February 1 – February 3
We finished the interview schedule in Benoni on
Thursday. That evening we had dinner
with Elder Brown, a wonderful missionary from
On the 3rd, we enjoyed a visit from a missionary
who went home not long after we arrived.
James Lyon was vacationing in
Later in the day, we attended the Saturday sessions of the Bedfordview Stake Conference. I spoke in the priesthood leadership meeting, Jane spoke in the auxiliary training meeting and bore her testimony in the evening session.
February 4 – February 10
We attended the Sunday session of the Bedfordview Stake
Conference where I was one of the speakers.
Most of the rest of the week was spent in the office, in various
meetings, finishing transfer assignments and writing the Transfer News. On the 8th, Elder Spere from the
Madagascar Mission stayed in the mission home.
He came to
February 11 – February 17
On Sunday, we traveled to Springs to attend the Benoni Stake Conference. As is common, I was asked to speak.
Valentine’s Day was also the 15th transfer of our
mission. We received eleven new Elders and one new Sister from the Johannesburg MTC.
Seven came from
Very early the next morning, we drove to the airport with
the missionaries returning to
On Saturday, we traveled to Centurion to attend the adult session of the Pretoria Stake Conference. Both Jane and I spoke.
February 18 – February 24
We attended church in the Florida Ward. That afternoon the Assistants and I finished plans for Tuesday’s Zone Leader Council. That evening Sister Hardin, who had been released on Thursday, brought her family to the mission home so we could meet them. We enjoyed a delightful hour or so with them.
On Tuesday, we held Zone Leader Council. Since we now have nine zones, the group included 18 Zone Leaders, plus the Assistants, and four Elders who serve as Presiding Elders. We have Presiding Elders in four areas where branches have not yet been formed but the Church has been established. These Elders not only handle a full load of missionary work and establishing the Church in new areas, but are also responsible for all church meetings and caring for the members. Two new Zone Leaders were introduced, both from South Africa.
Early Wednesday morning, we drove to the airport to pick up
Elder and Sister Voda. The Vodas will
serve in the office and replace Elder and Sister Shirts who will return on 9
March. The Vodas come to us from Hurricane. This is their second mission. Previously, they served in the Hawaii Honolulu
Mission. So, one could say, they earned
the right to come to
On Thursday, we drove to
Saturday, we traveled to
February 25 – February 28
On Sunday, we attended the Mafikeng Branch (well, it is not
an officially a branch yet, but should be later this year.) There were about 25 in attendance including us. The missionaries have done an
impressive work as they have established the Church in
On Tuesday and Wednesday, we held the first two zone conferences of this round. The subjects being covered include: Improving and increasing daily contacting, teaching investigators to pray, the importance of planning, increasing referrals received, and using questions to ensure understanding when teaching.