Monday, July 24, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 39

Today marks a special day in the history of Lesotho..... I'm having a son!!! President Thompson called Sunday night and told me that I am staying and training. Elder Hicks is leaving which is sad, but we had a ton of fun together. This will most likely mean I will stay in Khubetsoana for a total of 7 and a half months, meaning I can be a legend here haha. I am feeling a mixed blend of emotions, including joy, suspense, and worry. Sleep has not been on my side the last 2 nights. I don't know who my son is, even his name, but we are going to work freaking hard. Also Elder Dos Santos is training, so I get a brother! There are 4 of us training in Lesotho, including Dos, Elder Moore (who is next door), Elder Maughan (who is in my age group on mission) and I. Missionary work is going to blow up in this country!!

On Sunday we had the baptism of Ntebohiseng Phoofolo! We call her Sister Rasheleng. There were so many obstacles in the way of this; she was ready a few months ago. Rasheleng is a woman who I met with Elder Adams. Her 7 year old daughter, Mamello, is the cutest. She was prepared from the start, and by far the easiest person I have ever taught. She has a spectacular memory, one time she explained 1 Nephi 1-7 perfectly to us. The baptism was delayed because we were trying to figure out a situation dealing with traditional marriage. Finally things were worked out, but when we saw her on Saturdaysome complications arose. We fasted with her and her sister, who is a member. 

At church we were anxious but had the faith that things would work out. We went into a side room and she told us that the situation was taken care of and that she was ready! We broke our fast and rejoiced. At the service her sister, Motseliso, gave a talk. She spoke about how last year the district president challenged her to write down names of who she could share the gospel with. One of those names was Rasheleng's, and now we were at her baptism. That was one of the most emotional experiences I have had as a missionary. People were crying, and I was starting to tear up. I am so grateful that the Lord sent me to Maseru and that I could be a part of the miracles happening here.

For P-Day today we woke up at 5am to drive 3 hours to Semonkong. It is a huge waterfall in the middle of Lesotho. All 12 of the Lesotho elders came, plus my favorite senior couple, the Dransfields. We hiked down to the bottom of the waterfall, which was frozen over. There was ice and a bit of snow there!! Seeing snow in Africa made my whole mission. On the way back up Dos and I accidentally got separated from the group and were lost. We couldn't find the trail so we climbed up the side of the mountain. It was exhausting and we said a prayer for help. Eventually we found our way back and the Dransfield's provided a huge, delicious lunch! Quite the experience to say the least.

Something cool we did with Elder Takau was when we set up a media stand on a street in our area. We put up a table with pamphlets, Books of Mormon, and questions such as "Where am I going, why am I here, where did I come from". I brought my guitar and played some hymns while Takau played his ukelele. We even sang to some people! And it worked!! We were able to draw some interest from it and get some referrals.

Well, wish me luck. My son should get here at some point this week. Have a great week, and count your blessings!

Elder LaHue

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 38 RIP Brother Booi

Sorry for the late email, yesterday was a public holiday so all the shops were closed.

Last Monday was a sad day for us. We had an appointment with the Booi family, whose wedding we attended last month. Attached is a picture of them. We drove to their place but they weren't there and their phones were turned off. We found out the next morning that they both were killed in a car accident. I saw the picture and the whole front of the car was smashed in. Their funeral will be on Saturday. Sister Booi is a member, and he was supposed to be baptized this Sunday. On the bright side they are both together, in a better place, and we want to get started on their temple work so their marriage can be sealed.

Sister Rasheleng will be baptized on Sunday! I have been teaching her from the start, so it is special to me. She has an amazing memory! When we began teaching her, she explained 7 chapters in the Book of Mormon to us. So she is special. She has a child named Mamello that is awesome, and she turns 8 in December so she can be baptized then!

This week I was reading and the scripture "Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." That struck me, and caused me to think about all the sacrifices my parents have made to raise me, and even to help get me out here. So take the time this week to thank your parents.

