Monday, July 27, 2015

At Shan (whats up) my family!!! - July 27, 2015

Rapheal's baptism

Hello from The Copperbelt! I am currently in Kitwe which is about an hour away because we are having an activity with all the sisters in our zone! I am really really excited to be with all the sisters and get to know them even better. I am not sure how much time I will have so this week will be short. We are talking about stress management today...I guess a lot of the sisters struggle with it but I think it will be great because we all get stressed, especially on missions!! Anyways this week was the best!!!!
I am going to start with Sunday because RAPHEAL GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!!! It was one of the best moments of my life and probably the best of my mission. It was honestly the most surreal moment of my life as well. I have always dreamed about serving a mission and doing all the things that missionaries do but as I was standing there waiting for our picture to be taken, I couldn't believe it!! I have seen so many pictures of missionaries with their investigators in white clothes ready for baptism but I never imagined myself there. It was the best feeling in the world. And not because we got a baptism. I think so often as missionaries we measure our success by baptisms but there is so much more than that. If felt sooooo amazing because I felt so blessed to have been able to be a part of a miracle. It is something else to realize that you were an instrument in the hand of the lord in helping someone come unto Christ. I have felt so much gratitude and love for my savior and the covenants I have made at baptism while on my mission and I was able to help someone else come to know these things too. I know that it was only because of the Spirit that he was able to make this important choice. Sister Motsi and I are far, far, far from perfect! We make plenty of mistakes and are still learning but because we were guided by the Spirit and taught with the Spirit, Rapheal's heart was changed. The Spirit is key to everything we do and I am so grateful that Rapheal had the faith to follow those promptings he received and the faith he was able to develop to enter the waters of baptism. His baptismal service was incredible and I had to fight back the tears and the Spirit was so strong there!! We had some branch members give talks and then he was baptized. I couldn't help but think back to my own baptism. Its crazy to think that we were baptized at only 8 years old but I am so grateful I could make those covenants at that time and as I have strived to do my part, I have been blessed beyond what I could imagine. I am so proud of Rapheal but this is not the end. Our work is not over. We must continue to help him learn and grow in the gospel. The doctrine of Jesus Christ doesn't end at baptism and confirmation. We have to endure to the end. I know that Rapheal will be an incredible member of this church and will have a great influence on everyone around him and so I pray that he will continue building on his faith and obey the commandments of God. We have talked a lot about eternal families with him and he really wants to get married and start his family. I can already see him going to the temple...I hope we can help him prepare for the upcoming temple trip but it is really difficult with passports and birth certificates and everything. Anyways after the baptism, Rapheal gave the sweetest testimony. Ahhhh I just wish you all could meet him! He is usually so quiet and shy but he gave a powerful testimony. The gospel of Jesus Christ really does transform people and make them such amazing people. Those who are already great, become even better. Anyways yesterday was amazing and the whole day I was filled with the best feeling and so much joy!! We did a lot of finding so we knocked a lot of houses but it was fun!! I love contacting and meeting new people. We stopped at this one house and I was so excited because they fit what we call the "ideal contact" which means they have a car and a family. So we go inside their house and turns out he is a pastor of a Pentecostal church. We went there to teach them but instead Sister Motsi and I got taught!! haha he was going off about all this stuff and he even pulled out this book called Kingdom of Cults that talked about our church. He was showing us the stuff in there and it started to make me mad because it was all this false doctrine. As my frustration started to build, I began to pray to know what I could say or do. At that time I had this overwhelming sense of sorrow for this man. He could know the truth yet he was so stubborn and found information from the wrong source. I also felt so much love for all the missionaries around the world!! I felt so intimidated by this 50 year old man who has been a pastor for years. Here I am just a young 19 year old girl with a simple testimony but I have been called by a prophet of God to proclaim the message of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ to heavenly Father's children. It is a terrifying thing that we do. But I felt so much love for the missionaries around the world who do this every single day. This was a huge testimony to me that this the one and true church on this earth. This is the Lord's work and how blessed am I and every other missionary to be a part of it. how blessed are you to be members of this church. I hope we all will never take for granted this amazing gift that we have!!
So the rest of this past week was kinda crazy. Tuesday the sisters come and I love it!!! I remember David saying that living together with other missionaries is like a party and it is sooo true!! I love eating dinner together and the sisters are hilarious and so great. But I have had to make more of an effort to make time to study in the evenings. We actually don't have that much time after we train and eat dinner but I want to use all the time I can to study because i love studying!!! Wednesday I had to go to Lusaka for immigration so I went with Sister Hirwa (the STL) and we got there late that night and spent the night at Sister Proctor and sSister Falco's flat and it was fun to get to know them better. I was honestly so intimidated being with all these older sisters but they are such great examples to me and I tried to learn as much as I possible could from them! They are amazing! Thursday we sat in the immigration office for 3 hours waiting and we finally just left for lunch and I got ice cream and it was soooooo good!!! Then we went back to the office, I signed one paper and we were done!! But I saw a couple of the checks and wow....I feel so grateful to be here! I couldn't believe how much money it was. But it gave me the strongest desire to use every single minute I have wisely. Since immigration took so long we had to stay another night in Lusaka which was frustrating because I just wanted to do missionary work and be in Ndola!!! Lusaka is way to busy and crazy and nice!! hahaha I missed the Copperbelt so bad! I can't even imagine what it will be like when I come home...honestly I think it will be more of a culture shock then when I came here. Thank goodness I am not going home for a long time. So by the time I got back to Ndola I was ready to work!!!
Well I have to go but I love you all!!!! Seriously you are the best!!! Thanks for all the love and support. If anyone has talks they can send me that would be awesome. David can you send the recipe for biscuits and gravy. And the talk from President Monson in the last priesthood session. It made me so grateful for you!!!!!
Much love,
Sister B
I look like a giant...hahaha

Brother Nonde and Rapheal

 The bus ride to lusaka

 I love these girls!!!!

Sister Hirwa, Sister Ratema, Sister Motsi and me at the grand opening of Pizza Hut!!!!!

Sister Adrianamamojisoa and Sister Mbele
Party of 4

Monday, July 20, 2015

Missionary Work is WORK! July 20, 2015

 2 of my most favorite streets! 
They are better in person.
But Mom, you would LOVE these trees!

Sister Violet going to teach with us! We love when members teach with us and Violet actually called us to teach!!! Sister Motsi and I freaked out!!!! 

