Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter and the 12 week dying program

Well it's been a great week here in Mada. Fort Dauphin is awesome. Just beyond awesome. I'm am very excited to continue to experience this unique place. 

So ponderize scripture this week was Easter oriented, Helaman 14:15

Very good scripture. 

So last Monday we didn't do much after we got back from the wedding. I went with Elder Lenhardt out to work. Elder Koplin just got his appendix out so we've been kinda juggling back and forth between Elders for the last few days because he can't go out very much. He went out with Elder Ahlstrom though because it was not very demanding to get where their time was. We taught a cool family about the Atonement which was particularly special because it was Easter week. Then we went to a soiree with the branch president of the other branch, president Danielson. His wife is a great cook and cooked us American food! It was awesome!

Tuesday was a great day! We taught a lot! So the thing is, president Foote doesn't want to do a whitewash here. So that's why we got sent down a week early. So this whole week I've been going around with Elder Ahlstrom learning the area. And I had to learn it in a week. Interesting. But we have a ton of investigators that I need to learn. We had a very good day on Tuesday though. I will let you I know names and progress as I start to figure that out myself. We had a soiree with the branch president of our branch that night, President Dimby. He is super cool. Ok so a little side note about President Dimby and President Danielson. They work for a big mining company down here called Rio Tinto. It's like a big cooperation of a bunch of mining companies. Kennecott in Utah is part of this group. Well they are kinda high up in the company here and the compnay provides housing in small gated communities called phases.Well these communities can only be entered by their own bus system which travels on a highway type road. First off, it was weird to be driving on a real road and the communities look just like America. It's the weirdest thing. I'll send pictures next time me go. 

Wednesday we had another great day with Elder Ahlstrom. he's great. We were able to do a little bit of contacting and taught some very cool people. We have one family that we are working with that just needs to get married and then they can get baptized. I'm way excited for them. But seriously the work here is crazy. We are just teaching all day. I love it. It's been kinda misty all week. It's like rain but just walking through the mist-ers at like Lagoon or something. It's way nice.

Thursday we taught a lot as well. We have some very cool families that we taught this day. We have this couple named Rina and Anita and they have a young daughter who is just adorable. But they are awesome. He is trying really hard and is reading the Book of Mormon and loves it. They love the teachings and are really understanding and it's great. And then we have these other people, Edwardine and Joshua. They are hardcore Adventist but are great. We were talking about our purpose here on Earth the other day with him and after reading 2 Nephi 2:25 asked,"So what makes you happy" He responded immediately that over anything else he loves coming home from work and playing with his kids. Well this day we were talking about the Atonement and he absolutely loved it. It was a great lesson and we sang some hymns with them. They are awesome. And we also had Lanto and Dorothe. They are great and are so close to getting baptized. Selman is their son and he wants to helps us way bad and go on a mission. 

Friday we taught Mahala and Alvin. They are awesome. Elder Yeagley and Elder Hardy started teaching them actually when they were here so it was kinda cool to see that. They want to get baptized way bad. They are trying way hard. That's a big problem down here; legal marriage. They just don't have the money to do it so they don't. But we are working with them to get them saving money to get married and they are really close. Also we saw some random guy in a Santa hat stumbling in the middle of the road singing songs. Drunk people are way funny.

Saturday was a decent day. We got stood up a lot because it was Easter. At this point I was not going with Elder Ahlstrom anymore because he was waiting on Elder Koplin at home and let me just say that it is a miracle that I can remember where all these people are. We have so many investigators. But thankfully we were able to find everyone. Elder Ahlstrom came later that day with us because Elder Koplin wanted to go out to work. We stopped by a Catholic church on the way home after our times because they were doing a big service for Easter. I got the Holy Water sprinkled on me from the palm frond the bishop was flinging. Great way to end the night.

Sunday was an alright day. Everyone was celebrating at a party, drunk, or both. Church went super great. There were lots of good talks and lessons even though no one showed up. Attendance was very low. We got dogged by most of our times too. But we were able to get into two families that are awesome. One of them is part of the Shine church. I don't know if that exists in America but the people from it are very nice. Very willing to accept others. But yeah we had a great week.

It was a cool week to be sharing the gospel. I was really able to feel the spirit of Easter this year which is the spirit of hope. Hope that no matter what happens, it will all be made right because of Christ. I know that to be a fact. I've seen it in the lives of so many people here. I know that it is true. 

Also I am now officially on the 12 week dying program. When you first get to country, you get the 12 week training program and now I am a dying missionary. Very sad. But I am excited to keep working hard and help these people. I don't want to leave! 

Elder Coleman
View from the house

Easter Procession

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