Monday, September 28, 2015

Third time is a CHARM!

Alright!! what’s up everyone?! Here are some details: we are in Lartebiokorshie I don't really know where that is haha but it's near the coast. My companion is Elder Jessee (from Sandy, Utah) he's been out for 22 months and goes home in 3 weeks. He's cool! The other elders in the house stay with us in the apartment but Lartebiokorshie is split up into 3 areas so there's not a trio companionship, we all have our own area to cover. 

Here goes my weekly update: This week we planned to have a baptism for this young girl, Dorinda. It was scheduled to happen on Thursday night. We called the guy who fills up the tank and he said he'd get it done. When we showed up to the church on Thursday the font wasn't filled... so we called him and he told us the water isn't working for the whole church, sinks and everything. (By the way... there are no water fountains in the building:( ) so we talked to bishop about getting it filled for Saturday night. He said if the water still didn't work we’d get a truck to bring water so we can fill it up. Saturday goes by and the water still doesn't work. We call a truck to bring in water and they filled up the Polly tank which holds the water but it doesn't move it through the pipes into the font. Then they said they couldn't just fill it up manually. So we ended up postponing it again until Sunday after church. We had to move it to the stake center. In the end we ended up having our baptism after postponing it twice. That’s the highlight of the week. 

During personal study I've been reading "teachings of the prophets" , the Ezra Taft Benson one. He was talking about the Book of Mormon. He said " the Book of Mormon has not been, nor is it yet, the center of our personal study, family teachings, preaching’s and missionary work. Of this WE must repent!"  he goes on to say "we have not been using the Book Of Mormon as we should. Our homes are not as strong unless we are using it to bring our children to Christ... Our missionaries are not as effective unless they are [teaching] with it" 

I'd like to testify the truth of this. I believe we must use the Book Of Mormon more in our lives. It is the key-stone of our life, our family! I've began reading with the intent to get a greater knowledge of that truth! I'd like to repent and begin using the words from the Book of Mormon more in my teaching, even when going to member's homes and sharing messages with them.

President Benson goes on to say "I bless you with an increased understanding of the Book of Mormon. I promise you that from this moment forward, IF we will daily sup from its pages and abide by its precepts, God will pour out upon each child of Zion and the church a blessing hitherto unknown..." (here is a link to the manual Garrett is referring to if you would like to learn more about the Book of Mormon)   

I'd like to change the style of my teaching/studying because of the promise from a prophet of God! These promises are scriptures from prophets in our day and age. As conference is coming up, I challenge all who watch it to take notes, find the Doctrines they share, the principles they teach and then listen for the blessings that will follow as we abide to the teachings of God through his living Prophet. As for us here in Africa, we won't get to see conference until a month after you all and even then the missionaries are only allowed to watch 2 sessions. :(  that's sad but I will look forward to reading the Ensign when it is printed.

Some answers to mom's questions: yes, when we eat it is usually out of one bowl...which is really gross. yes, the toilet paper is really rough. They have a lot of spicy rice here which is really good but the side effects aren't so fun the next morning :(  I'm going to send a list of things I may need soon and describe the pics I send today.

Love and miss y'all!
Love ELDER MORRIS the second

 We brought our new investigator (who is 12) to church today...he brought his baby brother along as well. I ended up being mother to the baby. 
He slept like this for the last 2 hours of church.

 These twin brothers are my buddies at church and always want me to give them a hug.

We have beautiful sunsets here

No matter the distance...we're looking at the same moon

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