"And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up." D&C 84:88
Monday, March 31, 2014
We arranged with the Bishop that we could use some of the Young Men's ward budget to purchase some drink and food for after the game. Sister Thomas and Wendy helped organized all this and we brought it out to Sada.
The event started slowly because the Sada Elders had not made all the arrangements with the other missionaries and when we got to the field we were told that we needed to go to the Whittlesea Municipality and pay the R70 to book the field. The Elders got to the field 1 1/2 hours after the original start time.
The lower left picture is of our Bishop who left school early to get to the field on time only to discover that it was delayed by two hours. The conclusion is that the next time we need to do better planning particularly when we have involved the ward or branches. When the missionaries are involved, we need the activity to be well planned and to start on time.
Actually, there were some Elders with some very good soccer skills and you could tell that they had played a great deal in their youth. Surprisingly, Elders from the United States played along with those from England and South Africa. Of course, there were some who played a bit of a cross between American grid iron and basketball. Soccer is a very different skill set. All of the Elders, either very good or not, are just a bit out on timing. You could see passes were leading just a bit to much or that players were half of a step slower right now.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
They used our computer to look something up for a member of the ward and then enjoyed some cookies and chocolate milk. We realized when they were done that this was the first glass of Chocolate Milk Elder Smith has had since he left home. It brought a big smile to his face. Elder Palelei is looking a bit longingly at Elder Smith's glass but I can assure you he has already had a big glass of Chocolate Milk.
I am lucky to have Sister Thomas as a companion because she thinks about and prepares for these small little acts of service that touch people hearts.
Sister Xabilie is teaching Sister Menze, Wendy Miselo and Thembakazi Skepe.
Friday, March 28, 2014
We purchased the double sided tape so we could hang their new map on the wall.
While there, Sister Thomas passed out some home made cookies. These happened to be oatmeal and raisins. This my mother's secret recipe which Sister Thomas has improved over time. They are good cookies, more like a good quick meal.
You can see Elder Olsen savoring the last two he was given. It is not the most becoming picture of Elder Olsen but in his defense he had been out working all day and was hungry. Sister Thomas' cookies will do that to you.
Sister Thomas discusses where Canti's live, who are members that we have visited for family home evening on a couple of occasions in the past.
Those in the picture from left to right, regardless of wether they are in the front or back row: Elders Madsen, Thomas, Dale, Palelei, Ngobeni, Smith, Lekgoati, Lawson, Ndlovu, Shongwe, Hendersen, Ramat and Pennington.
Of course you can feel Sister Thomas who is behind the camera encouraging the Elders to smile.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Then we went out to Sada and visited with Sister Chipo so I could finish fixing her chairs and Sister Thomas and Sister Chipo could finish planning the Young Women’s activity.
Then we met up with the Bishop and worked on the list of things that need to be fixed at the Church. We also helped him complete the claim process for some church expenses and we printed out the new missionary application forms that the Area Office just sent out.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
They needed some help with getting the water out of the bedrooms where the carpet was flooded. Sister Thomas and I tried to get them help but the only companies that could clean the carpets would have to come up from East London. We decided it would be cheaper to take up a wet/dry vacuum and help them out. So we drove up and helped them suck the water up with the Wet/Dry Vacuum. We drove back the same day. The Elders will bring the Wet/Dry back when they come for Zone Interviews in two weeks.
That is Elder Mkwezalamba and Elder Trepanier with Sister Thomas. Actually, one of the most enjoyable responsibilities we have is in helping the Elders out in their time of need.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Last night the Elders Lekgoati and Hendersen hit a dip in the road and their car is now making a noise. I had an initial look underneath and then we went to Toyota, the panel beaters, then HiQ and found that it is a bent exhaust that was rubbing against the frame of the car. However, you could only see this rub if the car was loaded up in a certain way. It difficult thing to find. HiQ will fix tomorrow.
Elders Ramat and Pennington have needed a new map for their area and we finally found where we could purchase one. The old one was lost and was outdated. We will now try to get this laminated.
We went to Lunch with Wendy and Thembakazi at Nando’s. We also went to a feed store so we could get some medicine for their small calf. It has a case of flat worm (something like tape worm) and was looking a bit frail. We will see if it works.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Elder Ramat is experimenting with Sister Thomas this morning to see if she can effectively cut his hair. He is keeping a close watch of the process with his iPod. In the end, the haircut looked very good.
