|Downtown Johannesburg, my favorite city.|
Currently Brakpan and Springs are on cloud nine due to the Springboks taking the W against Wales on Saturday. Trust me when I say that missionary work is a shade under impossible during a rugby game in South Africa.
Had a couple special experiences this week, One of them was getting to go back to Daveyton; To see the growth and strength that is continually occuring in that special land, truly a place locked deep in the heart.
Also had a couple of those teaching experiences where you open your mouth and it's filled, where you had no idea how those words possibly got into your mouth, epecially when oratory and public speaking are a huge weakness.
So all is well in Springs, we get to watch conference on Saturday and Sunday which is nice. 3 or 4 weeks late is a lot better than how it was up in Limpopo, with power faliures and stolen electrical chords, plus just how remote it was. We get it a bit faster down here in Gauteng.(only like 4 weeks late bru)
We also were able to drive through Johannesburg cbd, through Hillbrow and Yeoville and Parktown; I always feel the spirit when I drive through that beautiful and crazy place, it just leaves me in awe to think that there is a temple of God in this diverse and dangerous, crime-ridden land, with angel Moroni sounding the trump for every nation and people to come, find purpose to life, and meaning for hapiness. Such a blessing. Got collects the elect out of the rough. He glorifies saints out of the ghetto.
Anyways, I've learned a thing or two this week about something called pride. Just as the Savior always has, and always will lay the cornerstone, and even be the cornerstone to His Church; it's the natural-man ailment of pride that lays the crumbly cornerstone to apostasy, basically if you resolve the issue of pride on a world-wide level, you solve every other issue that plagues the earth. More importantly, if there is no pride in the church, then the church grows and beautifies. Sometimes you get kinda tired or kinda lose zeal to do missionary work everyday, sometimes I've found myself a little like Pilate, wanting to 'wash my hands' so-to-speak, in response to answer God's call to serve. We can't be like Pilate and turn our backs on the truth, refusing to play a part in this latter-day work. There are callings to magnify, lives to bless, prayers to be answer, and the cool thing is that everyone has different capacities, different strength, and different abilities, all God-given, for the benifit of His children and the building and strenthening of His Kingdom. I hate to think of God as a stern, waiting-to-punish us Father for slacking or doing things wrong, I believe He is grateful for every sacrifice, whether it be small or great, to carry out His work here on earth. I think that one of the reasons that God sents nappy highschool kids on missions is because He wants them to get to know Him better. After a little over a year of being out here, I believe that God is an all-powerful, infinite, glorified being, who created and rules over stars, and moons, and galaxies and children without number. I believe that He is deep, and serious, and mysterious etc., but I'm also tempted to believe that He's a jovial, loving, merciful, easy-to-please, gentle, kind Father. A kind of guy that you would want to be around, the kind of guy you would want to learn from and remain close to; A true friend who always has your back, who always gives you love and hope.
Anyways, I'm short of words today. It's a privledge to serve in this area. I wish I could bring all you guys to South Africa one day, I think just a week here and one day in a sacrament meeting here would have the potential to change lives and enlarge perspectives.
Also I've randomly been meeting tons of people from Manzini, Swaziland which is where Leo is serving and like just a couple kilometers away. Pretty wild.
Love you guys.
"Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the ressurection of the dead, being the first that should rise." -Jacob