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To start the mornings we get up, have breakfast and then go for a morning walk. Our walk usually lasts about an hour and we have tried to take a different route each day. One thing we have noticed that seems to be a standard here is that every yard is gated and barred, and that most every vehicle is pulling some type of a small tote trailer behind them,
As we are walking and pass people and they stare at our name badges, we tell them hello and good morning. They always respond with a perky "hello and good morning" back to us. The people are just kind and hospitable.
Yesterday I had to meet the Zone Leaders at the Chevrolet dealership at 7:30 am so that they could drop of their vehicle to have the brakes checked. While waiting there I went up to a young lady who was working at the cashier counter and started talking with her. She told me that I must be from America. I asked her why she thought that and she told me it was my accent. She said she loves American accents. I told her that we had something in common and that I enjoyed South African and British accents.
As we chatted she noticed my name tag and asked me about what I was doing here. I told her that Sister Farnsworth and I were here in Queenstown by assignment from our church as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She told me that she didn't know anything about our church but would like to know more someday. I then took the opportunity to tell her where the Queenstown ward was located and invited her to attend with us this coming Sunday. She said she would. I then had her write her name down for me and gave it the Elder Thayne and her went back to talk with her and confirmed the invitation for Sunday. She told him that she was planning to attend.
Last night we met the Elders in Ezabline to leave a short message and celebrate the birthday of an investigator they are working with. While we were giving the lesson, her uncle came in and wanted to meet the new missionaries, When I introduced myself he asked me if I was from Texas, because I had what he thought was a Texas accent. I told him that no, I was not, I was from Utah and it was probably just my "Utah" accent. He laughed and said I still sounded like I was from Texas.
Part of the birthday celebration was a "Red Velvet Cake" that Sister Farnsworth had made for the occasion. It was just one of the cake mixes from the store, but the frosting was one that she makes from scratch. The cake was a hit, but frosting was the thing that everyone loved most. The two sisters that we were teaching want to know how to make the frosting so they can impress their friends and family. They want Sister Farnsworth to help them learn how to make it. I thing she has made friends for life.
All in All its' been a very nice week so far. Today I'm supposed to have my windshield replaced, or should I say "windscreen" like they call it down here. Then we have keyboard lessons to give in Sada this afternoon. Friday we are driving to East London to spend the night for Zone Conference with President Merrill and Elder Evans of the Seventy. Friday evening we are joining all the senior couple in the two zones for dinner. We will get to meet more of our counter parts in the Eastern Cape. We will then drive back to Queenstown of Saturday afternoon and attend Church in Illinge on Sunday.
Thanks for following us on this blog and we'll be back to update soon
Monday, April 27, 2015
After we were shown our boarding, we were taken to dinner with the Stapley's and President and Sister Merrill. We had an enjoyable meal and were able to tell all about ourselves and get to know our Mission President. After dinner, we retired to our boarding and were able to unpack our clothes and try to get some sleep. Sleep was a little strained, mostly because it was the first night in new surroundings, with strange noises, scents and just trying to adjust.
On Saturday, April 18, we were taken to the Queenstown LDS Ward building where President and Sister Merrill were conducting a Zone Training. As Senior Missionaries, one of our duties is to prepare the lunch for the Elders during these trainings. This was good for us because we were able to meet all of the Missionaries who are in our Zone, and they were able to meet the new "Senior Couple."
We had a little break after we put the luncheon on and were able to go to the store and get some needed groceries for the rest of the weekend. Later in the evening, we were again taken to dinner with President and Sister Merrill and Elder and Sister Stapley.
On Sunday morning with the Stapley's, we drove to a town called Sada, which lies 45 minutes southwest of Queenstown, to attend church. This is one of the wards we will be working with while we are here in Queenstown. We met the Bishop and some of the members and then spent the first 2 hours of Church watching the Sunday morning session of April General Conference.
