Monday, December 29, 2014

Week 39 - Teaching the Meaning of Christmas

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Well, all I have to say is that Christmas was awesome! I really enjoyed getting the opportunity to share it with you all for a little bit, even if it only was for an hour.

This week has been awesome and powerfilled, even if 90% of the people in our area were drunk for the holidays... :/

We were also able to spend a lot of time teaching people about the true meaning of Christmas, which was a little different than my Christmas last year was, and it was really cool. There is so much work to do, and we got revitalized while at zone conference. I love missionary meetings, and more so, I love being a missionary! It's hard for me to think that I'm almost half way done with it, and that makes me sad. I love sharing the gospel with people and seeing their lives change for the better!

Love you all! (and sorry for the short letter)

Pics are the food that we had at Zone Conference

The combined Mdantsane and East London Zones

with Elder Cook

Monday, December 22, 2014

Week 38 - Merry Christmas!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

This week has been a whirlwind!! We have been busily insane, but it has been really fun. This whole week has been crazy running around. Tuesday was our only real proselyting day, and we got a lot of work done. The rest of the week was spent getting everything ready for our chapel open house which was yesterday and continues on today. It has been really fun so far, hopefully we are able to get some good community involvement, and some new people to teach.

Then on Thursday, to add to all the craziness that was going on, President Merrill decided that we were going to have zone conference. (Actually, I knew about it for a while, but really hadn't prepared for it). So off we went to East London, getting lost in the CBD, and what not, then having an awesome zone conference on Friday. Our km's were way high (we have to stay under 500 km/week) and last week we were at 700 something and this week we were at like 650 something. It is crazy how much we are in exile. So close, yet SO far away from anybody else. But it is fun and I like it. Then, I have to tell you, since I didn't before. Elder Cook was awesome!!! He talked about being shepherds, and not sheep-headers, and it was a really amazing, spirit filled day. Then in gospel doctrine, the lesson was on Ezekiel 34, which also talked about being a shepherd, and then priesthood, Elder Cook taught about the roles and responsibilities of the priesthood, which was really cool. Then afterwards, we went over to the Wheelers for Brunch with Elder and Sister Cook, President and Sister Thomas (Mission Presidency), and President and Sister Wheeler, and us! It was fun to get to sup with a general authority, and to associate with him.

As for the other random things from Emails,
Uncle Ben, It was good to hear from you and how your family is doing! And Merry Christmas!!
Mom, yes, I was called as a District Leader in August, and have been one since then.

Merry Christmas,
I Love you all!!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Week 37 - New Companion

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Well, my time with Elder Branch was short lived. I was only with him for four weeks. Now he got moved to Cape Town, so that will be fun for him. He gets to go serve in the same area that his dad was in 27 years ago. He was super excited about that. My new companion is Elder Weber, He is from North Carolina. He also is in the same transfer as Elder Branch and Elder Heaton. I think that President is trying to tell me something with having three companions from the same transfer. I don't know what it is yet, but I will find it out sooner or later.

So this week, we drove all over the place, and this week will be no better. Last week we drove to PE and back. It was kinda fun to see all the people in my last area again. And this week, we are going to Ghramstown to do baptismal interviews and East London for Zone Conference.

Then this weekend, we are having Elder Cook, of the 70, come and speak, he was supposed to be here this past week, but had a scheduling misunderstanding, so he will be here this week. And we are also doing a Christmas Open House at the chapel, kinda to correlate with the visit, so we are going to be busy till next week. The insanity of what is happening hasn't hit me yet, but I'm sure it will fairly soon. But it's time to start the preparations for that!

I'm excited to see everybody on Christmas!!

Love You All!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Week 36 - Staying in Port Alfred

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Molo Unjani!!

Well, the time has come once again for transfers. But that will come later, first the good news!
So on Sunday we had a baptism! It was awesome to see and be a part of! Sister Beauhla will be an awesome addition to the ward! She is from Zim, and has an awesome family. Hopefully she will be able to pull the rest of the family along with her! It was such an amazing Sunday!

Next week I have been asked to speak in church, so that will be interesting. The topic that I've been given is 'keeping Christ in Christmas' so that will be really good. The week after that we have Elder Cook of the 70 coming to visit us and to speak in church.

We have had some really good visits this week. On Friday, we had the zone leaders down to visit us and to go on exchanges, that as really fun and informative, the only problem to that is that we get Friday's and Saturday's appointments done, so on Saturday we had a pretty slow day. We still are working hard here, and the branch is awesome! I would not mind if this area was one of my six month areas. That and I don't have my planner, so I can't remember exactly what happened, other than it was a good week an I really enjoyed it. So this week is a nice and short email, but next week it will be better.

So now the info that that everybody wants, I get another trip to PE!! BUT, I'm just going there to drop off Elder Branch, because he is going to Tableview in Cape Town, and to pick up my new companion, Elder Weber, who is coming from Zwide (in PE). So this is going to be an interesting transfer, eight weeks long so that will be fun.

I love christmas music!! the branch made a cd and we have been listening to that almost non stop since we got it.

And here are an assortment of pics from this week. From the sunsets, to the toposcope, to the baptism.





Monday, December 1, 2014

Week 35 - Start Filling Up the Font

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Well, this week has flown by! We have been super busy and it has been way fun. Thanksgiving was really fun, it was just us and the Wheeler's, and we had a normal American Thanksgiving dinner. That was nice and delicious.

Mom, as far as you were wondering, in the branch, has about 300 on the records, but only about 40-50 attend on a normal Sunday. Some weeks as low as 10, but that all depends on the weather.

