Monday, December 26, 2016

Rocklands 2 Area - Week 9

Instead of a White Christmas I had a Brown Christmas. Merry Christmas!!!!!

I can't believe I have been out on my mission for 2 months. Sometimes it feels long and sometimes it is really quick. I got to skype with my family on Christmas Day. It was only for an hour and it went by too fast! I love and miss them so much. It was really nice to be able to see them and share stories and experiences. This has been my favorite Christmas present ever.

We had a fantastic Christmas party last week. Lots of food, fun, and games. We made fools of ourselves on stage but it was worth it. I met up with some of the guys who started missions the same time as me so we are in the same group. They are in the picture with 3 of us. Cool guys! So much food has been ate in the last week, but I do my best to keep in shape so everything is okay. 

This Christmas I have felt the love of Jesus Christ. More so than other years. Although I received few physical gifts, the spiritual gifts have been far more meaningful. Memories last forever. We don't need many gifts under our tree to be happy, real joy comes from spending time with our families and remembering the true meaning of Christmas. 

One meaningful experience that sticks out to me is when my companion and I sang Christmas carols to random people we met. We sang "Joy to the World", "Silent Night", and other songs. Some people even started singing with us!! As we sung, we experienced real joy. We all have something in common. Jesus Christ gave his life for us, that we may gain eternal salvation. All we have to do is exercise faith, repent of our sins, and keep His commandments. This is where true happiness comes from.

If you want to be happy, all you have to do is ask the missionaries how to be.
Merry Christmas!

Elder LaHue

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Mission Party

Bloemfontein Zone with President & Sister Thompson and Elder & Sister Roberts
On the 19th of this month, President and Sister Thompson had their 2nd Mission Christmas Party in Bloemfontain. Their mission area is so large they needed two parties to accommodate all the missionaries.   

Singing a traditional Christmas Hymn.....

...which turned into a rap!
On the 10th Day of Christmas!

Playing games

and more games

and even more games.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Rocklands 2 Area - Week 8

Elder LaHue and Elder Dos Santos

This week was all about service! 
Mosiah 2:17 "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God"

On Saturday morning we went over to the home of Sibongile, a woman we are teaching. We spent 3 hours raking her yard, clearing it of excess weeds and using a shovel as well. I'm not going to lie, it was hot, but I felt so happy afterward! She fed us a huge lunch to show her thanks. The rest of the day I was happy. Sibongile is going to be baptized along with her 2 daughters on January 7th!!

One day Elder Dos Santos and I were walking along a dirt road. We saw a woman struggling to hold up a fence post while putting it in the ground. Immediately we ran over and held it steady for her. At first, she just thanked us and we went along our way. When we were walking she called to us and walked over. She said, "Who are you?". We explained that we are missionaries and that we go around teaching and helping people. She said cool but she has her own church. As we were walking away she called us back again! She told us that her husband doesn't have a church and that she would like us to come back and teach him.

Service brings blessings to us and to others. As we give, we receive in return. It is a great tool for missionary work, and it helps you establish a closer relationship with others.

Side note: There's a lot of drunk people here. It's part of the culture.

Mosiah 2:41 "And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it."

Never ending happiness.
Elder LaHue

Elder LaHue's Christmas Present

Monday, December 12, 2016

Rocklands 2 Area - Week 7

Matthew 20:28 "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."

Today marks one month of being in Bloemfontein, South Africa! Here is a general rule of thumb. When we are teaching lessons, the time flies by. When we are knocking houses, it drags on forever.

Some strange things have been occurring in my first transfer. The other 2 elders in our boarding were emergency transferred on Friday, meaning that it's now just Elder Dos Santos and I. Things are quiet now and we have much more work to do now that there are 2 instead of 4. Second, all of our plans for our investigators to be baptized this transfer have gone as wrong as they possibly could have. We went from having 6 with a date set to 0 now. Thankfully, we have been able to see the efforts of our hard work and many should become baptized come January. One important thing to remember is that these are not just numbers, these are real people. We are making a real impact in their lives and it is a privilege and an honor to be able to do so.

Christmas is approaching soon. Look for ways you can serve. Like it says in Matthew, Jesus came into this world to serve, not be served. You'll find that the spirit of Christmas is in giving, not receiving. 

This Christmas, think about one thing about yourself that you would like to change. Repenting of our sins and mistakes means changing ourselves. People have compared sinning to placing nails in a wooden post. I've heard people say in church that when you repent, you remove the nails from the post. Then they say that you will still be able to see the holes in the post, due to the consequences of our choices. This is false, due to the fact that when we repent the post becomes BRAND NEW. "There is no 'hole left in the post'. It is a new post." The same applies to us when we repent. We become brand new, completely clean.

Much love and be safe,
Elder LaHue

Monday, December 5, 2016

Rocklands 2 Area - Week 6

Each week seems to be more challenging, but more rewarding and fulfilling at the same time.

Sunday morning Elder Dos Santos and I went on the local radio station,, for the first time. I thought I would be nervous but we were on air at 6am so I was too tired to notice that I was on the radio. We taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ in 30 minutes; By having faith in Christ, repenting of our sins and mistakes, being baptized by immersion, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end, we are able to fully follow the example of Jesus Christ and strive to perfect ourselves. It was a unique experience that I won't forget!

On Thursday, December 1st, we were issued a challenge by the APs. We were asked to spend the day sharing a message about Christmas. Our challenge was to receive 40 contacts this day, meaning name, number and address. We set out to work with a member friend named Karabo who is 18. For almost 5 hours we walked along a dirt road and talked with everyone we saw. We also knocked every house we saw. Pure faith and determination is the only thing that got us though this day. At the end of the day we received our 40th contact, went home, and passed out. This whole experience just goes to show that Heaven Father provides a way. Anything is possible with Him on our side.

3 Nephi 18:25, "And ye see that I have commanded that none of you should go away, but rather have commanded that ye should come unto me". Jesus Christ never turned anyone away. If we are to follow His example, the same should go with us. Everyone deserves to know this gospel. Share with your friends, family, and neighbors, and watch the blessings accumulate in your own life.

Elder LaHue