Posted by: capetownelder | March 5, 2012

It’s a Miracle!

What a great week it’s been! I have been amazed at all of the miracles and tender mercies that took place this week, and in so many ways.

First of all, the piano lessons have continued to bring success. There are now a couple members (one male, one female) that are progressing the fastest on the piano, and I’m sure by the time we’re done teaching them this “12 week program” they’ll be able to play most if not all the Simplified Hymns. We had teaching appointments set with all of our piano student investigators this week and they all went very well. One investigator, who is in her 4th year at Rhodes University, gladly accepted the invitation to be baptized, as she recognizes her infant baptism was incorrect and we plan to give her a date tomorrow.

The second student is one we emphasized prayer with as she grew up attending church, but never really felt connected to God. When we talked about prayer she burst into tears and said that whenever she says the Lord’s Prayer, she doesn’t feel anything. We introduced how to pray in the pamphlet we gave her and a smile of relief replaced the sadness we saw in her face. She agreed to a return appointment.

The third student is an athiest girl who was born and raised in King Williams Town to a family who taught her to avoid church and to pray only in times of need. She was open to meeting with us as her best friend, a member, is her biggest role model. She (the member) bore her testimony that the reason she lives her life the way she does is because she’s had Jesus Christ as her role model. This really inspired our investigator, and we committed her to pray to God and start establishing a relationship with him. A couple days later, at our follow up appointment, she reported back that the first time she tried praying, she felt nothing. The second time, later in the day, she felt like someone was listening. The third time, a day later, she prayed and said she poured our her whole soul and felt like someone was there. She even said she feels her relationship with God is growing, and she came out with lots of questions relating to the Plan of Salvation.

Throughout the week, we had lots of weather adventures haha. On Tuesday we were biking around looking for people between 5 and 7 pm and it began to POUR rain as lightning flashed around us and the thunder crackled so loud, I could hardly hear my companion. We were soaked to the core without any jackets, but it was warm rain so we weren’t freezing thankfully. Naturally, I loved it. I was smiling the whole time as lightning flashed above me and wind sent rain hurling at my face.

A couple other pieces of good news: We had one of our investigators commit to baptism on the 5th of May and even bore his testimony yesterday, much to everyone’s surprise. His whole family was in shock! We asked him, “What compelled you to stand up and bear your testimony today?” and he said, “I felt a pounding in my heart to thank God for what he has given me.” And what a sincere testimony he bore, concluding with, “…and I know the Book of Mormon is true.”

Our scripture study class also went very well, with seven people in attendance; better than the 5 who came to our first class in Namibia. We had 2 investigators come (one of which is a piano student) and the rest were members. James E. Talmage’s “Jesus the Christ” will be our main source for information, as well as the more obvious Bible and Book of Mormon.

Just lovin’ it here! President Wood is flying Elder Alexander and I to Cape Town on Thursday for something called “Trainers Training” and we’re excited to the trip πŸ™‚ I’ve flown into Cape Town International Airport SO many times by now, but it never gets old πŸ˜‰

Love you all,

Elder Leach

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