Elder Ssengooba and I were to drive to Lilongwe (LLW) on Wednesday and spend the night then we would drive down to Blantyre with the rest of the missionaries where we would have the conference.
The drive on Wednesday was great. Because I was so excited, it went by so quick! I can't even express how overjoyed I was to be back in Malawi. Right after crossing the border you see an immediate change. It had been 14 months since I was last in that beautiful country. You see tons of people along the road biking or riding in ox carts and so forth. Along the road you see the red-brick houses, or in some parts, the thatched-roof mud-hut bungalows.
We slept the night in LLW on wed then on Thursday morning we woke up early and put some missionaries on buses and got on the road! The road from LLW to Blantyre (BLT) was even more beautiful.
|Huts by side of road.|
|Snacks for the way home.|
|Back in Malawi.|
On Friday we began the 2nd half of the conference in the morning and went until around noon so that there was ample time to drive back to LLW that same day. This was the portion of the conference that we were all waiting for. We have been studying two talks 'Prepare for the Blessings of the Temple" (Elder Nelson) and "Obedience, Consecration, and Sacrifice" (Mcconkie) in preparation for this conference. During the conference we had a discussion on the principles in those talks and about the temple and our covenants. It was really inspiring. We then concluded with a testimony meeting and pictures and that was the last time the Malawi missionaries will see President Erickson!
|Rushton's former companion, Mike Nyrenda.|
We originally planned to stay in LLW until Sunday, but we wanted to attend Church in our own ward, so we headed back on Saturday. That means for 4 days straight I had spent 6 or more hours driving! Eish it was exhausting!
The trip to Malawi was an amazing experience though. I'm grateful for the chance to associate with all the missionaries in Malawi and to take part in the trainings and discussions this week.
I'm grateful that the Lord watched over us and that we returned back to Lusaka safely.Love
Elder Grant Hiltbrand