We are finally getting things a bit more organized this week as far as getting both of our areas sorted and planning out all of our office work. We just assigned each area to different days of the week so we know where we will be on what day. My head feels SO much clearer know. As a result we had a more successful week. Who knew that effective planning actually gives results? Anyways, on our exchanges this week i had a blast. I can share one or two experiences:Tuesday i was out in the bushes of the North West Province in a township called Jouberton just outside of Klerksdorp. It reminded me a tiny bit of Mafikeng just because the culture is the same, the weather thank goodness is alot cooler though. I spent the day with Elder Harris (a botswana visa waiter) and his trainee Elder Mdletshe who has been out for about 8 days. We spent a great day together. Even though we didnt have the most lessons, the two we taught were taught by the spirit and they felt really great. We met with a young lady who is about 26 who has been struggling alot the past few years because of some mistakes she has made. She has two children, one who is 9 and one who is 5. She has alienated herself from the gospel, but has been meeting with the elders who have been trying to help her get on track. The elders who teach her are a bit young and haven’t been very direct, but that all changed this week.The spirit gave us the questions we needed to ask, and as she was pondering the 3rd question we had asked, she looked really uncomfortable, like she was fighting to keep the answers inside, or trying to pretend she didnt know and she just exclaimed “where do you come from anyway?” right to me. I just laughed and waited till she opened up to us about the things she is struggling with. All she needed was someone to be a bit direct with her, and help her to understand that she knew what she needed to do to be happy. She needed someone to encourage her to repent. It was a great lesson. The Elders i was with loved it too.On Wednesday we had the chance to go to N and M’s home! We finally connected the dots and were able to see them. Their little daughter has been really sick and so has their son, so when we got to their home we taught them about Priesthood blessings from James ch.5 and administered to them. Like i have said before, what a great chance to represent the Savior. N and M were really grateful and the spirit was there. They kept reffering to the church as “our church” haha, love them.Thursday was sweet as well, kinda. we did created an imaginary key indicator called “Hours Aimlessly Walking” or HAW for short. Dobsonville was kinda just thrown onto us, we dont know any investigators or members and the area books are a bit out of date. Trying to find an address for a house in Soweto is like looking for a piece of glass in the ocean…walk around with your hands out like a fool till you step on it.Elder Bodily and I parked at the chapel, wrote down 4 names in our planners and prayed that God would help us find their homes or that he would lead them to us as we got lost. We walked completely lost for about 3 or 4 hours. Up and down these hills, people in the streets gave us conflicting directions and we got nowhere fast. But, after about 2 hours had passed, still found no house that we needed, but i got this weird feeling like i had been in this particular place before. I thought i recognized this house and i told elder bodily i felt like i knew this place. He then asked if my spidey senses were tingling. We laughed but then as we looked around we saw this guy waving us down from across the street. Turns out he was a previous investigator and asked us to come by to continue teaching him. What a miracle.Mission is still the greatest. I have my challenges as i am sure everyone does, but through prayer, being “real” with Heavenly Father, and asking for councel i have gotten it. The Book of Mormon has really helped to give me the direction i need as well. And how great are priesthood blessings! I read this in personal study two days ago.
10 Wherefore, brethren, seek not to acounsel the Lord, but to take counsel from his hand. For behold, ye yourselves know that he counseleth in bwisdom, and in justice, and in great mercy, over all his works.
11 Wherefore, beloved brethren, be areconciled unto him through the batonement of Christ, his cOnly Begotten Son, and ye may obtain a dresurrection, according to the epower of the resurrection which is in Christ, and be presented as the ffirst-fruits of Christ unto God, having faith, and obtained a good hope of glory in him before he manifesteth himself in the flesh.I felt like i should ask my companion for a blessing of comfort and counsel, and it was the start to what i needed. I am getting more and more comfortable asking for these blessings because i can actually feel and notice a strength that comes from them to resist temptation and to stay focused on what is most important in life.Love you family!Just a heads up BTW, next week i wont email early in the week, we are taking a few days to visit the North East again. This time we are hitting up Kruger National Park on Monday! Check that place out online! Its HUGE.Hope all is well,Elder Elliott