Monday, 26 August 2013

25th Aug 2013 Assistant to the President, Cape Town, South Africa


Thanks for the pics! I'm sorry I couldn't respond to you earlier! I haven't had a chance all week! On Monday my companion and I left Cape Town and Drove to Knysna (I was able to see some people there! It was awesome to be back!), then Tuesday we drove the rest of the way to P.E. Then we had Exchanges with the Zone Leaders in P.E. Then we drove to Grahamstown that night, then had exchanges with Elder Raharizoandrinirina and Elder Chamberlin


Then Wednesday night we drove to Port Alfred and ate at the Stumms (Senior Couple/ Branch President of Port Alfred) then stayed the night with Elder Anderson and Elder Sanders. Then Thursday we had exchanges with them, then that night we drove to Kwa Nobuhle and stayed with the Kwa Nobuhle Zone Leaders.


Friday morning we went to P.E. for Leadership training, of which my companion and I had to present a 1 hour presentation to 2 Zones leaders on leadership responsibilities and duties (it went over time though...). After the Leadership training we had exchanges with the Kwa Nobuhle Zone Leaders, stayed the night with them again, then Saturday morning after studies we left back to Cape Town.


We made another brief stop in Knysna for lunch and saw a couple more people, then we drove the rest of the way home to Cape town. We spent a total of about 23 hours driving this week! Now we are back and now I can email! I forgot my camera and my flat, so I can't send pictures today... But I will send some soon!

Here are some cool experiences I had over the past week while travelling and doing stuff!

On exchanges in P.E. with Elder Carlson, we had a terrible day of people dropping and no one being home and nothing was working out. Then, while looking for a member, we found a Nigerian man at the house instead who said he didn't know who the members were. Instead of just saying, "Thanks, have a nice day." We introduced ourselves and he invited us into his home. He brought out his well used bible and told us he studies his scriptures every day. We got to know him better and then discussed our purpose and shared the 3 minute version of the first lesson. He seemed very interested and we helped him see that this is the message that his life was preparing him to receive. He was very interested, said he felt the spirit of God in his home, wanted a copy of the Book of Mormon, wanted to come to church, and wanted us to come back. It was a miracle! 

Another experience was when I was on Exchanges in Kwa Nobuhle with Elder Mapeka and Elder Mapeka accidentally locked the car keys in the trunk. So we used a metal coat hanger from a member and tried opening it but it wasn't working (it works with Aveos but not with the Etios). So after calling a mechanic and him telling us that we needed a locksmith and that he didn't know a locksmith and nobody had a phone book, I decided that I needed to pray. So I said a silent prayer to myself and asked that we could open the car so that we could teach His children. Right after I said, "Amen," Elder Mapeka managed to shuffel the back window down a 1/4 of an inch. So I tried doing something with the hanger through the window but it was too far from anything. So I said another silent prayer asking for more assistance with being able to get the car completely open, and again right when I said, "Amen," the member came up to us with a long thick wire asking if it would help. So Elder Mapeka bent the end into a hook and shoved it in the car and reached all the way down to the latch that opens the trunk and wallah! First try and the trunk was open! I was amazed! Miracles left and right! We were then able to teach two powerful lessons that night. 

My last spiritual experience this week was when we were coming back to Cape Town and we stopped in Knysna to get lunch a Debonairs. So after ordering we walked to the Superspar to get some drinks and as we were coming back to get our pizza, two YSA age men from Zimbabwe stopped us and said that they had been walking around looking for the chapel all that morning and that they had been receiving lessons from missionaries in Zimbabwe and wanted to find the church and get taught again. So we walked to the chapel with them and arranged for the Knysna Elders to come and meet them. We had reported to us that they met them and they said they would come to church. So there's two potential priesthood holders and desperately needed YSA to add to Knysna! MIRACLES!!! I love it!

I wish I had more time to write something! I need to take reports now from the Zone Leaders! I love you all! Thank you for all of your awesome support! I need all that I can get!


-Elder Jones


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