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The Fruit of the Spirit is Peace and Happiness

The Fruit of the Spirit is Peace and Happiness
An elder who had lost his luggage and had not brought any carry-on luggage - not even a change of underwear, arrived at the MTC. Do you know what his only request was? He wanted a Book of Mormon, so that he would not miss any time studying the scriptures. Who is this missionary, you might ask? His name is Elder Christian Ngabonziza and he is from Rwanda.

He was born in 1992 at a time of great racism between fellow countrymen, many of whom fled to different countries. This practice continued until 1994 when the genocide occurred. More than one million people died in that year, among whom was Christian's mother. She was killed by rebels who were against the government. Elder Ngabonziza at age 4, remembers being carried on the shoulders of his father as his father and mother ran away from the violence. His mother did not make it. Three years later his father and two brothers died of diseases that spread rapidly when there is war and so much killing. The surviving children went to various family members and life was difficult.

In 2003, they decided to reunite in spite of this difficulty and together cultivated crops in order to earn school fees. Christian’s oldest sister decided to leave school and care for her siblings. Together the children continued to eke out meagre funds until he finished high school. Christian was considered the youngest child because the child younger than him had passed away.

In 2012, about 4 months after graduating from high school, Christian's aunt told him about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Unfortunately shortly after learning about the LDS Church, Elder Ngabonziza had to leave for a faraway province to work. However, three months later, he resigned the job because it was filled with temptations and so he returned to live with his aunt. He started listening to the missionaries and found the doctrine difficult to believe at first, but the elders repeatedly challenged him to read, ponder and pray, asking the Lord if the message was true. Elder Ngabonziza did this more than ten times. After a month, he started feeling peace and happiness without knowing where these feelings came from. The missionaries explained that 'the fruit of the Spirit is peace, happiness and a clear conscience.'

Christian was baptized in 2014 as a member of the LDS Church and has a firm testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel, promptings of the Spirit, and answers to prayer, and he knows that the Church is led today by a prophet, and that Joseph Smith was one of the greatest prophets, just like Moses and Noah. He enjoys his life with his fellow missionaries from different parts of the world and testifies that there is no other place where you can find joy, peace, and happiness and the greatest of all gifts -- eternal life.