This week was one of my favorites so far! It was filled with learning, growing, as like my subject said...hard work!! My number one scripture for this week (one of mom's favorite is Proverbs 3:5-6) Trust in the Lord was my theme for this week. Here is why...
Tuesday: My first Zone Meeting and it was amazing!! We had to go to Luanshya so we had to get a taxi and drive for about half an hour. A lot of the missionaries were late but it was way fun to get to know everyone afterwards! I didn't realize how lonely Sister Motsi and I are..hahah ok maybe lonely isn't the right word but I LOVED being with other missionaries. I wish you all could have been there. There is such a strong spirit when missionaries are gathered together like that.It was so awesome to be with so many missionaries this week and the Spirit was so strong everytime we were together. It was a great reminder to me of the sacredness of our calling and that each and everyone of us was called by the Prophet to be here, the Zambia Lusaka Mission and specifically in the Cooperbelt Zone.  Our zone leaders, Elder Parker (from Twin Falls) and Elder Mohlokola (or something like that) gave the best training. They   challengened us to rise to a new sense of commitment. They want us to lay a foundation for all the missionaries that will forever serve here in this zone. One of them said that this zone has kinda had a reputation of being the worst for some reason. I guess no one looks forward to coming here...I have no idea why cause I love it here! Their call to action was so powerful though! For a couple days before the meeting, I have had a different feeling. Now that I have been here for a couple weeks and feel settled in, I have feel like there is something more I can do. There is more I should be doing to be a better and more effective missionary. I feel like I have been just going through the motions. My personal study has been great but I feel like as a companionship and working in the field, we can do so much more. I think I realized that you choose what kind of missionary to be. You can most definitely do what I was doing..just getting everything down and doing the minimun. You can also go above and beyond. You can, as PMG says, DO ALL YOU CAN, and be the kind of missionary that Heavenly Father knows I can be. As I realized this, I wanted to make changes and be the best missionary I can be. When it is time for me to come home, I want to return with honor. I want to have no regrets and leaving knowing that I have done everything that I could for 18 months to invite all to come unto Christ. The zone meeting was exactly what I needed as well as what the whole zone needed. I am grateful for all the leaders in this mission and their inspired teachings and counsel. I am excited to start this new progress in laying the foundation here in Ndola. I didn't want to leave the meeting but we had to get back. During the meeting, before I met any of the other sisters...I kinda felt intimidated by them. Here I was just this newbie and they all had been out for awhile. I was kinda scared to talk with them afterwards but they are the best!!! They made me feel so loved and welcomed. Sisters are so fun! I never want to stop being a missionary. So we had to get a bus to go back to Ndola but the problem is that you have to wait for the bus to fill all the way up before we leave. So we sat on the bus...dripping in sweat for 3 hours. It was fun!! Actually it really tried my patience because we had lessons and people to see but it was good to talk to the elders from our district and to get to know them. I was disappointed though because with time, I knew we weren't going to get any work done. What do you know...this older man sat next to me and for the longest time I couldn't think of anything to say! I don't know why I was struggling but finally as the bus started to leave I started a conversation. He asked if I had something to read so I gave him a Restoration pamplet and the whole ride he read it! I tried explaining while he read but he said he only wanted to read. I spent the rest of the bus ride praying that he would feel the spirit despite the jam packed, hot and sweaty bus with inappropriate music blasting. When he finished I asked if he had any questions and he said "No. Everything makes perfect sense! I just want to read the Book of Mormon now. Where can I get one?" Of course I gave him one and got his number so we could set up an appointment. This was the best!!! I know that Heavenly Father hears our prayers and if we just have the courage to open our mouth, we will be able to help so many of his children. I am grateful that Abraham Mwape (the man on the bus) sat next to me because I was feeling very discouraged before we started talking. You never know when you will have an opportunity to share the gospel so always be ready, even if you feel there is no hope or no way you will be able to. 
Wednesday: EXCHANGES!!! Sister Motsi went with the Sister Training Leader, Sister Hirwa (from South Africa, is applying to BYU and is going home in 1 week) and I went with Sister Ratema (from South Africa as well, has been out for 2 months and is a fantastic missionary!!). This was the most nerve racking day of my entire life!!!! I had to take the lead and was responsible for going to the area and of course we had to go out to the villages where it is the biggest maze ever!!! I had prayed and prayed and prayed that we wouldn't get lost. Well.....hahah so we didn't get a bus so we had to find a taxi and all the sudden the area wasn't looking familiar and the taxi driver couldn't understand me and I started to have a panic attack because I also had only enough money for one taxi ride...AHHH STRESSFUL!!! No worries though...I somehow figured out where we were and before we knew it we were in Nkwazi (When Sister Motsi heard about this she could not stop laughing!! Turns out I was pronouncing Nkwazi wrong but man it was fun to laugh about it after it happened) So next up comes uh...maybe one of my least favorite parts of my mission thus far. Sister Ratema and I were walking through this little street market just talking away and getting to know each other. This drunk man comes up to me and starts saying all this jibberish and so I tried to walk faster and get away from him but he kept walking right next to me and getting super close to me. I haven't felt scared once but I had this awful feeling. Sister Ratema tried to get between us and we kept asking him to leave and telling him we were missionaries but nothing was working. Finally he just grabbed my arm to stop me and slapped me really hard on the back. Honestly it didn't even hurt that bad but I was so shaken up. I don't know why, I usually don't cry or am a baby about that kind of stuff, but the tears just started to come. Maybe it was because I was so surprised someone would do that. I couldn't speak for a couple minutes but then I realized that I was fine and all was well. Although he didn't hit me because of the church, I felt so so so much gratitude for all the people all over the world, past and present who face persecution for being a member of this church. I can't imagine how the pioneers and Joseph Smith did it. It made me want to work even harder to share with others what they suffered and even died to protect! Anyways that was crazy. I was so nervous to go back that way but it was the only way we could go. I saw the man and I was so scared but I said a prayer and Heavenly Father protected me. The man didn't even see me and I walked right by him. Prayer works and Heavenly Father looks out for all of his children. The rest of the day went fantastic!! We had to miss a couple lessons because I couldn't remember where the people lived (I was so embarrassed) but Sister Ratema and I were able to teach a lot and it was amazing how we had only met that day but taught with much unity and power. Just another testimony that this is the Lord's work. Sister Ratema taught me so many lessons and I wish I could write them all but her trainer is amazing and I really hope someday Sister Ratema and I are companions. Exchanges made me realize how amazing Sister Motsi is though!! I realized how much I rely on her and need her and how much responsibility I put on her. I hope from now on I can serve her more and lighten her burdens. That night was so much fun!!! I loved having all of us sisters in one apartment! I made fried rice for everyone and it was a hit. hahah they thought I was some amazing cook or something but really its just frying up stuff and mixing it together. I did make some bomb biscuits the other day though and some way good snickerdoodles today. 
