3/31/2014 - "C'est petit a petit que le oiseau fait son nid"

Another week come and gone so quickly.  Elder Gnenenon got here on friday.  he is really tall and skinny.  he came with elder gomun and elder digbe.  they are going to go home on the 16th of july. only about 3 months left for them crazy! i got lucky again today and hopped on one of the only available computers and..... no USB plug ins.... so sorry again no pictures.... but there's always next time... haha. 

this morning we had a zone activity.  we went to the national museum of togo.  it was pretty small compared to a museum back home and we were kind of rushed, but it was fun to visit.  its always fun to get together with the other missionaries.  i took a picture in front of this big old monument thing that was around the corner and i'll send that next week.  

but the biggest news for the week was joel's baptism!  i felt the spirit really strong during his baptism.  it was great.  he bore his testimony about joseph smith after, which was powerful.  he is really timid but he was the only one to get up and bear his testimony in front of the group out of the people that got baptized.  there was a little 8 year old kid that got baptized by his older brother there too.  when he was coming into the water he was just beaming ear to ear.  and right when he was pulled up from the water he smiled even bigger (which honestly i didn't think was possible) and then gives a big "thumbs up" to the crowd and walks out of the font.  haha he was awesome.  

i forgot that it was march madness.  i am really disconnected from the world.  but everyone is getting psyched for the world cup that is coming up this summer.  i already know that it is going to be really hard to work, everything is going to shut down for the games.  we'll see how it goes though.  there's this song playing in the cyber in french that says " c'est petit à petit que le oiseau fait son nid".  in ewe it's something like "vidé vidé hevi woh na toh".  it's a little saying in french that means "it's little by little that the bird makes his nest"- basically saying that it doesn't all come at once and that it's just one little twig at a time.  

i think i have time for one more story for this week.  i was on a split with one of the newer elders (he is about 1 month into training i think) in our zone this past week.  he is from france.  we went and got him and brought him back leaving elder rav in his secteur [area] with his companion.  i asked him what we were going to study the next morning and he said he didn't know.  then he said that a lot of times he has trouble having confidence in what he says and he struggles to find words and so he doesn't talk a lot.  i said ok and next morning i studied about the authority and power of the missionary calling.  i was noting things that i liked and i felt i should mention to the other elder.  at the end of my personal study i felt like i had really been led by the spirit.  we read and studied some of that during our companionship study. all was going well but not amazing until we read the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 100, i think 1 to 8 or something like that.  when we read i asked what touched him in this scripture and he said everything.  i replaced joseph and oliver in the first verse with our names and then he explained that when he was leaving one of his relatives told him whenever he was down or having a hard time to read the scriptures.  but he said he wasn't really convinced, but he says now i'm convinced.  it was really a great experience.  i'm grateful for the help of the spirit in all i do.  it's so essential for missionary work.  

ok everyone i love you all!  have a great week!  

Elder Rybin