Dear Family and Friends,
HEY! haha it was so much fun talking to all of you! :) i loved it very much. Christmas was so much better than i thought it was going to be. I am truly blessed to be here in Port Alfred with the sweetest couple in the mission they really do love the missionaries and the people. Elder O'Dell is a very emotional person. He loves the Christmas season and every time he bears his testimony he cries. Its heartwarming :) They are so good to us. they gave us all golf shirts so we can go golfing on new years day and play 18 holes at the Port Royal Golf Course, which is a really nice course. Elder O'Dell paid for all 4 of us and even renting a cart. So i can't be more thankful than that. they are the best! We had a good brai (BBQ) in the afternoon and had 4 different kinds of meat haha south African style :)..we just had fun playing cards and enjoying being together. New Years will be fun too i hope haha. we can't work at all on new years since everyone will be drunk and won't be thinking straight so we are going to go play golf haha. :)
We really don't have any investigators that are too serious at the moment. The Hola family , family of 4, have a baptismal date for he 15 of January but i don't think they will make it, they haven't been coming to church and haven't been reading. we have barely seen them this month. been busy with their son in the "Bush" guess. thats crazy stuff! yo!... another investigator is Luleka. She is an interesting one....she has seen missionaries before and has even gone to church a few times when it was near the township but now that it moved she hasn't had the urge to go. so its been a few years. She just lives with her little girl in this shack and really doesn't know much. she says that she is going through a really ruff time in her life and she wanted to know why God is letting it all happen to her. We taught her the first half of the plan of Salvation, it was a difficult one to teach to her, she zones out a lot so we ask a lot of questions so shes "there" its going slowly.
We have a part member family that we are really focusing on. the daughter Delsie, is a member but her mother and 3 other half sisters are not so we are striving to get them all baptized. also going slowly. they had concerns about the BofM so we had a nice lesson on that this past week and then we started teaching one of Shadae's (sister) friends Jillian. She really wasn't that interested at first but said last night that she will start reading the Book of Mormon so hopefully things will work out there! all of them need to come to church! haha
Well I love you all :) Have a good week!
Elder Robert S Rigby SACTM