Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Week 26 - Six Months Out!

11:34 AM Posted by Janette No comments
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

5:13 PM Posted by Janette No comments
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

4:49 PM Posted by Janette No comments
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