While we were visiting, Elder Lawson told me a sad story his mother had related to him in her email he had read this morning. The sad news? Elder Lawson’s picture was not on our Mission Blog this last week. He told us that it felt like his mother was close to tears because his picture did not get posted and was wondering what was wrong.
I had to catch a picture of the very sad face of Elder Lawson as he told me about this story from his mother. Sister Lawson here is your son telling us his story. You have to love him and his English sense of humor.
You can see Elder’s Shongwe, Pennington and Lawson enjoying the Zone Report which I was showing on our TV.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
On the way home Sister Thomas said that perhaps this is what a Sunday should normally feel like. We both taught lessons at Church, provided the message of the fireside, I helped the Bishop do the tithing while Mom and Sister Miselo went and visited Awongiwe at the hospital. The Elders went along as well. While there, the Elders found out a different member was at the hospital and were asked to provide a blessing. The Elders were also able to be introduced to another member of the Church as well who they will now go and visit. We then visited the Miselo’s home and finished a small service project and had lunch with this joyous family. At this point, as we head home we are tired and have a 1 1/2 hour and drive. It is a nice peaceful drive home and the “tired” feels nice as well.
As explained yesterday, Sister Thomas spent most of her Saturday morning in the kitchen baking 12 dozen cupcakes for the Missionary Fireside that was held today after Church. I failed to take a picture of her baking yesterday morning or of Elder Palelei & Elder Smith who came over to our apartment last night and helped Sister Thomas spread the icing on all 12 dozen. Actually, I was surprised as they had quite the delicate touch as they spread the icing. This is the Elders helping Sister Thomas pass them out following the fireside. Everyone thought Sister Thomas’ cupcakes were worth the wait.
We (all the missionaries) taught the fireside on “Enduring to the End”. We showed an excerpt from a talk by President Uchtdorf on “Enduring to the End,” all of the October 2012 talk by Elder Holland titled “The Great Commandment” and a Mormon Channel video titled “You have done it unto me” with discussions in-between on what it means to endure to the end. It was a powerful message on the love we should have for the Savior. “Peter, do you love me?” As a result of our love for the Savor, while we serve and as we magnifying our callings, we should feel as if enduring to the end is not work or drudgery but an act love. “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Elders Palelei & Smith: “We have a flat tire in Whittlesea.”
Elder Thomas: “Hoping your spare is OK?”
Elders Palelei & Smith: “Elder Palelei is getting it checked right now.”
Elders Palelei & Smith: “ The Spare is not OK”
At this point I called the Elders. What actually happened is that they had a flat tire and the spare was flat so they drove to the Petrol Station. In doing that, they ruined the flat tire on the car. I chastised the elders for driving on a flat tire, but luckily it is old so it is not a big loss.
Elder Palelei suggested that we call the Ilinge Elders and see if we could arrange to borrow their spare tire because they have the same make of car. It was a good suggestion. Luckily, when I called them they were still at their boarding and we arranged to borrow their spare tire. We picked up this tire and drove out to Sada on a bit of a mercy mission. It was a sad group of Elders and fellowshippers when we got there. As I looked at the other tires on the car, we will need to get this car in on Monday to get four new new tires in any case.
Hopefully, we can get through the weekend with both cars without an additional flat tire. The moral of the story is to keep your spare tires repaired and pumped up. After all, that is what they are for.
You can see Elders Palelei and Smith along with their fellowshipers for the day Sechaba and Sihle.
While there I discovered that one of the head lights had been stolen over two weeks ago. I ask Elder Pennington if, as a new missionary, he was comfortable with breaking the rules? He exclaimed that he was not! I asked Elder Ramat if after being on a mission for 16 months if he was now getting used to breaking the rules. He exclaimed "No!" So I asked them how they reconcile their attitudes with the fact the they have been driving without lights for two weeks?
They hung their heads in repentant shame. I bought them a new light and asked them to call me quickly if they have a problem in the future. I also gave hugs afterward to "show greater love". (See D&C 121) You can see Elder Pennington pointing to his companion Elder Ramat and Elder Ramat pointing to the newly installed front light.
While I was doing this, Sister Thomas was home baking 12 dozen cupcakes for the missionary fireside to be held after church on Sunday. Sorry no pictures of that. We will have to get some pictures of the finished product tomorrow at the fireside.
Friday, March 21, 2014
While working in the system I helped the Bishop find one member who was in the ward list but who’s family name was listed incorrectly. It will be a joy to be able to tell her that, “she that was lost has been found”. We also had to record some expenses which the Ward had spent during the month.
