Monday, April 18, 2016

Temples, Tongans, and Teaching


I can't remember much of what happened this week.. But some cool
things did happen!

Last Monday we went and hiked to this castle in valence. It was pretty
sick. We also got to go to dinner with the bishop and his family last
night. They have a very humble family! On the way home (it's like a 40
minute drive) the bishop was talking to me a lot about his family and
his conversion story. It was a pretty cool story! He and his family
are the only members in their family. They've faced a lot of
opposition being members, but because they've been faithful they have
been strengthened so much!

We got dropped by one of our Amis this weeks.. We passed by and he
said he no longer wants to learn and wants to be a Rastafarian. So
that was interesting.. Haha but on our way back to our apartment, we
saw a guy that looked way familiar.. We realized we had eaten Easter
dinner with him! He's a less active guy, about 18 years old, who's
mother passed away last year. We were able to get his number, and
we're gonna play some ball with him soon. We've actually been trying
to get in some contact with him since I've been here; we were able to
see him again and get his number, so that was sweet! He's a really
cool dude.

Our man Prince Success was able to go to the temple for the first time
this week! He was baptized in July last year, and we've been trying to
get him there. We were finally able to get him to the temple with some
members! We had a meeting with him on Wednesday, two days before going
to the temple. When he showed up, he brought a friend!! Haha it was
crazy. His friend is a super nice dude name Richard. He's about 20
years old. I forgot where he's from, but it's somewhere in Africa.
We're going to start teaching him now!

Prince successfully went to the temple. He did 24 baptisms, 2 of which
included his father (King Eguakun John) and his brother (Prince
Francis Eguakun). His mother (yes, Queen Esther Uwangue) was baptized
by one of the young women. We saw him the day after and he was super
happy. He said it was one of the best days he's had. He felt the
spirit very strongly. We're actually going to try to see him every day
for a few minutes to help prepare him for the Melchizedek Priesthood.
It's going to take some time to help him understand, but it will be
good for us to see him every day.

We had district meeting this week.. It was my first one.. Yay!! It was
all about getting investigators to church and stuff. It went really
well. We started if off with this original game I created called "Get
Your Amis to Church!" Okay it's not actually original.. Haha it's just
the basketball game lightning, speed, bump, or whatever people call it
these days.

For lunch I arranged for us to have ribs and rootbeer! Chiffy (the
member that loves missionaries) made it for us. It was super good!!

We balled on Saturday with this guy who is a potential and like 10
Africans. It was way fun and we were able to meet a lot of people!
We're going to try to play with them next week again, and we hope to
get some numbers!

At church, there were four less actives and one nonmember. It was
actually a really good day at church! We had our investigators class
in English. In the room, we had two American missionaries, 3 French
members (one less active), 3 Tongans (two less actives), and 2 Fijians
(one nonmember). It was very good! Our Tongan DMP taught the lesson.
He is sooooo good with missionary work!

Well that's about all... Have a great week everyone!

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