President and Sister Dunn

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Zone conference day 2

Day 2 of zone conference started in the Roodepoort Chapel with the Roodepoort, Soweto and Vaal Zones. It was a great day. It looks like no one was in attendance- haha- but they were all seated down the left side.
We rolled out the new monogrammed birthday water bottles to all our January, February and March birthdays!

What a great attentive, participating audience. 

Roodepoort Zone
Back Row: Elder and Sister Wells, Elders Musiiwa, Tima, Bakes, Reynolds, Kufoalor, Masiya, Mpiyakhe
Front Row: Elders Furgeson. Campbell, President and Sister Dunn, Lino, Phiri, Elder and Sister Larsen (in matching Springbok aprons) and Elder Taylor!

Soweto Zone
Back Row: Elders Wardle, Banda, Broadhead, Gramu, Graham, Lambert, Morrill, Lea'aetoa, Nelson
Middle Row: Elder and Sister Black, Sister and President Dunn, Sister and Elder Card,
Front Row: Elders Samuel, Gwaka, Kagimba, Ratsimbazafy, Watenga and DelaCruz

Vaal Zone
Back Row: Elders Tekurio, Asay, Daki, Kilgore, Manoo, Shava, Jorgenson, Phiri, Bonifaz
Middle Row: Elder and Sister Jeffries, Sister and President Dunn, Sister and Elder Charchenko
Front Row: Elders Zitumane,  Kuyangepi, Hlophe, Dean, Mugenyi, ?, Opolot

Camera men!

Elder Dube, Elder Di Ruscio, Elder Taylor and Elder Mugenyi

Elder and Sister Card! brought their enthusiasm.
We love them.

Elder Asay, our zone leader that also conducted so well today!

Elder Pickup and Elder Clegg preparing to start their session on the "Online Goldmine"
Good session participants: Elder Broadhead, Elder Graham, Elder DelaCruz and Elder Kagimba

Elder Samuel with Elder Nelson

The mission office gets busy after the conference

Elder Clegg and Elder Morrill with Elder Wardle in the foreground

Elder Daki and Elder Kilgore

Candid camera!

Elder Larsen is always helping someone with a broken bike or a car in need of attention!

Elder Lambert and Elder Broadhead are finishing up training in Nelspruit.

Elder Opolot and Elder Kagimba

Our great senior couples serving in Nelspruit traveled down for the conference and stayed with us in the mission home.
The Cards and the Blacks!

Elder Les'aetoa with Elder Campbell and Elder Furgeson

Elder Kilgore getting mail and mission supplies

Elder Bakes at his first zone conference

Elder Dean with Elder Hlophe

The store room is a great place to stock up ont hemission supplies. Sister Larsen makes it easy to be helped and served. Elder Shava and Elder Hlophe are being served.

Elder and Sister Larsen offering assistance as always:
Elder Opolot, Elder Manoo, Elder Nelson and Elder  Wilombe

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Conference time comes again

Our first zone conference of 2016 launched at Bedfordview Stake Center with 4 zones in attendance. We met at 8 am and went until 3:30 pm.
Pre-conference study

Opening and Welcome
Zone Leader Conducts
Keynote Presentation
President Dunn
Sister Dunn
Workshop 1
Workshop 2
Sister Dunn-rotate
zone pictures
Office Couples/AP
Lunch and clean-up

Workshop 3
President Dunn
Evaluations turned in
Final Wrap-Up Session
Final testomonies
President Dunn/all

President Dunn offered fabulous sessions on the following topics:
Finishing Strong
Wake Up Call
Susan Fulcher Case Study reviewed
We broke into zones and had did role plays and sessions on the topics, such as how to more effectively share from our personal experience and also how to access the referrals that come online.
Elder Pickup getting ready for their session on the "Online Goldmine" about finding and following up with referrals.
Bedfordview Zone
Back row: Elders Lefthand, West, Stevenson

Middle row: Elders Khwela, Martinho, Todd, Wegrowski, Souza, Randrianavalon,  Matanga and Rakotoarison
Front Row: Elder Hentunen (ZL) Elder Kwaibaisi (ZL) President and Sister Dunn, Elder Dzowa, Elder Nglazi, Elder Mapenda

Benoni Zone
Back row: Elders Eki, Avarell, Bergman (ZL) Reid, Schnepf, Nielsen, Waikara, Nonumwar
Middle Row: Elders Manuma, Nicotra (ZL) Luweire, Chingomanje, Mbiriwir, Shamanga, Derera, Eti, Sibanda, Valikoula, Adjin
Front row: Elders Chirma, Natwijuka, Sister and President Dunn, Adams, Hlophe and Willombe

Centurion Zone
Back row: Elders Malunga, Benson, Carr, Widdison (ZL), Swindlehurst (ZL) Flack
Middle row: Turauskis, Chakanyuka, Highes, Laminie, ?, Marateafau, Irakiza
Front row:
Elders Wride, A'home'e, Kei, President and Sister Dunn

Johannesburg Zone
Back Row: Elders Rouse, Warnock, Downs, Mwale, Cowan, Pickup, Clegg, McCartney, Mkwizu
Front Row: Elders Masiya, Quigley, President and Sister Dunn, Ndwandwe, Mamhere and Sibanda

We can be crazy on command!

The "green zone" room was launched at this zone conference. This is a store for those missionaries that received a "green card" for keeping their flats and cars clean. If so, they get to come into the "green zone" and pick 1 item. This time we had ties, thrift store clothing, grab bags with goodies and scripture coloring books and crayons for their investigator families. It is always a hit to offer some incentives for impressive behavior. Keep it up!
After the conference: Elder Lamini, Elder Carr, Elder Benson,
Elder A'home'e
Elder Lefthand and Elder Todd giving Elder Wegrowski a lift!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

An Easter rebirth

                          Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016
Masih and Nazia Ashfaq were baptized in the Johannesburg 1 ward. What a special event to occur on Easter Sunday.

"Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in the newness of life." Romans 6:4
We were so lucky to be part of this special occasion. President Dunn first met the Ashfaq's over the phone, when their details came across on referral information from the church.
President Dunn had a chance to talk to them and heard first hand about their interest about learning more about the church. Their brother is a member and they had just moved to Johannesburg and wanted to  have the missionaries come and visit. Elder Masoka and now Elder Clegg, joined with Elder Pickup to teach and then baptize them.

Bishop Makasi baptized Nazia and Elder Pickup baptized Masih (his name actually means Messiah in translation)

Elder Clegg and Elder Pickup both were asked to speak at the baptism. They did a wonderful job relating the Book of Mormon and the Saviour Jesus Christ to the principles of baptism. It as so powerful and attended by many ward members.

The room was full.

The spirit was evident.

The testimonies shared by this sweet couple were a perfect way to honor the Savior on this Easter Day.

The church got 2 valiant new members today. They have this beautiful 3 year old little girl and a brand new baby, only 2 weeks old.'