Here is the quick recap of the week:
Monday, we went golfing. It was awesome! So beautiful. And it was a flipping hard course. We borrowed Pres. Wheeler's clubs and went. It was only $5 to do 18 holes. So cheap here. Then had a few lessons that evening.
Tuesday, had some awesome lessons, busy full day of proselyting.
Wednesday, Just another insane day in the life of a missionary.
Thursday, in the morning we were helping Soso (one of the young men in our branch) build his 'bommer' which is where he will stay during his stay in the bush. Then in the afternoon, we had some nice solid lessons.
Friday, we spent the morning building another 'bommer' for Sinallo for his stay. District meeting was fun, especially when you only have your companionship and the senior couple in your district. Then everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong. We didn't have a single lesson for the rest of Friday, just a bunch of visiting people who didn't really want to see us at all.
Saturday, we had the branch Christmas party! That was a whole lot of unorganized African fun/stress/I didn't know what was going on, but it was fun none the less.

Lots of missionary work done, and it is awesome!
Spoiler! We are going to have a baptism on Sunday, with more in the dear future! So awesome! And that means that we need to start filling up the font when we have a few minutes of spare time :)

Love you all!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Week 34 - Golfing by the Ocean

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This has been amazing!! It has been so much fun and busy! Before I forget, Nate, Johannesburg is abbr. to Jo-Burg, not JBurg. I forgive you though, because you aren't in SA (which btw is the best mission in the world!).

We have been busy every day, with so many lessons. And our fellowshipers here are awesome! We routinely get a call from the young men in our ward in the morning asking if we have any lessons, and then they fight over which one is going to come with us, so more than not, we have multiple fellowshipers with us when we go to lessons. Booyah! Our branch is doing well too. It is a lot smaller than any of the other units that I have been in.

Our P-Day was awesome today! Hence the reason that I'm emailing so late. We went and spent the day golfing. I had a moment on the course where I was like, I'm golfing. In Africa! It was so awesome! We totally spent like four hours just messing around on the course. That and we lost like five golf balls a piece. It was a nasty hard course, but it is way fun. It overlooks the ocean for most of it, and it is so beautiful. I'll send pics when they come. I'll upload them when I have more time on the computers (so like next week or something like that.)





That and townships are awesome to work in. There is just something about them that I missed while I was in Lorraine. That and Elder Branch is awesome! I'm so bummed that this transfer is only four weeks long. But that is the way that things happen sometimes.

Besides golfing, we went exploring and things like that. So much fun, so more to do.

Till next week

Monday, November 17, 2014

Week 33 - Port Alfred!

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Well, this week has been up and down, but mostly up. Wednesday was the big day when I said goodbye to Elder Heaton and said hello to my new companion, Elder Branch. He is from Stansbury Park, and then went to Dixie to play baseball for a year before coming out on mission. It has been way fun to be with him so far. It is also fun because I am doing follow up training with him. President loves me because he is sticking me with a bunch of young companions who want to work, and I love it!

Port Alfred is really amazing! It is right on the beach front, and we aren't allowed to go there, which is a bummer, because beaches are fun to play on. But I'll wait until I get home. I also found out that PA is a summer resort town, which means that there will be a lot of people coming in during the holiday season, but that also means that nobody wants to see us. Mom, yes, PA does have township. Two of them actually, and a few others nearby that we work in as well. The ones in PA are called 'Location' and the other is 'Station Hill'. Basically, Location is the poor one, and station hill, is the nicer one. Even though it is right across the road. The other ones are in Bathurst, Kenton-on-Sea, and Alexandria. Plus a bunch of informal settlements everywhere. But I do have to say, PA is SMALL. I miss the big city feel of PE. But I'll be here for a while. Possibly even for Christmas. It will be fun in any case. I already love it here, even though I've been here for just a few days. The branch here is small, and I'll send pics next week when I have a better computer. (As it is right now, I'm using gmail in basic html mode, which I don't like at all.... >:( )

The area is cool, and fun, but not much to do, besides teach. Teaching here is on fire, and we want to make it bigger and better! I'm excited for this new transfer!

Until next week

Monday, November 10, 2014

Week 32 - Transfers?

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So the week of transfer news is here! And survey says.... I'll tell you later :P be patient.

This week has been up and down, I wish that it had been a lot better, but things happen that way, and we have to deal with it. We had an alright week as far as teaching went, but it was an even better week with working with members.

We also got the chance to go on exchanges with the zone leaders. That was really fun and such because I got to go with Elder Hixon, and go to go spend the day running errands and spent the rest of the day in the Walmer Township. It was fun, I miss serving in township areas, But I'll get one soon in the future.

As far as the weather goes, It is starting to get hot, summer is here. And it is getting roasting..... Bleh. I don't want to do anything. It is not as hot as it is at home, but it is super humid. Something that I'm not looking forward to. I've decided that I'm going to die with it. I don't do humidity well at all.

There is a lot of crime here, especially after dark, and that is one of the reasons that almost all of the missionaries have cars here. So that we can get out quickly if we need to. I haven't needed to use it to get out quick yet, but I can see where it might come in handy. Don't be worried about me, Mom, it is all good, and if anything does happen, then we have one of the biggest networks in the world watching over us.

As dark goes, Eskom, the government run power company has had some issues with power, from what I've heard, one of the main coal hoppers failed, and has resulted in them doing a bunch of load shedding, basically, rolling blackouts. This past week, we only had our lights on two nights, but we do have them on in the morning. So there Nate, there you go. And we don't have a dryer, we do clothes the good old fashioned way. So Nate, One UPed!

As for family history, yes, we are doing a fair amount of family history because it is something that we can use to help people become more interested in the church, because it is the biggest hobby in the world right now, so we are going to ride the coat tails of that train. I have found a bunch of people, and submitted a few names to the temple, so that has been cool. And we have found a bunch of cool third party applications to use in family history. (we found them at familysearch.org/products) My only wish is that we had more time that we could do family history. It is awesome, and so much fun to work on.

