Monday, August 21, 2017

Week 67 in Zimbabwe!!!!

Dear Family and Friends, 

This week was a week full of reactivation, running away, and powerful investigators. We have been seeing a lot of less actives this week. Our ward has mostly less actives in it so we have been gearing a lot of our energy in reactivation. We ask them always if they are reading the Book of Mormon and 98% of the time it is no. Which saddens me because that is the heart of my testimony. So we have been reading the Book of Mormon with them and explaining different things about it to them. It seems to help them remember why they were baptized in the first place. Helps them have a desire to come back to church to worship the Savior. The Book of Mormon is so vital. We need to read it every day or Satan will slowly creep in and have us forget our testimony. Of course we do not want Satan to win!

Our teaching pool keeps going up and down. I notice our teaching pool is usually good when we have members giving us referrals and working with us. When we as members are not being missionaries and helping the full time missionaries we are not fulfilling our purpose. The best way to share the gospel is serving. Having charity(pure love of Christ) helps us to see that everyone deserves to be happy and loved by learning and accepting the truth. So always remember you have a tag on your heart. Share the gospel with everyone. Even those that we think are too far gone because with Jesus Christ you are never too far gone. 

Alright, let's end on a good note. haha Ngoni is progressing so well. He asks funny funny questions but you can tell he really just wants to know the truth. When we visited him this week Sister Maumbe (a member) was telling us that Ngoni has changed or he is different around us. He usually is quiet and keeps to himself but around us he is talkative and positive. I love how the gospel lets us be our true self. It helps us to be confident and know we are children of God. 

A quote I loved during personal study:

"As we strive to become like God, He can make of us more than we could ever make of ourselves." ~Elder Grow

I love being a missionary serving the Lord in Zimbabwe. The people are so kind and ready for the gospel. I love that the Lord is always there for us. When we are down don't be afraid to cry for help from the Lord. I promise He will help you because He has helped me so many times. Alma 37:37. 

I love you and hope you have a great week!!!!

Sister Arbon

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Week 66 in Zimbabwe!!!

Dear Family and Friends, 

The theme of this week is tender mercies in disguise. We have been struggling to find powerful people who will take our teachings seriously. Heavenly Father blessed us with a couple this week. Grace is doing well. She is doing well and loves learning the gospel. Struggle is coming to church. Hopefully, we can have the spirit to guide us and help her progress. Then Nomatter was able to be baptized and be confirmed. She was so ready and prepared by the Lord. We were given a referral of a guy named Ngoni. He is 23 and struggles to believe life is to have joy. His parents died when he was young so we gave him a Plan of Salvation pamphlet. We had a powerful lesson with him that gave him hope for the future. He came to the baptism on Saturday and is excited about the gospel. He has accepted to be baptized next month. I am grateful to be a missionary and be able to do my part in helping God's children come unto Him. 

I loved this quote this week:

"Salvation is personal but exaltation is a family matter." 

We may think our choices only effect us but it also effects our family as well. I am grateful for a gospel that makes families be able to be sealed together forever. 

I love you all! Have a delightful week!

Sister Arbon

Monday, August 7, 2017

15 Months in Zimbabwe!!!

Dear Family and Friends, 

The Book of Mormon was the theme this week. I was able to go on exchanges with Sister Richards. She talked a lot about how the Book of Mormon is the tool that helps true conversion take place. She taught me more about contacting and teaching with the Book of Mormon. I feel my teaching is improving and the spirit is able to work more of its magic testifying of truth to the people of Mabvuku. We went and we taught Grace about the Book of Mormon. We were able to take Charles with us. Charles is doing so well and being a missionary to all his neighbors. He testified about the Book of Mormon to Grace. I haven't felt the spirit that strong many times on my mission. You know without a shadow of a doubt that is where he gained his testimony and that he will hold onto the Book of Mormon for the rest of his life. With that being said, President Monson this past conference told us that we need to keep our testimony of the Book of Mormon alive. We can't get our testimony and expect for it to stay the same by doing nothing about it. We need to study its teachings each and every day.

