Friday, December 3, 2010

Nov 29: Juice Boxes and Champions

Sam's email from Nov 29:

"Dear Family,

This week i got a brand new companion right out of the MTC, his name is elder Macualay, he comes from Nigeria. He is a pretty nice guy that seems to be pretty excited about the work. The first morning he was with me, he woke up at 5am in the morning, turned the light on and said "good morning Elder Beck!" I was not exactly excited about waking up at 5am, so that day i took him out and worked him as hard as i knew how. The next morning he woke up at 6:30. lol. But i like him for the most part, he is a cool guy, and i think we will get along. I am going to miss Elder Jones though, he has left me to be in an all African Apartment.There is me and elder Macaulay, Elder Kargbo from Seria Leon, and elder Maloni from Zimbabwe. They are all pretty cool guys, so i think all will be okay.

I feel like our area is starting to improve. Sister G is now helping us talk to her family, She has 2 children named G and J. G is about 20 years old and has come to church with sister G before, she had a good experience at church, we have given her a book of Mormon and are going back to talk to her more about it tonight. J. is a young boy that is about 14, we haven't been able to talk to him much, but we are hoping this week, we will change that.

We are teaching a man named brother J that is a way sweet guy. He is a very poor man that really has to struggle every day to just get enough money for his family to eat. He is coming to be baptized on the 11th of December and the other day he asked about tithing. When he asked that question my heart dropped because i didn't want to teach him about tithing because of his situation, but i realized we had probably procrastinated long enough and needed to teach him about it. So we went ahead and taught him about it and taught him all the amazing blessings that comes with it. On Sunday he came to church and it amazed me when he asked if he could have a tithe envelope to pay his tithing. I went ahead and got him a tithe envelope as fast as i could. I couldn't believe a man that was struggling so much to get his family even food would come and ask to pay his tithing. Brother J is a way awesome guy that i truly hope the lord will bless very much because of great faith. I was wondering if i was in the situation he was in if i could also pay my tithing.

Last week i think i told you about a guy named R that we are teaching. R really wants to be baptized, but has a bad addiction to Alcohol and smoke. He told us he didnt come to church last week because he had to work. So this week we taught him and made him a calendar that will help him stop drinking and smoking small small. When Sunday came around he called and told us he couldn't come because he didn't feel right going to church as a sinner. I tried to talk to him, but it was hard on to teach him on the phone. So this week we are going to try and talk to him about why we go to church and how church is not for the righteous, but to help the sinners.

One of our recent converts named Is. told us something really cool the other day. Now i dont know if i told you, but Is. used to go out and drink with his friends a lot. So then other day his friends came and where pressuring him to go with them to the bar. They were giving him a lot of trouble, so finally he said okay fine "i will go." So he got there and all his friends bought beers and he bought a juice box and told his friends his was much better than there's. It was cool to see Is. being tested like that, but still standing up strong. I gave Is. one of my white shirts and ties. He wore it on Sunday and looked like a champion.

My mission is going by very fast and i have a feeling that before i know it, i will be back at home with you guys. I am glad that everyone enjoyed thanksgiving. I have to be completely honest, i forgot all about thanksgiving. I mean i was thankful and everything, but i didn't even realize it was thanks giving on that day. Because i am in an all African apartment, so i really didn't have anyone to remind me that it was happening. Well i guess i will tell you what i am thankful for. I am thankful for the awesome family i have and all the awesome emails i get from them. I love you all very much. I am praying for Dad and that his cancer is going to be smaller. Have a great week.

Sincerely Elder Samuel Beck"

1 comment:

Gary Arnold said...

Did you teach this person what the Bible says about tithing, OR did you teach him what man says about tithing?

Tithing was an Old Testament law that ended at the cross per Hebrews 7:5,12,18. Furthermore, no one can pay the Biblical tithe today. It is impossible.

God defined His tithe to be a tenth of crops and animals raised on the Holy land (Leviticus 27:30-33) and then commanded the tithe be taken to the Levites (Numbers 18). Is that what you teach?