“but make me thereof a little cake first”

The widow at Zarephath
The widow of Zarephath

This is an extraordinary story of faith and dedication, selflessness, and a deep trust in the LORD and His servants. In the seventeenth chapter of 1 Kings, the story is told of the widow who lived in Zarephath.  The LORD asked Elijah to go to Zarephath saying that He had commanded a widow in that city who’ll sustain him. The widow of Zarephath was visited by the Prophet Elijah in her time of great need and near hopelessness. The Prophet knew that her living conditions were hard but he also knew that the GOD that had sent him was a God of truth and miracles.  Continue reading ““but make me thereof a little cake first””

“OUR FEARS DID CEASE…”

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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I am so excited for so many different things. I know it’s going to be a good year for too many different reasons. The most convincing reason is that ALL members of the Church of  Jesus CHRIST of Latter Day Saints will be studying the Book of Mormon througout the year with the “Come, Follow Me” manual. Continue reading ““OUR FEARS DID CEASE…””

CHRISTMAS JUST GOT LIT

HAPPY NEW MONTH!

I know it’s been a while. I know that too well. Let me begin by saying I had the BEST BIRTHDAY EVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER! For the first time on my birthday I didn’t place the focus on me. This year I was blessed to have had the privilege to serve GOD fully on my birthday and proclaim His restored gospel.  Continue reading “CHRISTMAS JUST GOT LIT”

“PERFECT LOVE CASTETH OUT ALL FEAR”

Few weeks ago I was blessed with the opportunity to visit and teach one of my recent converts while I was on a companionship exchange. It was a really special moment for me AND THE HUG I RECEIVED FROM HER WAS THE SWEETEST AND WARMEST I’ve received since I’ve been here. Mery works in the Primary Presidency in her ward now and her husband, Yannick, serves with the Presidency of the Elder’s Quorum. They make a brilliant couple and their faith and testimony lightens up mine. Their conversion story helps me understand to what extent GOD is mindful of His children. One Sunday morning Yannick felt prompted to visit the church and learn more about our beliefs. He says when he walked through the gates he knew he was going to stay for good. My companion at the time was Soeur Tobi (from Togo). She and I continued teaching and visiting with him. On one of our appointments at the meeting house, he came along with his wife and together they learnt principles that resonated so much with them. A month later they were both baptized on the same day, and that day was my dad’s birthday so that was somewhat special for me.

On this special visit with her, my companion asked that she shared her testimony of the restored gospel with us. After a long silence, she picked up her copy of the Book of Mormon and said, “je sais que l’eglise est vraie; est vraie, est vraie parce qu’on ne nous enseigne que les verites”. While she repeated the words “est vraie”, tears filled up my eyes. I was and still am thankful for her life, for her faith and devotion and the light I see in her eyes is really lovely. I know this gospel changes lives forever, and I’m so thankful Mary calls me her FRIEND.

It’s actually a big deal for me to have her consider me her friend. I think it’s a really sweet thing to show love to the people we teach. Without LOVE it’s not even real, it’s a lost cause. Pure love, true love, sprouts miracles. As Mormon put it in Moroni 8:16, “perfect love casteth out all fear”.

I’ve refelected on some miracles that perfect love could bring about. My brother Felix is currently reading the Book of Mormon. I never thought he would because he had so much doubts, he still does have them but his willingness to read the Book of Mormon now is a  great step to his conversion. And this miracle was brought about by two missionaries he affectionately calls his “paddies”.  He says he smiles when he sees them at his doorstep and he lets them in. Thanks to the love these missionaies show to my brother, he takes his copy of the Book of Mormon to work and he reads it. This miracle is one of the greatest I’ve experienced so far this year.

“Perfect love casteth out all fear”. And as the year crawls to an end, I invite you to try LOVE.

Try LOVE in all your relationships

Try LOVE when you want to teach principles

Try LOVE in all you do.

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my kind, wise friend known in popular circles as my Mission President

In my companionships, I’ve realized showing love and affection for my companions erases all doubts and wrongs and hurts. It could be difficult and I could be as sad and confused as ever but when I look into their eyes and say “n’oubliez jamais que je vous aime”, and mean it, my fears and sadness stay swept away. So try LOVE!

When we’re full of LOVE, we see people the way the Savior sees them, not as limited as they are by their weaknesses but as the best selves they could become. And always remember the most difficult people to LOVE are probably the ones who actually and truly need LOVE.

So try LOVE!

 

CHAPTER 3 & 4- BE OF GOOD CHEER

Dear family,

It’s so exciting to be here again. I’ve never looked forward to any day in a week quite like I do my preparation days. They are gradually moving up to become my favorite days of the week. Why?  I get to communicate with you all and hear about what may be happening in your lives. How are you? How are you really? I miss you all and really do care about you.

Continue reading “CHAPTER 3 & 4- BE OF GOOD CHEER”

MORMONS ARE JUST LIKE YOU EPISODE 5

My mother gave birth to me on a Wednesday some years ago and my father is Appau-Nkansah so I became Kwaku Appau-Nkansah.

My father was born and raised in a strong Presbyterian home and my mother was a Pentecostal. So you see, I am from a Christian home. My parents were introduced to the “Mormon” missionaries by a family who were neighbors, and soon after became members of the church.  Continue reading “MORMONS ARE JUST LIKE YOU EPISODE 5”

MORMONS ARE JUST LIKE YOU E.P. 4

My name is Elisha Tubo-Oreriba Joseph.

I grew up in Port Harcourt, the capital city of Rivers State Nigeria, and I am a Mormon.
My journey to being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saints began when I was 10. I read the Book of Mormon, prayed about it and had the Holy Ghost confirm to me that it is true.

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