Johannesburg Temple

Johannesburg Temple
Johannesburg Temple

Monday, December 16, 2013

Three Months!!!

Greetings all to another great Monday.  It is crazy how fast this last week went.  I was just noticing that my blog from last week is missing half the stuff I originally put on it, so I will start with that.

So Mandela's death has been interesting and it has been pretty cool to be apart of history.  His house is in my area, so it was really cool to be able to go there, as you can see in the pictures from last week.  There were thousands of people there, even four days after his death.  It's really sad that his time has come, but being here and seeing how people have reacted to it is really amazing.  He was in jail for 27 years and to be a great person as he was after that is amazing.

 Nelson Mandela wanted the blacks and the whites to get along and have equality and that is just what he accomplished.  We as missionaries were warned the day of his death to be careful of riots and anything that could potentially go wrong.  Going to his house and seeing people united in all colors was amazing. I know he would be proud!

Now all I hear about is how Obama had this amazing speech that he apparently prepared himself.  It is really interesting to hear the different views of Obama.  White people say he is amazing and it is so great that America has come this far to elect a black President.  On another occasion while serving in a township, I met a black guy and he asked me where you from?  I said, "America."  The guy said, "Obama, yeah he's a good guy, but a horrible President."    I thought that was pretty funny.

I can't believe tomorrow marks the 3rd month that I left America.  It is amazing how fast time goes by and it will only continue to go by faster.  So last week another attempt was made on my card at the ATM.  Here's the story.  Elder Dutson and I go to the ATM and wait in line.  The guy using the ATM leaves acting like he was on his phone and insists that we go.  I go up to the machine and notice that it is not right, so I exit out of everything on the screen.  Then a big black guy comes on my right and says no here you have to do this.  I said, "No thanks man, I think I can handle this on my own."  He persisted and then another big guy comes on my left and tries to tell me how to work the ATM.  There I am trying to use the ATM with these two guys on both sides telling me how to work it.  What I didn't know was the guy who was using it earlier rigged the machine, so that when you put your card in it rejects it and spits it back out.  I put my card in and looked away and didn't see it come back out.  After about 5 seconds, I was like alright guys where is my card?  The guy on my right says you just have enter in your pin.  Then I got a strong feeling to grab the guys arm and that he had the card.  I grabbed his arm and ripped the card out of his hand.  Thank you big forearms.  The guys ran away after that and we chased after them and told a security guy.  He said we need to go upstairs and tell the guys up there.  Yeah OK thanks for the help man.  Well at least I still have my card.  Team Missionaries 1 and Team Bad Guys 1.  It's all tied up folks.

We met lots or great people this week including a family who says they are going to investigate the church as a whole, so the whole family has the same views.  This was really exciting and we had a great first lesson with them and they came to church.  Can't wait to see them on Wednesday.  Other then that we will be Baptizing a young boy on Sunday and then a man named Edward that we met about two months ago on the 29th of this month.  Pretty exciting stuff.

I would just like to leave you with my testimony, that I know without a doubt and as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow that God lives.  He has a plan for all of us and we can know that plan by reading the Book of Mormon.  He has great blessings in store for all of His children and this I testify in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Elder Segil

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