Monday, October 9, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 50

All we did this week was hype people up for General Conference! It was my second as a missionary. We watched it at the Maseru chapel a week later because of broadcasting issues and time difference. 7 investigators came, so not too bad! During the week we created these flyers and passed them out to people we met in Khubetsoana. Around 200 were handed out. On Friday there was a car wreck on the way to the area so we took advantage and passed them out to people stuck in traffic. Attached is a picture of Elder Hinnen and I waiting in our boarding between conference sessions. I'm known for loving to eat peanut butter too much. I blame the lack of good food options around here!

Speaking of conference, Dale G. Renlund's talk "The Priesthood and the Savior’s Atoning Power" was an answer to my prayers. I loved the focus on covenant keeping and also the personal story about the man who had his temple blessings restored. It hit me hard when he said "I informed him that after I restored his blessings, his membership record would show only his original baptism, confirmation, priesthood ordination, and endowment dates. He choked up again." Something stirred deep inside of me after hearing that message, and I am so grateful for Elder Renlund for being inspired to deliver it.

The other talk I liked is Gary E. Stevenson's talk "Spiritual Eclipse". The "gospel glasses" analogy was insightful and also pretty cool. I want to be able to focus on the things that are most important in life. I think that serving a mission has helped me to realize that before I wasn't using my time in the best way. I want to put the gospel and Christ first in all aspects of my life so that the other things can fall into place.

Most likely this is my last week in Lesotho. I'll probably be sent back to South Africa for the majority, if not the rest of my mission. Time to make this last week count!!
Elder LaHue

Monday, October 2, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 49

We received rain for the first time in over 6 months!! Huge blessing. It's plowing season here in Lesotho and the farmers need it. Driving through the mountains in the mud isn't the best, but we make it work! Also I cut all my hair off! Haven't done that since 8th grade! 

I haven't seen conference yet but I am excited. As far as updates go I'm probably due to be transferred in 2 weeks. I've been here too long, and now there are issues extending my visa again. Training is almost over!!! The work here is going well as usual.

On Thursday I went on exchanges with my last companion, Elder Hicks. He is my zone leader now. We had quite a reunion! I learned how to make homemade yogurt. I am going to try to make it tonight. As a district we are going to make pizza tonight! Most of our activities revolve around food because there isn't much to eat around here unless we get creative.

I don't have much other news. I think there is a member of the quorum of the 70 touring the mission soon. Gotta keep pushing! Love you all!

Elder LaHue

Monday, September 25, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 48

I am really impressed with the effort level that my companion, Elder Hinnen, has put into his missionary work. He has changed from a new, ready to work missionary to a focused, efficient, and diligent one. We had exhanges this week and I had him stay in our area with another new missionary, Elder Guymon. When I came back at night, they had done such a good job teaching people and had many experiences. Now he is ready to take over the area when I leave! My work is almost complete, haha.

This week our efforts have been focused on working with the branch leaders. Yesterday we had our first branch counsel, where we discussed reactivation and missionary work. All of the leaders are on board to work with us, and we passed around a sign up sheet during Elder's Quorum to see when everyone is free. All the members of the Elder's Quorum wrote their name on the list! We have been working with our branch mission leader, Thato Mohapi, each week for correlation. We even gave him the opportunity of giving his first blessing last night! Now it is up to us to reach out and contact these members to take them with us. Every day we have taken a member with us, and their testimonies help so much!

During zone conference I learned how to more effectively use the Book of Mormon in my teaching. Not to just talk about it, but to open it and read it with people. Sharing stories, examples, and applying it directly to their lives. As I have done so recently, I have felt a change in my work and much more of the influence of the Spirit in our lessons.

1 Nephi 1:20 "But behold, I Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance."

A tender mercy is a small blessing that we see day to day as we learn to recognize Heavenly Father's hand in our lives. We have been trying to focus on writing them down, because they help us to be grateful to God. Yesterday we had so many! One of them was when we were walking and we saw a guy we are teaching names Hlompho. At the same time one of our members, Brother Tumo, was walking up the hill, nowhere near where he lives. So we pulled them both in and Tumo helped us teach about the Plan of Salvation! Little things like that are blessings from the Lord that help me make it through each day.

Elder LaHue

Monday, September 18, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 47

Man, I was so tired this week! And not tired of the work, just physically exhausted. I'm doing great now, but my body was ready to give out on me. On Friday was the worst. We went to an appointment with an awesome 16 year old boy named Mabela. We were reading the Book of Mormon with him and during parts of the lesson we both fell asleep! He was cool with it, but I felt so bad. We are going to get him some sweets to make it up to him! After that I was so tired I had to resort to buying an energy drink just to keep myself awake.

Mabela is one of our most favorite people to teach. He is smart, and he walks FAR to get to church, even though he is just a kid. This Sunday he walked with his mom and sister and the Mphethe family to make it to church. We were teaching him about the Spirit World and he called it "Soul City" which is the coolest name I ever heard to describe it. 

We are also teaching two guys named Peter and Monyane. They love to come to church and learn about the gospel. We are helping them stop smoking. Attached is a picture with the number 0 drawn on our hands. It helps them to remember when they grab a cigarette that they are trying to reduce to zero. I love these guys, they are really just solid good guys at heart. I've been so privileged to have the chance to help them come closer to Christ.

Also we found this cool family that has a trampoline! So naturally, I walked into their gate, past their dog, and knocked on their door. They were really nice and I got to jump on it with these kids! Can't say I would have been able to do something like that before my mission.

Elder LaHue​


Monday, September 11, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 46

First of all I want to thank everybody for all the birthday wishes!! It was one of the best days of my mission, and it wouldn't have been without all of your love and support. In order to not break tradition, we had an "Olive Garden" dinner at the Dransfield's Monday night. I ate so much cake I thought my stomach would burst! Tuesday morning the district came over for a jam session. We recorded "If You Could Hie to Kolob" and I played guitar. The video is too long to send, unfortunately. Throughout the day we taught some power appointments! In the evening we went over the the Makutoane's and had a small party and had these custard drinks. Then at night I ate my favorite food, donuts!!

I would like to thank my parents especially for all the love and support they have given me during the course of my life. They have raised me the best they could, and taught me how to work hard and make smart decisions for myself. Plus they sent me some American food, which I have been craving for months. You all have no idea what it's like!! My sister Katy sent me Lucky Charms, which makes me so happy haha. Also I have been reading and rereading all the letters I received. They bring me so much joy and light! I can't begin to give enough thanks, especially to Heavenly Father for giving me these two years to serve Him.

My Dad sent me 72 kazoos, which is odd. But it turned out to be one of the best gifts ever! We give them out to little kids and teach them how to play. It makes them really happy to get a free toy. Also I made a moo sound at a cow with one and it mooed back to me a few times. I'm pretty sure I had a conversation with a cow with a kazoo. Also, they are great tools to use to get out of sticky situations. When a drunk Ntate (man) comes up to me, I just give him one instead of money! The small things in life make me the most happy!

Thanks for all the love,
Elder LaHue