Monday, January 26, 2015

Week 85


This week was pretty solid. This last Monday we had a great lesson with Gammu and company again. We taught them about the Word of Wisdom and they committed to live it. We also had a lesson with them about the Law of Chastity and they have no problems with that as well. So they are doing super great but they are probably going to be moving out of our area this week which makes us super sad. They have been really awesome to teach.

Tuesday we had a good first lesson with some investigators named Alexi and Marlaim. They are from the DRC and don't speak English, at all. But they stay with Brother Celistian who is a returned missionary and translates everything for us. They come to church every week and have a desire to learn but the language barrier makes it difficult. We also tried to watch the Restoration dvd with them because it is in French but they didn't have a remote for the dvd player so we had to watch it in English with Brother Celelstian translating.

Princess and Enow are also both doing really well. They are still good to go to be baptized on the 15th of February. We also saw the Le Rouxs and talked about the Atonement. This week has been good but not too exciting. We did have Zone training and interviews with President on Friday. In my interview he told me that I'm going to be District leader for the rest of my mission and then he gave me a choice. He told me that I can either train again or I can get a young missionary and I chose to train. I loved training last time so I'm sure it's going to be just as great this time. Yeah, nothing really exciting happened this week other than finding out my transfer news.

Elder Kupka

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Week 84

Hello again!

So last week was pretty awesome. On Monday we hiked to Lion’s Head like I said we would. Then we went to Eastern Foods Bizarre and got some dang good food, and then we went to Green Market Square and I bought a crocodile wallet. It's pretty legit and it was a pretty good P-day.

Our car was finished being worked on so we had to go to the mission office to drop off the AP's car and then go with Elder Peterson (one of the office senior couple missionaries) to fetch our car from the dealership. It was nice to have the car back but we couldn't really do anything else by that point in the day.

Tuesday we started off by teaching Brother Charles. He has such a great testimony of the gospel. We reviewed the law of chastity with him and had a pretty good discussion about it. Our next appointment dropped but then we went to check on a man named Eric. He was one of the appointments that we had to drop when our car broke down. We luckily found him home and began sharing the Restoration lesson with him. It went really well. He asks really good questions and you can tell that he has a great background already but is willing to see what we have to say. I have high hopes for him.

We saw him two more times this week and had a really good lesson about the Book of Mormon and started teaching the Plan of Salvation lesson but that one was less nice because there were a ton of distractions and loud noises going on. He stays in a house with a lot of other people each renting out a room so it was hard. We're going to go back and review what we talked about and then finish teaching it this week.

We also saw Princess and Enow; they are doing so well. They've been coming to church every week and bringing Peter with them. The ward is starting to get to know Peter too. We scheduled the girls’ baptism for the 15th of February and I'm very excited for them.

We also saw the Le Roux's. They are a really strong family. They haven't missed church in five or six months now and they are all doing really well. We talked with them about Patriarchal Blessings and they are all going to go for theirs now. I can't really say anything else about them other than how awesome they are.

We saw Michelle and her whole family again and it went really well. They are understanding well and making progress. Their uncle who was there last time has been reading the Book of Mormon and he hasn't been able to put it down he says. We're going to teach the Restoration next time we go because the uncle missed it and it will be good for us to be able to teach it to them since different missionaries are the ones who started teaching them when they lived in Mitchell's Plain.

We also saw the lady that we talked to when our car broke down. Her name is Elizabeth and she stays with her husband Allen. They are a really nice older couple and we taught the Restoration to them and it went really well. They told us that what we were saying is true so we told them to pray about it and make sure.

Friday was good; we had two appointments with Eric and Princess and Enow and then we had a big gap so we decided to go tract in a white area. Usually all that produces is a bunch of doors being slammed in your face, being told that you're a Jehovah's Witness or some other rude thing. But, we actually had a bit of success. We had all the stuff that I mentioned happen to us but we also found a lady whose husband wasn't home so she wouldn't let us in (perfect for us since we can't anyway) but she had just left her church and is looking for a new one so we gave her a pamphlet and she said that she'd call us. We're going to follow up on her this week.

