All of this stuff about the eclipse is so crazy. The members here were talking about how it is a 90th birthday present for President Monson and stuff which is kind of cool. I saw a really cool picture of the Salt Lake temple with the eclipse behind it. Standing in traffic for 13 hours I can't imagine that. that's so awful. And you were driving the whole time.
Letter to Mom:
This week was stake conference and sister Lebethoa gave a talk about how mothers should prepare their children to serve mission by reading the scriptures with them and helping them to be spiritually strong and it reminded me of you and Dad who did that for me.
1 year was good. We had zone conference on our one year so me, Elder Dove, Elder Ballstaedt, and Elder Larson which is all of the members of our transfer hanged out and laughed and talked and stuff and today we are going to go out to eat and do some cool things for our one year celebration. I actually gave away those ugly hush puppies shoes to a guy called Qhawe in Langa branch because he's going on mission and his parents both passed away and he really doesn't have shoes to take. And those brown shoes you sent me I actually gave them to A in Mdantsane and coincidentally his parents also passed away and he also doesn't really have clothes or shoes either. So I was thinking for my one year I was going to maybe go and buy some shoes that I could wear on Sundays and for Zone Conferences and things and maybe a tie.
These past 2 weeks since I've got Elder Khoza have been pretty good. For a week or so we were just getting to know each other and Elder Khoza was settling in and I didn't know how our companionship was going to be. This past week though has been really good. We're becoming really good friends and he is committed to work hard and be obedient so he'll have a great time with me. I think I'm getting a lot better at the whole having a companion thing.
We didn't have very much success these past few weeks. For some reason we have been struggling to teach and find new investigators but I have good reason to believe the area is about to explode for missionary work. We found a new guy called S. He's really good friends with the Elders quorum president and also brother Xhanti who was just released from the bishopric. And his girlfriend is a strong member of the church too. Apparently his family has been taught 3 times the lessons. Once when he was 5 once when he was 11 once when he was 17 and now we are back and I think he's 24. He doesn't remember too much of what they taught him but he's already met the bishop and been to church. We had 2 lessons with him so far and we went into a lot of depth explaining the restoration and the book of mormon and we've built a pretty good relationship of trust already. Definitely he's really exciting for us.
Also there's a less active guy called brother H. He's just come back to church but he was actually the first missionary to serve from Uitenhage ward. He has been back now for a number of years and he just started coming back now. He actually brought his wife to stake conference too. We taught his wife the restoration and she committed to pray about it. He really wants to get her baptized because he wants to go to the temple and be sealed. He told us "My wife is my number one referral" We also gave her a baptismal date for the 24th of September.
There's another guy called R who we started teaching. He came to church last Sunday but he couldn't make it to stake conference. He has been so excited about the lessons and reading the BoM every day. On Tuesday we asked if we could make another appointment for Friday and he said yeah but that Friday was too far and he asked if we could see him on Thursday too. He's getting so excited about the lessons although his understanding isn't too great. Eventually he'll be baptized too I'm sure and we've given him the date also of September 24th.
Elder Keetch from my transfer was made the new AP for this transfer so he is flying out to train us in 2 weeks. That means after him there will only be 3 left from my transfer who I haven't seen yet which is Elder Gibbons and Elder Ivins.
This Sunday was Stake Conference. It was really powerful. There was an area seventy from Congo who came and he gave a really powerful talk and then Elder S Mark Palmer from area presidency was there and his talk was of course very powerful. If you remember his talk from this past conference was "And Jesus beholding him, loved him" which was one of my favorites.
There was another experience that we had on Tuesday. A sister from the ward called us late at night asking for a blessing so we got permission from our leaders to leave the boarding and give her a blessing. We didn't know what she wanted but when we got to her house she came out of nowhere and sat on the porch and she was just weeping and sobbing uncontrollably. We didn't really know what to do but we put her hands on her head and blessed her and told her to receive the Holy Ghost who is the Comforter. Immediately she calmed way down and as we closed the blessing I was just shaking and trembling because the feeling was so powerful. It brought a few things to mind. 1 the Holy Ghost is the comforter and so when one of God's children is in need of comfort, the comfort He can offer is very powerful. 2 I was reminded of 1 Nephi chapter 1 where Lehi saw a vision and because of what he saw and heard he did "shake and tremble exceedingly" Although I didn't see a vision I did shake and tremble exceedingly because of the power of the third member of the Godhead.
I love you Momma
I am trying my best to be the missionary that my own mother thinks that I am