Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Jul 17th - Fatokiana (Confidence)

Well this week was way great, but yes very hard. We defiantly had to trust in God a lot this week. Yeah well I am not going to tell you about all the hard things that happened this week because I don't want to get to into it. But know that most trials and problems have been solved and taken care of. 
The highlights of the week are we had 2 brand new investigators come to church this week. We are really starting to build a pretty good investigator pool. They are all becoming diligent and are willing to learn. Their names are Welder and Luke. These two guys we found at English a few weeks ago and had invited them to come to church, we had taught them a small lesson about the restoration but they didn't have any time really to learn. Last Saturday they came again to English and again taught them and they told us that they would love to come see the church. And they came believe it or not! I had to give a talk so I couldn't sit with them but Elder Kruger did and they had a ton of questions. I tried to explain everything while I was giving my talk, I changed it up while I was on the stand so I could kind of answer all their questions. After sacrament we went to class and they had more great questions. 
Then we went to priesthood... and this country is still really new with the church, so they do some really weird things. In priesthood they where doing a lesson on ordinances, and they just so happened to be doing "blessing and anointing of the sick and the afflicted", and it was way bad. They just sat arguing about how it is supposed to be done, then they called this guy out and had him go up in front while about 4 different people showed 4 different ways to anoint and seal. It was actually pretty funny but we were worried that our investigators who don't really know much would get confused, so Elder Kruger and I cleared it all up.  And now we all know how to do the blessing of the sick and afflicted. Luke had a ton of questions about that. It will be funny to see what our next lesson is like. They are very interested.

I hope everyone is doing well, be safe and make wise choices!

Elder Wolfgramm

Friday, July 14, 2017

Jul 10 th - New Investigators

Well this week Elder Kruger and I had a lot of time to tract and find new investigators, it is always sad when you have to drop some people that are not quite ready to follow Christ, but it gives you a great opportunity to find those people who are going to come unto Christ. And that's exactly what happened. We went tracting on Tuesday and found a great family that came to church last Sunday, it was great, we are also progressing with a couple other families that were found this past week. Nivo is still doing great, she is loving what the gospel is giving her. And she loves what she is learning through the reading of the Book of Mormon. LAZA is still being a bum and won't come to church every week. But we still have hope with him, he will definitely progress I know it.

That's pretty much what is happening here in the best place in izao tontolo izao. (the world) Please keep reading the BOOK OF MORMON and if you are not reading it you should; you will come to know Christ more than you could ever imagine. Love this work and this place!

Elder Wolfgramm

Monday, July 3, 2017

Jul 3rd - New Transfer News

This week was a great week filled with new transfers, Zone Conference, and crazy bandys who get crossed up in basketball.
Well first off we got new transfer news it turns out that Elder Kruger will be staying with me for another transfer. I know that the ariari (Malagasy money) doesn't have as much worth as the dollar but with enough of them, you can get what you want. :-) We were both way happy to be staying together for another 6 weeks and are excited to see what we can do with this area.
We had Zone Conference this week and it was wonderful, always after Zone Conference you leave feeling like you are going to baptize the whole country and me and Elder Kruger are really going to try this transfer to get that done. I love listening to President Foote.  He is such a spiritual giant, he really has so much wisdom and when he speaks you can't deny that he is running the mission exactly how God wants him to. In Zone Conference we learned about how to have better retention and what we can do personally to accomplish goals that the mission has.

Ok about the bandy's. Bandy is the word in Malagasy to say gangster or a punk. But we teach a bandy named Laza who comes to church. If he stays active in attending church he will get baptized. He is way funny and super cool. We have been teaching him and his family, they all are progressing. They are now at the point where they can chose to accept the gospel and let it change their lives forever or reject it and let there lives continue the way it is going.

This gospel is good and God is in charge.  Be safe this week, and have tons of fun.

Elder Wolfgramm

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Jun 27th - Transfers

Well we got the transfer news and it turns out that I am staying another transfer, but I won't be with Kruger. I am going to be with Elder Rafalimanatsoa my new native companion, he is the last native companion in the mission so I am so pumped. I cant wait to really start to get good at Malagasy, Elder Rafaly is not good at English at all, so the next 6 weeks will be straight Malagasy, no English. I am so stoked I cant wait!

In all honesty I am very sad that me and Elder Kruger are getting separated, he is one of the greatest people I know and will probably the best missionary to serve in this country. He is wonderful! I learned so much from him. It sucks but I have new adventures to gain with my new companion.
The area is going great, we are just going to have to wait a couple more weeks until our next baptism when Zackatina comes back to Tana and gets way diligent again. When that happens, he will get baptized. We are also making a lot of progress with Fiddison and he will be getting baptized probably with in the next few months, hopefully. Yeah that is basically all that is new.

