|Family Home Evening|
Well coming off a rough week last week, this week was an improvement.
We still had a tough time with some of our appointments but we made
things work for the most part. Mercy's mom finally came home from
working in Tema so we were excited to start teaching her again.
Unfortunately she left to go back in so we were disappointed.
On the bright side we got Murphy interviewed and all ready for his
baptism this . It was quite the adventure to get to
that point. We found out evening that he was in need of a
special interview done by President Simpson. When we gave him a call
he said he was going to be in Kasoa and could do it then.
Wallin had an investigator that needed an interview from president as
well so we made it a group trip. Unfortunately we went to the wrong
chapel. Our investigators both said that we should just walk to the
other chapel when we told them where it was. However when we stopped
to ask for directions halfway there, both were shocked that it was so far
and said we should just take a car the last part of the way. We had only
walked for an hour in like a thousand degrees and 10,000% humidity.
Oh and the dust! I think I looked like a fair, black guy for a while because
I had so much dirt on me. We made it though and we got them interviewed.
Afterwards, President Simpson pulled Wallin and I aside and told us that these
were two of the most prepared candidates for baptism he's ever seen.
He told us we were doing a fantastic job teaching them and to keep up
the good work. Talk about a confidence booster. I have so much respect
for President and Sister Simpson. They're such great people. Oh also
just a funny story. We were stopped by a former investigator wanting
us to come back and teach her. I don't know how viable that request is
because she was holding two different one liter bottles of alcohol.
One was empty and the other was mostly empty. In fact I think I got a
little buzz off of her fumes. The sad thing is that she was once our best
investigator. She was almost there but she couldn't give some things up.
It was just another testimony to me that changing to become a member
of this church is hard and I respect those who do it so much more now.
One great example is Murphy, the man being baptized .
Talk about a tough life. That man was the equivalent of a green beret in
the Liberian military during the civil war. He told us that he was basically
drunk or high the entire war which lasted quite a few years. But here he is now
making these incredible changes in his life and now ready to enter
into the covenants of baptism. It's things like seeing this transformation that
make all the pain and struggles of a mission worth it.