Monday, April 18, 2016

#93 "Surprise"

I don't even know what a Pday is anymore.
Transfer week=a rough week. But we got it figured out.

Well the world turned upside down a little bit a couple hours ago when President Dunn called us in and said that we'd have to be pulled out of Johannesburg due to some security issues. Tough news to hear, especially after all the success we've been enjoying and all the receptive university students lining the streets and just the overall coolness of being in the biggest and craziest city South of Cairo. I really love that city and will always cherish those weeks I was privledged to serve there. Privledged to be so close with those devout members and some of the most elect under heaven. Pulling the slums out of people.

We've been assigned to whitewash Northriding, a more englishy- upper class area that has been really slow for the past several transfers. So it's gonna be a challenge, especially after transitioning from all our super prepared friends we were meeting with in Joburg. And all the college campuses and sketchy streets and not to mention the Temple in your area.

But I'm sure it's inspired and it's for the greater good. At least there's not as many rules and regulations and procedures etc. etc... That assignment plus all the other workload we pull is going to be an adventure. I look forward to the journey.

It is kind of a setback, but I've learned to just take a couple of steps of faith and the light leaks in.  

Anyways, I'm short on words this week. Like basically every other week. I apologize for that. I really wish I was able to write more. I love you guys. Your thoughts and prayers mean the world to me. I totally mean that. Thanks so much for all the care and love.

Elder Clegg

Monday, April 11, 2016

#92 Ek Se

Just some 5AM MTB with President and Sister Dunn, the best people under heaven. Hard keeping up with the old guys. Also I'm not even sore.

Hey guys, it's been an insane week, going into an even more insane week because it's transfer week. It's been a privilege to see President Dunn and all the love and care he puts into every missionary. Truly there is something special about Mission Presidents.

Anyways, I don't have much this week, just an excerpt of an article I've started for the missions' newsletter that I thought would be relevant to you guys back at home. 

It’s been repeatedly prophesied, by prophets ancient and modern, that the Lord will hasten His work in His own way and in His own time. Since the Restoration of the gospel in 1830, the advancements in technology and development in communication have been unprecedented. In 1831, Joseph Henry produced the Electronic Telegraph. In 1849, The Associated Press organized the Pony Express, a team of horsemen to carry the news all a crossed the early United States. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell and Tomas A. Watson exhibit the first electric telephone, as Gugliemo Marconi was learning to transmit radio signals over the great Atlantic Ocean. The Lord didn’t slow down in the 20th Century, as John Baird develops the first television signal in 1925, and in 1947 Bell Labs comes out with the first generation of ‘cell phones’. In 1976 the first Personal Computer is born, and the South Africans were cheering in 1992 as Neil Papworth sent the first SMS in the history of the world, and not to mention that the internet was born in that very same year.

These jaw-dropping landmarks, mingled with thousands of others are an expression of God’s ingenuity and His Eternal Captainship over our cherished SAJM Maxim; “Innovation through inspiration”.

We live in the dispensation of the ‘Fullest of Times’, and existing on the earth today are more Priesthood Holders, Temples, and members of the Church than ever in the history of the world. And as His work increases, so does the means by which he extends His Redemptive Invitation to every “nation, kindred, tongue, and people”.

Still, despite the incredible growth of the Kingdom of God on Earth, the Word’s population is hovering at 7.2 billion, and the Church’s is at 15.4 million.  That means that for every member, there are 4,675 ordinary people. Eish Elders that’s a lot.

We know that everybody needs to hear our message, but how do we accomplish that while facing what seem like insurmountable odds? The good news is that this is His work, and His gospel is getting exposure through every avenue that He has inspired, especially the Media.

Anyways, some food for the thought. Opportunities will always present themselves.
 I love you guys so much. It's such a privledge to serve in Johannesburg. I couldn't be more grateful. 

And some more good news, the Maseko family from Springs got baptized on Sunday. I'll attatch a picture, it was so awesome to know them also. Grateful that God can make their relationship eternal. Cool to see how much the Lord has changed them since the first time we ever walked through their door.

E. Tanner Noah Clegg

Monday, April 4, 2016

#91 "Hard Times & Good Times"

8tada mhlekazis

It was quite the week. ANd eish I have this horrible dilemma when it comes to remembering what happened. We had to prepare two zone conferences so maybe my brain is just overworked or something.

I love you guys a lot, and think of you all the time. I've really got no words for the week.. Only just keep trying,  keep looking towards the Savior, and feel His love. Life gets a little bit easier, and a little less daunting when you remember that everything really does work out in the end.  And that no matter who you are, there is happiness and light at the end of the tunnel. There really is. I've learned that in the hard times, because it's in those times that my heart allows truth to resignate inside of that. Maybe because it sets a stage of contrasting feelings of the spirit and tribulation, making the spirit painfully obvious. Whether it's that or not, I can really say that I have felt the spirit surge and breath through me on sporadic yet consistant occasion, literally bearing witness of God, His Christ, and His servants here on earth. Even in the hard times. Also in the good times.

 Love you guys.. Always feel free to write me, 

Elder Tanner Clegg