Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Week 51



Hello everyone,

Monday:
Today we decided to go shopping for P-day. I learned that it is next to impossible to find short sleeve white collared shirts. So it looks like I'll be sticking it out with the ones I have. We had dinner with Bishop Daubney and his wife and it was very nice. We had apple crumble for dessert which is the first time I've had a fruit pie here and it was delicious. It wasn't the most exciting P-day but it was a good one.

Tuesday:
Today was a pretty unique day. Compared to what we had planned the day turned out almost nowhere near the same. Our first few appointments dropped and our last two appointments dropped. We saw the Masselas again and talked about temples. It was pretty good. The girls can be a bit crazy sometimes but they are awesome.  

We were also able to see one of Sister Gideon's brothers, Arthur, and his family. It was more of a visit to get to know them before we go on Sunday. They are an awesome family. They have a guy staying there from the West Coast. I can't even pronounce the name of his city let alone spell it. But he looks exactly like Mario, my roommate in college. I seriously kept thinking it was him. It was the strangest thing.

After visiting with them we had dinner with Sister Thorne and her daughter, Jan and Ryan, our fellowshipper. It was a great evening because they are so much fun and we had a huge meal of chicken and rice and curry and woers rolls and garlic bread and salad and grilled mushrooms. It was an awesome meal and afterwards we read parts of Helamen 5 with them and talked about the atonement and repentance. It was a very nice evening. You just had to be there.

Wednesday:
Well our first appointment held today and our last appointment held and that was about it. We spent the rest of the time visiting members and scheduling some appointments and re-scheduling others. Our first appointment, however, was awesome. We saw Brother Benjamin and Sister Anna and watched the restoration DVD with them. Afterwards they understood it so well. I've never seen someone understand so well. They both expressed how Joseph Smith was a prophet and how the Book of Mormon is true and how the church is true. They both have a baptismal date now for the 27 of July. The only thing that could interfere would be Brother Benjamin's work but we’re praying for him.

We were supposed to have a dinner appointment with Sister McNish at Ocean Basket tonight so we were waiting there with the other guys and finally decided to call her. Apparently she told Bishop, who was supposed to tell us, that she couldn't make it anymore. We were already in the restaurant so we decided just to order and pay for ourselves. It was really good; the best fish I've ever had and I don't usually like fish. We ordered platters that came with the catch of the day, 12 prawns, 6 mussels, and a bunch of deep fried calimari and chips and rice. We also got cheesecake and ice cream for dessert. After dinner we had to run to see the Gideons. We read the Book of Mormon with them and are continuing to prepare them for their baptism on June 8.

Thursday:
Well, we taught one lesson today to Chaona about temples and eternal marriage and had dinner with the Scheepers. Things have been hard these last two weeks and it's because there is a taxi war going on Capricorn. Taxis are the biggest form of transportation here, especially in the townships and two different gangs run the taxis and now they're fighting and shooting each other.

About 20 people have been shot and killed so far in the last two weeks. So we are completely avoiding that area for now. Unfortunately, that's where most of our teaching pool is. We've been trying to build the Grassy Park side but it's hard. We're still working hard though. Hopefully we'll be blessed soon.

We did manage to stop by to see a potential investigator, Florence, and talked with her and her husband, Good Hope, for a bit and she said she wanted to come to church on Sunday. Unfortunately, her husband works on the weekends and can't get weekends off. But they have great potential.

Friday:
We taught 0 lessons today. Every appointment we had dropped so that was hard. Luckily we had district meeting in the morning, Brother Mike’s for lunch, and correlation tonight instead of Saturday. It still wasn't my best day.

Saturday:
I got to go on exchanges with Elder Mahoney again today! It was awesome. We had a great time and were able to see Chaona and help him with his talk a bit and talked to him about teaching and learning and service in the church.

After his lesson we had lunch and I cooked for Elder Mahoney. Back in Queenstown Elder Black and I had tried to cook lunch for Elder Mahoney and Elder Obonye. It was absolutely terrible. So today I was very happy to redeem myself and I made a nice mince and bacon pasta with gouda cheese and some very nice pasta sauce that had olives in it. It was much better this time. 

Other than that we were able to see the Pietersons and the Nabbes and talk with them and share a few Mormon messages. We finished the night at Burger King with the whole zone. It was a better day than yesterday by far.

Sunday:
Church was nice today. We had seven investigators come to church and one of them was Florence. It was a good Sunday. Unfortunately, Florence left before we had a chance to talk to her but we'll be seeing her on Wednesday and we can find out how she liked it. After church Lordina was baptized. She's a member’s sister who's been staying here to go to school. So after church they had all of us over for lunch. 

We had three appointments today and all of them dropped before we even finished lunch so we just spent the day going around saying goodbye to people for Elder Freitas. We had dinner at the Kipela's house, dessert at the Tonkin's house, and a peach crumble to take home from Sister Jan Thorne. It was a good day with lots of food but no actual teaching appointments. I find out tomorrow night who my new companion will be and I'm very excited.

Love you all,
Elder Kupka





Ocean Basket with the Zone

The Kipela Family