Monday, June 2, 2014

Pooling Our Efforts....June 2, 2014

The Baptism of Darcyne



Last Saturday Darcyne and her children were baptized into the Church.  Darcyne had been looking for truth and light in her life and accidentally walked into our church one Sunday, thinking she was going to another church.  The missionaries saw her and talked with her, and over the months she gained a testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.  She was so grateful for the knowledge that through Christ her sins could be forgiven.  She loved how the missionaries taught her about families being ordained of God, and she loved the purpose and meaning she finally had in her life.

After the baptism she invited all the missionaries, Elder Bailey and I and many friends and neighbors over for a dinner she had prepared.  It was wonderful.  We are so thankful for the missionary efforts of Elder Garland, Elder Etherington, and Elder Johnston.  It was a wonderful day in Pointe Noire. 


Elder Bailey, Elder Etherington, Elder Johnston, Elder Hatch, Elder Bybee, and Elder Wright at Darcyne's home.



Darcyne and her family with Elder Garland, Elder Johnston, and Elder Etherington

The Baptism of Yves


Elder Wright, Yves, and Elder Garland

We are grateful for the efforts of Elder Wright and Elder Johnston the Pointe Noire Branche missionaries.  They have worked hard teaching Yves, who was baptized this past Saturday and is also very grateful to now be a member of the church.


This is Elder Bybee, Elder Johnston's new companion from Enoch, Utah.  He has been in Pointe Noire since Friday, and here in Africa for two weeks.  He was asked by Frere Fermes to give the talk on the Restoration at Yves baptism.  He did a wonderful job and his French was great!


Elder Johnston instructs Yves on what is going to take place.  Elder Bailey was a witness.


Elder VanAusdal received his new companion Elder Ralison from Madagascar.  He is such a kind and enthusiastic missionary and they both are ready to "pool their efforts" in finding souls to teach.

Washing the Baptismal Clothing


The towels

After the baptisms the clothes are put into a big bucket and brought home to wash.  Because we were late getting home on Saturday,  we put the clothes all around so that they would not mildew.  


The baptism clothes


More clothes and towels


The Elders always send their clothes home too.  


This is my wonderful outdoor laundry room.  


The only down part of our washer and dryer is that the cycles are all in French.  But I have found two that work for us.   One is for 29 minutes in cold water, and the other is 1 hour in hot.   Between having no electricity at least once everyday, and the one hour to wash extra dirty clothes, somedays, it takes all day to get everything washed and ready to go!
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Everyone here in Pointe Noire works so hard to do their part.  Without the "efforts" of each individual, and the collective strengths of the companionships, the work would not go forward.  We are grateful to the Branche Presidents, the Missionaries, the Members and each other for all the efforts  to "Hasten the Work of Salvation," in bringing souls to Christ.

Until Next Week.......


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