29 May 2012

28 May 2012 - Preach My Gospel

Hello Everybody,
This week has been, unfortunately for you, "just another week" in missionary work in the South Africa Cape Town Mission. What that includes is visiting many members of the Ward here and helping them to do missionary work. If there's any members of the Church reading this (and there are) you should know that you are an important part of missionary work. In fact, we couldn't do it without you, no matter what stake or ward or branch you're in. Home Teaching and Visiting Teaching is vital!

A random picture of the George District on top of George Peak
Take a look at Preach My Gospel if you haven't, especially the chapter called "Working with Ward and Stake Leaders" (chapter 13), to see what it is that you can do. There's just too much to explain it all here, but most of it is love your neighbor and be an example by following Christ. Every member a missionary!

Two families that we visit each week are Bishop Human and his family and the King family, who has a son approaching missionary age. They're both great families that love the missionaries and are fun to be around. The King family reminds me of my own family a lot (all of the Human and most of the King children love Minecraft). Tell my siblings I say hello and that I love them. Maybe they're too busy with school to check their e-mail. :)

It's now the beginning of week 4 in East London 2nd Ward. My how time flies when you're doing missionary work.


-Elder Tekulve

10. Remember the aworth of souls is great in the sight of God;
11. For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him.
12. And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of repentance.
13. And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth!


21 May 2012

21 May 2012 - Whitewashed In, 11 Months

Hello Family,

   Things in this area are going quite slow, I'll admit. We were "whitewashed" in, which means both Elders here left at the same time so we're both new in the area. There are many great members here that love to do missionary work and help the missionaries, so we are lucky to have them.

Yesterday marked my 11 month "anniversary." I can't believe how fast I'm getting to one year old. (I think you'll hear that more and more often in the next few months.)

Elder Tekulve and
a BYU Young Ambassador

We have a car for these next few days because the Zone Leaders left to Cape Town for Zone Leader Council, so these days will be busy. If you have any questions about missionary work or life here then you can ask them. That will give me more things to talk about!

My Wonderful Family on Mother's Day

The Amalinda Chapel as seen from our Backyard

Mossel Bay, South Africa

14 May 2012

14 May 2012 - Transfer to East London

Dear Family and Friends,

East London, South Africa - City Hall (right)

I am now serving in East London 2nd Ward. As I may have told you last week, my new companion is Elder Mooki from Johannesburg. This is a walking area and it takes about half an hour to get from our boarding to one side of the area, which is relatively small. Our big focus will be less-actives since there are many members living close together in this area.

I enjoyed calling my mom yesterday for Mother's Day, and right afterwards I got to see the BYU Young Ambassadors do some singing in the chapel. I got to meet a few of them as well. I took pictures... but I left the camera USB cord at home. I'll have more pictures next week. :)

BYU Young Ambassadors in South Africa
perform: Harmony: The Music of Life

Well... As far as I know not much is happening next week. I'll just be walking around doing missionary work. So I'll e-mail you again then!

-Elder Tekulve

07 May 2012 - Revelation

Hello Everypeoples,

Elder Tekulve with "Junior" Moyo, Sakhe, and "Kwekwe"

This past week has been pretty cool. On Monday, after praying to be led to those that are prepared, we found a very nice young family. They attended church with their member neighbors the next Sunday after we met them, and they are very interested. The wife only speaks Portuguese but we got her a Portuguese Book of Mormon. The father's name is Revelation. Imagine that.

Elder Tekulve with Ziyanda Skosana, her mother, and Sister Nxosha

There is also Stanley. He ordered a DVD from the office and we delivered it to him. Both of his parents have passed away and he has no family in South Africa. He is extremely interested in the Plan of Salvation. He read the whole pamphlet and had a lot of questions. One of them was "What do I need to do to get baptized?" Now he has a baptism date and is going strong!

This week is the week of transfers and I have my transfer news!

I am going to East London, to East London 2nd Ward. My new companion is Elder Mooki (sp?) from South Africa. That's my first African companion. And another thing: This is a walking area. Gasp.

I bid goodbye to Elder Speed this morning, he's going to Cape Town to meet his new companion. He's training a new missionary!

We went bowling last Monday

I am very excited because this will be a very different experience for me.

I also got your Easter package with everything inside. Thank you.

-Elder Tekulve

The final score