Monday, April 28, 2014

Week 4 - Milnerton

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Here we go from a little hole in the wall internet shop.

This week has been insane!

There has been so much work done and it is so busy. We are constantly busy and running from one appointment to another. Yesterday, Sunday after church, we had three appointments, and that was taking it easy, super easy.
I realize now that I have not explained any about where I am and who my companion is. I am serving in a suburb of Cape Town called Milnerton. The people here are awesome and I love it. Ever since day one we have been busy. My companion, my dad, is Elder Sw.. He is from Pretoria, South Africa, so he is teaching me a lot about life here in the RSA. My flat is about 1 km from the beach, so we get the best views of the ocean and the BEST sunsets. The ward has 120ish active members, and over 550 on the ward list, so we have a lot of work to do.
As far as news goes, we have Three baptisms this week, so we have a lot to do to prep for those. We also have 10 more baptisms lined up for June 15th. Those are ones that we have set so far. Hopefully all get baptized and follow through on commitments, but we will see. In other news, President W. is starting to wrap up stuff here in SACTM in preperation for President M., our new mission president who will be coming in sometime, I think, in June/July.

Sorry for not having any pictures today, I forgot my camera back at the flat. I will send more pictures next week, including the best sunset that I have ever seen.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Week 3 - First Real P-Day

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Well, here I am, my first real p-day. We get an hour to email home and to check and see what others have sent us. It's nice to see that other people love me when I have more emails than my comp.

Well anyways, for the crazyness that existed since I last wrote, here is what happened.

I finished up my 12 day stay at the MTC in Joburg, Monday was filled with last minute instructions and reviews over everything and then on Tuesday, woke up at 4:30 and shipped out to Cape Town. The flight from Joburg to Cape Town only took 2 hours and was nice and peaceful. After landing we were met by the President and Sister Wood at the airport, along with the AP's. We went to the mission home, dropped off our stuff and then went for a tour of Signal Hill. Signal Hill is were the lighthouse used to be, once upon a time, and it has fantastic 360 views. Following that we ate and then called it a day. Wednesday was spent in training with President Wood and the AP's talking about the rules and how to be a better missionary. Following that, we left to our flat, got there and started cleaning. Even now, as I am writing this a week later, the flat is still not all the way clean, last elder had piles of stuff that he kept, It's way better now as my comp can attest to that.

That evening, we went and visited with A. It was his second time seeing the missionaries, and he was very enthusiastic about meeting with us. He is awesome, he believes in the bible and he loves Heavenly Father, but he doesn't believe in the BoM yet, we are working on that.

Other than that, we have been filling up our time meeting and talking with investigators and less active members in the ward. The ward has 570 and some odd people on the records, but less than 100 show up each week. So that is were we are going to concentrate our time for the first little bit. We want the ward to split by the time we leave.

That kinda sums up my time here, we have been crazy busy with going to meet people and setting appointments. And as a side note, we have 5 baptisimal dates so far, 4 before I got here and 1 since, which I extended to another investigator (that was way cool. Nate, you're going to love asking people to get baptized and then have them accept.).

And other than the fact that I have an ocean view from the flat, we get the best sunsets ever, the area is beautiful, the people are awesome, and we have a lot of work to do.

Pics are include, me and Elders M.and R. (MTC Comps) and our teachers

Me and MTC president and wife

Then transitioning to Cape Town, pictures from Signal Hill; Table Mountain

Lions Head, Cape Town city

Robin Island (Nelson Mandala's prison)

The world cup stadium

The harbor (we live on the opposite side of the harbor on the far left side in the distance)

More Table Mountain, more city

Then from the flat,the sunset

 Table cloth on Table Mountain (clouds coming over the top, going down)

Panorama from our flat

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Letter From the Mission President

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Dear Family of Elder Rasmussen,

Elder Rasmussen arrived in SACTM (South Africa Cape Town Mission) on April 15th with Elder S. of his MTC group.  We brought them to the mission home, where they ate lunch. We drove to Signal Hill for a short introduction to Cape Town, and the history of the church here. They received orientation of various kinds most of that day, ate dinner and spent the night at the mission home.  Wednesday after breakfast, they were assigned to their areas, and introduced to their trainers.  Elder Rasmussen's companion is a South African convert, Elder Sw.  They seem to be equally hard-working, educated, and strong-minded, so it should be a good companionship.  We expect great things from them.  We will allow Elder Rasmussen the privilege of informing you of his area assignment, and the events of his first week when he writes on his Monday P-day.  Due to time differences, it would be best if you would write him on Sunday, so he will be sure to receive your news in a timely fashion.

