Monday, February 23, 2015

Week 47 - Wishing for More Time

1:16 PM Posted by Janette No comments
Well, this week has been amazing, but long at the same time. The one thing that I don't like about being a missionary is how much there is to do, and how little time that you have to do it in. I wish that I had more time in the day to get stuff done, but I don't. It kinda makes me a little bit cross, but I have to work with what I've got.

This week has been really crazy with all the random weather that we have been having. We will wake up in the morning with almost perfect weather, and then by noon it is absolutely horrible. Then on the other hand, if we wake up and it is cloudy, then by about noon it clears up and it is a hot and humid day for the rest of the day. So the weather has been crazy and makes it crazy right in the middle of the work day. But it has been fun.

In other news, we had the zone leaders with us so that was fun to have them here. When they normally come, since we are an isolated area, we have to double book the day, and that normally kills us for Thursday or Saturday. But this time, we had them here and we didn't even skip a beat with the rest of our week. That was really fun and interesting to see that happen. So that means that we are crazy busy with everything. The work is doing good and it is fun to be here.

Also, we had a priesthood session on Saturday, and it was awesome!!! We had EVERYBODY there. ALL of the priesthood holders, except for the one inactive that we are currently working with. That was fun to see them all there. It was also really rewarding to see them all there.

Then on Sunday, we had a third hour combined and we went in with the youth, and they were talking about seminary and how important it is. People here don't realize just how important it is for the kids to be going. So it was cool to see the parents realize it and to have them fired up about seminary as well. This week has been awesome! I can't wait to see what happens this week!

Love you all

Monday, February 16, 2015

Week 46 - Sugar Rush

10:16 AM Posted by Janette No comments
Well, this week has been crazy! But it has been crazy good. I love being a missionary, and I love getting the chance to interact with the people here. I love getting the opportunity to work with them and to interact with them! I love it. Nuff said.

But this week has been really busy, we have visited so many people and gotten so many lessons taught. On top of that, we had the traveling assistants here with us for a day. That was really interesting. All they do is exchanges with everybody in the mission. That would be fun, but it would stink. No area, no boarding. Just exchanges all day for the whole transfer. It was fun to have them here.

And later in the week, we did a whole bunch of tracting. I must say, I don't like tracting that much, but we did get a whole bunch of new investigators, so that was good. We will have to see where that takes us.

In other news, we made a whole bunch of stuff this week, apple pies, wasil (which I must say is really good when you make it with mango juice), and a whole bunch of other yummy stuff. On Sunday, the Wheelers gave us a cake and I could feel the sugar hit my system, and it didn't feel that good. Sugar kills me now, especially since I don't have my bike to burn it all off. I'm still working on getting back to the point where I can have a super fast metabolism, but that will have to wait till I get off mission.

I love being here! I can't wait to see what happens and where I go. I wouldn't change my experiences for the world.

Love you all, and I'll talk to you next week

Monday, February 9, 2015

Week 45 - Come Back, We Miss You

2:51 PM Posted by Janette No comments
Well, as promised, this is going to be a little bit longer, just because I have a little bit more time to write, plus I prepared a little bit.

This has been another hectic week here in Port Alfred! It has been awesome, and I can't think of any better way to spend my time then with those that are really seeking after the gospel or those that have strayed a little bit. Our major focus for the past transfer was working with the less actives in the branch and helping them find their way back to the fold, and it has been really rewarding to see people make the transition from not having the gospel in their lives, to having the gospel be a daily part of their lives, and then they love it! It is so amazing to see the change, and it is humbling for me to know that I went through something like that as well. But how grateful I am to have friends that reached out to me and said, "We miss you". And it is humbling to be on the other side of the spectrum now to be the one saying, "We miss you". And the great thing is that we are having a ton of success with that. We have so many more investigators because and only because we have worked with the less actives. They are truly amazing and it has been great to see them be awesome!

In other news, here is a story that happened yesterday. We got a dvd referral for a guy named Mxabisi (yes it has clicks), but his short name is Bobby. So we went over to his house and found out that we had seen the guy before. He is a car guard (somebody that watches the cars while you go shopping) at Buco (kinda like Home Depot, African Style). Oh, and he only has one leg, and he stands and watches cars all day long, making only cents every once in a while. But anyway, we go over and give him the dvd, and then he starts going off about something in Xhosa, and then talks a little, then rambles, and then all of the sudden, he is just like, "Thanks for coming, I'm busy right now, I'll see you later". And the weird thing is that it was so abrupt. So it caught Elder Weber and I off guard and we just had to leave and hope for the best. We will see him later this week and talk to him and see how he is doing. Yup, missionaries in SA get shot down at the most random times too :).

These are some cool things that the Wheelers showed us that really made me think about some things. I would really recommend watching them.

"New Day for the Book of Mormon" - Featuring interviews with scholars and historians, this documentary tells the story of the coming forth of this unusual book of scripture and how it is affecting people today—even some people you might not expect.

"Living With Purpose: The Importance of Real Intent" - worldwide devotional for young adults with Randall L. Ridd, Second Counselor in the Young Men General Presidency on January 11, 2015 at Brigham Young University–Idaho.

Both are awesome, and I would like to hear what everybody has to think/say.

I love you all!!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Week 44 - Still in Port Alfred

1:40 PM Posted by Janette No comments
I'm going to keep it short and sweet this week because I have so much to do, and so little time to do it in.

Well, this is the end of the crazy eight week transfer! And... I'm staying in Port Alfred with Elder Weber! It is awesome!!! I love serving with him. In other news, all of our lessons have been in the double digits again!! 53 lessons this week, which left us very busy and crazy insane running around like chickens with our heads chopped off. But it has been very great to see the progress of the branch. Sunday was a bummer though, because it was raining, and not many people showed up for church, but it was still a good Sunday nonetheless. I Love getting to know people and serving them.
Other than that, our week has been good, and I love serving!! But I'll have more for next week when I actually get the time to sit down and write out more about my week.

Love you all!!