Today marks my 7 month mark as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and it truly has been the most happiest, most challenging, most exhausting, most rewarding, most best 7 months of my life!!! This past week I closed a lesson like every other lesson we teach by saying, "I know that all we have taught is true and we share everything in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen". By now I have said that sooooo many times but as I said it this time, I truly felt the power of our calling as missionaries and that we truly are His representatives. I am sooooooooooo happy that I still have 11 more months to keep sharing His gospel and trying my best to bless the lives here in Zambia!
7 months plus 11 months!
= 18 months!
Saturday: We had a lot of lessons with investigators opening up about their concerns and needs and it was sort of overwhelming. I actually have felt a big burden on my shoulders again as those we are teaching are struggling to see the blessings of the gospel or because of their agency, are choosing not to accept and keep the commitments that we extend. I know that every missionary goes through this but this week it really pressed down on my mind. But what a wonderful thing to be worried over! And I know that every worry, every question, can be answered and solved and made better through the gospel. Its challenging though to fulfill this responsibility as missionaries but I grew in love for all those young men and women serving around the world. Brother Mupundu shared about how his wife is really hesitant with the gospel and so I shared with him about Grandma and Grandpa Bingham and how through the influence of Grandma, Grandpa being reactive and their family was sealed in the temple. There was a special spirit in that home and I know that we receive help in times of need from those on the other side of the veil. We all can feel their strength as well. We saw the Nonde family and brought the Book of Mormon stories for the little girls to read. We had Brother Nonde read from one chapter to his daughters because they only know Bemba and it was really precious. I couldn’t help but think of all my memories of Dad and all the time he spent reading with us, playing with us, taking us hunting, fishing, camping, backpacking, cross country skiing, canoeing, boating, wrestling us, making us Spam and chocolate pudding, and everything else! We have the best Dad and I love him so much! I don’t think I would be here today without you!!! Love you so much!!! The next adventure of the day happened when we tried to go visit a member of the branch who stays in our farthest area, Kaniki. I have been there twice but somehow I missed the turn and all the sudden there were police on the road and a big sign that said, “Customs border” or something. We called Martha and turned around and made it to her house. Apparently we had made it to the Congo border…hahaha.
My two favorite!
Sunrise from Dola Hill
top of ndola hill...love this crazy companion of mine!
planking in honor of Josh
can't leave the top of a mountain without a jumping picture
the hike down
We headed home and then we went to the National Futbol stadium that they have here and got a tour of it for 10 kwacha (pretty much 1 dollar) and it was sooooooooooo cool!!! They let us go on the “pitch” and everything!!! I am worried though because we are slowly running out of fun things to do on p-day….we are going to have to get creative. We have tried going to the river to ask the locals to let us fish but they haven’t been there the past 3 weeks…one day.
LEVY MWANAWASA STADIUM!!!!
View from the presidents seat!!
Put us in coach!
Don't mind the garments but check out Sister Zohner's photography skills!!!
View from the presidents seat!!
Well family I love you all so much! Thank you soooooooooo much for all the birthday wishes! I have felt so much love today and I am so grateful for how you have helped me here on mission!! You are the best and I love being a missionary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!