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?