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

Monday, July 3, 2017

Week 60 in Zimbabwe!!!

Dear Family and Friends, 

This week was a pretty good week to be in Mabvuku. We were able to go on exchanges and I truly enjoyed it. I learned a lot about having confidence. We need confidence in ourselves and especially in the Savior. If we have confidence in the Savior we can do anything! During exchanges we were able to visit a family and teach them about the Restoration. I was able to bear my testimony of the Book of Mormon. The spirit was so strong and I could feel that the investigators could feel it too. The Book of Mormon has so much power and makes the spirit be with us in so much abundance. We were also able to visit and teach Charles. Charles is progressing so well. He came to church on Sunday and loved the spirit that was felt there. He is very excited to be baptized in the upcoming weeks. We were also able to visit Gogo Mabawana. She is a crack up. We just look at each other and just start laughing. She is loving the teachings and has a strong desire to be baptized. I love that no matter your age the gospel is for you. The gospel brings joy, love, and learning. I am grateful to be a missionary and to share the gospel with all that I meet. 

So transfer news came: 

I am staying in Mabvuku 2nd ward and I get the privilege to train Sister Mobeana! She is from Botswana and is coming tomorrow!

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

Sister Arbon