Elder LaHue​

Monday, July 10, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 37

* So my birthday is coming up in less then 2 months. I figured I'd ask now, since it takes a long time to mail things this side. But all I want for my birthday is written letters! I love getting mail and it is a joy to have them to read whenever I want as opposed to emailing for 2 hours a week. So if you would like to send me a letter you can give it to my mom and she can mail it. Or if that isn't an option you can email it to her at lahue5 (at) gmail (dot) com and then she can print and mail it with the other ones. Thanks!!!

(Mama LaHue insert: Please have all letter to me by July 31st in order for them to reach Elder LaHue by his birthday. Or if you wish to send your own personal letter, mail it to the PO Box on the right side of this blog.)

This week has been hectic. I was sick all week, but not to the point where I couldn't work so I went out anyway. We need new people to teach so we have been searching. A few miracles happened, and we are having baptisms in 2 weeks! Hopefully we will have 4 people ready, but only time will tell. I'm really excited, and a bit tired, so stay tuned!

We had the first ever zone conference in Lesotho a few days ago. The district president gave a great presentation about members and missionaries combining hands for the work. Feels good to be a part of church history!

I brought my guitar to the area and had a jam session with some of the members at night. It was awesome! I love how music is able to bring people together.

Big things coming soon,
Have a great week!

Elder LaHue

Monday, July 3, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 36

Matthew 20: 1-16 " For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen." 

Jesus the Christ, ch. 27: 'Undue Concern as to Wages in the Lord’s Service.—The instructive and inspiring Parable of the Laborers was called forth by Peter’s question of self-interest—“What shall we have therefore?” In tender mercy the Lord refrained from directly rebuking His impulsive servant for undue concern as to the wage to be expected; but He turned the incident to excellent purpose by making it the text of a valuable lesson. The following treatment by Edersheim (vol. ii, p. 416) is worth consideration. “There was here deep danger to the disciples: danger of lapsing into feelings akin to those with which the Pharisees viewed the pardoned publicans, or the elder son in the parable his younger brother; danger of misunderstanding the right relations, and with it the very character of the kingdom, and of work in and for it. It is to this that the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard refers. The principle which Christ lays down is, that, while nothing done for Him shall lose its reward, yet, from one reason or another, no forecast can be made, no inferences of self-righteousness may be drawn. It does not by any means follow, that most work done—at least, to our seeing and judging—shall entail a greater reward. On the contrary, ‘many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.’ Not all, nor yet always and necessarily, but ‘many.’ And in such cases no wrong has been done; there exists no claim, even in view of the promises of due acknowledgment of work. Spiritual pride and self assertion can only be the outcome either of misunderstanding God’s relation to us, or else of a wrong state of mind towards others—that is, it betokens mental or moral unfitness. Of this the Parable of the Laborers is an illustration. … But, while illustrating how it may come that some who were first are last, and how utterly mistaken or wrong is the thought that they must necessarily receive more than others, who, seemingly, have done more—how, in short, work for Christ is not a ponderable quantity, so much for so much, nor yet we be the judges of when and why a worker has come—it also conveys much that is new, and, in many respects, most comforting.”'

Found this piece of writing very interesting. In short, beware of spiritual pride. Focus on improving yourself and receiving your reward, not on the merits of others. An important lesson that I struggle with occasionally.

Things have gotten a bit crazy at church recently. Our branch just split so now there is a lack of priesthood holders. So yesterday we helped prepare the sacrament, passed the sacrament, taught gospel principles, and taught young mens. During which we had to keep track of our 7 investigators at church. I was so drained afterward, and I was sooo hungry. Good experiences though and important knowledge gained for future use!

Another cool thing of note: They have a crazy sale at a store here and I got a super cool pair of kung-fu looking slippers for 5 rand, or in equivalent about 40 cents U.S. currency. 

Happy 4th of July!!!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 35

Some crazy things went down this week! President Thompson asked us to find 2 new investigators a day. This led to some interesting experiences to say the least.

