21 November 2011

21 November 2011 - East London - Christmas Party

Did I mention how fast time is going along? Probably about a million times.

President Robinson, Me, Elder Felshaw,
and President Wood at the Christmas party
First off I'd like to make a correction. In one of my earlier e-mails I said ubuntu is a Xhosa word. This is incorrect, it is actually a Zulu word.

Right now I'm in East London again for a zone P-day activity. We went on a tour of the Mercedes-Benz factory here in EL! Is is the best automobile manufacturing factory in the world in 2010 and from 2009 to today it is the best in Africa, Europe, or America. So it's pretty famous I guess. Sorry, but cameras weren't allowed. Unfortunately, there was a bug in the system and all automation stopped shortly before we started the tour. So we toured a mostly abandoned factory, and almost all of the robots and conveyors were still. Nevertheless, there were one or two arms still doing their job and even that was extremely impressive. I'm sure you've all seen these factories and robot arms and assembly lines on TV and such but seeing them in person is very different. I hope to come back sometime.
Elders Felshaw and Tekulve
in the Port Alfred Marina
Last Saturday was the Branch Christmas party. In November?! Yes, pretty much everyone leaves during December to visit family so we hold the Christmas party now. It was pretty standard. There was games for the kids (seeing about 15 African children fall over trying to do a three-legged race was hilarious), a braai (barbeque), and a Primary program. The Mission President Mark Wood was there visiting for the weekend.

There's a member named Brother Hola here, he's pretty funny. There are pigs and chickens in his yard. One day Elder Felshaw asked "where did you get all these piglets Brother Hola?" he replied in all seriousness, "from my pig." Later: "Who takes care of all these little chickens Brother Hola?","their mother does."

Reading this here it seems like all I do is go to parties and tour factories, but I assure you I work very hard 7 days a week. :)

Good luck with whatever it is you're doing!

-Elder Tekulve

Numbers 27: 18 - 23

18) And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;
19) And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight.
20) And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.
21) And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.
22) And Moses did as the LORD commanded him: and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation:
23) And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.
5th Article of Faith
also note the sustaining before the congregation

5) We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

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