Saturday, February 6, 2016

Week Nineteen: Changes in the Office District

Hello my beloved people who care about me,

Let's start with the thing I always almost forget. I'm Ponderising Alma 43:1 "And now it came to pass that the sons of Alma did go forth among the people, to declare the word unto them. And Alma, also, himself, could not rest, and he also went forth."

Even in the midst of the war chapters of Alma (that I have always had a hard time getting through), missionary work is still being done. Even their spiritual leader, (in the office?) could not rest and went to teach the word of God.

So this week things changed for the better. We had a long Monday morning meeting to discuss the needs of the office and the mission. And we decided as an office staff that, as president Mkhabela says "We're missionaries, not a business". We have no need really to open the office at 8 in the morning, especially when the missionaries that we are serving are studying in their apartments until 10am. Also, we are missionaries, our purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ. Which is very difficult to do at a desk all day, so we now close the office early so we can "not rest, and also go forth" The new office hours are 10am-3pm. And it makes everything much less stressful.

It has been so wonderful being able to study again. We had previously only really been able to study by taking a few free minutes to go to but now we again have that set-aside time in the morning to study and ponder the words of God. What more, we can have companionship studies as well. Our Friday morning prayer meetings, which used to consist of an opening prayer, a short spiritual thought, and a closing prayer, have been changed as well. By unanimous approval it has changed to Office Companionship Study, where we all share from our personal studies for the day and spiritually uplift one another.

Our Office Comp Study went so well yesterday, that President Mkhabela wanted to close the office and all of us go to the streets to do some teaching together. Unfortunately, there were missionary interviews so we had to remain.

The whole mood of the office has been different this week. There are still trials, but in general everyone seems to be more positive. The work of the Lord is progressing, and the mission as a whole is improving and growing in strength.

Now onto the fun stuff.

The Assistants, Elder Shepherd and I went to Lion and Cheetah Park today. You can drive into the lion enclosure with your own vehicle. Unfortunately they were all sleepy. But there was another area where you could get out of the car if you desired, because there were no predators. We had such a fun time. I nearly pet a zebra, but they ran away. But I did pet a tortoise.

Here are some of the pictures, more will be sent shortly. Apparently my camera takes huge picture files.

And people think it's hard to find investigators!

Notice the shirt's new message. I came prepared for the day.

That was an unintentional endangered species pun.

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