Johannesburg Temple

Johannesburg Temple
Johannesburg Temple

Monday, January 27, 2014

Temple Trip!

Good Monday everybody!  It was a really great week here in Bedfordview.  We have lots of new, solid investigators.  The boundaries where we do our work are a little hard to stay inside of and some missionaires from Joburg have been working in our area.  This last week they referred us to six people that they found, so that was pretty sweet.  They are all very nice and educated people.   I am excited to see what happens with them.  Transfers are a week from tomorrow, so either Elder Dutson or I will be leaving.  We have both been here for four months, so we will see what happens!

We went to the Temple this last week, which is always awesome!  I always learn so many new things.  The Johannesburg Temple is my favorite out of all of the Temples.  


After we went to the Temple, we went to the distribution center and we got some sweet keyboards.  We have been playing them every night before bed and I am getting better and better everyday.  I still have a ways to go until I am as good as Elder Dutson, but someday I will be!

I love the different kinds of people we meet here in South Africa.  We met a guy last week that has a pet anaconda, pet crocodile and parriot.  He treats them as we do cats and dogs.  Next time we go I am going to put the anaconda on my shoulders and I will be sure to take a picture! 

Well this week was great and went by super fast.  The work is moving forward and I don't know if I ever want to come home.

Hope you all have a great week!

Elder Segil  

Monday, January 20, 2014

Vier Maande!!!

Good Monday everybody.  It was another quick week here in Bedfordview.  Elder Dutson and I have been studying a lot of Afrikaans.  It is a really interesting language that derives from the Dutch.  A lot of words come from English as well, but they have a different way of saying them.  The hardest part about this language is the pronunciation, as it is with most languages, but this one is different.

We are on bikes still and the weather is still pretty hot.  Nothing too exciting except Taxi cars brushing your side as they go past you.  Riding bikes gets pretty intense down here.  There are also a lot of what are called learner drivers, so yeah crazy stuff.

So last week I hit my four month mark as you can read from the title, if you speak Afrikaans that is.  It is really amazing how fast time goes by when you're having a good time. 

We have been working with our new Bishop and work is really starting to move forward.  We met a new family this week and they seem to be really cool and excited to hear about the gospel.  It is really amazing how the Lord prepares different people throughout their lives.

Sien julle almal volgende week!

Cheers, Elder Segil

Monday, January 13, 2014

Hows it!

Hows it!  Another great week here in Bedfordview.  This week went by so fast that I am having a hard time remembering what happened.  Good thing I have my planner!  Elder Dutson and I started off the week with family home evening at the Baird's home.  They ordered pizza and we taught the whole family about how important it is to follow the Prophet because he knows the way!  It is really hard to eat healthy on a mission because members like to have you over for a meal and they usually have dessert with it.  But hey, I'm not complaining, they have the best dessert I have ever had here in South Africa, besides the dessert my Mother and Grandmother make of course.

We had a series of lessons with investigators and members throughout the rest of the week and we are getting super fit on the bikes.  Boy are there some steep hills here.  It's all worth it on the way down, except when the brakes go out.  That has happened a few times.

Some random things that have happened this week.  On our way back from an appointment there was a dead body laying in front of a gas station that police we just getting to.  I thought I would never get used to that, but sadly I have.  Next, I don't know what's going on here and I have never seen this before, but as Elder Dutson and I tract we see a lot of dogs.  On this one street we saw a dog with bloody ears and thought, oh this dog has been abused.  Then the next dog had the same thing, but there were flies around the wound.  As we saw more and more dogs, we came to see that the flies were eating the dogs ears.  Probably one of the grossest things I have ever seen.  I would hit the dogs ears and the flies would just go right back!  Poor doggies!

We went to a member's home and they were watching the weather channel and we watched a little bit of it.  It was so weird to see the weather forecast for Cairo, Egypt and then for Baghdad and all the way down to South Africa.  It was like wow, I really am in Africa.  Another thing they have here that I have never seen before in an electric lawnmower.  Pretty cool stuff.  They also call a Doctor's appointment a Surgery and a surgery in America is called a Operation.

Well enough about that.   The work is really moving forward here and people are starting to soften their hearts to the gospel.  This is really the greatest job on earth.  Nothing brings me more happiness then to see these people accept the gospel and change their lives for the better.  I know that this gospel brings true happiness to those who are ready to receive it.  I hope you all have a great week!

Elder Segil.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy New Year and already six days in!?

Wow is it really 2014 already?  Before you know it, it will be 2015!

This is one of the Soccer balls they brought in for the World Cup a few years ago!

We had a New Years Day Braai with the zone and played some sports.  It was a lot of fun and had some good meat.  I can't say it is as good as meat from Montana, but it is still pretty good!

I didn't take any pictures this week because nothing really happened.  We had to stay in doors for most of New Years Eve and day do to safety reasons.  We went to a few member's homes and had the traditional chicken with white rice.  I have never had so much rice or chicken in my life.

We are on the bikes and I am getting super fit.  There are a lot of steep hills here, so it is a very good workout and of course the hottest days come when we have bikes.

The work was pretty slow in the month of December because everyone leaves and goes down to Capetown!  It is slowly picking back up, so that is good!

Oh I also got a haircut!  Thank you Elder Dutson!

Well have a great week everybody!

Cheers, Elder Segil