First, we met some guys who are from Cameroon. They speak English and French. Also important, they have a drum set! Elder Moore from Maseru 1 plays drums, and I play a little bit so we jammed out. It is so cool to be able to say that I was in the middle of Lesotho, playing drums with some guys from Cameroon. Who can say that?

Next there was the mystery of the 2 Davids. Last Sunday a guy named David came to church. We went to go teach him during the week, but it was difficult to find his house because there are no addresses here. We found the house and knocked on the door. Some people answered that only speak Sotho and we asked for David. They took us to another house and introduced us to a guy named David. Except he wasn't the David we were looking for. So we started teaching this David, and all of a sudden the original David walked in the door and told us we went to the wrong house. Long story short now we have two new investigators named David.

And that's my week! Needless to say, we have been blessed with many miracles from the Lord. I hope your week was as good as mine was.

Elder LaHue


Monday, June 19, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 34

Not much to report on this week. Mo was confirmed, and we had a really nice Sunday at church. The Khubetsoana Branch will officially split on July 2nd and we will meet at 1pm. Should be interesting. We taught a lot of good people this week, and also weeded out people that aren't seriously. Such is the life of a missionary.

I had this cool seshoeshoe shirt made by a lady who stays in Maseru. I gave her one of my white shirts and she sewed on this sesotho fabric. It was only R80, so pretty cheap for a cool shirt! 

What else happened this week.. not much. We did service and helped build a pig pen. I found a cheap place to buys eggs. Also the new Prime Minister of Lesotho was elected. This week took forever!!! Hopefully things begin to pick up speed again.

Much love!
Elder LaHue

Monday, June 12, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 33

I am staying in Maseru for 6 more weeks with Elder Hicks!! I am pumped!
Yesterday we had Mo's baptism!! And man was it COLD. There is no heating in the chapel. We tried dumping boiling water into the baptismal font but it didn't work. When I stepped in the water the lower half of my body went numb. I thought that Mo would get hypothermia! Everything worked out for the best though and it was a special day in her life.

Pleasure vs. Happiness:

"The present is an age of pleasure-seeking, and men are losing their sanity in the mad rush for sensations that do but excite and disappoint. In this day of counterfeits, adulterations, and base imitations, the devil is busier than he has ever been in the course of human history, in the manufacture of pleasures, both old and new; and these he offers for sale in most attractive fashion, falsely labeled, Happiness.
“. . . Happiness includes all that is really desirable and of true worth in pleasure, and much besides. Happiness is genuine gold, pleasure but gilded brass, which corrodes in the hand, and is soon converted into poisonous verdigris. Happiness is as the genuine diamond, which, rough or polished, shines with its own inimitable luster; pleasure is as the paste imitation that glows only when artificially embellished. Happiness is as the ruby, red as the heart’s blood, hard and enduring; pleasure, as stained glass, soft, brittle, and of but transitory beauty.

“Happiness is true food, wholesome, nutritious and sweet; it builds up the body and generates energy for action, physical, mental and spiritual; pleasure is but a deceiving stimulant which, like spiritous drink, makes one think he is strong when in reality enfeebled; makes him fancy he is well when in fact stricken with deadly malady.
“Happiness leaves no bad after-taste, it is followed by no depressing reaction; it calls for no repentance, brings no regret, entails no remorse; pleasure too often makes necessary repentance, contrition, and suffering; and, if indulged to the extreme, it brings degradation and destruction.

“True happiness is lived over and over again in memory, always with a renewal of the original good; a moment of unholy pleasure may leave a barbed sting, which, like a thorn in the flesh, is an ever-present source of anguish.  (James E. Talmage, Improvement Era, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 172-73.  Quoted in: Jesus the Christ: A Study of the Messiah and His Mission According to Holy Scriptures Both Ancient and Modern [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1983], 230.)

