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