We were able to finally start teaching a girl called Nomatter. She is a friend of a recent convert and is progressing so well. She is very smart and has a great desire to be baptized. She is keeping all her commitments and is so excited for this Saturday! I am so excited for her too. There is nothing like being a missionary and having those you teach accept the gospel with all their heart. 

Alright, now it is time for the funnies this week. haha First off, Ishmael the runner. We taught Ishmael the Restoration. He seemed very interested and even accepted a baptismal date. The next time we come, we knock and he asks who it is so we say the missionaries. Then we hear this noise. Sister Mobeana saw Ishmael climb out the window and start to run. I honestly couldn't stop laughing. Zimbabweans can't say no so they just run away. haha Then the last funny. There is this drunk guy that always follows us when we are in a part of our area. Well this week we asked him why he was following us and he told us that he was following his princess(me). haha The struggles of a white lady in Zimbabwe. I hope they made you laugh as much as they made me laugh. 

I love being a missionary. The moments are up and down but always have joy in serving the Lord. 

I love you so much! Have a delightful week!!!

Sister Arbon

Monday, July 31, 2017

Week 64 in Zimbabwe!!!

Dear Family and Friends, 

Mabvuku was giving us a run for our money this week. haha All of our powerful people are being baptized and we are struggling to find more powerful people. Heavenly Father has a reason and a rhyme for everything. Areas aren't always suppose to be productive and easy, if it was it wouldn't be missionary work. With that being said, I was struggling a lot this week. Our teaching pool was down and I know Sister Mobeana was/is blaming me for it. Our bishop gave fire about sacrament meeting attendance and I felt it was because of me. I was walking in the area and I was talking with Heavenly Father and I was telling Him that I am sorry for not being a great missionary and that I am failing you and your children. Then the sweetest response came... Hand the burden over to me. This is My work not yours. I am here to help you. I have a reason for everything. I felt so much peace. Even though our area is struggling, Christ has a purpose for everything! I am grateful for a loving Savior that is so willing to help carry the burdens so we can keep moving forward. Matthew 11: 28-30. We had a lovely zone conference. I love hearing from President Mkhabela and his advice. It helps give me the encouragement to keep moving forward. Some of the quotes I loved:

"God sent you here to be successful."
 "All you need is a testimony of the Book of Mormon."
"Serve and Save."

These quotes are the basics of missionary work. God puts us in certain places to be successful not to fail. A testimony of the Book of Mormon helps you to truly come to know the Savior and gives you the hope for a better tomorrow. We are all commissioned to serve and save God's children that are in unbelief and help them come to know the truth so they can receive salvation. 

Tawanda, Natasha, and Media were baptized this weekend!! Tawanda is so powerful. He did well and was on time for everything. Natasha was a miracle. We thought she was out of town. We went to teach her neighbor and the neighbor brought Natasha to the lesson. We were able to teach her all the lessons so she could enter the waters of baptism. Media is one of the smartest 11 year olds I have ever met. She was baptized but struggled to come to church on Sunday so she will be confirmed next week. 

I love being a missionary. Even though it can be hard at times I wouldn't want to be doing anything else. I am grateful for a Savior that is always there for me. All we need to do is turn to Him!

Love you lots, 

Sister Arbon

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Week 63 in Zimbabwe!!!

Dear Family and Friends, 

This week was an interesting week to say the least. haha We had a lot of fall throughs but a lot of blessings in return. We were able to have an FHE with an amazing family in our ward. The Maumbe's help so much when it comes to missionary work. I swear they give us a referral every week. We talked about charity at the FHE. The spirit hit me. Charity is truly everything. We can't become like Christ if we don't have that quality. We need to seek and pray for that quality Moroni 7:48. Charity is especially important in missionary work. You need to truly love the people you are serving because if we don't love them and value their salvation than we won't give them the most precious gift... the gospel. We had a lesson fall through so we decided to go visit Sister Jeri. We were able to talk to her and she gave us words of encouragement. We were wondering if anyone even wanted to listen to us but she comforted us and told us everything happens for a reason and that we shouldn't put ourselves down. Bad things do happen to good people. Heavenly Father has angels everywhere. Either ones we can see or ones we cannot see. Sister Jeri was an angel for us this week. 

