Monday, July 17, 2017
This week we had the opportunity to have a zone conference! It was really nice and I truly enjoyed! There was a lot talked about and a lot that we have taken in and will apply to our missionary work! We heard a lot about the new mission president MTC meeting and it was really good. There was this really awesome story about two brothers that Elder Holland talked about. This one went out and left home and joined the Hells Angels and traveled around. He came to his sense and headed back toward home but missed it and went to Southern California and joined that side. There he was sitting on his porch and some missionaries walked past his house and his dogs came to the gate and barked and so they kept walking when they both stopped and conversed. They walked back the dogs became quiet and they walk through the gate and went to talk to this guy. He knew missionaries because he grew up on the church in Pocatello Idaho where he ran away from. While the missionaries talked to him one asked where he was from and stated he was from Pocatello. They Elder asked if he knew a certain family and he said yes that is my parents. The Elder then said that he was his brother that he didn't know he had and that the missionary didn't even know of the other brother. IT was just a great small story eventually the man returned home repented and was then married in the temple. This just illustrates the importance of the spirit in missionary work. But yeah this week really wasn't eventful either. We had 13 of out investigators attend church and that was really great to see! But yeah I love you all!!
Monday, July 10, 2017
Well this week was alright. Just alright nothing to special happened and also nothing terrible happened till . So this week went like every other week here in SA and as a missionary especially. We did have interviews which is a little different then normal but in general it was normal! Oh yeah before I forget we as a mission have Received Swaziland and part of our mission!! So that is super cool and exciting!! We get 12 missionaries with that country moving over! But yeah all is well for us and we are surviving this side. I was really sick yesterday and Saturday and still have it today but yeah I am getting better slowly. Also when we at church we had our car opened up and had a camera and a gps stolen. So that suckled really bad!! I am a bit mad about it but oh well! Live and let it go!! But yeah all is well here in South Africa!! I love you guys!!
Thursday, July 6, 2017
So this week was literally a normal week! It seemed to take forever because transfers usually happen on a Tuesday and we switched companions on a Monday so that through off the whole week. Elder Malunga is a really cool guy and we are having a good time here in Germiston. This week we were able to put 4 more people on date for Baptism which is a real blessing!! So now we have nine people that are preparing to be Baptized by the end of August. We will also have another added to the list after this week! Blessing are coming to this area which is so nice! It has been rough having two missionaries back to back going home but it is fine I am staying strong. Nothing to eventful happened this week other than going to the temple with two of our converts! That was a good experience and they enjoyed I hope!! Haha Anyways I love you all!!
Monday, June 26, 2017
Well today I was able to take Elder Gramu to the Mission office so he will be able to go home! He was really excited and I am glad that he was my companion! He is a really cool guy and yeah! So my new companion is Elder Malunga. I have been a round him a good amount and he will be here for four weeks before he goes home. So i will be here in Germiston for at least one more transfer after this! So yeah this week was really good!1! There were a lot of goodbye with Elder Gramu and also we got to see some new faces. We have this one investigator name Selina and she last week brought two investigators to church and this week she brought another new person! She is awesome and is doing great missionary work as a investigator. But yeah we are doing really well!! I am loving this area and I have enjoyed so far!! But yeah there is not to much to report on today! I love you all!!
Monday, June 19, 2017
So this week was pretty normal but not at the same time. We start on P-day last week. I was able to go with some other Elder for the night because my companion had his final interview and also the departing Elders dinner with the Leavitts! So that was actually pretty exciting. He enjoyed and I enjoyed as well. He will be going home next week Monday and so then I will be getting my other companion who is going home! We had transfers on Tuesday. Just normal but Katlehong is now in my district! So that was where I was for 7 and a Half months! So that is exciting I will be able to go there on exchanges! WOAH!!!! Haha But yeah literally this week was noramal other than that! But yeah I am doing well and I am staying alive! But I love you all!! Stay well!!
Elder Cowan enjoying a sucker!
Monday, June 12, 2017
Sweet... so this week we were able to have transfer news. So I am staying with Elder Gramu for the last 2 weeks of his mission. When he leaves I will being getting a Elder named Elder Malunga. He will be going home at the end of this next transfer and so I will be killing him as well. Then President gave me reassurance stating that next transfer I will be getting a fresh new missionary. So something to look forward to!! But I am really excited for this next few weeks. I have been enjoying Germiston. Anyways also Elder Palkki will be training this transfer so I will be receiving a grandson! That is really exciting and I am glad that he will have that chance to train a Greenie! Also President called me as a district leader and so that is kind of exciting. I don't now anything about my district which is what is scaring me! Anyways nothing to much going on this side! But in general we have six investigators on date! We are super excited for them and they are progressing very well!! Anyways nothing to much to report! I love you all!!