So here is the news that you have been waiting for. I am getting transferred to ...... Port Alfred! Which is a ways away from everybody. It is one of the ones that is out in the middle of nowhere, so it will be just me and my companion there. So area three, here I come! It will be sad, I enjoy the area here, but I'm excited at the same time to go on to a new adventure. It really is bittersweet.

Love you all, until next week

Monday, November 3, 2014

Week 31 - Family History

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This week has been awesome! I really enjoyed it and our district is awesome! I love the chance that I've had to be here in Lorraine. We have found out that there is two transfers between now and Christmas, so this next one is going to be super short, and the next one is going to be eight weeks long. That is going to stink so bad. It's going to be a long transfer over Christmas.

As far as Halloween went, it is really not that big here as it is in the states. We saw a few people dressed up, but there was not any trick or treating going on because of all the crime that is here with being out on the streets after dark.

The work here in SACTM during the summer here is slow. Most people are away from home and they those that are home don't want to meet with us, and that makes work slow for us. But it goes, even how slowly it goes. Planting seeds stinks sometimes, but we have to remember that without the planting, there is no reaping the rewards from that. And we think that all of missionary work is just working on the reaping, but there is also the part of working with the ward, and building the ward. There is a lot to do that is not what most people think is "missionary work". So that is fun, we have to be creative, it keeps us busy.

One of the ways that we have been reaching out is through family history. So we have done a lot of work with familytree on familysearch.org and with some of the programs that are there. One of the coolest ones that I've found is at https://roots-fb.cs.byu.edu/. It shows how you are related to people, and that is how I have found out that Elder Neil L. Anderson is my third cousin, once removed. And in some way, I'm related to all of the prophets, and a ton of other people. So that has been cool, and I wish that I had more time to do Family history.

In other news, rolling blackouts are back.... It sounds like those are normal in SA for about 5 hours at a time. So we came back to our flat yesterday with no clue, and the power was out. Luckily, we had flashlights, and we were still able to function for a little while before the power came back on. It was all fun, and was a good drill in being prepared.

Till next week

Monday, October 27, 2014

Week 30 - Fred the Dummy

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Well, this week was awesome! To say the least. I wish that I could have more weeks like this one. It started off as a pretty slow week, we had a few appointments that were good, and it just seemed slow. The weather was grey and cloudy and the likes, but we kept busy. Then for some reason, all of our appointments from Thursday on canceled. So we had absolutely no appointments Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. Lots of tracting and working with less active members, and service projects were undertaken to fill up our time. It was fun and we felt really productive.

On Saturday, we did a little bit of a photo shoot which led to other things, but one of them was making a dummy that was life size. His name is Fred. We had a really fun time taking him and putting him in the boot (trunk) of the car, and then asking one of the members if he knew how to hide a dead body. He thought we were joking until he saw the 'body' in the car. He jerked back and muttered a few things and it took him a little bit to realize that it was just a dummy. His face was priceless, and I wish that I had taken pictures of that, but I didn't. I did however take pictures with Elder Heaton, Fred and I. Fun times that I'm going to remember for the rest of my mission.





And then on Sunday, we had the opportunity to hear from Bishop Stevenson and his wife. It was awesome and informative about the church and working together. There were a lot of things that I learned that I'm going to put into play in my daily life here as a missionary. So cool, and so much to learn. I'm kinda mad that we didn't get to go to Cape Town for the missionary meeting. They only let the missionaries that lived within a two hour driving radius go to the meeting. But I heard that it was good, and I wasn't there for it. Bummer. Maybe next time.

As far as sending stuff goes, the post office is on strike here in SA, so it takes a while for things to get here. Packages still get here, and it takes anywhere between two to four weeks for things to get here. I can't think of things right off of the top of my head, but I'll let you know when and if I think of anything.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Week 29 - Mail Strike

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Well, here we are for another week in the life of a missionary in South Africa. This week has been awesome, I've really enjoyed working and being in the field with our investigators. We have had some really good lessons, and have a few of our investigators really solidly progressing towards baptism. Our first date is on the 9th of November, so it is coming up quite quickly. I'm super excited and he is ready for it! We kept busy and it was really nice from the down turn last week.

In other news, This weekend is going to be AWESOME!!! We found out that it is Elder Cook that is coming to speak to the missionaries. And then on Sunday, we get to hear from Bishop Stephenson. It is going to be a good week. I'm looking forward to it! Part of me wishes that the area that I am in is a little bit more productive, but it is a really slow area. We work and work and try to get things done. I recently found out that there were missionaries before me that they would only have two or three lessons per week here. So when we are having almost 20 lessons a week, we are doing good and enjoying it.

I have to clarify for Trent about the burning tie thing goes something like this. When you reach your six month click day (missionary birthday) you burn a tie, when you reach your year click day, you burn a white shirt, when you reach your 18 month click day, you burn a pair of pants, and just before you go home, normally when you are at the mission home just before you come home, you burn a suit.

Mission traditions are the best, so we will have to see where that one takes me with the use of fire:).
Also, if anybody has sent me letters, I haven't gotten them because there is a mail strike here in SA. No mail is getting through, and it is in such a backed up state, even though they are trying to do their best with the mail that they have, and it is backing up, like nobodys business.

The pictures that are coming are of the awesome skies and clouds.