We got a call from the Elders in Queenstown asking for help because their bikes had broken. We came home to help them and Elder Thomas went out to teach a lesson with Elders Shongwe and Lawson while Sister Thomas finished preparing for Piano lessons.
Sister Thomas helps out with piano lessons. You can see Siseko and Liyema being put through their lessons. This is going well and there is a group that really wants to learn how to play but without a key board at home it is not possible for them to advance when they only play at the church when Sister Thomas is watching them.
They need to be able to practice once a day, just as everyone else has who has learned how to play the piano and suffered through those early morning practice sessions.
When we were done we went to look at the bike. The chain had broken. It does not happen very often but the chain is very worn from rubbing when it came off the gears and rubbed against the spokes. The biking Elders will need to get it fixed first thing in the morning.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
I glued some chairs from a dining room set that had worked loose through simple use over time. While I did this, Sister Thomas and Wendy sat out in the warm sun and went through the documents. You can see the clear blue African sky over their shoulders. It was a wonderful beautiful warm but not hot day. While we were at the Miselo’s, we found out that Awongiwe had her baby this week.
Once we were done at the Miselo’s we went to the church where we met up with Elders Palelei and Smith. Sister Thomas dropped me off at the church and then she went to the Whittlesea Spar to get some food stuffs for Awongiwe. They apparently don’t give them very much to eat while in hospital.
While at the church, we made the final preparations for the Fireside that the Bishop has asked us to prepare for and present this Sunday after Church. I also took the time to update the Church Membership records for the new information that we have collected over the past week.
Once completed at the Church, we went to the hospital where Awongiwe was so we could see how she was doing and to see her new son. What a beautiful little baby boy! We left the small care package with her and offered our support.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
You can see him with his Zone doing a Missionary version of the Hakka. I am not sure his Mother would like his suit jacket tied around his waist but he had a small problem with his pants and was trying to stay modest.
We have a special fondness for Elder Taylor because of a connection to him through our Son-in-Law, Jeff Cutrer, who was his Young Men’s President in the Draper 10th ward.
It was fun to sit back and watch this new generation of leaders with this group of young men as they prepared them to serve our Heavenly Father. This young man is the outcome of a dedicated group of leaders who attended the Temple once a week with their young men and where they studied Preach My Gospel as the lesson manual for all Priests in the ward.
It was also interesting to watch my grandsons as they looked up to Elder Taylor. As with all Young Men President's, the young men in the ward were always in and out of the Cutrer's home. I wonder if Elder Taylor knows how much his serving a mission means to my Grandsons? I am grateful to him for helping set a missionary example for my grandkids. May they follow in Elder Taylor's, as well as their father's footsteps, and someday serve a mission.
Elder Taylor is an excellent missionary who is currently serving as Zone Leader in Mdansane. Is there anyone with a more infectious smile?
Elder and Sister Boyce, mostly Sister Boyce along with assignments to the other Senior Sisters (In middle right are Sisters Chase, Wheeler, Thomas and Boyce) provided lunch which we helped set up and serve to the Elders. You can see the half chicken, corn and baked potato on Sister Thomas' plate. The lunch went over well.
There is one picture of Elder Ellingson finishing off his sweet corn with his hand. While his mother might not be to impressed he just completed a goal of eating the entire meal with his hands. I am not sure why?
Sorry to everyone whom I cut out in the middle picture. I really need to get a small tripod for this camera.
You can see Elder Taylor on the back row forth from the right with his wonderful smile. You can also see Elders mingled throughout this picture who are serving in Queenstown or who have served with us. It is nice to begin to know more and more of the Elders in our mission.
Monday, March 17, 2014
We drove down to East London early on Monday so we could play golf and do some shopping prior to the one last practice with the Elders at 2:00. They were excited to be fully prepared, particularly with a good special musical number so they could fulfill their assignment from President Wood.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
After Church we went home teaching and then drove back to Queenstown. We arrived home to a hard rain storm and a wonderful rainbow. It is difficult to get a picture of a rainbow that does it justice on film. This one is no exception. It was an awesome sight.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Then there were sport activities throughout the day. The group was divided into teams and then the team rotated between different activity stations. They cut out and glued together a temple from paper, they played Crab Soccer, they were blindfolded and had to find different color balls with help from their team mates, they had to use stars to make a raft to foot marbles and the had to balance some nuts and golf balls on top of each other. Sister Thomas helped out with the Crab Soccer and Elder Thomas was in charge of the nut and golf ball stacking or “A Minute to Win It”.
