A record of Tanner Clegg's experiences in South Africa as he serves for 2 years. Elder Clegg is from Lehi, Utah, and was called to Johannesburg, South Africa, English Speaking, as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Lol when investigators keep asking you for more and more book of mormons and you ask them why and they're like 'Because the pages are perfect for rolling joints.'
Alright, well guys I really need your prayers because I just got transfered to my dream area, and it happens to be the sketchiest area in the entire continent; Johannesburg Central. Covering the suberbs of Hillbrough and CBD. So I could definietly use your prayers. I'm beyond stoked for this new area, and can't wait to write more about it next week.
Anyways on Tuesday we were able to finally watch the world-wide missionary training broadcast thing which was super tight, I almost laughed out loud when the guy conducting was like 'People are watching this live in South America and Europe and people in Japan and Tawiaan will be watching this when they finish sleeping'.
What he failed to mention was 'and two months down the line our missionaries in Africa will FINALLY get to watch this.'
Anyways, I will dearly miss my area of springs, and all the amazing friendships I"ve been priledged enough to acquire here. I love you guys, Hope you have a great week.
Hey guys, I'll just apologize in advance today, I'm just too dang destitute of sleep and it's a struggle to even keep the eyes open these days. Just always tired, there's never any time to sleep. But I wouldn't have it any other ways. Even though you can barely open your eyes at least your smiling because I guess it's what you're supposed to be doing.
Anyways like I said it's a struggle even to belt out anything right now. This week was pretty cool, literally cast out some demons like straight up this week it was wild. Kind of a paranormal experience but was pretty cool, and it got us some new investiators.
I guess my thought this week centers on something that the Savior said in his renowned and angelic sermon: "The Sermon on the mount"
at the conclusion of his words, as he overlooked His little band of followers on the slopes that meander to the banks of Galilee, he charged them with the clarion call to "Be (ye) Perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is Perfect".
Of the one million elements that make the Son of Man a Perfect Being, may I just offer one more;
If you closely read the New Testament, you'll notice that not once in the Savior's mortal ministry did he refer to Himself as 'Christ', until post- His atonement. It's very interesting to note, that in His love and desire for all humankind to know the glad tidings of the gospel, he gave the same indispensible sermon to his 'Other SHeep' living on the American continent, and although I do not know exatly the geographical location, I can imagine the people listening intently as he closes his glorious hope-dawning speach with the words
"Be ye perfect, even as I, or your Father which is in Heaven is perfect."
Wait what? Why is it changed?
The Savior did not refer to Himself being perfect, at least not in that instant (I'm not a bible scholar) in the Holy Land when he delivered his adress before His Atonement. Following His death and Ressurection, he ministered to the Nephites in Ancient-America, and then he referred to Himself as being "Perfect."
The Apostle Paul declares;
"For we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation PERFECT through sufferings...
For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his bretheren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high preitst in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted."
Why is Jesus Perfect? Well, through His atonement, he knows us perfect. Without us, he wouldn't be perfect because he would not know us perfectly.
He lives, He's real, he will walk with you because he is perfect. He loves your soul, and didn't pay the price for you to be an 'angel', but to inherit all the blessings that he promised to Abraham, and his seed. Namely that we could inherit all of His glory and promises, and sit down in His kingdom with all of the greats, with our family with our Father. He payed for a lot more, and in so doing suffered a lot more, than we could ever imagine.
Anyways, I'm grateful that we have a being who knows us perfectly because he is perfect.
Hey guys, I've tried to make it a point to write something today, even though like basically nothing is coming to mind. Sometimes the mission just turns into a blur and you can't remember anything. I wish that you could just be here and see this place, there's no way you can describe in words the length and breadth of South Africa, it's like the most unique and diverse place in the world. Like literally sitting here right now and looking around this hole-in-the-wall run-down email shop in down-town springs, I can count people of at least 10 different nationalities, and the cool thing is that I'm the only American around. You just learn a lot about your self when you are surrounded with people who are very unlike your self.
The cool thing I've learned from coming to this place, is that all people have some kind of common thread that unites them together, there is a certain twinkle within the eye of every living soul, and though it's somewhat dimmed, it's cool to see that all people are people, Although we all speak different languages and come from different backgrounds and practise different cultures, and look different and have different views, we are all just the same, children of God, who rely on the same Holy Child of Nazareth. There are millions and millions of seemingly unknown and meaningless people, who survive day to day, who breathe and eat and sleep and exist, who are unknown by the world, searching for some kind of hope or hapiness. Some kind of self-contentment, satisfaction, or fufillment or hope in providing some kind of future and hapiness to them and their loved ones, whether it's just living another day, or seeing another smile.
Interesting that they are all known by the Savior, and that poorest, dirtiest boy from a remote township will have opportunity to recieve the same measure of Glory in exaltation as a modern-day ordained 'prophet, seer, and revelator'.