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Monday, June 5, 2017
Well this week was cool! On Sunday we were able to Baptize the brother of the lady we baptized 2 weeks ago. His name is Kamogelo and he is a really good kid. He has awesome faith for his age and is excited to grow in the Gospel. I had to baptize him three times because his legs would just come up. I told him it was because he did not repent enough. But it was quite funny. We were able to help a member kill some chickens this week and in payment she will give us one of them. So that is a free dinner!!! YAY!! Haha She is really cool and gives us chicken all the time. So yeah that was cool! Also this week we had our Zone Conference. We had some great information given to us and I learned a lot. It is also really nice to be able to see some old missionary friends. But yeah all is going well this side. We are surviving and working pretty well. All in all the work is still good and we are loving Germiston. I love you all! Stay well.
Another Chicken Different Day
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Okay well this week was very uneventful. On Thursday we had a stake wide meeting with Elder Rasband who spoke to us about temple and getting to love the temple even more! It was a really good meeting and I really enjoyed. We had some really good lessons this week and got to teach some people and have them touched by the spirit. We will be having another Baptism on Sunday and that will be the brother of the person who was baptized last week. So that is very exciting and we are glad to see that happening. Honestly one of the most stand out things that happened as well was that our car was in the service for 2 days... That sucked but oh well it needed to happen. It was also Elder Gramus birthday on Friday and so we had a Braai with some members! So all in all it was a good week! I love you all!
Friday, May 26, 2017
This week was such a awesome week!! There was just so much that went on and so many great experiences. To start on Sunday we had a baptism of Duduzile! She is a really awesome new convert who has such a great backstory! She is really an inspiration to me! But the Baptism went very well and she was happy to finally get that done after three years. On Friday we were able to head out to the temple to have a session. It was awesome and it was truly a spiritual experience. I learned some new things and I was able to just soak in everything. We had interviews with our mission President this week and we were able to help Sister Leavitt out with making cookies for zone conference coming up next week. The interview went well it was different to what I am used to with President Dunn but it was good. We gave about 4 different blessings this week to people. I was the one to give three o them! One of them was to Sister Karen from Katlehong! She is in Hospital and the Katlehong missionaries could not get to her so they asked us to give it. It was really good and is was good for her she said to see me. Lastly yesterday we were able to have a special mission training with Elder Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. What a amazing meeting. We all got to meet him and shake his hand as well as we heard from him about the Holy Spirit which was his conference talk recently. All in all it was a amazing week and I felt the spirit so strongly! I love you all and stay well!!
Making Cookies with Sister Leavitt
Monday, May 15, 2017
Well this week was a very awesome and rewarding week. I will start out with Tuesday. So on Tuesday we were able to go to a center called Broken Wings. This is a place that Adults who have some sort of disability can go and have fun and be taken care of. Basically a day resort for those people. It was really cool to interact with them and be able to listen to them sing! Each one of them has there own sound they like and like to sing so they went around and they sang for us! It was really cool!! So we will be going there every week to do service there and get a free lunch which is always a plus! But yeah it was really touching to see all of them express their love for God and Jesus Christ. So yeah HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! For all those who are mothers of sorts out there. It was really nice to be able to Skype home and see the Family and talk to them!! I hope every one is doing well and staying safe. South Africa has had a cold spell this past week and I am freezing my bottom off here. It has been rainy and over cast for the past few days so I have been wearing a Jersey ( sweater) so that has been rough! But oh well!! Yeah I miss you all and I hope you all stay well and safe! Love ya!
Monday, May 8, 2017
Well Germiston (my new area) is really cool!! I am really enjoying so far in the fact that we are getting referalls like crazy as well as teaching basically all day! SO that means hardly any contacting!! YAY!!!! Haha But yeah it is a really sweet area. We have like 4 people on date and some we are planning to put on date. We have about 15 or so progressing investigators and yeah! It is awesome. We spend a lot of our time in a township called Buhle Park. It is actually very small compared to Katlehong but it is awesome. The Church is really growing here and it has a lot of potential. But yeah there really isnt much to write about. We will be having a baptism on the on the 21 of May which is exciting and yeah. In general I am surviving and Loving mission! I cant wait to talk to the Family this Sunday Love you!!!
