Hey guys, it is almost Halloween!!! I really miss carving pumpkins. I got some great pictures from my Mom of the pumpkins and the carving and I really miss doing that. My companion has told me carving pumpkins is a total no. So no pumpkin for me this year, next year though, I'm carving a pumpkin. Happy Halloween everyone!You know what I hate? Stereo-typing. Like people look at me and their first thought is "Maroundgo" the next one it\s "equals money". My companion can go into a shop and have me standing outside and he can buy something for five bucks, I can go in and buy the same thing for ten. It is like West Side Story "one look at [me] and they charge twice. Twice!" It really sucks. Cause if I go in with him, they think I want the thing and he is bargening for me, so they play hard ball and wont let him bargen for a good price on something he wants. It is really difficult.
Monday, October 27, 2014
"Happy Halloween!"-Nightmare Before Christmas "That's messed up"-Open Season "I'm not sure where to go with that." "[Heat] drains my [energy]"-Mega Mind
Monday, October 20, 2014
"Look you're already Half Way."-Shrek "Look at me I'm [one year] old."-Madagascar "Same [Apostle] Twice.-Mummy 3 "Well this sucks"-Madagascar
Well now, it is official. I am on the down ward slide. I am over the Hump. I am any number of other phrases that I can't think of that mean I am half way done with my mission. It is a weird feeling to be half way done. It really is. Only so long left and then I am done, not enough time to do half of the things I want/need to do. Weird.We got to be visited as a mission by Quinten L Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles this week. It was great to see him for a second time. For those who don't know I got to see him in California San Jose before I cam here to Africa. It was really super cool seeing him twice. The power those men carry, the Spirit that attends them, the strength that they have is incredible. He encouraged us and blessed us and much of what he said felt as if he were speaking only to me. It was a wonderful experience.
My companion's brother is getting married in December. He is all excited for it. While we were in Harare to see Elder Cook he was like ten minuets from home. We stayed the night at the Highlands Chapel/Mission Transfer House which is his chapel. It was a fun experience.
-Gordan B Hinckley 15th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"if our lives are centered around our Faith in Jesus Christ nothing bad can last."
-Howard W Hunter 14th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
All I have to say today is that this Church is true. I have shaken the hand of an Apostle of God and I can say without a single doubt that he is an Apostle. The Church is the only true and living Church on Earth. Thomas S Monson is the only true and living Prophet.
"What I bought them, most of them"
"Nefu I'm afraid I've been thinking. A dangerous pass time. I know."
"Is this you? Now they're just being mean."
"Where have you taken us Phillip?"
Monday, October 13, 2014
"So uh, was that a yes or a no?"-Halo 3 ODST "It seems [slow]. Its the deep breath before the plunge."-Lord of the Rings "First I actually commit a crime, and then you get to [fine] me for it."-Sinbad
The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth comes again. In one age, called the second age by some, an age long past, an age yet to come, a wind arose in [Chegutu] the wind was not the beginning, there are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time, but the wind was a beginning.
Had to throw that in there, since on Thursday, I am a year old on mission. Weird to think that a year ago, almost I entered the MTC, fresh from the arms of my crying momma, and my smiling daddy. It is an interesting thought to have. The first age of my mission has been completed, and now my second age is about to begin.
I know that it isn't a Disney movie quote, but I am running out of ideas and it really sums up how things go out here. I ask a question, and then they respond in some long string of Shona, and then I ask my companion, "so was that a yes or a no?" and then he tells me how they responded. It is interesting having a three way conversation every lesson. It is good, and I am getting bits and pieces of the Shona, when it is within lesson material, but once they leave that, I am lost.
The weeks leading up to this one have felt slow. It is my deep breath, before my plunge. Gonna start down that mountain that I started a year ago.
I keep running into problems with the police out here. They will ding you for anything, including apparently, a sticker on your window that someone put tape on since it was falling off. Really? It is a sticker! they don't have anything better to do with their time?
We had a great week end out here. Four people baptized, two couples married civilly, and all of it went pretty well. trying to get things organized for getting people to Kadoma, that was a different story, but it got taken care of and so all's well that ends well. Worth every moment of wanting to bash my head into a wall.
|We did have the wedding, and since this is the first weddings and baptisms in Chegutu they are gonna try to get it into the South East Africa part of the Liahona. Which would be super cool.|
My companion and I are doing well, though we are being swarmed by bugs every night. Things are great here, and we are working in unity and all that good stuff. Not much to say about him this week, nothing has gone on really.
"You are never far from the sight of your loving Heavenly Father."
-Boyde K Packer President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
"Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words."
-Dieter F Utchdorf 2nd Councilor in the First Presidency
"we Pray with confidence that we can feel the Saviors love for us. He loved us enough to pay the price of our sins."
-Henry B Eyring 1st Councilor in the First Presidency
I have met a lot of people this week who flat out reject what I have tried to offer them. From Jehovah Witnesses who refuse to listed to us as we try to answer their questions, to a guy who says we are supposed to pray to Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost, even though when asked he admitted that you can't find it in the Bible. So many people try to make us not believe what we believe. So many people fight against the truthfulness of this Gospel. It makes me sad, but that is how it is.
I know without a doubt that this message I am sharing with others is true. I know that God lives and so does His Son, Jesus Christ. I know that this Church is true. I know that we have a living Prophet on the Earth in Thomas S Monson, and in the words of my Zone Leader Elder Mayall, you could put a gun to my head, and I wouldn't deny that this is true. But he says it in an English accent, since he is from Manchester.
"its not a dress its a kilt! Ya Sick-o."
"Giant? I prefer big boned, or jolly. Now who are we hiding from?"
"I'm speaking in rhyme! Max! Fetch my sedative!"
"Da! Quick to the SLOW!"
Monday, October 6, 2014
"Ignore him"-Cars "Blah, blah, blah"-Hotel Transylvania "It will never brake, it will never, it broke."-Aladdin "I [love] the rain"-Planet 51
Well I have learned this week, that a drunk person is like a two year old having a tantrom. If you ignore him, he will stop and leave you alone. Point in case, Prosper. Your friendly neighborhood drunkard. He always used to bother me, and then I started to ignore him and now he don't. It is nice when the drunk guy leaves you alone.My companion and I have started saying "Blah, blah, blah" like Dracula. I don't really know why, it is just fun. I enjoy having an inside joke with my companion.
My momma reminded my today that God knows my name. Now I would like to testify that He knows your name as well. He knows, He loves, He cares for all of us. Not a one of us is too far away to not be under God's watchful eye. He is there, He has always been there, He will always be there. He loves us and wants to hear from us. This much I know to be true.
I love you all.
Found an old run down pair of airplanes that used to be a fancy restaurant, so me and my comp got some pictures of it.