come with us and he helped a lot.  She fed us food and we broke our fast there, Rice, beans, and potatoes.  

Crazy week, but it went by fast.  I have recently started reading Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage.  Its awesome.  I like the different perspectives it gives and the way it explains more about who the Savior really is and more about his role in our lives.  Its definitely expanded my knowledge about the Savior, and also my English vocabulary.  But one of my favorite scriptures about the Savior is found in D&C 76:22-24.  

I love you all!! Remember to CTR always, and be an example to those around you!! Also hope you all enjoyed conference! haven't seen it yet.... but looking forward to it in a few weeks!!!

Elder Thomas

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