President and Sister Dunn

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Ready for Roodepoort

First up today- Elder Sousa, Elder Wolfgramm, Elder Laminie and Elder Mavuso
We enjoyed welcoming Elder Higgs, with Elder Balylock and Elder Samuel all the way from Rustenberg. 
*Elder Matanga is not with them because he had a minor surgery  to have a plate and screws removed from his wrist due to a broken arm last year while on mission.
This happy bunch were so enjoyable to discuss the Book of Mormon reading this far. They had so much to share.

President Dunn with Elder Wolfgramm, Elder Sousa and Elder Mavuso.

Our zone leaders, Elder Avarell and Elder Turauskis enjoy a snack. Thanks to them we had a great day with their zone coming right on schedule and well prepared to discuss.

Elder Blaylock and Elder Samuel sipping lemon water while eating watermelon:)
Next group: Elder Manoo, Elder Luweire, Elder Daniels and Elder Ebite. These 4 shared so many special impressions they have gleaned from the 100 day Book of Mormon read.

Elder Higgs' told us that his dad has completed a full Ironman event.

Elder Higgs also shared with us a very nice letter to us from his mom. We so appreciate the families support our missionaries have and their love to us. We send it right back to them. We are honored to have your sons serving here with us. We are blessed.
We caught Elder Manoo deep n thought:)
A great group was ere all at the same time.
Elder Daniels, Elder Turauskis, Elder Ebite, Elder Avarell, Elder Luweire and Elder Manoo.

The Book of Mormon challenge is strengthening our mission on every level. So fun to discuss during interviews this time.

Here are some of the notes from our discussions over this past week. I wish I could have captured more, but it gives an idea of things we have talked about:

Sharing passages from the Book of Mormon can be so engaging and inspiring, especially if Elders have prayed and been inspired to write down this impression.

Elder Wolfgramm shared an impression from Jacob 4:2-3 as he hopes to have a thankful heart and pass down these impressions to his own son one day. He also wants to “hearken to His words.”

Elder Wolfgramm and Elder Sousa and Sister Dunn all commented on 1 Nephi 15: 9-10 where Nephi asks Laman and Lemuel if they have inquired of the Lord. When they say- “we have not…for the Lord has made no such thing known unto us.” We talked about the need to do our part when inquiring of the Lord.

Elder Mavuso shared impressions from Alma 8: 20-21 and loved the idea of God lending us breath.
Ekder Higgs shared many scriptures he has found the term “Awake and arise” 2 Nephi 1:21-23 is one example.

Elder Samuel loved 1 Nephi 11: 16-17, with the impression that we do not need to know everything. It can come line upon line, precept upon precept.

Elder Blaylock loved 2 Nephi 9: 50-51

Elder Mavuso shared impressions from 1 Nephi 16: 9-10 about the Liahona and how it came exactly when needed and not before. We must keep pushing forward and know the Lord will provide, maybe not until the moment we need something.

Elder Sousa shared impressions from Alma 7: 23-24 as he discussed the Christ like characteristics of being humble, submissive and patient. He also is trying to develop these Christ like attributes, both spiritual and temporal ones.

Elder Phiri, 1 Nephi 1:1 The impression of the importance of being born to goodly parents starts off the reading of the Book of Mormon. He shared the idea of bloom where you are planted.

Elder Wardle shared impressions from the Allegory of the Olive tree from Jacob 5.

Elder Murwira loves the “wrestle” described in Enos 1:2 and shared his own impressions about this verse.

Elder Powell read from Jacob 2:21 and shared ideas about how life is precious.

Elder Rash brought up the ideas he gained from Jacob 2:33 and how he wants to treat his family and future children with love and respect. He also shared from 2 Nephi 28:16 and the concept of “speedily” and how he can apply it in his life.

Elder Malunga was passionate about Alma 20:26

Elder Nelson loved 2 Nephi 1:15 and shared the ideas of being encircles about eternally in the arms of His love. He repeated the impressions he has received af speaking plainly and writing plainly.

Elder Gwaka had impressions from Alma 19: 22-23 how the Lord protects us.

Elder Avarell sahred impressions form Jacob 5: 22-41, with a focus on verse 41 where the Master of the Vineyard wept, asking what more could I have done. He shared the desire to always ask that question of himself.

Elder Manoo shared insights on the concept of pure testimony. He also shared from 1 Nephi 4:31 where Nephi was large in stature, but his greatest gift was his testimony. 2 Nephi 33:6 was also discussed with impressions about glorying in plainness.

Elder Daniels shared impressions about what Nephi chose to write about on the large and small plates. The concept of writing on plates and having it meant for our day was discussed.

Elder Ebite loved Mosiah 4:19-20 and shared his insights powerfully about these verses.

Elder Turauskis shared from Jacob 6:10.

All of these references are just a sample of the rich conversation that has been enjoyed each day. I have been so grateful to hear the insights and impressions that have been shared. I have learned much listening and taking notes with our beloved Elders.

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