Well yesterday was my last week of 'training' and doing the 12-week
I'm no longer a child on mission!
This last week was kinda of a down week
pertaining to the work though..but not our spirits! We didn't get to teach
very much and have been struggling to get members to work with us, but part
of that was because the colleges here are having exams this next week so
people are 'busy'. My companion and I were very optimistic, though,
and still kept a smile on our faces. We were able to do a lot of
finding and talked to some amazing people and found some great families
that we hope to help come into the fold!
We got to do some service again
this week for Sister Chikapa once again. We were moving bricks again! We
didn't have as much work to do as last time so we weren't sore the next day
which I was thankful for! It was really fun working alongside the Beals, our
new senior couple in the branch. They are such a help to us both in the work
and also in helping the branch. We took them teaching with us a few times
this week and theyre so great. Elder Beal reminds me so much of Dad
with the goofy jokes he makes and also with the way his head got
super sweaty (you're welcome dad) and just many other mannerisms.
We had an
elders quorum activity on Saturday. The first one this branch has had since
it was created 3 years ago! But we had a spiritual lesson then they gave
everyone a mountain of rice and nyemba (beans). We didn't have utensils so we
had to eat with our hands, I'm getting pretty good at eating with my hands!
And when I come home I'll now have an excuse for having bad American manners!
I'll just say I served my mission in Malawi!
Sunday was District
Conference, so the all the branches in Blantyre got to meet in the nice
chapel and watch the conference where Elder Bednar, Uchtdorf, and Gay of the 70
addressed all of Southeast Africa where they said there's something like 80
stakes and 70 districts? The church is growing in Africa! They spoke more on
adopting the gospel culture instead of following cultural traditions and
such. It was very uplifting and I loved seeing the chapel overflowing! I got
to sit back in metal chairs in the overflow section even! (Dad you always
said we're a metal-chair family right?) I'm sure many people are wondering
about Thanksgiving here so: it doesn't exist. But! We are still celebrating
it! We had all these great plans because Elder Hunter, one of our flat mates,
loves food and was making great plans, but we got transfer news this
morning and he's leaving. The day before Thanksgiving! But we will still be
celebrating, just not as elaborately. I think we are slaughtering a turkey
and braing (that's what Africans call barbequeing) it!
grateful for many things this season and could sit here for the whole day
writing things I'm grateful for but I'll sum it up: I'm grateful for my family,
I'm grateful for Church of Jesus Christ being restored in these days, and I'm
grateful for the privelege to share the gospel and news of the restoration with the people of Malawi!
I love you all!
Elder Grant Hiltbrand