From: Ethan Cade Brimhall [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 7:08 AM
Hello my spirit brothers and sisters!
From the subject, you can probably guess that this week was a little strange. We are getting to know the area, so that’s good! We have found our way around with pretty constant success. We even traversed the mountains alone in the dark (which was pretty sketchy).
Bro Moses has been a great help. We started teaching his sister’s (also an investigator) friend, who is very, very Muslim. So I asked her some questions I knew she couldn’t answer and piqued her interest. She is still pretty hostile and closed to us, but I feel that we need to work with her.
The first person we taught in this area, Rogers, is coming along pretty well. His attachment to Islam is not so much so that he his blinded by religious pride (like Rugiatu, the person mentioned above). He asks powerful questions that really open up great teaching opportunities. He is very intelligent, but I fear that his brain will get in the way of his heart as I have seen in so many people, including myself.
Let’s get to my favorite part. Bro Moses showed us to Kadi, a long-time less active that I was immediately determined to bring back to church. In our second lesson, we started talking about temples. She asked a question that raised a serious red flag: “Do you have to be baptized to take the sacrament?”
I proceeded to ask her if she had been baptized and SHE HAS NOT BEEN BAPTIZED. We laughed for a good five minutes as we came to grips with what just happened. We’ll set a date soon and immerse this long overdue and frustrated investigator into the waters of baptism. We also set two baptism dates for March 4 with some truly incredible people. The Lord has opened doors for us. We tell the sister missionaries who were here before us the progress that we are making with some people and they often say “How did you get them to do that?” We are working miracles here in Hangha Road. I am humbled to see the Lord work through my companion and me as we bring those in darkness into the light. It is a truly awesome experience. I know this work is God’s work. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and the head of the last and greatest dispensation of the gospel. The Savior lives, and because He lives, all things are possible.
Have a great weak everyone! Remember that God loves you more than you can ever know!
Excerpts from other letters…
One of my apartment mates is Liberian. His English is so difficult to understand. Every prayer he says starts with “Dear Heavenly Fathers.” It makes me smile.
This place is very much rural. There are diamond offices all over the very small town. I can walk the whole length of it an hour or so (on the main road. It extends pretty far on either side, though).
Even after being here for close to a year now, I am still surprised by people. No one is the same.
Oh boy I miss Indian food. CURRY. NAAN BREAD. AH. However, there is this very nice (comparatively, of course) restaurant called Kamboi has incredible native chicken and fried rice. It’s a whopping 35,000Le, equivalent to a meager $4.50. Expensive as heck here. I wish I had the money to go every day.
I know the Lord watches over us every day. I feel and see His protection and guidance. What a blessing that is!