August 24, 2014
This week was filled with preparation for our Branch Temple trip this week- end. Ouma Ramoroko is so excited to visit the Temple and have a girl’s night out with Mary Lamola and us our Relief Society President. We were able to stay at Patron Housing. The Church has some rooms for those that come a long ways to go to the Temple. They are really nice, and the charge a whopping $5.00 each per person per night. It is located just behind the Temple together with the Area Offices, the Distribution Center and Family History Center. It is great, and the price is right.
Our drive down was pleasant and on the way down, we were able to stop and get some paperwork certified for Nigel and his wedding papers. We always go down on Friday, spend the night and the transport for the Branch leaves Seshego at 3:00 am Saturday morning. It seems a little early, but everyone is anxious to get there early and put is a full day. We try to make the trip once every quarter.
Our Branch has been going crazy doing their Family History and getting things “Temple Ready” for their own families. Since our training from an Area Senior Family History couple, Sister Winward has never stopped answering the phone, setting up appointments and help with the work of Salvation. After pulling all the strings I knew, we brought back a new computer to put at our chapel. This will let Sister Winward have two people working at one time and doing it themselves.
Friday night we took both Ouma and Mary to “Mikes” a nice restaurant close to the Temple. Elder and Sister Winward joined us as well. We had such a good time, sharing our life experiences. I shared my “felt sitting on the bench” baseball try-out story and Mary had us in tears with her getting marked absent every day because of her stuttering problem. By the time she got her last name out, which is in the “L’s” the teacher was all the way to the “T’s”. I don’t think we have laughed this hard in a long time. They were so much fun and appreciative of our support and love for them.
Our day at the Temple, Mom’s Birthday, was wonderful. It was thrilling to see the members, sacrificing to pay their transport fare, $32.00, and then watching them scurrying around the temple, family cards in hand, anxious to get everything done with such a feeling of urgency.
Ouma told us that she did not know how to express the feeling she had in the Temple. The smile on her face told it all.
We know we will be friends forever. The Temple ground are beautiful and no one wanted to leave, but we needed to get lunch at a favorite place in the city and back on the road home. Ouma took the time to get Mom a Birthday gift. That was really thoughtful.
Getting out of Joburg is always interesting. They always have lots of traffic, and lots of crazies to watch out for. On the way home, Elder Brammer had lady needing a 2nd interview, so we were able to make good use of both our trip down and back.
Sister Dorkus, no smiles please, that really is her name, is such a good lady and so humble. She lives alone in one small room of an apartment just off the N1. She has been a member for a long time, but her Branch is about 2 hours away from where she lives. Elder Brammer is a bird dog at finding those that are missing. How he found this place, I will never know. If you remember, last week we told you about the “shotgun family”. They live even further away from Mokopane, then Sister Dorkus does. It was sweet to interview her and see her reaction when I handed her the recommend.
For Mom and I, it has been the one-on-one experiences that really count. We try to get to know the people personally and serve them one at a time. Besides going to the Temple, we have been about to take them places and do things they have never done before. It is so fun to be a part of all that.
While dropping off some Primary Sharing Time stuff to Maggy, her daughter put on quite a show with her baby bunny tied in the traditional way on her back.
Nigel was here for a few days trying to get more wedding things completed before his trip down, next week, to finish all the “Labola” negations. Working through all the Immigration and cultural traditions is no easy job. Maybe by this time next week, we will be a little closer.
I stopped over to drop Nelly off at her Grandmothers, where Nelly lives. I couldn’t help but take a few pictures. I called Grandma “KoKo” and she came alive. I told Mom that I am really starting to speak their language.
Elder Brasher conducted the final interview for both Tumi and Mmashediso to be baptized this next Sunday. Tumi and her Grandmother are singing again, this time at the Baptismal service. They both wanted me to baptize them, so I am just hoping they get the “geezer” (water heater) fixed before then.
Thank you for your love and concern. Mom appreciated all the Face Time with each of you. Don’t let all our grandkid grow up without us. We have a few things here we need to finish up. We promised the Lord we would do our best, with not regrets.
We are so proud to see each of you as parents. You make us proud as we see you doing your best to teach our grandkids righteous habits. Please take care of each other.
We love and miss you,
MOM & DAD