I am very sorry about there being no blog letter this last week. My companion has been having some issues with his eyes and we had to go to the doctor during our email time.
These last couple of weeks have been very interesting. It has been a real challenge for us to find serious investigators. We've done a lot of teaching people on the streets and then follow up on them where they live later.
Most of the people that we've contacted are only mildly interested and drop the follow up appointments that we try to set up. So it can be very frustrating at times. We are teaching some really nice people. Its just that they need to take our message a bit more seriously.
P-days have been fun as a district. A couple of Mondays ago we went to Fish Heok and Simon's Town to see the penguins who live in the rocks by the shores of the bay. It was heavily packed with tourists from around the world. We then drove up the peninsula and went towards Hout bay and on to sea point in Cape Town.
We then went to one of the only Subways in the whole of Africa. It was very expensive and definitely not worth the price. The following Monday, we went to a natural history museum in downtown Cape Town. It was fairly decent. It featured a pretty cool African dinosaur exhibit and there was a huge scale model of a blue whale's jaw.
We've had some stormy weather this last week. Our flat is right next to the sea so when the wind blows and the weather gets rough, we can really smell the ocean.
We've been working with the leadership in the ward in finding less actives and trying to invite them back into church. There is also a number of part member families in our area that we're trying to visit and teach.
The ward has a lot of challenges, but the members are really starting to step up and change things. Mission life is hard at times, especially when success is rare and there are days when I wake up in the morning and have to remind myself why I am out here. Growing up and learning to refine ourselves through tough times is all part of our Heavenly Father's plan.
Life really is a long endurance race. Sometimes, we have steep hills to climb and other times we have long stretches of flat ground. There are times when we get very tired and want to stop running. It is during these moments that we must show our best qualities and keep pushing forward even though it is painful. Yes it is a strenuous race, but the price at the finish line is absolutely worth it.
I am so grateful for this gospel in my life and the strength that it gives me, even when my legs get tired.
Elder Sean Patrick Herrick