"You will be an official representative of the Church. . . . Your purpose will be to invite others to come unto Christ . . . Greater blessings and more happiness than you have yet experienced await you as you humbly and prayerfully serve the Lord in this labor of love among His children. We place our confidence in you." Thomas S. Monson

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Golden Investigator and King Lamoni's father.

Elder Dagrou and I with Frère Christophe (19) and la petite Soeur Karol (9), 08/24/13
Bonsoir mes amis!

The weeks just keep flying by!  As always, this has been another great one!  To start off, last Saturday we had 2 baptisms (the first two in the new building)!  First was la petite Soeur Karol, whose father was baptized in April and is now serving in the branch Sunday School Presidency.  Second was Christophe.

Christophe is the epitome of a golden investigator.  He is 19 years old, and we found him about a month ago by OVB (Ouvrir Votre Bouche, pretty much door-to-door).  The first lesson went well, but he was a little shy, but he was glad to have us back a second time.  By the third lesson, he was reading everything we gave him to read and then teaching us about everything that he read.  He soon began accompanying us to other appointments that were after his.  One day, after we taught the end of the Plan of Salvation, or God's Plan for us (something that is hard for most people to understand) we had an appointment with a recent convert named Samuel.  He had a question about the end of the Plan of Salvation, and Christophe commenced to respond to his question, even giving examples!  What?!  I've never seen anyone who has learned so quickly.  I've formed a great relationship with him that is going to continue for years and years after I leave Togo.  The only problem for Christophe is that he is a student at the University of Kara, the big city up in the north that is 3 hours away.  The church has not yet arrived there yet because French isn't quite as profound there, but he'll be coming back to Lomé every few months, and I'm not worried about him.  He's already strong enough to do well on his own, and he has just about every resource he needs.

We taught Gabriel again this week, the former Prime Minister.  I swear it's like teaching King Lamoni's father.  If you don't know who that is, get a Book of Mormon and look up Alma Chapter 22.  Not sure what page it is in English; but it's an amazing story of missionary work.  Anyways, with Gabriel, the lessons on the commandments went like this:  "Oh, it's a commandment of God to not smoke?  Well I've been trying for a while, now I have a reason.  Next one!  Oh, it's a commandment of God to worship Him all day Sunday, not just at church?  Not a problem, I love listening to the hymns anyways.  Next one!  No problem giving back 10% to God, it's a commandment!"  His baptism is this Saturday, and I'm very excited for that.  He's definitely prepared to become a member of Christ's Church restored on the earth.

Well, that's about this week.  Things are going great here!  I love and miss you all!

Avec amour,
Elder Jenkins

On top of the church building after the baptism on Saturday,  08/24/13

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