Sunday, November 22, 2015

Week 77 - Nov 15th - 21st, 2015

Sunday, November 15th - Saturday, November 21st, 2015

At Church this morning we replaced the badly tattered and torn South Africa flag.  Then, Melanie took a few pictures to share.

We were more than happy to meet the Wilson's and the Butler's at the Thornhill shopping area after our Church meetings.   They were headed back to Pretoria and the Butler's were headed home to West Haven, UT following their 23-month mission here.  They are good friend and have served as MLS missionaries over the mountain from us in Tzaneen serving with the Modjadji Branch and the Motupa Group.  We will miss them, but only for a couple of weeks.  We were also quite grateful that they dropped off their car to us since ours is in the shop for repairs.   And we are sort of hitting the wall driving one of the Elders cars without A/C, stick shift, hand crank windows, etc.  Spoiled I suppose.

While we use social media, we try to portray an image appropriate to our missionary callings.   We tested ourselves and these are the words we got back as most commonly used on our posts.  I suppose we're not doing too badly.

This week the AP's came up to have splits with the Zone Leaders.  While they were here they attended our District Meeting.   We had already arranged a special lunch with the District before we return home so we took them to McDonalds for a Hamburger Challenge.  We shouldn't be surprised at what they can eat but here's how it went and 4 of the 6 ate 'for the cycle', which included:

  1. A Mega Mac (like a double Big Mac in one sandwich).  This starter also included fries and a large drink, then on to sandwiches only.
  2. A Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese.
  3. A Big Mac.  (Two Elders wisely dropped out here.)
  4. A Quarter Pounder with Cheese.
  5. A Cheeseburger.  (The Elders enthusiasm waned as they slowly ate their way through this small burger.)
No prizes awarded other than bragging rights (actually still held by our Tahitian Elder Tumarae and Samoan Elder Togiatomai who continued on with one more Mega Mac each).

We enjoyed another great visit with Jimmy Letsoalo our quadriplegic member friend at the care center along with his new resident pal Simon.   We took Jimmy a new 2016 calendar to hang on his wall and we took Simon a childrens Book of Mormon picture story book.   We love these two very much.   Next week will be our last visit with them.

On Saturday we were the honored guests at a farewell party provided by our dear friends at the Seshego Branch.  We all enjoyed a spiritual testimony meeting, some great singing and dancing and some really tasty African food!   Lots of love and a great spirit of unity filling the activity.  Plus, after we arrived they had us change clothes, they had a member sister Christina make some traditional tribal outfits for us to wear which added to all of our fun!

Our week and evening ended with the last Branch Presidency training meeting with the Seshego Branch President Mashishi, 1C Pres Sefara, 2C Pres Mkgotu, and Clerk George Mhpaka.  Lots of good discussion and information to share.  They will be great leaders of this new Branch.   Time and experience will allow the Lord and the Spirit to guide and develop them more fully.

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