Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fishers of Men....October 17, 2014

We have been very busy here the the Congo with many responsibilities and day to day experiences that come our way.  We continue to learn and grow and love our mission.  We officially reached our "hump day" on October 6, so we are on the down hill from here.  One of the highlights of being a Senior Missionary Couple is sharing in the conversion of wonderful people that the missionaries teach and baptize.  We have come to love over 80 converts to the church since we arrived in January.

In Preach My Gospel Elder Dallin H. Oaks said: "We do not preach and teach in order to 'bring people into the Church' or to increase the membership of the Church.  We do not preach and teach just to persuade people to live better lives. . . . We invite all to come unto Christ by repentance and baptism and confirmation in order to open the doors of the celestial kingdom to the the sons and daughters of God.  No one else can do this.

We are so grateful for the trust Heavenly Father has put in us to be here.  We love the work and those we serve alongside.   We wish to add our witness that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true, that it has been restored in these latter days to prepare a world for the second coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Fisherman. . . . 

This is our night guardian Anicet.  He is making a fishing net to earn money for his family.  It will take him over two months to "crochet" the net which he will sell for $20.00. 

He is making progress.  After all of his "nightly" duties are done at our house, he works on his net.  He has no electricity at his home, so he takes advantage of the lights in his room where he sleeps.   He told me he learned the "art" of net-making from his father, who he watched as a little boy.

Fisher of men. . . 

When our Savior asked Peter, Andrew, James and John to leave their fishing business and become "Fishers of Men", he was trying to apply the work that needed to be done to something they could relate to.  As missionaries, just like Peter, we are asked by our Savior to love our work more that we love the world we left behind. . . . . . . to feed His lambs and to feed His sheep.   Each and everyday we find joy in working hard for the Lord.  Our missionaries here in Pointe Noire are truly being ..... Fishers of Men.

We tried hard to stream the Priesthood Session so that our Elders could watch.  We were able to watch Elder Cook, but that was about all. 

The "Grandpa" of Pointe Noire missionaries celebrated his birthday on October 8.  We had a "small" party after Family Home Evening where Elder Garland received his "pillowcase" and some "Peaches Gummy Candy."  Elder Sperry made him some special cookies for the night.

These are the Sisters of the Loandjili Branche.  They wanted me to teach them how to make banana cakes this past Thursday.   What I found out is you make banana bread batter and then you cook the batter like pan-cakes because they don't have ovens.  I also taught them how to make Chinese Chicken Salad.  We had a wonderful time trying to speak to each other so that we could understand, but we got it done and had a great time.

Our missionaries are definitely "super heroes" besides being "Fishers of Men".  This is 
"Captain Bybee".

Elder Etherington and Elder Nkulu are teaching "Prisca".  This was her first time to come to church.  She is deaf so everything has to be written down on her little white board.  Because she  also has problems with her equilibrium she had to find someone that would come with her to help her walk.  The little neighbor boy sitting on her lap volunteered to come. 

Elder Ralison and Elder Tripp baptized Fallon on October 4,2014

Elder Naughton is waiting for his invitation letter to Gabon, so until then he is working in a threesome with Elder Tripp and Elder Ralison.  They baptized Belfort this past Saturday.

This is Naomi, she also was baptized by Elder Tripp this past Saturday.  This is her father who was very proud that she was baptized.

The Work of Salvation is going forth here in Pointe Noire Congo.  We are taking the words of our Savior to heart....."Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men"...  

We love the work of the Lord and where He has called us serve!

Until next week............

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