|People I will never forget|
First off you know those cartoons where the kids carry their lunch in a little red cloth at the end of a stick? Yeah that's definitely derived from mZanzi.
Interestingly enough there’s a famous guy who sings love songs in South Africa named Johnny Clegg. So people just assume that I can sing. In sacrament meeting at our clusters I on several occasions have had to give the opening tune of the hymn.. the church is kinda developing our variety of hymns is very narrow.
It was kinda bittersweet, next week being stake conference, Sunday was likely the last time I’ll ever get to attend a small cluster for church. I’m really gonna miss it, honestly One would benefit so much by just being able to attend one sacrament meeting in South Africa. Words can’t describe it. It’s been a privledge, and I can only thank Heavenly Father for sending me to such a wonderful place. I’ve never ever grown so much as I have the last 7 and a half months of my life.
Encountered a couple lil disappointments this week, our guy S--, who was lined up to be baptized just wasn’t quite ready yet.. but it’s all good, I know everything will work out for him. I’m kinda sad because stake conference is this weekend, which means no baptisms until the next week (where I’ll be somewhere else) but it’s all good- just gotta remember that your serving the Lord.
Just so cool to be on a part of the earth where the gospel hasn’t yet been preached. You go into a house and it’s completely new to them. They’ve never seen mulungus biking around talking about Jesus. I hope to come back to Minanawe in a few years time and see that the cluster has grown into a ward.
Gained an appreciation for the Book of Mormon this week. Happened while reading 1Nephi 8, and just how beautifully it fits into our lives is quite amazing.
Lehi’s dream was really emphasized in my view pertaining to the location of our meetinghouse.
|Cluster meets in this daycare center|
We have this dodgey little day-care center we use for church, and it’s on the only asphalt road in the Minanawe area. On this road there are like 5 other churches, the only 5 other churchs in the whole area. Our meetinghouse is small compared to the others..
We believe in our church that the priesthood authority has been restored via. The prophet, Joseph Smith, making it the only true, and living(receiving continuous revelation from Christ) church on the entire earth. As recorded in 1st Nephi 8, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is where you go to partake of the tree of life.
Literally, no joke the church straight opposite the road from is is a “great and spacious building” it’s a huge barn-looking thing called “assemblies of Christ” or something. Every Sunday, we see so many people going to church at this place. Our numbers are few compared to that church. While we are silently conduction our sacrament meeting, the church acrossed the street is just blaring and clapping and singing and dancing. It looks like they are having fun, like a straight up party.
That church across the street is a “great and spacious building” in more than one context- first off, literally it is physically great and spacious, and secondly- It too, is a spiritually is a “great and spacious building”. Just think of it- hundreds of people only meters from the truths and ordinances of Salvation, who won’t give it a chance because there’s no “clapping” or “dancing” involved. Replace ‘road’ with ‘river’, and ‘tree of life’ with ‘The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints’; and you have a real-life, so-similar-it’s-scary example of 1Nephi chapter 8.
We all, in our own lives, battle our own enticing of the “great and spacious building”. Sure, it looks exciting- looks fun, looks like everyone is having a great time. The music’s bumping, the party’s rocking-
But just across the street is where you really should be.
Satan tries to make bad things look good, conterfits things claiming that they are the truth. We all have personal “great and spacious buildings” that we need to stay away from.
So if you’re standing at the tree of life, don’t drop your fruit, leaving it for the flies and walk over to the great and spacious building. Hold onto the light, even when temptations surround to leave the ground you’ve already won. If you’re in the building; Leave. Get outta there and join the mormons at the tree of life.
A scripture was shared on Sunday, I think we could all be a little more like Moses:
~And it came to pass that when Moses had said these words, behold, Satan came tempting him, saying: Moses, son of man, worship me.
(and here’s the part we all need to follow)
..And it came to pass that Moses looked upon Satan and said: Who art thou? For behold, I am a son of God...and where is thy glory, that I should worship the?
Moses had tasted of the fruit, he knew the truth, he knew the conterfeit, and he didn’t give up the knowledge and light he had obtained. We can go about life, and when we encounter a hand-placed detour or distraction on our journey to Eternal Life from Satan, we can say “Who art thou? For behold I am a son of God..where is thy glory, that I should worship thee?”
Hold onto the light, it’ll all be worth it in the end. Don’t waste away you’re precious estate in worshipping “other Gods”. No matter how dark the trail, how enticing the temptation to leave the safety grounds of the tree of life, follow the example of Moses. And say “where is thy glory?”. Nothing the devil ever offers us is lasting.
Just so grateful to be here. If I’m honest during my departure testimony at the tiny meetinghouse the tears almost came, as i testified that this work is true, and that I’d never forget my experience here in this place. I’ve seen people’s lives change here, the gospel changes lives, and I’ve seen that first-person here. Although I’m not kidding when I say it’s Sodom and Gomorrah in township, Christ has the ability to take the slums outta the people, allowing them to establish a personal Zion, in the midst and surrounding evils of an ever-growing Babylon full of “great and spacious buildings.” My testimony has never accelerated and grown at the rate which it has in the past 7 and a half months. To which I am ever grateful.
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Companion: Elder Stephen Savage
PS From the MOM: Tanner said thank you for the prayers that were offered for Pule. He was able to eat this week, his tumor seemed to go down a little this week, and the pain lessened. Those 3 things were miracles by themselves. There is power in prayer!