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Monday, April 13, 2015

April 13, 2015

Elders Ice Skating with the Kruger's 

Elder Truscott with Bro. and Sis. Sibotoboto

Elder Kupka and Elder Truscott taught a record breaking "9" lessons on exchanges

Elder Prisbrey and Elder Truscott boarding the boat to Robben Island

Elder Fonua and Elder Truscott on the way to Robben Island

Elder Mendenhall and Elder Truscott on the way to Robben Island
My week was flipping packed and looong. Ha ha ha. I will tell you all about it. That is funny that dad loves that new horse...and I'm sure Katy is more than excited, and I'm sure when I read her email she I’ll tell me all about it. Ha ha. But hopefully the vet check goes well and she will be the proud owner of Petey and Surfs up.
Zions sounds like it was a super good time! I'm glad that you are still keeping a list of places to go when I get back home! I will tell you, it’s coming faster than I can even imagine. Today I have an email from the office that is to fill out for travel plans.
This morning we went to Robben Island! That is why I'm writing lots later than usual. Robben Island is the prison that Mandela was stuck in for 18 years. It was a cool little tour that we did! We did it as a district, so me, Prisbrey, Kupka, Fonua, Mendenhall, and Pahulu all went there this morning and took the ride over to the island! It was really fun. Dang, we got stuck in Cape Town traffic big time this morning and we literally ran from where we parked the car to the place that we were departing, cause we were later than they said to be there...hahaha, it was pretty funny. But it was a fun time this morning  Sheesh, there are lots of things to write home about this week I guess!
 Last Monday after we emailed we went to Grand West with Kari and Rayno Kruger and ice skated. It was pretty fun and it felt really good to skate again. It’s been a long time and it actually got me a bit excited to try and play hockey again!
Tuesday we had MLC in the morning, so we had a skype call with President and all the zone leaders and just talked about a bunch of random things that the mission needs....mainly budgeting our money and stuff like that, it was productive and we talked about lots of things. Then after that everything dropped, so it made for a really slow day.
Wednesday we had another incredibly slow day....flip. We sat in Cape Town for ages. We had to go there to get supplies for the zone, and Mendenhall and Pahulu came with us cause they wanted to talk to Sis. Halverson about health stuff, so they did, and then we ended up sitting at the doctors office for lots of the day with them (they don’t have a car so we had to, but I didn’t mind being there for them).  If it weren’t for the father led family that we taught that morning before going to cape town we would have shot 0's again. But we luckily had a nice lesson on the Book of Mormon with Bro. Laroux that morning.
Thursday we had a zone training and interviews! So Prisbrey and I had to prepare that this week as well. It was nice. We had 2 groups of Elders for training, cause our zone is bigger. So the first group we talked about our purpose and how it relates to the atonement, unlocking the gift of all the blessings of Jesus Christ comes through the ordinances that we bring and stuff like that, and then talked about and practiced the new way of teaching we learned about last zone conference. It went well, and then we had presidents training, then lunch and the second group came in. The second group we focused only on our purpose and gave Elder Kupka a part (it was his last zone training) and it was super powerful. He talked specifically about the ordinances and what we mean to people when we are doing our part. It was a powerful training and there were tears.....of power. But it was a great start to the morning, and then that day, you guessed it, really slow. Ha ha. We had a really slow week in Bellville up to that point!
Friday I was on exchanges with Elder Vanfleet. He usually works in Goodwood and came with me to Bellville. He's a cool Elder. I like him. And we had a great day! So we wanted to set a high goal and work for it of course cause exchanges are supposed to build faith and whatever, so we made the goal of teaching 7 lessons that day! Flip we worked so hard....but we got it! We taught like mad men, and the Lord definitely helped us accomplish our goals that day, cause people just came to us, and there were people that might not progress much, but they were there to help us accomplish what we asked for!
Back to back exchanges....cause on Saturday I was with Elder Kupka in Panorama! Man that was a great exchange!! We went hard. And of course it was great cause Elder Kupka is one of my favorites! So we started the morning thinking there was a spirit in his boarding. hahaha. Long story, but there wasn’t. And then we were setting the goal for the day, and we started with saying 6 lessons. Then I asked him about doing 7. Then I asked how many was the most lessons he had ever taught in a day on mission, and he said we set the goal to teach 9. hahaha. We're out to break records ;) And we prayed and covenanted to teach 9 discussions, which was more than I've ever taught either! But then we got straight to work and wow. First house we knocked on we taught a great Restoration lesson, then even when things dropped we found and taught a lesson! We ended up finding and teaching 4 new father led families in Panorama! Super sweet!! Man! So the night was great as well!! We needed one more lesson before going to the Sibotoboto's, so we were knocking doors, and we knocked and a guy came, told us he had just started something but made an appt for Wednesday (good, but not what we needed to get our goal) so we started walking down the road, and then he whistled and called us back!! He said he started feeling bad for turning away Jesus and his wife told him to let us in, so we taught him, his wife, and his daughter the restoration and it was great!! They will still go back Wednesday and bring the Book of Mormon cause the family wants it! It was a beautiful colored family. Then the best thing to end a great day, an appt. with the Sibotoboto's! Man it was great to spend the evening with them!! Sis. Eunice cooked for us and we taught her cousin who is a recent convert (reaching our 9 lesson goal!!) and had a great night. I love them tons! But dang, two days of going hard cause of exchanges left me exhausted. hahaha. It was great though and it made for some awesome experiences and faith building!
Sunday was just the normal church thing, we had Pauling and Patricia there for investigators, our trusty 2 that should have baptism dates soon! And we have been finding lots so hopefully some of these new people will materialize and turn into great families to teach! Bellville needs people to progress that is for dang sure! But we are working hard and we will have it. The zone is definitely following though. As  Prisbrey and I work our butt off, the zone had the best week I think it’s had in a looong time. So that is awesome. This place is hopefully turning around a bit! It was a slower beginning, but we did lots this week! dang!
I really love South Africa mom. Time is flying by! 12 weeks is nothing. It freaks me out!
Elder Truscott

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