This week felt like the longest but the shortest week of my mission but nonetheless it was AMAZING! And now as I am sitting down to write about it, I can hardly remember what happened. One thing about mission is that you have incredible experiences everyday and it sort of scares me that I won't be able to remember them all!!! I wish I could walk around with a GoPro on my head and record it all but then again you still wouldn't be able to feel the special spirit that literally cannot be described. Did you know that I just love being a missionary???
last pictures together at our home
Sowe went to the Blantyre Chapel to be there for the setting apart of 2 missionaries. One is Elder Mapinda from our Branch who we worked a lot with and Sister Tembo from another branch. As I walked into the room it was a HUGE flashback to almost one year ago when I was set apart as a missionary. Since being a missionary, I cry and everything so the tears just started to come as I thought of how much I have experienced this past year and how much I have grown and changed. Then as each missionary was blessed, I was intently listening to each word and I was reminded of how much our Father in Heaven loves us and how we have been given power and authority from Him to do His work. I felt almost like I was receiving a blessing myself as I listened to those sacred words. I also was overcome with joy and excitement as I looked at these two new missionaries about to embark on their journey. Part of me wished that I was in their shoes again but at the same time I was so grateful for my mission. The rest of the day, Sister Tembo was with us which was sooooo fun!! She is going to be amazing. Its been awesome to see investigators come to church, and to see investigators baptized, and to see less actives come back but to think of these young members going out to share the gospel and how much they will be changed and come back here to Blantyre and build the church...I just can't wait!!!! We got her on a bus that afternoon and sent her to Lilongwe where she would fly the next day to the Ghana MTC. Since the Church is so new here, we really get to be involved in a lot of different things like sending off missionaries and I just loved it!
Sister Tembo going to Ghana!!!!
with all the missionaries coming down from Lilongwe we had to round up all our extra blankets to send out to the other apartments. We had a big comforter that was super dirty. We told the zone leaders and they told us, "Oh no problem. Just wash it yourself! It won't be hard...just step on it in a big bucket. you don't even have to use your hands!" yeah it took sister Motsi and I over an hour!!! but it was hilarious
President and Sister Erickson
"what do idaho people do in pictures?"
Sister Brown, Zohner, and Bingham
the great wall of maplot
Regina my homegirl
carb load before the hike
Today we hiked the "Way of the Cross" which is on Mount Chilmoni, one of the 4 peaks sister Zohner and I are planning to climb. It is owned by the Catholic Church and they have 14 crosses up the path to the huge cross on the top. At each cross they have a bronze sculpture of different events of Christs Crucifixion. It was a short hike but it was really cool to just think of the Savior and all that He went through. We had our personal study at the top and it was incredible! I loved sitting up there overlooking the area and just feeling so close to Heavenly Father and the Savior. Sister Zohner and I spent some time just talking about how many people are out there and how much Heavenly Father loves them and how blessed we are to be 2 of the 14 missionaries to preach His gospel!! I loved being out hiking again but really what i love most is being a missionary.
the guy taking our picture missed the cross but oh well.....
see the mountain in the background?? that's Ndirande Mountian...its the biggest one.
our night guards
Our culinary art, I mean sister Bingham is the expert