This week was the most teaching-filled program I’ve had in my entire mission. We have been running for the entire past week. In weekly planning we counted and organized our teaching pool with potential investigators and we have 58 total people! The missionary work here in Manakambahiny is stellar.
We had Stake Conference yesterday which consisted of 7 wards other than ours and 980 attended. It was at our building and we had a lot of success getting investigators at church. There were some really good talks by the members and some as well by someone in our ward named Fr. Amede. On the Saturday session we had two investigators attend, which was quite surprising. One of them was Laza. Prior, we had previously dropped Laza because he didn’t have glasses and couldn’t read, therefore couldn’t progress and didn’t come to church, but last week he decided to go buy some glasses and has been reading the Book of Mormon every day! He has completely flipped around and came to both of the sessions of Stake Conference. Yesterday we taught him with a member that lived on the floor above him, Fr. Jean-Louis. We taught Laza about God’s Plan of Salvation for him and shared 2 Nephi 31: 10-12, focusing on God’s plan for him and how he can follow Jesus Christ. Fr. Jean-Louis extended the baptismal commitment to him and it was so powerful. The spirit was so strong as our member asked Laza if his goal was to follow Jesus Christ and be baptized. As he answered positively, he was resounding with the spirit, and I saw more light in his eyes during that lesson than I had seen the past two months. His baptismal date is for April 14th.
Last Wednesday we started an activity for the Ward Missionaries and investigators by playing soccer at 6am in the cultural hall. It was super fun and we had two investigators come – Bawan and Guy de Laf (The Boys). Altogether it was really successful and an opportunity for our members to bond and create friendships with our investigators.
Wednesday night we had our lesson with The Boys – Bawan, Guy de Laf, and Fahazotoa. However, Fahazotoa wasn’t able to be there because he was working. We taught them about the Plan of Salvation and focused on our goal here on earth and invited them to be baptized on April 14th and they all accepted. Before we taught them again on Saturday, we had them pray fervently about their baptism and when they came back they said that they were ready to get baptized and then asked if they could see the baptismal font at the church. At the end of our lesson on Wednesday, we had dinner with their family and ended with a really fun game. Bawan got so into the game, it was hilarious. I’ll try and send some videos.
Vincent sy Hanitra. Vincent had a fever yesterday and was pretty sick because of a tough week at both of his jobs and just totally tired so he didn’t come to church. Tonight we have a soiree with a member that lives close by them and we are going to do a family home evening with Fr. Christian and Sr. Bakoly. Hopefully it will be uplifting for them!
Faly, Charlina, sy Mampionona. We taught them yesterday and finished up their final lesson. We are getting them ready for their baptism on the 31st of March and they all came to Stake Conference, it was so great. Charlina also brought a friend to church and we are going to start teaching her friend and her husband! Getting referrals from investigators, it doesn’t get much better than that. This was a result of us applying some of the things that Elder Palmer talked about in zone conference–asking investigators or members at the beginning of the lesson if there is anyone else that is nearby that could also join us for the lesson, then after the lesson is finished, asking if there is anyone else that we could share this message with or anyone that they know that could use the blessings of the gospel in their life.
Miary sy Lova. We had a great lesson with them yesterday right after Stake Conference and then we finished up the second to last lesson before their baptismal interview in preparation to be baptized on the 31st of March. They are so ready!
Mamy. He is getting baptized on the 24th of March and we did a practice baptismal interview yesterday in preparation for his actual interview this Saturday. He’s well beyond prepared for baptism and has already gotten to 2 Nephi 20 in his personal reading.
I love Manakambahiny, Madagascar is the greatest, Elder Christensen is awesome, have a great week!