Monday, March 9, 2015

Letter from Michael 3-9-2015, eMalahleni

Letter from Michael 3-9-2015, eMalahleni

It has been another good week for us. We have some new investigators and have three people with a baptismal date. Stuart, Tapiwa, and Dudu are all scheduled to be baptized in April. I believe I never mentioned before about Crisben. We thought Crisben was an investigator but found out that he is actually a member who holds the Melchizedek priesthood. He is from the Kongo and speaks French but is learning English. Last week we started teaching Crisben's friend who is also from Kongo but prefers speaking English. He really loves America and wants to live there. Anyway he said he would come to church with Crisben on Sunday. 
On Saturday we went to President Nish's farm to do some service. It was a lot of fun but it was hard hand blistering work. There is a steam that runs through his property. We might go fishing there for a future P-day. On Sunday Tapiwa, Selena, and Selena's daughter came to church. Selena and her daughter have been fellowshiped very  well by the members. For Tapiwa there is only one active member in the young men's program and he is only a deacon. We have had a few more member presents lately. we are trying get to know more members and know them well. Bro. Masike came to church yesterday. I had never seen him at church. He was in the branch presidency but then went less active because he got offended. We even had a new member come to the branch yesterday. Not far from the chapel there is an area called Klarinet. The branch boundaries are changing next month and the members there will be coming here now. It will be very helpful for this branch. On Friday night Elder Novotny was driving and accidentally swerved into the other lane. The truck (bakkie) next to us had to brake hard. The two guys in the truck were clear raging and tailgated us and shined their brights at us. They followed us where ever we went. Eventually we went into a neighborhood and drove fast around a bunch of different turns until we could lose them. Good thing our car is faster.
- Elder Johnson

"Why do we fall, Master Wayne?.... so we can learn to pick ourselves back up." - Alfred
(I use this quote when teaching a few times.)

Part of his letter to his mom:
The horses here get funny growths on their skin because of the polluted water. This morning the water came out of the sink so brown that it was almost black.
I don't know if I told you told you but for a while I have been thinking of ditching the fire fighting idea. I am more interested in doing something like physical therapy or becoming a chiropractor. 
Part of his letter to his dad:

We only saw Stuart once last week. We taught the law of Chastity. We are going over the commandments with him again.

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