January 4, 2015
Testimony meeting was powerful today. Sister Joyce Molopo, a member for only a couple of months invited the Spirit as she spoke. We were all taught the truth of the Restoration. Batsirai shared a tearful testimony of prayer and her gratitude to a loving Father in Heaven who hears our pleadings, loves us, and sends help.
Mom and I have been sitting here going through our mission pictures, putting them in picture file with music for a little farewell get-together on our last Sunday here. I have downloaded ”Glorious” by David Archuleta, from the movie “Meet the Mormons” to play as a background.
As we listened to the words and watched the smiles on everyone’s faces in all of the activities over the last 17 months, we’re not so sure that we will be able to do this. We have been crying for the last hour with gratitude for a gracious Heavenly Father who has given us such a wonderful missionary experience. It is all we can do to try to hold on to our emotions.
Everyone here loves to have their pictures taken and especially to see the pictures. We are using about 150 pictures that will repeat as everyone eats some hot fudge brownie cake with a little ice cream. We will work on our composure before then, but not sure that will help.
After this exercise, we promptly moved to the pictures of the family, and it made us so excited to see everyone. The tears dried and we are now focusing on those things that need to be done in the next 3 weeks. We are having Elder and Sister Hansen, our replacements, coming up on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We’ll show them the “flat” and the location of needed services. Hopefully this will help them feel a little more settled. For now, they will not be introduced as the new Senior Missionaries, just another senior couple passing through our area. I have all the records ready, GPS locations for each member, pictures and anything else that I think might be helpful. They are so excited to be transferred from the Mission Office and be able to work directly with the members. We know they will love it.
With New Years Eve and New Years Day in the middle of the week we had some adapting to do. The roads are not safe on those days, so mission rules requires us to limit our driving on those days, and no driving at night.
We had promised Lucky, Bernard and Batsirai’s son, that we would take him to a movie, so this week was a good time to do it. He had his cousin, Lovemore, staying with them for the holidays, so all four of us headed out with 3-D glasses in hand.
We had a great time, especially the boys. Neither of the boys knew any thing about what 3-D was and Lucky had never been to a movie. The pizza afterwards with an ice cream cone from KFC made the day a success.
One of the things that make the roads so dangerous is that a lot of drivers stop anytime and anywhere they want. A car repair or even to chat in the middle of the road is really OK. Just turn on your flashing hazard lights.
Examples of the two worse were as follows: 1) someone really left their car jacked up at signal light removed the front tire and left to go get it fixed. No one was there when we drove by. 2) One night we were coming home late after dark from an appointment. We have to drive over the via-dock bridge coming from Seshego into Polokwane. I was more than a little surprised to find a pick up truck jacked up in my lane at the crown of the bridge with some guy under the truck and his legs sticking out from under the truck. SCARRY!
You like J-walkers? Through the middle of town, this is what it is like. There are people everywhere.
I do everything I can to go the other way and avoid downtown.
I heard Mom and a couple of the sisters laughing really hard after church. Sister Mary said that the “Crickets” just scared her to death on New Years Eve. By the look on Mom’s face is was obvious that she had no clue what a cricket was. Sister Mary said she was praying over and over that they would stop. With some investigation, Mom found out that the “Crickets” were really fireworks. And yes, they were loud, but Mom has visions of them swarming the field followed by seagulls, you know, like the days of the pioneers.
We are trying to spend some time with each of the families in our group. On Saturday, we were able to take Gwen, Martha, and Joyce Molepo out for lunch. These great sisters, all with families, are now all active in church. We love them to death.
As we start a new year, we hope each day we ask ourselves “Which Way do You Face?” Elder Lynn G. Robbins in the Saturday Morning Session of October Conference gives some great direction on putting the Lord first. Take the time to read the talk again. It is great.
Have a great week. Know that we love and miss you.
See you soon.
MOM & DAD