On Sunday, April 26, we attended the Illinge ward for church. This was the first complete ward meeting block we have attended here in the mission field, The meetings are conducted in English with a mixture of the Xhosa language. It's difficult to understand at times, but I decided that I just need to listen with my heart and be patient until the language and the accents get easier. After the meeting block was over, the Elders conducted a baptism of a young sister. All in all, it was a great day.
This is a great mission to which to be called. The people are wonderful, so full of love for the gospel and for each other. They have accepted us into their hearts and lives like we are part of their families. The next 18 months promise to be full of many opportunities for growth and testimony buildng.
Monday, April 20, 2015
The Flight was long and tiring. We were able to spent a couple of hours in the Portland airport visiting with Kay's daughter Tracie and then we had the long flight to Amsterdam. When we arrived in Amsterdam we had an hour and ten minutes to make it from one end of the airport to the other end, go through security again and board our flight. That was like running a marathon while carrying heavey bags.
The flight from Amsterdam to Cape Town took 11 hours and 15 minutes. The seating was tight, not much leg room and the cushions in the seat were hard about 5 hours into the flight. All-in-all, we were glad to finall land in Cape Town.
We arrived in Cape Town about 9:15 pm local time, went through immagration, then through customs and then met with the Halversen's who were at the airport to pick us up. The Halversen's had parked the Mission Van on the upper level, but the elevators were not working so we had to push our luggage carts up to the second level on the esclator. We loaded the van and finally made it out of the airport.
We were driven to a B & B called "The Links". It was a nice place and "Mick" the owner treated us like we were royality.
Time is short for right now so I"ll end here for now and continue our journey in my next posting.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
This past Sunday,March 22nd, our Missionary Farewell was held in our ward. It was a great meeting, the Spirit was strong and filled the building. The attendance was also good, the chapel was filled to capacity and overflowed in 1/2 of the cultural hall. In attendance were members of our ward and stake as well as many family members and close friends.
My two daughters gave the opening and closing prayers, our grandchildren sang an intermediate song and Kay's daughters sang the closing song. The remarks by those attending were very complimentary of the program.
We had a small get together afterwards called, "A Linger Longer". As we met with friends and family we sensed a strong feeling of love and support. This past Sunday was a very wonderful day. I again would like to thank all those who travelled from far distances to attend with us and show their love and support.
This morning, March 24th, we enjoyed another Skype call with President Thomas, a counselor to our Mission President. He introduced us to Elder Stapley, who we will be replacing in Queenstown, SA.
We received information about our new assigned area, what assignments we may be involved with, and what will be taking place our first few days in the mission. It seems like we better get all the rest we can get before we leave, because we're going to be very busy as soon as we arrive. The work is progressing and the church is growing very fast in South Africa.
We are so excited for our mission to begin and look forward to this new chapter in our life.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The other event which was special for us was we had two young men from our ward's young men's organization came to dinner and afterwards presented one of the missionary lessons. This is missionary month for the Young Men and Young Young Women, and on nights like tonight they go to a members home, have a dinner with the family and present a lesson out of "Preach My Gospel." It so refreshing to have young men like Kendall and Judd, who have such strong testimonies and wonderful spirits, come to our home.
Tonight I found a video about the Book of Mormon I would like to share, which bears testimony of the power of this book. Please follow the link and share your feelings with us. https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2009-03-11-a-book-with-a-promise?lang=eng
May the Lord in his wisdom bless you and your families.
Monday, March 9, 2015
To all our family and friends, we have started this blog to help document or time serving as Senior Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter-day Saints, in the South Africa Cape Town Mission.
We will be posting to this blog as much as time will permit us to hopefully keep everyone up to date on our activities and to share our testimonies of the gospel and our work in the mission field. We hope that everyone who follows this blog will be able to catch the spirit of what we are experiencing.
As of today, we have 28 days left before we enter the Provo MTC. We are at that point in time when we feel like we have so much left to get done prior to leaving and so little time to do it. I guess this is the way it goes for right now.