I know I used this quote last year at new year time, but come on, it is a whole new year! A new year of possibilities, a year of potential and a year for growing closer to those that we love and to our God. It is also the last year of my mission, but that is beside the point. Now we don't really do new year resolutions, but let us all decide to have an even better year then the last one.
Monday, December 29, 2014
"Don't you know it's a new year?"-Phineaus and Ferb "Jokers."-Batman Beyond "So is this [the left] or [the right]?"-Up "You got to be a straight shooter do ya got it?"-Aladdin
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
"Turn it up! I love this song!"-Phineaus and Ferb "It's good to be home"-Shrek 2 "[Thursday] is Christmas, it's practically here."-How the Grinch stole Christmas "You see this face? This is a happy [missionary] face"-Gnomeo and Juliet
I love Christmas music, Disney Music and Country Music. But only two of those groups are approved for mission. So when ever I get any Christmas music I am giddy as can be, and I love getting Disney Music. I miss my good ole home town Country, but that can wait. I have been getting Christmas music as the days have gone by and I love it. I have also been getting Disney stuff as well, and will go into that latter. But when ever I hear it I want to crank it up and just enjoy it.I got to go back to Gweru last week, the place where I was "born" for what might be the very last time, since there probably wont be another zone conference till February, and I also got to come back to Chegutu after almost a three day exchange with the District Leader. So yea, it is good to be home.
Monday, December 15, 2014
"I'm a [messenger] boy, alright."-Shrek "Say it loud say it proud!"-Little Mermaid 2 "I think two genders is too much for him"-Doctor Who "Is there anything for me?"-Robots
One thing that is really annoying here on mission, people treat me like I am a district leader. Even my District leader treats me like I am a district leader. It is always, "how are the other guys investigators coming along" or "Hey did you get the information about this meeting" or something along those lines. I am NOT a leader. I am simply a missionary trying to find, teach, and baptize. I am perfectly fine with being someone president trusts to carry out assignments in the area, and all that good stuff, but I am not a leader and it is just weird being treated like one.
Monday, December 8, 2014
"[Waterguns] there's nothing [better]"-Horton Hears a Who "Thats new"-Princess and the Frog "Well this is awkward"-Phineaus and Ferb
My entire house and the Kadoma Elders got water guns last Monday and we had a huge water fight in the Kadoma house. One Elder, Elder Kwaramba got a launcher and he was just going to town, everyone else had little pea shooters, and we just soaked the house. That was so much fun, and now we have them in the house, and we just have fights once in a while. I'm telling ya man, there is nothing better on a boring day then filling up a water gun and shooting people with it. I love it, and it is a great way to bond as a house.Several new things happening here in Chegutu. Because of Christmas we have ended the transfer two weeks early, which means that today is the start of my 11th transfer on mission. That's new. Which means that this will be an 8 week transfer to get us back on track. That's new. Also I have stayed here in Chegutu which will be a total of four transfers here in Chegutu, totally at almost 6 months in an area, which is the longest that I have been in an area, and may be the longest of my mission. That's new. Yeah, so a lot of new stuff going on here.
I am doing well, and am doing my best to get lots of water, but it can be difficult knowing which water is safe to drink and which one I should avoid, out in the area where there is no filter to put it through.
Still in the process of becoming a branch, they are filling out the paper work to send to Salt Lake to get approved. I can't wait till we are a branch, it will be a great day. We are having four baptisms on Saturday, which is great, the area is growing and the recent converts are super strong. There are lots of things getting done, and in spite of the difficulty talked about above we still have lots of people we are preparing for baptisms farther down the line. I love the people and all of the things that we are able to do with them. What I don't like to much is there are so many people who want to argue with us. There is an Anti-Message guy who is just interested in teaching us what he believes, and in proving to us that we are wrong. I finely got sick of it and told him that isn't why I am here, and that if he wants to learn and to read he can call us. That was last week, and no word so far.
None of the families I have visited with have one (a Nativity). I don't know what one would look like. There are no decorations for Christmas, mostly becasue all of it is so expensive, I am thining about getting some lights, but trees are way to much and so is everything else. I so wish we had a tree, and lights and all that good stuff, but I have hung up my stocking.
My companion and I are both staying here in Chegutu, which is nice, I really like Elder Muzonde, and now that we have gotten to know each other he is quite the talker. (There is no spell check on the computer I am sorry if things are spelled wrong) I have a friend who is serving in his home ward in Harare, which is pretty funny. My companion has really connected with the people we are teaching.
"The Gospel of Jesus is the way of peace. To the extent we follow it and incorporate it in our lives, to this extent will we be blessed and prospered. What a wonderful thing it is to be involved in this glorious work. Let us rejoice in our great opportunity,
let us serve with gladness."
Monday, December 1, 2014
"We're gonna need.. some more peanut butter"-Phineaus and Ferb "There is no Santa Claus there is no Easter Bunny and there is no [Ju Ju]"-Megamind "we're all gonna die"-Winnie the Pooh "[Baptisms!] Now thats my favorite part"-Brave
I am sure that to those who know me this comes as no surprise. But I find myself eating a lot of peanut butter and jam. Our cooking supplies are limited and time to cook when we get home is also limited, and it just takes to long, so I eat peanut butter most every night for dinner. I should probably find some other stuff, and I am planning to, but still, I love peanut butter and jam. And it is so easy, just make it, eat it and go study Pearl of Great Price till bed time.The people out here are super superstitious. They believe in Ju Ju an mermaids and all this stuff that makes me think of the Twilight Zone. They are afraid of everything that goes bump in the night. I just tell them that it isn't real. They look at me like I am nuts, and they all say one day something will change my mind, but I don't think so. I say it is a lot of smoke and mirrors. It is funny when members are freaked out by it to, just the mention of a mermaid in the dark freaks my companion out. It is kind of funny.
I love the people we are teaching out here. I really care for them. Speaking of care for and prayers, could you keep the Nyumtora family in your prayers? They are a recent convert family and they have a son who is very sick, has been for a while and is now in a hospital, and they are in need of prayers. Please. I would really appreciate it.The area is doing great, like I said, baptisms are happening, and there are people to teach, and things are just Bho. I love it. And I am picking up more and more Shona. Probably wont ever be fluent, but I can understand most of the lesson material in Shona and say some few things. It is a fun language, but tough.
My companion is learning the area really well, and the people really like him. Smart guy, and a great teacher. But still the mermaid thing, I just find it odd. But we are getting a long really well, and things are sweet out here in Chegutu.