Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Just Another Day in Paradise

September 26, 2016

 Charles (an investigator) giving us some African plums from his tree

Me being a goofball with a big spoon at our ward heritage day

Me learning how to Zulu dance at our ward heritage day

Zone Conference

Hello Everyone!! 
Not much time. Not a lot happened this week. I heard my visa got accepted to Namibia so I might go this transfer but who knows. I am super excited! 
In response to your question, Mom, about my driver's license, my license confuses the cops so they don't say anything, haha. I have only been pulled over twice.(no tickets)
I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Your Missionary 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Last Two Weeks

September 19, 2016

Hello Everyone,

I don't have too much time this week. This week was interesting to say the least. All in all, we were locked out of our flat one night, our phone was stolen, we got our car back from the shop and it broke down again that same day. We then got a different car but my companion misplaced his license in a taxi. So demolition derby champ Elder Voyles is back on the road. We had a slow week because of the difficulties so I will write more next week. Stay safe and stay strong!
Elder Voyles

September 12, 2016

           First off we had a great week this week. In weeks past the teaching pool was massive and we had a lot of people who weren't serious so we had many lessons fall through leaving us dead in the water. So what we did was just narrow the teaching pool and try to focus on people who are willing to apply the gospel in their life. We have a few new investigators who are solid, one of which was from Durban and has already been taught the first 4 lessons and told us he wants to be baptized. We meet him for the first time at church yesterday... Amazing right!?! Other than that we are working hard, the times I feel the most joy are when we are in the area working. The more I realize that the more I come to appreciate the words of President Ezra T. Benson when he said "I have often said that one of the greatest secrets of missionary work is work!" I have made it a goal of mine as a trainer to instill that in my trainee. The harder you work on the mission and align  your will with the will of our Father's, the happier you become. Needless to say, trials are still going to be there. It is like a constant "gut check" for us and our Heavenly Father to see where we stand. As long as it is on the side of the Lord, the blessings will come, that's a promise. 
            And now, The Story... This week we have been walking again because our car broke down. We had a lunch appointment yesterday that was way far from all our lessons in the evening. As we were treaking back to the chapel for our next appointment, we round a corner to find a man engaged in a vigorous battle with absolutely nothing. He had a stick and was swinging it yelling loudly!(the guy was off his rocker) He then come over to us yelling and I was low key freaking out. I quickly pulled a pass-along card out and he took it and started saying random stuff (trying to read it) Me and my companion then quickly went on our way. 
         All in all I hope everyone is doing well. Have a wonderful week and never forget where it is that you stand. 

Love Elder Voyles

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Just a Quick Note

September 5, 2016

Guys, I don't have much time, our car broke down so we walked to an email shop close to our apartment and it is pricey.  I can't send pictures this week, sorry!

Coop!  YOU GOT A DOG?!?!? That’s so cool she looks so cute!! 

These last few weeks have been a bit rough. My comp is a bit reserved so sometimes I have to carry the lessons but he  just got here so I understand.  Just at the start of the transfer a lot of the people we teach and some who were on date are G-Ghost now. It’s tough, but the only way is forward. Plus, we don't have a car for a while and my comp was sick this week. So thanks for the words of encouragement!   

Love Elder Voyles