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Monday, April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014 Letitia Walton Baptism

Elder Sanders, Letitia and Elder Truscott
This week was a pretty average week of missionary work to be honest, with a nice ending of Letitia Walton being baptized :)
All week we just had a good few appointments every day and taught really well, so it makes for a nice week. Wednesday was Shakespeare's like 450th birthday, so Alan was into that....had us over that morning to tell us all about "Hamlet", and then that night he took us to some lecture thing by the Shakespeare society, which he's a part of.
Saturday was a nice day as well. We had conference in the morning, which we watched until the power went out....ha ha. That put an end to things there. We were invited Saturday afternoon to go and watch Kaylin do karate! There were matches and stuff going on here in Grahamstown so they said we could come watch, so all of us went up to see. Dang, it was pretty intense! Ha ha. Kaylin destroyed and we saw Sokhana Sinama there too! They all do karate so they were all there, so we got to see them all fight, it was pretty fun!
We have wanted Emerald and Kaylin to stay for the whole time at church for a while now.....and we really wanted them to see the baptism. Their only concern about coming for the whole time was that they wouldn't have time to cook when they got home....ha ha, so on Saturday night we went to Emeralds place and cooked fajitas for them that they could have and then eat after church :) it was lots of fun, and it worked, cause Emerald and Kaylin, and Lushka, a cousin, came to church and stayed for the baptism! Church was different this week because it was conference, but they still came and we tried to explain to them beforehand that it wouldn't be
the same. Conference was great though. It was really nice, and I'm glad we finally got to watch it. In between the conference sessions we had the baptism of Letitia   Nice to see her mom was there to support her :) It was awesome. She wanted me to baptize her, and she was sooo excited for it! It was cool, it was a really stormy day, really rainy, and it was like that all morning, and then just as we were getting the baptism ready the
rain slowed down to a light drizzle and the sun came out a bit, and then afterwards it was back to being stormy! Water was cold, but Letitia was wonderful, it went great :)

We saw a bunch of people this week. It seemed nice to have people holding their appointments!
We have been sitting with a girl named Precious...she has some interesting beliefs about the church, mainly cause she read this book called out of Mormonism and believed everything in it. Ha ha, she gave it to us to read, so we read it and have been doing our best to correct the misconceptions about the church and what we believe. Haha, she's super cool though, I always look forward to her appointments even though she throws bible verses on us like crazy!
Emerald and her family are great. They came, and stayed for the baptism you know....and when we visited them after church Kaylin said that she was super interested in the baptism cause it wasn't how they do it at their church, so we are going to talk to them about why we do it that way tonight :)
Sandiswa's two friends, KG and Anisipo (sisters) are super great to sit with too! They are reading and praying and finding answers.
Grant is still a super cool guy, he's just coming along. He loves the DVD thing; and prefers watching those lately, so we've just been going there and showing them a DVD and talking about what we can apply and
But ya, it was a nice week overall....boring and average, but that's better than other things I suppose :)

Elder Truscott

Monday, April 21, 2014

Transfer News! 4-21-14

Elder Truscott and his new companion Elder Sanders
Transfer week!! I got Elder Sanders as my new companion, which is SOO nice. It's going to be a great transfer if the first week is any prophesy ;)
It was nice though, Monday night we got our transfer news, and I stayed in Grahamstown just like I thought I would.
Tuesday we spent saying Ramosoeu's goodbyes, and Wednesday was transfer day! It was to P.E., dropped him off at the airport, and then just hung out with other Elders until Elder Crowell (Mandas new comp) and Elder Sanders got here from Cape Town! So we got them and then drove back to GT!
Thursday to Sunday we just had a few appointments and did some work, but it was a really slow week....half the week we weren't teaching because of transfers, so we mostly just went around and set appointments for next week, so next week should be better in terms of that I introduced Sanders to some members and the investigators, and we've been having a good time together!

Friday the people here start celebrating Easter, so Friday was "good friday" and all the colored people only eat fish and hot cross buns on that day...breakfast to dinner fish...ha ha ha. So Emerald invited us
over to her place that afternoon and we had some pickled fish with her and her family! It was great :)

Saturday was Leticia's baptism interview, and then she sat with President Budaza at church, and she is going to be baptized this coming Sunday :) I'm super excited! And she said that she wants me to baptize her, so that will be really cool too! I'm super excited to see her progress and be baptized, and she's super excited for it.

The people are coming along good! Leticia is excited and ready, and we started teaching a few new people this week too. Emerald and Kaylin are cool, we just want more members to come with us so they can get used to the members and feel more comfortable! We started teaching a girl named KG (nickname) and her sister Anisipo. They are Sandiswa's friends and were interested when we were there one time, so we have been sitting with them, and they are doing really good. KG said that she prayed to know if the message of the restoration was true and felt like it was, so that is super cool! We are seeing them a couple times a week and they are really good! We also sat with a lady named Precious. She is Nandiles friend and randomly SMS'd us to sit with us. We mainly disagree about the apostasy...she doesn't think it happened....and she thinks after Christ all is finished and we don't need anything but to accept him, and gave us this book about a lady who joined and then left the LDS church....she found it in her church library, ha ha. But it was good, were seeing good people and I'm beyond excited to have a new companion!