 A super yummy breakfast that we had (crepes and fresh strawberries)

 Some fun that I had with my nametags

 A nature reserve that we went to and explored

Love you all and talk to you next week

Monday, October 13, 2014

Week 28 - Spring Break

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Well, this has been an amazing yet slow week. We helped one of our investigators move into the other missionaries area and lost them. I'm super bummed about that. I loved teaching them. We got to watch general conference this week, and re watch it when we had time, so it was really cool. I can't wait to get the Liahona with all of the talks written out. It was such an amazing experience to get to see it and to hear it. I love the gospel and it is so amazing how it has blessed me so far. I only wish that I could do more but I can only do the little bit that I can.

This week we did a lot of service because here in SA it was spring break for everybody, so everyone was not at home, and we had not a lot of teaching appointments. I wish that we had more and we were more busy, but we did what we could, and we kept busy with service projects.

Also this week, on Friday was Zone Training and Interviews. It was such an awesome time. I always love getting to learn from President and his insight. It has been evident in the mission that Satan is working a lot harder than he has been in the past as the mission becomes more obedient. I can notice the difference in obedience from the beginning of my mission to now. President has implemented a few things and it is helping the mission in so many ways. I love it and I love seeing the people benefit from it.

Church was amazing! It was fast and testimony meeting and we were getting a new relief society president, and the spirit was there and it was so strong. I loved it and I grew so much from that one sacrament meeting.

I also forgot to mention that I hit my six month mark which meant that there was a tie to be burnt. :) I'll get the video up when I get time, but here are some pictures of it

The church is true and I love it!!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Week 27 - 90 Day Book of Mormon Challenge

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AHH!! I can't believe that it's October already! Time has flown way super fast!!! Six months is like nothing!! And to top things off, this week has flown by so quickly
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Conference was my highlight for this week! It was so awesome. I love hearing from the prophets and learning at their feet. They are so knowledgeable, and wise. It is kinda hard to watch here because all of the sessions are out of order, and I still haven't seen the Sunday PM session yet (we will see it later tonight), but it is still an amazing time! I love the gospel and I love the chance that I have to continually learn more and more. I can't wait to get the printed version and reread it again and again. Our bishop commented that he didn't think that it was a coincidence that conference was held on fast weekends. It was different to fast and to watch conference in that spirit.

In other news, transfers came and went. Nothing much happened in our zone. One missionary went home, one went to the office, and we got one other missionary to come into our zone. Zone training and interviews are this week, so it will be interesting, as usual. They are always awesome!

I also have to say that I'm doing the 90 day Book of Mormon Challenge, on top of all of my other studying, and I'm currently half way done with it, and it has been an eye opener. I've learned so much this time reading it through, and it is interesting to be reading from two different places in the Book of Mormon and to see all the parallel lines between the two places.

Also, I'm looking forward to the opportunity to hear from Elder Bednar, he is coming to talk to the missionaries in SACTM, and from Bishop Stephenson for a special fireside. I love it.

As another note, Mom, you could write about having two missionaries in Africa and you might get the opportunity to have them talk about the family in General Conference. That was such a cool talk (BTW).

That is about it for this week, so till later

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Week 26 - Six Months Out!

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So this week flew by and it it crazy to see how fast it went. I didn't think that it would go that fast, but it has. And it felt slow too, but we actually had quite a busy week with everything that has been going on. It's so weird that I've been gone for 6 months already. It hasn't sunk in yet. I'm 1/4 done with my mission. It's still strange to me, but we will see how everything is going when we get there.

I'm looking forward to this month and dreading it at the same time. We only get to go to sacrament meeting once this month, so it's going to be a busy month. Week 1 is going to be confrence, which we will be watching live for most of the sessions(Sat AM starts at 6pm here) so we will try to watch it all. Second week is going to be sacrament meeting as normal. Third week is going to be stake confrence. Fourth weekend starts with Elder Bednar on Saturday for a missionary training, then Presiding Bishop Stevenson will be the General Authority coming to visit us on Sunday! So it is a packed month. Looking forward to it and all that I'm going to be feasting on! I can't wait. It is going to bee good. As far as confrence, Mom, part of it is going to be live, part of it is going to be tape delay. And yes, I would like a copy of the Ensign when you get one.

Today is going to be fun as well, as we are going to the VW factory in Uitenhage to tour it and to drive brand new VW's and Audi's on the test track that they have there. I'm looking forward to that. It will be fun!

I'm also looking forward to the 9th of November, as that is our next baptisimal date, so hopefully everything stays on course there! So far we have TWO for that day!

This week's word is Molo, which means hello! Nice traditional greeting.

(Mom Xhosa is pronounced with a click (like clucking to a horse) first then 'hosa' (X, C and Q all have a different click (it gets confusing sometimes)))  (Ask Alyson, she should still be able to tell you how to say it:).

I love the gospel and what it has done for me, and I'm glad that my family is a forever family!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Week 25 - Slowing Down

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So this week was slow. I think possibly the slowest week that I've had on mission since I got here. It stunk, but I learned a lot about myself and about the gospel, to which I am grateful for. This week was the most dropped appointments that I've ever experienced. It was looking like it was going to be a good week, but then things happened, and most of the people that we were going to see had to cancel for one reason or another. It is frustrating to have people cancel on you, especially when you realize that the gospel can bless their lives, but they don't want to take the time to see us because of something petty.

We still had a good week though, and got to see just about all of our investigators, and we did a bunch of less active work, and we were able to see the results of that at sacrament meeting where the entire chapel was full with people. That was an amazing sight to see the chapel full. We also were able to meet with a few new investigators and to teach them. Sunday this week was crazy. Each week we get allocated 500km to use in our work, and most weeks we use about 350km. On this past Sunday, we used 100km alone and brought our total for the week to 450. It was crazy when we had to pay for petrol. I really enjoy being a missionary. It is hard work and it takes time and effort, but it is way worth it. Also, time FLIES. Kira just reminded me that I am almost 1/4 of the way done. It doesn't feel like that at all. It has gone so quickly. I'm sure the rest of my mission will go just as quickly.

