So after several complaints of shorter emails haha we're bringing you shibombo! so lets begin with investigator updates... we currently have 13 people on baptismal date 9 of which are looking almost guaranteed. boom I spelled that right always a toughie... anyway... we are teaching 3 legendary families...
1. Leopeng family of Kgomutso, Matsie, and Neo...
They are so dang cool man its like the coolest thing. So they've been having difficulties deciding to get married or not so Kgomutso went back to Limpopo to talk with his family and it went awesome so they were super fired up about that. But our lesson cancelled friday because the power grid blew. But we washed their dishes in the dark and caught up on the past 10 days. we returned the next day and watched Elder Scotts talk on eternal marriage... now beforehand they were having a total engaged couple argument about the kind of music he listens too and how she thinks it chases away the spirit and how he thinks it is just her personal problem. then afterwards they were just like so changed. "I just feel touched..." the next day at church Kgomutso bore his testimony on just how thankful he was to have found the church. and the truth. AWESOME to say the least we just need to get them married now... look out July 10th!
2. Patty, Mike, and Nonkululeko. another sweet family we contacted in Gautrand.. Mike is their nephew and Nonkululeko and Patty have been together for quite a while but once again not married. they know its true and came into contact with the church by buying a book of mormon at a yard sale like 3 years back. They accept everything and so we watched President Monson's talk during priesthood session with them, about seeking the spirit, doing good, getting married, and working things out... it was powerful too. they are all out of work now other than selling potatoes but we just told them everything would work out because its a righteous desire to get married and baptized and they seem to be willing to make it happen.
Just one problem... Labolla... which is no joke Jonny Lingo stuff. a tradition going back like 200 years all the african cultures pay cows...or a huge sum of money to get married to buy the bride... but everything will work out...
Also this week we found a new family in Gautrand... Sonny, Lillian, Kutsi, and gogo (Anna) crazy how we contacted them. we just kinda gave Kutsi a passalong card about a free DVD and when we came to give it to him the first night there was this crazy indian guy there who seemed like super angry we were there because he thought we came for Lillian (his wife) anywho turns out he's awesome and so ridiculously prepared for the gospel. to be continued we're seeing the tomorrow afternoon.
Also awesome is George from Tanzania... he's a super humble guy who works like 15 hour days every day. Last night we talked about the gospel with him and I lately have been picking up a little Swahili so it was super powerful... he explained the holy ghost in the coolest way... we talked about it being like a comforter and he said " I know that God and the Holy Spirit keep you warm. if you do what's right. I was homeless living on the street in the winter but any time I read or prayed I just felt alright. that's how I feel when you guys come." man I love that guy its so awesome.
Also we're teaching Jason from Cape Town who is having a hard time quitting some hard drugs but he came to church for the first time yesterday and just kept saying how alive he felt and wants to be baptized.
So it has been an incredible week and I already love Florida so much. funny story yesterday during sacrament they talked about the church opening a harmony Pennsylvania site. and our bishop couldn't pronounce Pennsylvania and he was like... in Penne Slavia where many important things happened... we should be willing to contribute to the church in this project... so funny but only really to us because no one knows what Pennsylvania is haha.
This week I got to go on an exchange with Elder Sithole who is from Kwazulunatal or KZN... and he's still pretty new but he's got a lot of love and fire for the work and it was a lot of fun... I'm really getting to love our zone a lot.
also sweet was testimony meeting yesterday where we heard Kate a recent convert bear testimony about how the ward is like a family even when everything is going wrong and how she drank tea and felt so guilty she just wanted to throw it all up. its so powerful to see the gospel change lives and honestly I think my favorite part of missionary work is hearing investigators pray and bear testimony it is just so awesome to contrast the change that has come...
Well yeah it has been a great week and I guess I'll echo president Monson to sum up... If you have a testimony don't let it dwindle... if you don't have one... get one... if you haven't read the book of mormon... read it... and pray about it... if it is true... and it is... you know you're on the right track.
Much love from Mzansi...and enjoy your weeks.
Oh and BTW the office is in my area and I can get dear Elder letters every other day if you're thinking of writing any time soon haha... and its free!
Andy Gleave... this is a call to you what is happening man?