Monday, June 21, 2010

Hey everyone!!

So its been an interesting week! We walked a lot so thats my exercise for the week. I'm getting tired of it. Its really difficult to walk in our area because its so big and there are hills and ups and downs everywhere. We would see one person and have to walk a long ways to see another. pretty lame. no one wanted to come with us this week cause we have to walk. So i hope we get the car soon. here is an update of the week:

Monday: We did our usual stuff in the morning and then played soccer for the afternoon. It was fun! i scored a goal! haha I wore my soccer jersey and everyone kept telling me that i needed to score again because Rooney, the name on my jersey scores twice at every game haha. I only scored one though so i didn't live up to the name oh darn. Then we came back showered and went to the area. had FHE with the Jamma family. it was fun.

Tuesday: Tried to have a good day. Walking sucked. but whats new. We visited with Siyatemba (I) and just talked about soccer and who we think is going to win and everything haha. it was a good visit. We then walked all over kingdom come and attempted to see people but no one was home. or they were too busy to see us. We met with Mbasa too! We had a really good lesson with him. We talked about what he thinks of baptism and if what he knows. He has the testimony. hes ready. after that we just waited for the other missionaries to come and pick us up at the Jam Jams place (members).

Wednesday: had our weekly planning for this coming week since zone conference was on Thursday. Then had lunch, i made potato bake. it was really good. My comp really enjoyed it haha. He tells me afterwords "you need to show me how to make that man haha it was nice" i told him its not hard and that its very easy to have on Planning day. It can cook while we plan! :) and tastes really nice! Oh! Speaking of potatoes, thank you for the ones you sent me mom they were very nice! i had one last night :) good Idahoan potatoes :) so after lunch we went to the area and say sister Peggy, who is a RC and is very dedicated and faithful to the gospel. she's a 72 yr old and stays a lone so shes always happy to see us. She likes to make fun of us haha. We then met the the Mbathayana Family. Oh man, wow they had lots of questions for us about pretty much every topic you can think of about the gospel so we attempted to answer them and said that they should wait for most of the questions they had after we had given them the Restoration and Plan of salvation. They just kept pounding us with random questions. but it was okay.

Thursday: had zone conference with East London Zone. It was really good! President and the ZLs talked about the book of Mormon and the importance of it in the conversion process. We as missionaries have to have a testimony of the things before we can really teach it to someone else. It was a really good conference i love the Book of Mormon. There is so much you can learn from it as you read and study from it :) after conference we had a good discussion with one of our investigators, Olwethu. She had some concerns about the BofM and said that she couldn't read it cause she didn't understand it. I asked if a Xhosa one would make a difference she said no. So we really patient with her and let her tell us her concerns and we ended up having a great discussion. the Spirit was very strong. i felt it there helping me ask the right questions and we managed to get her concerns resolved :) So hopefully next week when we see her things will have improved.

Friday: Had District meeting. Its basically like a companionship study cause its just the 2 of us haha. it was nice we just reviewed what we learned from zone conference. Book of Mormon is Powerful! you all had better be reading it!!!! and praying about it too!!... The 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP is here!!! oh my sick haha everyone was so noisy today!! Sheesh it was very hard to proselyte. yes, South Africa has a team. Bafana Bafana. They drew with Mexico. 1-1... Then we saw sister Peggy again then walked around more and went to Mbasa's place and had a very wonderful lesson with him about covenants and the importance of them. We read Mosiah 18:8-10 with him and had him tell us what the covenants are that we make at baptism. Can you guys tell me what they are??? I shared my conversion story with him and it was really wonderful to share it with a man who is ready to have the blessings of Baptism in his life. The Spirit was very strong and it just overcame me when i shared it with him. My comp thanked me afterword haha. We then gave him a Baptism date for the 26th of June!! booya!! YEAH! haha were excited.

Saturday: had a very interesting day. very hard to go see people when they are all watching soccer. haha so we did the best we could and made the best of things. lol

Sunday: church was good. had a good DA with members and then we stayed in NU-16 and met tried to see people there but they were all busy and Siyatembas relative passed away so he was busy with preparing to go to King Williams Town. So we just said a prayer with him. We had a RC pass away on Saturday evening In the Bush. The tradition where boys go to get circumcised. its very sad that he passed away. he was a very happy young man. his family aren't members so they are taking it very hard. hopefully they will be softened and feel of the atonement.

Well i love you all and hope everything is going well back home. I'm doing fine. yes my comp is having me work. haven't had any stomach problems since Meadowridge. No we haven't been exercising since we have been walking. i have weight in my backpack as it is. but i'm good. my time is almost up. I love you guys!!

Your missionary,
Elder Robert S. Rigby (CTM)

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