I love the gospel and what it has done for me. This week, my topic of study was how I can understand and recognize the Spirit, and it has been an eye opener. I have learned so much and I have grown so much more as a person. I love the time that I have to study, and I'm jealous of you Nate, because you have an additional hour of 'language study'.

In response to Mom,
"What do the people wear?  Is it more traditional, or have they adopted the western/American look?  When I see pictures of African wear, I see lots of bright colors - is that the case where you are?"
The people here wear normal clothes like we do for most of the day (t shirt and jeans/ white shirt and tie) but for cultural things, the get dressed up in the traditional garb and party that way. So where I am, it is just like home.

I'm going to do like Nate and start with different words from Xhosa. This week's word is Hikoloukou (Hi-coe-Lo-coo) meaning something bad, or showing disappointment, or someting went wrong. Fun word to use and it makes so much perfectness in day to day speach.
Until next week

Monday, September 15, 2014

Week 24 - Keeping Busy

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So this week has been awesome! It is hard here just because the area is mostly white area and they are set in their ways. That and they all work, so that means that during the morning till about 4 there is nobody home, which makes missionary work here harder than most other areas. We do our best to keep busy and have fun at the same time.

This past week, we met with a guy named Fire and his family and it was just one of the best lessons that I have ever had! He was so ready for the gospel and for the spirit in his life. The best way that I could describe his is as a spiritual nomad. The spirit was so strong there and he learned a lot. He knows the bible and everything was just clicking for him. We had hoped that he would come to church on Sunday, but they didn't come.

Another cool experience this week is a time when one of our appointments dropped. We decided that we would go tracting and see where that took us. We knocked on a few doors, and got either no answer or a door in our face. Then we decided to do one more and as we knocked on the door, a lady came up from the street. It turns out that she lived there and then invited us in and we shared with her the restoration and the Book of Mormon. It was so amazing and was prepared for our visit. We have appointments with both of them this week, so we will see how that turns out.

In response to a few questions that I got, (I know you have both talked about going to the "cyber" or an internet cafe to email.  Do people have internet in their homes?  Computers?  Cell phones?  Electricity?), Yes, everybody has electricity. Everybody (even the little kids) have cell phones. Most have computers or know somebody that will let them use theirs. The only problem here in SA is that people want the technology, but the infrastructure is not in place like back home, so a lot of times, cell phones will be on and off.

And for the awesome news for the week, we just recently had zone conference with Elder Cook (of the 70) and in two weeks we will get to have a mission meeting with a member of the Quorum of the Twelve and then the next day, the presiding bishop is going to be here in PE! Talk about General Authority haven here in SA! It is going to be so awesome and I'm looking forward to it.

Till Next Week

Monday, September 8, 2014

Week 23 - PMG Challenge

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Well, this week has flown by. In fact, five months has flown by so flipping fast. I can't believe that I am almost 1/4 of the way done with my mission. At the end of the transfer, Oct 1st, is when I hit that mark, I'm going to have do do something to celebrate it, and it will have to be epic.

This week has been up and down. It seems that in this area, you get a day or two that are just busy, and then most of your other days are slow. Even though we have appointments every day, it seems that we aren't doing that much. And for some reason, it seems like everybody has funerals that they go to, and it happens about once a transfer. One week, almost everybody will be gone for different funerals and we will hardly get to see anybody. The family here, in SA is so awesome! The emphasis that comes from them about their ancestors and cousins and extended family is just truly amazing. That and the people are just so close. Makes me want to carry that home with me. When we teach people about the family and the plan of salvation, which says that families can be together forever, people get really interested because it is something that they really want for their own family. Then we start teaching about the temples and the things that go on there, and then they get really excited about the fact that they can be with their ancestors for forever. I love what I do and how I see it bless people's lives.

Oh, and I had a realization the other day. Nate and I are doing the training process at the same time, covering the same stuff. The only difference is that I'm the trainer and Nate's the trainee. I could have trained Nate if he would have come to South Africa. That's my little aha moment for the week.

Another thing that I started this week was a challenge that is found in Preach My Gospel (PMG) that says that we should try to read the scriptures, a fresh set, and highlight any references to God, Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, The Holy Ghost, etc.. It has been absolutely amazing to see just how much the scriptures really talk about Jesus Christ. And I'm doing it in 90 days too. It really isn't that hard. Six pages per day, 90 days, two transfers, and Lindt chocolate on the end of it.

I love the gospel and what it has done for me and what it is shaping me to become. I'm thankful for the gospel and for the truth and happiness that it really has!

Till next week

Monday, September 1, 2014

Week 22 - Taking the Work to a Whole 'Nother Level

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Well, this week has been just like any other week. But it has been more awesome! I love being on mission and love serving with the people here in South Africa! It has been fun to get to know the area a little bit better, that and I love doing what I am doing! Last week, for P-day we went an saw the beach from the pier. There was a guy doing sculptures in the sand and it was was cool! We went bowling with all of the other missionaries in PE, and all got destroyed by my companion.








In other news, this week, we had Zone Conference with our zone and Kwano zone. We had Elder Cook, President of the area presidency there with us to train us and to help us become better missionaries. We also found out that our mission is getting a member of the twelve coming to visit us as missionaries in October, so we are all gearing up for that. As it is, the mission is undergoing a durastic change in the attitude of the missionaries ans how they are doing missionary work. It was kind of sad when I got here, because there were so many disobiedent missionaries, and it all has changed already with president Merrill. He has taken missionary work to a whole 'nother level. And it is way awesome, and scary at the same time. The mission is getting way young because over half of the missionaries are leaving home at the end of their missions. So the attitude of the mission is changing more and more, and younger and younger missionaries are getting the opportunities to be the leaders.


