my last zone conference
our recent convert, Krishna, with President Mortensen
As far as I know, I think "chaturthi" translates to festival. Or possibly birthday. Either way, there are GIANT Ganesh statues EVERYWHERE and people are just throwing huge parties and also ceremonial Hindu rites of worship, also known as "poojas." I wish I could take pictures but it is disrespectful to do so. For those who are unaware, Ganesh is a Hindu god that has the body of a human but the head of an elephant. Ganesh chaturthi is a nine-day celebration celebrating him, it's kind of like Hindu Christmas haha, everyone gives you sweets and stuff.
Anyway, we had a great week. Kinda crazy though, it was the last zone conference of my mission (and also the last time I have to take the long bus ride to Rajahmundry haha). The highlight of the week was setting a baptism date for the husband and father of a part-member family: we've been teaching this brother for a few weeks now and this past week we were teaching him and planning to extend a baptism date. We discussed the plan of salvation and in the middle of the lesson he stopped us and said, "Brothers, I only have one doubt: your church says that marriage continues in heaven but the Bible says it's not so." He then turned to Matthew 22:30 where the Savior says that there is no marriage in the resurrection. I tried answering his doubt with 1 Peter 3:7, with a brief explanation about the nature of the Millennial reign of the Savior, and he was not having it. I said a small prayer in my heart that we would be able to clear his doubt and help him progress toward baptism. At that moment, I got a thought, I asked him, "Brother, do you remember God's promise to Abraham?" He said he did, that God promised his endless seed. I think asked him how that was possible if marriage doesn't continue in heaven. He was stumped, and said that made so much sense. At the end of the lesson he accepted a baptism date. How grateful I am that Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers.
We also set another brother with a baptism date and his date falls on my two year mark: 23 September 2017 haha. I thought that was funny.
Have a great week, don't worship idols, and remember that God answers prayers.
Keep the faith,
P.S. I anticipate that one of the most frequently asked questions I will get upon my return is, "Did you learn how to make the food?" YES. Yes I have haha, your boy has gone to WORK in the kitchen. I can make a bunch of various veg curries and also a number of varieties of rice dishes (tomato rice, ghee rice, tiger rice, etc.) so let the dinner appointments start lining up! :)