Monday, May 19, 2014

Week 50

Mwribwangi Achimwenes!
(Hello, how are you friends --- in Chi Cheywa, the language of Malawi)

I realized today that I sent pictures of what we did for P-day last week but never told you what it all was. Well, we went to Fish Hoek to visit the penguins at Boulder Beach. Fish Hoek is a very beautiful place right next to the ocean. The penguins were pretty cool but to get close to them we would've had to pay 55 Rand to go down on the beach and no one wanted to pay the money or break the rules so we just gazed from afar. I get some nice pictures that I've already sent back.

We also had a lesson tonight with Brother Benjamin and Sister Anna. We just really stressed the importance of praying to know if Joseph Smith was a prophet and if the Church is true. Hopefully it sunk in.

Today was a hectic day. It didn't start out too busy but we were able to follow up with some people and set some appointments and even found a new lady to teach. We also met with Sister Gideon's brother and his family and we're going back on Sunday to start teaching them. They are a very awesome family and I'm very excited.

We then saw the Masselas and talked about the temple. Then we went to the Nyrendas and introduced the Book of Mormon. One interesting thing is that the Zone Leaders had brought us more copies of the Book of Mormon this morning and when we went to teach we realized that it was the 2013 edition and things have been moved around a bit. It was a little awkward at first but it ended well. We had Chaona with us and he was able to explain things in Chi Cheywa to them and it really helped them to understand. They also fed us dinner of pap and chicken. It was very nice and filling.

After that visit we went to the Gideon's house and talked about the law of chastity. We then finished our day at the Mbombo’s house and we talked about eternal families. We're going to finish it next week because it was getting late. It was busy today and tomorrow we have nine set appointments; we're going to have to try and reschedule one so that we can fit everything in. It's good to be busy.

We started today with the nine set appointments and five of them dropped but we still had a pretty solid day. We had an appointment at 10:00 am that dropped before we even finished studying so our back up was to try and deliver a DVD referral. We've been trying for two weeks and he's never been home. So today when I closed our companionship study I prayed that we would be able to find this guy home and finally give him the DVD. Lo and behold when we got there he was there. He barely speaks English and he's moving so we didn't really get much out of it but it was nice to finally deliver it and have our prayers answered.

The other thing that happened today is that we finished teaching the Gideons all of the lessons and we were going to have them interviewed on Saturday and baptized next Sunday. But Juan, the son, has a meeting in Khayeltisha that day so we had to move the baptism back to the 8th of June.

It was a great day today. We had weekly planning in the morning per usual. Then we went to teach one of the Davison’s neighbors but they weren't home so we went to visit the Davisons. They gave us tea and biscuits and then we had a nice lesson about eternal marriage and read the Family Proclamation.

Our next appointment was with Alexsandro. He has a new job so we haven't seen him in a while so we just caught up with him and shared a spiritual thought. He really wants to come to church but his new job won’t let him have weekends off. He'll hopefully find a new one next month.

Next we met with Brother Vanderwesthuizen. He's a new guy that we met on the street. He has an Aunt who is a member in Gugulethu. The other Elders had taught him once before last Friday on exchanges so this was my first time. We taught him about the Restoration. It went very well. He really wanted to know more and when people are actually interested it's so much easier and the spirit is stronger. He still is questioning what we’re teaching but he said he'll read from the pamphlet and Book of Mormon and I know he'll get his answers.

We finished the evening at Brother Nyrai's house. He's leaving to Malawi for a month on Saturday so he had us over for dinner of pap and chicken before he leaves. It was nice to see him before he goes and we gave him two copies of the Book of Mormon to give to his family on his trip. It was a really great day.

We had a nice district meeting today on courage and gratitude from President Monson's and President Uchtdorf’s last Conference talks. We went to Brother Mike’s place for lunch afterwards and had chicken, rice, vegetables and pumpkin fritters. Then the rest of our day everyone dropped except for our last appointment. We did manage to make three appointments with some people we found just by trying to go to our other appointments.

Then that night as we were waiting for our last appointment I had all of these names of people to go and check on pop into my head. They all live in the same group of apartment buildings so went there to check on them. What ended up happening is that we ran into a man that we've been trying to find for a while. His parents are members but his Dad has passed away. We've met his Mom and his son a few times when we've gone there before, but she doesn't speak English. The boy always tells us we need to visit them but the Dad is never home. Well, this time we happened to get there at the exact same time as the Dad and his boy ran up to us and introduced us. He invited us into his home and we talked for about an hour and we're going to go back on Sunday for a lesson. At the end of a long hard day this made it all totally worth it.

After visiting with him we also had our only lesson that day with Charles and Sarah. Charles has investigated before but it became difficult to see him for a while and now his fiancé from Malawi came to live with him. We were able to sit down with both of them. It was a pretty good lesson and they have great potential.

Every single one of our appointments dropped and we were having no luck catching people at home. We were trying to follow up on people and went to member’s houses but nothing was working. We had a few nice visits with people but no lessons or anything.

I did get hugged by a drunk guy though. He asked me what our motto was so I said something about Jesus Christ - I don't even remember what. Then he turns to me and says, “What did Jesus Christ do for you?” I said, “He suffered for my sins.” So, the drunk guy says good job and hugs me. I kind of pat him on the back but then he pulls away, looks me in the eyes and says, “Hug Me!” and then grabs me again but much tighter. I hugged him back just so he wouldn't do it again.

That was the most eventful thing that happened other than we had correlation meeting at the Knighton’s house and they made homemade pizza for us. It was a good end to a not so great day.

Today was a good day at Church. Nothing too eventful happened. After Church we tried to see Justin, the Gideon’s cousin, but he wasn't home. We did get to talk to his Dad and Uncle though. They are just a great family. They've all been so friendly I think we're going to get a Gideon branch soon.

We then had a lesson with Brother William. He's the one whose Mom is a member but doesn't speak English. It was a really good lesson. He had lots of questions about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon but they weren't bashing questions they were genuine questions. So we had a great lesson and his Mom was able to help out in French too.

Our appointment with the Nabbes dropped so we went to the Chifarimbas and they ended up feeding us dinner which was super nice of them since we showed up unannounced. Then we finished with a lesson with Chaona. He's been assigned to give the second talk next week in Church. So we were able to show him what it all means and how to do it. It was a pretty nice Sunday and end to week 5. We're on week 6 so that means next week is transfers and I'll probably be getting a new companion since Elder Freitas has been here six months, three of them with me.

Elder Kupka

Elders Freitas and Kupka