May 1 – May 5
The Mission Presidents’ Interim Seminar continued until
Friday. In addition to wonderful and
uplifting instruction, time was allotted for some recreational activities. One day we visited the Shark Board where we
saw a film on sharks and how the Shark Board protects swimmers from shark
attacks. We saw the dissection of a Hammerhead shark. From the Shark Board
we went to the
One afternoon some of the group went horseback riding on the beach. The day was beautiful; perfect for a horse ride. After being assigned horses, we rode down a path through thick foliage toward the beach. When we reached the beach, we let the horses trot and gallop on the beach. It was very enjoyable and invigorating. Just as we were about to head back, I decided to take one last gallop up the beach. When I pulled on the reigns to return to the group, one of my stirrups gave way and I found myself lying in the sand. Luckily the sand was soft and I had done no damage.
On Friday, just before we left, the group gathered on the stairs of the lodge for a group photo.
As we parted company and said our good-byes we thought how strange it is
that we have grown so close to these wonderful people, many of whom we only see
twice a year. This would be the last
seminar for the Brocks, the Bargers and the Maycocks. Although, we didn’t know it at the time, it would also be the last seminar for the Dukes.
Also, Elder and Sister Golden will head to their new assignment in
Saturday, May 5th was very busy since we had been gone all week. Transfers were coming next week and there was much to do.
May 6 – May 12
On Sunday, we attended church in the Bedfordview Ward. The ward includes one of the nicer areas of
Monday and Tuesday were spent working in the office and, for
Jane, shopping and cooking, as we prepared for transfers. On Tuesday, we learned that Sister Tumwebaza,
who was scheduled to go home and who had been serving in
On Thursday, I tried to call President Duke of the Uganda Kampala Mission to tell him of the situation with Sister Tumwebaza. It was then that I learned that he had died in an automobile accident early that day. We had grown very close to President and Sister Duke and were extremely saddened by the news.
This transfer we welcomed five new missionaries: two sisters from
Saturday evening we attended a concert in
May 13 – May 19
We attended church in the Gold Reef Ward. Just after lunch, the Knorrs, a couple
On Tuesday, we held a leadership conference for all zone leaders, district leaders and presiding elders. We have found that holding leadership conferences occasionally is very valuable. This allows us to provide training on baptismal interviews, filling out baptismal forms, holding effective district meetings, dealing with companionship problems and developing leadership skills.
On Wednesday, we enjoyed a delightful dinner with Elder and Sister Parmley. Elder Parmley is the first counselor in the Area Presidency and will become the Area President on August 1. Elder and Sister Thomas also joined us. Elder Thomas is the Area Medical Director. He provides invaluable help in caring for the health of our missionaries.
May 20 – May 26
On this Sunday we attended church in Munsieville. A sixteen year old girl gave a powerful talk on the importance of commandments. She told of the challenge of keeping the Sabbath Day holy as the only member in her family and how she had dealt with the situation. That evening I spoke on the significance of the First Vision at a fireside in the Krugersdorp 2nd Ward.
On Monday, we traveled to
Saturday, was the semi-annual Gauteng Coordinating Council Meeting. I am very impressed with the quality and spiritual depth of the six stake presidents who attend this meeting.
May 27 – May 31
We attended church in Protea Glen. The Bishop asked us to speak because the speakers had not arrived. However, after the Sacrament he sent a deacon to tell us that the speakers had arrived. This was fortunate because the talks were wonderful; some of the best we have heard.
We continued our zone conference schedule with a conference
in Benoni on Tuesday and