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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 42

Sacrament attendance went up to 45!!  We are getting there slowly but surely. We had 2 potential Melchizedek Priesthood holders there! One's name is Manyane, who is a 24 year old guy. The other is named Pheello, who happens to be related to the 1st counselor in the branch presidency! Both of them seemed to enjoy church, and I think we gained some more trust from the elder's quorum because of it. We have been seeing many tender mercies each day, usually 3-4. We are putting people on B-Date each week! We should put at least 2 more this week. Elder Hinnen is still learning really fast and yesterday we taught our best lesson together so far. This guy named Hlompho gave a very sincere prayer at the end, asking to know if the message we shared is true. I know he will get an answer soon!

I had the opportunity to go on exchanges twice this week, where we swap companions for a day. It is an excellent opportunity to teach and learn. On Saturday I went to Ha Thetsane and we handed out invitations for church since there is a new building. I walked in the middle of the road and stuck my arms out and people driving past would stick out their arms and take the fliers! We handed out over 200! Also these 4 little kids were there and they helped us set up and hand them out. We have no idea who they were, but we bought them candy and gave them water as thanks. The experience as a whole was really fun!

Here are some scriptures that helped me during the week:

D&C 90:11 "For it shall come to pass in that day, that every man shall hear the fulness of the gospel in his own tongue, and in his own language, through those who are ordained unto this power, by the administration of the Comforter, shed forth upon them for the revelation of Jesus Christ."

Alma 17:11 "And the Lord said unto them also: Go forth among the Lamanites, thy brethren, and establish my word; yet ye shall be patient in long-suffering and afflictions, that ye may show forth good examples unto them in me, and I will make an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls."

The work we are doing is a sacred work. I am more happy than I have ever been in my whole life.

Elder LaHue

Monday, August 7, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 41

Busy week!! We have been very productive this week. Mainly we have been working closely with the new branch presidency. We presented an idea for a branch fireside about missionary work that we would teach. They are on board with it and it should happen in September! A big struggle we are facing is church attendance. Yesterday there were 34 people there, an all time low. During the week we are going to go out with President Makutoane to track down priesthood holders and invite them back to church. We need them desperately.

At the end of each day Elder Hinnen and I add to a list of tender mercies we made. A tender mercy can be defined as a unique spiritual experience we have during our day. It has helped me to ponder the blessings that God gives me and be more thankful for them. I had the opportunity to do 3 baptismal interviews yesterday. There is something special about being able to talk with people who are ready to make this covenant with Heavenly Father. After each one I felt so much joy! I am grateful for the opportunity I have here as a missionary and I am learning and growing each day.

We saw a broadcast of Dale G. Renlund and his wife and these are some quotes I liked:

"All sin eventually leads to suffering, but not all suffering is a result of sin."
"If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far go together." (African Proverb)

This opportunity to train has helped me to reflect a lot on myself and my attributes. I feel that I am maturing each day because of it. Life is good and I am still happy!

I love you all!
Elder LaHue

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 40

My son's name is Elder Hinnen! He came from Missouri, but lived in Oklahoma for high school. He is 18 years old. He is very mature, we have been getting along well and he is a prepared missionary. Also he'll be joining me at BYU after his mission. Teaching him has been a blessing!! We have been working hard, finding and teaching many new people. The potential for growth here in Lesotho will increase as we continue to be obedient and work hard.

Here is his blog:

History was made this Sunday: The Maseru Branch split was official! We had a 3 hour meeting and 3 new branch presidents were called. We are officially the Khubetsoana Branch, under the newly called President Makutoane. I am so happy about this, President is an awesome guy and I have known him for about 5 months. We are on the same page for missionary work and the progress here is going to skyrocket!!

Alma 12:37 - "And now, my brethren, seeing we know these things, and they are true, let us repent, and harden not our hearts, that we provoke not the Lord our God to pull down his wrath upon us in these his second commandments which he has given unto us; but let us enter into the rest of God, which is prepared according to his word."

Let us repent. Let us harden not our hearts. Let us enter into the rest of God. I love Alma's admonition here. Entering into the rest of God means receiving the fulness of his glory. Which is actually possible in this life! Not easily obtained, however. It requires sacrifice, love, and faith. Along with many other things. 

Elder LaHue

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​