Thursday: We had a meeting for all the trainers and trainees put on my the APs from Lusaka. Once again, it was an incredible feeling to be sitting in a room with 8 other missionaries. I am grateful for the time I was able to spend with other missionaries this week. It doesn't happen very often here so I realized I needed to soak it all in and learn all that I could from everyone. It was fun to see Elder Tema from the MTC again. He is quite the character and LOVES to talk to the sisters. He is a crack up! Thursday made me really grateful for my trainer and companion. Later that day we had to hurry to a lesson and a didn't want to be late and Sister Motsi was walking slower than I thought we should be going. (Africans walk SO slow!! Dad needs to come do a lesson on walking with a purpose. But really if we ever are walking with someone it is painfully slow! Sister Motsi is a really fast walker and ususally we go the same pace though) I thought that if I started walking faster she would too. So I took the lead and started going. I don't ever like walking in front of my companion but we needed to be somewhere. I was starting to get really frustrated when I looked back and she wasn't walking any faster. We hadn't been talking to each other for about 15 mintues and I felt like there was tention between us. All the sudden I remembered  something that she had said earlier that morning when she was just joking around at breakfast "Patience, Sister Bingham." I knew right then that I was being so prideful. I was being an untrusting and selfish companion. I was so embarrassed of my behavior and filled with so much humility. I immediatedly slowed down to walk next to her. I took a few deep breaths and prayed to be filled with that humility so I could be patient, understanding and united with my companion. It was at that very moment that Sister Motsi started talking away to me and was happy as ever, like there was nothing wrong at all. I realized that I need my companion. I can't do anything on my own. She has so many strengths that make up for all my weaknesses. There is nothing good that comes from frustration and jealousy and impatience. I also realized that just as much as I need my companion,  and we need to be united in purpose, I need the Savior. Without him, I would not be here today. I would not be able to teach or continue on with this work. I am so so so grateful for Sister Motsi but especially for the Savior and his Atonement. Everyday I need his forgiveness as well as his enabling power. We ended up being on time to our appointment even! I am grateful for all the small experiences that try and test me and continue to strength my testimony. Everynight I write down how I saw the Hand of the Lord during the day. It is amazing that when I really look and listen for these moments, there are too many to even count. After the exchanges from the day before, we had been given counsel from the stl to spend 80% of our time 30 mintues from the church. This meant we could go for about half a day to 6 of our 7 areas. This news was really hard on me. How were we going to visit all our investigators, less actives, and recent converts that live farther away?? I have grown to love them all and my heart was really really sad with this news. I began to doubt and that is when the theme of trust in the Lord came into play. Sister Motsi discussed what we would do now. As we worked and planned together we decided that even though we loved those people so much and really needed to visit them at least once a week, we were going to focus our efforts on the center of strength.  It was amazing how once we decided to be obedient and humble ourselves to the will of Heavenly Father, ideas and plans started to form. We made a list of all the members we could think of and all the less active and recent converts we could think of. We then matched a member with a less active/recent convert. By assigning each person, we not only could still make sure everyone was visiting each other, we could build unity and friendship in the branch. We are planning this week to go visit all the members and give them their assignments. I am excited for this and also excited to do a lot of finding in our areas closer to the church. It is kinda like Sister Motsi and I are starting over in this area but we are excited!! 
Friday: This is where missionary work is WORK comes into play. I was exhausted at the end of this day!!!! We walked and walked and walked and walked up and down and up and down and up and down town. Every day before this we have worked hard and I have been tired but Yo! today was hard! I have never had to rely so much on the Savior for physical strength. But at the end of the night, I have never felt so happy and good! There was one part of the day that we didn't know whether or not we should walk super far to this one appointment because we needed a female but our member cancelled on us. Keith, who we were going to teach, has a wife but we didn't know if she would be there. We decided to sit down (The sister training leader told Sister Motsi we should take an hour break for lunch during the day as well as time to just chill...this has been hard counsel for me.) and think and pray about what we should do. I was receiving an answer but remembered that mormon message where we should just start walking and if we feel it is wrong, turn around. So we started walking and it felt right. We walked all the way there and guess what...we were 15 mintues late so Keith had already left. BUT HIS WIFE WAS THERE!! I didn't even feel one drop of disappointment when Keith wasn't there. Ok I did because we couldn't teach him but his wife was home. Even though she didn't want to be taught then, had Keith been home, we could have taught him. Sometimes it can be difficult to hear or see the answers to our prayers. But they are there. It can be hard to see the blessing amidst a hard time but they there. I challenge you all to look for the blessings during trials. Your love and gratitude for the Savior and Heavenly Father will grow! That night we went to go visit some less actives and we ended up walking with them to a hospital to visit their aunt who's baby was really sick. That hospital was really really sad. I could hardly be in there with all the crying babies and mothers crammed into the rooms. It was really awful but I thought of Matthew and I am grateful that he choose to be a doctor! You really are such a light to all of your patients and I wish you could come down here and help!  
Saturday: Another great day as a missionary!!! We visited Raphael who is GETTING BAPTISED NEXT SUNDAY!!!!!!!!!!! We prepared him for his interview and went through the questions but one of his answers made it that he had to be interviewed by the mission president. We called our district leader and then the mission president called and was asking me to find out all these details from Raphael and I was really scared and felt super uncomfortable but mainly I was really sad because Raphael is so ready to be baptised and we thought it would be postponed until late August. Well when we went to clarify a couple things, it turns out he didn't fully understand the question. Sister Motsi and I were so embarrassed!!! We learned that from now on we have to explain EVERYTHING. But good news...He is getting baptised!!!! Seriously it is a miracle and I am so happy for him. He is amazing and is so faithful and is so willing to do everything that we ask of him! I can't wait to tell you all about it next week. That night we came home and the power was the way my headlamp died and I was so sad! Luckily Sister Motsi has an extra flashlight. The power goes out about 3 to 5 times a week so it's whatever know but what is the worst is when I finish eating a sandwich, cereal and anything else I can think of that I don't have to cook and THEN the electricity comes on!!! haha it always happens!
Sunday: We had 6 investigators come to church! 3 were friends of a girl in the branch that we didn't know but the best was when we had 2 less actives come!!! We have been visiting every week that I have been here and they finally came to church! It was the best! The branch....hahah it was another crazy Sunday and the branch president gave one of the most interesting talks I have ever heard and third hour was pretty much just one big huge argument and that's all I am going to say but just send your prayers to our branch. I have felt this huge burden on my shoulders because I feel like we need to help this branch. However, as I have been praying and studying I have realized it is not my responsibility. I need to go those things in Preach My Gospel and what our mission president has said to help strengthen the branch but that is all I can do. But I am soooooo grateful for the organization of the Church and especially for our ward back home. I also fill the greatest desire from now on to fulfill every single calling that I have to the best of my ability! Sunday we got a call from President Erickson and we are getting two more sisters in our flat and we are splitting our area!!! What?!?! CRAZY!!! Also they are sending a car in a month and so I will be driving!! Seriously this news was so surprising and we haven't stopped talking about it. Here Sister Motsi and I have changed all our plans and ideas and now we need to change everything again since we will have double the strength. TRUST IN THE LORD. Really though we are so grateful to have extra help here cause we need it. It was easy to be prideful and a little sad that it wasn't going to just be "our area and our flat" anymore but now I can't wait!! You never know what is going to happen but I am excited for this change and can't wait for the sisters to come tomorrow!!!!
Monday: Tonight we are going to FHE with Raphael and a family in our branch. I wish you were all coming or we could come to your house!!!!
I love you all so much! i love this work and being a missionary!!!!!

