Johannesburg Temple

Johannesburg Temple
Johannesburg Temple

Monday, April 20, 2015

Load Shedding!

Are you sure another week went by because I'm not quite sure.  I believe this to be one of the fastest weeks on my mission and guess what, it was one of the most productive weeks as well.  We had over 20 quality appointments with investigators and members.  It was a great week!

Well I have two things to talk on this week and they are load shedding and the Joburg Riots.  First, load shedding is where the South African power plant will shut off all power to different parts of a province at different times to save power and money.  Why do they do this, because people don't pay for power and steal it from telephone poles, street lights and you name it.  So instead of shutting off power to those who don't pay for electricity, they shut it off for everyone, regardless of where they live or their payment history.  It is quite annoying and is really making the South African people frustrated, us missionaries included.

The Joburg Riots are happening because some South African people are tired of foreigners such as Ethiopians, Zimbabweans, and many other Africans from all over Africa coming across the border and starting businesses. They usually don't take jobs from the South African people, but find their own ways to make money, such as opening a store or recycling trash.  In the grand scheme of things, a lot of South African people are getting lazy and are finding someone to blame, which happens to be the people who are foreign and willing to work for money and don't expect handouts.  The jobs here are for everyone, they just have to want to work and do a good job.

Other than that, life is sweet and my mission is quickly coming to the end.  Four months from today, my family will be picking me up here in South Africa and we will tour around this beautiful country.  Until then it is time to work even harder and find those who are ready for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to bless their lives.  If you are not ready, get ready!

Cheers, Elder Segil

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