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!!