|Most of these pics are from Kruger National Park last p-day|
s/o to my boys playing Alta on Tuesday. Take state you mulungus
Wore a long-sleve comfortably the other day for like the first time in Limpopo. Still never sleep without the fan full-blast on my face.
Alotta hype about black mambas in the area, apparently they are trying to get into people’s houses. One of our investigators had a huge salt ring around his house cuz apparently it keeps out mambas. And demons or something.
If somehow I have a future wife and in the off-chance that she’s reading this just know we’re coming this side to snatch a lil bush baby outta the jungle cuz little mnyama children are way cuter then makgooas.
Got a taste in the air of Africa at conference, we were able to watch Sunday morning session yesterday. I swear it’s been a tender mercy of sorts to hear so many talks refrencing people in Africa, and with the Ivory Coast temple announcement- relaying in grand fashion that God knows his African children.
Hard week honestly. Not loads to talk about- learning alot about a word called humility. Realizing that it’s not a missionary that can find, teach and baptize but rather the Lord that can do that. Learning that being humble solves essentially any issue, and that pride is the root of basically any issue.
I think we can draw an example bridge from the Savior to our lives when we read Matthew’s words saying: “He went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”
Easily the most selfless, pure, and humble declaration ever vocalized- uttered under the immense weight of awful anticipation of the next events that would transpire. In the most antagonizing, dreadful, suspense-filled moment in all of history, Jesus submitted His will to the Father, even at the rim of the deepest and darkest canyon that only the Son of God himself could plunge into without experiencing immediate death; His divine Sonship allowing him to feel inexpressible horror and agonizing, incomprehensible pain without experiencing the relief of ‘giving up the ghost’.
Because the Son of Man was humble enough to follow through with the atonement, even the infinite atonement for all mankind; We, in our own inadequate, mortal sphere can try to emulate his example, by being humble enough to keep His commandments, being humble enough to reach out to others despite our own infirmities, being humble enough to serve in our church callings, being humble enough to sustain our leaders and follow them, being humble enough to defend our faith, to defend the sanctity of family and chastity, of shifting customs that contradict what God has said in a world ‘waxing in iniquity’. We can be humble enough to forsake the evil things of the world, we can be humble enough to enjoy the beauty of nature. We can be humble enough to love our friends and family, to think less about our selfs, and more of the divine, eternal being we, and our friends and family have the ability to become- because of Christ, not because of our selfs.
It’s by grace we are saved after all we can do. What is “all we can do”? All we can do, is to show God and Christ appreciation for the gift that they so lovingly gave us. I’ve been struggling with that scripture- 2Nephi 25:23.. Have spent personal study hour tryna figure out what “all we can do” means, cuz honestly I know that there’s always at least one more little thing we could’ve done, or rather- a whole mulititude of little acts of discipleship we could’ve done each and every day that we didn’t do, hence- none of us have done “all we can do”..
So I guess none of us can be saved?
Wrong. “All we can do” is fight to be humble enough to show appreciation to our Father in Heaven for the Plan of Salvation, with Christ standing in the center.
“Listen to him who is the advocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him-
Saying: Father, behold the sufferings and death of him who did no sin, in whom thou wast well pleased; behold the blood of thy Son which was shed, the blood of him whom thou gavest that thyself might be glorified;
Wherefore, Father, spare these my bretheren that believe on my name, that they may come unto me and have everlasting life.”
Believe in Christ, allow your belief to become alive through everyday acts of discipleship.
I believe the Book of Mormon is true, and I believe that Christ lives. Tryna figure out a few things and find my feet, but i sincerely believe.
Thank you to President Uchtdorf for settling a question that has been pestering me since the moment I read it at the beginning of my mission.
Anyways woaa i got super spiritual eskiis.
I’ll try to send some pictures of legit wild African animals. Unfortunately that’s not a guarantee, seeing that I’m currently in Africa where technology is a little slow. Love you guys. Miss you guys. Sometimes I just wanna be bobbing on a board in the ocean past the breakline, waiting for a wave- sometimes i wanna be on the cairlift overlooking pcmr, or strapped into the wakeboard on a glassy summer morning, but honestly none of those things compare with preaching the gospel; Maybe having the chance to see a family get to be together for forever.
Love you. Write me, I’m crazy lonely this side. Lol feels like I’m cut off from the entire world up here in Limpopo.
-a good old drive through mzanzi: