So first off Merry Christmas and a happy new year from the land of many colors! It has been a pretty legendary week to say the least and I can't wait to talk about it so lets go for it...
So first things first I'm an unlce and that's just about the coolest shiz in the world and man I can't wait to see that kid and do all kinds of crazy uncle/nephew stuff with him. I hear he's a big dude and has shiny straight hair so ladies look out. :D man its so cool to be an uncle let me tell you words can't describe the awesome so maybe you'll just have to see in 18 months or so...
Christmas was sweet but lets start with how the week was. It began with a Christmas party in central Jozi where I caught up with all the old MTC crew and we had an awesome chat/feast/singing/picture with santa haha it was so cool and rad to hear the testimonies of over 100 missionaries. plus to hang out with my old MTC district minus the sisters who hopefully now are enjoying the cold at temple square.
We then drove back 5 hours to Nelspruit and the heat and had two 12 hour days of tracting in 45 Celcius... that's 110 for you folks back in the states and 85 percent humidity which was straight up murder. It rained for 15 minutes one day and just made the roads steam and turned all of Mpumalanga into a giant sauna... but we found some sweet families which always makes it worth it... the only problem is everyone is leaving for the holidays so we have to wait for January 5th... but then we have 20 names to call. so that's pretty sweet.
The hilight of teaching this week was definitely justice and his family. we've taught him 3 times now and is already calling us life changers and thanked us for no joke like 20 minutes fro bringing the gospel and book of mormon into his life. I'm so pumped for those guys but once agani they will be gone in Swaziland for 3 weeks so that's a bummer. Work is difficult now as everyone is gone but we still have a lot of fun through the trial.
So Christmas eve we spent at the flat singing, reading Luke 2, and combining Christmases from Madagascar, Uganda, Idaho, and the STG so it was pretty dang fun and then we woke up Christmas morning to Weetbix, Strawberry Jam toast, and presents (new ties and MOTAB CD's) from santa which was awesome. We then went to Mama Africa and had a sweet Christmas braai of Kudu, Buffalo tounge, ham, and turkey plus a bunch of Potato salad which for some reason I can't get enough of now. we had it in a sweet thatch roofed bungalo overlooking the mountains and we got to play with monkeys... one of which bit me which was so flippin cool. We then got to call home and I heard the news of "little carlito" DJ, Eli, my nephew being born and got to talk to him over the phone about some future plans haha... then also to the family which was awesome and just completed the day... We then went to the Atkinsons and had rootbeer floats and watched the Christmas devotional and then ate pillow back at the flat...
Sunday was the slowest day in the world... with just 11 people at church we went home after sacrament and then tracted all day with no one home... but something Legen wait for it... dary happened... While tracting in Kamagugu a small rich township just accross Enos Mabuza drive and Crocodile river. so we were just rolling into the township when a hippo... no joke a hippo was sitting in the middle of the street. so I drove closer... and it charged our car haha so I peeled out backwards up the street and it turned around and ran to the river... then all the people in township saw it to and we all ran after it and got some awesome pictures. man that thing was big it would have smashed our little aveo into bits and we saw it blow steam out of its nose and charge the car... legenDARY!!!
So just one more of many to brag about my mission... We get charged by hippos driving through town... but of course NBD just another day in Africa.
So anyway time is just about up but mission is sweet. hard to believe its already been like 6 months and I have so much adventure to go. being an uncle is sweet, and so was climbing to the tallest mountain in Nelspruit this morning. it was straight up like a Vietnam movie set. Jungle, misty mountains, crazy thick trees and brush, and wild animals. It was sweet and we've got some awesome pictures so much fun, hard work, and life changing experiences. Mission is AWESOME!!!
Enjoy your week
Sala Kahle from Nelspruit