Mission has been so much fun and I love the opportunity that I have had to meet with and learn from the people here. I've learned so much about myself and about the gospel in this short time that I have been out. I love it so much and I don't think that I would ever trade it for the world.



I love all you guys

Monday, August 25, 2014

Week 21 - Training to be a Trainer

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Well, here I am this time, with a little bit longer of an email. This week has been crazy. Last Saturday, we had our helping hands project. It was at a primary school in the Walmer Township. We were cleaning up and tidying up the area, and it was a lot of fun! Since I am the driver, Elder Malpage was taking care of the phone, and he totally left it at the boarding. While we were at the service project, one of the other elders asked us if we had received a call from President. We responded that we hadn't, and then wondered where the phone was. That is when we realized that we had left it at the flat. Needless to say, we were kind of nervous when we were on our way home.


Once back, we saw that we had 11 missed calls from President, President's wife, and the AP's. We were kind of sheepish to call, but we did. (I made Elder Malpage call cuz he forgot the phone.) That is when President extended the call for Elder Malpage to be a Zone Leader in East London, and that is also when I got the call to be a district leader and a trainer. I was absolutely shocked. I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know what to say. And I definitely didn't know what I was going to do. However, both Elder Malpage and I accepted our new callings and we both kind of were in shock for the rest of the day. Two super young missionaries getting called to leadership, and it was a little bit out of the ordinary. Cool, but sad because we had to say goodbye.


On Monday morning, I went back to Cape Town for some training on how to be a trainer. It was way nice and the spirit was there as we discussed how we could be better missionaries, and examples to our new companions.


Tuesday, we were banished from the mission home while the new elders arrived from the MTC, so that was fun to be back in the field in Cape Town. I got to see the France's and Peterson's for a little, and it was fun to be back and talking with them.


Wednesday morning came around and we all went to the mission home to see our new companions. Nate, I didn't see Elder Branch because his flight got in just before we left, but he has an awesome companion. You will have to find out who it was that knew me in your branch. That would be awesome to find out.

Anyways, I met my new companion, Elder Heaton. He is from Toquerville, Ut, so that was kind of nice to have another Utahan as a companion. He broke the record, because up till now, I've had South African Companions. So far, so good. He is so ready to be on mission, and had a similar experiance in the MTC. He said it felt like jail. It really does feel like jail. I remember while I was there and it just dragged on and on.
The work of the Lord moves on and on with ever increasing speed, and I have the wonderful opportunity to be right in the middle of it!



I love you all, and till next week

Monday, August 18, 2014

Week 20 - Back to Cape Town

2:26 PM Posted by Janette No comments
Greetings from Cape Town!

So, I have to keep this email short because of some meetings that I have today. For the bad news, Elder Malpage and I said goodbye to each other this morning. I had to come to Cape Town for some meetings. For the good news, I have to come to Cape Town to do Trainers Training. I am training a brand new elder. Fresh from the MTC. That and I'm going to be district leader as well as a trainer. So For now, the area is doing good, I'm stoked to be training, and I will have a longer email next week, because I'm under a time crunch now.

For Now,
From SA with Love

Monday, August 11, 2014

Week 19 - Service at the Farm

2:17 PM Posted by Janette No comments
This week has been amazing! I have had so much fun with Elder Malpage. We haven't had the most busy week as far as teaching goes, but we kept busy. We spent most of our week doing service or visiting with the members because almost all of our appointments dropped. I hate it when appointments drop, but people have their agency and there is nothing that I can do about it. I think once I realized that, mission got so much easier. I love just having a little bit of time that is not so busy busy and rushed.

On Saturday, we went out to the Dibbon's farm and did a day full of service there. That was really fun to go out and help them. They are such an amazing family. And we had an awesome time there. I really enjoy this ward and the people here.

Nate, enjoy the times that you have with your companion when it is a little slow, but find something to do. Keep busy and the Lord will guide you to things that you can do. Not everything you do will be with investigators. Make sure you work just as much with the members, as you work with those you are teaching. If you don't have a good ward/branch, getting people into the church will mean absolutely nothing if they don't stay strong. You are going to leave that little island of yours and the only people that they will have is those in the unit there. Members are awesome, especially when you can get them to come teach with you. (and if they like you, they will feed you:) )

The church is so true and it becomes more and more amazing every day that I am learning about it.
Anyways, until next week,

Monday, August 4, 2014

Week 18 - 6 Baptismal Dates

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Wow, this week has flown by so quickly. There was so many things that we did and things that I learned. We had the most productive week, even though we didn't teach that many lessons. We found so many things to do to keep us busy, service for everybody it feels like. But it has been so much fun!

In mission news, we have so many people who are just ready for baptism. Out of all the people we are teaching, we have 6 baptismal dates! That is huge, especially when you consider that it takes a bit of planning and preparation to get to the point where you can even extend a date. And it looks like all of them are going to hold. I hope all of them will get baptized. I love what I am doing! It is so much work and heartache, but it is so awesome when you have an amazing lesson with some good commitments.

Elder Malpage and I have been getting along so well. I love serving with him. He and I are more like brothers than companions. We have had so much fun and it really is enjoyable to just have fun with him. I'm going to miss him when if transfers hit us.

Oh, and another thing that I love about South Africa, I don't have to learn a language, but I have been picking up some Zulu and some Xhosa (the clickey one). It's way cool to talk with some people about the gospel in other languages.

I love the gospel and what it has done for me and how much I have learned while I've been out. It is really just about the small things. The small things are what are going to get us back to heaven someday. None of this deep doctrine stuff, although it is kinda cool to learn about, it isn't going to lead us to salvation. I love the gospel and what it stands for!