 Here are the sisters we did exchanges with

House for Jacob cause its purple and yellow! Go colts!! 
 We decided to match for the zone meeting and no one said anything....we love to match!!!

Monday, July 13, 2015

One Month older and hopefully wiser- July 13, 2015

Walking down the streets of Ndola, Zambia, Africa

FAMILIA!!!! I love you guys so much!!! It has been another great week here in Ndola!
Monday: Washing machines are incredible and I will never, ever complain about laundry when I am home. I finally decided it was about time to wash my clothes and yeah it was quite the humbling experience. When I woke up on Tuesday my arms were sore and my knuckles were raw. But I did it! After we cleaned and did laundry we had the best lesson with Raphael! Raphael lives right down the road from us. We taught him about enduring to the end and he has so much faith in Jesus Christ and has expressed his desire many times that he wants to do all he can to follow him. So I invited him to be baptized and HE ACCEPTED!!! It was incredible to feel the Spirit prompting me to invite him and to have him accept was the cherry on top. We set the date for this next Sunday so I hope we can teach him enough this week for him to be prepared. We taught him again on Sunday about tithing and he didn't even question it. He has so much faith! From the moment I met Raphael I felt something special about him. He has been to church for the past 3 weeks and on Monday we gave him a white shirt from an elder who went home and he was so excited. I'll keep you updated but we might have a baptism next week!
Tuesday: District Meeting! It was great once again and I brought some treats and the Elders loved them! Elder Madilu from DRC loves to sing so he sings really loud and its the best. Elder Mukisa, the district leader, is an excellent district leader and really does a great job fulfilling all his responsibilities! I look up to him a lot and have learned a lot from him. District meeting is a great opportunity to learn from other missionaries and find out how I can be a better teacher.
Wednesday: Nkwazi....I was going to say its my most favorite area but they are all my favorite! Nkwazi is right next to Chipulukusu so we walk from one to another. They are very similar but Nkwazi has a lot more garbage on the ground. But the I guess you would call it the 'main road' there is a market with everyone selling everything so when we went in the morning it was filled with people. I love walking and interacting with the people here. They just have a feeling of humility and love and I feel so privileged just to walk among them. Time and time again I feel so much gratitude for the constant love and welcome I receive from these people. They don't understand me a lot of the time, I wear different clothes from them, I look different from them, yet they take me in as their own. How did I get so lucky to be here??? I was asked how I got sent here and when I explained the process of a mission call I was reminded that Heavenly Father knows each and everyone of His children. He knows their strengths and their weaknesses. He knows how to challenge us but sends us help to accomplish what he asks. As much as I needed to be sent here to teach these people, I needed to come here to learn to love and serve His children who are very different from me. Mission calls really are inspired and just being sent here has taught me so much about how aware Heavenly Father is of everyone of our needs, wants and desires. He loves us all!!! So we tried to meet with a couple of less actives but they weren't home. We then met with Sister Chewey who was a less active but has been coming to church more often...yeah!!! She runs a preschool from her home and has really funny twin boys who are 16. From there we visited Sister Maggie, who is about 60 or 70 and a member who has a less active husband, i actually have no idea but she looks older. She said she has been having terrible headaches lately but said she would meet with us. We bought her a notebook so she could write down spiritual impressions or anything she learns while she reads the scriptures. When I gave her the notebook, I would have thought I had given her a brand new car. She was sooooo grateful for something so simple. did I get blessed to be here? We had a great scripture study with her and I was once again reminded how important it is to be a full purpose missionary. She told us how she has been trying to defend her beliefs and how she has a bad leg but she still walks every Sunday to church. her husband tells her all the time she shouldn't walk but she said, 'I made a covenant with Heavenly Father that I would partake of the sacrament every week and I plan on keeping it.' Sister Maggie is incredible. I hope we all can learn from her and strive to be more grateful for the sacrament and do all we can to do our part on keeping our baptismal covenants. We sang 'I know that My Redeemer lives' with her and I could hardly sing after her testimony and then the words of this song. Everyday as a missionary I feel so blessed to testify that Christ lives! He really did atone for all of our sins and through Him we can not only become clean but we can find strength to endure to the end. I love that I get to wear His name everyday. From Sister Maggie's we went to Chipulukusu but on the way we ran into Sister Enia. This lady is the bomb!! She actually reminds me of Kris Steele! When she saw us walking towards her home she started dancing and yelling and then ran over to give us huge hugs!!! She invited us in and then was sooooo excited to make us nshima!! Sister Enia was baptized almost 2 years ago and is now in the relief society presidency. Her son Joshua was baptized about a year ago and is super sweet. Her daughter is 17 and just had a baby that I got to hold...I know its against the rules but they just put her in my arms and I didn't know what to do but that baby boy...only 3 days old was so sweet. I miss my nieces and nephews!!! anyways sister enia made this relish/soup thing. It was sweet potato leaves, tomatoes, onions, and ground peanuts all mixed together in a pot over charcoal of course. She had me cut up the vegetables. Then she made nshima. It just is water with the mealie meal which is ground up corn and it is actually hard to make! you just have to stir it a lot but it was an arm workout! between washing and cooking, African women are beasts! We didn't know what to do because we aren't really supposed to eat at members homes but it was really hard to refuse. We ended eating there and it was.....good after I pulled out the 3 long black hairs. hahah it was quite the experience! the nshima was good. It really has no taste and so it is kinda like mashed potatoes but not really but you eat it with your hands. You grab a small piece and then play with it for a couple minutes, kinda rolling it around and then you pick up some of the relish and bon appetit! I ate all of mine and I felt so full afterwards! They eat nshima for every single meal here and its because it fills you up! Sister Motsi hardly ate any...hahah but it was good and I was starving as always. after we left I was really happy to wash it down with a good ol' pb&j that I had packed. I felt so grateful for Sister Enia though sacrificing her food for us. She is the sweetest. She even went with us to teach two other lessons! We went to visit Mary and Marium, the twins who are 23 and less active. We talked about the commandment of Following the Prophet. They love to meet with us and the lessons always go really well but they have a hard time getting to church. Hopefully we can see them again this week! We then went to Brother Mutale's home and taught him about the Plan of Salvation. As soon as we sat down though I had a pounding headache and couldn't even focus. I prayed that it would go away so I could help teach and it immediately went away. There are so many tender mercies I see and have every single day but this was incredible and I am not sure I have ever had such an immediate answer to prayer. Once again I was overwhelmed by Heavenly Father's love for me and the reminder that He is there whenever we need him. As I thought about this experience, I thought about all the times in my life I could have prayed and been given guidance or help but instead I have tried to do things on my own. We need the help of our Savior and our Heavenly Father in everything that we do. We cannot do anything on our own. Brother Mutale was great though and plan of salvation is one of my most favorite things to teach! I bore my testimony about how knowing this plan helped me when grandma and grandpa died. I felt the Spirit so strong and I know that there is a necessity of struggles that will refine the gold of our soul. I know that we are each given trials and experiences so that not only we can learn and grow, but so that we can serve and teach other people. Guess what?? We invited Brother Mutale to be baptized and he accepted!!! He has great faith as well and still has a lot to learn but has a desire and that is all he needs. I can't wait to meet with him this week! Also we invited him to come to church and he said he didn't have money for him and his family so Sister Enia gave him 10 kwacha! I am positive she didn't have the money to do that but she did. Oh how my heart was filled with so much love for Sister Enia. We left there and Sister Enia gave us hugs and was off running back home. hahah she is the best! We walked down the road for like 25 minutes to another part of Chipulukusu to meet with a couple new investigators that had set appointments but they were both gone. We found an old investigator that Sister Motsi knew though so that was awesome! Oh there is this ''soccer field'' there where I always see kids playing so I asked these boys to pass to me and then I tried to get one of them to be on my team and go against the other two but they were being shy. I finally got 2 of them to play around with me and it was so much fun! Later that night I passed these boys dancing so I started copying them and they couldn't stop laughing! hahah it is the best when we can find small moments like these. They bring so much happiness and sunshine to my day!!!
Sister Enia teaching us to make nshima