I read this earlier this week and it caused me to reflect on my life. I thought about the times where I made decisions merely for pleasure. Some were fun, others weren't, but all weren't long lasting. I also thought about decisions that led to happiness. Such as serving a mission. I realized that I want to live my life in a happiness seeking way as opposed to pleasure seeking. What brings lasting happiness? Family, love, the Gospel, Jesus Christ, knowledge and wisdom, experience, etc. These are the things I want in my life. I hope reading this quote makes you ponder the same way I did. 

I also saw a miracle. I called one of our investigators named Baseka that had disappeared over a month ago. Just a prompting I suppose. Surprisingly he answered the phone and told us he is back in Lesotho. We went to his home and he told us a long story about where he has been. He is a lawyer by profession but because Lesotho's economy sucks he can't even support his daughters. So he disappeared to Johannesburg for a while to look for work. While he was doing that he was cleaning taxis on the side to have money to eat. By some miracle from God, he combined 3 cleaning products one day and created a formula for a cleaning agent that works really well! He began to market it and companies are interested. Now he is making money to support his family and is back in Lesotho. Plus he wants us to continue teaching him the gospel and to get baptized!! The Lord works in mysterious ways.

Have a HAPPY week!!
Elder LaHue

Monday, June 5, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 32

Another week in the books!! Not a whole lot has been happening lately. Just some normal teaching and a few missionary activities.

This Sunday we will have a baptism! I have been teaching an 18 year old girl named Mo for the last few months. She lives with a woman that was baptized last transfer. So, we started teaching her. She has come a long way! Now she is reading the Book of Mormon everyday and has a testimony of it. We are excited for this Sunday!!

We did a few hikes this week too. My friends Elder Adams and Elder Thorkelson are going home next week. Both great guys and excellent missionaries. I am going to miss them a lot and have loved being with Maseru with them.

Lately I have been reading from "Jesus the Christ", the book of Acts, and the Old Testament. It is cool to see that God worked the same back then as he does today. The stories are really captivating, even though the Old Testament doesn't make a whole lot of sense. That's why I read the picture books :)

Ke lerato!
Elder LaHue

Monday, May 29, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 31

I love Maseru!! I cannot stress enough how much I love this area. The people, the culture, the kindness. It's all there. The only problem is it's COLD. Florida boy can't handle this haha. From what I hear it's only going to get worse. The main problem is that we don't have central heating in our boarding. So when we get back home at night it's just as cold as outside!! Luckily we have heaters that work somewhat well, but they burn through electricity so we don't turn them up much.

This week we tried to find more people to teach. One new thing we tried was picking a spot and walking around. We just talked to people for about an hour, learning about who they are and giving them cards with our number on it. We were able to get a few appointments from it so it worked out! Sharing the gospel is great because there are different ways to do it. President Thompson has asked us this week to focus on finding through less active members. Because of the imminent branch split, we need to make sure we have enough priesthood holders coming to church to support the Khubetsoana branch.

That's it for this week. We have 37 new missionaries coming in over the next 2 transfers so prayers have been answered. Big things coming soon.

With love,
Elder LaHue

Monday, May 22, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 30

Another solid week! This week we were blessed with zone conference, plus a special treat on Saturday. Elder Ronald A. Rasband from the Quorum of the 12 visited our mission!!! Sadly I couldn't see him because I am too far from Durban, but we did have a live video feed going.

Hebrews 11:13 "These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth."

I learned a ton about faith this week. This scripture in Hebrews talks about how we can exercise faith by embracing the promises God has given us. Another thing I learned is that we can have faith in Christ by doing things we have never done before. Like how when Joseph Smith prayed in the grove of trees, he had never uttered a prayer out loud before! And yet he received a very clear answer, which led to what we know now as the Restoration.

Elder Rasband held a Q&A with our missionaries. For one of the questions posed he told us a distinct story from his time as a mission president. A missionary was going home and told him the end of his mission didn't go well because he just handed out Book of Mormons in his last area. He felt as if no real work was done. 18 months later, another missionary was going home from the same area. In his final interview, he said that he was happy with his area. They had baptized a family. How did they meet that family? A woman was looking around at her books when she saw a Book of Mormon given to her 18 months ago by that old missionary! Moral of the story is that part of my job is to plant seeds. Eventually they will sprout, even if I don't see the fruits.

