17 October 2011

17 October 2011 - Transfer News, Gambit, Conference Part 2

Transfer news!

Elders Fenshaw, Tekulve and Robinson
I'm still in Port Alfred. Elder Barker is leaving and going to the Mdantsane 1st Ward. Mdantsane is a "township" of millions near East London. From Mdantsane 3rd Ward, my new companion is Elder Felshaw from Seattle, Washington. He has been out for 13 months. I have to introduce him to the area and it's hard being the one to remember and schedule everything. 

DLAs - Impala Herd

On Monday after e-mailing the Robinsons took us to a small game reserve outside of town. In the course of an hour and a half we saw mostly Impala and other related DLAs (deer-like animals), but also some zebra, wildebeests, and a peacock. The highlight of the trip was Gambit, the friendly giraffe.

Gambit the Friendly Giraffe
Unlike the other giraffes he is not shy at all. In fact, the driver was telling us about a group who camped out there the other day and had to put a fence around the camp to keep Gambit from bothering them all night. In addition, no matter how good aloe is for your skin, never let anyone convince you to eat it. The pictures from the game drive are of Gambit, a herd of impala, and a view of the Kowie river from the reserve.

 The Kowie River from the Game Reserve
 Yesterday (Sunday the 16th of October) we saw the Saturday session of General Conference. Conference is like Christmas to Elders, even to me. I couldn't say which was my favorite, but I loved all the stories about President Monson or Hinckley or Kimball. President Monson was also his usual amazing self. I think Nik should pay extra attention to Elder Holland's talk at the beginning of the Priesthood session as well as President Monson's at the end (everyone should watch that one!) and Elder Perry's talk on Saturday afternoon. I took 9 A5-size pages of notes just that day and I intend to use them.

-Elder Tekulve

PS- If LadyM is reading this, she can give the address of the blog to the forum.

President Thomas L. Monson

President Spencer W. Kimball

President Gordon B. Hinkley

 Mosiah 14:2 - 6

 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground; he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him there is no beauty that we should desire him.
 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
 4 Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
 6 All we, like asheep, have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquities of us all.

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