May 3, 2014
We have been praying all week to have electricity on Sunday, so we could watch conference. We had the speaker system all ready, the DVD’s, projector and all the connections to play conference from my computer.
Our prayers were answered!! We had a wonderful day. Who would have imagined that this little old school house with broken windows covered with black garbage bags to keep out the light, would have been filled with the Spirit of Lord. President Winward asked that we show the Women’s’ conference first, followed by the Priesthood session. What a way to start off.
Mom had bought some muffins, bananas and made some fruity drink. What a great little snack for the half hour break between the sessions. The kids were busy coloring the Conference workbook and other quite activities that Mom had prepared. Mom is amazing.
Everything worked like a dream right here in South Africa. Mom and I felt so grateful to be here serving the Lord. Our tears were close to overflowing, as the Spirit confirmed the truthfulness of the messages delivered at Conference and the message we are striving to deliver to God’s children each day.
We know that God lives and answers our prayers. We know that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. All I could think of to describe how we felt was shared by Alma.
“O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people! … that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth.” Alma 29:1-2
Thank you for all the things each of you do to make this sacred journey possible for us. We love you.
We finished up Sunday by having President and Sister Winward over for Dinner. He does not get done with interviews until late, and I know how that feels. Mom whipped up some “missionary food” and it was great.
They have been here almost 6 months, and with her broken ankle and travel to and from the hospital, they have not been able to have any sort of diversion for a P-Day. So, we told them to be ready at 8:00 am Monday morning for us to pick them up. We had a picnic breakfast and told them were all going to the Polokwane Game Reserve. It is close and filled with animals.
In about 2 ½ hours they had an experience of a lifetime. It was so fun to see the look on their faces as we spotted the White Rhino with her baby running all around. The Giraffe, Blue Wildebeest, Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest and Zebra all brought smiles, with lots of oohs, and awes. I did not get a picture of the Jackal running across the gravel road, but that was neat too.
I am pretty sure the Lord had a great time during the creation of South Africa. He created this wonderful place and filled it with some of His very best in wildlife.
Elder and Sister Smith are heading home soon, so they planned a little get together in a little town of Haenertsburg, just 45 minutes north of us. We checked out the cute little shops, had lunch and watched the monkeys run all over the place.
After lunch they showed us Debengeni waterfalls not too far from the town. Wow, what a place.
We account for 6 of the 15 couples in the mission. It was fun to get to know some of the couples a little better.
It was a real peaceful day and we were happy the Winwards were able to be with us. Hope their batteries are all charged up.
Mom asked Oma if she could help with a birthday party later in the week. I guess you know the answer. The intimate party of 12 turned out to be 26, but we got everyone involved with games and the works. They love the balloon relay where you blow up the balloon, run down and sit on it. I mean they really love it. The “I got a little lion and he won’t bite you” was also a hit. Sorry about the name change. We are in South Africa, the lion took care of the little doggy. The wrist rocket and trying to break the balloon was a little more challenging, but we still had fun.
Our “Leader and Membership Support” assignment takes on a whole range of activities.
We really love these people, and we think they love us too.
We are working real hard with the Elders and other members to visit everyone in the “group”.” Some have been away and lost for some time, but we are trying to locate and invite everyone to join us. We love the Lord and are happy to do everything we know how.
We love you and think about you every day. You are each in our prayers and we know that a loving Heavenly Father is watching over you.
MOM & DAD