Monday, November 29, 2010

Transfer Week

Hello everyone,
So it has only been like half a week this time so there wont be much to talk about this time Im sorry. But I am doing great feeling better and all. I have been keeping myself busy and doing what the lord wants me to be doing. So we got the transfer news and I am staying in the area that I am at. I am so fine with that because there are so many people I so want to help and baptisms coming up and I just cant leave yet. But the thing that is different is that Potchefstroom the area I worked for a week is being closed to the missionaries. So the missionaries are being taken out of there and now it is part of my area. Now we have a big big area and that means more work and being even busier. But I am ready because who can fail when they have the lord on their side.
So the other thing that made this a special week is that lefa and sylvia were confirmed and then we had Hennie, Lydia, Dipuo, Gladys, Thandokazi, Pearl, Deborah and Abraham that were baptised this past week. Thats right EIGHT baptisms. I was in carletonville watching Hennie while my companion was in Khutsong doing the rest. It was so great though. Then this next week they will all be confirmed and we have NINE other possibilities for baptisms. I hope they all go through that would be amazing.
So as you can tell we have been keeping ourselves very busy. Time is going by at such a fast pace now days it doesnt even seem real to me anymore. So Christmas is just right around the corner. I cant wait honestly. I have been invited by a few people to come and visit and stay with them on christmas so we will have to see what happens. So yeah that is the rest of my week. Sorry there isnt more to talk about but hey when you dont have much time then you cant write much haha. So I miss all of you and I thank everyone for their love and support that they have given me. Thank you to Emily, Trent, Liz, Aunt Tammy, Grandma and Grandpa, Shauna and many others who have written to me and supported me. I love all of you and hope all is well.
-Elder Aaron Giles Lindsay

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wednesday Email

Hello everyone,
Yet again I am writing a late letter I am so sorry. The thing is this
monday me and my companion both woke up and we were so very sick. But
we are doing better now so no worries. So this is the first chance I
have had to write.
So this past week has been a pretty normal typical week. I cant
complain because it has been good. Yes there has been its downs but
the ups practically wipe those away to seem like nothing.
The biggest thing that has happened this week is that on sunday we had
stake confrence. We just watched the brodcast of it at the khutsong
chapel. Dallin H. Oaks and Boyd K. Packer both spoke to us. Its sort
of a bummer because I missed alot of it because I was in and out
counting our investigatiors who showed up and getting water because
the water was turned off again. But from what I saw it was amazing. So
the baptisms that were suppose to happen this past week didnt happen
because stake confrence but they are going to happen this week. So
this week we should have six or seven baptisms I am excited.
Another thing that happened is that we got to attend two funerals. One
was for a lutheran church and one was for our church. It was
interesting to see the differences between the two. I prefer ours for
sure but it wasnt exactly bad for the lutheran church.
So I would just like to end this email by telling probably the most
spiritual experience I had this week. So there is a mother and
daughter that I started teaching way back with elder albertson. The
last week that elder albertson was here the mother said she didnt want
to be baptised and didnt want to leave her church. The daughter was
just kind of like "Yeah whatever" and not really interested it seemed
like. But this past week me and elder kohu went on splits so one of us
was with a branch missionary teaching and the other with another
branch missionary. So I was with Tebogo (yes the same one that was
baptised in september he is doing great) and we were going to teach a
family about the family mission plan. But they werent home and so we
had free time. I just go a feeling that we needed to go see this
mother and daughter.
So we go and we talked with the daughter and she said that she knows
the church is true and that she wants to be baptised. She is on date
for Dec. 19. Then when we were about to leave the mother comes home
just returning from town. We sit and talk with her and I got another
feeling to ask her about her feelings about the church and all. She
told us that she knows its true and that it is the one jesus christ
established here and she has been reading the book of mormon the past
month when we havent been visiting and she knows everything to be
true. But she just isnt ready for change. She said we just need to
give her time. So all in all if I never followed the feelings I got we
would have just completely missed those precious oppertunities the
spirit gave us.
Im not saying that it was all me because it had nothing to do with me.
Its like my missionary scripture says " I am unworthy to glory" I was
just a tool in the spirits hands. The spirit is the one that does all
the work here. But we are the tools that helps him and I am so
grateful that I have to oppertunity to help him with what he needs
done. I know this church is true and I am not going to change that for
anything. I will just end by saying I miss and love you all. Thank you
all for your love and support you have given to me. I couldnt do this
with out you.
Miss you all
Elder Lindsay

