Monday, April 16, 2018

Amanzimtoti Area - week 77

This is a funny story, and I'm only slightly embarrassed to tell it. I got in an accident. Sort of. Thursday night I was looking in the mirror and saw that some of my hair was too long on the side so I figured I would just take the scissors and blend it in and everything would be okay. As I made the first cut, the scissors slipped and cut a huge chunk out of the side of my hair. I tried to fix it, but as I kept cutting it only made things worse. So that night I ended up sleeping around 12 with a messed up haircut. In the morning we ran over to a barber quick and he fixed up the sides. I asked him to trim the top but his English wasn't very good so instead he took a 3 and buzzed the top. The rest is history. Now I have no hair! It's funny now that I tell people the story. It will be back in 6 months anyway!

On Sunday we had the baptisms of Dudu Stofile and Mhlengi Thusi. Dude was recently married to her husband Dave. They moved into the ward from Johannesburg. Dave gave a powerful talk on baptism and about how him and his wife have progressed so much in the gospel. It was very heartwarming. Mhlengi is a 14 year old kid that we have been teaching for a few months. He comes to church on his own each Sunday by taxi. He is dedicated for sure. This Sunday was the perfect Sunday for baptisms because 14 investigators came to church!!! We can't even believe what has been happening here lately. The Lord has been preparing his children to receive the gospel. I'm sure that fact that the Durban temple is coming soon is having a great effect on the people in KZN.

In other news life is going well. I am gaining a testimony of the power of personal revelation as I have followed the words of President Russell M. Nelson. Writing down promptings we receive is a great way to recognize the answers we have received to our prayers. I know that God is mindful of each and every one of his children and he answers prayers.

Elder LaHue 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Amanzimtoti Area - Week 76

I can see why everyone so highly praised General Conference this year. President Nelson is working hard. No more home teaching!! Elder's Quorums everywhere are singing for joy! Hahaha.

I learned some powerful insights about revelation from President Nelson. I also enjoyed talks from President Oaks, Lynn G. Robbins, and Devin G. Durrant. The big theme that I took from conference was "stay on the covenant path". Also I'm very excited that the church is placing an increased emphasis on ministering to others individual and reaching out. Sustaining Russell M. Nelson as a prophet was a spiritual highlight. Plus the Mormon Tabernacle Choir seems to get better each year. We are living in an exciting time in history!!

Bible Dictionary: "Prayer" - "As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part (Matt. 7:7–11). Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings."

This conference has inspired me to focus much on improving my prayers. They tend to become routine and less meaningful. I love how it says here that prayer is for securing blessings that Heavenly Father wants to give us. I'm sure it would be less valuable for God to give us things automatically. I hope that going forward I can improve my prayers and my ability to receive revelation.

Thank you all for your heartfelt emails. It is nice to know that you all care about me and are watching over me from back home. I am doing well and had a great week!

With love,
Elder LaHue

Monday, April 2, 2018

Amanzimtoti Area - Week 75

This week has been pretty difficult for me. I had little to no desire to go to the area or do much of anything. Luckily we had a ton of appointments so there wasn't much time to sit around and think. One of the biggest blessings that happened was having Elder Russell with us for 2 days. He made our days exciting and kept us entertained. I really respect him for how he was able to help me during those 2 days. Another thing that helped was when I read ch. 3 of the addiction recovery book. It talks about aligning our will with God's will. I put up a picture of Jesus Christ smiling above my desk to help me think of him more. Our Easter service was fantastic! Our bishop showed some videos of Christ and I was able to feel the spirit powerfully. I'm sure this week of my life has done a lot to shape my character.

Transfer news: Elder Sala and I are staying together for a 3rd transfer. I am pumped!!

On Tuesday I killed a chicken at an investigator's house. The family was ready to eat it so they invited me to kill it since I had never done it before. The problem was that the knife was really dull so it took a long time. Upon finishing the job I became very dizzy. Seeing blood is my weakness, so it took me several minutes to recover completely. Elders Sala and Russell took the feathers off and cleaned it while I caught my breath. Not the most manly moment. Haha. We came back during the night and ate it for dinner, along with steamed bread (called dumbolo). That was a crazy experience!

