The first Sunday we were there I was able to watch conference with the saints in Zambia. They finally were having a turn to raise their hand and sustain the new prophet and to hear the words of their leaders. All of the talks took on new meaning as I thought of what they must mean to the Zambians. I was especially touched by a talk on tithing in which even the poorest of saints were encouraged to pay their tithing. To think of the sacrifice it must be for them made me realize how relatively easy it is for me to pay my tithing and how I need to be so much more willing to give.
I was also reminded of the power of the atonement. I use the atonement in my life to help make up for so many of my shortcomings. I was able to see how powerfully the atonement also can work to heal those who suffer much more than I can even comprehend, both physically and emotionally.
I was very impressed by the testimony of returned missionaries and was so grateful for the spirit and enthusiasm they brought back to these small branches in Africa.
I was also grateful to listen to a talk given on chastity in a country where abiding by this law can be the difference between life or death. The talk was given with such clarity and power and I appreciated the importance of it more than ever.I had the opportunity to do singing time with the primary children in the branch. We had fun talking and singing about pioneers. As I asked them to help me come up with signs to sing "Teach Me To Walk In the Light" I was touched by their strong spirits and their desire to learn. What a privilege to listen to the children as they sang "He is always near me, though I do not see Him there. And because He loves me dearly I am in His watchful care." I loved listening to the members of the Baptist congregation share their faith in God and sing their praises to Him. Once again, I loved experiencing the spirit and faith of the people in Zambia. We talked to one American who had been in a village for a few weeks. He felt that many of these uneducated Africans could come preach to a congregation in America and teach much more than the educated Americans could. I know I was grateful to learn from them.