Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Amanzimtoti Area - Week 68

Saturday was the big day... moving day!!! Elder Sala and I packed our bags and moved from our old boarding in Illovo Beach to the Riese's home in Amanzimtoti. Yes we are staying with members of the church now. We loaded up couches, desks, a washer, etc. and put them in a trailer. It only took us a few hours. Now we live in our area and right next to the chapel! It is a huge blessing.

Usual work this week. We are finally starting to have more appointments each day that don't cancel on us. That made the week go quicker and the work as well! I'm beginning to have more hope for this area. We met a man who said he was expecting us and let us right in when we knocked on his door. We came back 3 days in a row and started teaching him the gospel! He read from the Book of Mormon when we first gave it to him and I am excited to go back and see if he has learned more. Things are starting to go well for us, and we have even found new investigators through less-active members. 

Sunday we had ward conference and the stake presidency spoke. The theme was about temples and hype is being generated for the Durban temple! The problem is we were told it won't be ready until the middle of 2019... by then I'll be long gone. Someday I'll fly back to Durban so that I can go to the temple!

Earlier in the week we went on exchanges with the elders from Umlazi W section. We took them both to our area because theirs is too dangerous and we refused to go. I was working with another missionary for the day and decided I wanted to try to find people to teach in town because we always work in the poorer township. Within 30 minutes of talking to people in town I was cursed out twice! It made me laugh very hard. People have their own choice on whether they want to listen to us but it's funny when they are rude to us. I feel bad though that they throw something away before taking a chance on it.

Something I have been trying to practice: Live every day in the moment! It's important to plan for the future, but don't let that take away from the experiences you are having today. There will always be tomorrow, but never yesterday.

With love,
Elder LaHue

Monday, February 5, 2018

Amanzimtoti Area - Week 67

Pictures can say a thousand words, huh? I had an entertaining week!

Zone Conference went really well. All of the missionaries spoke powerfully about Christlike love. The whole day came together perfectly and I left feeling recharged and motivated to work. I requested donuts and as you can see I got them. Not much else is needed!

On Thursday I went on exchanges with Elder Liechty in KwaMashu. We are the only missionaries in the whole mission that went to the Provo MTC. We had a great day and taught some solid people!

On Sunday Elder Sala and I walked to church with 2 investigators. It took us a little over an hour.. and we were late to church so we missed the sacrament. Even still, the day was sweet and many people we are teaching came to church. Finally the fruits of our labors are coming into view! Also it was my Dad's birthday so publicly here I say: Happy Birthday old man!

Today we found a place in Toti to go bowling. I haven't been since before my mission! Elders Maughan and Blamoh joined us and we had a blast. I ended up pulling through with 2 strikes at the end for the victory. Life is good.

Take care my brothers and sisters!
Elder LaHue

Monday, January 29, 2018

Amanzimtoti Area - Week 66

1 Corinthians 13
          v.2 - "And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing."
          v.11 - "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things."

According to Paul, we can have everything in life: unlimited knowledge, power and faith, but if we have no charity we are nothing. Also if we aren't loving others we are being childish. At least that's my interpretation of this chapter! I'd recommend you read it yourself.

Tomorrow is zone conference and I'm speaking last about Christlike love. Charity is the "pure love of Christ". The goal is to help the missionaries around us develop habits of loving others and thinking less about ourselves. We have a bad habit of judging others before we know the whole side of the story. For myself I have found joy in learning about charity from the scriptures. Jesus Christ was the perfect example of love. As we emulate His actions, we will find ourselves showing more companion towards others on a daily basis.

Nothing interesting happened this week! Life continues to roll on. I hope you are all doing well and have a great week!

Elder LaHue

Monday, January 22, 2018

Amanzimtoti Area - Week 65

Not much to report on this week. Work was really slow. I mean reallyyyyy slow.... we are hoping it will pick up soon. From Thursday to Saturday almost every appointment cancelled on us. The new people we found didn't show up for their return appointments either. Add that to the heat and humidity, and that equals a long week. Life continues on!

We attended ward council on Thursday and we worked with the ward leaders in creating a ward mission plan for Amanzimtoti in 2018. The goals is to have 20 baptisms by the end of the year. We'll have to work hard to achieve that, but more importantly we need to work smart. If we can get some referrals from the members, our success will be much more rapid.

Today has been very relaxing, much needed. We drove to a parking lot near the ocean and parked our car. We got out and took some pictures and stared at the water. A cool breeze ran across my face and I stood there smiling. After a long week of work, that breeze was a wonderful reminder to me of our Heavenly Father's love for us. It was comforting.

This scripture is dedicated to Sister Solomon, who taught my seminary class in 2014. We did the Book of Mormon that year. This was her favorite scripture and I remember reading it and laughing and eating donuts. I am so grateful for the amazing job she did in loving our class and teaching us. That memory will stick with me the rest of my life.

2 Nephi 9:51 "Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness."

Remember to treasure up the things that are important in this life. Material things are not bad, but they shouldn't be our main focus. Families, our relationship with God, and our love for others should be at the top of our priority list. And remember to enjoy donuts!

Elder LaHue

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Amanzimtoti Area - Week 64

I'll recount this week like a narrative. On Tuesday morning I arrived in Durban via bus. Elder Hinnen sat next to me until he got off in Ladysmith at around 3am. I had been asked to stay awake to make sure nobody misses their stop, so we talked and caught up, sharing funny stories. It was pleasant. Once the missionaries got off I slept for around 3 hours and got off of the bus in Durban. I was pretty drained at this point.

The APs drove some of us to the mission home where I met my new companion, Elder Sala. He is from Harare, Zimbabwe. He is very funny and I enjoy being with him! I drove to Amanzimtoti, which is about 30Ks away. I dropped off my bags, bought food, and unpacked. Except I didn't actually unpack because our boarding is filthy. I cleaned the bedroom for over an hour to at least make it decent. Then we drove back to the mission home to pick up the missionaries who work in Umlazi and take them to their home since they are walking. After that we got home at night and I was finally able to unpack and get some sleep. It was a very long day. On Thursday we had our missionary leadership council for 2 days. This one was way too long but we learned useful techniques to apply in our teaching and ways to help and inspire other missionaries.

Amanzimtoti is a beautiful area. We live right next to the coast. It is hot and humid here, basically everything reminds me of Florida. Luckily I am pretty deep into my mission now, otherwise I'd be missing home too much. Every time someone tells me that we can't come because they are going to the beach it still hits me a bit.. haha. The ward is very nice and they love missionaries. They also love feeding the missionaries... One of the members is named Gordon Greg, and he used to be a bishop for a ward in Florida!! Not sure which one. This is the first area I've been that is in town, and also the first ward with white people. Still adjusting.

I hope that you all had a great week and are doing well! Until next time!

Elder LaHue