Anyways, till next week

Monday, July 28, 2014

Week 17 - Burnt Toast

2:09 PM Posted by Janette , No comments
Well, here goes for this week. This week has been awesome and fun. I have really enjoyed the opportunity that I have had to be out here. I guess that it doesn’t help that my companion and I have had an awesome time. We have been so busy teaching and visiting people that our days have been pretty busy. In other news, our toaster is broken, so it doesn’t automatically pop up when it is done. We have burnt a lot of toast this week because of that. I guess that we would learn about that and adjust, but we haven’t.

This past pday, we went and had a lazy day. We went to sportsman warehouse and got a frisbee. I really enjoy getting the opportunity to run around and get some exercise. And having something to play with only makes it that much more fun. All I have to say is that I really enjoy my companion. We aren’t doing as much as we were, but we are doing a bunch and the work is moving along smoothly although slowly. This week we have been doing a lot of service in the mornings because all of our lessons are in the evening. We have been doing a lot of garden work and cleaning up weeds. I have actually found a lot of peace and solace in cleaning up some of the gardens. Also this week. I went on exchanges with Elder Ingram, even though it wasn’t a normal exchange. In a normal exchange, the companionship will trade companions, but since he was in a tripanionship, he was just able to come and join us for our day. That was fun and way insightful. He is going home soon, so it was cool to get the chance to hear some of his insight about mission.

Yes, Cape Town and port Elizabeth are quite far. It was about a 2hr flight to get here. I also recently found out that sactm is one of the only missions that has been authorized it do transfers by plane.

I love being on mission. It is the best thing that I think that I have ever done in my life. I have learnt so much and have grown in so manny different ways. It has made me a better person already, and it will continue to make me a better person still.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Week 16 - Tracting!

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Well, I almost have to go, and I had a nice long email to send to everyone, but the computer decided to delete it, so I'm starting over. I'm just going to summarize it and there will be a longer letter next week.

I'm glad that the family is doing well, and I'm kinda bummed that I'm missing all of the fun of the summer activities. Instead of camping and playing with fireworks, I'm tracting! Tracting is so much fun when you have a companion that enjoys it and when you have fun. The only thing that I wish that I could do is go to the temple. I miss the temple so much and I wish that I could go every day, like I used to.

This area, Port Elizabeth, is awesome, I enjoy it much more than I enjoy Cape Town. It is a lot more relaxed and has a much slower tempo. I like that a ton. Our area is getting busier and busier every week that we go on.

Nate, enjoy the MTC. But know that I thought it was a prison. I hated my time in the mtc (there were only 21 of us in the entire mtc.) Just wait till you get to the field and then the food will be way different. Mission is all about attitude and obedience. Be exactly obedient and all the promises that are in the white handbook and PMG will be yours.

Love you all, and I'll have more next week

Monday, July 14, 2014

Week 15 - Transferred to Port Elizabeth

1:26 PM Posted by Janette No comments
Well, here I am, no longer in Cape Town. I got moved out to the wonderful world of Port Elizabeth. I am serving in the Lorraine area, and it is wonderful. A couple of missionaries before us destroyed the area, but we are in the process of cleaning it up. As I was cleaning out some of the records, it turns out that Aunt Alyson served here in the same area and she taught several of the people that had records. So that is really cool.

The new area is awesome, lots of potential, so we will see where that goes, I hope all will go well here. My new companion is Elder M., he is from Johannesburg, so I'm now two for two with South African Companions. I have had fun with him so far. We are both relatively young on mission, Our combined ages on mission is only nine months. He is district leader, and wants to work just as much as I do, so that is something that I am really looking forward to.

Here are a ton of pictures from the last area, some members and investigators, and the airplanes from the chapel (the airplane shots are duplicates from last week's pictures). The only one that is from this area is the one of the fondue which Elder M. and I had on our second or third day together. I'll have to get a good picture with him and then I'll send it on over to you guys.






Monday, July 7, 2014

Week 14 - New Mission President

4:48 PM Posted by Janette , No comments
Well Hello Everybody!

This week was an awesome week! In other words let the insanity continue! We had a ton of lessons this week, several new investigators, and lots of members that were visited. We have several investigators that are so ready and accepting of the gospel, it is awesome! I wish all that we met were that ready. 

In other news, the mission just got a new mission president, President M. He came here on the first of July and is taking over from President W. Pres. M., I found out, is a retired Chaplin LTC in the Air Force, so that should be interesting. 

Also this past week, the air base has been quite busy. Several C130's have been taking off and landing at the strip, so it is reminding me of home. BTW, these are pictures from the church of a C47 that has been taking off all day long (Table Mountain in the background).





I also had the opportunity to go on some exchanges this week, which were kinda cool, but not like my companion. This week is also transfer week! So we will find out tonight what and where we are going if anywhere.

Thank you all for the emails, even if I don't reply due to limited time. Love you all, and I'll report back next week

Monday, June 30, 2014

Week 13 - The Planes!

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Well, here we are once again. Seems like this happens on a regular basis. This week was good, it felt like we did nothing, but it has been the busiest week that I have had so far. We had the most lessons of any week that we have had. We also found several new investigators to teach, so that was good, and I enjoyed that. So the week was crazy and we still had time to do some tracting, lots of it. Nothing will beat a good day of tracting. Saturday was my highlight for the week. Ten hours of straight lessons! That was an awesome day! So much done and the spirit was so strong in some of the lessons.

I have also had some fun because we have an air force base right next to us, and we are right at the end of the runway. They have been very active this week and there have been so many planes that have been taking off. We moved our studies outside just so that we could watch them take off. That was fun. They were using WWII planes at the beginning of the week, and then I got really excited when they started using C130s halfway through the week, just like the ones that I used to jump from. So that was my exciting thing for the week.

