Monday, April 14, 2014

Week 45

Baptism Day!

Molo choumies (hello friends)

Not much happened after we emailed. Sister Davison had her baptism interview and she passed! She’s all good to go for Saturday. While she was being interviewed we started talking to one of her neighbors named Benjamin. He's an awesome guy from Zimbabwe and we talked a bit about church and sharing the gospel and now he wants us to come teach him. We set an appointment for later this week. Our planners are booked for pretty much every hour of every day. We are insanely busy.

Today we saw a new guy named Innocent and his neighbor Chief. We met Innocent on the street and he wanted us to come by and teach him and when we got there his neighbor joined us. Chief is a funny/strange guy and I think he talked more than the other three of us combined. He had good input but we think he might be a pastor for another church. We made separate return appointments so we can actually get to talk to Innocent.

Next we saw Kama and read from the Book of Mormon with him. Reading English is a bit of a struggle for him but we're working through it and he's getting better already. Next was the Masselas where we talked about baptism to get them ready for Sunday. Everything is good to go and now Brother Massela has decided that he wants to baptize his children and so Elder Freitas and I will be confirming them instead.

We then saw the Van Wyk family. They are a really nice family but kind of crazy and very stuck in their ideas on things like the trinity and think that God doesn't have a body. We tried showing them so many scriptures of God talking to prophets face to face and showing that Jesus and Heavenly Father and the Holy Ghost are separate people. They stuck to one scripture in John that says that no man has seen God so apparently that one verse makes the rest of the Bible false. Our next lesson might be our last if they don't start progressing.

We finished the night at the Gideon's house. The father was there this time and he apparently didn't know we were teaching his wife and daughter and was not interested in our church at all. We basically just bore testimony and Juan joined in and read a few scriptures. I think the father’s heart was softened a bit and I believe he'll come around but it will take some time.

Today we moved out of Pinelands and back into our old boarding. They're not done yet with our bathroom but they should be soon.  Afterwards we went to see Rasta and Mario and we happened to run into them on the street because they had forgotten that we were coming. They let us have a lesson with them. They're a couple of 20 year old kids and friends of Chwayitile and Kama and they don't seem the most interested but we keep trying. We are starting to get their families involved as well and hopefully something comes out of it.

Our next appointment was with Frank and his wife. We met Frank at Ghanizani's house and he invited us to his place. It was one of the best restoration lessons I've ever taught. I don't know what was different and I can't explain it but everything just flowed perfectly and I'm excited to keep teaching them because they have great potential.

After Frank we saw Alexandro; he is so awesome. He's just such an easy person to love and he will make a great member of the church but he needs to start coming to church. He's read from the Book of Mormon and knows it is true; he's just so golden. We finished the night off by reading from the Book of Mormon with Sister Davison. She's doing awesome and is so excited for her baptism.

I was on exchanges with Elder Kivley in their area again. Once again I am so grateful that I'm not in their area. We taught one lesson to a crazy couple who called Jesus a scoundrel for whipping people in the temple and said Moses just was making up his own stuff but they still want to follow the law of Moses today. And they want to be members of our church because we believe in eternal marriage but they don't want to actually go to a church. They were the most confused people I've ever met and they wouldn't let us talk long enough to clear anything up.

We went to Panchos for dinner with the Zone. It might not have been the best idea since it was Friday and the whole street was filled with drunk people but we made it out alive and had some good food.

Today was a great birthday. I didn't do anything special and we were fasting so I didn't even eat anything special. We tried going to some appointments but most of them dropped except for one with Chaona. He's an awesome guy and I hope he gets to go on a mission. After that we were just getting ready for the baptisms.

Nyarai wanted to come so we arranged for Brother Knighton to come. We went to pick him up and when we got back about 15 minutes before the baptism everyone was asking us where Sister Davison was. We had no idea and she wasn't answering her phone. At 6:30, when the baptism was supposed to start, we were about to drive to her house to see what's up but as we were getting in the car we saw them running up to the gate. We let them in and rushed them off to get changed. They had apparently left two hours earlier but one of the taxis waited for 45 minutes to get full. Taxis here are like mini busses and won't go anywhere if they aren't full. But she made it in time and everything went great.

Another great day at church and then the Massela's baptisms afterward was the icing on the cake. We confirmed all six people who were baptized over the weekend at the end. Brother Massela has been less active but he decided two weeks ago that he wants to come back to church and baptize his girls and the Bishop ok'd it. It was awesome and a really great thing to see. I then got to confirm Roxanne and Victoria. Elder Freitas confirmed Roxy and the Bishop confirmed everyone else.

We had some good lessons after church. One was with James about baptism and he was able to realize that the way he was baptized when he was a baby wasn't the same way that Jesus was baptized and now he knows how he needs to be baptized. He's also been reading from the Book of Mormon and knows it is true and is going to be baptized at the end of June. He is going to start coming to church this Sunday.

Again I am so blessed on the mission. It's taking a lot if sifting through people but we have around six people who can be baptized at the end of May and I'm really looking forward to it. We taught 98 lessons this transfer and the vast majority of them were the restoration but we have a great teaching pool now and have lots of potential for the Grassy Park area.

You know how I said I will never hike Table Mountain again? Well, we did it again this week but we went up the back side and it was pretty cool and reminded me a lot of Utah. When we got to the top we were in a cloud and it was freezing and we couldn't see a thing but it made for some cool pictures. I also found out that Elder Freitas and I are staying together this transfer. We're both super excited and it's going to be another good one.

Love you all,

Elder Kupka

Brown Pants Gang

Lunch Trent made

Lake on top of Table Mountain

Elder Kupka

Elder Freitas hiking up Table Mountain