January 1 – January 7, 2006
The first week of January was somewhat quiet after the hectic last weeks of 2005. On New Year’s Day we attended the Roodepoort Ward. Most of the rest of the week was spent in the office. I wrote the Mission History for 2005 and worked on yearend reports. Jane worked to clean up the baptismal records. There were many for which we had baptism dates but not confirmation dates – some dating back more than two years. Since confirmation records are the responsibility of the wards and branches, we continually struggle to receive this information on a timely basis.
January 8 – January 14
On Sunday the 8th we attended the Kagiso Ward
with my Assistants. Kagiso is a township ward southwest of
On Monday we began our second Mission Tour; this one under
the direction of Elder Young, the Second Counselor in the Area Presidency. Monday was in Sandton; Tuesday was in
Roodepoort. On Thursday we traveled to
January 15 – January 21
This Sunday we attended Church in the Centurion Ward near
On the 20th, I met with Brother and Sister
Silvers. They served as a senior couple
in this mission a few years ago when
January 22 – January 28
On Sunday, we attended Church in the Randfontein Branch. This branch was once a mostly white ward. Due to white members moving out and missionary success among the black population, it has become mostly a black unit. It meets in a building purchased from another church, so it is quite different. The classrooms are in a separate building.
On Tuesday the 24th and Thursday the 26th, we held leadership training meetings for all District Leaders and Zone Leaders; half each day. There were 20 or so leaders each day. I gave training on how to be a servant leader. We also trained these wonderful young leaders on effective District Meetings, how to conduct baptismal interviews, fill out baptism records properly, and how to deal with disobedient missionaries.
On Friday night, we decided to try one of the only Mexican
January 29 – January 31
On Sunday, we attended the Edenvale
Ward, a large mixed ward that meets in one of the nicest buildings I have seen
anywhere in the Church. It was testimony
meeting, since next week will be their Stake Conference. We enjoyed the spirit of the meeting. The Gospel Principles class was wonderful and
the teacher was excellent. That evening
we attended a fireside in Pimville (part of