Monday, June 15, 2015

"You call that popping?"-Rio "The cold never bothered me anyway"-Frozen "She kissed me"-Princess Bride

Okay, need to be fast, time is not on my side.  
We got locked out of our house last week.   Well, we tried to break into the house.   And I learned that, well, good luck anyone smaller then me who wants to bash his way through the door of the house, cause all I did was hurt my shoulder.   I mean dang, that door is tough.   Anyway, they had to send someone to remove the lock, and so now we have a new lock and we are back in our house.   But still it was an interesting experience. 
Okay, I have wanted to use this movie quote ever since I heard the song.   Anyway my first several  days here in Bulawayo it was very cold and well, it was a little bit of an adjustment, but I am good now.   My comp is having problems with it but I am great.   The cold never bothered me anyway, and it wont start now.  
Okay, so we were visiting at an investigators house, well she stays with members, and the members have a little three year old daughter/granddaughter there.   Well, in the middle of saying a prayer she comes over and sits next to me, so I moved over, and then this little three year old kisses me on the cheek.  It was a surprise.  She is such a cute little one.
Things are well, we are working hard to learn the area.   I so did not manage my time on here well today, had lots of emails to respond to from last week.   We are trying not to get lost so much, and things are going well, had a deaf  baba come to church on Sunday, which is great.   Gonna go try to teach him and his family.   Okay, sorry, few minuets left.  
I love you all.
Jesus is the Christ, and God lives.
No quotes this week, next one.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

"FYI, not my fault"-Shrek 2 "I love you daddy!" "Okay, I'm driving so [stop touching things]."-Shrek 4 "If it appears [Mutare] is getting smaller, it's because I'm leaving."-Robots

Okay, so out here in Africa many people have a mentality on time called Africa Time, which is worse then Mormon Standard Time by far.   So we have meetings every week to be at as missionaries, and we were late to most of them this past week, because my three housemates were so slow.   Like the Sister missionaries would be giving me fire for being late, and I would just tell them that it was not my fault.   Nothing can be more annoying then Africa Time right before District meeting.   

Okay, so Yesterday was Father's Day, at least, I think it was.   Even if not this is not something that can be over said.   I love you Dad.   I have been greatly blessed to have been able to have you as my Dad, and I love you so much.   I miss you a lot, and I hope your Father's Day was great.   

Okay, so one of my district members is a young man named Elder Oscar, who has a bad habit of messing with my car while I am driving.   I turn the brights on, he turns them off, I turn the radio up, he turns it down, I turn it down he turns it up.   He messes with the shifter, the hand break like everything.    Dude it horrible but I almost punched him for it.   "Keep your smurfs to yourselves!"-Smurf Movie

Okay, so the reason that I didn't email yesterday is that I have been transferred, to a place called Bulawayo.   It is like the opposite end of the mission from where I was.   Two hours to Harare from Mutare, then Six hours to Bulawayo from Harare.   Long time to travel.   So I am now in an Area called Nketa 1st, and I am still a District Leader, and my companion and I are both new to the area, so we have white washed it.   That is interesting.   Probably gonna die here.   I am excited.

So my new comp is an Elder named Elder Dandara, and he has been on mission for a little over a year.   He has been here in Bulawayo for over six months, but in a different Zone.   He is a nice guy, I met him yesterday for the first time, and we are laughing and having fun already.   It is great.

I am healthy, I am eating, I am well.   No rain, no thunder storms, but it was cold last night.   I only have one blanket right now, and that is pretty thin, and they haven't discovered insulation out here yet.   So it was pretty chilly, but it was okay, it was time to get up anyway.

Not much to say about the area, haven't really been there yet.   It is a bit like the Mkoba's back in Gweru, which will be interesting.   I am no longer driving.   Contrary to what I had thought I might end my mission on foot.   That is also interesting.   

On my side of the Moon, kids are in School, and are playing soccer.   They are always playing soccer.   It is their pass time.   

"I hope to be judged as good a man as my father.   Before I hear those words 'well done' from my Heavenly Father, I hope to first hear them from my mortal father."
-Boyd K Packer

"We have been born as Nephi of old, to goodly parents who love the Lord."
-We'll Bring the World His Truth

I feel much as President Packer, and Nephi felt.   I have been blessed to have been able to have two wonderful parents, who have taught me to fear the Lord, and keep His commandments, and to use a scriptural term "blessed be the name of my God" for it.   God puts us in our families so that we can become better people, progress to be more like Him and learn and grow in a good environment.   We are blessed to have families and to be able to feel their love and show them ours.   I love my family, more then all the marshmallows in the world.   I hope that all of us will take the time to show our love to those that we love.

