Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Just like Michael Jackson, 11 baptisms, She bought us sweaters, new scar!, I love our investigators, Oh my goodness it needs to be this month!

Another awesome week here in Florida, the Soweto Zone, and Mzansi fo sho. A funny thing happened this week while teaching Jason McKenzie. he's an awesome capie colored who is progressing really well and will probably baptized next month. He stays with his aunt and uncle who are members and there little boy is crazy. He loves to shake the missionaries hands and I always give his arm a wiggle but this week I shook off his glove and he was like OH no! now I only have one glove just like michael jackson. this kid is like 3 it was so funny!

so something I really realized this week is how much I love our investigators and how awesome they all are. for example at church we had 11 which ties my all time record of investigators at church. they participate, the members are asking when they are getting baptized. they bear their testimonies in class of how glad they are they have found the church, and they love us its so awesome. I loved the work in Benoni and Nelspruit but there is just a different feeling here... like we're just missionaries, the people are receiving us like no ones business, people keep commitments and get burning testimonies, and I love every minute of it.

Two really cool experiences happened this week. One was with Joyce. She is a 50 something year old Indian woman who has been through a ton. loss of her husband, divorced from her 2nd husband who abuses her, starving at home, heart attack, and kids very far away. When we first met her she just cried and cried. now she has changed from night to day. She is happy healthy, positive, is throwing parties for members of the church, sharing the gospel with her neighbors and even though she has next to no money she bought me and Elder Rodrigues Sweaters. she said we needed them more than she needed the money and just kept saying God bless you, Thank you. It seriously brings tears to my eyes to see how much she has changed and how the Gospel has literally brought light and hope into her life.

Also awesome was George. Our "Holy Ghost gives you warmth" awesome guy. The church is at the mission office on 3 phillips avenue right up from UNISA (University of South Africa) and he has made it to UNISA twice and couldn't find the church. So we hunted him down and finally got him to church. When we got there he was instantly fellowshipped and taken in by our awesome ward. Afterwards he just kept thanking us like crazy. He was a bit late so we showed him around the church afterwards. When we were wrapping up he just said "So when am I baptized!" and we told him the end of this month. so We showed him the font and he just got so happy he was like "It needs to be this month! please please. I need to baptize!" man I love East Africans haha. George is such a cool guy.

Today we had the awesome experience of going to the Rhino and Lion Park and I got some crazy sweet pictures and #1 Saw lions mating, #2 pet a siberian tiger #3 was bitten by same siberian tiger through shirt into hip #4 pet a cheetah and cubs, and had an awesome day with the zone... pics to come.

So to sum up it has been another incredible week and I love our investigators and every minute of every day. This place is awesome. There are too many stories to tell, so much to say, but for now... no time... haha Rodrigues dies soon which is really sad I love that guy and will miss him a bunch but we'll see each other around and there's always the next 10 days.

Nzari Zhakanaka

Elder Robinson

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