Monday, November 15, 2010

Busy Busy Busy

Hey everyone how are you doing? I am so sorry for all the waiting I have caused you to do. I hope you can forgive me. So last week on monday we were painting our flat and we had to finish up this week. So last week after we finished painting for the day we went to family home evening and I taught the branch about unity. To begin we all did cope activities it was fun. (Cant take camp out of the boy's heart) So the rest of the time here in africa has been pretty normal except for yesterday. Yesterday we had three baptisms in carletonville. Lefa and Sylvia were baptised finally (the married couple who were suppose to a few months back) and then a young man who just turned eight. And guess who baptised all of them.. me It was intense. I was nervous about one when I baptised Karabo but I had no idea until yesterday that that was nothing compared to three. haha.
Oh and also this past wednesday I was able to attend my first zone confrence. When we got there we talked about working with member and ward orginization and all that. Afterwards as a zone we got together and we watched the 'Joesph Smith Movie' It is a great movie I love it so much. Cant wait till I can see it again haha.
So yeah besides that everything has been pretty normal. Staying busy and doing all I can do to keep up and all. So I know this is a shorter letter than normal but I have to hurry to get things done for the rest of the day today.
I love you all and I thank all of you for your love and support. I hope I can hear from all of you soon.
Elder Lindsay

Monday, November 1, 2010

Another week

Hey Everyone,
I cant believe it another week has come and gone. I am telling you it goes to fast. Its already been two weeks since me and Elder Kohu became companions. Wow I cant believe it. So anyways I want to say thank you to those who have sent me letters so thank you to Shelly, Emily and Liz for you letters. If anyone has sent me letters I havent got them yet but as soon as I do I will let everyone know.
So this week has been an awesome week. It kind of started out rough but if you just forget your troubles and go to work then all will work out for the better. So first thing. On Tuesday we stopped at a red light and then it changes to green and our car wont go and guess who is driving...YES ITS ME! haha. So our clutch went totally out in our car. We pushed it off to the side and we called our mechanic. As we were waiting all the members and investigators that passed were all like "See Elder Lindsay I knew you couldnt drive" or "Elder Lindsay what did you do to the car" haha.
But in my defence the mechanic looked at the car and it was old and it was breaking anyways so it was not my fault haha. So now we have the zone leaders car until they can get us a new car (not that, that is nerve racking or anything that I might destroy the leaders car haha). But they said that when they get a car for us it will be an automatic which will make things so much easier.
Then on Wednesday we did exchanges with Elder Rand and Howard. Me and Elder Rand went around and we did baptism interviews while Elders Kohu and Howard taught lessons. So Lefa and Sylvia the married couple that was suppose to be baptised a few months ago is back on date for November 14 now. All is looking good so keep your fingers crossed everyone. Then a girl named Neo and then a guy named Karabo passed their interviews as well.
The next day we went on splits with the branch missionaries because we were so busy again. But we are working on finding more father led families to teaching and older males. Because the Khutsong branch would be a ward but there is little priesthood and lots of youth. So we are working on it and some day IT WILL be a ward.
So to top off this week we ended with the baptism of Karabo. But let me tell you preparing for it was one big pain. First after his interview with Elder Rand we found out he would need a second interview with President Poulsen. We were told President Poulsen wouldnt be able to do it this week at all. So we go to the Branch Presidentcy and we tell them to cancel the plans and all. But then on Friday President Poulsen calls saying he would come or call Karabo on Saturday. So we have to go back to the Branch Presidentcy and tell them to put it back on. So Sunday comes and we pull up to the chapel and one of the councillers in the presidenctcy told us there was no water in the building and so he asked us to go get water from his house for the sacrament. And it dawned on us when we got back that that ment no water for the baptism font as well. We immediately started praying and asking the lord for his help. By the middle of the sacrament meeting I went to go check on the water. All pipes were off still no water. But something told me just to go turn on the font pipes. And when I did I a small stream of water started filling up the font. It was slow but it was getting the job done. No other water pipes were working until like a half an hour to an hour later. I know the lords hand was in this baptism. Then ten minutes before the baptism we found out that there were no clothes to fit me (I was baptising Karabo) or Karabo. So me and Solly a branch missionary rush to Carletonville (10 - 15 minutes away) to borrow jump suits. We got them and rushed back and we had the baptism. When I walked into and and out of the font with Karabo it was the best feeling ever. I felt joy, peace, comfort, fulfillment all in one and then some as well. Its hard to explain the feeling exactly but it was amazing. It made all the struggling worth it.
To top off yesterday a mother we have been struggling with to quit coffee and keep commitments told us she quit coffee and that she is done with it. She is progressing so much. I love all these people I teach and I am going to miss them so much when the time comes for me to leave. I dont know what I will do with out them.
So there is my week. It has been tough but amazing at the same time. I wouldnt trade it for the world though.
I love all of you and I miss you. I hope all is well and I hear from you soon.
-Elder Aaron Giles Lindsay
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