Umbhedula Area - Week 90

Combined Zone Conference: Hillcrest & Durban Zones! On Tuesday we had a massive conference at the Berea Chapel. We took a big taxi from Pinetown to Durban with our whole zone. There were 34 missionaries there! Attached is a picture of 5 of my last 5 companions. The other one is serving as a branch president in Newcastle while still a missionary. I can't imagine having to do that!
The work in Umbhedula is getting there. We have 3 solid people that we teach each week. We found 2 new families that we are starting to teach! Members are still being very helpful with giving us rides. I think I am used to walking now. It went from blazing hot to freezing cold in one day! I have devoted free time in the evenings to improving my Zulu knowledge.
The last picture is of Brother Mokgadi's baptism in Rocklands. Elder Dos Santos and I began teaching him at the end of 2016. I got word 2 weeks ago that the Stake President of Bloemfontein baptized him! He and his wife, Bonny, are one of my fa…

Umbhedula Area - Week 89

This week was legendary. We were on foot!! I have so many stories and miracles to share. I won't even be able to list them all! Also these days I will have less time to email because I will be in an email shop. I will have less pictures each week because I can't take my camera to the area due to being on foot. Safety reasons.
Elder Hinnen turned a year a mission this week. I can't believe it's been that long since I trained him! They grow up so fast!
Catching taxis is so cool. We walk up to the side of the road and wait until the taxi with the sticker color we want passes by. The one we look for has a yellow leopard. Then we flag it down by holding up a certain sign with our hands that corresponds with different parts of our area. For example, to get to our area we point one finger downward. It costs 6R to get to where we work each day. My legs are really sore from walking. We measured it and in one day we walked 11Ks, so times that by 7. I'm getting cooked by the su…

Umbhedula Area - Week 88

Please bear with me. The email situation isn't sorted out yet. I won't be able to get up all the pictures I want to. Or have enough time to properly respond to everyone. I am sorry.
Umbhedula is an awesome area. Very hilly, cool windy climate for now. Yesterday was our last day with the cars so we are officially on foot. We have no idea how to use taxis. Tomorrow will be an interesting day. The members are great and they have been very helpful looking for places to rent so that we can stay in our area. Safety is the main concern now. The mission schedule changed so that we are out earlier and back home before dark, which in winter is 6pm.
I should have more updates for you all next week when I am more settled in. Here are some pictures of saying goodbye to the wonderful members of Toti.
Love, Elder LaHue

Amanzimtoti Area - Week 87

Sunday was an amazing experience. Sam, who turned 24 a week ago, was baptized! His mother and his wife, who is not a member, came to witness it. The spirit was present as we sang hymns and 2 of the YSA brethren gave talks. Sam was baptized by Bishop van Thiel. Afterwards he bore a powerful testimony, thanking his family and sharing what he has gained from the gospel. The ward is happy and welcoming to him! Later in the day we went over to his house to talk to him. He said he feels so clean and pure after being baptized. I'm so grateful for the Lord for granting me the opportunity to be a part of such a life changing event.
Transfer News: I'm leaving after an epic 6 months of serving in Amanzimtoti Ward. I love the members here. They have treated me like their son! I'm sure my Mom will be happy to read that. The last few days I have been running around saying goodbye to people. It is a little heartbreaking, but now I just say, "I'll message you in 4 months!" Te…

Amanzimtoti Area - Week 86

Some highlights from this week:

1) Zone Conference on Wednesday! The theme was "converted unto the Lord". I gave a 30 minute presentation on cultivating a spirit of hard work. Overall the day went quite well! All the speakers did an excellent job and, of course, donuts for dessert.
2) I was at the mission office this week going through some recent data and records. I had the thought to look up baptisms of areas I had served in, after I left. I wanted to see which people I had started to teach were able to progress on and make it all the way. I was shocked to find the names of 10 people I taught that had been baptized after I left! It was a humbling experience that strengthened my testimony of planting seeds of faith. Sometimes we aren't around to see the help we are to people!
3) On Saturday our goal was to walk the whole day as a test in preparation for losing our car next month. Our initial plan was to walk 30 minutes to a member's home, where he would go with us for …

Amanzimtoti Area - Week 85

Short email this time because not much happened this week. I was out of commission during the weekend due to a cold. I feel better today. We were able to work a full day yesterday so I am recovering! Being sick as a missionary is the worst because you just feel locked up in your home all day and you want to go out and teach people but your body won't let you. I am looking forward to getting back on my feet tomorrow!
On Saturday night we went to Quinton and Camilla's wedding reception. Camilla is the sister of our landlord and she served a mission in Australia. Quinton was baptized just over a year ago. They were both sealed in the Johannesburg Temple on Wednesday! Their reception was held at a nice lodge nearby our old flat. Even though I was sick, going to the party was so nice. We ate great food and laughed and danced! Everyone was so happy. Many pictures this week!
Nothing else new for now. Sam is getting baptized this Sunday. I probably have 2 more weeks in Toti and then I&#…

Amanzimtoti Area - Week 84

This week has been wonderful. I have gained a testimony of the principle of following up and not giving up on people. Earlier on my mission I would drop people quite quickly if I didn't think that they would progress soon. With Elder Warner we spent 2 weeks following up on people I taught with Elder Sala. One house we visited every day, and the person was never home! This week everything came together and many of those people we regained contact with.
As a result, 3 of those people set a date to be baptized and a 4th person came to church for the first time this Sunday! We have been teaching her on and off for 3-4 months before she finally was able to keep the commitment of coming to church. It goes to show that people's concerns are real and that they take time to open up.
We experienced a big miracle this week. On Friday we had an appointment set that fell through. We knocked on another door to see if they know where that person was. A woman answered the door and said she didn…