Monday, April 20, 2015

Week 97

I just keep having great weeks! This is the last one of this transfer and then my final transfer starts, which is crazy to realize because I still feel like I just got to Panorama but I've been here for five months, and I only have seven weeks left. It’s a pretty strange feeling!

On Tuesday I was on exchanges in Bellville with Elder Prisbrey and it was great. Elder Prisbrey is a stud. We did a lot of finding and got a couple return appointments for them. We got stuck in traffic for a long time and then had dinner at the home of a less active family.

On Wednesday we had the second appointment with the powerful family from last week. When we got there they were preparing for load shedding so we were only able to sit down with the father. We taught him about the Book of Mormon and he had a lot of questions but he took it all very well. Then load shedding hit and the rest of the family joined us and said that they had been listening.

We then just answered questions that they had about the church and other things. Their daughter had Googled the church and asked if we were polygamists. We were able to clear that one up real quick because the father looked kind of nervous as she was asking. I don't know what they thought our intentions were.

They have committed to read the Book of Mormon and we're going back this Wednesday to follow up and teach about the Plan of Salvation. They are very family oriented so we're going to introduce the Proclamation on the Family, as well.

On Thursday we went to teach a family that Elder Fonua and Elder Truscott had found from their exchange. They are a very awesome family as well; very prepared. We taught them about the Book of Mormon and some of the family members had lots of questions but then the Dad chimed in and started talking about the 12 tribes of Israel, which was spot on.

Another daughter asked if we believe that there could be more books out there with scripture for us and another guy, not sure if he's a friend or a family member, said that he believes that God will continue to talk to us today just as He did in times past. They had so many great insights while we were reading from the Book of Mormon. When we walked into the home of this family I just felt an immediate love for them and that was really cool. They told us that we can come back as often as want!

Sunday we met with Kingsley and he's still doing really well. He was reading and meditating on the Restoration pamphlet that we had left him and he said that he learned a lot from it and really liked it. So we introduced the Book of Mormon to him with 531 more pages for him to meditate on! He's really looking forward to reading it and we had another great discussion on it. This week we're probably going to teach the Plan of Salvation a lot since we just taught the Book of Mormon so many times.

After meeting with Kingsley we went tracting in Plattekloof which is the richest part of our area. I saw some of the biggest houses that I have even seen in my life there. We were kind of nervous but we did it anyway. There were no answers at the first two houses but at the third one the guy said that he's busy now but we can come back anytime. So we're going to be seeing them again this week.

We also tracted into a person who is a Jehovah’s Witness and he talked to us for 45 minutes on his doorstep about what he believed in. We finished the night at Mandi and Forgy's house. We had a nice lesson about Enduring to the End according to the book of Revelation in Chapters 3 and 7. They had made chipatis and we gave Mandi a blessing of comfort. It was a nice end to a nice week.

Elder Kupka

Braai with the Zone