Letter from 1.29.17
So this was a really amazing week, we were able to have a baptismal service for two of our investigators, Frere Leonard and his wife Soeur Sorell. Brother Leonard has been waiting for four years to get baptized, and he was so excited. After the service he and his wife came up to us and thanked us so much for all that we did to make that day happen. They also were married a couple of weeks ago in preperation for their baptism. They explained to us that one of the biggest reasons that they wanted to be baptised was because they wanted their baby (who will be born any moment now) to be raised in the church, and they wanted him to have the blessing of knowing about the restored gospel from an early age. I have really gotten to know and love Brother Leonard and his wife, and I was so happy to watch the two of them make these baptismal covenants. Brother Leonard is an ambulance driver, and as we were talking together he told me that in his career you can’t deny the existance of a god, because you see miracles everyday.
We had the chance to serve one of the recent converts in our branch by helping her crack pistachios to make a really yummy pistachio dish. This isn’t the first time I’ve helped people crack pistachios, so that wasn’t too special, but what was special was this recent convert. Her name is Sister Dany, and she is the happiest person that I have ever known. Everytime I see her she is always wearing a smile that looks too large for her face. She has a two year old son named leo, and even while she cracked pistachios she would laugh and play with her son. She is always kind and glowing, and even though she has been a member in the church for only two months, she has already understood the gospel and it’s role in helping people find happiness better than most life time members.
So I tried to give myself a haircut this week……. and it turned out pretty good (in my opinion). But Elder Sorsbey kept making fun of me for it so I decided to do some touching up. Well one thing led to another and…..well…… now I have a buzz cut again. Sigh, maybe next time will be better.
I thought it was kinda funny, in our appartement right next to the toilet we have a scripture posted on a sticky note. It is Jeremy 4:19 which reads,
“My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.”
We also met this one ten year old kid who talked and acted like an adult. He was interested in our message so we gave him a brochure. While we were talking an adult walked past and asked him what he was doing, he then responded by saying “The white man is showing me the way.” Not a bad contact if you ask me.
Me and my companion are loving life, and we are loving all the extraordinary people we meet everyday here in Cameroun.
Letter from 1.22.17
So this week me and Elder Muyala (and also Elder Johnson) have been working really hard to find new investigators and to continually prepare the investigators that we have. Luckily Elder Johnson hasn’t left for Gabon yet so he has been helping us a lot to get our way around the sector. Haha we would probably be lost without him because me and elder muyala don’t know the sector yet, but we’re getting there.
It was kinda strange, a few days ago while we were walking back to our appartement we looked accross the street and right next to a busy road, there was a guy who was butt naked rummaging around in the garbage. But this wasn’t our only encounter with crazy people this week, yesterday there was a guy who followed us for about ten minutes and who rambled on the whole time in an incomprehensible language. We got to an investigator and she explained to us that that guy is just a crazy dude and that he saw les blancs and wanted to speak german with them.
So last week I got the chance to do my very first baptismal interview. It was really cool to feel such a strong spiritual guidance and to be able to connect with someone on that level. The person I interviewed was also really well prepared and had a strong desire to be baptised. That had to be one of the most spiritual things that I have ever done.