This week was a good week. We had a baptism for two of the Togba girls, which went very well. When Brother Wallace came a few weeks ago, I found out that the Togbas were his cousins and that his grandma that he had not seen for a really long time lived with them. It was a really cool experience for us to teach and baptize them. Brother Wallace said that he had planned on visiting his grandma before he left on his mission and he said that it was wonderful that he was able to see her.
Saturday Brother Wallace was picked up and it was amazing how quickly the time I had with him went. He was a great missionary and will go on his mission well prepared. Brother Bedell has been good so far. He didn’t talk very much his first day but he is warming up to me and the other Elders. Brother Bedell is from New Kru Town and he will be here two weeks. His mission call has not come yet. We have been working well with Elder Enwukweri and Elder Bangura.
It is very difficult to maintain an apartment when during the time we have to clean it there is no light. We have not had power all week. All our power lines were replaced. Now that we do have light our apartment has been cleaned and straightened.
I added up how far I have walked since December. While proselyting I have walked 1,054.5 miles and taken 2,482,600 steps.
I think I have talked to you about Akee and his sickness. It really seems like he is having a fight with the devil. He has been getting all kinds of sickness since we started to teach him and has been having really bad dreams. This week he was walking and just found on the road an anti-Mormon dvd but we asked him not watch it. We broke the dvd up and asked him to pray for protection. We met with him again. He told us that since he started praying at night and in the morning he has not been having any bad dreams and now he is getting better. That was good to hear.
I like to find quotes. I hear them walking around or written on a wall or something like that. This week I heard,
“It may be alright to be content with what you have but never what you are.”
The mission culture is:
- invite investigators to baptism in the first lesson every time
- have kneeling prayers every lesson
- inspired planning gets the right member present for the right lesson every time
- every convert brings in a convert with in the first year
- every convert of missionary age serves a mission after being a member for one year
- every convert couple immediately starts to prepare to go to the temple
- keys to retention are after baptism lessons is having the right member present and establishing a Latter-day Saint lifestyle
- constantly ask, “How is this branch stronger because I served here?”
I just thought I would send that 🙂
Have a great Fourth of July – Elder Orton