Monday, May 1, 2017
Well this week we were able to receive our transfer news. Drum rollllllllll........... I am leaving! So I am heading out to Germiston and Alberton. Which is actually right next door to my last area. So I will be moving into the same flat complex that I was in before. So I am excited. I was able to say good bye to some members this past week as well. Not as many as normal due to the fact I was here for such a short time and the members didnt associate much with us even though we tried. Anyways Elder Palkki will be covering Randburg, Sandton, Weltevreden, and Ruimsig. That is 4 wards with two missionaries. He will be paired with Elder Wolfgramm and they willbe together for I dont know how long. My new companion is Elder Gramu. He goes home this next transfer so I have to make him work his butt off for 6 weeks. This week was really nice we were able to see the Wills family who the father is Excommunicated and the wife is inactive and the Kids are not members. They invited us to teach the Kids so we did. It went very well and we were able to break down some old barriers that got put up by other missionaries. Honestly that was the highlight of the week. Nothing super crazy has been happening just packing really! I love you all!!
The Pienaar's (Members from the Randburg area)
Monday, April 24, 2017
Well this week was exciting due to the fact that we were busy doing a lot of things as well as missionary work. Well in all respects it is all missionary work but yeah! Anyways at Zone Conference we were able to see a lot of old folks from the former areas and districts. It was awesome I was able to catch up with a lot of them and it was nice. We had some reminders on the rules because some missionaries have seemed to forget some things. But it went well and I enjoyed. We were able to get flu shots which were not that bad which also was a plus. Anyways the temple was amazing as always!! Here are some great pictures from that with myself and the District. We had a great session though and were able to be very much uplifted and definitely felt the spirit. We were able to have two different serice projects take place. One was painting and sanding this fence for a member! That was very exciting.... Not really but it was good!! Also we participated in a ward service for the Ruimsig ward. That went well. We were able to help out at a library and do a lot of yard work! It was pretty nice. It looks good! Unfortunately in both instances we left our cameras. But yes it was good and we survived. Well nothing much on the normal side. We contacted a lot and found hardly anyone but maybe there was something there. Also on Sunday we met with our investigator Felix and we were able to put him on Date for baptism. So that was awesome as well!! Anyways I love you all!!
Monday, April 17, 2017
This week was just like any other week. To start the week off we had exchanges which occurred on Tuesday. I went with Elder Wolfgramm to the Randburg/Sandton area and Elder Palkki stayed in our area with Elder Shepardson. Elder Wolfgramm and I decided it was time to go and contact Sandton CBD (Central Business District) which is the richest square mile in all of Africa. As we decided this we also thought yanno white shirts and ties really are under dressing here so lets wear suits. So we suited up and contact for around three hours there. It really was one of the better days on mission. It was actually really fun and we felt really good as we did it. Considering people wear suits around in Sandton we really didnt stick out to much and we were able to gain the respect of some of the people that we talked to. Especially we were talking to this one guy and we said we are not Jay Dubs or Jehovah's Witnesses and he said I can tell you are in suits. So that really stuck out and it was kind of funny. But yeah throughout the week nothing super crazy happened. We just had our normal contacting and lessons. Nothing new has came up so far. But we finally got some people to come to church this week. Easter was literally a normal day for us and yeah we were unable to see anyone. But anyways I love you all!!
Monday, April 10, 2017
This week was really a uplifting week for us here. We were able to watch general conference which is the reason that it was good and uplifting! There were some really powerful talks that were given that really touched me. I honestly thought this was one of the better conferences that I have witnessed which is probably sad to say but it is true in my eyes. They flew by way to quick sadly I wish I could have just kept watching and watching. But yeah let us see that basically took up most of our Saturday and Sunday. We had some really good appointments this week as well as some cancellations which are never good. But the one we did have were very powerful and they were meaningful to the people. This week as well we had Interviews with out new mission President. He is such a amazing guy and I look forward to working under him for the next 4 transfers. I have already learned so much from him and he has helped me already in so many different ways. But yeah in general this week was pretty bland. The guys in our flat have been sick so that hasn't been nice. Also on Thursday our power went out and didn't come back on till Saturday afternoon. Yet since then it has been off and on for a few hours at a time. So all of our food was spoiled.... Anyways all is well here in South Africa! I love you all!!
Monday, April 3, 2017
SOOOO this week was a pretty normal week for us here in the good old South Africa. Nothing super crazy happened this week other than today. We were planning to go to the Tallest Building in Joburg (which I have gone to) and as we were arriving there we were about to turn to go to it and we here a series of gun shots and a bunch of people running so we sad nope and got out of there. Fortunately we were not there when it happened just a street or two down so that was exciting! That was the suspenseful thing of the week! So this week we got four new investigators. Three of which are from this members family and have been wanting to be taught. We met with them on last Monday and had a great lesson!! We just did a short how to begin teaching and got to know them and went over a short gospel principle. The other was this lady we met street contacting the other day. She was interested in the Book of Mormon and com to find out she is looking for a church. She said it is time that she finds her own to raise her family in instead of her mothers. So in general she is super powerful! We committed her to read the Book of Mormon and to pray. We will be seeing her on Tuesday and we will hopefully see if she did those things. On Sunday we had a family bring an investigator that has been learning about the church in another ward and with other missionaries. He was a cool guy and since the family is going to be gone or something like that they passed him over to us! So that was super exciting. He is a awesome guy named Calvin and we were told he wants to be baptized. So we are super excited for that and look forward to meeting with him this week. So all in all this week was really good and we were able to do a lot of work. I love you all!!