At the end of the day the Stake Young Mens President and Stake Young Women’s Presidents bought the youth together to have them express what they learned. There was lunch provided as well as drinks and snacks. A good day and a lot of work by the stake to help put the activity on.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Following the District Meeting, the Zone Leaders brought both districts together to prepare for the singing assignments for Zone Conference next week. The Zone has been assigned a musical number and the Zone Leaders (Elder Lekgoati) chose “This is the Christ”. It is an excellent choice but it will require a bit of practice to get it right. We will do that Saturday evening at 8:00 and Sunday evening at 9:00 at the Church and finally at 2:00 on Monday afternoon in East London when the Mthatha Elders arrive in East London for the Zone Conference which begins first thing on Tuesday morning.
Following the singing practice the Elders began discussing the Zone Reports. This was a fun experience to watch as there was a constant balance between the absurd and ridiculous to something funny but in tune with what Missionaries should present at a Zone Conference.
You can see the elders building ideas, then the suit jackets came off and the work began. As the zone came together in spirit and thought as they agreed what they will present, they also came closer physically gathering around the table. They ended with some practice for what was agreed with Elder Hendersen playing the guitar.
Sister Thomas spent this time practicing so she could play “This is the Christ” as she accompanies the Zone for their special musical number.
Elder Thomas enjoyed watching the creative spirit that comes when a group of Elders come together to fulfill a given assignment. It is also joy watching as the cultural differences are bought into the Elders’ creative spirit.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
We had the Zone Leaders, Elders Lekgoati and Hendersen, over for breakfast just before the meeting. Sister Thomas cooked a welcome breakfast for the Elders who could not stop expressing their gratitude. It is obvious that while Elders get dinner invitations, they almost never get invited to breakfast. You can tell from the table they were excited. They certainly went back and filled up their plates and then we had them finish off the hash browns and scrambled eggs. They did not leave hungry.
We used our computer to call into the Skype call. Today Driving Safety was discussed as well as a new forward goal setting plan was implemented as recommended by Elder Maynes during his visit. Reading and study instructions were provided for the coming Zone Conference and the training topics for the district meetings covering the next month were provided.
Elders Lekgoati and Elder Hendersen are a powerful set of Zone Leaders who are always trying raise the level of performance of the missionaries as well as the spiritual level in the Zone. That is Elder Hendersen unable to contain his joy over breakfast and Elder Lekgoati is also ready to dive in.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
I tried to fix the Zone Leaders’ vacuum but in the end we needed to take it back so while Sister Thomas was shopping for groceries I stood in line at the customer service line to get it taken care of. That is it at the back of the counter. They are sending it in to be repaired. It will take 21 days to get it fixed and returned. We will see how that goes.
This afternoon Sister Thomas became my Home Teaching companion because my companion was tied up with school and was not available. It is nice to home teach with my eternal companion in any case. We visited Sister Ceke and Sister Trom. It was a drive and then a walk down a country lane to get to Sister Ceke's house which is shown over Sister Thomas’ left shoulder. We need to follow up because she needs some help with her yard. We will speak to the Elders to see what we can arrange.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
Then we played some cadence games. You can see Elders Ramat and Pennington really concentrating on getting it right. I will have to teach my family the President, President cadence game when we get home.
It was Brother Qinisile’s birthday so we also had cake as well. They have a tradition of pouring water on someone for their birthday and this was done about halfway through the evening by his Sister-in-law Odwa. You can see his shirt is still wet in the upper left picture. Sister Qinisile also provided us food as well.
Sister Thomas took over their daughter and held her for most of the evening and did quite well during the games even with the baby on her lap.
Odwa will make a strong member in the church and she certainly has strong family support around her. We will watch her with interest as she grows in the gospel.
In the lower left picture you can see Elders Ramat, Pennington, Lawson, Henderson and Lekgoati siting on the couch. At the time this picture was taken Elder Smith was in the barber’s chair but you can see him in the lower right picture "face bombing" my picture as well.
I then walked to the Standard Bank to do the Sada Ward Deposit because Sister Thomas was using the car. I attempting to fix one of the Elders Vacuums but I was not successful. I copied some of our pictures of the game drive and the Hangklip hike onto a pin drive for Elder Lawson. I was in support as Sister Thomas cut the Elders hair.
