Sunday, March 16, 2014

March 16, 2014

      Last week we were taking Ralph home from church and he said he would like to get his GED.  We didn't know that he didn't have a high school education.  I asked him if he had the manuals and he said he did but that he needed help with math.  I told him that I would love to help him.  He was thrilled.  I called him last Wednesday, picked him up, and we went to the local library to study.  I spent 2 hours with him teaching him basic math. 
     Ralph is from Hatti.  He left Hatti just before the big earthquake.  He has very little formal education but wants to improve his life.  He has been investigating the church and loves it.  But something is holding him back.  I think it is the Word of Wisdom.  But I love helping him and hope it will continue.
     Last Thursday Miriam and I were driving home from work and Miriam's phone range.  It was Sister Turley and Sister Morgan.  They had a teaching appointment with a single man and needed us to go with them.  So we drove straight there and what  a wonderful experience we had. 
     Frank was gracious and very friendly.  He is from Rwanda.  He speaks French as his native language and he is learning English very well.  He had a French Book of Mormon and Bible.  He had received some basic instructions from the previous Elders.  He was receptive to the doctrine but struggled at times to understand.  Once when Miriam was sharing her testimony and talking about stories in the bible and how they related to all of us, he said; "It is amazing that when you were speaking, I understood everything you said." 
     He committed to a Baptismal date and we were all so thrilled.  He said he wouldn't be baptized in April out of respect for the genocide that happened to his people in Rwanda.  He committed to a day in May.  We look forward to that day and hopefully the opportunity to teach him more.

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