Joshua and his friends!
Thursday: We headed to Pamodzi and had a lesson with an investigator named Christian. The lesson was going so awesome about the Restoration and he was understanding everything and it was just rockin. he had a question about being baptized again so we focused the lesson on the priesthood and how that authority was here when Christ was on earth and has once again been restored. So we had scriptures and were answering all his questions and Sister Motsi bore this super powerful testimony and he was understanding and it was the best. Then at the end of the lesson he said, ''I love talking with you girls and learning all this new stuff but I just want you to know, I will not be baptized in your church. I would love to keep talking and reading and learning about God but I already was baptized and I don't need another one.'' To be honest, my heart just fell. Sister Motsi told me after that in that moment she was kinda mad. hahah here we taught so well and explained the priesthood and he said he understood but really he didn't. Honestly, it was frustrating. But as we walked away, I felt that I should not give up. In the scriptures we read of missionaries who prayed to have hearts be softened. Sometimes we do all we can and we follow the spirit and we bear testimony and do everything great but the message we have is still not accepted. I learned that I must only be discouraged by the things I can control. I cannot force Christian to believe. Sister Motsi and I will learn all we can and work so that we can answer his questions but it is up to him to act. We will just keep on praying that his heart will be softened because he is awesome and has so much faith! I am grateful for the things I learned from him. We walked a lot on Thursday which was great as always but it was hot...not as hot as Boise...but we bought these things that are super popular called Macs Kools. They are like giant otter pops!!! SOOOO GOOD! We went to a less actives house named Lily, or Flower. She likes both names. And she is a rapper and I can't remember her rapper name but it is hilarious!! She showed us some songs and she is pretty good. She laughs all the times and is really funny. You all would love her! she is 19 and is just waiting for someone to marry her and take her to college is what she said. But we had a good lesson with her and I hope we can continue to meet with her to help her want to come back to church. Her younger brother Justin was looking through binoculars and sister Motsi wanted to try them because she never has. It was so fun to watch her do this!!! Lily and her little sister, Barbie, who glares at me and really doesn't like me for some reason took us to a restaurant for lunch. I was kinda nervous because we didn't pack a lunch and Pamodzi doesn't have any clean places to eat or so I thought. But we ate at this night club....Hahah kinda hilarious to see two sister missionaries eating there but the food was good! Like I said its the same everywhere. Just chicken or sausage and nshima or chips(french fries). We then walked to go meet Brother Kajoba (the branch clerk). He wanted to introduce us to his neighbors who he has talked to about the gospel as well as his wife who is less active. We walked a long ways but I love where he lives. Its just like all the other areas but its great! He was so so so excited to show us his house. In the room with two couches there were stuffed animals EVERYWHERE!! They don't have any kids but I guess his wife loves them. He really was so proud to show us his house and wanted to make us rice but I felt bad cause we couldn't stay long. We meet a couple of his neighbors but we had to hurry to go to a meeting with the branch president. The meeting with the branch president was out of this world! hahah someday I will tell you all about it but he pretty much got in this big argument with his counselors and ended up telling them they were inactive and that they were men of the devil. It got pretty awkward but this terrible thing happened...Sister Motsi started laughing and you know me. Of course I started laughing and I could not get control of myself!! I almost got up and just walked out. it was so embarrassing but I really don't think the branch president knew cause he was laughing and man it was just a weird situation. We walked away from the meeting just laughing but grateful for a branch president who really tries so hard to fulfill his calling. He really is so dedicated to what he does!
Friday: President Erickson was here for interviews which were awesome because he is incredible! i feel so blessed to have been able to meet with him once again so soon. He talked to me about using all the tools we have as missionaries to their full capacity. He challenged me to write down 10 to 20 tools and goals on how I can use them to their full potential and beyond. I was kinda overwhelmed by this because there are so many and how am I supposed to use all of them!!! But as I started working on them the past couple of days I have felt at peace and grateful for this goal the president gave me. He said a bunch of other great stuff but mainly I just felt so much love and support from him. He did tell me that he was going to start me early as a driving missionary though but I am not sure what that exactly means....but I am super nervous to drive cause its on the left side of the road and stick. Please pray for me starting now!!! We left interviews and went with President Jackson to have a lesson with Antonia and his 3 boys Asi Trudi, and Glodi. The boys are just here for a couple months but they live in Brundi (a tiny country) and they only speak french besides for Antonia. Lucky for us, the branch president speaks french so we had him come and the lesson was awesome! We gave them sister Motsi's french Book of Mormon and invited them to church. It was incredible to feel the spirit even though I couldn't understand what was being said. I also loved being with the family. A lot of the time when we teach someone with kids, they send their kids away. When we taught this family I felt so much love for you, my own family! I felt prompted to bear my testimonies about families to them. In Preach My gospel it says that families are the most important social unit here on earth. how true this is and how grateful I am that I can be with my family forever! We visited Selina Mwiinga who has been taught a lot by other missionaries and she is 14 and we taught her neighbor, Justin, same situation. We taught them about keeping the Sabbath Day Holy and I shared how I didn't play soccer on Sundays and Justin looked at me and said, ''Can you play soccer with those legs?'' Haha it was really funny! We visited Yimali and Gibson..both recent converts and taught them about personal progress and duty to God. On the way home Sister Motsi said we had to stop and buy a chocolate bar. I asked why, not complaining but just curious and she said, i buy a chocolate bar every 10th. So I thought ok and we went to the store and she wouldn't let me see what kind of candy it was and so she bought it and then we walked home and we closed the day and planned and trained and then I went to start making dinner. I went to ask her what she wanted and she was hiding under the blankets and waved me to go away. I was really worried about her and then she slid this note into the kitchen...I am keeping a secret. Will tell you in the morning. Please don't ask me anything. I will use the kitchen when you are done.'' So i made dinner for both of us but ate alone the whole time not knowing what to do! Well as soon as I was done cleaning and everything I went to our room and she handed me a candy bar and a note that said, ''happy one month one day early!'' and gave me a candy bar. She is so sweet and I loved it so much and couldn't believe how thoughtful she was but I am not totally sure why it had to be so secretive. Haha it was funny but she is the greatest.
Saturday: was very eventful but the highlight was most definitely meeting a prophet!! No not Tommy Monson..I wish -  but this prophet named Bydon from some other church. He was saying all this stuff about baptism by FIRE AND POWER and he was using his hands and telling us how he just went to someone's house to cast out a devil from their home by sprinkling oil. I guess the family had left home and came home to find a chicken in their house so they freaked out. Anyways he was crazy and kept telling me that my heart was telling him that he was a prophet of god. He then looked at me and said, ''I am seeing your older sister.'' you have an older sister?'' I said, which one and then he just started saying all this other stuff and it was so weird. I had the worst feeling and we finally left but then Sister Motsi wanted to know what he was going to say about my sister so we went back and he told me that my sister, the one right above me, so Courtney is going the way of the world and is going to start drinking and is going to have a baby and not marry the father. be careful:) haha and he said that I was in love and the boy abused me so now I have chosen this path of ministry and I will never love again. Man it was good and funny and terrible all at the same time. The whole walk home sister Motsi and I just talked about how glad we are to know their is a true prophet on earth today and the difference we feel when he speaks. I came home and read a talk by President Monson and after that day, I have never had such a strong testimony about the prophet. I am so grateful for him! The next day we sand we thank thee oh god for a prophet and I sang loud and proud.

