Monday, June 22, 2015

06/22/15

This week was super powerful in the land of Kayole, Nairobi, Kenya.  It is always interesting to be in three some companionship.  All laughs and no boring times.  However, Elder Boaz is going back to his area in two days, so it will be Elder Wambete and I left.  Life goes on though.  That's always the motto.

We have this totally prepared family that we are teaching, Meriam, George, Truphosa and Samson.  Truphosa and Samson are the children and they are the ones we first started teaching.  The Lord definitely did his part on these people for sure!  Truphosa likes to cut out the pictures from the pamphlets and tape them in her Book of Mormon.  She marks that thing more than I do!  I really like teaching them.  The other day we had a good lesson with them.  Meriam had a concern about baptism for the dead and she was letting us know about it in a bit of a harsh way.  we told her that we can show her scriptures from the bible all day long and try to convince her, but that won't help at all.  So we invited her to pray.  She agreed to the truth that the Holy Spirit is the one who gives all knowledge so I asked her if we could pray right then and there and she said yes, if I offer it.  We all got down on our knees in the living room of their apartment and asked God to confirm to us the truth of this doctrine, either for the first time or again.  It was one of the most powerful moments on my mission.  The room was dense with the Spirit of the Lord.  A day I will never forget.

Other than that we are trying to fin some new people to teach.  We have a lot of investigators but they aren't that serious.  President Hicken has told us that the Lord has prepared one more family for us in our area.  So we are trying our best to find them.  If you know where they are, let me know!:)

We walk a lot in Kayole but the good thing is, we are always walking with the Savior.  Not only on our nametags but in our hearts, in our mind and by our sides.  BTW I just saw three camels passing on the street, not something you seen in Spanish Fork, UT.  Haha

Hit me back my lovelies.


The one and only, Elder Bradford

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

June Swag

This week was super powerful.  I'll tell you one thing, you haven't lived until you have looked through an African's photo album from the 70's.  I did it and it was awesome. Bell bottoms and mud huts, nothing beats that image!  Also, Daniel was confirmed on Sunday so he is the newest member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Elder Stanley G. Ellis of the quorum of the seventy and the Africa South-East area presidency came for a mission tour this week.  That guy is super consecrated, you can just tell he has devoted his life to Christ.  He quoted C. S. Lewis as saying "God is easy to please, but hard to satisfy.:  That was probably the highlight quote of the month of May for me.  It is so true.  When we do small things that are of good nature, it pleases Baba wa Mbinguni.  However, He knows we are capable of so much more, so it does not satisfy Him.  It is great to please Him with our acts of kindness and our righteous decision, but I think the only way to satisfy Him is when we are in the Celestial Kingdom making our own planets.  I hope that'll do it.  Another inspiring quote from Elder Ellis himself is "The foundation of faith is that God cannot lie"  I enjoyed that conference and afterwards we had caramel corn so I was spiritually fed and physically fed.

List of weird stuff this week:
saw a car crash
Found Birkenstock (Not weird but great) 200 shllings btw
20 random people came to church because we moved to a new building
Got called Shatani or "devil" over 30 times.  Over it
Ate a turkey sandwich for the first time in 9 months
Was in the bathroom with a General Authority

June 7 email

This week was Elder Mekenye's last week on mission.  He has now gone to his home in Naivasha, Kenya.  I am happy for him!  Ha ha.  So if you put the pieces together, I have a new companion.  His name is Elder Wambete.  He is also a Kenyan, he is a powerful dude.  I am excited to work with him.  Elder Boaz will also be with us for two weeks while he waits for his new companion.  Kayole will rise!

We are teaching a powerful family of four.  We started to teach the teenage kids Truphosa and Samson and the parents became interested.  They will be getting baptized on July 5th, so it will be wonderful! (INSERT CHEESY QUOTE) AKA "Missionary:  Someone who leaves their family for two years so others can be with their's for eternity."  Cornelius is also being baptized on June 27th, so hopefully his wife will follow.

Things are cool out here.  I need to get to the bush soon.

Elder Bradford

Friday, June 5, 2015

Hello family and friends (and lovers),

I am sorry that I was not able to write yesterday, we were doing some powerful activities and we were super busy, so we decided we would hit the cyber today to do some emailing!  This week was one of the best weeks I have experienced on my mission.  Things went very well, and I was definitely able to experience some spiritual rejuvenation!

On Wed we had Mission Leadership Conference, it was awesome!  The highlight was probably the KFC at the end, but there were many other positive things associated with the event!  It is always nice to get together with other missionaries and discuss ideas and problems of the mission.  They really highlighted this time about becoming "Full-purpose missionaries.  Which basically means focusing on our entire purpose, rather than just baptism, gift of the Holy ghost, then bye.  Our purpose as missionaries is to "Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gosple through faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end"  We were told to emphasize to our zones that we should teach more bout enduring to the end and the ghings associated with it, the temple endowment, sealings.  I just look forward to the day when I can meet all of the great people I have met on my mission in the Kenya, Nairobi temple:)

On Thursday we went on exchanges with the Elders in Lucky Summer.  I was able to work here in Kayole with a rather new missionary.   He is very energetic because he has just recently finished his trainig.  It was good to work with him.  He was real inspiration to me in the way that he contacts and teaches.  he is one of the catalysts in my spiritual rujuvenation this week.  Exchanges are on e of the best things on a mission, I love them

Friday was just a normal day, teaching finding and following the Spirit.  I have come to love these so-called normal days.  the life of a missionary is just so fulfilling and whole.  I have found great peace and energy by being under the vibrating influence of the Holy Ghost day by day!

Sunday we had a powerful fireside with the members and we pretty much blasted them for not doing what they are supposed to do, which resulted in may dinner appointments:)  ha ha

Oh, I almost forgot, there was chaos in a place called Mwiki which we had to pass through on our Thursday to get to Lucky Summer.  The people were mad because the road was in horrible conditions so they started to burn tires, signs, people etc. in the middle of the roadway.  Police were everywhere and people were mad!  It was crazy.  Then I Friday I saw someone get stoned, like stoned.  Not the Marijuana kind, actual rocks.  It was saddening...Justice but no mercy.  That's why Jesus is the answer people!  He's got them both.

Good day.

Elder Bradford