|Elder Haws giving a tour to our new friend Mohommed|
|This is the are of our new ward|
1. Member and leader support
2. Missionary work
3. Area Auditing
4. Humanitarian-water tank projects
5. Piano lessons
6. Genealogy and family history
7. Temple Work
8. MSR assignments
9. Specific assignments
10. Locating meeting houses
Sunday was unusual because the first day he came to Church he wanted to pay his tithing. We wondered if Paul had taught him that principle because we had just taught it to Paul. It is not usual for an investigator to pay tithing, but it is a very good sign.
More Missionary work By Greg
I want to tell you about another friend named Richard. He showed up here one Sunday and said he wanted to see what was here. It turns out that he is a fantasitc piano player. He came to our second open house and afterwards gave us a mini-concert. Today he was made the James Town organist. He is playing songs he has never heard before, but he is so touched by the gospel. I spent the Priesthood meeting time giving him a private lesson on the Book of Mormon, the restoration, the law of chasity and priesthood authority. I believe he too will be baptized.
This is me training one of our French speaking brethren in Cote dÍvorie on how to enter the audit results onto the computer. My laptop was on the same screen as his, but mine was in English and his in French,
Debi has three sisters (they are Nina, LaDina, and Faustina--we call them the Nina Girls) that she is teaching piano lessons to on Tuesday afternoon. We drive to their church building and use the church electric piano. It is a challenge because some times there is not power. The first time we did this we found one of the main keys, a middle G was broken. This made it hard to play. I determined to fix it, so I took the thing apart and found the plastic key was really broken. I took one from the high G and traded them. At first they said, "Now the high G is broken too!" But the middle G is OK. If I had some tools and a few screws and some other stuff, I would go all through the building and fix all the little things, like the doors to the sacrament table, that are broken and falling apart. These people do not focus on maintenance.
We try to attend the temple at least once a week. I have been going again in the middle of the week. I am ususally the only white woman (and the only white person) in the session. It is a wonderful opportunity to go to the House of the Lord. We also participate in a weekly sealing session that is conducted by a member of the Area Presidency.
You can imagine the challenge of recording and updating membership records when families do not have accurate information and no one has an address. Often one member of the household (which could include a lot of people-some of which are actually related) joins the church. Later another one joins. Now the challenge is to link them together. They have asked Debi to help in the effort in her "spare time". So she is doing for the living what I am doing for the dead--cleaning up records. She has the hard job, however, because of the names and dates. Family members do not have the same names and most of the time the dates are estimates.