Some of the photos were taken at Signal Hill during the orientation; it was an extremely windy day, as is apparent from the condition of Sister W.'s hair.  :  ) However, it was the best picture of everyone else, so we included it anyway.

Companionship photos were taken at the mission home.

Elder Rasmussen is pictured also with Elder Sw. and his trainer, former AP, Elder O.

In one of the group photos taken at the mission home, you will see three AP's (including outgoing Elder O.), four recently-arrived Elders, and the trainers of Elders Rasmussen and S.

The last photo is your son with Elder S.

President and Sister W.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Week 2 - Life at the MTC

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Well, here I am, Thursday of my time in the MTC. I leave here on Tuesday for Cape Town. The time that I've been here has been crazy busy.

I'll start from the beginning, the flights were long, ridiculously longer than they had to be. The flight from Dallas to London was long and boring. Then the layover in London was way long. I wanted to kill myself. Twelve hours in the airport can seriously make somebody hate life. Yeah, that was me. Just before boarding the flight is when I met up with Elder Hallman from Germany. He and I came down to the MTC together. We made it here safely.

I have to tell you that before I got set apart, I had a thousand things running through my head, and even still after I got set apart into Tuesday. However at the airport, after I had said goodbye to everybody and was walking away, I was just filled with peace and my mind was empty. My mind stayed empty and I felt that peace all the way till I got to London. There in London, I kinda joked to myself in my head that they messed up my baggage. Well, I got to the airport here in Johannesburg, and sure enough, my bag was still in London, they had no record of it ever making it down to Jo-burg. So for the first week, I was wearing only two pairs of clothing. I had a pair on, and the other pair was in the wash. It all worked out in the end.

My companions are Elder M. from Zimbabwe, and Elder R. from Madagascar. I can now say that I know more Malagasy than Nate does. It has been a chalange to work with him just because he doesn't speak english very well, but it has been rewarding for him to get more confident with what little he does and to be able to share the gospel as much as he can.

In answer to your question, yes, we did get to watch conference this past weekend. We were able to watch the Saturday morning session live (at 6pm here), then we went to bed, afterwards. Sunday, we had sacrament meeting and then started conference again. We watched then watched Saturday PM and then priesthood, and then were able to able to watch Sunday AM live. We saw Sunday PM on Tuesday night following our trip to the temple. Conference was awesome! What a blessing it is to have that much inspiration in our lives right now.

The temple on Tuesday was awesome! Out of the 21 of us here, only three of us had been to the temple previously. It was fun to be an escort for three or four elders at one time.

Other than that, the MTC has been crazy busy, we wake up at 6:30 each day, eat at 7, then study from 7:30 to 8:30, then classes and teaching till 12:30, more classes from 1:30 to 5, then more teaching till 9, then planning, prepping for the next day, laundry and then prayers and off to bed. Every day, I want some down time, just a little to catch up. There is so much being taught. Tell Nate that the biggest thing that we are learning about is about HOW to teach, not the lessons. But it does help to know the lesson plans.

So yeah, the MTC is crazy. Next time I will write to you will be when I'm in the field.
The pictures that I attached are something like follows:

Us at the temple

Us watching conference

My toe after playing football and getting hurt (soccer)

And some of the missionaries at the MTC

Friday, April 4, 2014

Welcome to the MTC

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A letter from the missionary training center (MTC) mission president and his wife:

Greetings from the South Africa MTC

We received our wonderful group of missionaries here at the MTC yesterday.  It was a busy day and they were tired from the travels, but we managed to keep them busy and awake.  They saw the nurse, were interviewed by the president, filled out a few forms for their intake, ate lunch, went on a tour of the MTC, ate some more, and then last night we had our first spiritual meeting with them.  It was a great discussion on the Doctrine of Christ.  What a great group.  They are so eager to learn and are so willing to share their insights on gospel principles.  We are very glad they are here.  We love them already.

We will do our best to prepare them for their missionary service in their fields of labor.  So much to do in just 12 days.

With love,
President & Sister C.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Week 1 - Halfway Around the World

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It took two days to get from here to there.  A layover in Dallas came before a long flight to London.  An even longer layover (10 hours?) in London was followed by an even longer flight to Johannesburg.

Well, here I am, I made it to South Africa safe and sound. The layovers in Dallas and London stunk. I wish that I had shorter layovers, but here I am. It was interesting to see the South Africa airport. It is tiny compared to London. It was smaller than just one of the terminals at London. The MTC is smaller than I thought. It is a fairly small complex. I thought it would be bigger kinda like the Provo, except maybe a little smaller. Well, there is not much going on besides inprocessing, and shots and food. I'm told that the internet is about to go down, so I'll keep this short and sweet.

These pictures cover London to Johannesburg.