Hello Everyone!!I survived my first full week in Zimbabwe! Each day seems to get a little better. we had zone meeting and it was good to see some other Americans haha. It's so funny, we eat the same food for all three meals because my companion is a simple cook and I haven't yet gotten up my courage to attempt anything. So beans, rice, beef, tomatoes, and onions for every meal! Haha it's actually really good.
Also, I really understand what Joseph Smith was talking about when he talked about religious confusion. There are a ton of different churches in our area and plenty of false prophets in this country. The people are very Christian but there's so much confusion.My companion happens to be a movie buff (whataya know!!). We talk about movies often and he quotes them all the time. Africans have such great senses of humor. Elder Bamutesiza has a deep, rich laugh and it kills me every time. I'm doing my best to work hard and find joy in the journey. Haha so funny story. Yesterday in church the speakers didn't show up. So guess who the 2nd counselor comes to to speak 2 minutes before the meeting? That's right, yours truly. So I got up and talked about the Book of Mormon for as long as I could. I think it went well. It's hard because many members that were present last week weren't there this week, even though other members came this week. This branch really needs some strengthening and a real jumpstart. We are trying to influence less actives as well. As I was doing my personal study I came across Alma 32, and it talked about that if we forget to nourish and care for our seed of faith, it won't take root and will wither. That really impacted my thinking about this branch and I hope this work continues to strengthen it. I love you all and I'm grateful for your support and love!