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: elderhinnen.blogspot.com

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