Tuesday, November 21, 2017

...power of the Book of Mormon....love for others is growing

October 2 2017

Wow, sounds like a pretty awesome week! Ours was good too. A lot of cool experiences. The first day of the splits I went on the mountain and we talked to a less active member. I talked about the sacrament and he agreed to come to church, and he did! Another day one of the ward missionaries couldn't make so we called some others. Fr Isaac joined us and our first rendez-vous fell through so I decided to pass by Fr Hervald's place. Turns out Fr Isaac knows him! In general it was great and we found knew people to teach, and old ones from past missionaries. We've divided the sector in three so that we can keep things more simple and the Stake is looking to create a new Ward from Mikalou and Nkombo, so when that happens there will be a Ward in the same general area as our apartement. I've seen a lot in the power of the Book of Mormon this week. The more I read it the more it helps and now I want to find more ways to use it to help others. I've also noticed that my love for others is growing. I'm starting to really worry about them than just ,"how do I get you baptized?" So that is great.

I too need to get better at taking pictures. I just feel so busy all the time.

Nous ne craignons aucun homme!
Je vous aime!

Elder Russell

"cent franc! cent franc!"

September 25 2017

Wow! It's kind of weird to think that when I will be home a bunch of people will be on missions. Eh, c'est la vie. I definitely agree that it is necessary to share our testimony of the Book of Mormon often. I get to do that a lot. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, that it is the word of God. And as dad said that means Joseph Smith is a prophet and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Church of Jesus Christ, the only true and living church on the face of the Earth.

Well, this week was a little slower. We had a lot of ratez-vous (the first time in a while). We are going to try and do splits with the ward this week. FR Ebibas came to church, finally. We'll continue to talk with him so that his faith may grow. We have a few new amis who were at church the other week and most of them are progressing: Fr Van, Sr Tressy, Sr Shequina, and Sr Fegie. Yep. We are seeing some other amis less and less, without of course leaving them entirely. Fr Ngakosso, for example. He is a nice old man but he doesn't keep his... I forgot the word in English... ah, commitments. Nevertheless we won't give up on him.

I'm glad Stacey does so many activities, that is something I wish I had done more. Also she is learning Japanese. Awesome. That is on my language list (1 French (acquired!) 2 Norwegian, 3 Hebrew, 4 Japanese)

I also found the shirt on the side of the road. kids were selling, so it was super cheap (they came up running saying "cent franc! cent franc!" when I looked around for the seller, then I saw the sign that said "cent franc" well, it actually just said 100, then I bought the shirt)

Nous ne craignons aucun homme!
Je vous aime!

Elder Russell

Thursday, September 21, 2017

I found a white shirt .... for two cents

September 18 2017

We had a great week this week. We received quite a few contacts and found a few. We have Fr Olivier, who has talked with missionaries at Pointe Noire but is now in our sector; he is interesting and I hope we progress well with him. We also have Fr Hervald who stopped us en route. Yeah, we'll have some work this week with all these contacts. Elder Kisimba is doing well. He loves singing so we just sing together sometimes. He is a good worker too, and has a good desire to follow the missionary manual.

We got Debit cards for our mission. It's really awkward because most ATMs are in the open... it's kind of scary. We're going to have to look for other ATM's too. 

I found a white shirt the other day for two cents, I just need to get the sleeves tailored for two bucks. So little by little I'm acquiring new clothes.

I keep learning cool things from the Book of Mormon student manual, like this, "If we follow the commandments of Satan, we will receive answers from Satan. If we follow the commandments of God, we will receive answers from our Heavenly Father" and, "If we do not obey the commandments then we are ungrateful towards our Lord (we are also in rebellion against him)"

I'm also learning more and more how to "Fear no man"

Je vous aime!
Nous ne craignons aucun homme! or Nous ne craignons personne! or Nous ne craignons pas l'homme! So many ways.
Elder Russell

Language thought: In kitouba (a local language) uhn (pronounce eh-uh, put together fast) means "yes"

Elder Kisimba 

you know I love reading!

September 11 2017

I'm glad you are learning about charity, mom. It is a very important virtue (and is very linked with all the others). What you said about an outward mindset reminds me of a talk they had at the MTC called "The Character of Christ" by Elder Bednar. He talked a lot about looking outwards. 

I've been relearning a lot by going through the "First Twelve Weeks" booklet for new missionaries. It helps me see where to improve.

