Hey everyone! :)This first week in Chegutu has gone really well. My companion Elder Mahlangu is an awesome guy and we really get along well! He was baptized in 2013, and has a sweet testimony. Although he is from South Africa, he is almost fluent in Shona. Before me and his last companion Elder Chimtengo, who is now training the new missionary Elder Whiting in the house, he had all Zimbabwean companions. He has picked up a lot of Shona in his 15 months as a missionary. He has 9 months left, and has been in Chegutu for 3 months. I learned that Ndebele, which is the language in Bulawayo, is basically the same as Zulu, which is the native language of my companion, so he is fluent in that too!
We have the office couple missionaries coming to our branch each Sunday, so it is nice to see them every week. They are Elder and Sister Peterson.
Some funny things I've failed to mention...
1. The lines on the roads here are opposite. The outside lines are yellow, and the inside lines are white.
2. So far I have introduced the doctrine of the PB and J to all of my companions. They all love it now! They had never had it before I showed them.
3. I also have introduced he Slug Bug game to all of them. We always have a good time playing it in the area.
4. At gas stations, people fill up your gas for you. Super nice!
5. African missionaries think it is weird that most of us Americans don't use lotion after we bathe. Just different cultural things I guess. I don't need lotion here with the humidity. Summer is coming soon here. There isn't really a spring season, it just gets super hot. It is hotter here in Chegutu compared to Harare, but it isn't the worst in the mission.
I love all of you so much! Enjoy the last few weeks of summer, and cheer on Team USA for me!
Musari mushe! (Stay well!)