26 November 2012

26 November 2012 - Plan of Salvation, Peer's Hill

The Plan of Salvation
Credit: helamangallery.com
Well, it's been a hectic day. Mostly because my camera broke. Sigh. I have some awesome pictures that I may be able to get to you next week. We'll see if it can be repaired.

What happened this week? We met a new family, the Basson family. The father's wife passed away some years ago so it was great to be able to testify about the plan of salvation. The Spirit was very strong.

Clovelly from Peers Hill
Fish Hoek is nearby

Last Monday we climbed Peer's Hill. By the way, that cave that Dad posted on the Blog a couple of weeks ago? It's labeled as Peer's Cave, but it's not. It's actually what I think is called Tunnel Cave. We found that near the top of Peer's Hill last week. It's a really sweet bunch of rocks, but the camera is broken and I'm e-mailing a bit late today so I don't have time to upload pictures.

Thinking of you (but not too much),
-Elder Tekulve

19 November 2012 - Zone Meeting, Thanksgiving at Panerotti's

Fish Hoek Chapel from the mall nearby
where the internet shop is located
Hello Family,

This week has been a good week. A pretty uneventful week as far as news home is concerned but a good week for me just because we were kept busy. We are starting to find and meet new people and continue to learn about cricket.

On Saturday and Sunday was Stake Conference. On Saturday it was broadcast from the Stake Center in Bellville and on Sunday it was a recorded conference from Salt Lake City that was sent to all of Africa. There were some great talks given there about the Priesthood and service and reactivation.

On Friday was a Zone Meeting. Among other things I learned some news: My last day in the mission may be moving. Until now it was to be July 3rd, 2013. Because of the reduced MTC time there will have to be adjustments to the transfer schedule. It could be moving to anywhere from the 26 of June to the 17 of July. I'm not sure yet but just as a heads up there it is.

Next week for Thanksgiving we plan to go to Panerotti's with the Zone. They have all you can eat pizza on Thursday nights. Yum.
Elder Krieger,
Brennan's Companion, says 'hi'

I heard Elizabeth got baptized. Wasn't she just a toddler the last time I saw her? Or was that the other Elizabeth? I can't keep track of all my cousins because every time I check I have more. Did you know Jacob married his cousins Rachel and Leah? Just an Old Testament fact.

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving week,

-Elder Tekulve


12 November 2012

12 November 2012 - Alma 5, Repentance and Cricket


This week was an unusually busy week. We visited members we haven't seen before, some of whom were very glad to see us. Last Sunday we had an entertaining and informative fireside about the history of the English Bible. I also worked on giving a CD to one of our recent converts. People in the township will just soak up anything about Jesus Christ they can hear, whether it's true or not. He had an anti-mormon CD that he got somewhere, and we advised him that while we can't tell him what to do, it wouldn't build his faith. So I put some powerful General Conference talks on a CD for him to listen to instead.

Flag: Democratic.Republic
of Congo

Later in the week we met with more of our investigators, Alastair and Ronald. On Friday I was on exchanges in Mowbray with Elder Itina from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We talked to a less active member who was baptized many years ago but had let transgression take over his life. He noticed how at the time he was baptized he was happy and life was going well, and that he was not so happy now. I was inspired to share with him some scriptures in Alma chapter 5 and felt the Spirit strongly as I testified that the arms of mercy were extended to him on conditions of repentance.

Cricket is a popular sport in South Africa.
Click here to understand Cricket
On Saturday we met with Borther Norbury and his cricket friends. It was the first time I've seen a live cricket game. I still don't understand how it works.

On Sunday we spent most of the day helping Sister Rose move.

I love and pray for everyone and love to hear any news from home there is. I am grateful for the opportunity I have to serve the Lord on a mission.

-Elder Tekulve

05 November 2012

05 November 2012 - Loving every minute..., Noah's Birthday

Brennan's brother, Noah,
celebrates his 16th Birthday

Today is Noah's birthday! Happy birthday, Noah! Sorry I don't have a hat for you this year. Right now it's only been his birthday for 3 hours. Oh, and happy Halloween too. They don't really celebrate Halloween here.

As I said last week, our area is now split and Elder Krieger and I are working in Fish Hoek, Simon's Town, Oceanview, Kommetjie, etc. Most of our investigators were in Masiphumelele which is now the other Elders' area. So the tone of our missionary work has changed.We are doing a lot of working with and visiting members, some who we have never visited before. We will have to rely a lot more on the Spirit to guide us to those who are being prepared.

We haven't found any new investigators, but Ronald who I think I told you about earlier, is doing well. We taught the Word of Wisdom and found that he was taught by his mother that alcohol was bad, that there are really no drug problems in Zimbabwe where he's from, and that he doesn't like tea and coffee and hates cigarettes. He's definitely prepared, now he just needs to sort out work so he can come to church.
Elders Nkosi and Ramosoeu,
both from South Africa
I'm loving every minute of mission and it has brought me so many blessings. Not the least of which is the opportunity to bring blessings into the lives of others.

-Elder Tekulve

Elder Dladla from South Africa and
Elder Ricketts (the Greenie) from Nevada
Simon's Town is a Naval town. This is part of the harbor.