Okay, so my last year in the real world, on August 25th my family celebrated Christmas together for the fun of it. Well, tomorrow is the 25th of August, so today is Christmas Eve in August. Merry Christmas family! I love you all!Okay, so at the train museum there is a pump trolley old time-y hand car, that we can drive around. Well, if you try you can get going pretty fast, and dang did we get going. The problem is there is only so much open area on the line for us to go on, and the brakes aren't the best in the world. And the guy on the brakes likes to have some fun messing with people. Anyway, it was a pretty close one, we almost crashed into another train, and actually once took it off the rail by hitting some other stuff. It was kind of scary, very fun and man, we could have had some serious problems.
Monday, August 24, 2015
"Ah, Christmas Eve"-Phineas and Ferb "[We] could have been dead, [we] could have died!"-Monsters Inc "I'm right behind you"-Shrek "No sacrifice, no victory!"-Transformers
Hello Elder Melot,
Here is your travel itinerary. Also have sent it to your family.
Elder Melot will be leaving the Harare International Airport on Tuesday, October 13th and arriving at the SeaTac Airport on Wednesday, October 14th at 5:05pm.
"Noisy neighbors"-Lion King 1&1/2 "Throw it, throw it! Go long!"-Incredibles "I'm a big mouth"-Land Before Time "Now that was funny"-Surfs Up
Okay, so as of late our neighbors have been playing a lot of really loud music late at night and early in the morning. It can be a little distracting during studies and when we are trying to sleep. The other day it was so bad that we had to go out and ask the neighbor kids to stop screaming so loud. Cause it was super irritating. They stopped, a little bit at least. But there are just so many of them pumping their music so loud and so long. "There go the property values."Anyway, this week we had a family fun day as the Nkulumane Stake, and "[my] heart skipped a beat when [I saw a football]" and it was great. Spent a long time just throwing it back and forth with the different members and missionaries and taught several people how to throw it the way it is supposed to be thrown. Cause they were throwing it like it is a rugby ball. I am so out of practice of throwing a football that it killed my arm so fast. Anyway the family fun day was a blast and it went really well.
Things are going well for the area, we are planning those six baptisms this weekend, and that will be a great time. We have found several new investigators, now if we could only get them to come to church. We are working on it. It will happen eventually. Things are well for us.
My companion is great. Once I get him to do something once he just takes off with it. Which is the best part of having him here. Or one of the best parts.
"We need to exercise faith that the Lord has prepared people around us to be taught. He knows who they are and when they are ready, and He can guide us to them by the power of the Holy Ghost and give us words to invite them to be taught"
Okay, so I think there might be a missing page in my booklet, cause for the life of me I can't find who said that quote.
In my mission I have had a great opportunity to see the Lord lead my companion and I to people who are prepared, or lead the prepared people to us. I have gotten a front row seat to see the Lord hasten His work. I know that there are people out there, around all of us, who are being prepared for the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. If we will search for them, with His help we will find them. Let the search begin.
"I made it coach, I got a C average, I'm going to college. That is great news son, but I am a married man."
"They kiss? Why that looks so unique, inspired!"
"Water makes you weak, water is for cowards, water is for washing the blood of your jersey, and you better not get no blood on my jersey."
"How horrible our Christmas will be. No, How jolly."
I love you all.
"Pick up the [phone] Pick up the [phone]"-Flushed Away "This is a lot more [complicated then it should be]"-Robots "Special Delivery!"-Phineas and Ferb "Where [is everyone]?!"-Doctor Who
Okay, so nothing is worse then when you are trying to organize things with a marriage officer and it isn't happening. We tried so hard this past week to get everything to happen the way it is supposed to happen and to get in touch with the guy and well, he never picked up his phone. It was horrible. Then we find out that he is not authorized to do marriages anymore, so we are going to have to use a different officer to do the marriage now. We got called by the Stake President to tell us about it. It was horrible. So much more complicated then it needs to be, since the guy is still legally registered to be a marriage officer of Zimbabwe. I know I have said it, but it was horrible. Anyway, long story short, we are gonna have the marriage and baptism on the 22nd instead. So no marriage/baptism pictures this week. Sorry.Okay, so every month the Zone Leaders go to Mission Leadership Conference(MLC) and when they go you can send them with a list of things you need them to get from the Distribution Center. I love when you send them with a big list and then they come back with like all of it. Special Delivery indeed. Finely have some Bibles, Copies of the Book of Mormon, Family Proclamations, Living Christ's. Temple Pictures and all that good stuff that we need in order to help recent converts continue in the faith, and to be able to teach people. Do you know how hard it is to tell someone that a great way to know Joseph Smith was a Prophet is to read the Book of Mormon and then have no copy to give them? "Como se de se awkward"(-Phineas and Ferb). Anyway, we are now outfitted pretty good out here.
