February 1, 2014
Today, the Sabbath was awesome. After we got set up for Primary and Temple Prep. Class, and the piano set up we sat down and got ready for Sacrament meeting. As the chairs filled up the feeling was thrilling. By the time everyone, even the latecomers, got seated, we only had 7 chairs left that were scattered through out the hall. We had 53 people at church. That was a new high for our little group. That included 5 investigators. Gee, we had it all and electricity to boot.
Meeting was filled with the Spirit and the speakers spoke under the direction of the Spirit. Elizabeth, a single mom, Brother Andres, who just returned to church a couple of months ago and Momie, the youth speaker were powerful. No fluff, just pure doctrine of the Savior, Jesus Christ. If you did not feel something during that meeting, then you must not have a pulse.
From this feast, Mom and I went in and taught our Temple Prep. Class. Gods plan for us is simple but complete. Our Father in Heaven gave us a gift of a Savior to help us, give us 2nd chances and knows how we feel. He teaches us and loves us even through poor choices and then back to His loving arms. Our Father has given us lots of things to guide us, show us how to live and how to be happy. I am so grateful for Him and the Savior. They live and love us. We watched the sky and clouds tonight. The sky, sunset, and clouds were brilliant tonight. His handiwork is everywhere.
Primary was a master class on teaching how to follow, like Peter, become “fishers of men and serve each other. The rolls have swelled from 4 and today there were 15. Primary ended with making cookie dough and giving it to the Elders and to Pres. Sethosa after singing I’m trying to be like Jesus.
This area is the wettest place in South Africa. It rained 4 inches on Monday and again another 4 inches on Tuesday so we headed for Kruger Game Preserve only 40 miles away in the low area. It was a bonanza with two Rhino’s, a bunch of Elephants and a Jackal among other wild life. a
forests were unbelievable. Berlin Falls and Lisbon Falls were beautiful. Bourke’s Luck Potholes worn down through the canyon was really neat. Our last stop was the canyon of Three Rondawels. The view from up on top of the lookout was really something. I guess having over 10 feet of water a year is apt to make everything green.
We had a great great time. Elder and Sister Brammers are really fun to be with. We had a good time. Your Mom is far more than I could have ever hoped for when we got married. I’m not sure how I could have been so fortunate. I love her.
The bad news of our little get away is that when we returned; we now had 4 days to do the work of 7. It was worth it. We had a great time and Elder and Sister Brammer are always fun to be around.
Today mom made up dinner for Bambi. She is the member that just got out of the hospital with one kidney removed. Mom is all about service and not just talking about it. We then traveled out to teach and be taught by Patrick. We read and explained some scriptures. He told us how he studied and especially loved to ponder what he read each day. He told us how he loved having a complete set of scriptures and especially how he loved being able to study the words of the prophets in the Liahona and conference talks.
As we concluded, Patrick asked if we would fast with he and Mary. He has such a desire that as a family they enjoy all of the blessing the Lord has in store for them. Mary has only been willing to meet with us a few times. She is so shy and such a sweet lady. Please keep her in your prayers.
Friday is District Conference, visits to Jimmy and finishing up the day and evening with Institute. We love studying and talking about the Book of Mormon. Listening to each other’s experiences is always inspiritual. It’s too bad our little car is not an 18 seater. It is more than a lesson; it is really a social event for the YSA kids. They love it. The real challenge is to get them to go home after we are done.
Today, Saturday is interview day for the 4 kids in Venda. Chantel, Zwonaka, Hope, and Judy are so excited they can hardly wait to be baptized next Sunday. Mom helped Elder George with the interview for the kids. You know, getting the question down on their level. They were excited, but scared at the same time.
Mom taught about tithing, had them fishing as one of the games. These kids love to sing. Of course with all the props the kids loved it. Mom let whoever wanted to conduct to lead the children in the signing. They just wanted to keep on singing. They were having such a great time.
While I went down the rocky dirt lane to get all the permission signatures with the Elders and Ruben, Mom just sat in the car. When we got back Mom had 11 kids in the car playing, “I spy”, “I’m thinking of”, singing “In the leafy trees tops” and had a round of “Row, Row, Row your Boat. Not sure if these kids play very many games or ever sing. They asked mom if she couldn’t stay just a while longer. She is the pied piper all the way. She is teaching and loving the whole village.
I hope you are all are all doing well. Thank you for your notes and pictures. We really do look every day for notes from home. We are happy being missionaries. “Tender Mercies” are everywhere. The work is going well. We are about sharing our love, one person at a time. We love each of you more than you know.
MOM & DAD