November 1 – November 4
Our zone conference schedule continued with conferences in
November 5 – November 11
Sunday we attended church in the Florida Ward. That afternoon the Assistants and I began to work on transfers. Because of the growth in the number of missionaries and my desire to reduce the amount of travel required of missionaries, I had made the decision to increase the number of zones from seven to nine. This decision, of course, complicated this transfer. Since each new zone requires two new zone leaders, four new zones leaders had to be selected in addition to the two needed to replace zone leaders going home. With each leadership call there is a cascading impact requiring many changes of assignment.
Friday night Jane and I spoke at a missionary fireside held by the Krugersdorp 1st Ward. The topic for the evening was Gifts of the Spirit. Saturday, we enjoyed our first full preparation day in almost a month.
November 12 – November 18
This Sunday we attended Church in the Carltonville Branch
about 1 ˝ hours south of
The first part of the week was spent working on transfers, planning our Christmas parties and catching up on things that had fallen behind during our zone conference schedule.
Thursday through Saturday was the semi-annual Mission Presidents’ Seminar. We were blessed to be trained by Elder Uchtdorf and Elder Didier. The training was powerful and uplifting. We also enjoyed our interaction with the other mission presidents and their wives.
Over the weekend we hosted a senior couple that had been
serving in the Mozambique Mission. She
November 19 – November 25
On Sunday, we attended church in the Gold Reef Ward. That evening we attended a fireside in
Bedfordview. Elder Didier and his wife
were the speakers. Wednesday was transfer day. We received eleven Elders and two Sisters from the Johannesburg MTC. The Sisters were from
Thursday was a long day with the first trip to the airport
at 6 am and the second at 5 pm. We did not leave the airport until 8:30 pm
because the check-in desk for the flight to
On Friday night we held a Thanksgiving Dinner at the mission
home (one day late but better late than never).
Joining us were the office couples, the Assistants (Elder Parker and
Elder Allen) and President and Sister Maycock.
The Maycocks preside over the D. R. Congo Mission. They were temporarily residing in
November 26 – November 30
Following Church on Sunday, Elder Himber and Elder Weiler and the Assistants joined us to decorate the Christmas tree in the Mission Home. Elder Himber, being a convert from Judaism, had never decorated a Christmas tree. He seemed to enjoy his first such experience immensely. After decorating the tree, Jane fixed us her famous scones. They were enjoyed by all.
On Wednesday, Cami, Robby and Owen arrived in
Thursday, we took Cami, Robby and Owen to the Organic
Market, Sandton Mall and finally to dinner at Adega. Cami and Robby became immediately addicted to
the wonder Portuguese prawns found at many restaurants here in