Monday, September 28, 2015

Weeks 72, 73, 74, 75, and 77

7:13 PM Posted by Kira Alldredge No comments
Week 72:

Well, this week has been a fairly uneventful week. Full of miracles and downturns, but such is to be expected from a mission. It is one of the hardest, yet one of the best experiences that I have had in my life so far. There are so many things that have happened, so many events that have transpired that have really, if nothing else, deepened my testimony of my Savior and Redeemer. So many little things add up over the week and if you are not looking for them, you will never see them.

I decided that I needed to repent this past week of being kind of wishy-washy about writing in my journal. As I've pondered and reflected on days past, I've noticed so many little miracles that have been happening on a daily basis without me seeing them. I'm so grateful for this little thing that has helped me be much more appreciative of what Christ has done for me. And it is awe inspiring for me to know that I am an emissary for the Lord right now, for this short time. I love it, and wouldn't change it or trade it for the world!!

Week 73:

So this week was pretty crazy. It was an adventure of many things that went good and went bad. So to start off, here we go. 

On Monday we got a brand new car! It had under 100 km on it and was so clean and shiny, as only a new car can be. So our first adventure was to go and find Pop-Tarts. We found them, and it was kinda a nice walk down memory lane to see something that was actually made in the US! They were so good, but the only problem with them is that they were R70 ~ $7 for the box. A dollar per Pop-Tart. That is expensive!!! I might only do that one or two more times before I go home, such a rip-off...

Later in the day, we were in Du Noon (a township in our area) and we were heading out, and as we were leaving, some random guy ran in front of our car to cross the street, and in doing so, didn't see the bakkie (small truck) coming the other way. Needless to say, the bakkie hit him on the front corner and then he ricocheted off of our car after being hit. That bakkie ragdolled him! It was scary to see, but then added another dimension to it when we heard him hit our car. (we also had to wash some blood off of our car after this little incident). 

I also have to throw in that we had some awesome lessons this week! Miracles are happening and things are moving forward like they never have been before!!
Then on Friday, we got the news that our Bishop had passed away. So down from such a high week. But it was cool to see the ward rally around each other as this happened. We had a viewing of Meet the Mormons, and we had a good turnout to that, so that was really cool.
Also we heard that the missionary that I replaced due to him going home for medical reasons is not coming back out on mission. It was a sad day.. And my companion felt the brunt of that. 
With so much going on around us, we always need to remember that the Lord knows what he is doing, and He has such a bigger plan in store for us! And It is ALWAYS better than what we think it is!!

Week 74:

Well, this week has been a week of emotions. The week started off good for us and then we both got sick... Something like the flu hit both of us hard on Friday and Saturday. But other than that, the work is moving right along like normal.

Then comes Saturday night and we got the phone call with transfer news. I'm going to Queenstown and Elder Herrick is staying. So that means that I have to pack my bags and fly away. We will see how that goes, so I'm looking forward to a new challenge, but at the same time, I kind of want to stay here. We will know more next week. I'm keeping it sweet and short, because that is how we are rolling right now. We will have more for you next week!!

Week 75:

Well, things have been kind of crazy for me this week. First, I had to say goodbye to everybody that I had come to love, (that is the crappy part of missionary work), I had to pack my bags, and everything that I owned had to be under 60lbs (I had to do some slimming down). I left my companion, I flew all the way across the mission, I got a new companion and a new area, and have been without electricity since I've been here. It has been nice so far. Queenstown is a nice little town about two hours away from anything. It is in the middle of nowhere. I like it and it will be good to see. So far so good, and more details will be forthcoming!!

Week 77:

Well, this week is so far so good! Things have been kinda crazy because as soon as I got here, we got the news that the boarding that I was arriving at was soon to be decommissioned. So we lived there for a week, and then off we went. Moving time. Again. But to be fair, the new boarding is amazing! It is senior couple quality, and it is the first time that elders have lived there. Also, in the same week, we had Zone Conference. It was awesome!! So many things that we have talked about, and so many things that I have learned, all kind of rolled together into one awesome Zone Conference. I love the opportunities that I have had to grow and to learn at the feet of our awesome Mission President! He is a stud to put it simply. He has done so much for us as missionaries, and for me as well. Then, on top of all of that, we had stake conference on Sunday, and I had to play tech support. That skill comes in handy more times than I thought that it would. So many little ways that I have used that to help members and investigators alike. Who thought that I would be using that here in Africa. 

So many things are happening, and the work is really starting to take off, mission wide. We are almost to the point where we, as a mission, don't have time to do any finding. We have so many appointments that we have to go to, and the best part is that they are all member referrals!! We also have an area that is close to us that is having 22 baptisms this week alone! And we are getting close! We have so many people that have the potential for baptism, but just have one or two things that they need to work on before they can do it! So to be short, so many things are happening, and I'm happy and excited to be right in the middle of it all!!!

Miracles happen!! Heavenly Father loves all of us!! And I'll talk to you all next week!

(Poster's note: I had a little bit of trouble with this blog for a while there, sorry, but here are the updates I missed because of my messing up.)