Monday, March 27, 2017

Maseru, Lesotho Area - Week 22

Greetings from Lesotho!! This place is so cool! Literally, the temperature is a lot nicer than Durban. During the day it's a little hot but at night it cools down nicely. Where we work in Maseru is kind of flat, but deep Lesotho is mountainous. The people here are very humble! There are many members to work with and we teach a ton of people. Elder Adams is really good at talking to everyone we see so we always have a large teaching pool. He is from Germany and near the end of his mission, but he is still working his hardest so he is a huge example to me. It is crazy to think that I am one of only 12 missionaries in this country. The church is still in its infancy here, but it makes me want to work that much harder here to bring as many people closer to Christ as I can!!

I am happy. Life is good! One of the interesting things about Lesotho is that the driving is insane. All of the roads are bumpy, traffic is bad, people don't obey traffic rules at all. and it is generally just chaos everywhere. The thing is, I am the assigned driver and to make matters worse, I don't know how to drive stick shift! Elder Adams was given permission to teach me though so we don't die. I started practicing today and he will drive until I feel comfortable. Haha I never thought I would be experiencing this challenge on mission, but I am stoked to learn.

Missionary work is awesome. People here are excited, the vibe is so different. When we teach the people listen, they read from the Book of Mormon, and even come to church. There is a little tuck shop (small store) that is like our base of operations. We teach lessons there like crazy!! 

I hope you all have a fantastic week! Also I can't believe I have been out for 5 months!!

Elder LaHue

Getting ready for the 10 hr bus ride to Lesotho.

Elder Adams

Monday, March 20, 2017

KwaDabeka Area - Week 21

Well it's official, after 6 weeks.... I am going to Lesotho!! Maseru to be exact, which is the capital city. It is another country landlocked within South Africa, officially known as the Kingdom of Lesotho (pronounced li-soo-too). The whole country is at a high elevation of over 1000 meters, so basically it's in the mountains. I will be there in Autumn and most likely winter so I might see snow!!!!

It is a bittersweet feeling to leave. I think I said that last time, but it really is true. My time here was so short, but I met so many amazing people. I was able to be a part of many service projects, the beginning of the reactivation program, family home evenings, ward activities, and so many others. The members of the church this side are truly some of the most outstanding and Christlike people I have ever met. I am going to miss them so much.

D&C 64:33-34: "Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great. Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days." 

Sometimes life gets tiring. It's hard to always try to make good decisions, succeed, be happy in general. I've had a few times in my life like that, where it feels like the weight of the world is getting too heavy. The best thing to do is pray for strength and push through. Nobody in life is going to do your job for you, nobody is going to pull you out of bed and force you to continue. The only person that controls your destiny is you. But you aren't alone. Christ walks with you every step of the way. Sometimes he even carries you himself. These last 6 weeks, Jesus Christ carried me himself. This begins a new chapter of my mission. Part 3, my 3rd area in 4 and a half months. Let's see what the Lord has in store for me now!

"I will go forward. I will smile at the rage of the tempest and ride fearlessly and triumphantly across the boisterous ocean of circumstance." - Eliza R. Snow

(I had good pictures. Me saying goodbye to cool people. The computer I'm on has a virus and corrupted my SD card again after I just fixed it.)

Monday, March 13, 2017

KwaDabeka Area - Week 20

First I want to quote a scripture in the Book of Mormon.

Alma 7:11-13
    "And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
     And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.
     Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me."

This is one of the most powerful scriptures in the Book of Mormon.

"In some manner, actual and terribly real though to man incomprehensible, the Savior took upon Himself the burden of the sins of mankind from Adam to the end of the world." - James E. Talmage

Somehow, someway, Jesus Christ took upon himself all of the sins, pains, trials, and afflictions of every person who ever existed. Even you and I! If that's not comforting, then I don't know what is. Christ is there for you. Even in your darkest hour, he is there. 

While I was writing this the computer deleted all the pictures on my SD card!

Have a great week!
Elder LaHue

Monday, March 6, 2017

KwaDabeka Area - Week 19

"The irony of the Atonement is that it is infinite and eternal, yet it is applied individually, one person at a time." - M. Russell Ballard

This week has been seriously challenging. Too much to go into detail with, but very difficult. More importantly however, I have learned so much this week. How to be patient, how to endure tough trials, and how to have faith in Jesus Christ. I love this gospel so much. I wouldn't give it up for anything. I would lay my life down for it if I had to. For me, this week has been proof that we have a loving Heavenly Father isn't afraid to put us in situations where we can learn and grow. 

I want to give a special shout out to my little brother, Bryan. He turns 17 on the 9th of this month. He is the best brother anyone could ask for, and I miss him every day. He has taught me so much about how to be a loving brother and how to be strong. If you see him this week, send him my love!

That is all I have for this week. I hope each and every one of you take the time each day to thank God for the many blessings he has given you. You are all blessings in my life.

Elder LaHue