This week has been one of the best weeks for me, because we worked so hard! i thinkwe taught 11 lessons!! it was insane! But it was great. My comp has this thing that tracks how far we walk, and we walked almost 13 miles!! We didnt have a ton of lessons that day, but we sure did get a bunch of new investigators!
This week we had 2 people say yes to Baptism! One, is a 38 year old man named Benoi, and the other is a very old lady named Martinè! So they are scheduled for, so we are very very excited for that! Also this weekend, we have a family of 8 who are getting baptised! I have only taught them 3 or 4 times. But I will have the privilege of baptising 3 of them ! I can't wait!!
Sowas a very cool, yet weird day.. We woke up, studied and ate, and we were going to go out to our lesson, but we didnt dare leave our appartment! about 50 yards from our front door, there was a HUGE VooDoo rally! With about 2000 people.. So there was no way that i, being white, was going to leave.. so we didnt! We stayed in our appartment almost all day.. Because if we would have gone out, and a voodoo "god" saw a white boy, thats bad bad news.. haha!! So we sat on the roof all day, and just watched people go crazy! But at one point it died down for about an hour so we went to check it out. And it was crazy! They have these men dress up in costumes, and run around with drums, and everybody runs from them!! I dont know why, but i think if they touch you, it means that you are cursed or something. But i got some videos and pics that i will add to my Google Drive!
At the voodoo rally's they get in this huge circle, and they have these men dressed up in these big costumes. And they dance around, and randomly chase people, and wack people with these stick things! And it's fun to watch cause it's just hundreds of people running like they're life depended on it!
I think it was a voodoo holiday, because the same thing happened. But we had a huge meeting with the whole stake (all of Benin) so, we have a security guard infront of our apartment, and he and 2 other guards walked us through the crowd to our taxi! It was kinda fun, everyone couldn't believe that they saw a white boy at a voodoo rally! I can also say the first time I ever touched marajauna, was on my mission! This guy handed me this bag and wanted to sell it to me, and I didn't know what it was, so I opened it and there was a lot of it.. Haha it laughed and gave it back to him, and quickly walked away!
But on a better, more spiritual note,, we had a huge conference with all of the members in the country! It was pretty big, about the size of 3 normal sized chapels! So I didn't understand much, but from what I did, it was great! Also, Africa is very very different.. You wanna know how much different? At this huge conference, a lady gave the opening prayer, and she had a little baby in her arms. During the prayer the baby started fussing. So, in the middle of the prayer she lifts up her shirt and starts breast feeding this baby! Everyone kinda freaked out a little it was hilarious!
I love it here, it's very interesting to me! The power goes out, probably 3 or 4 times a day.. But there's a lot of great things here! The sunsets are beautiful every single night! Most people here love english! All of my investigators ask me to bear my testimony, and pray in english! I have many people ask me to teach them english, so i think this class shoud be getting bigger! One thing I like, is there are animals everywhere! Dogs, chickens, goats, lizards, and snakes! At a lesson this week, this little chicken kept pecking my foot, and I kept kicking it away. And after like 30 minutes, our investigator just picked up the chicken and threw it across the street! It was hilarious!
Before i end, i would like to share something small that i read in my personal study this week. Alma 32 is amazing! But one thing that really stuck out to me is verse 27. All you have to have is a particle of faith!! All over in the scriptures, it says those who simply believe in christ and repent will be saved. If you have questions or doubts, simply believe in christ, and continue to build your testimont off of that.
I LOVE AFRICA!!