PICTURES FROM PREVIOUS AREA- TSAKANE AREA- Everyone is going to miss Elder Hepworth
|TSAKANE AREA MEMBERS|
Well my time is up in Tsakane. It has been a great stay. I can't believe I have been here for 6 months. The time has flown like crazy. I have had so many experiences here and this is definitely my favorite place. This week being my last was good. We found 3 new investigators and there will be a baptism on Sunday. The people are so great here. The Lord is preparing them and Tsakane has great things is store. I knew it was my last week so I prepared people. We had our 3 recent convert young men come with us each day and they loved it. I had many people tearing up or crying. I took so many pictures with people yesterday that I don't even know what pictures to send. I won't forget this place. On mission I've had to act like it doesn't hurt and let God make me stronger. So much of life depends on that and then everything will turn out okay.This week we had the scariest lesson. I won't disclose her name. When we first met her she was awesome. She mentioned that he had a chronic illness which turned out to be bipolar. Then as time went on her grandma passed away. We kept stopping by after losing contact but never found her. When we finally found her she had just got back from the hospital. She had been sedated for 2 weeks for depression. We could see that she was suffering from serious depression but she was okay. Then this past week when we went the only way I can describe it is she was a zombie. Her eyes were so hollow and looked like nobody was there. He mom told us what had been happening. She said weird things and did weird things that I won't mention. I could see it was a huge trial for her and her mother. What I'm getting at though is that I'm so grateful for all that I have. I'm grateful for who I am and all the blessing I have in my life. So much of the time we look at ourselves and say we go through way worse than everyone else but I say look up and see everyone is going through something. When I realized that is less than two weeks I will have been out here for 16 months I thought a lot about the future. So much of the future is written and you can't help to fear if you will make all the right decisions. There are such big decisions to make when I get home like school and marriage. We must make the best of the future or before we know it we are old and looking back at so much potential lost. It is times like these where you put everything into God's hands. I hope everyone has a good week. You are in my prayers.
|Elders Hepworth and Hollingsworth|
|Nana- Age 10 Baptized|
I just want to start off by wishing a Happy Birthday to my brother, cousin, and father on the the 3rd, 4th, and 5th this week. Everyone is getting so old including me. This week has gone by fast but wasn't easy. Some weeks it feels like we went through the furnace of affliction but obviously not that bad. We had half as many lessons this week as last but still it was good. On Tuesday we went to the Doctor as a district because our District leader who is from Ghana needed medical attention and we are the drivers. It was kind of a relax morning but a lot of driving. Then mission life requires you to go straight to the area when you get back so it was extremely exhausting. Especially because not many things worked out like it was planned to this week. What made the week worth it was the baptism. We baptized a 10 year old girl who we call Nana. That is more of her nickname though. She is the daughter of a member and very smart. She was so excited and our Branch mission leader baptized her as well. She bore a amazing testimony. She thanked the Branch President for letting them go to the temple yesterday and can't wait to get older and go inside. I love all the success but seeing that they are all powerful is just mind blowing. On top of the baptism I gave a talk in sacrament meeting. Of course it was on missionary work ha. No matter how many times I stand in front of people I get nervous. I would have to say I was the least nervous this time. I don't know how much time I was given but I spoke for around 15 minutes. It was funny because I wasn't trying to make it long. When I was younger it was like how can I talk more and now it is like how can I talk less haha. It is great to hear that summer is now there. Winter is on it's way. We are all getting sick which is not exactly what we want. This week we taught how to be a (PRO)fessional at the gospel. By (p)rayer, (r)eading, and (o)bedience we can all be a pro at the gospel. I hope everyone has a great week. Thank you for all the support. You are in my prayers.
|Nana, her family and Elders Hollingsworth and Hepworth|
|Nana and her family|