SUNDAY: THE BEST DAY!!! WE HAD 12 INVESTIGATORS AT CHURCH!!!!!! We started and no one was there and then they started coming, and coming, and coming. My heart has never been filled with so much joy!! I actually felt so much love and gratitude that I started to cry and it was just the best. It was so much fun to talk with everyone after sacrament and then hold a class with all the investigators. Obviously we don't measure our success but it felt good to see the fruit of our labors. And we had some recent converts and less actives there so it was awesome!! A huge answer to prayers. Dad asked about our branch....there are probably 30 members maybe...I should count next week. Our branch is small and has a lot of less actives since the area is so big but we are slowly but surely growing and getting stronger each and every day!

Well Family I love you so much! Go read the member section of PMG and help the missionaries. You will be blessed!Every day I give thanks to have such an amazing family!!!! Keep it up. Much love,
Sister Bingham

my most favorite tree

just a cute little girl! sister m and I tried for 10 minutes to get her to smile but she never did

Sister Motsi and I during morning workout. don't mind our wimpy weights!

These kids followed us for 10 minutes so I finally just stopped and talked to them but they didn't understand English so I took a picture and told them to do a funny face! haha they couldn't understand so I showed them an example of a funny face and they copied me. well just the brave ones! they are so cute! I love it when they just stare at me and then when I have walked quite a ways they finally build up the courage and yell MOZUNGU!!!

Trudi, Asi, Glodi, and then Grace from the ward and her friend Gift
Asi, Trudi, and Glodi...the boys who speak French!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Another bwino week in Ndola (the land of milk and honey) July 6, 2015

Our district. Small but mighty!!! Elder Mukisa is from Uganda and smiles and laughs a lot. He is our district leader and he is great. Elder Madilu is from the Congo. He says he knows Sara's aunt and uncle!

