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