(generic picture of a C-130 from Wikipedia)

As far as the food, it is pretty normal. Some of the weirdest stuff that I have eaten has come from the townships and I didn't even bother to ask what it was, I just ate it (sometimes chocked it down) and then moved on with the lesson. But townships are the best. I love working in them.

Take care, Love you all. It is good to hear how everybody is doing.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Week 12 - Zone Conference

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Well.... This week was awesome!! It started crappy though. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday our stats were at 0 for those three days. BUT that was because we had Zone Conference and Zone Interviews. That was awesome! I loved having that opportunity to see and hear from President and Sister W.. I loved it! I wish that I could have it every day and learn and learn! Zone Conference is the best thing in the world.

Then for the rest of the week I had two exchanges back to back. Those were awesome too! I went with Elder C., from Magna, and Elder W., from Smithfield. Even with the exchanges and zone conference, this week was one of the most productive weeks that we have had yet, and this week is going to be just as busy! Being busy is one of the best things in the world! So much work gets done, and I love it. Hopefully soon, we should have another two baptisms, and have a few more getting ready.

One of my spiritual highlights for this week was seeing one of our recent converts passing the sacrament for the first time. That was awesome! And he is already making plans to go to the temple in a year. I am so excited for him!!

Anyways, I can't think of much more, so I'll talk to you all later.

With love from Africa

Monday, June 16, 2014

Week 11 - Car Troubles

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Well, this week has been eventful, to say the least. Our car went into the shop on Monday to get a transmission flush. The oil was way dark and smelt burnt. When we took it in, they looked at it and called us to tell us that the clutch needed to be changed out. That was something that we were aware of because the clutch jumped and slipped sometimes, especially when the engine was cold. Needless to say, we were without a car for the entire week. We walked everywhere, or tried to bum a ride off of people, and we finally got our car back on Friday.

In other breaking news, on Monday, we went ice skating, and I dislocated my right shoulder. Fun stuff there. It hurt. It's all better now. That was fun, but it sucked.

On the spiritual side of things, we had another baptism yesterday, and that was amazing. Such an awesome experience. I don't thing baptisms will ever be boring for me again after coming on mission.

This week we have zone conference, so I am looking forward to that. It will be a great day to see all the missionaries, and to get taught by president.

PS, I love hearing about what is going on. I'm glad that everybody is having fun back home.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Week 10 - Working with Members

7:53 PM Posted by Janette , No comments
Last week was a busy week. We were able to meet with a ton of investigators, but mostly this week we focused on meeting with the members. That was awesome, but that was because most of our appointments canceled that we did have. We will have only one baptism this week because the other one has an issue with not having their marriage legalized by the government.

Also, this past week was the first that I had for meeting with the ward council. That was interesting, and we have a lot of work to do.

I'm also going to say that I'm not going to do any more lessons in the townships, unless they have electricity. I am still smelling smoke from a few days ago, my clothes still smell like smoke, and my backpack still smells like smoke. I don't like it. Never again if I can help it.

Thanks for the recipes that have been sent my way. I love them, and I'll take as many more as I can get.
I'm glad to hear that Nate is doing better, and yes, get lots of garments. Joburg is the closest distribution center and they are so freaking slow. The work is going well here, and is progressing more and more.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Week 9 - Still in Milnerton

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Well, here it is. I survived transfers. I'm still in Milnerton, big surprise to me there. Actually, I'll probably be here for at least another transfer. This week felt like we weren't doing anything, because I'm expecting the days where I have nine hours of appointments, and where I feel dead tired when I get back to the flat after a long day of teaching.

This past week was the first time that we dropped somebody. Dropping somebody means that we stop teaching them. We decided to drop him until later in the month because he was so argumentative, and the spirit can't be where there is contention. We are continuing to meet with our regular investigators, and are seeing what we can do as far as getting them to baptism. Not next week, but the week after, we have two more baptisms scheduled, and then we have one more for the week after that, they (the first two) do their baptismal interviews this Saturday. So we are hoping that all works out there!

I do have to say, I miss the ward at home. It just ran so smoothly and worked. The ward here is struggling a little bit right now, but we are lighting a few fires under some of the ward members, and they are wanting to change the way the ward is run. Hopefully the rest of the ward will follow suit.

So this week, even though it didn't feel like we did much, it has been the most productive week so far. We taught the most lessons, reached all of our goals except two, and had an awesome week.

So long from SA

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Week 8 - Hiking Table Mountain

10:44 PM Posted by Janette , 2 comments
Well, this week was better than last, but I still feel like it wasn't as good as some of our first weeks. Monday was of course, P-Day. We did our shopping for food and such and then visited with G and M. Hopefully soon M will receive the Mecheldisick?sp Priesthood, but that will be about a year down the road.

Tuesday we met with the M family. What a rollercoaster that family is. Some of our best investigators, but they drink and smoke waaayyy to much. Had a few other appointments, found some new people to teach and yeah, that was Tuesday.

Wednesday we had a down day, all of our appointments fell through for some reason or another, so we had to go and see how many people we could add to our teaching pool. It stunk though.

Thursday was spent visiting with less active members in our area, spent the whole day doing that, and it was really good.

Friday, we met with the S family, they are a family that are wanting to join the church, even though they have been eternal investigators. We will see what we can do to get them coming.

Saturday was busy, almost straight through, only one, one hour break the whole day. Busy, Insane, Stressful, Tiring, but those days are the most rewarding days of any days on mission.

Sunday was like usual, very good. The appointments held and we taught so much.

Today, Monday, I woke up at 4am. I know, I'm crazy but it was so that we could catch the sunrise from the top of Table Mountain. It was awesome, and pictures are down below.

So from South Africa, with love