Monday, May 29, 2017

Week 53 in Zimbabwe!!!

Dear Family and Friends, 

This week was a missionary week in Mbizo! Our cute little recent convert Tafadzwa wanted to work with us this week and be a missionary. He is 12 and we thought he couldn't speak a lick of English. We were scared to take him with us because we thought he would do more harm than good. But when we went to pick him up he had all his pamphlets packed and his scriptures in his backpack. He came with us and he knew a ton of English. He did such a good job at translating. I love those that love the gospel and want to share it with others. With that being said, Sister Moyo our cute investigators tells us when we visited her that she was being a missionary and "preaching to her neighboor." So we were able to visit with this Baba(father) and he loved the teachings and even came to church on Sunday! I love how the gospel and sharing it with others is so exciting and brings so much joy! Vanessa and Tendai were baptized!!!! They were so cute this week. We told them that they had to be interviewed before their baptism. They were so nervous and they made sure we went over the questions with them so they could be prepared. We were able to get them prepared and guess what ...... they passed their interview! For the baptism on Saturday we got everything prepared 30 mins to 10. At 10 no baptismal candidates or the people giving the talks or our ward mission leader. Average Zimbabwe Baptism time. haha We were able to start half passed so that was good. The baptism was so simple but so peaceful. Vanessa said she had no words to describe how she felt but she did a gesture with an excited smile on her face and hands going up. So it was all good! 

Here are a couple of quotes I loved during personal study this past week:

"Keep loving. Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever." -Elder Holland

"No one can do this on our own power. None of us will ever be 'good enough,' save through the merits and mercy of Jesus Christ, but because God respects our agency, we cannot be saved without our trying." Elder Cornish

I love being a missionary in Zimbabwe! I am grateful for the Savior who helps us to be "good enough." I know if we come to Him by faith and repentance we will be able to have eternal life filled with eternal joy. Happy Mother's day to all the amazing mothers out there. I sure enjoyed talking to my momma!  

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

Sister Arbon

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