hope the summer has gotten off to a wonderful start! Its sounds like
things are going very well for all of you, and I hope that continues to
be the case.
Things are good but very very crazy here at
the moment. Currently, there is a very real economic and currency crisis
happening throughout Zimbabwe, and it really started to affect
missionaries this week. We have bank cards that we use to receive our
allotment, which we then use to get money out of an ATM. Most of the
things we buy can only be bought with cash. This week we were only able
to get a small part of that allotment, but at least it was better than
none. Some missionaries didn't even get any. The country is running out
of cash very quickly, the ATMs have huge lines, and most of the time
they don't even have money to get. It has been very frustrating for me
and all the other missionaries, but we are doing our best to make it
work. One thing I do know is that the Lord is watching over us, so we
have no reason to worry. I'm sure that if things do get bad enough, the
church will take good care of us. I do feel bad for the people here
though, cause things are about to get really tough for them.
have been going well as far as missionary work goes for me and Elder
Smiley. We even ran into Milikafu this past week when we were in the
area. It was really great to see him. We are having a baptism this
coming Saturday for Chengetai, Kelvin, Samantha, and Malvern. I hope and
pray all goes well with the preparations this week. Chengetai is a
young girl that actually lived next to Milikafu and I when we lived in
the Poop house (yeah that's what I call it now), and I'm really glad
that she has been progressing. It's crazy how seeds can be planted for
missionaries. I'm excited for all four of them to be baptized!
Saturday, I had the honor of performing another baptism for Chidaz and
Sakala in Glenview. Her name was Kerina, and I actually helped teach her
while I was there during my threesome week. I got to put on white
again, and I will next week as well! I'm loving it! :) It's pretty cool
to be so involved in three wards, but it is tough at the same time. I
know I'm doing good things and helping these people though.
The mission was actually using bikes right up until I came, but they
don't use them anymore. I can understand why with the crappy roads and
traffic. They also used to have some technology in the mission, but
other missionaries misused it and now we have lost the trust of the
mission president. Kind of a bummer.
2. They call Ketchup tomato sauce.
I heard that the mother of my MTC companion, Elder Silotile, was
baptized a while ago down in SA by Elder Clark, one of our fellow MTC
friends. It's pretty cool how that worked out!
Mkhabela likes to joke around and say Zimbazwe instead of Zimbabwe. It
kind of irritates the native guys, but I think it's hilarious! I've even
started to say it myself. haha :)
5. Sometimes I wonder
why we can't have beards as missionaries. All the paintings of Christ
show him having a beard, so why can't we have one? ;) They also don't
have any real haircut places, but the good news is that a haircut is
only like $5!
6. We use a lot of pamphlets to help us
teach, and sometimes the ones we receive are for a different country.
Our Plan of Salvation pamphlets that we have at the moment are meant for
India. It makes me laugh, and really confuses some of our
7. Members do a lot of their own gardening,
and they even have gardens around the church. I also saw monkeys at
church again this week,.
8. The way Zimbabweans sometimes
shake hands is really weird, but I've gotten used to it. Every handshake
is different, so you have to be prepared for any of them when you shake
9. Zimbabweans are very quiet when they
pray, so when our investigators pray I sometimes say amen too soon,
because I can't really hear what they are saying. If I hear something
that sounds like amen, I follow suit. I've done it a few times now, and I
feel so stupid! haha :)
The Shona word this week is
Usadaro! It means don't do that! So you can say, Iwe! Usadaro! Which
means, Hey you! Don't do that! It is funny to yell at the kids sometimes
I love you all so much. Please never forget that. One thing
that I learned this week is that the gospel isn't difficult, but it is
hard. Rely on the Lord to help you live it.
Please stay safe and enjoy the Wyoming summer for me. If you aren't in Wyoming, enjoy it wherever you may be! Hauite Hauite! :)