Love and miss you so so much!


Elder Truscott

Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014

Nothing too crazy this week, even though I'm super excited to get transfer news tonight!! Ramosoeu is going home, and I'll be getting a new comp!
We did lots of travel this week too. We drove down to East London because we had the zone training and interviews with President Wood!
The plans changed unexpectedly on Thursday! We were supposed to drive to P.E. on Saturday for Ramosoeu's seminar on job interviews and getting a job and stuff after mission, but then it changed that we had to be there early on Thursday morning! So Thursday morning we were on the road again! Someone(Ramosoeu) told me it was in a place called Uitenhage, which is just off from P.E., so I drove there and we called Elder Bladder (the couple in P.E), who informed us it was actually in after a bit of a struggle  with  directions we got to the chapel there :) The training is just for Elders going home, so Ramosoeu and one other Elder sat there, and then the other guys comp, Elder Whitworth, and I left after about 30 minutes. So I spent the day with him which was nice cause he's super cool and it was a very very nice change. Haha.
Friday, since Ramosoeu is leaving, Emerald had us over that evening for a Poikikos (sp?) haha, it's just a certain way of cooking, outside over coals in a big black pot. It was super good though, and it was a great night there :)
Saturday was just a normal day of working, and then church on Sunday!
Leticia is going to be baptized the week of the 27th, so coming up soon! She wanted to be baptized this Saturday, but the Branch President wanted to postpone it so it could be more planned, so alright :) she's still super excited about it and she'll be great :)
We have been watching those restoration DVD's that you sent me, causethey are super powerful and then if they really feel the spirit I offer to have them keep it :) so Emerald and Grant and Shanice have one, and hopefully they remember that feeling they had while watching it :)

Other than that not too much happened this week! Lots of the students were still out of town for the holiday they had at university, so it was kinda slow.....but speaking of students one of our recent converts, Lonwabo, invited us to his graduation, so we went to that!
But another week down! Transfer news tonight, and start of a new transfer :) should be good!  
Elder Truscott

Monday, April 7, 2014

1st Baptism in two years in Grahamstown!

Elder Truscott at the Radio Talk Show

Elder Truscott at the Sinama's for a Bday dinner

Elder Truscott with Bro. Allan

Elder Truscott, Sandwisa and Elder Ramosoeu

Last Monday was my birthday, so I e-mailed and had a relaxed day. We had our usual appt with Emerald that night. Oh my gosh do I love that family! They remembered my birthday and bought me a really nice set of deodorants and travel bag! It's amazing! Then she even had cool drink and dessert so we had a great time there last Monday before heading to the FHE.

After the FHE we got to go do a radio show for a bit! It was pretty cool. Apparently the other missionaries ran into a guy in their area who turned out to work for the radio show! So they left their number with him, and he used that number to call and ask if we'd like to go on and talk about our religion for a bit and then answer some questions from callers or him. It was pretty fun actually! I enjoyed it, ha ha ha. Next stop Hollywood ;) but we talked about the origin of the church and the restoration stuff, and then a few people called in to ask questions and stuff! We answered and left the number to contact to get missionaries to come, so it was good! Hopefully something comes
out of it :)

Tuesday the birthday love continued big time! The Sinama's had us over that afternoon because they wanted to have something special for my birthday! So they cooked a super huge meal for us and we ate with them and chilled and had a great time :) it's amazing to see these people show so much love to me! And then that night Alan had us over for my birthday dinner! So he had a super nice dinner and big dessert for us too! Ya I'm gaining weight after this week ;)

So on Saturday we had a baptism! Sandiswa got baptized Saturday morning by Elder Ramosoeu and then I confirmed her on Sunday! It was a great one! It was on a Saturday so we were hoping people would come to support, and we actually had a decent turn out! She was excited and I was super happy :) then Sunday she was confirmed and given the Holy Ghost!

After church on Sunday we went to Grant and Shanices place. We had a "goodbye Brie" for Ramosoeu! It was awesome, we chilled and had a big Brie there and ate and had a good time :) then time to make a few visits before ending the week at the Chases for dinner!
We had less appointments than usual this week, I will blame it on the fact that the University is on break so everyone went home this week so the place is kinda dead....
We met some new people though, when it's a down time we do finding, we've been tracting and following up with what we leave. One young guy we did that with, he is 17. We talked to him last week and left a pamphlet, and this week we went to go follow up! Turns out this kid is a sangoma in training (you will have to google what a sangoma is, but it's basically a traditional healer who does some wierd stuff...)  We sat with him and taught the restoration and when we were talking about the Book of Mormon he said he felt "light", so we told him that was the spirit and left him with the intro to read and set another appt!

Leticia is still doing awesome. She gave herself the 3rd week in April to be baptized so she's looking forward to that! And so are we! It will be great to see her be baptized in a few weeks! The Sinama's are great, they had that birthday thing for me and they are doing some traditional stuff at the house right now, so we didn't go again this week cause the whole family is coming from all over to be there. Haha, but we will see them this coming week and see how everything is :) maybe see a bit of the traditional stuff too. I love the traditional things, I think they are super cool.
But another week gone, and next Monday will be transfer news! My companions last week on mission....he better make the most of it ;)ha ha.


Elder Truscott