First and foremost, thank you for all the lovely letters and videos. I received quite a lot of them. I'm planning on sending some videos sometime in the near future. I turned 20 this last Friday. It was a nice birthday. My old companion Elder Dangerfield came over to our flat and brought me cake and we then we ordered some pizza.
Well it has honestly been a crazy last few weeks. Elder Gurney has been having some issues with his eyes and the doctors really weren't sure what the issue was.
So we received a phone call on Tuesday morning that my comp was flying back home to Utah for treatment for a few weeks and if all goes well he can return to this area before the end of the month. So Tuesday morning was super hectic. Elder Gurney was shell shocked! We had only a five hour notice before his flight was leaving that day to the states. It all happened so fast. So I spent the next couple of days with the assistants to the president until my new companion Elder Rasmussen, arrived from Paarl. So a lot of changes in a very short amount of time.
P-days have been fun. We had a huge paint balling activity as a zone near Stellenbosch a couple of weeks ago. It was so much fun with everyone running around and shooting each other.
As far as the work in our area is concerned things we have been trying very hard to get the members involved in the work. We have been teaching a part-member family for the past couple of weeks. The husband is a member. The family is from the Congo so they speak French as their first language. We are teaching the wife and their grandson. The lessons have been going well and they are attending church as a family. So a few baptisms might be around the corner soon.
We received some very important training on member missionary work this last week. Our whole mission is implementing a six step pan to boost members confidence ans to help them along the way. I have faith that this will help our area and the church to grow here.
The weather has been pretty fair. We've had quite a few warm days where the sun was shining. Sometimes, we wake up some mornings and the mist from the sea is so thick that it shrouds the road.
Overall, it has been a good week. The work is slowly but surely progressing in this area. I think things are looking up. We just have to be patient.
Elder Sean Patrick Herrick