Monday, April 25, 2016


Wow, what a month for baptisms! I think we went to a baptism every weekend in April.  The only problem being water most of the time.  This particular baptismal font was filled up with bottle after bottle of water.  Needless to say it postponed the whole meeting but it went on eventually.  The water is cold and not very deep so it's kind of tricky to get totally dunked.  Sometimes it takes a few tries.

I absolutely love this picture.  Eight people were baptized from two families.  It was a sight to behold. It was a proud day for the families and the missionaries.  On this same day there was another baptism in another ward.

When we have time we love to go teaching with the elders or sisters.  This is Elder Abisai from Namibia and Elder Almeida from Angola.  Elder Almeida is just learning English coming from a Portuguese speaking country. I am amazed at how fast he is picking it up.

One night we got a knock on our door and one of the sisters said, very calmly, "We have an emergency."  I walked over to their flat with her and water was gushing out of the hose behind the sink in the bathroom.  When I say "gushing", that is putting it mildly.  Water was already about 2 inches deep in the bathroom and quickly filling the rest of the rooms.  I ran for Craig and he finally got the water shut off and then it took us a good hour to get the water cleaned up.  Thank goodness there is no carpeting on the floor- only tile.  Never a dull moment- well, not very many of them.  Elder Salmon has become the fix-it-guy in the mission.  There's not too much he can't fix.

There are not very many keyboard players in the mission so this was a treat to have Sister Groesbeck playing a special musical number as the children sang for the baptism.  She teaches lessons on Saturday mornings for those who are interested in learning to play.

We visited a near by crocodile farm.  That crocodile almost couldn't open it's mouth wide enough to fit Elder Salmon's head inside.

It also had snakes- really big ones!

All three of these guys were scared to death to even touch it as you can tell by the way they are holding it.

Emmanuel was turning 21 and said he had never has a birthday cake before.  We couldn't find any birthday candles so we used the next best thing- one great big one.  He was pretty happy.  I've baked a few more birthday cakes since then and now everyone is telling me when their birthday is.  It doesn't take much to make someone's day a little brighter.

Another baptism last Sunday after church and these are the sisters who taught them although the man standing next to Craig asked if Craig would baptize him.  They grew very close during the self reliance group that he was attending.  It's an amazing process to see someone learn about the gospel and just embrace it like he did.  It's like he was just waiting for someone to come along and teach him about it.

Just a note on general conference.  We were able to watch it at the church a week after it was broadcast.  Elder Anderson talked about his trip here to Zambia and about one of our missionaries, Elder Ssengooba and also our mission president, President Erickson. It is quite a story about both of them and so many missionaries out here have very similar stories.  They have great faith and love for the Savior.  It makes my faith grow even stronger.  Missionary work is like no other experience I've ever had.

"Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right had of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God."
Ether 12:4


  1. So So awesome you guys! I love seeing the pictures of you with the elders and sisters there. I'll bet they just love you guys so much. "I get emotional just thinking about it." Honestly though, I do! You two have a real gift of making people feel important and that you are genuinely interested in them. I love that about you!
    -I cannot get over the water jugs for the baptism!
    -That crocodile joke about Craig's head made me laugh out loud.
    -I wish I could hear those kids sing. How sweet!
    -Their girly grip on that snake is Hysterical!
    -You're the new designated Birthday Cake Maker!
    -I'm sure that was a pretty special experience for Craig!

    So proud of you guys! We love and miss you!

  2. That candle is ridiculous. Is there cake mixes in Zambia, or are those cakes from scratch? I also love the picture of all the people getting baptized. And that snake is freaking me out.. I don't like snakes.

  3. Oh I love your posts. You two are amazing. I'm so glad you are able to help teach and baptize the people in addition to all your other responsibilities. Almost every day I think about calling you but it's usually during your night time. One of these days I'll remember earlier. I really want to visit. Thanks for being our mission couple heroes.

  4. I love this! You guys are doing such a great job! Thank you for your example! I love how everyone is telling you when their Birthday is ha ha that's great! I'm sure those cakes are super delicious!

  5. I love love love reading your posts. I told my kids all about your last post where you talked about the family who loved singing "Because I have been given much" even though they had very little. It must be so humbling and spiritual to be amongst them. Also, I'd like to know too if your cakes are from scratch, I'm sure it's a totally different adventure baking over there!

  6. You two are so great! What amazing experiences you are having. I love seeing these glimpses into your mission. Makes me so excited to serve with Scott.