Keeping the pace within reason


June 21, 2014

Dear Family:

Winter is here, but it is only cold in the morning and evenings. During the day we suffer in the mid 60’s and low 70’s. With A/C or no central heating, this is our solution. Mom does not share very well. 2014-06-18 22.56.36


P-Day this week means taking Nigel and Nelly to the local Game Reserve. Since she has never been to one, we thought it might be fun to take her and let her enjoy all the animals. We missed some of the animals, but the termite hill was neat. They call them anthills.

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We just wanted to let them have some fun time together. We tried to stay out of the way as best we could. Normally, Nelly goes to school on Monday, but Monday was a holiday (Youth Day). The day when the rally’s started to over throw the Appartide.

Nigel has a lot of paperwork to get done (marriage documents, passport application for Nelly, and a tons more) while he is here.   We started out on Tuesday at the Home Affairs office. We got there about 10:00 a.m. and there were only about 150 people already standing in a line. We decided to start a little earlier on Wed. The offices open at 8:00 so being there at 7:15 seemed reasonable. Wrong answer. The crowd was even larger. Gee, did all these people sleep over? Wow, this is what a welfare state looks like. It was not a pretty site.

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Nigel has a long way to go, but we made some good progress and at least he now knows what needs to be done. The big cultural hurtle is Nelly’s family permission and all the LABOLA issues. It will take some time to work through all of this. Matching lots of the cultural traditions with the Gospel is a little tricky here in Africa.

Teaching went well this week. We taught a FHE at Ouma’s family. For the treats, Mom and the girls made rice Krispy’s treats. They love, love, loved them.

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At Sethosa’s, we watched a short movie and mom gave Mary her a set of pearl earrings. Nigel went with us and they were happy to see him. This is his old stomping ground. Joseph did not get home till late, so that was a little disappointing, but the evening felt good.

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Next night, after piano lessons, we were invited over to have another FHE. This time, Sister Johanna, a non-member and her two teenaged children met with us. It was delightful. The Spirit did the teaching, and we left with a feeling of gratitude. We have so many families to teach and so little time.

Who says Mom is not a proselyting missionary. Through her teaching efforts and primary, she has taught the 4 kids from Venda, who were baptized, and now she is teaching both Tumi (11) and Matshediso (12).

They are both non-members that have been coming to Primary for the last 7 or 8 months. Both have asked to be baptized and we have permission from the parents. The Elders come with us but nobody teaches the kids like Mom. Here are some pictures of Tumi from our teaching this week.

Outside by the car, there was a little boy playing in the dirt with his homemade pushcart. It was really cool.

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We will start teaching Matshediso this next week at his next-door neighbors’ house. They are members.

Quite often we stop by KFC for a quick lunch and a pit stop break. I was amused when I went into the restroom – – look at the security to keep the toilet paper from being stolen.

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Mom and Lucky are still working on his reading skills. As I told you, Mom has her library card and she takes him 10 books every two weeks. When we go out, Mom always sits down to see how he is coming and reads with him. It’s working, he really is doing a lot better.

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While picking up Lebo for Institute I took this picture of her neighbor raking the dirt in front of his home. While these people do not have enough water to plant grass, most of the people take good care of their yards this way. They do this every day and take any footprints or other marks out of the dirt. I also took a picture of mom in her co-pilot position in the car. She is a great to help me reminding me where I am going. I have been able to get to the point where I will actually acknowledge that I am lost.

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Today we celebrated Nolo’s birthday. She is 9 years old. We promised her a surprise, so since they have never been to a movie, we took all four of them to “How to Train your Dragon II”, in 3-D. Mom did the treat thing just like she does with our Grandchildren – – with the popcorn in the cups, and candy and small drinks. Everyone had a great time. We had pizza and Nolo and Thapelo had ribs. Everything was cleaned up to the last bite. Cecily, check out the bracelets you made and sent over. They loved the friendship bracelets!

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Thank you all for the Father’s Day notes. They all made me feel good. We are trying to do a little better job at keeping our pace within reason.

We love and miss you tons.

Please do your very best to follow the Savior and allow Him to walk by your side and share your load.



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