I know God lives, and has a plan for all of us.

"Curse your Perry the Platypus!"
"Head lines don't sell pape's newsies sell pape's."
"Hey, isn't that on our list of S words seldom used by kids of our day?"
"I smell money, you small foul. Met this girl last night.   Move your elbow, pass the towel, for a buck I might."

I love you all.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

"That was [interesting]" "How do you [pick one]?"-Despicable Me "Like [Elder Wiltse's dad"-Wreck it Ralph "[It] fell [off]."-Lord of the Rings

First and formost.   Rabbit Rabbit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   It is a new month, and I just won!!! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaa.... It's good to win.  
Anyway, this week was great.   We had a great time, we worked hard, and things paid off.   We had two baptisms this weekend.   It was a great time.   I got to baptize one and a member of our branch baptized the other one.   Also, I got to help a missionary, Elder Brandonburg, to baptize a woman that has no left leg.   So what happened is we were both in our baptismal clothing and we helped her into the font, and then he said the prayer and then we both helped her into the water and then brought her back out.   It was a great experience.   Another good experience for you; as a District Leader I get to interview baptismal candidates to be sure everything is ready to go.   So one of the last things that I do is ask them who they want to be baptized by.   Well the young man named Jacob choose to be baptized by me, so even though we didn't really know each other, I got to baptize him yesterday.   it was nice.

On a side note, the Internet cafe just started to play the country song "Just a kiss good night" and I am so trunky.   I miss my music.   I really hope that they play another country song, but they did not.
Anyway.   So this week is my Grandpa's birthday.   We call him Pop-pop.   Anyway, I was asked to give a memory of him to my aunt for his birthday thing.   Well, how do you pick one?   Back when my mom was single she would drop me and Kenji off at Grandma and Pop-pop's house and we would spend time with them there.   We would go there every year for Halloween, he ordained me to the Priesthood, went with me to the Temple the first time, and all these things that I remember of him.   How can I pick just one?   I don't know.   Still figuring it out.   
Okay so this last week we went back to Bvumba Mountain, that really big mountain that we climbed my first transfer out here.   So as we are getting ready to go I was talking with Elder Brandonburg and Wiltse, and we were having a good chat, and they would say something once in a while and I would connect it to a song and start singing for a bit.   Well Wiltse told me that his dad is like that too.   I pride myself in being able to connect almost anything to a song or a Disney movie.   It is fun.   Anyway, to get to Bvumba you have to take a Kombie, so these are usually pretty badly maintained, and so as we were driving to go up the mountain, we were going around some curves and the window that I was next to fell off.   I am not kidding you.   It completely fell off.   I was a little scared, cause you could see a huge crack in the wall of the vehicle.   It was interesting.   
Anyway, things are going well out here.   We are working really hard and things are going well.   Now we are working on getting some more people ready for Baptism, and trying to find some Baba's and their families.   That will be nice.   The area is doing well.   Our recent converts are super powerful and things are going great.   I love it, it is Iri Bho.   
My comp was a little sick yesterday, but he is good now.   This week we are gonna go back to the doctor cause they wanted him to be back in a month to get looked at again for his heart stuff.   Can't believe that it has been a month since he was first seen.  Time goes past fast.   
"Obedience to commandments [is] an expression of our love for God.   Blessed are those who need no reason other then their love for the Savior to keep his commandments."
-Elder James E Faust
I love the simplicity of this message.   What better reason then love to do something.   Like when my parents asked me to do something at home, I did it, not because I was afraid of them, but because I love them.   The Bible says that if we have respect for the Fathers of our Flesh, how much more should we respect the Father of our Spirits.   We all show our Dad's that we love them when we obey them, why not show God?   The only thing that we have that God wont control is our agency.   He will always allow us to make our own decisions.   Why not show Him that we love Him by using it well?   I know that blessings come for obedience, and miracles come for exact obedience.   In the words of Sister Watkins "love the Lord enough to be obedient, even if you don't now why."   I know that God's laws are made to bless us.   
"I ate a baby for breakfast, yea babies!"
"Don't try and stop me Shme, don't try and stop me, don't you dare try and stop me, stop me Shme, Shme I am about to commit suicide!"
"Uh, yea I'm not really a hands on evil genius, no I'm not."
"You know I remember you being much bigger.   To a ten year old I was huge."
I love you all.