Later in the evening after purchasing some food for breakfast because we are having Elders Palelei and Smith over for companion study and breakfast. Finally, teaching along with Sister Thomas and Elders Ramat and Pennington at the Qinisile’s family home evening.
Oh yes, there was a game of golf mixed in-between all of this. I shot a 82 today. I am smiling on the golf course and Sister Thomas is frowning (or at least not smiling) because I turned on the camera and it made a noise while she was putting and she heard it. Of course she missed the put. However, in fairness I would be frowning too, I don’t want someone messing around during my back swing either.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
We had the opportunity to attend his homecoming meeting with his family on Saturday. This is actually a good way to do this as the family can all attend and it does not impact their ability to attend church as needed on Sunday.
There was a short program where there were a couple of priesthood leaders who spoke on the ward’s gratitude for Elder Bomela serving with such distinction. The Elder spoke to the group but kept this fairly short expressing his gratitude for the opportunity to serve. I thought his remarks were perfect given the audience. However, the joy of the event were the words of his mother. The stories she shared about her son getting ready to leave and then being delayed because of no visa were a real treasure. Then to hear her tell it, poor President Bell had his hands full of a tearful mother, who felt like throwing herself on the floor of the airport in a basket of tears. She told of how she wanted sneak into Zimbabwe to bring her boy home when she heard of her son’s bicycle accident. Again calmer heads prevailed and she did not go. Finally, she had the opportunity to travel to Zimbabwe and when she sent an email to her son telling him she would be coming, her faithful missionary son told her he would not even greet her if she came for a visit. After a few days of contemplation she decided not to go.
In this jumble of emotion it was a faithful Latter-day Saint Mother giving voice for what most all other mothers of the church feel as they find the strength to stand back and let their sons and daughters leave and head into the mission field.
Yes, President, we will watch and help in every way we can and we have delivered a copy of each of the teaching pamphlets to Brother Bomela in Xhosa as requested. However, this mother and son are truly faithful and committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a joy to behold.
Friday, March 7, 2014
After Zone conference we went to Nandos for lunch. Sister Thomas is losing my “Picture Taking Trust”. She is going funky just a bit to often when I turn my head to be in the picture. But how can you not love someone who would do that?
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Clockwise in upper left you can see Elders Mkwezalamba, Carlson, de Carvalho and Trepanier along with Sister Thomas.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
As a result, Sister Thomas made a big pot of stew today and we invited the Elders and their companions over to have dinner. We thought that we would have 6 Elders over for dinner but the word got out and all 10 Elders showed up. The Elders are always good at sniffing out some good home cooked food. When they show up with their sweet smiles looking for food and what are you going to do? It was a good thing Sister Thomas made a large pot.
It was nice to have the new Elders in our home so we could get to know them just a little bit. We look forward to working with them in the future months.
In the upper right picture you can see Elder Ramat and Pennington eating. Also clockwise across the couches are Elder Paleli, Shongwe, Lekgoate, Smith, Lawson and Hendersen. In the lower left picture Elders Ndlovu and Ngobeni are being served by a beautiful waitress. They left a tip of promised blessings. What more could you ask for?
Elders Ramat and Ndlovu have return from the training they had in Cape Town. This training is for all missionaries who will be training new missionaries. While we were at the elders boarding we were able to get a picture of them prior to the transfers later today. Later in the day Elders Slabbert, Lawson and Lekgoati came by our flat to say good bye. We took the opportunity to have one last picture with Elder Slabbert. It is sad to see Elder Slabbert going but we are excited to meet the Elder that is returning with Elder Lawson later today.
Monday, March 3, 2014
We try to have the Elders over at the close of the day because this is our last time to see those that are being transferred. They use all of Tuesday during the day and all their Tuesday evening saying goodbye to Members and Investigators and in most cases they leave on Wednesday of the week. In some cases, when they have to fly somewhere early on Wednesday morning, they have to leave Queenstown on Tuesday afternoon and stay overnight in East London.
We have invited them over for scones tonight or in South African language, we are having them over for “Vetkoek”. We will have them here for only about 30 minutes so that they can get home on time. We found out that Elder Madson, Elder Kintu, Elder Slabbert, and Elder Kivley will be transferred. While we will miss them, we are anxious to meet the new Elders who we will be working with over the next couple of months. Also of note, Elder Radabe is going home on this transfer. We wish him well as he returns to Johannesburg.
