With this scripture theme, we participated in two branch conferences in the Ikakeng area today, Sunday August 24, 2015.. With President Kwai Kwai overseeing Potchefstroom and President Robbins in Klerksdorp, these branches are in such good hands.
We drove out of town and arrived around 8 am for the first one in Klerksdorp with President Robbins. It was a wonderful conference and President Robbins and President Dunn both gave motivating talks. We were so impressed with the room full of Saints that gathered together. Elder Bergman and Elder McCartney were there to greet us as the full time missionaries. I am sorry that I did not get pictures. We hurried from one conference to the other and there wasn't time. They also hosted a social after church, but we had to miss it.
Following the Klerksdorp conference we traveled 20 minutes to Potchefstroom and headed to the Ikakeng Primary School where this branch meets. It was not only the branch conference today, but also Elder and Sister Pier's last Sunday there. Elder Pier has served as the branch president and then a counselor for the past 18 months. Following a most wonderful conference with President Dunn and President Kwai Kwai speaking, the branch hosted a wonderful lunch to honor the Pier's and to make the branch conference extra special. Below are some pictures to capture the event!
|The primary school has been a good place to meet. It looked today like they were making it more secure and safe with new razor wire staged for placement. We loved seeing the garden planted in the tires.|
|Our great full time missionaries, Elder Wild form England and Elder Hentunen from Finland.|
|President and Sister Kwai Kwai with little junior.|
|The Pier's have made their mark. They are so loved and have done an absolutely phenomenal job in this branch. This is their 5th mission, so they know what they are doing!:)|
|They were the honored guests at the head of the table.|
|The Pier's pose with us and Andreis Louw. There are so may great members in this branch. Brother Louw has served in the branch presidency and other valuable leadership positions.|
|The primary children sang during the sacrament meeting and above are the young women gathered. What a darling bunch.|
|After sacrament meeting the children patiently waited while the food was brought in and the tables prepared. It was so impressive how reverent they were and clearly a tight knit community.|
|The Relief Society made a lot of effort to prepare a wonderful lunch. The children waited patiently while all the adults were served.|
|The decorated the tables like a wedding, with chair covers and lacey tablecloths and fine china. They went to great effort to make it very special. We were so honored to be part of this special occasion.|
Two days later, we dropped the Pier's off at the airport. What a great couple. We are sad to see them go!