I had the privilege of teaching the youth at branch conference. I based our discussion on President Monson's talk about the "rights" we have of making choices, the "responsibility" of our choices, the "results" of our choices, and I added another "R" word: "repentance" regarding our choices. I asked them what some of the greatest challenges were of being a teenager in South Africa. One answer: "HIV and teenage pregnancy". The other biggest challenge was "peer pressure". We spent the lesson discussing the importance of these "R" words. This group was amazing! Valiant youth!
Sunday, July 31, 2016
The church in Bethlehem
The baptismal font is outside! It's cold in the winter!
Faithful members! It was 6 Celsius and with the humidity it feels very cold. Luckily the chapel had a few heaters, but the rest of the building did not. Brrrr!
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
What a pleasure it has been to get to meet this great couple! They have served the Welkom area and have been a great asset to this mission. They will be missed! We can't thank them enough for all that they have done. We know the Elders have been blessed having them in this area of the mission. We wish them the best as they leave us today! HUGS!
It was very cold! The elders trying to get the heat to work in the church! It eventually warmed the room!
Look at these great elders checking scriptures, reading hymns! Impressive! It's a pleasure for me to get to chat with them while they are waiting for an interview with President Thompson!
Sunday, July 24, 2016
We were told that Richards Bay is the warmest in the mission. Wouldn't you know that on Sunday it happened to be one of the coldest days in that area. The church has no heat, and we were not prepared with warm outerwear. Needless to say, the warmth of the spirit carried us through the meetings. The members are so warm, kind, and strong in testimony! These great elders serve in this branch! We are so grateful for their work, diligence, and service!
Sacrament Meeting was unusually cold today, and no heaters!
This young man was the chorister! He sang (with a beautiful voice) the first few notes of the songs, then lead the congregation since there is no accompaniment in any of the chapels we've visited. It is amazing at how beautiful the members sing out the hymns!
The chapel is under the awning. These buildings (there were about four) are for classes.
The primary! They sang I Am a Child of God loud and clear! Beautiful!