Monday, August 3, 2015

Absorbing Sebokeng 1!

Hey family, howzit! This week was pretty cool.  We went to interviews at the mission home on Tuesday morning. While a missionary was with President the others were with Sister Dunn doing an etiquette workshop. We ate butternut soup, which was super good, and bread.  She was teaching us how to have good manners and stuff. None of the stuff applies to eating in townships because everyone just sits on couches and eats everything with a spoon, which is super chill, but it was nice to eat free food! And Sister Dunn left the room for like a minute so I was dipping my bread in the soup and just chowed hahaha. Licked the bowl clean!  :)

On Saturday we got big news. So there's 4 of us missionaries in charge of the branch, Sebokeng 1 (the other guys) and Sebokeng 2 (us). We were just told Saturday morning, 3 days before transfers, that the Sebokeng 1 missionaries are leaving and we'll be absorbing their area! And they have like 9 people on date to be baptized within the next 6 weeks, along with our 11 people on date, so it's pretty hectic!!! We spent a lot of time on Saturday and Sunday learning their area and trying to find where all the members, recent converts, investigators, and less actives stay so it was stressful haha, but I think it'll be alright. It was Fast Sunday yesterday so we were able to pray for help with this new responsibility, and the stress is gone now! And the week is like already booked hahaha. So it should be fun.

But yeah besides that not too much happened. The Mqwati family have a cousin who's been at a couple of the lessons.  His name's Themba, and we asked if we could come visit him and he said yes, and I thought he was a pretty quiet kid.  But when it's just us with him he asks questions for days haha. It's good though, because he's very curious and he really wants to know the truth, so I have no doubt he'll receive answers to his prayers.

There are two big South African soccer teams here, the Pirates and the Chiefs, and when they play it gets a little crazy...not near as crazy as Brazil or anything like that, but you can't really teach lessons. But we found a couple of people to talk to that didn't care about soccer, which was nice. And we found this dope chinese food place on Friday. I got Beef ChowMein and deep fried ice cream.  Man, it was nice. I'll send pics next week, yeah? Cool. 

Well I love you all.  Thanks for the emails! Talk to you soon.

Elder Savage

Rugbee, doghouses, and another baptism!

Hey fam! 

The week was chill. It went by pretty quickly. Every other morning we (the 8 missionaries in the complex) wake up at 6:00 am and go play rugbee in our complex, which has a nice big field. It's been pretty fun.  It wakes me up playing in the cold haha. So that's been fun. I usually come back and make german pancakes or french toast or something, which is awesome. 

We did some service this week, and just painted an investigator’s doghouse, but it looked nice hahaha.  Hopefully I'll get a pic this week.

We had a good week.  We took a recent convert teaching with us.  He’s older, in his early 60s, but it was nice. We've worked with him a lot because he had a smoking addiction before baptism and it sort of came back, so we referred him to the branch president, but he's doing great now! Every time we pop in he's always reading the liahona or watching general conference or something, so it's really cool to see.

On Sunday Lebohang got baptized! The power was out, so the water was cold, like ice cold hahaha. I felt bad for him, but he did well. I baptized him but I was just waist deep in the water. And afterwards he gave his testimony and it was super cool, he gave like a perfect testimony, not too long, not too short, no stories, just the things he learned from praying and reading and attending church. And then afterwards he invited us for food at his house so we were like okay! And his mom and sister came to the baptism (the guys in his family are kind of jokers) and we're going to start teaching his sister on Wednesday! So we'll see, but he might just be the first tree in a forest!

That's it for this week.  Thanks for the emails.  Love you all.  Stay well!

Elder Savage 

There's this little corner of the flat that gets water damage from the shower, and yesterday I noticed there was a mushroom growing there! Pretty dope.

Aw yeah, here comes the big show.


Me, Lebohang in white, his mom in white, his sister, and Elder Mpiyakhe.