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

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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

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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