Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Week 64

It's been a pretty great week this week. Last Monday we had our final Family Home Evening with the Tshikilas before they go to Joburg; we had a good evening with them. They made dinner and we brought a cake and had a pretty great mini lesson with them as well. I'm going to miss them a lot.

Tuesday was a very busy day. It started off with our sink not draining which wasn't too fun. We ran to Pick N Pay to get drain cleaner and then had to wait for a few hours for the water to go down so we could put the stuff in. It all worked out though.

We then ran to our first appointment which was with Siphosetu; she is the Franz's niece who lives with them now. She's been coming to church for a long time and is 10 years old so they wanted us to start teaching her so she can be baptized. She is super smart and already knows everything but she speaks mostly Xhosa and a bit of English. She does well in English and then when she needs help the Franz's are there to translate.

After her lesson we met with Princess and Zandy and they are doing great. We read from the Book of Mormon with them and then on Friday Elder Kivley and Elder Tennant saw them because we were on exchanges. We saw Sister Hendrickse a few times this week as well and she is doing really well. She's kind of old but her understanding is getting better every time we go and she was able to come to church this week as well.

We then saw Yvonne and her family and had some good lessons. We had talked about priesthood blessings with her last week and she wanted us to give her and her family blessings of comfort and counsel this week. It was a pretty cool experience and I think it helped her. She is on the verge of gaining a testimony that this is true for herself; she's so close!

Wednesday we had Zone Conference in Port Elizabeth. We had to be there at 8:00 in the morning and it is about a 45 minute drive. So of course at 7:00 am when the other guys go out to their car they have a flat tyre and no tools to change it with. Luckily we were able to arrange rides with the other missionaries going and it all worked out well.

Zone Conference was pretty great though. We heard from President Merrill and Elder and Sister Cook. Elder Cook is the area president for the Africa South East area. Unfortunately Sister Merrill was sick and couldn't make it. It was a really awesome training. President Merrill talked a lot about obedience and how it can bless our missionary work. One thing that I thought was really cool is that he gave us a challenge to have the faith to test God. Meaning that we need to have the faith that as we are exactly obedient the promised blessings from our Heavenly Father will pour in to help our missionary work.

It's a true principle and something that can be applied throughout our whole lives. God always promises us blessings and He's never going to go back on His word so it's up to us to do our part to receive those blessings. Elder Cook talked a lot about working with members to help strengthen our investigators. The Areas main goal right now is retention. We need to retaining the people who have already made covenants and those who are about to.

He spoke about how there's not a missionary church and a member church but how it is all one and so we need to work together through all phases of the work. It was a great training but it was kind of long.

We had dinner with the Franz's that evening and that was great. I had taken some pictures but I forgot my camera cords today to email so there will be a lot of pictures next week.

Thursday was a pretty hectic day. It was the hardest rain storm I've seen outside of Cape Town; it was coming down hard. A cool experience though is that we had an appointment with a less active member and we weren't sure if she was going to hold and it was the peak of the storm at this point so we tried phoning her but there was no answer. So we decided to buckle down and walk there. We got there and she was there but she had not remembered that we were coming. I'm super grateful that she was there otherwise I would've been super disappointed and I think it showed her how dedicated we are in wanting to helping her. I think it's going to help us a lot as we work with her.

We had a good rest of the day after that and it ended at the Tshibo's house; they are going as strong as ever. On Friday I was on exchanges with Elder Ndlouvu in KwaNobuhle. It was a good exchange and it was still raining so I was super grateful for the car. We got Chinese food for lunch and then had to run to KwaMagxaki to give post to the Elders working out there and pick up a fleet card. I realized that being a Zone Leader gives you a lot more admin work.

We had a few good lessons after that too. One was with a girl who only speaks Xhosa. Elder Ndlouvu is Zulu so he was able to talk to her and the fellowshipper was also Xhosa and then I sat there not having a clue what was going on. It was pretty lame for me, but oh well. After her visit we had a lesson with two recent convert boys and two investigators after that and they all went well.

The only other exciting thing that happened was Sunday night the other missionaries had told some of their investigators that they were going to cook dinner for them and they invited us to come along. So we went and cooked dinner and had a good Sunday evening with them. All in all it's been a good week. Things are going well for me and the mission is flying by.

Elder Kupka