Monday, June 30, 2014

Week 13 - The Planes!

6:46 PM Posted by Janette , No comments
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

7:03 AM Posted by Janette , No comments
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

7:53 AM Posted by Janette , No comments
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