Monday, August 24, 2015

#60 Renting the Veil

Why I love African Villages

Sorry I'm jumbled and have no time.

Basically I'm gaining a testimony of Priesthood. This last Wednesday we made the two hour drive to Rustenburg, so I could work in Phokeng with the Phokeng missionaries. Phokeng is legit, it caresses the border of Bostswana and is a rural village with a huge soccer stadium left over from World Cup.

Anyways after a long day including 5 hours of knocking village houses, we made the drive back to Krugersdorp. On the way home we saw a car w/ his hazards on in the middle of the road, so naturally we pulled over to help, even though it's sketch in the middle of some highway in SA in the middle of the night cuz people stage stuff to steal your cars and hurt you.

Anyways we, for the second week in a row found another young guy who was half-dead on the highway. He had been hit by a bokkie driving 100 kph and his body was all mangled, twisted and bloody.

As luck, or inspiration would have it, there were about 4 guys there including us, and one of the guys is a Melchizedek Priesthood holder from Rustenburg. Think about that-South Africa is enormusly populated, and somehow 3 priesthood holders are at this guys encounter with death.

We immediately pulled out oil and kneeled around his dying body, and again I was privileged to utter the words "In the name of Jesus Christ and by the power and authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood we seal this annointing on your head"...

All I can really remember is that he was blessed to live. That his joints would come back together and his brain, encompassed with blood would be able to function.

WE called ambulances, directed traffic, provided bedding to stop the blood and cold from lying face down on a tar road in the middle of nowhere.

At like 10 an ambulance finally came, we were able to roll him onto a bed, it was painful to hear a grown man scream as we had to move his twisted, out-of place limbs onto a bed, but he was okay. I'm sure he lived.

Anyways, apart from that it was a hard, but fruitful week. It's interesting, we seem to encounter the most persuction not from the muslims, not from the traditionalists, but by the Christians.

It's so obscure that people who claim to be born again, who claim to know Him, treat His servants like a hiss and a byword. I was almost in tears at one point this week with someone, because they don't understand. No one accepts an open canon of scripture.

It's the gathering of the elect. Pray for the Lord to pour out his spirit upon these people. That they won't undermind the power of God, and His ability to speak from the dust.

I love how in the Church, we welcome any and all truth. If it's true we accept it. I think perhaps one of the most pwoerfull lines of LDS literature is "We do not only believe all that God has reaveled, but believe that he will yet reveal many important truths unto the children of men, pertaining to the kingdom of God"

"Come unto me, o ye gentiles, and i will show unto you the greater things, the knowledge which is hid up because of unbelief. Behold, when ye shall rend at that veil of unbelief which doth cause you to remain in your awful state of wickedness, and hardness of heart, and blindness of mind, then shall the great and marvelous things which have have been hid up from the foudnation of the world from you- yea, when ye shall call upon the Father in my name, with a broken heart and a contritre spirit, then shall ye know that the Father hath remembered the convenant which he made unto your fathers, O house of Israel. And then shall my revelations which I have caused to be unfolded in the eyes of all the people. Remember, when ye shall see these things, ye shall know that the time is at hand that they shall be made manifest in very deed"

I guess my motto has turned into "Him who you ignorantly serve, declare I unto you!"

But things are happening. We have people to teach. We've gutted out like 15 new investigators this week comprising 3 solid families. The members have started giving us referrals. The work of salvation has moved from crawling to speed-walking.

There's just alot of people blinded by the craftiness of men. Satan's good at deceiving. Doing my best the things which are in the dark come to light, for I know of them, and they are truly manifest from Heaven.

Love you all. Next time I write you I'll no longer be a teenager. Eish. S/O to Jamon Hafen for getting called to the coolest mission in the world. Also to Elder Fuchs for coming to my neighbor country shortly.

Elder Tanner Noah Clegg

this is now in the botswana/namibia mission. one of my faviort places on earth. taken on my film camera. notice the traditional people walking right along the edge. jamon hafen you need to go here.

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