I can't believe another week has flown by again! It makes me want to have a greater determination to work even harder because time is slipping away!!!! Ndola is great and so am I!
Tuesday: We have been setting the goal of getting 10 contacts a day and we haven't reached it and we finally got 9 so making progress!!!! This was a miracle and a huge sign of the hand of the Lord helping us because we didn't have much success in finding anyone who we had set appointments with. It's interesting because nothing went as planned on Tuesday and no one was home and we couldn't find any females to teach with us so it was disappointing. But we had 9 contacts! Everyday I have seen so many small miracles. We have to have ears, eyes, and hearts to see these miracles in our lives though. I know that as we continue to look for these miracles, we will be AMAZED at how many blessings we experience each and everyday, even if they are small. Tuesday is district meeting and we once again experienced what I call the African wait. We had to wait for Matthew (ward mission leader who is 21 but looks 14) who lives next door and has the keys to the church. Well he didn't have them so we waited for over an hour with the elders in our district. We finally got the keys after realizing the gate wasn't even locked...hahah the joys of missionary work! While we were waiting someone pulled up and asked me when Jesus was coming. People love to stop and ask us questions like this! They usually are interested in what we say which is awesome but its what they say always makes me laugh! District meeting is fun with only 4 of us but I am grateful for my district leader and how hard he works. We ended up teaching 3 lessons to members which is good because we were able to strengthen our branch. Because all our plans fell through, I realized the importance of having a back up plan. A lot doesn’t go the way we planned so as missionaries we have to be on our toes and have something ready so we don’t waste any time. That has been something that worries me because I know how precious our time is! As a companionship we are working to get better and using our time effectively when things don’t go as planned. Today I was reading in Alma 51 about Amalickiah and how he made his decisions with rash. As missionaries we must use the Spirit even as we plan and especially when we need to make back up plans. When deciding what to do we must ask, listen, and then do. I hope that as we apply this lesson this week we can follow the Spirit in guiding us where to go when plans don’t go as planned.
Wednesday: We started the day out with two investigators who live in the area we call town, Mulenga and Terrance. They are both about 20 years old. Mulenga is a music teacher and is very kind and happy! We introduced them both to the Book of Mormon and I had the opportunity to bear my testimony about this incredible book. I am not sure how either of them felt about it but I felt the Spirit so strong and my own personal testimony was strengthened as I shared it. I now that as we share our testimony, not only do we share the power of the Holy Ghost with others, but our own testimony grows! There is power in bearing testimony. From a devotional in the MTC Elder Bednar said, “When you don’t know what to say, bear testimony of the Restoration, Joseph Smith, and the Book of Mormon and you will be given utterance.” I am so grateful for the testimony that I have because it is one thing that I can always rely on. I have been so amazed to realize that my purpose as a missionary is to invite others to come unto Christ but in doing such, I have come closer to Christ. In the book Our Search for Happiness by Elder Ballard it says something along the lines of…missionaries go out and serve in order to show gratitude for all the blessings of Heavenly Father and to try to repay Him for all that He has done for them. However, missionaries are always even more blessed and therefore can never repay Him.” This is so true! We can all labor all of our days, even to the exhaustion of our souls but we will still be more blessed. Heavenly Father has more blessing for us than we can even imagine. If we stay steadfast and immovable by enduring to the end, we are PROMISED immortality and eternal life. Oh how this knowledge gives me desire to get out there and love, serve and teach. I challenge each of you to look for the blessings of the Lord and do all you can to share your testimony of the gospel so that not only others, but you yourself can one day taste that fruit from the tree of life. We headed out to Chipulukusu and Nkwazi next on the lovely buses! I seriously will miss those buses. All our appointments there fell through but we met some great new investigators. We met these two 20 year old boys who are devote in the their religion, they are 7th day Adventist but they were very interested in what we had to say and wanted to know what makes us different. We briefly talked with them and set an appointment for this Wednesday so I am excited to meet with them! While meeting with them I felt this feeling that when they both come to find the truth of our message and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they will be such a strength. I saw the end in mind! I could see them both being priesthood holders and leaders. There is so much more to missionary work than just baptizing people. Elder Ballard said, “We want quality and quantity. We want the temples filled with those we baptize.” The Ndola Branch has planned a temple trip this September so Sister Motsi and I are working hard to prepare the people for this wonderful blessing. I wish I could go with them. I dearly miss the temple but am so so so grateful for the covenants I made there before I came. They help me and bless me each and every day as I remember to keep them. We had 16 contacts on Wednesday so that was amazing! Brother John, an investigator and husband of one of the branch members, pleaded with us to help him stop drinking beer after we asked him if there was anything we could do to help him. I was so impressed by his desire to follow the Word of Wisdom. We told him we would fast and pray for him but promised him that the Savior knows exactly what he is going through and that his Atonement will help him overcome this problem. It was an incredible feeling to not only promise such a blessing but to know that with all my heart that what I said was true. The Savior knows all our pains, worries, stresses, everything and is waiting with open arms for us to turn to him. I am so grateful for Brother John and pray that he may be able to find the enabling power he needs from the Atonement to overcome this challenge. That night we had to do our grocery shopping and here comes my confession for the week….we bought everything except eggs, potatoes, and onions that Sister Motsi wanted to buy from the streets since they are cheaper. But we had already been in Shoprite(pretty much like Walmart but just food) and we couldn’t take the shopping cart out of the parking lot and we had way to many bags to carry. So Sister Motsi told me to stay with the cart and she just walked away!!! I had no idea what to do!!! I felt so so so alone without my companion!!!! It was a terrible feeling knowing that we were disobeying the rules so I started singing hymns. I felt safe even though it was kinda a sketchy part of town and it was dark . All  of a sudden this man came up to me and said, “Sister? Where is your companion???” Oh no!!! I had to quickly explain myself  and tried to laugh it off but I was so embarrassed because the man turned out to be the neighboring branch, the Mansala branch president!!!!! He told me to be safe and that he would be in Shoprite if I needed anything. Sister Motsi finally came back and when I told her she just laughed. Oh man I was so embarrassed and I never want that to happen again! But all is well.
Thursday: This was my first time in the areas of Chifubu, Pamodzi, and Signpost which are very similar areas to Chipulukusu. They are far and so we had to ride a bus and walk a lot but I love walking! I really do. I am convinced this is the most perfect mission for me because its just like backpacking! We walk on dirt paths everywhere. My bag has a hip strap that is just like my backpack. I brush my teeth from a water bottle and we go to the bathroom in holes in the ground. I also wear the same clothes a lot without washing them. When the power is out, we shower from a bucket, and I always have to have my hair in a ponytail. But I love backpacking so it’s the best!!! Anyways Matthew came with us to teach which was awesome because we had a member present. Oh but the bus ride…..worst part of my week!!! So we were waiting for Matthew at the bus stop and while we were waiting I saw this lady get on a bus with a huge basket of live chickens (with their feathers all plucked off, I think they attack each other) and then a group of 5 chickens with their feet tied together. I was so grateful we were not getting on that bus. Well what do you know….we got on our bus and the lady right behind me had chickens! I was hoping she would not sit next to me but there was an open seat! Luckily she sat in front of us but that was a long bus ride with those chickens just staring at me with those beady little eyes. Hahah it was funny though. We met with less actives and members today and it was great. We shared Alma 32 with Sister Chewey who recently lost her husband and somehow supports herself and 3 children in a very, very humble home. As we read verse 21” faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things” I was reminded that Heavenly Father does not expect us to be perfect whether that is a perfect missionary, mother, father, student,etc but if we have faith and exercise that faith, he will make up for our weaknesses. We then taught Janet who is an investigator but hardly speaks English. I am grateful we had Matthew there to speak Bemba but it was incredibly powerful for Sister Motsi and I to bear testimony in English and see Janet still feel that Spirit even though she didn’t understand. It is so important to have the Spirit because we cannot teach without it but can perform miracles with it. Shout-out to Mom right quick…the OWLS is so so so perfect! That is the recipe to success as a missionary. I love that pillowcase and think of how I can improve every night. Also that picture of Christ from the Bible movies is a huge strength! Thank you! This week as we taught in very humble circumstances I had the opportunity to work on the Christlike attribute of faith. Sometimes when I am in people’s homes I question whether the people here could really keep all the commandments and covenants. Sometimes I doubt and feel like it would be impossible. But as we sat on the dirty and ripped up couches of Janet's two room “home” I was even moved to tears when I came to understand that the gospel of Jesus Christ is simple. He has promised that if we come unto Him, we will find rest. His yoke is easy and his burden is light. His plan is available to all and is possible for all to follow and live. It is simple yet the blessings are beyond extraordinary. From there we went to the less active of all less actives, Sister Sinikiwe (pronounced sneaky-way). The name is so fitting! From the area book we read that she said she even regrets going to the temple. Of course I was nervous to go into her home but it was the complete opposite of what I thought! She was so nice and friendly to us and we ended up having a great lesson about the Book of Mormon after we sang 4 hymns (upon her request and lets just say…my singing has become even worse..if that is possible!). but it was great and I hope that we can continue meeting with her and remind her why she joined the church. Our last appointment of the day was my favorite and was with Sister Lunia, a less active. We showed a powerful video about the temple with her and for a moment, the Spirit was so strong I felt like I was in the temple! I felt so much love for my family back home. You are the best and I wish I could describe the love and appreciation I feel for you. I can’t wait to spend eternity with you! We didn’t know the way to her house so she sent her 11 year old boy to get us and it was a long way and he did it all in the dark!!! He reminded me of Jacob and was very sweet. We ended up getting home about 7:30, we are supposed to be home by 6 but we can come home at 7 if we are teaching but the last lesson was so good!!! We set a goal to be more obedient though. That night was nice though because after we planned and did my training, we cooked dinner and headed to bed. The hardest thing for me this week has been staying awake until 10:30! It is so tempting to just go to bed after we plan and train and eat. I am so exhausted at night but as I have continued to stay awake and studied, I have felt the blessings of being obedient. I love all the time that I get to study! I swear I can never get enough. Sometimes Sister Motsi and I just talk which is good because we build our friendship and help each other stay awake.

