Tuesday, August 18, 2015

week 9 already?

Elder Katimbo, Elder North, Elder Agyeman, and Elder Jena
Date:  August 17, 2015
Area:  Kimberly, South Africa
Companion:  Elder Jena
Week 8

WOW this is already the start of my ninth week on mission? That's just crazy to think. I just focus on how many weeks I've past not how many I have to go. haha.

So this week is the last week of transfers so sometimes missionaries get lazy.  It was a rough week as we had to take our car into the shop again because they messed something up with a plate or thinga majig. Luckily they got it back to us by the next day so we wernt to long on foot.

Something I find funny is that Mcdonalds is a nice restaurant here. It's the exact same and the same price as home but here that is expensive, 60 rand for a meal is a lot this side. You can go to a nice place similar to dead robbin (Red Robbin for all those that don't call it what we do) for about 6 US bucks. Its just funny as my companion say "ya if you take a girl to McDonalds than you are fly and they really like it" So just interesting that Mcdonalds cost the same as a sit down place.

The electricity in South Africa is pretty spotty so you find that you don't have power on occasions sometimes twice a week. Usually its only off for 2 to 3 hours then they turn it back on.

So I had a awesome meal this week! Goat Head!!! I think the way they make it is put the head in a pot and peal all the meat off when its done and you eat it with steamed bread. It actually tasted really good but the texture was not so good, it was like fat, rubbery and mushy I guess but it would fall apart nicely and you didnt have to chew a lot. so I have eatin the head of a goat. The heads of animals obviously arn't super meaty so it dosn't feed a lot of people but just enough for a family.

I learned that Rastafarian is an actual religion not just a life style where they believe Bob Marly was a prophet and the smoking weed gets you revelation and all this other stuff. 

I have actually learned a lot this week. Me and Elder Jena went contacting in this neighborhood when I decided to knock this door it was a older man probably in his 50-60s. He told us to run from this mormon stuff and not to believe any of it. We sat down with him and tried to talk with him but he wasnt listening even when we could prove through the bible against what he was saying, some people are stubborn. We call it Bible bash when you sit down with someone and just pull up bible scripture to prove your point or disprove theirs which is what he was trying to do to us. Its hard to see someone that is lost and tell you that you are lost. Hopefully he felt something when we bore our testimony.

A place to get hair cuts.  It is nice and cheap only about 25 rand
which is like 2 bucks.  The problem is it is not a place for white
people because they don't know how to cut our hair.  So I have
to go to the mall and pay 100R or roughly 10 bucks!  So expensive!
A powerful family we teach is the Nosi fam, the wife is power, she usually keeps commitments and has felt the spirit testify through her feelings that the things we teach are true, but for some reason investigators dont want to come to church so I hope they realize the importance of it as we continue to teach them.

On the back of some pass along cards is a dvd called together forever. You can call the number on the back and get a free copy of this dvd. I dont know if there is a way to watch this back home or if its on youtube or something but It would be a great family home evening lesson to watch and discuss what you have learned from it.

kids playing soccer
street soccer is all over here.
A topic I have been emphasizing to a lot of people the past couple weeks is that we all have value. Our value dosnt change upon the mistakes we make or our decisions. The world sees otherwise, as you do something bad your value decreases but this is not the case. Our Father in Heaven sees us all as his children and loves us more than we can ever know. No matter what we do He will always love us. He sees our true value, a value that is never changing and always great. Remember that YOU have value and even when we feel like rubbish and like we are worthless, think again and embrace the love that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for you!

I was able to give a blessing to a 8 year old girl named Tokelo this week. It was such a great opportunity to be the one to bring comfort and peace to this girl and family it made me think of when I will be able to give priesthood blessings to children of my own and how important that will be to me and to them in their lives. The church is true guys! live it and love it!

God is good, all the time, all the time, God is good!

Love you all! Be Amazing and do your best and forget the rest!

Elder North

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