Well, to start off I'd like to give a shout out to the Xangati family who have Googled me and found my blog. I hope you guys read this and I'll see you on Wednesday evening; it will be a golden time!
Anyway it's been a pretty solid and busy week. Who would have thought that combining two areas into one would make us so busy? Along with transfers and having to take Elder Truscott to the bus stop in Port Elizabeth at 6:00 in the morning; I am mentally and physically exhausted but things are continuing to go well.
Last Monday we gave a member named Brian a blessing for his upcoming exams and then we went around with Elder Truscott as he said some good-byes. I'm going to have to learn his area now. Neither of my companions can drive so I'll be driving everyday again.
On Tuesday Elder Decebal-Cuza and I went to work while everyone else was packing and preparing for transfers. We taught Mfundo about the priesthood, followed up on Asanda's neighbor, Siphosetu and had a good Restoration lesson with him and his sister who has started joining us.
Then we went to see Princess and Zandi and taught them about the importance of the Sacrament now that they are baptized. We then saw Sister Hendrickse and taught her about the priesthood and by the end she wasn't feeling too well because she had a headache so I gave her a blessing and told her that she'd be alright and that all of the pains will go away and they did right then and there. The priesthood is super powerful!
We then taught the other Siphosetu the Plan of Salvation with Sinethemba and Ma helping to explain things and it went well. We finished the night with Elder Truscott saying good-byes and having dinner with the Mendu family.
On Wednesday we had to wake up at 5:00 in the morning leave Uitenhage at half past 5 get Elder Truscott to the bus station at 6:15 and send him on his way. He was gone before we were even supposed to be awake for the day. Then we came back and finished getting ready and went out to teach eight appointments which five of them dropped. It was kind of frustrating and it was basically how the rest of the week went.
We have full days scheduled but it ends up with lots of dropped appointments. It's been easier to schedule back- ups with so many people to go visit. We have 50+ people that we need to try and see between investigators, less actives, and recent converts. Luckily some of them are families so it makes the numbers a bit more reasonable but it is still difficult.
We had a good lesson with Gloria on Wednesday. She is another lady we accidentally found but is super prepared to receive the gospel. We talked about the Book of Mormon with her and it seemed to be going well; I'm excited to keep working with her.
Thursday we met with Sister Hendrickse, Mfundo and a guy named Rimano who is less active due to his work. Rimano is a super cool guy. His whole family is members but they live super far away from the chapel. Rimano comes when he's off from work but the rest can't make it very often. We had a great appointment with them. We watched President Uchtdorf's last conference talk. I love the First Presidency because they are so inspired and their talks really can apply to us in so many different ways.
Friday was district meeting and it was a decent one this week; I did it on studying effectively. It was interesting because on Sunday in Elder’s Quorum President Wildskut of the Stake Presidency had a lesson on studying effectively even as non-members. It added on to some of the insights that I had talked about during District Meeting and I had some pretty inspired studies this morning. I've been going through the Book of Mormon slowly. I read 3 Nephi 13 and really pondered on it and it made a lot of sense and I saw a few things that I can improve on.
I always look forward to emailing every week and then I get kind of sick of it by the end so I'm just going to talk about Sunday. It was a really good day. We went to walk with Nwabisa to church but when we got there her family said she wasn't there. We ended up meeting up with her on the way back to the church. She had started walking without us because she was too excited to wait for us to walk with her.
Church was really inspiring this week. We were able to confirm Princess, Zandi, Claudia and Phelicia and that was followed by some great talks. I taught the Gospel Principles lesson on the Holy Ghost.
After church we went to give Brother Booyens, who is a member who has been very sick, the sacrament. He's in ICU and still struggling but he'll get better. We gave him another blessing. After that we went to the Devenish's for a delicious lunch. Then we were running late for the Xangati's so we had to re-schedule with them.
Then we went and taught Gloria and she said she believes that the Book of Mormon is true and we just talked about what that means. Then we went to the Tshibos and watched some Mormon messages. And then we finished the night with Mama Juda and her granddaughter Q. Q is 8 and is preparing to be baptized next year because she's leaving for the holidays. We went over the baptism interview questions with her to see what we should teach her but she knew everything already.
It's been a solid, busy, stressful week. Our schedule for this week is fully booked every hour of the day until Saturday and Sunday which has a few more slots to fill. We have Stake Conference on Sunday and I'm going on exchanges with one of the Zone Leaders in Kwanobuhle this week. That's my life --- it's hectic but I love it. The church is true and I love it and all of you!
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