Monday, June 9, 2014

Relax....Go with the flow.

One thing I have learned on my mission is to just relax and go with the flow. There are a lot of factors that go into what we do every day. I have learned to just make a list of our priorities, and we start with number one, and work our way down. If we don't have time for 3 or 4, that's ok. We'll figure it out later. I've learned that sometimes we panic because we have so much to do and so many things going on that we don't know what to do. Just relax, go with the flow, and let the Spirit guide you. If you are doing your best and you know what you're doing is right, don't worry about the rest. It will all work out. I've learned  we can't let what others do influence our duties.
 Read 1 Nephi 16:18-25. That talks about Nephi breaking his bow. Notice that Lehi was murmuring against the Lord. That would be sufficient reason to lose confidence in him, but what did Nephi do? He exercised his faith first, did his duty, then recognized his father as the prophet and asked him where to go. Afterward, because of Nephi's example, Lehi repented. Read the passage yourself and see what you take pull from it. It really helped us with a less-active family yesterday.
So this week went by so fast! It was awesome though. On Monday we had a FHE with a inactive family. We talked about setting goals to go to the temple and putting it on the wall so they can see it every day. It was a really cool experience. 
Tuesday was a crazy day! We had three appointments fall through but we still managed to get 7 rendez-vous in one day! It was pretty cool. We got a referral from a member for a family. There was only one of the girls there, maybe 17 or 18 years old. She will not say a word! It makes it difficult to teach, but she came to church and progresses! So that is helping us to develop new teaching styles. I'm loving working with Elder Ralison. We have a lot in common and our teaching meshes hand in hand. He's really funny too. This will be an awesome transfer together. 
Wednesday we had a lesson with Rocia and then later had her baptism interview on Friday. She passed and was good to go! Buuuut.... her entire family are members. And they don't think she is ready. So I think they discouraged her cause she didn't come to the baptism. It was really sad. But we're going to try to help her overcome that. 
Thursday we were in Ngoyo which is about 20 minutes of walking and a 20-30 minute bus ride away from our apartment. We had a first contact with someone named Desh. He lived another 30 minutes into the middle of nowhere! But it was an awesome lesson. Afterwards we walked to our next appointment and it took an hour! So we did a lot of walking that day. And because of the baptism interview, we only got 2 lessons in. But it was still a really good productive day. 
Friday we had a rattez-vous, which means an appointment fell through. So we were just walking, and we were going to say hi to some members. But we were stopped by someone on the street. He said he was available so we sat down and had a lesson with him. It was really cool! He has some interesting ideas from his other church though. He believes he received the baptism of the Holy Ghost when he fell in the shower because after that he started speaking in tongues and no one could understand him... We'll help him with that though haha. He's awesome though. He called us at 8 a.m. on Sunday to say he was at the church! We hadn't even left home yet! haha So I think he has a lot of potential. 
Saturday we had a baptismal service. I baptized Juldas. It was a really cool experience. It was unfortunate that Rocia couldn't come though. But we still had a good experience. Then afterwards we were talking to Barthou about "les weis." It's a made up word that people in Kinshasa say to say "things" or "stuff." So she was laughing her head off because she had no idea what the "weis" were. It was cool though because usually she's not very open and doesn't talk very much. So we've been helping her to feel more comfortable and open. It was really fun. 
Then Sunday we had a great day at church. We had 13 investigators at church! Not bad! Attendance has been great lately. Two of the branches are going to divide soon. That will make 5! That's almost a stake! We're really excited. 
So our little stint of 6 elders in our district ended today. Our zone leaders moved into an apartment in the same parcel as the Baileys. So the two elders that came here are going back to the apartment in Foucks. Yes that is the name of the quartier. I mean neighborhood? haha It's pronounced Fooks. Don't worry haha. 
Anyway, everything is going reall well here. Everything is looking great! Have a great week!

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