(Speaking of Training): The Lord is giving me exactly what he knows I need to learn. Mostly humility and more importantly charity which is the greatest of all. I did struggle with my companions before I slowly started to learn more and more how to handle having a companion. My last companionship with Elder Lillback was perfect and I have no doubt we could have stayed together for as long as needed without argument. I really think the Lord arranges transfers based on weaknesses not on strengths. He doesn't give the greatest leaders the greatest leadership responsibilities and down until he gives the most incompetent fools JC for 2 years. Instead he gives leadership to those who needs leadership and JC to those who need to be humbled. For me training 3 times is very clearly something that God is trying to teach me. I believe firmly that he wants to teach me patience for weakness and most importantly Christlike love and Charity. After everything that I've learned on mission so far I would say that's by far the most important and valuable thing I have tried to learn.
I'm really excited to see that Elder Koch is coming to our mission. I knew that he was in the South East Africa Area Presidency and I also knew a seventy was coming to our mission so I was really hoping it would be him because that would be really cool. So yeah that's really exciting news for me he should be coming in October so that will be really awesome.
There's a missionary in our zone from England (coincidentally Elder Dove's companion) who used to be a professional rugby player and he also went to school to be a personal trainer and he worked professionally as a personal trainer before mission. His name is Elder Sibiya. Elder Sibiya has gotten a couple of us in the zone on his workout and eating plan promising shocking results. I start today. Basically his plan includes no sugar, no bread, no pasta, no butter or oil, no cereal. Lots of eggs meat and beans as well as fruit and vegetables and peanut butter. Lots of water. It's going to be a pretty major change for me but I'm really excited about it. I was eating a lot of junk this past week to prepare for my "before" picture and I tried to make myself look as bad as possible. You'll see the picture I'm sure it is very funny. But soon I will be shredded out of my mind :)
Me and Elder Khoza had a killer week this week for missionary work. We are teaching this father led family who were referred to us by brother Freddie in the bishopric. When we went back to teach them the second lesson we asked them if they had prayed. The wife said "I prayed to know if Joseph Smith is a true prophet and if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church on earth and I felt this amazing feeling inside that was so warm and told me that it's true, almost as if Jesus Himself was speaking to me telling me that everything was true but that I needed to learn more and come to church." We were so excited about that and for sure she will be baptised with her family in the next couple of weeks.
Also we've been working with the bishop. We have a couple of investigators who the Stake President is probably going to come out and marry in the next few weeks and some other people who are really excited about church. I'll let you know more about them as they approach baptism. It's been 12 weeks in Uitenhage now and we're finally making real progress so that's exciting.