Dave and Dudu got married on Thursday. Dudu is an investigator we have been teaching, and Dave is a member. Dudu is going to be baptized along with someone else we are teaching in 2 weeks!

Here is the quote that helped me this week:

"This submission to the Lord is hard doctrine. It requires us to rededicate ourselves to His will at the start of each day and sometimes every hour or even from moment to moment, As we are willing to do so, we find the grace, or enabling power to do what we could not do for ourselves.

"Continued submission to God's will reduces strife and brings more meaning to our lives. Small things like traffic jams are no longer cause for upset. We no longer fear our creditors. We accept responsibility for our actions. We accept and treat others as we would like to be treated, as the Savior would treat us all. Our eyes, our minds, and our hearts are finally open to the truth that mortality is challenging and that it will always have the potential to bring us sorrow and frustration as well as happiness.

"Each day we renew our submission to the Lord and His will. This is what most mean when we say 'one day at a time'. We have decided to let go and enjoy another 24 hours of the serenity and strength that comes from trusting in God and in His goodness, power, and love."

I hope each of you enjoyed this Easter Sunday.

With all my love,
Elder LaHue

Monday, March 26, 2018

Amanzimtoti Area - Week 74

 John 3:16  "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

I am so grateful for the atoning sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ. After the Fall, mankind became mortal, vulnerable to sin, pain, sickness, etc. We knew that in order to live with our Father in heaven we needed to be clean, for "no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God". Heavenly Father knew that we would makes mistakes. He also knew that we would suffer through events outside our own control. He sent his son, Jesus Christ to sacrifice himself for all of us. That we may turn to him and be forgiven and be comforted. I have a testimony of this. I am grateful to have someone who knows me personally, to the extent of enduring through every hard thing I have been through. He lives, and he loves me. And he loves all of us. This is my humble testimony, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Tomorrow we are planning on killing a chicken and eating it. We were offered it by someone whom we are teaching. I am excited for that! More updates soon. Love you all!!

Elder LaHue

Monday, March 19, 2018

Amanzimtoti Area - Week 73

March 18th, 2018. Sibusiso Nxopo was baptized!!! I've written a lot about him but I'll write some more. He is a 25 year guy from Eastern Cape. He moved to KZN in 2015. Right now he is a soccer player for a local team and is looking for a permanent job. Elder Sala and I met him last month while walking down a street. We saw him walking around and went up to his home. He let is in and told us that he had seen us and was expecting us to come talk to him. We started teaching him and everything made sense to him immediately. We never had to review a lesson or anything! 

Time went on of teaching him and he progressed at a rapid rate. He has read up to 2 Nephi so far. He walks 40 minutes to church every Sunday on his own. He told his soccer coach that he will no longer play on Sundays so that he can make it to church every Sunday!! Sibu requested for Bishop van Thiel to baptize him so that he would have someone older than him who can reach out to him in case that he ever falls off course. We are so proud of him. The service yesterday went great and the spirit was very strong. It was one of those powerful moments on my mission that I will be able to remember 20 years from now. I can say that God has made his presence shown on that day and in the work we are doing here. Just waiting for him to become a general authority now!!

Other than that this week was a blast. I went on exchanges in Berea on Friday. Berea is the official "Durban" area. It was cool to be working in a huge city for the day. I was with Elder Walker from SLC. He took me to the only Krispy Kreme in the mission! My joy was full that day.

On Sunday we got to work with President Thompson's son-in-law Nate and his grandson Issac (who is 9). It was awesome having a kid with us who testified of the Book of Mormon to investigators. He was like our secret weapon to make them fill the spirit. His dad is a cool guy as well! Their family is visiting from Boston for 2 weeks.

I'll close with a scripture: D&C 58:27
"Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness"

I love you all! Have a great week!
Elder LaHue