Monday, December 29, 2014

Week 39 - Teaching the Meaning of Christmas

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Well, all I have to say is that Christmas was awesome! I really enjoyed getting the opportunity to share it with you all for a little bit, even if it only was for an hour.

This week has been awesome and powerfilled, even if 90% of the people in our area were drunk for the holidays... :/

We were also able to spend a lot of time teaching people about the true meaning of Christmas, which was a little different than my Christmas last year was, and it was really cool. There is so much work to do, and we got revitalized while at zone conference. I love missionary meetings, and more so, I love being a missionary! It's hard for me to think that I'm almost half way done with it, and that makes me sad. I love sharing the gospel with people and seeing their lives change for the better!

Love you all! (and sorry for the short letter)

Pics are the food that we had at Zone Conference

The combined Mdantsane and East London Zones

with Elder Cook

Monday, December 22, 2014

Week 38 - Merry Christmas!

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This week has been a whirlwind!! We have been busily insane, but it has been really fun. This whole week has been crazy running around. Tuesday was our only real proselyting day, and we got a lot of work done. The rest of the week was spent getting everything ready for our chapel open house which was yesterday and continues on today. It has been really fun so far, hopefully we are able to get some good community involvement, and some new people to teach.

Then on Thursday, to add to all the craziness that was going on, President Merrill decided that we were going to have zone conference. (Actually, I knew about it for a while, but really hadn't prepared for it). So off we went to East London, getting lost in the CBD, and what not, then having an awesome zone conference on Friday. Our km's were way high (we have to stay under 500 km/week) and last week we were at 700 something and this week we were at like 650 something. It is crazy how much we are in exile. So close, yet SO far away from anybody else. But it is fun and I like it. Then, I have to tell you, since I didn't before. Elder Cook was awesome!!! He talked about being shepherds, and not sheep-headers, and it was a really amazing, spirit filled day. Then in gospel doctrine, the lesson was on Ezekiel 34, which also talked about being a shepherd, and then priesthood, Elder Cook taught about the roles and responsibilities of the priesthood, which was really cool. Then afterwards, we went over to the Wheelers for Brunch with Elder and Sister Cook, President and Sister Thomas (Mission Presidency), and President and Sister Wheeler, and us! It was fun to get to sup with a general authority, and to associate with him.

As for the other random things from Emails,
Uncle Ben, It was good to hear from you and how your family is doing! And Merry Christmas!!
Mom, yes, I was called as a District Leader in August, and have been one since then.

Merry Christmas,
I Love you all!!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Week 37 - New Companion

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Well, my time with Elder Branch was short lived. I was only with him for four weeks. Now he got moved to Cape Town, so that will be fun for him. He gets to go serve in the same area that his dad was in 27 years ago. He was super excited about that. My new companion is Elder Weber, He is from North Carolina. He also is in the same transfer as Elder Branch and Elder Heaton. I think that President is trying to tell me something with having three companions from the same transfer. I don't know what it is yet, but I will find it out sooner or later.

So this week, we drove all over the place, and this week will be no better. Last week we drove to PE and back. It was kinda fun to see all the people in my last area again. And this week, we are going to Ghramstown to do baptismal interviews and East London for Zone Conference.

Then this weekend, we are having Elder Cook, of the 70, come and speak, he was supposed to be here this past week, but had a scheduling misunderstanding, so he will be here this week. And we are also doing a Christmas Open House at the chapel, kinda to correlate with the visit, so we are going to be busy till next week. The insanity of what is happening hasn't hit me yet, but I'm sure it will fairly soon. But it's time to start the preparations for that!

I'm excited to see everybody on Christmas!!

Love You All!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Week 36 - Staying in Port Alfred

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Molo Unjani!!

Well, the time has come once again for transfers. But that will come later, first the good news!
So on Sunday we had a baptism! It was awesome to see and be a part of! Sister Beauhla will be an awesome addition to the ward! She is from Zim, and has an awesome family. Hopefully she will be able to pull the rest of the family along with her! It was such an amazing Sunday!

Next week I have been asked to speak in church, so that will be interesting. The topic that I've been given is 'keeping Christ in Christmas' so that will be really good. The week after that we have Elder Cook of the 70 coming to visit us and to speak in church.

We have had some really good visits this week. On Friday, we had the zone leaders down to visit us and to go on exchanges, that as really fun and informative, the only problem to that is that we get Friday's and Saturday's appointments done, so on Saturday we had a pretty slow day. We still are working hard here, and the branch is awesome! I would not mind if this area was one of my six month areas. That and I don't have my planner, so I can't remember exactly what happened, other than it was a good week an I really enjoyed it. So this week is a nice and short email, but next week it will be better.

So now the info that that everybody wants, I get another trip to PE!! BUT, I'm just going there to drop off Elder Branch, because he is going to Tableview in Cape Town, and to pick up my new companion, Elder Weber, who is coming from Zwide (in PE). So this is going to be an interesting transfer, eight weeks long so that will be fun.

I love christmas music!! the branch made a cd and we have been listening to that almost non stop since we got it.

And here are an assortment of pics from this week. From the sunsets, to the toposcope, to the baptism.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Week 35 - Start Filling Up the Font

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Well, this week has flown by! We have been super busy and it has been way fun. Thanksgiving was really fun, it was just us and the Wheeler's, and we had a normal American Thanksgiving dinner. That was nice and delicious.

Mom, as far as you were wondering, in the branch, has about 300 on the records, but only about 40-50 attend on a normal Sunday. Some weeks as low as 10, but that all depends on the weather.

Here is the quick recap of the week:
Monday, we went golfing. It was awesome! So beautiful. And it was a flipping hard course. We borrowed Pres. Wheeler's clubs and went. It was only $5 to do 18 holes. So cheap here. Then had a few lessons that evening.
Tuesday, had some awesome lessons, busy full day of proselyting.
Wednesday, Just another insane day in the life of a missionary.
Thursday, in the morning we were helping Soso (one of the young men in our branch) build his 'bommer' which is where he will stay during his stay in the bush. Then in the afternoon, we had some nice solid lessons.
Friday, we spent the morning building another 'bommer' for Sinallo for his stay. District meeting was fun, especially when you only have your companionship and the senior couple in your district. Then everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong. We didn't have a single lesson for the rest of Friday, just a bunch of visiting people who didn't really want to see us at all.
Saturday, we had the branch Christmas party! That was a whole lot of unorganized African fun/stress/I didn't know what was going on, but it was fun none the less.

Lots of missionary work done, and it is awesome!
Spoiler! We are going to have a baptism on Sunday, with more in the dear future! So awesome! And that means that we need to start filling up the font when we have a few minutes of spare time :)

Love you all!