Monday, May 1, 2017

Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself

Hello everyone!! Time is FLYING!!! I can't believe it is already May... that is a scary thought!! It is hard for me to comprehend where time is going, cause it still feels like i just left a few weeks ago.. This week has been a week full of sweet surprises I guess, the first one is huge and I am way pumped for it, that Levi got his call to Trinidad, I know that is going to be such a sweet experience down there!!

Anyway, its been a good week, definitely better than last week being sick all week!! Even though i'm not over everything, we were able to go out and have a somewhat normal week. We got to go on exchanges with 2 zone leader companionships, and we got to spend some time in our area this week which is like precious time for us!

On Wednesday, I got to go on exchange with Elder Austin who is from Henderson, NV, and that was a blast, Elder Austin is a GENIUS, and he knows the scriptures better than most missionaries that i have ever met, he is such a sweet Elder and we had an awesome day together. That day, we got to see Yw, and he opened up to us again about some addictions that he is really struggling with at the moment, and that are really holding him back from being baptized. We helped him with some ideas and he committed to change. Before, he didn't really even have the desire to change, he was just content with living a somehow crappy life cause he has lots of money. Yw's parents live in the U.S. and so he is basically living here and just sitting at home all day every day and there is money coming in to him... So that is why he has been so content with everything in his life up to this point, but now he has realized that he cannot be content with sin and addiction. He knows that he has to overcome it and be baptized so that he can live a good life.  Elder Lindley and I also went to visit and follow up with Yw on Friday and had another sweet lesson with him. Every time we go there, we come away feeling so amazing and edified because Yw is always so glad to see us and so willing to learn and change. We are just trying to do anything and everything we can to help him to overcome his addictions so that he can be baptized here in a few weeks. He has been on date for baptism for such a long time but it always gets pushed back because he is not ready, but we are hoping and praying that he will be ready in the next few weeks!!

The other exchange this week was with Elder Burdge who is my TC which means we came on mission at the same time. Elder Burdge and I are great friends and it was awesome to go into his area in Kwamo and see some sweet people who they have been teaching there. That morning, they had a primary missionary activity that we got to help with as well where the primary children went around and gave out missionary pamphlets and invited people to come to church, it was one of the sweetest activities I have been a part of for a long time!! Saturday was a great day!

On another note, we have Sister Brn, who was a miracle sent from the Lord!! She is the one who just showed up to Church 3 weeks ago and has been coming ever since. She reads the Book of Mormon, she reads all the assignments we give to her and she has such great questions and thoughts to share when we meet with her to teach her. For her, she has been coming now for 4 weeks and she is ready and willing to be baptized, we are just trying to get the time to finish teaching her all the things that she needs to learn so that she can be baptized. We are really hoping that Brn and Yw can be baptized on the 13th or the 20th of May! We are so excited for them both!

In my personal study this week, I had one thing stand out that keeps ringing in my head, and it comes from Mark 12:28-34, I love how the Savior answers the question that the scribe asked him, he said 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heartand with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strengththis is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.  It keeps ringing in my mind that "there is none other commandment greater than these." If we can do our best to love God and neighbor, then we are having charity, which Paul and Moroni both said is the greatest of all attributes that we can have.

I love you all, I hope you all can continue to develop your love for God and neighbor each day and fulfill those two great commandments!!

Love Elder Porritt
Primary activity in Kwamo

 Future Missionaries!!

This was one gigantic fufu...

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