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

2:19 PM Posted by Janette No comments
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