Wednesday Evening – Seminary and Institute Training

Our evening called for us picking up brothers Omphile and Tinashe and traveling to Klerksdorp chapel for the Seminary and Institute training by elder Mdletshe who is an area 70 and also director of the Seminary and Institutes. Between his calling and his job, he keeps very, very busy. After dropping the two brethren off we wearily travelled home.

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Elders McAllister and Di Ruscio were not at the branch for training but did help a couple of young boys with their puzzle!

Wednesday – Visit to Parys, Sister Bobbi and Louis

Tuesday I took no pictures but we were very busy. We had breakfast at the mission home with the Dummers and gave them a last hug and wished them a safe flight. They had a busy day ahead before getting on a flight to Switzerland after 8 p.m. that night.

In spite of the construction on the N-12, we drove home in almost record time. Then I had a meeting at the branch office to take care of some mission and branch business with President Dunn and president Kwaikwai. President Dunn was also going to be kept busy as he still had to go to the Jouberton and Klerksdorp branches.

Later in the day we went back to the branch office where Mary gave a piano lesson and then helped a member prepare 10 of his family names for baptism at the temple on Saturday. I wish I had taken a picture of the smile on his face as he held those precious pieces of paper that will allow those waiting to accept baptism into the kingdom. While she was busy helping I pretty much spent my time reading and talking to Omphile Mokate who was came to the office to study as it is quiet and peaceful.

On Wednesday we picked up elders Liera and Alvial for the drive up over to Parys where we met with sister Bobbi Swanepoel and Louis – Louis has no idea he is a dog. The elders love Louis – they also love sisterSwanepoel but she does not like to be petted or have her stomach rubbed.

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Elder Liera really would love to take Louis with him. He teases Louis and gets Louis to fight with him. We all decided that elder Liera and Louis are really twins. Mary found a comfortable chair and was excited to get a big stack of paperback books. Sister Swanepoel and her have about the same tastes in reading.

One of the reasons we visit sister Swanepoel is to give her the sacrament. She really appreciates being able to partake of this ordinance the once a month we visit. She was excited because this weekend a family is going to come to Parys and pick her up so she can go to the temple and sacrament meeting in Joburg.

Before and After the Party…

Monday we drove over to Joburg so we could attend E/S Dummer’s farewell social. Before we drove  to the mission home, we stopped at the mission office to take care of some business and pick up supplies from the physical facilities folks. When we got there we found a number of the Vaal Zone elders having a good time playing on the field. So I got a picture of elders T and Stomp in their p-day clothes and also of them with sister Dunn who was on her way home to get ready for tonights festivities. Mary said hello to elder Stomps companion elder Andritiana.

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We drove from the office to the mall so I could make a couple of purchases before we went to the mission home where President and Sister Dunn was kind enough to offer us a room for the night so we did not have to drive back to Potch late at night or get a B&B room. I thought this long feathery plant was very interesting and also loved the African decor on the beds.

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After everyone went home, we and the Dunns had a last game of 5 Crowns which was won by sister Dummer who came from behind to win.

luggage good-byeThese pictures were taken the Dunns at the airport as they wished a last goodbye to these two wonderful missionaries. We will miss them greatly as will the two branches they so faithfully served for most of their mission.

Monday – We Finish a Puzzle

This morning Mary finished our latest puzzle. The subject was ‘Trapped’ and is darker than most of those we do but it looked both interesting and challenging and it proved to be true. As usual the last 100-120 pieces were among the hardest to put in but if it was easy it would not be much of a puzzle.

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While on the subject of puzzles, you may remember that we finish one that had beautiful roses in a vase. On Friday we were on our way to district meeting and stopped in at a small gift/flower shop and I saw this arrangement of roses on a table. As soon as I saw it I thought about the puzzle and how it would be fun to show the pictures side by side. While the roses in the puzzle were very pretty, they could not hold a candle to the real thing – especially the wonderful scent. IMG_8592-225x300 Mar15 - real roses

Sunday – Rain, Rain Kept Some Saints Away…

It poured rain all this Sabbath morning but that did not dampen the spirits of the 40 plus members of the branch who weathered the storm to partake of the sacrament and the fellowship of their fellow Saints.

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As part of the sacrament meeting the RS choir sang and it was beautiful. Sister Kujane, the RS president spoke about the history of RS whose anniversary was being celebrated. As I looked at the pictures I took today, I realized that there is not a single male in any of them – that was not on purpose but it seems fitting. Sisters Ratema, Williams, Kruger and Kujane are stalwarts in the branch. As are sister Mogapi and Mothibi below.

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A new branch YW presidency was sustained and set apart today – you can see from the pictures that they were readily welcomed by the wonderful YW we have in the branch!IMG_8908 IMG_8909

Saturday – Tri-Branch Dinner Dance…A Great Success

On Saturday the Potchefstroom, Klerksdorp and Jouberton branches youth got together at our building and had a wonderful dinner dance. What made it unusual was that the YM were responsible for everything – the food, decorations, serving and clean-up. The YW got to watch “Meet the Mormons” while the room was getting made ready. Then they were escorted by the YM and seated at the tables. The three courses and drinks were served by the YM and all enjoyed the meal. After dinner was finished, the YW were able to go out and take lots of Selfies while the YM took down the tables and chairs and made the room ready for the dance.

As you can see from the pictures not all those who enjoyed dancing were quite YM or YW age but they all had great fun and worked up a nice sweat. I think everyone had a great time and there are plans being made for future tri-branch youth gatherings over the year.

I will write more about the pictures below when I have a little more time.

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Lovely Ladies in My Life…

Today I get to post about two of the beautiful women in my life…Last night while we were visiting a family this young lady fell asleep in Mary’s arms. She knew a grandmother when she saw one. Also yesterday we found out that our daughter Cindy Mitchell was chosen as the UELMA Teacher Librarian of the year. When I went looking for a picture of Cindy I came across this one with her, Mary and our granddaughter Gentry Bartholomew who will soon be giving birth to another of our great-grandsons!

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