Soooo.... this was quite an eventful week... lots of things going on!
This past week we have really been working with a few of our new investigators, Joan (17),her brother Jarred (14), and Naomi (17). They were referrals from a member. Referrals are a missionaries best friend! They are in Nairobi for the Holiday season on break from their boarding schools. Almost all kids here go to boarding schools.. its weird. Back home im pretty sure thats frowned upon to put your kids in boarding school... here its the best education. Anyhow, both are really progressing well. Had some powerful lessons on the Book of Mormon and some of the commandments. Both are very understanding and wanting to learn more. Even both of them this week will be attending the stake FSY (for the strength of youth) activity. Its basically EFY. But im happy for them, it will be a good time for them to meet other members their age. We are planning for their baptisms on 28 this month.
Wednesday was pretty exhausting... haha. Woke up at 4:00am to pick up some new incoming missionaries (all are kenyans) who are serving in this mission. Even one of them was Bro Emmanuel (now Elder Emmanuel) who was the ward mission leader in Upper Hill Ward. Ha it was cool to see him as a missionary now! After that we went strait to help the sister missionaries move flats from Upper Hill to South B. It was cool tho because we had the whole district with us so we had a lot of help. It did take us the whole day tho... i was dying! The sisters did make us food tho so that was nice, green grams and rice. Powerful. Then they also bought me a birthday cake!! It was actually corn bread but who cares! same thing haha it was nice tho. I enjoy doing serving now, back home... not so much haah. but mission changes you!!
Thursday was very interesting. We were on exchanges with the Athi River elders for Bapt interviews, so Elder Bradford came to be with me and Elder Musasia. Midway through the day we were told that elder Musasia had to go with the assistants for a new missionary lunch with the mission president, so he left us. But there was another missionary, elder Wambete (who came from Nakuru for interview with the mish pres) who was with us for the day. Ha it was waaay cool. We all had a blast together and had some great lessons. But most importantly.... Bro Gerrald passed the bapt interview!! He was super excited and i also was told he teared up in the interview. POWERFUL!! So after all our lessons, we were told to go into town to go buy some bus tickets for the new missionaries going to their new areas. Seemed simple enough right??? hapana. wow.... traffic jam... woooow. I'm not sure if its because of the holiday season or what, but traffic in Nairobi has been the worst i have ever seen it. From the office to the bus stage is about 4 kms, if that. IF THAT. Dont worry tho, it took us only 4 and a half hours to get there.... no joke.... hahaha woooow. Sittin sitting not moving an inch... i was about to lose it. Cars were jammed for as long as the eye could see. We finally got to the bus stage at 8:45 pm. and wow.... Nairobi at night is something else.... its like a zoo. People are everywhere going every which direction. It was pretty intense. We took advantage of the time tho, and because it was my birthday, we got some PIZZA!! Ohh man it was nice. Happy birthday me.... haha. I dont feel like I am 21. Wild day tho.
Friday the Pres Hicken invited us and the assistants to play bocce ball and go out to eat. It was really nice.
Saturday we mostly just contacted, and did some more service. We got to wash the baptismal clothes from our last baptism that never got washed... ya they were a lil stinky. Haha but me and elder Musasia dominated those clothes! and yes we did it all by hand. Fun fun.
Sunday was really powerful. The baptism for Gerrald was perfect. Elder Maduna (my old comp) got to do the baptism. But Bro Gerrald is one of the most spiritually prepared people i have met on my mission. He has his own testimony already. I am just grateful that i was privileged enough to take part in the teaching process. Even pres Hicken came to the baptism (he helped us teach Gerrald when he had time). Also! Nifred, one of our RC's, also gave a fantastic talk at the baptism!! She has only been a member for a few weeks, but she did a great job, using scriptures from the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I was really happy for her. Great Sunday.
quite the week.... but a lot of fun tho!!
Read two scriptures this week that really meant a lot to me. Both of them really got me thinking about what my mission, and what it has meant to me so far. Mosiah 5:2-5 and Alma 32:28. Both talk about change, and giving place for the gospel in our lives. I absolutely love my mission and especially the things the Lord has shown unto me since i have been here.
But this will be my last week in Upper Hill... crazy. Pres Hicken said elder Musasia and I will be transferred out next week. So sunday night we will find out where we are going. It will be my last area... weird.
BUT HEY! Benny boy and Becca i hope you have a great wedding!!! Im excited for both of you!!!
Lakini nawapendeni!! Endelea vizuri na kumbuka vitu vya muhimu kwanza. Wiki njema!