Friday was back to Chipulukusu and this day…ay! It was bwino sana (much good). I got 5 marriage proposals!!!! Dad your fear might come true and I might just marry someone from here. Totally kidding but its pretty hilarious how many people say they love me, want to kiss me, and marry me. Sister Motsi and I just laugh. I made these rice krispy things for a less active and one of our investigators and so that was fun to deliver them. I have found I actually really love to cook. Dad- we ate really well since we do all our own cooking. We shop for ourselves and we make sure we get healthy stuff. One bummer is that the ice cream isn’t very good here but I love the candy bars they have!!! We occasionally get lunch but the local places to eat are pretty much all the same. They have these things called Shawramas and they are really good! Its kinda like chicken in a piece of pita bread but its delicious and they have meat pies which are kinda like a cross between chicken pot pies and hot pockets. Matt you would love them! But other than that, they don’t have much unless we eat at the mall where we email. Here they have a subway and a pizza place. But we eat really well and I have enjoyed being creative in our cooking. Making dinner is so much fun with Sister Motsi and my favorite time that we have together. Sister Motsi bought a new hair piece and oh man that was the best! We went to this tiny shop that is filled with hair and all these women!!! I felt so out of place. This lady kept coming up to me with scissors and pretended to cut my hair. I was terrified!!!! She seriously would get so close to cutting it! She kept saying she wanted to switch with me. I was happy to get out of there! Sister Motsi is going to have one of our investigators put her new weave in. They live in Chipulukusu and own a little shack where they braid hair. We went to visit and the mom was there and she was hilarious! She asked why I didn’t bring her anything from America and why I didn’t bring my mom with me. Oh Mom- every one who I show the picture of my family too says you are beautiful and look so young!! Anyways I can’t wait to spend 2 or 3 hours with them while Sister Motsi gets her hair done. Maybe they can braid my hair too! We met with Simon, a less active and discussed Duty to God with him. Dad and the boys…any suggestions on how I can help him with this??

Saturday the 4th of July: I loved, loved hearing about everything you did!!!! I missed the fireworks but loved being patriotic hear in Ndola! I even woke up singing the national anthem! And sister Motsi and I had hot dogs so it was fun. I definitely have an even greater love for American and feel so blessed to have grown up there. But I love Zambia just as much!!!! Sometimes when I have a discouraging thought I take one second to look around and think to myself “I am in Africa. Yes Africa. This is incredible!!!” I really do feel so blessed to be here. We taught Keith today and it was awesome because it was the first time either of us had taught him so it was really a first lesson! We taught the Restoration and we will see him again this week. He lives in Northrise in a really nice house. We made a big lunch because we started our fast at 2 that afternoon and then headed to the only area I haven’t been to and it is awesome! Its called Ndola hill and we ride a bus for about 15 minutes and then we walk down the dirt road for about 30. It is away from the city and is really quiet and peaceful. If I ever move to Ndola, I am moving there. People pray on Ndola hill and we could here them. Sister Motsi said when we climb it, we have to wear long skirts because its against whatever religion that prays there to see your legs. Anyways that will be a fun adventure. In Ndola Hill we visited with the Nonde family who are less active. Sister Nonde started nursing in the middle of the lesson….I have had this happen a lot but I am still not used to it. We had a great lesson about Ether 12 and talked about weaknesses. Go read this chapter! We each set a goal to pick something we could work on and make it a strength. That night we got home right at 6 so we had a lot of time which was hard because we couldn’t eat or anything but I had a lot of study time which was much needed. I also gave Sister Motsi that white puffy jacket because I never wear it and it is too small for me. She wore it the whole night and kept telling me it smells like America. She was very grateful so thank you mom for sending it with me!

Sunday: Another great day in the Ndola branch!! Send your prayers this way though because our numbers are few and we have a new branch president who is struggling to figure it out. I am so grateful for our ward and organization of our church at home. I had no idea how different it would be here but I love seeing the members have such a desire to fulfill there callings. I was so sad to hear about President Packer! Sister Motsi and I are honoring him tonight by reading his last general conference talk. Ok Robert…I can’t really explain Robert but he is about 20 and I don’t think he is all the way there. He kept calling me an angel and his everlasting friend and during third hour he sat next to me and pulled out the Liahona magazine and kept pointing to the word love and marriage…hahahah Sister Motsi was dying!!! I guess he has done this to other sisters but he is quite the character! He wanted a map to my house in Idaho and when I told him I didn’t have one he said, “No worries. I will walk on foot.” Hahah what a guy! We visited a couple people but once again no one was home and we couldn’t get members to go with us so we went over to the Muwenga’s (I talked about them last email). The girls taught us the dances they were practicing for a party their mom was holding when they finished redoing their kitchen or something. It was so much fun to dance but they really can move their hips!! I will teach you all when I get home. Maybe I should teach them the dance you did! Nonetheless, Sunday was a great day. I am so grateful for the opportunity we have to fast once a month. There are so many blessings from fasting!

Monday: P-day….we are emailing and then cleaning and then I get to learn how to do laundry!!! I still haven’t washed anything but I am running out of garments so I am excited!!!

I love you all so so so much!!! I wrote a lot (my companion loves to email and so I just follow but hey I am not complaining!!!) I have even more to tell you though!!! Someday I can’t wait to tell you all my stories and all my experiences. Stay strong! Keep doing what you are doing. Keep sharing the gospel. GO OUT WITH THE MISSIONARIES!!!! They need your help. I pray for you everyday and night. I love you with all my heart, I love this gospel and I love Ndola!!!!!!

Much love,
Sister Bingham
Not sure why they sent me to the MTC in South Africa when there is one right here in Ndola! 

This picture is the road to Ndola Hill. Sister Motsi said someday we will climb Ndola Hill...I can't wait!
This is part of Chipulukusu. Maybe next week I can get a picture of the houses.

My cute companion with her purple umbrella. She takes it everywhere!
Here is the outside gate to our flats. This was my 4th of July outfit!!! 

I missed the fireworks but missionary work is even better than the 4th. I made sure we had hot dogs for lunch!

The "real lions gate" this made me think of the neighbor hood by us! They love lions here. This is a house in Northrise which is closer to our apartment but has the nicest houses in Ndola and pretty landscaping.

I LOVE CHACOS!!!! THis was the first day I wore them and they are heaven sent.

 I tried to get a good picture of our bus rides to the different areas without anyone seeing me because I always feel weird taking pictures but every time I wish my family could ride on the bus with me. It is always an adventure!