It just blows my mind every day that God tracks the progress of the humblest, poorest, and most future-less of men under heaven. How in his own way he reveals to them hapiness and truth, and somehow reaches to each one of them in His own perfect way. To every person who ever has or ever will walk this earth, he watches and helps them personally. They have a place in the heart of the Prince of Light.
Anyways, I'm out of time, and don't remember anything lol. I love you guys. Please have a great week. Keep me in your prayers.
Well I was just walking through a random township in South Africa with Elder Mbiriwiri from Zimbabwe through a super busy marketplace on a hot Friday afternoon around 2 o'clock showing people a certain blue book when suddenly I hear the familiar voices singing 'Come, come ye saints-' and I look 360 all around me thinking how on earth can I be hearing this in some township of Africa about as far as you can physically get from the mormon tabernachle choir, and so basically I thought I was straight going crazy until I glanced acrossed the dusty street to the far end of the market-place and saw two huge black speakers with the hymns of zion blaring out of them.
Naturally we sung along and enjoyed the companionship of the mormon tabernachle choir as we taught people about the restoration on the street, and we made our way over to this tsotsie (thug) who was playing the music and he was like 'EISH Baba I've been looking for this book forever!"
Anyways he was Illegally selling pirated copies of the mormon tabernacle choir, but I still thouight that it was a pretty legit experience
The church just must be true I guess, COME COME YE SAINTS, even the ones in the busy, dusty, hot and dirty marketplaces of mZanzi, South Africa.
Anyways that's all I've got time for today. I love you guys so much, please keep me in your prayers, it honestly means the world.
Found Lehi in Africa. Elder Parker Eastmond from Lehi.
Sorry I haven’t been able to write much lately. There’s so much to do.. I haven’t even been able to write in my journal to remember anything.
I’ve been battling through sicknesses this whole week, but luckily I’ve been well enough to keep going, and keep seeing miraculous experiences.
Yesterday we were privileged to witness the baptism of my good friend, Pat. Let me tell you a little bit about her;
Rewind twenty five years to Park Station, Johannesburg CBD (central). Pat meets a couple Mormon missionaries and receives an obscure blue book.
In the meantime between then and now, Pat has embarked on the search of eternity; To find the Truth. She’s visited and examined the renowned pastors of Nigeria, searched denominations upon denominations within the sect of Christianity, and was even baptized in the Jordan River, as she tried to do what Jesus wanted her to do, as she tried to follow his example as close as this world allows, but she could never get as close to him as she wanted to.
Then one day she was driving through the slums of Springs, and caught a glimpse of our chapel. The spirit spoke to her “Go there”, and the rest is history. She found it, and followed it.
Baptism of Pat.
I guess I just gained a testimony that there really are people who are only ‘kept from the truth because they know not where to find it’. Jesus really does bring people into the light.
It’s interesting, after a deep study of the ministry of Christ; And basically I won’t be able to write this very nicely because I have very limited time, but hopefully it makes sense-
How many billions of people lived before and after Christ? There were a lot, and how many people didn’t meet Christ while he WAS on the earth? I mean, due to the book of Mormon and modern revelation he definitely met a lot more people than a scewed sample of the middle-east-exclusive perception portrays Regardless of that, there were still a bunch of blind/halted/leprous/mentally and physically distraught etc. etc. people on the earth who didn’t have the Savior come visit them personal. It doesn’t talk about how Jesus Healed them in the scriptures. You have the blind man that can see- But what about the poor guy who was standing away in a dark corner observing the miraculous healing and wishing it could happen to his broken heart? There were only a select few whom the Savior Personally ministered to during his sojourn through mortality. Their stories are recorded in the Bible and Book of Mormon. What about all the other billions of people?
What I’ve discovered, is that those miraculous healing and faith-building miracles weren’t just designed to be a cool story to read. Or an event in the past. But rather, those select few stories that we learn and observe are to give us a clear picture of how the infinite mercy and power by way of the Atonement of the Son of God can still reach us today. I am submitting that the same things that Jesus did then, are still done today to those whom have faith. That’s what the atonement is. It’s never ceasing, the miracles of Christ don’t end, neither do his ministrations and love to the souls of the children of men. His mortal ministry was priceless, and the whole point of it was to show us that his love streaming from his night in Gethsemane is endless. He still visits people today, with ‘healing in his wings’ through his atoning sacrifice.
Anyways, things are doing alright. I have a new companion named Elder Nicotra, he’s the first Italian to serve in Johannesburg, so that’s pretty tight. He’s like 28 years old so you know that he doesn’t mess around lol. He’s the best, and he cooks the best.
My drunk friends.
Well that’s about it.. I love you guys. And I really miss you guys… Keep me in your prayers. Thank you for everything