Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Goodbye Namibia---Hello Mafikeng (South Africa)

Warthog Skull

A HUGE Kudu skull



A beautiful Oryx



A really cook rock formation

August 21, 2017

Hello Fam Bam,
I don't have too much time to e-mail everyone. We went to a game park and were there like all day. It was WAY sweet!!! There were no predators in the park so we went on a 9k hike. We went on so many different game trails though so it was probably close to 15k. I got a lot of sick photos so I will send as many as possible. We saw Springbok, Wildebeest, Kudu, Orix, Warthogs, Baboons, and a few other unidentified animals. It was so cool. We were legit walking through African bush! We got some baboons to call back to us....we would bark and they would bark back!   I only have 2 more weeks in Namibia. I have truly fallen love with this country, it is so sweet. The people, the food, the culture, the country as a whole is wonderful. Maggy is going to be baptized on Saturday. I am soooo excited for her!  I probably have to go now. I hope you enjoy the eclipse and let me know how it goes!!
Elder Voyles

August 28, 2017

Dear Family,
I had a good week, we had a baptism on Saturday. I like that quote you sent, it's like another one I know. "Get comfortable being uncomfortable." It is something I am learning. If there is no opposition, if everything is completely calm, you are probably doing something wrong. It is now my last week in Nam. I am sad. This country as a whole has changed so much in the past months. I feel like Ammon in Alma 26:12.  I will never forget it as long as I live.  The Gospel is true (Die Kerk es waar). Have a great week. Love you!
Your Son

September 4, 2017

Hey Fam!
I touched down in Joburg (Johannesburg) about 5 hours ago. I am going up to Mafikeng tomorrow. I don't have a lot of  time. I will fill you in on the details next week. I will send pics next week. Sorry, duty calls!
Your Son/Brother

Monday, August 7, 2017

A Month's Worth of Highlights

July 21 - August 7, 2017
Goat Head--we call him Smiley

A former investigator got baptized

Showing some kids some gospel art pics in front of my flat

My thumb is healing nicely

YSA Activity

This little girl....so cute

Joe's Beer House---Kudu, Oryx, Springbok & Zebra

Capanas---a meat market we went to

On our way to the Namibia National Museum

A great view of Windhoek

Inside the museum

Editor's Note: I have been terrible about getting Jackson's letters out to everyone.  Here are some highlights from the last month.

  • Transfer news came in and I will stay in Namibia another 6 weeks. Which I am happy about. 
  • Nanale (Pres. daughter) was baptized. 
  • We found a new family which I am excited for.
  • Two of our investigators were kicked out of their renting place partly because of them meeting with us. The Relief Society are in the process of helping them with housing as we speak so don't worry too much. 
  • Yesterday I had milo cereal for breakfast (Cocoa Puffs)
  • We had a missionary activity this week where the YSAs were to invite friends to a dinner where we would share a spiritual thought and play get-to-know you games. It went way well! We have a few new investigators from it. 
  • Our Mission President's counselor, President Swartbooi, always feeds us after church. His wife made lasagna. 
  • Mission is great! 
  • We ate at this SWEEET place called Joe's Beer House where I got to eat Kudu, Zebra, Oryx, and Springbok. They all tasted sooo nice!!
  • Sundays are slow. We have church from 1-4. I used to teach Gospel Principles quite often, but then the branch missionaries stepped up which is good. 
  •  I have only gone on splits once on my mission so far. Generally I conduct exchanges once a transfer though. 
  • I ate goat brain and an eyeball this week. On a real note it wasn't bad. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Last Few Weeks

June 26 - July 10, 2017  

Look familiar?

Birds of a feather....

She came in during a lesson and just sat down with her magazine

President's wife baptism

Baptism of Joseph from Windhoek

Editor's Note:  I took this off my weather app.  They have even more extreme temperature swings than Las Vegas!!  

Shout out to Maddie in Ecuador.

Sharifa's baptism

Our tribute for the  4th of July!!  

Lion King -- Circle of Life


Dear Mom, Dad and Coop,

The Branch President's wife was baptized! His daughter will be soon with her two sons so cross your fingers! And with president's wife, she had not been interested for years. Area 70s would come over and talk to her but she was just not interested. Until April 2nd then her and her daughter (who we will put on date this week) went to General Conference at the chapel. She was then interested, and started reading the Book of Mormon. Said she wanted to be baptized, so we taught her all the lessons and the rest is history.   I am really truly happy . I am so happy I came on mission.  Also,  I will be in Namibia until  mid September and it is a good possibility I go to Botswana next.  

I got a little cut on my thumb this week. I was doing a Bruce Lee move on a piece of wood. I totally broke the wood though.  I had a good week. I went on exchanges with Elder Reber (my Zone Leader) to Katutura this week as well. It was a good refresher. I also got to speak to my buddy Elder Hafen. Sharifa was baptized. We also have Zone Conference. President will be coming up. I'll let you know how it goes!

Your Son/Bro

I googled Katutura and this little blurb popped up "Katutura (Otjiherero for The place where people do not want to live) is a township of Windhoek, Khomas Region, Namibia. Katutura was created in 1961 following the forced removal of Windhoek's black population from the Old Location, which afterwards was developed into the suburb Hochland Park." I also attached a picture.