We also found a very nice young coloured couple. They have a one year old son and are super friendly. They also live super close to the chapel and have a car so transport will not be a problem. We're going to see them this Saturday.

Last Saturday I was on exchanges with Elder Wilhelmsen. He hasn't been feeling good the whole week. In the morning I made him some scrambled eggs and then as we were walking out the door to go do service with the Zone Leaders he threw up all over the floor and in the toilet. Needless to say we didn't go out and he spent the day resting. It was pretty boring for me but it was alright. He's doing much better now and I'm glad he was able to rest.

On Sunday we met with Tsombo again and I love teaching him. He is coming back to church in full force and he is going to teach the gospel principles class next week. When we go and have discussions with him we basically just answer his questions. It's awesome because I have a scriptural knowledge to answer all of his questions. It's kind of like a test for me to see if I know my stuff and I surprise myself how I always do. He also makes me think of things on a deeper level and I gain a greater understanding as I teach him as well.

There's a quote I love that basically says that you will know when you're teaching by the spirit because the things you say will also help you to learn new things; which I've definitely seen.

We also saw Eric, like I mentioned earlier, and then we went to the Kruger’s house for dinner. President Kruger is the Stake President and we had a nice evening talking with his family; they are really awesome. They have had hundreds of missionaries in their home. The place is covered in pictures and name tags. It was a pretty great week and this one is going to be just as awesome. We also have interviews with President which I'm really looking forward to on Friday.

Elder Kupka


Elder Wilhelmsen

Elton - awesome fellowshipper and recent convert

Chilling at the beach

On top of Lion's Head

Monday, January 12, 2015

Week 83


It's been an interesting week for us and things started off well because last Monday we got Domino's Pizza and it tasted just like the American Domino's. There are only two in Cape Town but I'm sure it will grow just like Burger King did.

Tuesday we had a really blessed day. Some highlights are that we were able to see Princess and Enow and have a really good lesson with them about the Book of Mormon. They are doing so well.

We've also started what President Merrill calls the "Faith Extension Program". It's where we set a goal each week of something that we want to do and ask the Lord to help us and then each week it progresses.

So the first week we started by doing an hour and a half of finding every day. Well, we soon realized that we were being too blessed because our days were filled and we had no room to keep adding more people. So as with all goals we readjusted and now we're going to try and just had out one pamphlet every day.

But now since we're starting week two we're going to hand out one pamphlet and a Book of Mormon every day. Then next week it will be one pamphlet, a Book of Mormon, and a baptism commitment every day. By week four we want to get the ward involved as well so we're going to have two different fellow shippers come with us every day.

It's going to be a lot of work but that is the reason why it's called the faith extension; if we have the faith that it will happen and we go out and do our part then the Lord promises that he will help us and make it possible.

So on Tuesday while we were finding we had a ton of return appointments and some more people to follow up with which is when we decided to change things up. We saw the Le Roux family and had a great lesson about temples and they are preparing to go to the temple this year.

We also had a great lesson with Gammu and her family. We shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them and they really understood. They had some questions about baptism and we answered all of them. Gammu even said that she wants to be baptized. We were going to drive with them to church to show them the way because they have a bakkie but they told us Sunday morning that they didn't have enough petrol to make it and the funds were lacking.

Wednesday was another great day. The big highlight was that we saw a lady named Michelle. She moved in to our area from Mitchells Plain. We met her and her two sons and got to know them and shared a spiritual thought with them and then went back on Sunday and met her husband and her husband’s brother and had a great lesson about the plan of salvation. We keep getting blessed with lots of families to teach and I'm so grateful for that.

So, this week was going super well and we were teaching a lot but then on Friday we went to district meeting and on the way back our car was acting a bit funny. It was shaking a bit and being weird. Then when we started to apply the brake at stoplights the check oil light came on which is super weird because it only happened when the brakes were on. We were trying to think of what to do but then the car just died at a stop light.

Elder Dryer got out and pushed (it's great to be senior companion) and we found a place to park. Then as we were trying to call someone to help us the phones weren't working. We did manage to talk to a lady and get her information to go and start visiting her so that was pretty cool. And then when we were done talking to her the car started again and we drove it to the shop to get it looked at.

