Thursday, September 25, 2014
Elder Ndunduma's Journey to be Sealed
Yesterday Elder Tatenda Ndunduma was sealed to his parents with Elder and Sister Malmrose standing in as proxy. The day before Sister Robison and I performed the baptisms for his parents in the Ghana Temple.
Elder Ndunduma's journey began January 26, 1994 when he was born in Mabvuku Harare Zimbabwe. When he was three years old and his brother was seven, his father became very ill. At the peak of his sickness, he could not stand or eat, and could hardly breathe. His mother entered his hospital room and upon viewing her husband in that condition collapsed to the floor and died. His father was not aware that his wife died and he died a couple of days later.
Tatenda was sent to live with his aunt (sister of his father) and his grandmother. Two years later his grandmother passed away. His aunt took on part-time work to provide food and often her two children and Tentenda were left alone. None of them knew how to cook. When he was in grade 5 his aunt took him to a small town called Bindura where he finished primary and secondary school. At the age of 16 his aunt died and so he was left to live with her husband and a son who was his age. Life was hard and often he would cry wishing his parents were alive. He was sent back to Harare to live with another aunt and got to be reunited with his brother who was 20 at the time.
He knows that this move was also for a deeper purpose. The son of his aunt, who was now grown up was a member of the Church and invited him to attend. His name was Simbarashe. Tatenda was also introduced to the missionaries and had the lessons. However, it was not until he heard the lesson about the plan of salvation that he was converted. It was the sweetest message he had ever heard and changed his tears of sorrow to tears of joy. He had thought that he would never see his parents again. Feeling the Spirit of the Lord, he asked to be baptized on November 17, 2012. From that point on, he was a changed man. He knew it was his responsibility to see that they were baptized and sealed. Now that dream is a reality.
One of his goals was to be a full-time missionary. Three wonderful lady golfers, Lolly, Reeve and CC helped him accomplish that goal. He entered the MTC on September 19, 2014 and will serve in the Ghana Cape Coast Mission. His desire is now to bring many souls unto Christ to enjoy the joy the same blessings he is enjoying. He also said "I know the Lord will always watch my back throughout."