September 7, 2014
As we looked around during Sacrament meeting today and listened to the testimonies, and witnessed the Spirit of the Lord shaping lives, we were thrilled. President Mashishi was out of town today, so Brother Andries took over the responsibility. He conducted his first Sacrament meeting today. Sister Mary Lamola, mom’s piano student, played both the opening hymn and Sacrament hymn and attendance today was 65 again. Members are accepting callings right and left and getting members to speak in church is no problem. Where are we, is this the city of Enoch?
Tumi, Ti Ti, and Matshediso were all confirmed today as members of the Church.
We added an additional 20 regular chairs and another 20 small chairs for Primary. Mom ordered a new music stand. Next on the agenda, is to fill up the chairs. For our closing song, we sang “The Spirit of God”. That Spirit is alive and well here in this part of the Lord’s vineyard.
Mom said the kids are singing their little hearts out, as they prepare for our Primary program early next month. Each week we have some new faces. The non-members are inviting their friends. They know the songs, and Mom handed out the parts today for the program.
Nigel left for Zim Friday night late. I mean really late. How about 2:30 am. The transport from JoBurg came, as always, much later than promised. My 5:45 am alarm went off, Saturday morning, a little sooner than I wanted, but the drive to Tzaneen takes over an hour and our first meeting started at 8:00 am. Mom and I did our very best to limit the head bobbing, as best we could.
The senior couples made lunch for 34 of us. This includes 7 couples in the Northeast area of the mission. President and Sister Dunn are awesome. They are down to earth and very loving. They teach with the Spirit and lots of love. We now have 194 missionaries in our mission and it continues to grow. I have included a pix of the Elders singing the mission song and outside playing “Battleship” using the correct answer of questions from “Preach my Gospel” to give you a chance of lobbing the volleyball over the net and seeing if you can make a hit on one of the ships of the other team.
Mom was a “proud as punch” as see watched Mary play today in Church. Wilmer is now taking lessons and will be killer. This kid loves to play and comes to lessons with the assigned pieces learned including an extra half dozen pieces he figured out on his own.
We finished the “8 cow wife” tradition last week. But I could not help take this picture as a reminder.
The first part of the week was filled with out of town Temple interviews and some other Priesthood duties. Since it is over 3 hours from here to the mission home, President Dunn has asked me to keep everything running up here. Everyone seems to be doing their best in “Hastening the Work” here in Seshego.
We have a part member family who agreed to let Nigel rent a “flat” just behind their home. Sister Ramolefe has two of her children who are members, Jonny (19) and No No (15) and also a 5-year-old daughter. She lost her husband in an accident the first part of this year, and is gone a lot with her job as a policewomen. I think it will work out well. Nigel and Nelly will be there to keep a watch on things and they have a nice “flat” that is affordable. Sister Ramolefe is on the “riot” squad, so she can be gone sometime for up to a month at a time, depending on where the problem area is. As you can see by the pictures, there is still some work to do on the “flat”, but Nigel is not getting married until December, so the builder has some time. I know the “tender mercies of the Lord are over all His people”. He really is aware of our wants and the things He knows we need.
Bernard is doing OK. He has an appointment to get another CAT scan done at the first of November. He got it moved from the December date, but that is the best we could do. The headaches continue and he does his best to get by. Lucky is doing better with his reading and Mom is making good use of her library card to keep the books coming.
We love the people here. They work very hard and do the best with what they have. Here is a picture of a lady sweeping her dirt yard as carefully as you would cut your lawn in different directions. She does that early every morning. They don’t have the money to plant grass or pay the water bill to keep it green.
Mom and I visited McDonalds this week and walked in as a bunch of Birthday Party goers were just coming out. I could not resist asking if I could take their pictures. They love to paint their faces. Are they cute or what?
Spring is here and the weather has warmed up some. The temperature is staying in the low 80’s and we are loving it.
We love our assignment working with the people. We go and come, as we need to, and have been doing all sorts of things. We are working our hardest and doing our best to show the Lord how much we love him. We love the people and they love us. They continue to teach us what true humility really is.
We know you are doing your very best. Let the Lord help you.
I taught Institute on Friday night and used Elder Bednars’ talk “Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease” from last conference as my subject material.
If you want to be inspired, read it again and again.
He said, “As we are yoked with Him through sacred covenants and receive the enabling power of His Atonement in our lives, we increasingly will seek to understand and live according to His understanding and live according to His will. We also will pray for the strength to learn from, change, or accept our circumstances rather than praying relentlessly for God to change our circumstances according to our will. We will become agents who act rather than objects that are acted upon”. (2 Nephi 2:14) This is true!
May the good Lord bless and keep each one of you.
We love you,
MOM & DAD