Our South African Journal

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

April 17-23, 2016

Fall is coming to South Africa. The temperatures are a little cooler and the leaves are starting to turn color 

We made DVDs of the Durban Temple Groundbreaking for all our branches. We copied it from a link provided by the area office. We watched it on Sunday. There was also a child baptism in Madadeni on Sunday. They tried twice but the poor child’s feet kept flying up out of the water. After two tries he was done so we will have to do it another time when he is ready.

Elder Hind, Elder Cook and Elder Harper on a Sunday afternoon

Monday was transfer day so we had Family Home Evening without the elders. It was a little weird. All the elders were involved in picking up and dropping off other elders.

We just played games for FHE. This is the toothpick game.
Tuesday night we got to meet all the new elders here in the Northern part of our Zone. When they all filed in and sat around our living room we couldn’t believe what a crowd we had. We got to know each other a little and then had some cake and ice cream to celebrate Elder Harper’s birthday.

Elder Vaughn
Elder Mears
Elder Sithole
Elder Smith

Elder Chitate

Elder Chaparadza
Elder Simonson

We went out to the school today and played Elder Hind’s version of corn hole. It is just such a simple and silly game but the kids just loved it. We had a lot of fun!

We went out with the new Madadeni 3 elders to show them around and to meet some people. We had a couple of good visits. 

We also showed them where Sister Mati lives. She is the sister that feeds us every Friday night. However we won’t be going there anymore. Now that she is feeding 6 elders we won’t let her feed us too.

We have a severe shortage of baptismal clothes in our branches. They are very expensive for our little branches. They can only afford one or two every year and that does not give them enough sizes. We had some heavy white fabric here in our boarding so I made two pairs of children’s elastic waist pants. We bought some white polo shirts to go with them. Monday I will go to the store and buy some white fabric and using Elder Hind’s pajama bottoms for a pattern I will whip up some adult elastic waist pants. The men can use white shirts but I will have to figure something out for the women.


  1. Yay for fall and pretty colored leaves! I'm sure everyone will be happy to have more baptismal clothing!

  2. Yay for fall and pretty colored leaves! I'm sure everyone will be happy to have more baptismal clothing!

  3. Love being surprised by a picture of Elder Cook and love your blog! Thanks for taking the time to share.