14 November 2011

14 November 2011 - Grahamstown

Left to right: Elder Felshaw from Seattle, Washington;
Elder Bagenzi from Tanzania; Elder Tekulve from Humble, Texas;
Elder Bangerter from Pocatello, Idaho.
Is November half over already? Scary...

I'm just going to go over my notes and write things as they appear in order.
A funny story from Elder Felshaw: a member in one of the wards he served in was at a funeral. The "man of honor" wasn't a member but all the guests and his friends were. The preacher was doing his preacher thing and he said "Raise your hand if you want to be saved!" No one raised their hand. He looked confused for a second then just continued.

On Tuesday our car broke down. A radiator hose was spitting water on the engine. We were able to get it to a mechanic but it was too dangerous to drive after that. They didn't have a replacement hose that day but would the next day. So in the meantime we just walked around our neighborhood and introduced ourselves to our neighbors. We got the whole spectrum of responses. One that was and is still very promising is an instructor at the local air school who lives right across the street from us.

Chevy Spark dashboard.
It was like we were driving around in an X-wing
On Wednesday we still didn't have a car because they still didn't have a replacement hose. Luckily they lent us a courtesy car, a tiny Chevy Spark. Despite its name it is not an electric car.

On Saturday Elders Bagenzi, Bangerter, Felshaw, and I went to Grahamstown. Elders Bagenzi and Bangerter are our Zone Leaders in the East London Zone (a city in South Africa, not London, England). It is the first time I've been there in Grahamstown. We had a half-zone meeting that was very instructive then went to lunch. At the restaurant one thing they served was ostrich steak. I would have gotten one, but they were all out of ostrich...

My p-day is Monday. We have to drop off our washing either at a laundromat or at one of the members houses, pick up post, do e-mailing, go shopping for the week, stop at an ATM, wash the car, and clean the flat. And that's just a normal p-day. Sometimes we have more to do. All in all we have very very little time for play unlike Elder Cline.

I hope you're all having lots of fun,

-Elder Tekulve

"No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; Persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear; till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done."

-Joseph Smith,  (History of the Church, 4:540)

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