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Monday, January 12, 2015

January 12, 2015

A Springbok 

hahaha, ya we each got different color of glasses for the different Power Rangers...
red is the leader, so me, and black is Elder Mariner, 
white is Elder Ratema, and yellow is Elder Williams.

Elder Manzini in the PJ's, Elder Truscott and Elder Lund 
So this week in Sada was a pretty good one! Not much to report on early in the week was just a completely normal week of missionary work in Sada.
Tuesday morning we had new Elders training for Elder Ratema and I at the zone leaders flat, we basically just went over how everything was going and focused on teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ more effectively. It was good I guess....even though in the past they took the Elders out to lunch, but none of that on Tuesday. haha.
But then we just went out and taught for the week! Thursday morning we had our zone meeting, so we all got together at the Stapleys house and watched the conference from Cape Town where Quinton L. Cook came and spoke to the missionaries. They got a recording of that so that is what we watched. Then after that we went out to lunch the 4 of us in our district, got sandwiches, and then Elder Ratema  started saying his stomach hurt a bit.... Well we went on with our week, on Friday the AP's were in town and went on exchanges with us unexpectedly. It was wierd. They had planned on coming to Queenstown and going with every other companionship besides Elder Ratema and I...and I didn’t know why, but I didn’t really care honestly. So we knew they were going to be with Elder Williams and Elder Mariner, and then when we got home Thursday night they told us they changed the plans and that Elder Manzini was going to come with us.
Well it was actually a really nice exchange! There is this huge "Test the promises of God" Thing in SACTM with the assistants right now....where basically you set goals and then tell them to the Lord and ask Him to help you, then work hard and have faith that the Lord will help you reach them...well I like faithful goal setting better as a name then "testing the promises" Cause I don’t think God ever promised me father led families...but it works whatever you want to call it!
We set the goal to contact a Less active priesthood holder and find some father led families. In the down time we had we prayed and first off found a less active priesthood holder that Bonga led us to. Then later Bonga led us to a father led family! Pretty cool, and we will start teaching that family this week!
But that is a cool thing to use when we are trying to find people, cause we did it Sunday as well and it worked again! So it was a nice exchange, and the AP's ended up sleeping in our flat until Sunday.
Saturday morning as a zone we all went to Ilinge and did finding around that area. It was pretty cool actually. Made for a nice morning, we just all split up and went out to find people and help the Elders there out! Then off to Sada for our day!
Saturday night the AP's had a leadership meeting and just talked about the zone. Queenstown is doing really well which is cool!
Sunday was a good day as well....we had 4 investigators at sacrament meeting. Mfundo (a new guy we found on exchanges with Elder Manzini), Noluthando (who is scheduled to be baptized on the 25th of this month!), Soso, and Ukhona. Then we went out and found lots of people, taught a few lessons, and had a nice night :)
Last night though, Elder Ratema's stomach was hurting so bad that he couldnt sleep! I felt really bad for him, its been hurting since Thursday, so about 1 we went to the doctor cause I figured that there was no point in waiting until morning since he's just sitting in pain. So we went and Elder Stapley met us there, and he saw the doctor and was told to lay off the soda and drink more water. But after an IV for a bit he was better and we went back home and slept!
So it was a decent week this week! This week ahead I will be on exchanges with Ilinge probably on Friday or Sunday, and we have zone training and interviews with President on Thursday, so that is something to look forward to as well!
We are really hoping some of the people we've been finding will start progressing!
I love and Miss you like crazy!
Elder Truscott

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