Monday, August 14, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 42


Sacrament attendance went up to 45!!  We are getting there slowly but surely. We had 2 potential Melchizedek Priesthood holders there! One's name is Manyane, who is a 24 year old guy. The other is named Pheello, who happens to be related to the 1st counselor in the branch presidency! Both of them seemed to enjoy church, and I think we gained some more trust from the elder's quorum because of it. We have been seeing many tender mercies each day, usually 3-4. We are putting people on B-Date each week! We should put at least 2 more this week. Elder Hinnen is still learning really fast and yesterday we taught our best lesson together so far. This guy named Hlompho gave a very sincere prayer at the end, asking to know if the message we shared is true. I know he will get an answer soon!

I had the opportunity to go on exchanges twice this week, where we swap companions for a day. It is an excellent opportunity to teach and learn. On Saturday I went to Ha Thetsane and we handed out invitations for church since there is a new building. I walked in the middle of the road and stuck my arms out and people driving past would stick out their arms and take the fliers! We handed out over 200! Also these 4 little kids were there and they helped us set up and hand them out. We have no idea who they were, but we bought them candy and gave them water as thanks. The experience as a whole was really fun!

Here are some scriptures that helped me during the week:

D&C 90:11 "For it shall come to pass in that day, that every man shall hear the fulness of the gospel in his own tongue, and in his own language, through those who are ordained unto this power, by the administration of the Comforter, shed forth upon them for the revelation of Jesus Christ."

Alma 17:11 "And the Lord said unto them also: Go forth among the Lamanites, thy brethren, and establish my word; yet ye shall be patient in long-suffering and afflictions, that ye may show forth good examples unto them in me, and I will make an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls."

The work we are doing is a sacred work. I am more happy than I have ever been in my whole life.

Love,
Elder LaHue








Monday, August 7, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 41


Busy week!! We have been very productive this week. Mainly we have been working closely with the new branch presidency. We presented an idea for a branch fireside about missionary work that we would teach. They are on board with it and it should happen in September! A big struggle we are facing is church attendance. Yesterday there were 34 people there, an all time low. During the week we are going to go out with President Makutoane to track down priesthood holders and invite them back to church. We need them desperately.

At the end of each day Elder Hinnen and I add to a list of tender mercies we made. A tender mercy can be defined as a unique spiritual experience we have during our day. It has helped me to ponder the blessings that God gives me and be more thankful for them. I had the opportunity to do 3 baptismal interviews yesterday. There is something special about being able to talk with people who are ready to make this covenant with Heavenly Father. After each one I felt so much joy! I am grateful for the opportunity I have here as a missionary and I am learning and growing each day.

We saw a broadcast of Dale G. Renlund and his wife and these are some quotes I liked:

"All sin eventually leads to suffering, but not all suffering is a result of sin."
"If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far go together." (African Proverb)

This opportunity to train has helped me to reflect a lot on myself and my attributes. I feel that I am maturing each day because of it. Life is good and I am still happy!

I love you all!
Elder LaHue


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 40


My son's name is Elder Hinnen! He came from Missouri, but lived in Oklahoma for high school. He is 18 years old. He is very mature, we have been getting along well and he is a prepared missionary. Also he'll be joining me at BYU after his mission. Teaching him has been a blessing!! We have been working hard, finding and teaching many new people. The potential for growth here in Lesotho will increase as we continue to be obedient and work hard.

Here is his blog: elderhinnen.blogspot.com

History was made this Sunday: The Maseru Branch split was official! We had a 3 hour meeting and 3 new branch presidents were called. We are officially the Khubetsoana Branch, under the newly called President Makutoane. I am so happy about this, President is an awesome guy and I have known him for about 5 months. We are on the same page for missionary work and the progress here is going to skyrocket!!

Alma 12:37 - "And now, my brethren, seeing we know these things, and they are true, let us repent, and harden not our hearts, that we provoke not the Lord our God to pull down his wrath upon us in these his second commandments which he has given unto us; but let us enter into the rest of God, which is prepared according to his word."

