November 1 – November 6
The rainy season has started in
On the 1st, we went to the airport to pick-up a
new senior couple. Elder and Sister Shirts
are from South Jordan,
On Sunday, we attended the
Dobsonville Ward in
November 7 – November 13
On the 9th we received
missionaries, three Sisters and ten Elders.
Once again it was a very strong group. They came from
Also on the 11th, Elder
Mushonga came to the Mission Home to recuperate from an operation. He stayed until Monday. On Sunday, he felt well enough to go to
Church with us. So we decided to attend
the Protea Glen Ward, a black township ward in the southern part of
November 14 – November 20
On Monday, the 14th we held a going away dinner for the Keslers. The Keslers have served very faithfully in the Mission Office. Sister Kesler was in charge of flats and Brother Kesler managed the mission vehicle fleet. They also provided support and help to the Munsieville Branch. We had a very nice evening at the Indaba Hotel.
Tuesday night we checked into the
Rosebank Hotel in preparation for the Mission Presidents’ Seminar that would
start the next morning. We joined the
Mission Presidents and their wives from the
The next two days were a spiritual
feast. Elder Scott of the Twelve and Elders Bateman, Golden and Parmley of the Seventy gave us wonderful and inspired instruction. We enjoyed a short
private interview with Elder Scott. We
thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the other Mission Presidents and wives
from the nine missions in southern
On Friday we returned to the
Mission Home refreshed and uplifted from the Mission Presidents’ Seminar. That evening we took both the Keslers and
Devenports to the airport as they began their journey home. The Devenports had served in
We have grown to love and admire these wonderful couples who make such a great sacrifice to serve the Lord. Although their families will be happy to welcome them home, we were sad to see them go.
Saturday evening we attended a
special musical program entitled A Miracle Called Christmas sponsored by the
Church. The program was supposed to be held outside at the Bedfordview
building, but about an hour before it started, a big thunderstorm hit.
So, they moved it inside. Things were a little wild because it had
to be moved inside so quickly. There were many nonmembers in attendance and
approximately 2,000 people in total. Our missionaries worked all day
helping put up a spectacular backdrop of
Sunday we attended the Roodepoort Ward.
This is a mostly white ward. Many
of the members come from multi-generational families. Except for the accents, you might think it
November 21 – November 27
Thanksgiving, of course, is not a holiday here, but many
missionaries had a Thanksgiving dinner at one of the Senior Couples’ flats or
at a member’s home who had lived in the
We had the office couples and the Assistants to the mission
home for a Thanksgiving dinner. Since our Assistants are both from
The day before Thanksgiving we went to the airport to pick up a new Sister (shown here between her companions). She had been delayed because of her visa. She had served two months in the Los Angeles Mission waiting for her visa. We were very happy to finally get her. I think she will be a very good missionary.
On Saturday we had a Zone Leaders’ Conference for most of the day. We have some very strong leaders. I have been giving them more responsibilities and they have really stepped up to the new responsibilities.
Saturday evening Lorin and
Courtney DeMourdant, his parents and his brother and wife came to the mission home. They had spent about two weeks in
Sunday, we went to the Johannesburg Stake Conference. Both Jane and I spoke.