The car apparently had no coolant in it at all. I have no idea how that happened because the car got serviced right before I got here and we haven’t noticed anything dripping out. It stunk though because we had to drop the rest of our appointments on Friday and Saturday. We eventually got the Assistants car because they are in the Eastern Cape.

On Sunday Church was good and then afterwards we had some great lessons. We saw Brother Tsombo again and he's doing great. He came to church and got his records transferred and we went over and had a really great discussion about the gospel. We took Elton and we all just felt uplifted and inspired. We were talking about the spirit world and the millennium and different things. You just had to be there.

We also saw Emmanuel and Jolene and had another super powerful lesson with them. We talked about the Book of Mormon and Emmanuel mentioned some different concerns and things he was looking to gain from the Book of Mormon. I pulled out three scriptures; Moroni 7:13 & 16, 1 Nephi 6:4-6, and 2 Nephi 25:26. It answered all of his concerns and made him super happy about the Book of Mormon.

All in all it was a good week. It could have been a lot better but there is opposition in all things. This week is going to be a great one; I can feel it. I woke up feeling super happy and motivated to have a great week. We're going to hike Lion’s Head today so I'll have some sweet pictures next week.

Elder Kupka

Monday, January 5, 2015

Week 82

This week has been a pretty solid week. Last Monday we had lessons with two men named Peter and Emil. Peter is a less active guy who has the desire to come back to church. He has two daughters that also want to be baptized really badly and he wants us to try and work with his wife. She hasn't been very interested in the past. It was really cool though and we got to know them really well and when we went back to teach his daughters they were taking notes while we were teaching them and it was great. Their names are Princess and Enow and they are 11 and 7 turning 8 this month.

Emil is a referral that we've been trying to contact and as we were teaching Peter we found out that Emil is renting a room in the same house so we got to meet him too. Everything is just working out really well. On Tuesday we taught a ton of recent converts. We had five recent convert lessons. It was crazy. Nothing too special though.

Then we ended the evening with a lesson with Gammu and her family. They weren't all there so we didn't want to get ahead so we read 2 Nephi 2 with them in preparation for teaching the plan of salvation the next time. It went really well and they were really understanding it and they are coming to know that the Book of Mormon is true.

Then when we went back on Friday we taught the Plan of Salvation. It went so well and we were able to answer every single one of their concerns using the Book of Mormon and introduce every principle like the kingdoms of glory using the Bible. So we introduced the principles using what they already believe in and then we answered all of their questions from what they are gaining a testimony of and by the end Gammu said she knows that the Book of Mormon is true. It was a really nice lesson.

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day were kind of lame. We spent the day with the Zone leaders and the Durbanville Elders since we aren't allowed to proselyte. It was nice but kind of boring. It's kind of weird not being busy every hour of every day. It's going to be weird when I'm home.

New Year’s Day was a bit better because the Le Roux family invited us over for a braai which was super good. They made us so much food. Then a few hours later we went to the Sibotoboto's house and had more dinner with them and they had also braai'd. We ate a ton of meat that day.

The other cool lesson that happened this week is that we saw Emmanuel again. I forgot to mention last week that he had asked me a question about baptism and it was valid. I told him no and explained the priesthood and how it's been restored. He said that he loved my answer and that he felt like something inside him was telling him that what I was saying is right.

So yesterday we had another lesson with him and his wife. We took Elton with us who is a recent convert and also from Zimbabwe. It was a great lesson. Elton bore very powerful testimony about how he came to know that the church is true. We talked about how we were going to introduce the Book of Mormon to Emmanuel and Elton lead the conversation perfectly into the Book of Mormon and testified of it. Emmanuel stood up and said, “this is what I've been looking for and this is what I want.” He is so prepared.

We have had so much success and I hope to continue to have it for these last five months. I felt a bit strange when I got to Panorama. I can't really explain but something just felt off but now everything feels right again. I'm loving it, the work is going well, and Elder Dryer and I are doing great.

Elder Kupka

Found in the shower one morning ...