Let us repent. Let us harden not our hearts. Let us enter into the rest of God. I love Alma's admonition here. Entering into the rest of God means receiving the fulness of his glory. Which is actually possible in this life! Not easily obtained, however. It requires sacrifice, love, and faith. Along with many other things. 

Love,
Elder LaHue




Monday, July 24, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 39



Today marks a special day in the history of Lesotho..... I'm having a son!!! President Thompson called Sunday night and told me that I am staying and training. Elder Hicks is leaving which is sad, but we had a ton of fun together. This will most likely mean I will stay in Khubetsoana for a total of 7 and a half months, meaning I can be a legend here haha. I am feeling a mixed blend of emotions, including joy, suspense, and worry. Sleep has not been on my side the last 2 nights. I don't know who my son is, even his name, but we are going to work freaking hard. Also Elder Dos Santos is training, so I get a brother! There are 4 of us training in Lesotho, including Dos, Elder Moore (who is next door), Elder Maughan (who is in my age group on mission) and I. Missionary work is going to blow up in this country!!

On Sunday we had the baptism of Ntebohiseng Phoofolo! We call her Sister Rasheleng. There were so many obstacles in the way of this; she was ready a few months ago. Rasheleng is a woman who I met with Elder Adams. Her 7 year old daughter, Mamello, is the cutest. She was prepared from the start, and by far the easiest person I have ever taught. She has a spectacular memory, one time she explained 1 Nephi 1-7 perfectly to us. The baptism was delayed because we were trying to figure out a situation dealing with traditional marriage. Finally things were worked out, but when we saw her on Saturdaysome complications arose. We fasted with her and her sister, who is a member. 

At church we were anxious but had the faith that things would work out. We went into a side room and she told us that the situation was taken care of and that she was ready! We broke our fast and rejoiced. At the service her sister, Motseliso, gave a talk. She spoke about how last year the district president challenged her to write down names of who she could share the gospel with. One of those names was Rasheleng's, and now we were at her baptism. That was one of the most emotional experiences I have had as a missionary. People were crying, and I was starting to tear up. I am so grateful that the Lord sent me to Maseru and that I could be a part of the miracles happening here.

For P-Day today we woke up at 5am to drive 3 hours to Semonkong. It is a huge waterfall in the middle of Lesotho. All 12 of the Lesotho elders came, plus my favorite senior couple, the Dransfields. We hiked down to the bottom of the waterfall, which was frozen over. There was ice and a bit of snow there!! Seeing snow in Africa made my whole mission. On the way back up Dos and I accidentally got separated from the group and were lost. We couldn't find the trail so we climbed up the side of the mountain. It was exhausting and we said a prayer for help. Eventually we found our way back and the Dransfield's provided a huge, delicious lunch! Quite the experience to say the least.

Something cool we did with Elder Takau was when we set up a media stand on a street in our area. We put up a table with pamphlets, Books of Mormon, and questions such as "Where am I going, why am I here, where did I come from". I brought my guitar and played some hymns while Takau played his ukelele. We even sang to some people! And it worked!! We were able to draw some interest from it and get some referrals.

Well, wish me luck. My son should get here at some point this week. Have a great week, and count your blessings!

Love,
Elder LaHue







Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 38 RIP Brother Booi



Sorry for the late email, yesterday was a public holiday so all the shops were closed.

Last Monday was a sad day for us. We had an appointment with the Booi family, whose wedding we attended last month. Attached is a picture of them. We drove to their place but they weren't there and their phones were turned off. We found out the next morning that they both were killed in a car accident. I saw the picture and the whole front of the car was smashed in. Their funeral will be on Saturday. Sister Booi is a member, and he was supposed to be baptized this Sunday. On the bright side they are both together, in a better place, and we want to get started on their temple work so their marriage can be sealed.

Sister Rasheleng will be baptized on Sunday! I have been teaching her from the start, so it is special to me. She has an amazing memory! When we began teaching her, she explained 7 chapters in the Book of Mormon to us. So she is special. She has a child named Mamello that is awesome, and she turns 8 in December so she can be baptized then!

This week I was reading and the scripture "Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." That struck me, and caused me to think about all the sacrifices my parents have made to raise me, and even to help get me out here. So take the time this week to thank your parents.

Siyabonga,
Elder LaHue​