From the Inside Out

This week was a good really busy week. Oh and by the way, the tank is now out of gas…

We had a zone conference and learned a lot. It was great. One quote I have heard before but I liked it this time too was, “The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of the people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. … Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.” I may have even sent this quote home before but it is one of my favorite. I also got a letter from the Hunters (Bryan’s friend, Sam Hunter’s family) this week at the zone conference and that was fun to get.

Back Row, L-R:  Elders Humphery, Abbott, Osanebi, Cottrell, Agyei, Orton, Gunnell, Oben-Poku, Agyeman, Bangura, Enwerkwer, Myaka. Middle Row, L-R:  Elders Dahlin, Backman, Amoah, Anderson, Nartey, LaMont, Fairwell, Pearmain, Erikson, Maurana, Falemai, Finau.  Front Row, L-R:  President Kirkham, Sister Kirkham, Sister Berrett, Elder Berrett.

Back Row, L-R: Elders Humphery, Abbott, Osanebi, Cottrell, Agyei, Orton, Gunnell, Oben-Poku, Agyeman, Bangura, Enwerkwer, Myaka
Middle Row, L-R: Elders Dahlin, Backman, Amoah, Anderson, Nartey, LaMont, Fairwell, Pearmain, Erikson, Maurana Falemai, Finau.
Front Row, L-R: President Kirkham, Sister Kirkham, Sister Berrett, Elder Berrett.

We moved all of Elder Gunnell and Elder Enwukweri stuff out and all of the new stuff from Upper Caldwell in. It was a crazy move and we had to put their entire apartment in our storage room. This was a lot of work for all of us. The apartment the Upper Caldwell Elders were in was no longer good for missionaries. We lost two hours of teaching time and we thought that we would not be able to see everyone that we planned for but the Lord provided a way and a lot of things fell into place. On our way to teach we saw someone we were going to teach in one of the hours we lost. We invited this lady to join us in our next lesson and she came. Both investigators we had needed to be taught the same lesson. The member we planned for came at the same time we started to teach. The whole day seemed to be filled with those small and simple miracles. It was great.

We had a lesson with one of our investigators named Pearl. Before we started the lesson we felt we should share a scripture in the Book of Mormon. I picked a few verses in 2 Nephi Chapter 2 about opposition and then we continued with the lesson. After we finished teaching Pearl opened up a little about her life and of the hard times she is going through. She told us that when we shared that scripture in the Book of Mormon she suddenly felt better about everything that was going on. Pearl said she felt the spirit bring her comfort and understanding that she had never experienced before. I said I was so happy to hear that from her and then talked about how this is the comfort and counsel that the Lord has given to us through the scriptures. I bore my testimony of how the Book of Mormon has blessed my life and that I know it can bless hers like it just did every time if she prays and reads with faith.

We had a lot of good lessons and we had a lot of investigators come to church this week. It was almost a surprise to see some of the investigators there because they told us they were busy but came anyway, so that was cool.

One day we just got back for the day and had finished planning for the next day. All of the sudden it started to rain like crazy. It went from no rain to an absolute down pour and was really loud. We all decided to go outside and enjoy some of the heaviest rain you can experience and got completely soaked as a result (no surprise there) it was really fun. The roof still has a leak but I think they will fix it soon.

The past few days we have not had any power in our apartment. We haven’t been able to find the problem so it will be interesting to see when and how that gets worked out, haha. My companion, Elder Falemai, and I were able to fix the pump this week so we have water again and that is nice. Well any way, thanks for your emails and all of your prayers they really help. Have a great week.

– Elder Orton

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Elder Orton took this flower’s picture outside his Caldwell apartment in Liberia.

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Elder Orton took this cute tree frog’s picture outside his Caldwell apartment in Liberia.

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Elder Orton and his little friend at a members home in Caldwell, Liberia.

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Elder Orton found this snake outside their apartment. We tried to find out what kind it was but only found West African Green Mamba’s matching this snakes picture.

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Spider outside of Elder Orton's Caldwell apartment in Liberia.

Spider outside of Elder Orton’s Caldwell apartment in Liberia.

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Elder Orton took this picture and said, “This is one of the craziest bugs I have ever seen. It covers itself in sand and dead bugs.” We found out this bug is a Backpack Bug.

Insects.about.com said, “Backpack Bugs are a West African assassin bug that tricks both prey and predators by wearing a backpack made of dead bugs. The nymph piles the remains of its meals – ants, termites, and flies – on its back, attaching them with a sticky secretion. The heap of debris, which can be larger than the assassin bug itself, confuses its predators. Should a spider or millipede decide to taste the odd-looking insect, the assassin nymph will shed its backpack and escape. The backpack made of bugs also confuses the assassin’s prey, probably by masking the scent of the lethal stalker as it approaches the unsuspecting insect.”

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