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

Monday, September 4, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 45

What a crazy week!! I'm turning 21 tomorrow! It's crazy where the time goes. I remember a year ago I was at Olive Garden and at the movies with my family, watching Suicide Squad. Now I'm out here changing lives! Quite a change of pace. Haha. Thanks for all the birthday wishes!

On Monday I accidentally got my district into a crazy situation. There is a gym in our area that I was checking out. The owner is a guy named Paul. Paul invites us to come for a free trial and test out the equipment. 6 of us show up and start casually lifting. All of a sudden, Paul shows up and moves us to this big room. Then he has us do this crazy high intensity workout!! We were not prepared, and we were very sore for at least 4 days. It was wild!

Yesterday we had Elder Hinnen's first baptisms!! Maleshoane Makhanya and Tholang Moreki were baptized by Elder Hinnen and President Makutoane. It was a great way to end the transfer, and a powerful experience. The crazy thing is Tholang only knows Sesotho, so we have had to use someone to translate whenever we see her. There is no Book of Mormon in Sotho, so the teaching process was slow. But she gained a testimony and both of them were able to enjoy this special day! We have been so blessed by the Lord in this area, and to top it off I am staying another transfer!

I've been able to study weakness this week, and I learned much to help me. The biggest thing is that God gives us weakness to grow. He doesn't take them away or change them, but instead he changes us. See the example of Paul:

2 Cor. 12:7-10 "And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."

I'm not perfect, but as I was studying this and praying for help, I've seen an increase in love and charity in myself!

Elder LaHue
*not alcohol, grape juice

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 44

Elder LaHue and Thato Mohapi

President Thomas S. Monson - "Success is preceded by tears, trials, trust, and testimony."
President Gordon B. Hinckley - Work will win when wishy-washy wishing won't."
This week was filled with conferences. First we had zone conference on Friday. The theme was "The Divine Companionship" of the Holy Ghost. We learned all about how to invite the Spirit into our work and receive guidance from our Heavenly Father. It was probably the most uplifting conference I have ever been a part of! I spoke about how obedience invites the Holy Ghost into our work. My favorite talk was given by Elder Dransfield (one of the senior couple missionaries). He spoke about how his mission helped influence the rest of his life. It was very powerful and made me realize the impact that these two years will have on the rest of my life. For lunch the Dransfields provided Chinese food!!

On Saturday and Sunday we had District Conference. President and Sister Thompson were there, along with Elder Daniel P. Hall (an Area 70). My friend Thato Mohapi got ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood! That is him in the above picture. We learned a lot about building our faith in Christ and doing work, mainly missionary and family history work!

Lately I have been trying to work on developing my Christlike attributes. It seems that the more I try, the harder it is! I am struggling with patience, and also having charity and love for others. I noticed lately that I am getting angry far too easily. Sometimes it seems that we are so far away from Christ! I know that improvement takes effort and we are not alone in this great endeavor.
I love you all!
Elder LaHue

Elder and Sister Dransfield
Zone Conference - Chinese Food

The Royal Family (my son, brother, and baba)

Elder Moore and Elder LaHue

Lesotho Zone

Cleanest Boarding Award (3 times in a row)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 43

Every week I look at the number of weeks I have been out and wonder where the time has gone.. how have I been out 43 weeks?!

I had a valuable lesson learned in setting goals with faith. Each week, Elder Hinnen and I set goals for how many people who have a date set for baptism, how many investigators come to church, and other things. Sometimes they are just empty numbers, but this week I really tried to make sure I was doing everything I can to achieve these goals. And lo and behold, every goals we set was accomplished! We had 8 investigators at church and 7 people agree to be baptized in September. Maybe all the Lord wanted me to do was ask.

Joy. That is what I have been studying lately. Elder Hinnen made this comment "happiness is better than pleasure, and joy is better than happiness". I have noticed that in the scriptures, those who have joy are those who are more concerned about others. Here is an example of Ammon from the Book of Mormon: 

"But Ammon said unto him: do not boast in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom; but  behold, my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joyand will rejoice in my God. Yea, I  know that am nothingas to my strength am weak; therefore will not boast of myself, but will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all thingsyea, behold, many mighty  miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever." Alma 26:11-12 

Every day out is here is not perfect. I have challenges. I still don't like waking up at 6:30 every morning. Some days drag on. But, I wish you all could see that joy that I am having out here. That joy comes from the happiness I have seen in others.

Elder LaHue