Love this area and this mission!

Be of good cheer, life is too good. Try to find the good. Trust in God and all will be good.

Elder Wolfgramm

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Jun 19 - Nivo got Dunked

Well this week was fantastic, we were able to bring Nivo to the waters of baptism and it was wonderful. So Nivo was an investigator that me and Elder Blatter found. She is way awesome and I have seen real growth in her, she knows a "whole butt load of crap about the gospel", really thought, she is way smart and actually studies everything that we give her. I can say with full confidence that she understands the gospel much better than I did when I got baptized.

After the baptism we showed up to church and of course I got put on the spot and she said that she wanted me to give her the Holy Ghost, and I thought about doing what I did last time and just push it off on a member so I didn't have to do it, but luckily I had done my language study so I said heck yes, "riaso ny fanahy masina". (Receive the Holy Ghost) I killed it! It was actually way cool. After she came up to me and said that she was pretty nervous but when I said receive the Holy Ghost she felt peace and knew all was good. I was probably 10 times more nervous than she was, I think she was trying to make me feel not so bad because a blind man could see how nervous I was. It was a way cool experience. I can't wait to see all the growth that she makes now as a recent convert. That was pretty much the highlight of the week.

I am way sorry that my weekly emails are starting to "stink" but I am just too "focused on the work" I guess, or just getting kind of lazy of throwing in a bunch of details and cool stories. but the last thing I will say is this mission is by far the best thing I have ever done, I have never had so much satisfaction in my life.  It is hard to explain but I love it.
ok peace out,
Elder Wolfgramm

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Jun 12th - Fiovam-po

Great week,

The highlight from the week has got to be Remi, just to recap a little bit, Remi was a drunk man that was found by Elder Nortje and I. He came up and grabbed me on the path completely hammered drunk. He said " I need help, I really want to pray and come to know God." As a missionary here in Madagascar you actually hear that a lot, and usually nothing ever comes from it.  The people never catch times and never keep commitments. But I felt something different with Remi. He took us to his house and then we had to leave because we had another time to catch.

The week after that, Elder Sweeten and I were put together and started to teach him the lessons. At first we both thought we should drop him because he was having a hard time understanding, because his brain had been so fried from drugs and he was probably high at the time we were teaching him but he came to church and so we continued to bring the gospel to him.  He started reading the Book of Mormon little by little and participating in lessons at church, and doing homework. We taught him the Word of Wisdom and learned his problem with drugs and alcohol was pretty bad. He was drinking every day as well as smoking an assortment of drugs about 20 times a day. He had along way to go. Now I am happy to say he hasn't had a drink or smoked anything for the past 3 weeks. And he is LITERALLY a different person, his whole everything has changed. He is about 100 times smarter and can understand almost everything in the Book of Mormon and will be getting baptized in a few weeks. He has been one of the biggest changes I have ever seen next to Isabelle from Tamatve. Remi is proof that this is, the ONE gospel here on earth, and no matter how far you may think you are from God, you can always come back to his loving arms. I know that this gospel is true. I love my Savior. and the wonderful land of Madagascar.

Elder Wolfgramm

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Jun 6th - Ambany Voatra

Well this week was way cool, the highlight of the week was on Sunday when Hector a new investigator came to church. Elder Kruger and I had tracked into Hector almost by "accident".  Elder Kruger and I had about 30 minuets in our program and we didn't have anyone to go to. I remembered that there was a family that lived kind of by where we were. so we went looking for the house. We came to the place that I remembered the house being and there was a guy about 26 years old sitting outside with a girl, and I started to talk to them and kind of messing around with him. He said laughing "I am very surprised that you are good at Malagasy," and then said "Why do you know this language?" he was totally stumped on why two "Vahaza"(White guys) know Malagasy. We talked to him for a little bit and then told him we actually have something very important for him that was going to change his life. He let us teach him there in front of the house. his girl friend had gotten up and left mid way through the lesson but Hector had stayed focused. At the end we invited him to church and he said yeah he would come. When Sunday came around he wasn't there. Right before the sacrament he walked in wearing a nice blue shirt and came and sat in between me and Kruger. then after we went to the investigator class. And then to priesthood it was great, he had learned a lot, answered questions from the teacher and paid attention. At the end of church he said I have loved church and had a great time but I have one question, what the heck is "F sy F". that is the Doctrine and Covenants in Malagasy. I gave a brief explanation and said not to worry too much about stuff like that because all will become clear with time and he has a lot more teaching coming to him and a ton to learn. He got really excited. It was way cool.

The work is hot but the weather is cold. I love this place and the people!  Have a great week, and read the Book of Mormon.

Elder Wolfgramm