Dear family and Friends,
Supele! i'm good been working. the area is really slow and not producing much fruit at the moment. we did lots of finding this past week, potentials and then the formers and no one is interested. We had exchanges on Wednesday with the APs. it was good i enjoyed it. Elder bagenzi and i are really good friends now. and serving together is making it wonderful. the ward is really nice, good members are here. we are doing lots of less active work, we were going through the ward list and found 3 priesthood holders that are around our age that haven't been to church in the longest time. We saw one on Sunday, Luthando, he hasn't been to church in 3 years. he joined in 2008 and then went to the bush and hasn't been back since. he expressed his desire to come back and have things like they were before. he realizes something is missing in his life and wants it back. So hopefully we will start to come back. we invited him to the ward activity this coming saturday, he said he'd come. the theme for it is Who wants to be a Celestial Heir? catchy eh? haha. We also saw Sibusiso, or Andrew. He is originally from Mpungalana branch in durban. He has been here in PE for almost a year and we were walking in the location and he stopped us and introduced himself as a member from durban and that he wanted to come to church. he came on Sunday, was late but he came and then had to leave just as priesthood was starting to go back to work. he is a hair dresser. does designs and what what. good guy. we saw him after church too. he was headed to the shop after work.
The exchanges was nice, we did lots of looking through the potentials and formers from the area book and had no success. disappointing but its life of mission some weeks. So one experience on that day Elder Tshikare and i walk up to a big house of a potential and i ring the intercom and then a lady answers and i ask for the person who we were looking for and then the lady said that they weren't there, so then i introduced ourselves and then asked the lady what her name was and then she stuttered trying to get out of answering the question and said, um um i'm not going to talk to you right now. People are rude sometimes you know that! and i despise intercoms!! i would rather speak to them in their face than over a speaker, but oh well so we moved on. the work of the Lord can be hard some days...but still have to be positive and get through it. :)
I enjoy being a Zone lord for the most part. its good to have the learning experience and learn more patience with the elders in the zone. elder bagenzi is really good at that so i'm learning from the best haha. PE is a nice city on the coast with a big harbor where VW cars are shipped out. so we drive by the harbor and see all the cars in a big group. there is a lot!! haha i have never seen so many cars in one place at a time. all new!
We had a good sunday yesterday, had one investigator come to church. Mondli. he is xhosa and is a student at NMMU, studying law. Haven't met with him yet since i've been here cause of exams and what not. but he came to church with a member also studying at NMMU, Luthando, different one than up above. he served a mission in Joburg from 2007-2009 good guy very funny. always teasing me that i'm elder rigby and i like to play frisbe haha. he's an interesting character. hes the ward clerk. We had a nice DA last night with the Meyers. the family that we stay behind. had some nice chow main stuff or whatever it was. they are coloreds, can't remember if i told you that last week or not hehe. and then she made us Milk tart. i will get the recipe from her for you mom its really good and easy to make. she lets us use her washing machine to do our laundry and they feed us often or so i'm told. i offered to pay her to use her machine but she declined and said that your prayers are far more important than anything that we can pay her. James 5:16. I was touched by that, such powerful testimony of a sweet sister and mother to a wonderful family. and to see how much she loves the gospel is amazing and can strengthen ones own testimony.
I love my Savior Jesus Christ and i know He loves and cares for us. I know i am put in this position to not only teach the people here but also to teach me. Mission does much more than anyone can every imagine. i love this work. i love this gospel. i love my family. I love the scriptures and am so happy we have them to teach us the plan of our heavenly father. Zone conference is this week. Pres Renlund is touring the mission so that'll be cool to have a general authority join us. the transfer focus is Unity. Comp unity, unit unity, mission unity. brings us closer together to move the work forward. I know its true! i know I am a child of GOD in the name of Jesus Christ amen.
your son, brother and missionary,
Elder Robert S Rigby (SACTM)
ps got my package! thank you for the goodies and for the supplies! hehe love you guys!