Attached is my testimony in Sesotho. Hopefully the sound quality turns out well.
Have a fantastic week!!

Elder LaHue

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 29

Sorry I'm not writing much, I talked to my family yesterday so we didn't email much today. But hey I love my family :)

Mosiah 27:14 "And again, the angel said: Behold, the Lord hath heard the prayers of his people, and also the prayers of his servant, Alma, who is thy father; for he has prayed with much faith concerning thee that thou mightest be brought to the knowledge of the truth; therefore, for this purpose have come to convince thee of the power and authority of God, that the prayers of his servants might be answered according to their faith."

Have a blessed week!
Elder LaHue

Monday, May 8, 2017

Masuru, Lesotho Area - Week 28

We have been working hard this week! My new companion is Elder Hicks, he is from Idaho Falls, Idaho. His last area was Thaba Nchu and he has been on mission for 14 months. Also, he loves Star Wars. In my last 2 areas I was the first to leave so I never had to worry, but this has been my first time leading the area. Meaning that I've had to go around and set all the appointments, call people, initiate all the lessons, etc. It was intimidating at first but I think I have gotten the hang of it. I have never talked so much in my life!!

Mom will laugh when she reads this but not learning how to cook has finally caught up to me. Food here is more expensive here because it is imported. Also in Lesotho we aren't fed often. So now I need to learn to cook! I made mince and noodles this morning, admittedly in the microwave though. Haha I'll add that to the list of skills I have needed to learn out here.

Our area is doing solid. We had 8 investigators come to church on Sunday and are generally always teaching lessons. Also I get to skype my family next Sunday!!! It's been 5 months since I have heard their voices. I am super excited. 

Not much else to report on. Now the goal is to make it to a year out on mission. Then it's downhill from there! I love what I am doing and I know God loves all of us too. Happy Mother's Day!!

Elder LaHue

Monday, May 1, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 27

We are teaching some cool people!! The 3 most promising investigators are all related to members. It is important for them to have that support system because otherwise there is potential for them to get baptized and then go less active. One woman we are teaching has a photographic memory! Each time we visited her we would give her something to read and when we would come back she could remember everything. Last time we saw her she perfectly recited 1 Nephi 1-7. That is 7 chapters in the Book of Mormon!! There have been some cool miracles in Maseru.

Proverbs 3:11-12
"My son, despise not the chastening of the Lordneither be weary of his correction:
For whom the Lord loveth he correctetheven as father the son in whom he delighteth."

I was reading in the Book of Mormon about 2 groups of people. The first are the people of King Limhi, who are put in bondage because of their iniquities. The second are the people of Alma, who were in bondage even though they were righteous. Trials come for one of 2 reasons: either we messed up, or God is testing our faith. Either way, we can use correction from the Lord as a learning experience. Instead of becoming bitter about problems, we can instead ask why. Why would God put me in this situation? What does he want me to learn from it? As we ponder that question instead of getting angry, we can overcome our problems quicker and move on with happiness!

Much love and blessings for the month of May!!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 26

Proverbs 17:22 - "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones."

This week I turn 6 months old on mission!!!!! It is so crazy how fast time has gone. 1/4 of my mission is over! Makes me think if I am really doing all I can out here. I think I am doing my best though and that is what matters! 

Something funny that happened last week was when we went to a soccer game on Monday. We walked into the stands where the home team's fans were and they all started cheering and clapping for us! We joined the crowd in singing songs and dancing. They weren't speaking English, so we had no idea what we going on! The people were all super drunk. We even ended up on TV!

Teaching the gospel is going well and I am getting more of an idea of what I am supposed to be doing. I remember when I was in the MTC and I had no clue what I was doing haha. Now I am getting comfortable talking to anyone and everyone! I love hearing people's stories and spreading joy to their lives.

Love you all!!