Today is Fathers’ Day and it is winter here in South Africa but winter here is a piece of cake. It has cooled down, but it is very pleasant so far and is generally between 65 and 75 degrees. We have had a fair amount of rain and when it rains it pours, but much of the rain is at night. People have gardens growing all year round. It gets light late in the morning and dark by 5:15 PM, so the days are short. With the change in seasons we both came down with the flu and colds and this has gone on for about 5 weeks but we think we are on the winning end right now.
|The first week in May we traveled to Durban to say |
good-bye to Elder Shadrack Mwita who returned to Tansania.
|Elder Kamara and Elder Fisher brought flowers for Mother's Day|
|Sister Chirwa and Sister Nzama bundle up for a temple prep class.|
It is just after 5 PM. It is so dark we have to use this flashlight.
|This is how dark it really is! (We turned off the flash on the camara.)|
We lost some very special elders on the 17th of May, due to transfers. It was difficult to see them go. Elders Castleberry, Tualufo, Fisher, and Adams all moved on. We again received some great elders to take their places. We welcomed Elders Mashiloane, Nkambule, Keeble and Martin. Now it is time for transfers again. We will find out Sunday, June 26th who will be leaving.
|Our transfer news dinner where we found out who would be leaving.|
left to right: Elders Armstrong, Shokane, Fokuo, Tualufo, Castleberry, Kamara,
Mead, Ngwenya, Fisher and Adams.
|Elders Nkambule, Keeble, Mashiloane, and Martin tranfered to our zone.|
|Elders Castleberry, Tualufo Adams and Fisher got calls to leave us.|
|Ilala Basket Weavers on the way to Kosi Bay|
We got the Zulu baskets and nativities here.
|Elder Nuzman, Elder Watson and President Von Stetten |
walking on top of the jetty at Richards Bay
|Sister Watson and Sister Von Stetten checking out their cameras|
|Here we are at the lookout point on the jetty.|
President Von Stetten took the picture.
|At Zone Conference in Durban at the Berea Chapel|
|Elders Martin, Nkambule, Shokane, Armstrong and Mead suiting up.|
|The elders with the Peace Corp volunteer and the children at the school|
meeting in the new building they built themselves. Their spirits are high as they endeavor to find investigators.
|Zamokuhle prepared a lovely dinner for us on Saturday|
which she prepared in her one-room dwelling.
|Elder Nuzman and Sipho Ngubane outside the new building in Kosi Bay|
|Setting up for church in Kosi Bay. We were the speakers for |
Sacrament Meeting and then Clyde taught the combined adult class.
|On our way home we checked out Sodwana Bay.|
|These signs at Sodwana Bay were interesting. We especially enjoyed:|
"Missing visitors must be reported at the main gate."
Just a few days after deciding to move to Meerensee, it was reported that a lioness was spotted in our new neighborhood just roaming around. Comforting, don’t you think? There is a stretch of open bush between us and the beach where she can hide. It is believed she has wandered here from a game reserve about 90 kilometers (55 miles) northwest of here. Interestingly, a couple of months ago after a meeting with all the branch presidents in the district, at Richards Bay, Elder Nuzman was asked to take two of the branch presidents back to their townships. It was quite late and he took one to Nseleni and dropped him off and then proceeded to take the other branch president home and got on the highway (N2) to eSikhawini and not long after, he saw (or thought he saw) the hind quarters of a very large cat going into the bush. He asked President Nyawo if there were lions in the area and he said he didn’t think so. Perhaps his eyes weren’t deceiving him after all. They still haven’t been able to catch her.
Our family at home just keeps growing and doing great without us. We had a new granddaughter arrive in April and we have a new grandson expected in November. Our oldest grandson, Ethan, graduated from high school and received a full ride scholarship to the University of Delaware. Christian, Ethan’s brother, is in Chile for the summer immersing himself in Spanish. Alcy, our oldest granddaughter, just completed her first year of college at Utah State and is in Arizona working for the summer. Greg, our son, is moving to Washington D.C. for a few months on a special assignment at the National Guard Readiness Center. He does get to have his family come with him. You can see we are not really needed at home; everything is just going on fine without us. We have been asked to extend our mission here in Africa, so we will be staying until July, 2012.
We are teaching two seminary classes, one English class and one temple preparation class. We have two sisters going to the temple for the first time this month. We are very excited for them, they are such special ladies. The Johannesburg Temple is close to eight hours away and that presents a challenge for these wonderful women of humble means. We are grateful for our small part in helping them get there.
|Waiting for temple recommend interviews with President Von Stetten:|
Sisters Mlondo, Chirwa, Mntungwa and Nzama
|Relief Society in Nseleni Branch|
|This is the moon shining above one of the factories here in Richards Bay.|