"[Like] father [like] son."-Aladdin 3 "I believe in learning on the job"-How to Train your Dragon "Feels good to stretch"-Loony Toons Back in Action "Yep, those were the good old days"-IceAge the Melt Down
Okay, so Elder Kunene and I are very similar. We both love Disney music for one. We walk around talking about Disney movies and singing Disney songs and we just love it. We are getting along great, and he is really picking up on the mission stuff. He is working hard and is coming out of his shell more and more. I love it.
Along those lines, I am trying to get him to come out of his shell faster and faster. I love to put him in situations where he has to apply the things he has learned in the Training stuff and then see him use it. My favorite is to stop three or four people and introduce ourselves and then tell them that "Elder Kunene has something very important he wants to tell you" and then focus shifts to him and he, after a slight hesitation, will launch into contacting and talking to them about what we do and why we are here and that is great to see. He is really a fast learner and is coming along great.
Okay, so no car for us out here, so we take Kombie's like everywhere that is not our area. Well, they are no better now then they were last year in Gweru. Actually we have rode in some pretty iffy ones, and some pretty small ones. So I have to fold up and then unfold in order to get in and out of them. I miss my truck.
Okay, so Elder Machakaire is out here in Bulawayo. For those who might not remember, he and I were six months in Chegutu, in different areas, but the same house. And we love it, being around each other again. We are talking all the time about people who were there, about things that happened and about all the "good old days" that we had on mission while we were there together. And talking to the missionaries there in Chegutu the people there are still talking about us and the one guy from Canada still gets called by my name by all the little kids after having been there for three months. I love it.
I brought my book this time.
"When we choose to follow Christ out of faith, rather then another path out of fear we are blessed."
-Quentin L Cook
"I hope to see us dissolve the artificial boundary line we so often place between missionary work and temple and genealogical work, because it is the same great redemptive work."
-Spencer W Kimball
I know that it can be scary sometimes, standing for what we know to be true. But, it doesn't need to be. Think of Elisha when he faced an army of some of the most cruel people in the known world at the time, and what did he say? "There are more with us then there are with them." There will always be more with those on God's side then there will be those on the other side. Because who can stand against God? I have heard some things about stuff happening in the world and it can sound a little scary, but with faith in God, and His only Begotten Son, we can get through anything that is put in our path. All it takes is faith and trust.
"What I did, I did in the name of peace. But not in the name of the Doctor!"
"Maybe I killed a Jedi and took it from him. Can't nobody can kill a Jedi. I wish that were true."
"I'm still in the first 12 hours of my regeneration cycle... and this is a fighting hand!"
"Hey, push the nose."
I love you all.
"This is my new companion"-Army of God "That's the nicest thing anybody ever said about me"-Happily Never After "Destroy [them]!"-Lord of the Rings 1
Okay, so my new companion is a great little guy. His name is Elder Kunene. He is from the Durban area down in South Africa, near where they are building the temple. He is super cool to be around, and he speaks several languages from down south. He and his three siblings are members of the Church and his parents are not, but he told me they are taking the lessons and meeting missionaries. So that is good. He is adjusting to the mission and to the area. He is a super smart guy and he does well when teaching, when he gets the courage to open his mouth and not be afraid to talk to people. I am so excited to be his trainer and to be able to teach him about how mission goes. He is picking up on the lay out of the area and he is starting to come out of his shell more and more. It is gonna be a fun 11 more weeks.Okay, so when you get a new missionary you go to Harare to meet him and you get a dinner with the mission president, his wife and in our case his daughter and the assistants. Well our assistants are Elders Mayall and Tanner, and Mayall was my Zone Leader for some four and a half months. So as luck would have it, or as the Wheel would weave it, my new companion were next to them at dinner. Man Mayall and I had a great time talking about Chegutu and Kadoma and getting to spend some time together and he and Tanner were both just talking all this good stuff about me. Even we get to the area and the members are telling Elder Kunene how lucky he is to have me for a comp. It was super funny. Good to see that people like to have me around. Of course I have only good things to say about Mayall and Tanner and the area as well. Love it.