Monday, September 25, 2017

Week 72 in Zimbabwe!!!

Dear Family and Friends, 

This was a week of preparing people for baptism and saying goodbyes. We were able to help Darling, Kuda, and Tadiwa prepare for baptism this week. They were so ready and it was a privilege to teach them. Darling is such a spaz. Sometimes she would be at the shops and when she saw us she would come running! haha She was so early to her baptism. She was terrified when she saw the deep water 2 feet but she was a trooper and still was baptized. Kuda we struggled with language a little bit but Gladys came and saved the day to translate when we needed it. She was on time to the baptism and I loved her testimony. It was so sweet and genuine. Tadiwa is so powerful. He was there for all the lessons even when we were late.  He was so excited to be baptized. He even came to the church super early to be confirmed. 

Then there were many goodbyes. I received transfer news. I am going to Emtubane in Bulawayo to finish my last transfer. I will be serving with Sister Leslie. I am super excited. I was/am super sad to leave Mabvuku. While I was saying good byes I realized how attached I was to this ward and the wonderful people in the ward. I am sad this is part of mission but I am grateful for the opportunity to have more people to serve and love in Emtubane. 

I hope you have a great week!


Sister Arbon

Monday, September 18, 2017

Week 71 in Zimbabwe!!!

Dear Family and Friends, 

This week was a week of witnesses or experiences that reconfirmed to me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. First off, I will talk about Ernest. Ernest is progressing so well. We have been teaching him a lot about the Book of Mormon and how important it is to gain a testimony of it through prayer. When we met with him the second time this week, he got his answer that the Book of Mormon is true. He told us that he felt good and that he was understanding what he was reading. He also told us he would run away from us if he didn't think it was true. He came to church on Sunday. The only thing that will slow his progress is legal marriage but I am sure if this is what he truly desires he will make it happen. 

Do you remember cute Tadiwa? He is amazing. He struggles with English but he doesn't let that get in his way. We were around his home one day and decided to stop in on him. We asked him if he read and found out if the Book of Mormon is true. He said he did. He said he felt good and knew it was true. I love it when people recognize the spirit and act on it. Tadiwa brought two of his friends to church yesterday. He is already being a great missionary. He definitely has been prepared by the Lord to enter His fold. 

One of our recent converts Tawanda who was baptized a little over a month ago received the Priesthood. We didn't know this till we saw him pass the sacrament. It was so good to see our recent converts progressing and making the gospel a part of their lives. 

A couple quotes I cherished during studies: 

"We need to get the gospel from our heads to our hearts." Sister Oscarson

"Repentance is not optional for salvation; it is a commandment of God." Bible Dictionary 

"Individual worth: like a flower, each person is precious, no matter how or when they bloom." Unknown 

I love this gospel. I know it is true with all my heart because of the glorious Book of Mormon. Repentance is so vital to our salvation. It helps us to be able to become clean and a better person. We are all special and we all have different strengths. Be patient with others and yourself on the road to discipleship. 

I love you all! Have a wonderful week!!!!

Sister Arbon

Monday, September 11, 2017

Week 70 in Zimbabwe!!!

Dear Family and Friends, 

This week was all about charity and how it is vital to missionary work. Remember the guy that started talking to us because we did service for our recent convert? He has become a powerful investigator. He used to have major issues with the Book of Mormon. He thought we put it over the bible and such. But we were able to explain it to him. He told us that it makes sense and he has a desire to pray to see if it is true. He was even defending the Book of Mormon to his friends that were bashing it. Ernest is powerful and if he just lets the spirit in he will do wonders. 

We lost Steven for awhile so we checked on where he works and stays everyday but we couldn't find him. So unfortunately he wasn't able to be baptized this week. But we found him yesterday. He said he was working far every day and would leave early in the morning and return late at night. When we found him we asked if he was reading his Book of Mormon. He said that his life has been so much better from reading and applying the message that we share that comes and is in the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon can change your life if you let it. 

There is this cute boy named Tadiwa. We were teaching him along with 8 or so other friends. We asked of all of them if they would come to church on Sunday most of them said they wouldn't because they have their church. We didn't expect to see any of them at church on Sunday. Then Tadiwa was the only one that came. He told us that he asked his parents for permission to come and he received it. He loved it and we extended a baptismal date. 

