"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

Friday, July 4, 2014

Attending the Prayer Meeting and Peeling at Brother Kweleta Funeral

We attended the “Peeling” and prayer meeting at the home of Brother Kweleta who has just passed away.  While we were there, we were asked by the bishop to address the group of friends and family that was assembled at the home for the daily prayer meeting which is held in all Xhosa families at the death of a loved one.  The peeling was well under way and, even though Sister Thomas brought her apron and knives, she was not needed as the family had that well in hand.

You can see many of the members of the Sada Ward who were there for the prayer meeting.  They proved to be a very good choir and sang numerous hymns while we were there.  Brother Menze, Bishop Xalabile, Sister Gevesa, Sister Menze, Sandisiwe and Sister Badi’s daughter, Sister Thembakazi and Sister Xalabile.  Of course, that is Elder Labrum sticking his head out.  Elder Labrum has of bit of that “Where in the world is Waldo?” look!

The family and friends come over to the “peeling” which is a group effort to get all the vegetables prepared for the luncheon which is provided after the funeral tomorrow.  Behind the group peeling, you can see the pelts of the 10 sheep that were slaughtered for the funeral feast.

I was grateful to Brother Kweleta because although he could not speak much English, he welcomed Sister Thomas and I into the ward with open arms and an infectious smile.  He was a man of few words but was one of Heavenly Father’s faithful who was and is easy to love.

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