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!!!