We were blessed to have a zone conference this past week. Here are some of the quotes I loved:

"We need to understand the worth of our own souls and others so we do all we can to share the gospel to help them receive salvation." Sister Mkhabela

"No companionship, no missionary work."  Sister Mkhabela

"We have to have the Holy Ghost from start to the finish." Elder Holland

"Successful missionaries do: 
1- We need to obtain the spirit
2- Acquire humility 
3- Love the people
4- Diligence" President Mkhabela

"Love is the greatest weapon." President Mkhabela

"Obedience is what qualifies us for blessings. " President Mkhabela

I love being a missionary and learning and growing everyday.

Have a great week! 


Sister Arbon

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Week 69 in Zimbabwe!!!

Dear Family and Friends, 

This week was a faith filled week to say the least. We have been seeing investigators and less actives and they are struggling a lot with faith. They believe the church is true but they aren't willing to act on the belief to make it become faith. For example we have a big teaching pool but most of the people we are teaching are not willing to come to church because they have their own church. That is understandable if you haven't gained a testimony yet but it saddens me when people know the Book of Mormon is true and don't do anything about it. They have salvation in their hands put they are choosing to let go instead of clinging to the "iron rod." When we come to know the Book of Mormon is true we need to run with it not away from it. It may be scary to change the church we go to, the social group we are used to and the habits we used to have. But what is more important, living with God again or being comfortable? We need to get out of our comfort zone to stretch and to improve. There is a quote I found during study that is about faith that I loved: 

"We measure our faith by what it leads us to do - by our obedience." Elder Hales 

I love this quote because actions do speak louder than words. 

Now to the people of Mabvuku 2nd that are progressing. haha There is a guy named Steven. He is very powerful. We just struggle to meet with him because he doesn't have a phone and he works everywhere. Hopefully we can meet with him and help him prepare for his baptism this Saturday. We were able to do some service by helping our recent convert with his garden. I hope I didn't kill his plants. haha His friends have lots of questions but they didn't want to meet with us. But when they saw us helping Charles out they came over and said they have some questions for us. Service soften hearts. We serve as much as we can. Not for personal recognition but to help those who are in need and help Heavenly Father's children to feel love. 

I love being a missionary and doing the work of the Lord. We need to keep excersing our faith because that is what will help us go where we need to go. 

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

Sister Arbon 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 68 in Zimbabwe!!!

Dear Family and Friends, 

This week was all about people you would run either away from or at you. haha We have an investigator named Steven. We went to see him at his work place and as soon as they called him, he bolted away. haha But we later found out that he was running home to see us. He is powerful and Satan is trying to detour him. He had work start at 1 yesterday so he went to the early ward so he could attend all meetings. Then we set an appointment with these 3 guys we contacted on the street. They weren't at their house when we came but we called them and they came running to the appointment. It was nice not to see people running away. haha 

We had a really funny thing also happen to us this week. We went to go see a less active named Rueben. He was making excuses to us again why he wasn't coming to church and reading his Book of Mormon. I was able to bear my testimony about the Book of Mormon. I felt the spirit so strongly. It makes me sad when people don't cherish the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon means everything to me. I have come to know my Savior more than ever. Then after I bore my testimony he finally told us what was really going on. A less active or inactive member has been telling him that the church is satanist and that the Book of Mormon is satanist too. So we knew who this member was so we went to check up on them. They were having their own church service at their house and asked us to join in. We of course were like no. Then we went to another less active family's house. We were talking with them and they were just bashing on members the whole time. Then lots of people came to their home for "prayer." So we left as fast as we could. haha The problems with less actives in Mabvuku. haha 

Then we had a couple of late bloomers this week. We contacted a guy named Emmanuel over a month ago. He was always gone when we tried to see him. But a less active told us he had a referral for us and gave us his house number. Well it wasn't that guys house but we found Emmanuel again. He was really powerful and accepted a baptismal date. Then Gladys is another late bloomer. She told my last companion and I she wanted to be baptized when we visited the less active family she stays with. Then randomly 3 weeks ago the less active family started coming back to church. We were able to teach Gladys and she was baptized this past Saturday. We all come to accept the gospel at different times. Don't lose hope with those that don't seem interested right now. Their time will come when the time is right. 

Bonnie L. Oscarson came and visited my mission. She is amazing and here are a couple of quotes from the conference:

"Be the missionary the Lord called you to be." Brother Oscarson
"This work needs to be continuous." Sister Oscarson 
"The Book of Mormon is an undulated testimony of Jesus Christ." Sister Oscarson

I love this gospel and how it blesses our lives. Be strong and know the Savior is always there to help you through!

Have a great week! 


Sister Arbon

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