An African Heart

An African Heart

Friday, August 24, 2012

From Elder Kagame

Hello dad how are you doing !!!
Long time is everything okay i just wanted to make sure you're doing okay because am worried about you . Well here all is well and we're still pushing on with the grate work that doesn't need payment because the reward is in heaven. How is mum and the rest of the family indeed i missed your wonderful mails and for sure i can't make it with out you help. Hope you visit to our grand mum was grate !! . Dad i want you to know that i miss you each and every single day but what makes me happy is that i always pray for you each and everyday before i go to bed and the spirit always testifies to me that all is well.
Dad i can't wait for your powerful mail this coming Monday .

Love you so much and send my greetings to the entire family.

Elder Kagame

To Dad

I am so jealous of the family vacation. Dang man, i really missed you all this week. This week tore by really fast though. Do you realize i hit my 8 month mark this past week? My mission is 1/3 over! Gosh... But i am glad Granny is well. Give her my love still. And as for her increasing age, all will be well Dad. You know that! And especially if she is cleaning and refining her life now, she will find eternities to be a happy prospect :)

hahahahahaha chicken drama!!! hahahahah dangit man that made me laugh big time. Chickens are everywhere here. and you know what i found a new love for? SCARING CHICKENS!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!! They flip out man. The term "Chicken!" for a scared person has taken a whole new face! Chickens... and drama... together... at night!

Do you know what i learned this week? I was studying and i concluded that i need to give everybody, especially these Kenyans, the benefit of a doubt. I need to, as the prophet counselled, look for the good and take compassionately the bad. I need to believe their claims to devotion to God, and treat them as such. Elder Arineitwe used to say something great. "If you treat people as they are, they will stay as they are. If you treat people as what you want them to become, they will become what they need to be." Great wisdom, huh? I learned to show compassion and give the benefit of a doubt. I am still striving, but slowly getting there. And you know what? Everytime i choose to, the love of the Savior fills my soul and i literally feel it :) It is a great change.

I lvoe you Daddio! Keep up the workout. Check out Mom's emails for the things i told her. Keep working out please! Dad, you are a good man, and i have learned all from you! I can't wait to climb that mountain when we are reunited. You're my hero Dad!

Elder Schneider
p.s. maybe no pics this week, short on time. Next week, double the amount! :)

From Elder Arineitwe

Dad, You have already sent to me some thing more than a camera.
 Your love, prayers and constant reply to my emails. There is nothing l can ever compare to that. Indeed the Lord's commandments are to be obeyed. l have never received am email from home. some friends from my home ward wrote for the first two weeks and they stoped, even though l try to write to them. Yet even though you have never seen me you have kept writing to me. Even the brave need to feel loved and cared about. To me, l will still choose the right because l know it's Right. But l can not denay the fact that am human. Any way compared to this work, all that does not really take much of my time. Though some times l think about home, and cry. Why? Because when l go back home, l will take the Gospel there. l plan on doing family history, l plan on taking the restored gospel home. l know with out a doubt that the Lord has a work for me to do in the village back home.
Riruta is doing well. However, in East Africa as a whole, we are taking baby steps dropping traditions of the world and adopting the tradition of the church. That is mostly what we are dealing with here in Riruta. Growth comes slow in individuals, it's not like l used to think.
 l have a  very obedient companion, We have been companions for 13 days now. l have come to know that mission is helping me and others to come to Christ.  We live near the chapel. its about a 20 minutes walk.
Love, son.

Hello Elder Arineitwe Son,
So how is it going in Riruta?  I looked at the area on the satellite map.  I found the chapel on nyakinyua road.  Do you live next to that chapel?  Things are going good here.  We are going to visit my mother next week.  It will be good to see her.  Conrad was made District Leader in Kilungu area.  He likes that area a lot because it gets colder at night.  Probably it's more like Idaho temperatures at night.  I asked President Broadbent if it was okay to send you a camera and he said we cannot do that.  We cannot send big or more costly gifts.  But I asked if we could still send care packages, especially pistachios, and he said that would be fine.  So we will do that!  I wish we could provide you with a camera, but we will be obedient to the Mission President too.  I think about you many times during the week and pray for you.  I send my love and Priesthood blessings to you there so you are sustained and comforted and feel the warmth of the Spirit.  Stay strong and obedient.  We love you.  The Lord loves you.  May our Father in Heaven watch over you.