Monday, April 20, 2015


It was a good week and I felt like we really did have a good experience with Zone Training. It was my first one, so in preparation and delivery I feel like I learned a lot. It was really powerful I think to have the members and less actives come to help role play and have the missionaries practice teaching them. Their feedback was great as well and they are all extremely excited for us to come and teach them and their families about how to pamphlet teach. Elder Freitas and I have a goal to place 60 copies of the Book of Mormon this week. I don't think that is as many as Dad and JR did in one week on their mission, but out here that is pretty amazing. We are going to be doing that while meeting with the members, less actives and recent converts, teaching them how to pamphlet teach, having them then turn around and teach us and then giving them a Book of Mormon to place. We are excited to see how it all goes.
We are teaching that Pastor for the Methodist church and it's going very well. We had a great lesson with him, for the first time since Elder Freitas had found him almost a month and a half ago. He had kind of lost interest. We taught him the Book of Mormon and applied the technique found in the Donaldson papers, we read with him from 1 Nephi and applied it to him verse by verse. He was so excited and couldn't stop smiling. We were extremely bold with him telling him that if the Book of Mormon is true, he would need to leave his church and everyone he was leading, and come join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It really hit him hard, but he said he will do it. He is on date for the 24th of May. We are praying extremely hard for him. I just saw him here at the e-mail shop and he is super excited for us to come over tonight, he said he has been reading a bunch.
Yesterday while following up on an investigator we showed up at his house for our appointment with him only to find his Bishop, who is over all the Victory Bible Church's here in the Eastern Cape, sitting there waiting for us. We walked into a trap. But it's fine. So we sat down and he started firing questions at us. We just responded ultra positively and asked all about his church and what he does. He then softened up a bit and we asked him if we could answer his questions with the lesson of the Restoration. He then told us he had been taught before, but the missionaries fought with him and couldn't answer his questions. He also told us he was a Theologian and studied in Atlanta Georgia. Anyways, he has read the Book of Mormon already. But he said he'd like to hear what we had to say. Anyway, we taught the restoration pamphlet teaching style, with just a few more quoted scriptures and thoughts. He was absolutely humbled by the doctrine and truth. He didn't once argue, he didn't try to tell us we were wrong. He just sat there taking it all in. We then invited him to be baptized after having prefaced it at the beginning with how to begin teaching, letting him know we would be inviting him to be baptized. He said, he would need to study the Book of Mormon, and pray again, then he will let us know. It was a powerful experience.
So many miracles, I really can't tell you all of them. Just different things. We taught a wonderful father led family yesterday and invited them to baptism as well. Just amazing. 
Life here is going so well. We are working ultra hard and becoming better and better. I love it. And I love all of you. Sorry for the shorter email! I spent more time on the individuals.
Mdala Thayne

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