Monday, March 30, 2015

Kenyuh

This week was interesting.  We were able to teach 50 lesson, the most I have taught in one week on my entire mission.  Things are going well in Kayole.   We met this guy who is the owner of an orphanage in Soweto, so we are teaching all of the kids there and we have 25 investigators with a baptismal date because of it.  the kids range from 10-16.  They are pretty fun to be with and they are obsessed with my arm hair., like all of the other children in Kenya.  They are my friends.

It was raining all week, so the temperature was in the 60's.  It was great.  It felt good to be able to get a break from all of the sunshine.  However, rain means EXTREMELY muddy roads.  So we walked around proselyting and all of my pants and shoes are now covered in mud.  I am not looking forward to washing them tonight.  I need some rain boots.

The confirmation of Brother Julius and Brother Epaphras happened yesterday.  I was able to stand in on the the ordinance.  The bishop gave a powerful blessing after the receiving the Holy Ghost.  It was so powerful that Brother Julius started to cry.  That was the first time that I have seen a Kenyan man cry.  It was very humbling and in that moment,  I was filled with that feeling, (you know what feeling I am talking about!)

Elder Bradford
 Brother Ephaphras Baptism
 Muthiani Family (He was reunited with them for Stake Conference.  They are from his old area Athi River.
Solange and her family.

Monday, March 9, 2015

The goat head was gross, the diesel almost ran him over while walking across the street (happens alot because of no enforced traffic laws)

Wiiki Wangu

Hello Friends, :)  My week was POWERFUL.

We were able to have 16 investigators at sacrament meeting which is the highest I have gotten on my whole mission!  Ha ha.  Sister Wilfreida  was confirmed yesterday as well, she is now a full member!  We will be having the baptisms of Brother Julias and Brother Epaphras on Sunday, so we are excited.  the church is growing!  I am happy to be a part of it.  I love being a tool in the Lord's hand.  You should try it..:) ha ha.  We were also about to have MLC this week, it is short for Mission Leader Counsel.  All the Zone Leader in Nairobi came and we discussed how to better help the missionaries in our zones, concerns etc.  It was nice.  We had KFC after which was tasty.   We will be having Zone Meeting tomorrow so hopefully my companion and I will be able to help our zone understand the principles well.  Days are going by super fast for me, like this week seemed like 3 days.  I like it.   I watched this movie called "God's Army" the other day.  It is about missionaries.  It is super powerful.  You should check it out.  I freaking got called "John" so many times this week.  I don't know why though.  I think it is the only name for a white guy they know.  It sure is annoying haha!  I was also able to play some basketball today.  It was very refreshing.  I miss that sport.  All I have is soccer her and I played that today as well.  I got kicked in the head.  I think I have a concussion but it's all good.

I was reading in 1 Corinthians 13 about the crucifixion of Paul this week.  That is something that has always intrigued me.  Rumor has it that he was crucified upside down because he didn't feel worthy to be crucified in the same manner that his Savior was.  THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is conversion.  It is interesting to me how much persecution and hatred the primitive Church of Jesus Christ faces, after all those miracles, healing, etc that Christ performed.  I had bee thinking about that a lot this week.  One of our investigators was telling us that she "can NEVER join the church"  We asked her why, she replied "Because I have heard so many bad things and so much persecution"  I said to her "that is true.  There is a lot of persecution and bad rumors, but isn't that just more evidence that this is the The Church of Jesus Christ"  Well, she thought about that a bit, we explained to her that Christ's Church in the olden days faced the same thing.  She sat there thinking and pondering for maybe 2 minutes and she replied " I will never join your church"  She is no  longer our investigator.  Sad for her, yes, however my testimony was increased a lot by that lesson.  Simply my own realization that there is so much persecution, rumors, accusation etc against the church but that truly is just more synonymous evidence that this the Church of Jesus Christ.  I love it!  I love it so much.

Elder Bradford

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Week Ending March 1st

Hello,

My week was super powerful.   It was very stressful though.  I have a lot of things to do with regarding other missionaries and putting full-time proselyting on top just adds a lot more things.  But working hard just makes time go by faster, so I don't mind:)  We had the baptism of my homie, Wilfreida.  I was able to baptize her and it was the first time I have ever had to baptize someone twice, but it was great nonetheless.  She is super converted and she is planning to go on a mission this time next year, so that is awesome.  Some funny things that happened this week...

-Got called "John" over 67 times
-Ate a goat head
-Talked about illuminati/freemasonry with 7 separate people
-Almost got ran over by a diesel truck

Goodbye.