You say life is a dream

One of the biggest comforts of being forever away from home is having an LDS branch right here in Moleps.  As it turns out, there is a member family that lives a hop, skip and a jump away from me.  They have been a huge blessing in my life.  I call sis K.  my african mother.  she hardly knows me but she claims her love for me saying ‘we will miss you so much when you are gone, because we loved you when we saw you.’  It is a branch full of new converts, bursting with love of the gospel.  Last week was general conference and i remember Pres.  U saying ‘when people come to this church, they feel as if they have at long last come home.’  how true that s.

There are unique challenges  about being a part of peace corps and also being religious.  It would be wrong to assume that nobody ascribes to a certain set of beliefs that join the peace corps, because we all have our own.

Having just spent five years in utah, I had grown accustomed to people understanding what it meant to be LDS and what that says about me.  At first, i felt an overwhelming urge to let all my fellow trainees know about this fact, deeming it the most important fact about me and my character.  But i see now, that this source of information didn’t truly inform anybody’s opinion about me.  so i have cooled off a bit, I have adjusted to the slow discovery of my beliefs through my actions and my character.

I honestly thought there would be a complete abhorrence of institutionalized religion, but this just isn’t true.  Which is nice. Needless to say, in this respect, i do fee like a minority, a feeling i was happy to take on. I already value my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but I think this experience will help me to treasure it.

Tomorrow I am going up near Francistown to go shadow a volunteer.  I am so excited to get out of moleps and take a break from the sessions.  and maybe figure out what I will be doing!

you will have to wait for pictures… maybe a month, maybe sooner.  Who can tell at this point?

3 thoughts on “You say life is a dream

  1. Can I just tell you how much I love and admire you! I have so much confidence in you making this rather difficult experience very positive and life affirming. It’s true that you are never alone in the world when you have members of the Church close by. We ARE each others brothers and sisters. Thank you for being such an example of goodness to all of us.

  2. I love what you said about establishing your rapport with other people through your actions and display of character. There are so many perceptions and stereotypes (in the truest sense of the word) of a “Mormon,” but you can’t depend on even the best reputation of the Church to back you up if you aren’t living as a true Christian. Since you never know what anyone’s understanding of what it means to be LDS may be, it’s best to figure out what it means for you to be LDS and just worry about that. I’ve been thinking about this recently; I’d like to “stand for something” more from the inside out.

  3. I found your site while looking up information about the Church in Botswana (we are featuring the conversion story of a woman who is part of the first LDS group in Kasane. (Next week, we’ll be sharing a little more about the first sacrament meeting, which was only held recently, in May.)

    I wondered if you would be interested in sharing something on our site, perhaps something about finding family wherever you are, as you have found with being close to a branch.

    Perhaps there are branch members who would be willing to share as well? Our site exists to be a missionary-like vehicle for people to gather and share more about who we are, what we believe, and how we live.

    Anyway, thought it was worth asking. Thanks for your service, and keep the faith!

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