Alma 26. . . . But behold my joy is full.
These missionaries are not only so full that they could not eat another thing, but also filled with joy at the idea of being part of the Lords team in helping to make Pointe Noire a District..........
Elder Massé, Elder Sperry, Elder Naughton, Elder Bybee and Elder Tripp
This past Sunday we held a Zone Fast. Elder Bailey had been reading Alma 26 and was touched by the message and direction as it could apply to the Missionary Work here in Pointe Noire. When President Monga was here, he called and set apart Elder Bailey to be a Counselor in the Mission Presidency. We are humbled and grateful for this new opportunity and the vision that President Monga has for us.......we need to be made a "District".
So that is our goal and the goal of "The Missionary Team" the Lord has put in place here in Pointe Noire. Each missionary read Alma 26 and came together last Sunday to talk about what they had felt as they read it. It was such a special meeting and one where we all felt the Spirit of "Hastening the Work of Salvation".
It is so exciting to see the Branches grab hold of the "vision" of "Hastening the Work" too. Last Sunday many new "Ward Missionaries" were called to be part of the team. They are excited to share their testimonies of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to bring others to a "knowledge of the truth".
As we read in Alma 26 it says: Now, my brethren, we see that God is mindful of every people no matter what land they might be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and His bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy and my great thanksgiving; I will give thanks unto my God forever. AmenSo now we will prepare ourselves to go to work and be "instruments in the hands of God" to bring about this great goal!
Elder Tweneboah and Elder Bybee with Elder and Sister Bailey
We found out that these Elder's teacher at the MTC in Ghana is a former missionary that served with us in Côte d'Ivoire. His name was Elder Owusu and he was from Ghana. We took this picture so that we could send it to him!
Elder Naughton shows off his tie that he made from couch material...
A closer look.
Elder Etherington talks with Elder Tweneboah
Elder Ralison talks with Elder Garland
Elder Ralison and Elder Tripp get all the information they need to fill out the baptism form for their candidates
This is Delauney and Auronie who were baptized on Saturday. They are brother and sister. Their parents are not members, but came to support the decision of their children. Elder Ralison and Elder Tripp were the missionaries who had been teaching them.
Elder Etheringon, Eugenie, Elder Johnston and Elder Naughton
Elder Bybee baptized this past Saturday a new member in the Pointe Noire Branche
We finally received our May issue of the Ensign in English.
Elder Ralison, Elder Tripp, Elder Naughton, Elder Garland, Elder Johnston, Elder Massé, Elder Sperry, Elder Tweneboah and Elder Bybee
Our valiant, stalwart, crazy Elders!
These are the youth of Pointe Noire receiving their diploma's at Seminary and Institute Graduation on Saturday.
Wall of Fame
This is how Patrice cleans out our Bidone's. This is a special kind of plant that he pushes down into it. Then he takes a stick and swishes it around to make it smell clean and fresh. We are always so impressed at how they do things here! This is definitely what you would call a "natural cleaning product".
As we close our blog this week we wish to express the "joy" that has come into our hearts because of being able to serve a mission for the Lord. It is truly a wonderful adventure....
"Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice for our joy is full" Alma 26:16
Until next week.........