Monday, May 29, 2017

May 29th - No Title

Um this week was a fantastic week for our investigators. I have never been more impressed with an investigator quite like I have been with Zackatina. I don't know if I have talked about Zackatina before but he is an investigator that me and Elder Blattter found. He has been coming to church consistently for the past 4 weeks and has never missed an appointment with us, he is 19 years old and could "according to every other 19 year old " be doing better things with his time. We have actually brought him to other investigators by his house and he has born incredible testimony to them about the Book of Mormon and our teaching. He is one of the few elect. He lives about 9 hours north from Antananarivo but has been living with his brother here in Tana. He has to return to Tamatave for 3 weeks but will be moving down here permanently for work and school. When he returns he should get baptized. 

This week he caught me off guard when I asked him "how do you think we can, in our lives, make God our strength and salvation?" he paused then looked at the ground for a moment and then said, "I try to trust and not be afraid, when we read in verse 4 of 2 Nephi we see it says praise God. I think that might be the way. Elder Wolfgramm is that the way I can have God be my strength?" I was completely caught off guard and touched by the spirit. I felt the Lords love for this 19 year old who is trying to do what is right, who is trying to be happy and gain salvation. Moments like that are what make the mission the greatest thing in the world and when you read this I promise you can't understand the feelings or moment. I love the mission and moments like that just Feel so good. Really you can't stop smiling after moments like that, never felt so much joy and it is just moments like that over and over and over and over again. When I say I am happier now than I ever have been I mean it.

Please enjoy your week. Look for God in them and be of good cheer. I know I will.

Elder Wolfgramm

Monday, May 22, 2017

May 22nd - The Weekly Email

Well again it seems like another week went by without noticing it. This week was filled with ups and downs, to start off, if you remember Jerry and Fitiavina the great family that me and Elder Blatter tracked into, they dropped us. It was sad to see a family with so much potential to turn away from the gospel. They told us that they had heard enough of our message and they have the Book of Mormon so we don't need to come back and teach them. We couldn't get them to let us to come back but I think in a few months we will go back and check on them. That's the bad news for the week.

The great news from the week is that we got Roberson to come to church this week, he is now getting serious for his baptism that is coming up in July. We had Marshell, one of our recent converts, go and pick him up yesterday and bring him to church. He said he had a great time and stayed the whole time. We will also be taking Marshell with us when we go teach him on Wednesday I think they are going to be great friends. Also I got a new companion his name is Elder Kruger, he is awesome and a way hard worker. Before when he lived in South Africa he was a professional rugby player, he is 22 years old and huge. (6' 5" 240 lbs) Really he is way bigger than me. if I am wolf-gramm he is wolf-ton he makes me feel small. haha It is funny to try and tract I am pretty sure the people aren't letting us in because they are absolutely scared. They really have never seen people this big, it is way fun. I am looking forward to this transfer with Elder Kruger it will be great.

Please keep the people here of Madagascar in your prayers and please keep Elder Kruger in your prayers, thanks for all the love.

Elder Wolfgramm 

Monday, May 8, 2017

May 8th - The week

This week was great, it went way fast.
Story about a family:
When we tracked in to them, we taught them the Plan of Salvation. There was no reason behind it, we even had first pamphlets with us, but we taught them the Plan of Salvation.  After we started to teach them the Plan of Salvation, I thought it was kind of weird but we taught them the whole Plan of Salvation.  On the last lesson after we had finished the Plan, the father Arivo told us he was going to Tamatave for a week.  He would be back on the first of May and told us to give him a call on the first. We didn't call him but visited him on the 3rd, and found out when we walked into his house he was dead laying on the table they were having a viewing for him. He had come home and then had a heart attack and died suddenly. We talked to the wife and she was so confused but said that she couldn't talk to us right then but wanted us to come back next Tuesday because she has something she wanted to say. It was pretty cool to be directed by the spirit like that and we are just looking forward to this Tuesday to talk to the family.

It was sad, but way cool too, he was taught about the world he was going into, right before he died.

I know that there are no coincidences in this world. Everything happens for a reason. I know that God is in charge of all things and He is all loving.

Be safe this week and pray.
Elder Wolfgramm

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 1st - Mangatsika (cold)

This week was a great week, but it actually got cold. it has been super weird to see that the weather here actually gets cold.  I have actually need to wear a sweater at night. I didn't remember what it was like to be cold and I love it.

Although the weather is cold the missionary work is getting hotter. This week we went on another split with the AP's so me and Elder Lehnart just tracked all day. we found some really cool people that should be able to progress really well. We found a family that had been taught by missionaries in the past but the missionaries got pulled out of the area and so they stopped going to church and stopped learning, so when the missionaries got put back in the area the family was lost.  It was pretty cool to be able to find them again, they remembered Joseph Smith and told us that it all makes sense.  They are Catholics right now but they said there is so much in their church that just doesn't make any sense, and they are not convinced that the Catholic church can bring them salvation.

We also taught Tolitra the guy with the chalkboard who is really interested, we taught him the Plan of Salvation and how we all have the opportunity to return to God, it was a great lesson full of hope. They all have had problems in the past and through the Plan of Salvation they now have a reassured hope that they can truly repent and live with God forever, it is one of the coolest things, to see their face light up with faith and hope knowing that they can make it back to God. Way Cool.

I love this work, here in the best mission in the world, in the best country in the world. Even though it feels like groundhog day and I do the same thing everyday there is nothing I would rather do

Elder Wolfgramm