While they were enjoying the Vetkoek Sister Thomas made, Elders Lekgoate and Elder Lawson were called by the AP’s and told who their new companions will be. You can see them on the phone getting the information first hand rather than from the mission grapevine, which is prolific.
You can see in the center photo, Elders Lawsen, Slabbert, Ngobeni, Lekgoate, and Pennington in upper right and upper middle are Elders Kintu and Smith.
As far as a financial summary, the following is noteworthy. The content of the box cost Chelsea about USD 25.00. The postage cost an additional USD 80.70 and the duty we paid when it arrived was R 35.00. While the excitement about what arrived was real and we were thrilled with the surprises that were inside it seems that the cost is a bit more that what the thrill was worth. UMMMMM, perhaps not??
On consecutive rows: Elder and Sister Thomas, Elder Lawson, Elder Slabbert, Elder Pennington in the middle with his Book of Mormon, Elder Ngobeni and Elder Lekgoati. The picture of the Hangklip Mountain is a picture that I took from Queenstown a couple of months ago. We made it up the mountain very close to the base of the cliff on the left had side of the mountain.
There is an additional story told in these pictures. Half way up the mountain we discovered that Elder Pennington brought a Book of Mormon in the his bag. He wanted to be prepared in case there was some quiet time to sit and read. Such is the faith and commitment of a new missionary. On the other hand, Elder Lekgoati our Zone Leader who is less than a transfer away from going home, brought nothing, claiming with outstretched arms, that everything he needs is in his head. Such is the knowledge of a well trained Elder (and one who did not want to carry anything on the hike). We shared our water with him.
As a side note, you can tell just how steep the mountain is by the angle between Elder Slabbert and the mountain side. He is standing vertically and the slope is up to the left. What is that angle, something between 30 and 45 degrees?
We were close enough to enjoy the cliffs that crown the top of the mountain. The Elders were fun to hike with and the conversation was lively during the whole time. Sister Thomas believes that in comparing the elders to our daughters, it seems that the elders scream just as loud when they get close to a spider just as our daughters do.
Rocks thrown in the bushes just next to the elders causes them to jump just as high as my daughters. Hiding along the path waiting in the bushes for them to walk by just to give them a bit of a scare was fun as well.
It was more my objective to climb this mountain as much as the Elders and I am grateful that they were good sports and came along with me.
You would not have believed just how well Sister Thomas did hiking this mountain. It was her encouragement that kept us all going.
Some explanation of the pictures: The hike begins in the upper left and ends in the lower right. In the third picture in the top row, the Elders are just a bit freaked out by the size of a South African Spider. In the upper right we discover that Elder Pennington brought a Book of Mormon with him. The middle left pictures gives an indication for just how steep it the hill side is. The elders point to the City of Queenstown in the middle picture. The cliff in background in the middle picture is about 100 meters high. The rest of the pictures are of us descending to the car. As always, Sister Thomas had cookies waiting back at the car for the Elders.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
It is our deepest desire that each of our children and grandchildren are able to serve our Heavenly Father as full time missionaries at some point in their lives. We pray that we are forging new paths, just like our pioneer ancestors of the past and that our children will chose to follow in the future.
Of course, we also hope that our grandchildren will choose to be missionaries for our Heavenly Father some day soon. Actually, it is not so far away, as Trisha will tell you, that the date is streaking toward her way too fast. In less than five years JT will have the opportunity to serve our Heavenly Father as a full time missionary.
For those of you that don't know these lovely faces are clock wise from upper left: Tara and Leah, Jeff, Kate, Will and Luke Hammond. An awesome family. Tara is our youngest daughter.
The rest of the day we were not a successful as we had hoped it would be.ccWe have been challenged to look closely at the ward list and try to find those that are lost. Our first meeting was set for today but there was only one member of the ward Council that came. It is rather challenging to identify those we need to go find without the support of the ward council. We will have to regroup with the Bishop and define how to move forward.
We had to fix a cupboard door and one of the vacuums and I took the time to change all the filters in the water filtration system getting the Elders up to date. We now have the assurance that they have clean water which is free of dirt and micro bacteria. The church has put very good filtration systems in each of the boardings.
The Elders had big smiles as Sister Thomas finished scoring their boardings. In the left picture is Elder Ndlovu, Sister Thomas, Elder Kintu, Elder Smith and Elder Ngobeni. In the right picture is Elder Pennington, Elder Lawson, Elder Slabbert, Sister Thomas and Elder Ramat.