Monday, March 27, 2017
Hello!!!! So to start off this email today I will like to start with today PDAY. So today we started a 60 day workout routine that will get us into shape. So we were pretty exhausted after that! So then we thought it would be a great Idea to hit up a place called Bounce. Holy Cow!! That place was so cool! We had a great time as a district and we were able to learn some cool things! Unfortunately we all forgot our cameras and we were unable to take any pictures. But man it was really cool there and now we are completely tired and sore! So this week was a very normal week here in South Africa! We did do a decent amount of contacting and talking to people but we had a few good lessons! The apex of the week was we started to street contact afternoon and as we started to walk we had a member hoot or honk at us. He turned around and explained that he was picking up his son at a friends house and that friend has been interested in the gospel for the longest time. This member did not have our phone numbers and he was living in Bedfordview. Since we just started to open the area and that we are new not to many other Areas have our phone number. We talked to the boy and he was really cool and was willing to learn we set a appointment for so we will see how that will go! So that was our little miracle for the week. We are really excited to start to teach him and his family! He has a good knowledge about the church which is always a good foundation. So all in all this week was pretty decent! Nothing to crazy happened and nothing went wrong. But we are pushing forward in Faith which is all we need to do!! I love you all!!
Monday, March 20, 2017
Well this week was another pretty bland week again!! Basically we had a few appointment and a lot of contacting!! Basically we tracted a lot and talked to a lot of people on the side of the road which is always fun!! We actually got a few potentials but none have gone through yet! Also this week we were able to go on exchanges and I went with Elder Shepardson and we had a good time as all exchanges are! So I went back to Randburg which was really weird but it was cool we saw some of the members and had a really good dinner with this cool Italian family! But yeah this week was kind of saddening but it is fine cause the guys in the district make up for it! Yeah but lets see I had to do a Baptismal interview that is why we were on exchanges! That was really cool and the lady was super powerful!! We had a few dinners this week as well which was good to meet members! They are finally starting to trust us a bit more which is always good. On Sunday we had this less active guy come back to church which was cool his wife died recently and so he wants to get back into the church and get to the temple! So all in all it was a good week! I love you all!!
Monday, March 13, 2017
This week was rough!!! Probably one of the hardest ones I have had on mission!! But at the same time i think it is the most I have grown on mission as well!! We honestly did not have to many lesson this week most of them cancelled. But the ones that we did have were really powerful! We started the discussions with this guy we call Tafa just cause his name is pretty hard to say and I don't even know it haha. He is a cousin of a member that is in the Ruimsig ward! He is from Zimbabwe which is cool and he is really interested in what we teach! So that was really the highlight! We also went to a funeral and that was good but sad! It was a very spirit packed service which was good for all the non members that were there!! I have been in Alma in my studies and I have been really enjoying everything that I have been reading!! Which has been a lot!! But yeah all in all we are surviving! Elder Palkki is still really green but that is a good thing!! He is a really good hard working missionary that has to put up with me so he is doing good!! Anyways I love you all!!
Monday, March 6, 2017
So this week was a pretty average week! It basically was the same as last week in the fact that we basically did the same stuff nothing really stood out to me at least! One thing that was a bit different was that we had our final interviews with President Dunn. That was a really emotional time and day! The interview went really well and we were able to just talk!! It was really nice! After we were interviewed we had a etiquette lunch and that was nice. Sister Dunn and Sister Tshabalala cooked some really good food and yeah that was really nice!! Basically she just taught us manners which are common sense and I dont understand how people can not be polite! Anyways the week did fly by sooo quick like I feel like it was yesterday that I was last emailing which is the weirdest feeling! But in general all is going well! We were unable to visit a lot of our investigators this week for some reason they all cancelled but whatever! Training is going pretty well for Elder Palkki and he is enjoying mission a lot! Also the district is going well as well!! We are still super close which is always good!! So we get a long and dont want to kill each other yet! But honestly I dont know what else to write! I am sorry for such a short letter!! I wish you all the best!! Stay well! Love you!!