Elder Kisimba is already good at giving lessons. He is really kind and patient.

I've also learned more about prayer, just by reading Enos. It just gives such a great example of a sincere prayer and makes me want to pray more sincerely. Also reading in President Gordon B Hinckley's manual about learning was awesome. I love that when he was retired he would read in his library and then think about what he read while he sat on his stone wall outside. It makes him a bigger role model for me (you know I love reading!).

Fr Vieclaire, Fr Paul, Sr Gracia, and Fr Romich all got baptised this Sunday. I got to baptize them. It was cool but I forgot an extra pair of garments so they were wet afterwards... oh well.

My companion got his shirts tailored today also because they were too big. I didn't find any new shirts, they were all too small. But I'll find some eventually!

Je vous aime tous!
Nous ne craignons aucun homme!

Elder Russell

I was valiant; I am valiant: I will stay valiant.

September 4 2017

So a lot has happened here. First off: transfers. I am training. My trainee is Elder Kisimba from RDC Lumbuumbashi. He is about my age, give or take a few months. He is quiet and gentle and reminds me of me when I arrived in Douala, save it be not as big. I acquired a lot of experience from my time with Elder Cicon and I see that it prepared me for this.

I've also been reading the life and teachings of Jesus. Great book. I just read the part about the Beatitudes and how they help us progress and become like Jesus. I also read a part about the premortal life and how an apostle was wondering what he did, how he reacted, to the council in heaven. I came up with this motto from reading that: I was valiant; I am valiant; I will stay valiant. Yeah.

We will also be meeting with Elder Hamilton this week at the zone conference. Fr Vieclaire is getting baptized the 10th and Fr Ebibas the 24th. I didn't really take anymore pictures this week...

Je vous aime tous!
Nous ne craignons aucun homme (I'm improving with that)!

Elder Russell


August 28 2017

One cool thing this week was that we were talking about talents and I made of list of mine so I could see what I could work on. I still need to make some concrete goals but I'm excited to do it. 

One highlight of the week was that people got baptized! Sr Belvie and Sr Sagesse (for some reason her daughter didn't get baptized). We have some other children we are preparing for baptism in addition to others, they are mostly cousins or siblings of other members. We are planning Fr Ngoyi and Fr Ebibas's baptism for the end of September. So still working hard!

We also went to the beach for a zone activity today. It was cool but after taking pictures you don't do much except get sunburnt.

Je vous aime!
Nous ne craignons aucun homme!

Elder Russell

Friday, August 25, 2017

...and smacked my head on a tree branch. Except that last part it was really fun.

August 21 2017

I'm so happy for Rachael and Tyler! Perhaps a little disappointed that I wasn't there and that I won't be able to see a total solar eclipse near us, but being here is definitely better than the eclipse.

We weren't able to visit Fr Ngoyi and Fr Ebibas often enough to prepare them to be baptized the 27th (they also weren't at Church) Fr Vieclaire doesn't feel ready but it's good with Sr Sagesse and her kids. So we'll have three baptisms this week. Sr Gloire came late to Church so she wasn't confirmed (but her mom came!)

We read about the Book of Mormon this week in the teachings of Gordon B Hinckley and I was really touched by the testimony that if we read the Book of Mormon with an attitude of meditation and prayer that we will strengthen our testimony, have a greater desire to keep the commandemants and something else that I forgot, but just those two there are really cool. SO I'm going to do that.

We still got lots to do. We finally talked to our Bishop (who was in Pointe Noire), who happens to be Fr Ghilson! Cool, right? He helped us know some other amis that we should visit, so that is good.

Things are still going well with our apartement. Elder Cicon is a goofball, but a good worker and Elder Robin and Elder Muyala are getting along also.

Oh! We got to help out at an orphanage on Saturday! I washed clothes and plates and smacked my head on a tree branch. Except that last part it was really fun. I have some pictures, though I'm not sure I'm in any because I was mostly taking them. We'll see! The lady running the orphanage was really touched, and apparently confused because 1) The Bishop was helping 2) We didn't bring the publicity (in her terms "the TV, someone said, "God is our TV!" in response after the activity).  

Je vous aime et felicitations! 
Nous ne craignons acun homme! 

Elder Russell

Elder Cicon and I with Sr Gloire and the whole family except the father and Sr Fael 
A terrible, silly picture, with red eyes

Helping the Orphans

Helping the orphans 2