Dear Family and Close Friends,
greetings! :) PE is just a windy infested place now with rain and wind storms. The storm last night was pretty intense. it sure rocked the flat and the homes we were in as we were meeting with people. It was cold i might say, i've never been cold in SA but eish it was cold last night. not exactly sure how cold it was ok it wasn't cold it was just the wind and rain making it not pleasant. It was a good week though, we found a few more people to teach as we were looking through the formers. the problem we face is that they can only see us maybe once a week if that at the moment. Too busy with their school work at NMMU. but at least they are still interested with the gospel.
I'm really enjoying being with Elder Bagenzi again. We are the best of friends and its making the work quite fun and enjoyable. He's teaching me well on how to be a zone leader and all that jazz. On Thursday we had our zone conference with Kwa Nobuhle zone combined. Elder Renlund came from the area presidency to tour the mission. he is a really nice guy and knows how the church functions thats for sure. the whole conference was on the focus of companionship unity. If we don't have unity the Spirit is withheld from us and we shall not teach. if we aren't united then the work with cease. They talked bout how everything that we say and do is how we represent the Lord and His church. People observe in ways that you wouldn't think would be possible. so we must be unified as one. i'm so thankful that i've been able to get along with all my companions and that i've been able to adapt to each of them with their different personalities. what a blessing! don't look for the right companion, be the right companion. and that has always and will always stay with me. WE had a really good lunch afterward. Bake potatoes and chicken and good stuff that the Laprays and the Taylors made. I really enjoyed that meal haha.
I had a really nice spiritual experience on saturday evening. we were meeting with a less active family, the Sontsongas. They consist of the mother and 2 children that are members, Sibo and Siya. Sibo is 24 and and studying law and then Sibo is 22 and he is a sports fanatic. loves soccer and rugby. well all 3 of them don't come to church and have been struggling in the home as a family. not much love in the family and Sibo loves partying and has a problem with it. So she was out till 6am and then on her way home she got mugged, they took her bag and lost her cards and ID and many other things, so she came home and phoned the cops and what what then wouldn't go out of the house. So we had scheduled to have FHE with them on Saturday night since mondays are some times hectic for them. We got there, Luthando was with us a RM nice guy and then she told us the story and so she realized that something was wrong in her life and that it needed to be fixed. We ended up speaking about the Atonement and how it can take away the pain that she is feeling at the moment and how only the Lord can help her, if she humbles herself and repents. She understands that she is an addict to partying and that its not good. Her mom was busy in the kitchen but heard all of the conversation we were having. its a great family and they know whats right and whats wrong. so what made it special is that as we were discussing about the Atonement, I was sharing my testimony of Christ and how He can heal us from all pains, sicknesses and temptations of every kind as it says in Alma 7:11-13. the Spirit just came over me and comforted me and i sure hope that it made an impact on Sibo. I know that Christ is the only way to forgiveness!! I know He has suffered for all of us and knows how to overcome it because He has experienced it and knows what it feels like. I love my Savior!
I just wanted to share that, that my testimony has really strengthened since i've been out here. I know that God loves me! I know i'm here because He wants me to be. and i want to be. I love this gospel with all my heart. I know I have become converted to the gospel even more than before as i have done the work of my Heavenly Father. God wants us to be happy, and the joy comes from helping others feel happy. :)
the rest of the week was good, we taught with power and authority and hopefully we made a difference in peoples lives for the better. We are teaching a part member family, the Chimabe family, Dorth is not a member so we are teaching her, she is 16 and wants to be baptized, but she is very shy and doesn't express herself to easily. we talked about the godhead and faith. She understood and committed to a date of the 30 Oct 2011. So we will be seeing her twice a week. mondays and thursdays. the family is a bit less active, they stay in the location and walk to church, takes about 45min. imagine that. so it'll be good to meet with the whole family. They are originally from zim and found the church there and then moved here to work. good family tho, came to church last week but not yesterday.
church yesterday was ok, not very many people showed up. we didn't have any investigators there...:( Mondli promised to come but said it in a not so sure way so we don't know what happened there. he is a student doing law. and is very involved in the student council. so he is busy campaigning at the moment and also writing exams. so its been hectic for him. he is a nice guy, a friend of Luthando. we have been busy teaching him the plan of salvation this past week as we met with him. He had many questions about the fall and well mainly everything about the lesson. it was a really good lesson. he agreed with everything. But back to church. Sacrament meeting the topic was on the Holy Ghost my comp and i help with the sacrament almost every week, lack of priesthood in the ward. Elders was really low today. bishop was asking where everyone was. don't know what happened to everyone this week. We have a really good ward mission leader Bro Stuart, served in Joburg from 2007-2009. he's originally from east london. here going to school. we are busy planning a missionary fireside to get the members excited about missionary work its kind of a problem here. as is everywhere i've served it seems like. hmm i think the Lord is trying to tell me something, maybe to get the members excited or what. ?? So we are planning that, still in the idea stage. any suggestions??
Well that was the week, it will go forward as i work diligently and with the Spirit we shall bring sheep into his fold. again i love this work, i love my Savior. I love my family and the support you give, thank you so much! :) Have a great week everyone! Remember who you are and what you stand for! loves
Elder Robert S Rigby (SACTM)
Oh picts- Elder Rako from Madacasgar never served with him but he and Elder Brereton are in Knysna and came up for the conference, and Elder Lebala my old companion.