Area: Amanzimtoti, South Africa
Companion: Elder Saibeko
Well looks like I am in for my first Christmas without snow.... weird......
What a great week! so first off I had an awesome lesson with this new investigator named Darril. He is a pretty cool guy and while were teaching him all the sudden I was hit by a wall of smiley goodness! It was an awesome feeling just out of no where I started to smile, wanted to cry and I just felt happy! I was just wondering if he was feeling happy as well, I couldn't tell but I hope so! That happiness is so great, it was a sort of feeling that assures you that God is pleased with what you are doing! As I left that house I left with a sort of spring in my step that I think has been long since missing! Mission is good! :)
|trying to be like my brother Jered.....(He went to|
Guatemala on his mission and was always sending
home pictures of bugs and critters)
My mom informed me of an awesome opportunity you all could have! So if you are trying to decide if a mission is right for you and you arn't really sure. Maybe your worried about being home or how hard mission life is. Well I have good news for you! You can go on a mini mission for 6-12 weeks, living and working with the full time missionaries and get to have and experience the joys and rigorous of mission life, you will get to feel the same kind of giddy happiness that I felt as I have taught the "good news" to people in my mission. Then after those 12 weeks you can know for sure if you could handle it and how it is. So don't delay, call your bishop/Stake Pres. now to start your own mini mission to help you decide if mission is right for you!!......
Onward ever onward! Twas incredible, I had a baptism!!! oh my goodness, I have missed the water, as a missionary we don't get to swim, and its summer season here in Africa and I live next to the beach and don't get to swim. So its a little extra incentive to baptize people so you can get into the water... (that's a joke, not the reason why we don't swim or why we get baptisms) so this awesome man Cebo is 15 years old but he acts more like he around 18, really a level headed guy who knows what he wants in life and he is so young! He could make such a great missionary and leader on day! so we have been teaching him for a while and he has really grasped the gospel with two hands and has not let go for even a second! I was honored with the opportunity to perform the baptism with him and dunk him in the water twice. His head didn't go all the way under the first time because he slipped so we had to do it again, not fun because the water was really cold..... He bore a powerful testimony afterward about what he knows to be true, it was short sweet and to the point. just the I like it! So mission isnt about how many people you can dunk in the water or anything like that but more about the love you give and the love you feel but a baptism doesn't hurt :) There is a special feeling at baptisms of just new life beginning and old habits dying and new joy soon coming.
|Pictures of us and cebo. The other man in white with the little girl is |
Thula and his sister Bushla, he baptized her the same day.
GUESS WHAT!!! God lives! and so does his son Jesus! and best of all they love you!!!!
so today was the end of transfers, Elder Sibeko is leaving me and I am getting Elder Adams. Elder Sibeko is a great guy and a fantastic missionary, he is going to go die in his last area only having 3 months left on mission. sometimes when people get close to the end of their mission they get trunky and want to go home and not work, but not this guy, he is to power. We worked really hard in this area and I can look back and say we did all we were supposed to do and all we could do #NoRegrets He was always quick to complement me which is something that I think helped me a lot, to feel like I was actually a good missionary and can do this. I am thankful I got to know him. so now I have had a companion from Zimbabwe, and two from South Africa. Now I get my American buddy/German So Elder Adams is from the USA but has lived in Germany for the past 5 years. He is in my MTC group meaning we are the same age on mission, he was serving in Bloemfontein which I was able to visit about 2 or 3 times a month while I was in Kimberley so I got to know him pretty well and I love this guy so when I heard the news, I literally flipped, I cant wait to see my brother again! Usually you don't get two young missionaries put together like us. young on mission I mean. we both are only six months out and are serving together! so needless to say I am looking forward to the next couple months :)
Consecration is the only surrender which is also a victory.
I love this scripture in 2 Nephi 33:10
hearken unto these words and believein Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good.
|ME and Sibeko with Alrfed a member|
We had a ward Christmas party which was off the hook crazy, well as crazy as a Mormon party gets that is! That means there were skits, food, and laughs, and some time to mingle after haha. I really enjoyed it and even us missionaries got to participate. We did the 12 days of Christmas song, I saw some people recording it so I will have to get it from them to send you guys, I think you would get a kick out of it.
|In Margate for a meeting then went for some grub at the beach, |
from left to right. Kaitoo, Dean, Knight, Hamilton, Me, Sibeko
I got mail this week!!!! two from grandma marry and then I got some packages from mom, haiy, and grandpa/ma North, haven't opened them because I have to wait for Christmas.
Elder Mookie North