Monday, February 23, 2015


                                                                                                                             Feb.23rd, 2015
Hey Everyone,

Last Monday drove to Knysna to check things out there. It is a incredibly scenic place. There is a huge cove there where the Indian Ocean meets the coast. So we went down to see it for ourselves and take some pictures. It was incredible! Driving down the N2 along the coast is always rewarding because we get to see such breathtaking nature. I can see why they call it the Garden Route.

The work here has been slow. On Tuesday night the zone leaders came down for exchanges with us. They are both pretty chill guys. We spent the whole day finding. We talked to a few cool people so I hope that we can start teaching someone. It rains a lot here so all the plants and trees are very green. The mountains are constantly shrouded in clouds.

The weather has been cooler lately it got down to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. So everyone was complaining on how cold it was. The branch here is small but it has some really cool members. Elder Moliki and I ate a ton of fast food last week because we were to lazy to cook. We have been to Nandos so much that the employees there recognize us.

The senior couple assigned here. The Kjars have been really good to us. They feed us every Sunday night and sometimes during the week. They are super chilled and funny to talk to. It can be discouraging when we spend most of the day finding people and they aren't interested and push us away. But I know that if we push forward and continue to do our very best. Miracles will happen.


Elder Sean Herrick                         Pictures of the Indian Ocean at Knysna

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Sea cave that we came across.
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Sunday, February 22, 2015


                                                                                                                      Feb. 16th 2015
Hey Everyone,
So Its been a busy week here in George South Africa. The work has been rather tough though. We are currently not teaching anyone at the moment. The branch here is kind of small and its members are struggling. The branch president is this cool guy from Zimbabwe. 

So I'm starting to get more familiar with my new area. I don't think that I have ever made so many u-turns in my entire life. I found out that we cover the largest area in the mission and its just the two of us. Its been really tough. We don't have any people that we are teaching so that means we have to spend our days tracting. People here are very prosperous in some places so finding someone is going to be an uphill battle.

The weather down here has cooled down considerably. It rains often here so George is very green. On the bright side, we have been eating out a lot lately so I have gotten to sample a lot of South Africa's food.

These next few weeks are going to be tough but I have full faith that the work here in George will move forward.


Elder Sean Herrick

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Indian Ocean, George South Africa

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Beach near George, South Africa.    (disregard date)

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George, South Africa      (disregard date)
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Elder Sean Herrick, George, South Africa, Indian Ocean in Background

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Elder Moliki and Elder Herrick

Monday, February 9, 2015


Hey Everyone,                                                                                             Feb. 9th 2015
So I spent last Monday and Tuesday saying goodbye to everyone in Paarl.
It was very sad to say goodbye to some really awesome people that I had only known a very short amount of time. I hope that someday that I may return there to check on all the people that I had learned to love and respect.

So last Wednesday, I boarded a plane in Cape Town and left for George. The flight lasted for about an hour. I was picked up at the George airport by the Senior couple serving in George. There names are the Kjars and they are a lovely couple from Layton Utah. After that we picked up my new companion at the bus station. His name is Elder Moliki and he is from Johannesburg. He is a pretty chilled guy.
This next assignment is going to be difficult. The previous missionaries weren't teaching anyone. The branch here has going through some real challenges. So we have a lot of work to do here to turn things around.
There are some real perks to serving in George however, We have like the largest flat in the mission. (It was built for six missionaries) The area that we cover is HUGE! So we get unlimited kilometres for our car. Finally, George is possibly one of the most breath taking, gorgeous, places on planet Earth. We are right next to the shores of the Indian Ocean. So everyday I get to look at the sea. Our area includes George, Mosselbay, Wilderness, and everything in between.
Our area is a popular holiday resort for many people and I can understand why. There are vast beaches, hidden coves, sea caves, and we are surrounded by tall mountains. I couldn't ask for a more scenic place to be.
The townships here are fun. The roads are not developed and since the townships are built steep hills. The roads often take steep drops down. The townships here are a lot less developed then those back in Paarl. Cows are often wandering in the middle of the street and there are no names for any of the streets so finding people is rather difficult.
But, I have a lot of faith in this area. I have faith that the branch here will grow and that we can make a real difference for the people here.
Elder Sean Herrick

Saturday, February 7, 2015


Hey,                                                                                                                       Feb. 2, 2015
So I found out that my next assignment is going to be in George. I keep hearing how much of a beautiful place George is. But it is very isolated from the rest of the mission. It is a two-man district. Which means that it will only be me and another guy there. I feeling that my next assignment might be a little tricky. But, I know that I can handle it. I leave for George by plane this Wednesday. 

Last Friday was my three month mark. So Elder Dangerfield and I celebrated by buying a ton of ice cream. It is so strange for me to think how fast the last three months have flown by. It is kind of sad that I am leaving Paarl. Adjusting to living here was very difficult for me in the beginning. But, as time has moved forward. I have really grown to love this place. 

Last Sunday we had three baptisms and they were awesome! First we had Tania. She was so excited! After that, Chris and Naomi were baptized. A huge chunk of the ward turned up to watch the baptism. It was such a happy experience! 

So Elder Dangerfield and I are going to spend the next couple of days saying goodbye to everyone in Paarl. it is also kind of sad saying goodbye to all the members of the Paarl ward. There is a very real chance that I will never see them again. Transfer week is always super stressful. I am very proud of all the work that we have done in Paarl though. Four baptisms in like one month is no easy feat.

I hope that in some point in the future I can visit Paarl again. It has a very special place in my heart. My new companion for this next transfer is Elder Mollki. I don't know very much about him. But I hope that all goes well for us as we try to turn things around in George.

I am eagerly waiting my next assignment and hope that I will be up to what ever challenge that I might face.


Elder Sean Patrick Herrick

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Elder Herrick, Tania , Elder Dangerfield
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  Elder Herrick  Chris, Naomi, Elder Dangerfield

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Sunday, February 1, 2015


Hey everyone,                                                                                                Jan.26th 2015
So we had zone conference last Friday and I had an interview with President Merrill. He such a awesome guy! The only downside is that he told me that there is a big chance that my entire district may be whitewashed. Transfers are next wednesday which means that I may leave Paarl very soon. That would be kind of sad because there are some really awesome people here. 

There is a very real chance that we will have three baptisms this Sunday. The first two are this couple from Ghana. Their names are Chris and Naomi. They are incredibly warm and open people and take the things that we teach very seriously. The immigrated to SA from Ghana two years ago. They run a sort of hair salon in a township. 

The other person being baptized is this young lady named Tania. She lives in a very scary part of our area that the locals call Chicago. She has been taught by the missionaries for a long time. But she has finally been able to make the commitment to get baptized. Which is amazing because we are completing the work for the other missionaries that came before us. 

Last P-day we went into Cape Town and played some soccer with the other Elders. Soccer is a hugely popular sport outside the United Sates. And I am not very good at it. So, in order to avoid further embarrassment. I am diligently working to improve my soccer skills. 

I am sorry that this letter is sort of short. Nothing incredibly exciting has happened this last week. So I hope that I can write about more interesting stuff next week.


Elder Sean Herrick