Friday, May 6, 2016

              Hello from South Africa!  Happy Mother's Day to everyone.  We love you all and hope all the ladies in our lives have a great day and get pampered and feel very appreciated and loved.   The video above of the pigs is for our son Trent who loves pigs.  He gets it from his mom. 

             These cute boys were out playing in the area that we are starting to work more in,  The Church has bought property near here to eventually build a chapel in Motherwell.   They were excited about the oranges we had for them and the picture of Jesus to give to their moms, from the pass along cards.

                         This is a" momma " from Motherwell.  The streets have lots of stores like hers for people to come buy things and they sit out on those plastic tubs all day.
Whenever we take their pictures and bring them back to them they look at the pictures and say "beautiful".  Most don't have any pictures of themselves and so they are very happy when we take them.  It is fun to see how happy it makes them, and how grateful they are.  Very get very humbled everytime we are in Motherwell.

               Most people in motherwell don't have cars.  Especially not ones that look like that one in the back ground.  We have 156 people in the Motherwell branch and I think we have four families that have cars.
            I took this picture because their are a lot of fields in Motherwell and this is a typical one.  I don't think it is illegal to throw trash on the ground because it is everywhere and there are usually people going through it and cows out eating in the fields and garbages.

                        You see lots of kids out playing in the streets with tires.  They always wave at us and are surprised to see white people.  Some think we are albino's because they haven't seen white people before but have seen some black people who are albinos.  The kids are usually very happy and have big smiles on their faces.  He does look shocked to see us and then very surprised when we wanted to take his pictures.
          These were hanging all over from a sea shell shop that we went to in St. Francis Bay.   It is a beautiful area .

                       This is our branch mission leader and we were going to our weekly meeting talk about the week and who was taught or visited.  He has his call to go on a mission the first week of June and will be a great missionary .   His name is Milhali and it is very difficult to pronounce.  It was a beautiful day last week.  It is getting cooler here as were are going into winter, but it was probably about 75 and a rare day with no wind.  We love those days!
                         Last Saturday all us Sr. couples met in Port Alfred where Bro. and Sister Kjar stay.  We met there because they stay in a big place that has room for all of us.  It was a good-bye dinner for the Stapley's.  They leave June 28th.  and will have been here for two years.  She is in the pink sweater, and they are from Arizona.  We have have five more Sr. couples in our mission but we are the ones on the Eastern Cape.  Two couples work in the office in Capetown so we don't see them .  Cape town is about like going from our house in Layton to Vegas so we will just be there when we fly out and we stayed there for two days when we flew in.
          This is a picture I took yesterday of a family we are teaching with Elder Slade and Elder Johnson.  His wife had to work Sunday but he came to Church and he was very touched by the testimony of the kids from Primary and that they could go up front and speak like they did.  He had tears in his eyes as he was telling us what a special experience it was for him to see that.  They are a close family and loved the lesson that we taught about Temples, and families being sealed forever.
           Elder Slade is getting transferred on Wednesday.  He came out in Nov. on his mission and has been here since then.  We will miss him.
                       This picture is Elder Johnson talking to his Mom last night for Mother's Day.  She will be out of the US on Sunday so he was able to call her early before she left.   We have a direct line so he and Elder Slade came and used our phone while we were at Branch Council Meeting.   It is a great day when Moms get to talk to their Missionaries.    We love you all and appreciate the prayers and love.
Will send more pictures soon, have a great week.

1 comment:

  1. So fun that the Wall's came out! I bet it was fun to see familiar faces! Your pictures are amazing. I can't believe the garbage one, how sad! And I also can't believe you can still do a cartwheel! ha ha :) Keep up the great work! -Chelsie