Sunday, July 13, 2014

#1. 44 Hours to South Africa...

PC Good friend Sterling Smith at the Salt Flats

Wow. This is absolutely insane. I know that people are all like "you shouldn't call your mission an adventure" or whatever but seriously, that's exactly what it's been.

So it started out Tuesday, in the SLC airport, I met up with 3 other Elders going to Africa who are pretty tight. Anyway, we hopped on the plane for Chicago, and I got to teach a lady from New York a lil about the Gospel that sat next to me.  She seemed super interested in the temple, so I showed her and told her she could go there for any questions.

So we landed in Chicago and had a 5 hour layover. Hopped on a long plane ride to London. Slept a lil bit and landed in London early in the morning. I'll post pictures later but we went into the city and saw all the hisoric sights, it was pretty tight but the best part was when we were on the underground train, this Turkish guy sat by us and we started talking to him. Somehow it got brought up that he had two little daughters back at home, so a light bulb went off and we showed them pictures of our families, then he showed us pictures of his. I was like, "Wow, I'm sure you sure love them lots don't you?" He said, "Yeah, of course I do." We kind of got on the subject of the Gospel. I was like "you know, my favorite part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that I know I can live with my family forever." He kind of took some interest, and seemed to be really touched. We kept talking, and at the end he was like here's a business card if you ever wanna contact me. So another lightbulb went off and I was like well here's a Book of Mormon with my email in it if you ever wanna contact me. Kinda cool, he said "I'll keep this forever". It's already starting.

London Airport, we were sitting waiting for our flight to Johannesburg- this super ripped guy came and sat by us. I got talking to him, and come to find out he's a South African cage fighter, who was competing in Vegas and was now heading home to SA. I talked with him tons, and ended up giving him my information if he ever wanted to talk or whatev
er. Also he was like, "Yo, if you need any help w/street smarts and slang etc., I gotchu bru." They say BRU here. I don't have much time, but already I'm kind of seeing that this Gospel is amazing. I can't tell you how many people headed to South Africa told me I was crazy for going, because it's dangerous, and everyone already is so deeply rooted in their culture that they don't wanna change, but I had an interview today and was told to take Africa as a challenge. The work is tough over here, but you gotta realize that it's not you doing the teaching. Also, Africa is absolutely mindblowing I gotta watch the sun rise over Zambia on the way here, something I'll never forget. I'll attach pictures of all this next week. There's only 12 of of us in the MTC over here, really awesome. Anyway, sorry I don't have any time. Miss you guys, it's crazy weird over here, smoke, random dudes peeing on the sides of the roads. People walking on the freeways, trying to take your stuff. But I have no doubt we will be protected. We have a message for the world. Love you guys!

-Elder Tanner Clegg
Area:  Johannesburg MTC
Companion:  Elder McCartney (from Scotland)

Took the "Tube" into London to see some of the sights.
Trying to make the "guard smile"...didn't work

Trying to call home..didn't work either

Tanner arrived.  In front of the Johannesburg Temple

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