Then we went and visited Charles after his baptism during the week. We were reviewing the lessons. He tells us that there is no way that anyone can tell me my church is wrong. I loved how he said my church. Sometimes we need to step back and truly count our blessings of what we have. We have the fullness of the everlasting gospel. We have the priesthood to do saving ordinances that will eventually let us enter the kingdom of God. 

Besley and Gamu were baptized this week. They are the cutest kids ever! They were so good at remembering what we taught them. They passed their interviews with flying colors. Thanks to the Spirit being the teacher. :) What impressed me most was that Gamu at 10 years old came to her baptism by herself and arrived right when we asked her to. I thought to myself, would I be courageous enough to do that? The baptism was great and filled with the spirit. 

This week even though it had its challenges it was a week full of blessings. I am grateful to be Jesus Christ's missionary and to serve my brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe! 

I love you all and hope you have a blessed week!!!


Sister Arbon

Monday, July 17, 2017

Week 62 in Zimbabwe!!!

Dear Family and Friends, 

Let's just say I love being a missionary. :) This week was a "powerful" week. haha We are finding so many people that are prepared to receive the gospel. We have a cute little girl named Gamu. She has been coming to church for awhile with a member. She is 10 and is so excited to be baptized. Then we have a cute 10 yr old boy named Besley. His parents are members but they live away. Then we have Media. She is a cousin to a boy that we were/are teaching. She is so smart and loves learning. We have Marcia she is a referral. She is also so intelligent and loves the teachings and coming to church. Then we also have Tawanda. He is a friend of a young men. He accepted to be baptized in the first lesson. Mabvuku is progressing so well. I am grateful to be serving in this blessed area. With that said, Charles was baptized this Saturday. He was so excited. He showed up to his baptism super early. His smile was from ear to ear. I am grateful that Heavenly Father lets me teach some of His elect children. I love being a missionary. Zimbabwe is truly my second home. I love being surrounded by my brothers and sisters each and everyday. 

A quote that I loved during the week: 

"My dear associates in the work of the Lord, I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives. I so testify with all my heart in the name of Jesus Christ, amen." ~ President Monson

I know the Book of Mormon can change your life if you just take the time to read and apply its teachings. 

I love you all so much! Have a lovely week! 

Sister Arbon

Monday, July 10, 2017

Week 61 in Zimbabwe!!!

Dear Family and Friends, 

This week was one of my most delightful weeks on mission. I love being a trainer. It helps you to realize you do know your stuff and that you are a good missionary. Sister Mobeana is amazing. She is such a good missionary and is learning so fast. I feel bad her first official day in the area she had weekly planning and it was pouring rain. She is a champ and loved it anyways! Gogo Mabawana was baptized. I love her so much. We were shamwaris to a tee! She was a champ! She learned the lessons well, thanks to amazing translators! She was so willing to get into freezing water at the age of 84 and be baptized. She was shaking because of the cold but she won't let it stop her. Charles is amazing also. He is enjoying coming to church and learning in the lessons. He is excited for his baptism and also his friends in the ward are also. I love our ward. They are so friendly to our investigators and they connect very easily. I am grateful to be a missionary and be able to share the light of the gospel with His children. 

A couple quotes I loved this week in studies: 

"Stay close to the spirit, and the spirit will stay close to you." ~Elder Stevenson

"We know the gospel is true, but do we believe that it is?" ~ Sister Oscarson

We need to always live worthy of the spirit so it is always with us. We have the gospel in our lives in abundance and that usually has us get used to it. So when trials come our way we struggle with our faith. We need to truly believe and not just know the gospel. So we can keep moving forward closer to our Heavenly Father. 

I love you all! I hope you have a delightful week!

Sister Arbon