Dear Family and Friends,
Molo Unganie!! hehe hi how are you! haha I'm having too much fun with this Xhosa :) Indepele means i'm good. (In-dee-pee-le). hope you can pronounce that one!.. so its been a good week. Had many appointments and saw lots of people. None are progressing very much but we found 6 new people to see this week so thats wonderful. we had a really good lesson with a lady, can't remember her name dang it, oh well. But it was a really good lesson on the Restoration. She has been seen by the missionaries before and gave her a book of Mormon but she moved and left it back where she came from. So we taught the Restoration and she was very excited to get a new copy of the Book of Mormon! haha probably too excited to a point. we'll see how the appointments go with her this week. Oh! her name is Nosphiwo. Liking these Xhosa names?? haha lots of them are hard to pronounce. well at least for me. my comp can speak them just fine since he is Zulu. But things are going well.
had a nice Sunday yesterday. Church was wonderful, we had a combined priesthood and relief society meeting and bishop gave a really good discussion on the "order" of the church. He handled it very well. I hope no one took offense of it. But it needed to happen. There is a certain way of doing things in the church and the members were slacking. So hopefully the members will do better now. We didn't have very many in attendance in Sacrament meeting. Shame. lots of less actives here i guess. People get baptized and then go less active. i don't know why, it happens a lot. kinda sad!
another experience we had this week, haha its funny. So we had an appointment with this guy at 11 and so we go there and he tells us to come back at 3. So we go there at 3 and he isn't there. figures. so we go across the street and start chatting with this Fellow, Siyatemba. Hes had some troubles in his life and so he wants to change so we are seeing him now but back to the story. While we were talking to Siyatemba we see the man that we were supposed to see hiding behind the shack. he keeps poking his head out to check if we are still there. haha we were laughing at him cause he was hiding from us. We continued to talk and then he starts crawling on the ground to his home shack. he then gets up and we see him and so we start walking up to him and then he takes off running. like a sprint run. Guess he really didn't want to see us. He could have just told us that he didn't want to see us and it would've made things a lot easier but on the other hand we wouldn't have found Siyatemba to teach if we hadn't have been there at that time. So the Lord truly works in Mysterious ways!
I like my new companion. Elder Mkhise. he is a funny short missionary. he can be too serious some times though. But we have become pretty good mates. Just took a week to get to know each other. haha just gotta be patient huh. so things are good there. we were in a big rush this morning cause the ZLs called us at 7 and said we need a ride to the airport. they went to zone council. where all the zone lords and APs get together with president for training and things. happens every 3 months. So they called us at 7 and they had to be there in 30 min. they didn't make it. so they missed their flight and had to wait for the noon flight. but yeah i didn't get breakfast this morning! and then we had to help other elders move to their new boarding. so i had a banana this morning and haven't had a chance to eat yet. I"m really hungry now haha. food is calling.
So yes Mdantsane is all blacks. all speaking Xhosa too. church was better yesterday with the language cause a member of the high council was there haha. but yeah. I'm one of the few white people in the area. Elder Bradshaw, from Utah, is also serving in the area and Elder Beck. I like Elder Bradshaw hes a cool dude. he got here Thursday. but wow president made a lot of changes this transfer! many missionaries were transferred to new areas. Elder Rimuwa is now with Elder Beck in 1st ward. so were sill in the same Zone! :) its nice to get together on Fridays for district meeting and then on pdays we can do things together if we want since we all stay in east London.
But i'm doing well and enjoying it here. yes its been tuff learning a new area and people but i'll get through! i know it! i just have to keep pushing myself and do it!! I"m so grateful for My savior and what he did for us. I know he lives and that he loves us. I know Heavenly Father loves me and wants me to succeed at this and in this life. just have to do my part and have faith in him and trust! i love you guys! Thanks for all that you do! and all the stories of home! i really do enjoy them, haha especially of Brady! the goober lol. love you guys! peace out!
Elder Robert S. Rigby (CTM)