So last week even though I was able to email you, our pday was taken
away to do some things for President, so he gave us a pday on
Wednesday. We decided to take a trip to a place called Pamuzinda. It’s
a really cool resort with all sorts of fun things to do. The two
events that we chose were the game drive and elephant interaction. It
was really cool because it was only the three of us on the jeep, we
had the whole game park to ourselves. It’s a place where wild animals
just roamed free with out a care in the world. We first stopped by the
lions den, then off to see the rest of the animals on the reservation.
We saw impala, elant, ostriches, wildebeest, zebra (wasn’t new to me),
warthogs, and finally giraffes! Those are seriously the coolest
creatures. We were searching for them almost the whole time and near
the end when we thought that all hope was lost, there they were, a
family of giraffe. About ten or eleven giraffe all staring at us. Our
guide said it was safe to move out of the car to get closer so I went
on a little journey and decided that my pictures needed to look more
sharp. There I stood, in the midst of those giraffe just staring at
me, wondering what this “murungu” was doing.
After the game drive the deal came with a lunch. When we got off the
ride we relaxed and bathed in the sun for about 30 minutes so things
could be prepared. We then awoke to a man tapping us on the shoulder
saying lunch is ready and it was all set up on a porch on top of a
small creek with crocodiles in it. It was an awesome lunch, and the
view was breathtaking.
After lunch we then got to go see the elephants and play with them.
They were super friendly and it was all really safe. I even got to
feed them peanuts! At the end they performed a little show of tricks
and it was all just spectacular.
Sure enough play time ended and we had to get back to work. Work hard,
play hard, right? Basically all that my job has been so far is
checking houses, buying materials, hiring people to fix problems, at
the same time as leading by example and doing indicators and numbers.
President Mkhabela has really helped me out with my new assignment and
has already taught me many things about what it means to be a leader.
The last AP’s that he had really flunked at being leaders and by doing
things by example so he’s really hoping that he can trust me.
The area we adopted is called Borrowdale. The branch is really sweet
and compared to previous branches this one is well organized. We
already had a baptism today! One couple and also a sister. The
previous missionaries who looked over this branch did a superb job
finding these people, and the branch did a good job making sure these
people were baptized.
All of these responsibilities that I’ve been given have been
challenging and it’s all come at once. Making sure the mission is in
check, and on point. Well it’s not super exciting work, but it keeps
me busy. One piece of advice given to me by President was this, “When
you’re an assistant, you don’t have a life of your own. So forget
about yourself and get to work”. It reminds me of a phrase that just
keeps popping up in my head, “lose yourself”. I think to lose yourself
is to give, forget and never look back. It’s doing everything whole
heartedly without ever asking for anything in return. I and my
companions learned that lesson this week dealing with some frustrating
issues pertaining to missionaries. Sometimes we don’t have pdays, and
now I hardly have time to write to you guys, so I guess that Lord just
keeps asking more and more of me. It’s all fine with me, the reward is
the same, I just have to work hard.
I love my new branch presidency. They just absolutely love the work, and the progress of the branch. We’ve been struggling to help one father get married so that he can be baptized, and one of our members just decided to visit him and he solved everything. They keep bringing referrals for us to teach, so the baptisms will just keep coming.
This week is the last of the transfer so we’ve got to make it extra special. I don’t know how many baptisms we’ll have, but who knows what will happen next. My companion has been in Domboshava for 6 months and he’s entering his last transfer. He kind of wants to go, but he isn’t sure because he thinks being moved for 6 weeks is pointless. This will be the end of my 5th transfer, so I’ve been on my mission about 7 months. I’ll be working on my 6th planner out of 17. I’ve still got plenty of time to serve, but I guess I’m getting there. I’m not really a greenie any more.
Last weeks numbers were trash. We were hardly in our area. Some sisters wanted to do some exchanges on Thursday and Friday, so those days were ruined. They live just too far and we had to take them back and forth.
These last few days I’ve been a little bit sick to my stomach. I think it’s the kind of nutrition I’m getting. I’ve just been eating rice, beef, chicken, and sodza. I’ve tried balancing it by buying some fruits and drinking lot of water, and it has seemed to help. My companion went through a bit of the same so we were buying these things together.
In my studies I said that I’ve been back in the BoM. I’m now in 2 Nephi and I just recently read what used to be my favorite chapter. 2 Nephi 9, it talks a lot about the resurrection. I don’t think any other book in the world describes the resurrection like the BoM does. It lays it out so plainly, and the plan for us just makes so much sense. It’s sad when I hear people don’t even believe in life after death. It’s something that’s pretty unique with our religion. I can’t recall the verse but one of my favorite verses is there too. It talks about Jesus Christ being the Gate keeper. When you are judged, no servants are hired, it’s just you and Him. It’s a really powerful scripture and I’m having some investigators and less actives read it now and it really brings the spirit.
Sorry this one is short, that’s all that happened.