Thursday, May 26, 2011

Colton practicing his Afrikaanz

hello ma ek is lief vir jou Ek dink jou die beste ma in die wêreld! im doing great en ek mis jou baie.

hello mom i love you i think your the best mom in the world! im doing great and i miss you alot.
Injury from the baptism in the river.

Elder Dillion and Elder Balmforth, can you imagine what is going through his head?

The George District again.

Family that Elder Balmforth baptized, Jennifer and Clive Magwanisa and their kids, Jhon Esua, the younger kid and his dad, Kieth and his friend Brother Keffers.

Colton and the cheetah.

Colton and Elder Fozard.


Today is not Monday....Sorry, I don't have a set schedule to email. 05/26/11

I love this family, the lady in purple reminded me of Wanda.

Doing service in George.

George Elders, pretty much sums it up.

The Van Fleet family from Utah with Elders Marler and Wineagar.

Colton actually made this cake, thanks to the Healy's.

Yum, he did share.

Baptizing Jennifer Maguaniza in the river.

Okay, I am finally emailing sorry its taken forever!  Its been a crazy week and I should get transfer pans tomorrow so then I have to book all the flights for the mission and arrange every one with a companion so no one is alone and figure who Will be at which airport at which time and then get every one rides from the airport back to there areas!   It's exhausting.  I'm excited to start but I wish I could have more time!
So in South Africa it is like tradition that someone, (who may or may not be a little crazy) comes into church during the three hour period. This Sunday it was a very kind English lady who once was a strong LDS member she served in stake callings and in ward calling,  however she converted to Muslim?  I dunno?  She was a great lady and sooo nice!  All of her sons and daughters served faithful missions and then she bought a turban, but the exciting thing is that she wanted a copy of the Book of Mormon.  She said she has forgot much of the doctrine of Christ and doesn't feel like she has the full TRUTH!  Well hello sweet lady ........ you did!  Anyways I gave her a Book of Mormon and I'm going to call her later!  She says she will do what ever she thinks is right and she is just not sure about her new religion any more.  I do have to say there are a LOT of Muslims here and I wish I wouldn't have been told by so many people that Muslims are weird or bad? They are honestly some of the nicest people I have ever met!  They are so humble and faithful to their  beliefs.  It can be frustrating ha ha but they are great.  I do have to add because of pride that lots of Muslims convert to LDS .  We are just not allowed to teach them unless we get strict permission from the church to teach them because if they ever wanted to visit home again they would be "punished" but I think a white ex member of the LDS church would get the go ahead?  I'm excited to meet with her she is very nice!
So for some who don't know the mission covers a great country called Namibia.  We have two branches there and 12 missionaries and one couple.  Getting Visas is extremely difficult and its a lot of the work I help with!  So when Elders find out they are going to Namibia they are held in Cape Town until there visas approve.  Well this was the week!!! (four weeks into the transfer) I got ta phone call on Saturday at six thirty from President asking me to book flights!  I was on exchanges so it was my first time doing anything with out Elder Marler right there helping.  I also got to drive the bus to the airport ha that was fun!
We go and see a great family every Sunday called the Austen's.  Sister Austen is a long time member and brother Austen is not a member.  They have one son named Toni about 10 years old.  We have dinner every Sunday.  They are the best!  After dinner we decided to watch Mormon messages.  So we watched a few and bore testimony and it was great!  The spirit was AMAZING!  Then I said well we have time for one more and sister Austen spoke up and said "lets watch the one about the temple" I was going to play that one earlier but I didn't know how they would feel considering they are a part member family?  But I pressed play and just watched her eyes light up!  Then looked at brother Austen.  I know he also wants to go but he is one of the many great humble people who feel like they are not good enough to be baptized and be a member of this amazing church!  After she looked at Brother Austen and it was freakin sad!  I wish they could just go to the temple and be sealed forever!  I cant imagine not having that blessing.  I'm so thankful that I will be with my family forever!
Its been a good week!  I'm excited for more!  I hope every one is doing great!

Love Elder Balmforth

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Just another week in the office.....05/17/2011

Well hello.  Its been a very boring week to be honest.  There has not been much happening. The office is way busy but just nothing exciting!  In our area we are just doing a lot of less active work.  Its really hard because the previous missionaries would baptize someone then when they get a new office elder they spend more training time in the office and the recent convert gets neglected and goes less active.  I've really been pushing to get out in our area more often!  We go every night but sometimes we don't even get out until 6.  I was talking to a guy in our ward and he was an office Elder in his mission and they didn't have an area.  I think that would be so hard, you receive tons of blessings and have alot of great experiences in the area, so I'm so thankful for my area!

I stayed up late the other night writing letters.  I just have one more and I will be caught up!  The weather here is getting cooler with some random hot days, like today.  I am not looking forward to another African summer but at least I  have a good 5 months of cool weather ahead!

Mom, you asked about our flat.  It is definitely the worst one I have been in.  I feel like I live in a poop box.  I really live in a scary nappy area, like living in a scary part of New York.  We have an electric fence and two gates and bars on every window.  At least it's clean, because I cleaned it and we don't have roaches or mice, but we do have a pet tarantula that keeps us safe.  We keep her in a clear Tupperware with air holes and she eats the lizards we catch her and the grass hoppers.  But don't worry Mom, I am okay, we will be moving when the Herberts leave.

We are visiting a cool less active man named Vincent, From Congo.  He is great!  He really struggles though. He is out of work and just struggling.  I think I have talked about him before, but since we have been visiting him he has changed ALOT!  He has alot more faith and is reading the Book of Mormon, which can help anyone!

I'm just trying to think of stuff to say..............OH I had a moment today haha, I get a little irritated sometimes ha, as I'm sure you all know, but being in the office especially!  I have tons to do and it gets a little stressful. So when I'm irritated I try not to let it show and I'm doing great.  But today I was thinking to myself  "Don't push me cause I am close to the edge I'm trying not to loose my head", ha, this won't be funny to any one but Steph Lilly.  I just laughed for about ten minuets then got back to work!  I love moments like that when you think of an inside joke and it changes your whole day!!  It made me miss Steph for a little bit.

Its crazy being in the office its really sad because when I came here Elder Marler said  "in a couple of weeks you wont feel like a missionary" and i just thought, NO WAY!  But really I don't, its hard sometimes!  I love being a missionary!  But I don't feel like one.  I told President Probst that in my interview and he said its normal and he said just because the temple president isn't doing a session everyday or not doing baptisms does NOT mean he isn't doing temple work.  That helped a lot!  Hopefully I will get out of the office sooner then 6 months!  I LOVE it but I want to be a missionary!  I know this is where the Lord wants me though I  have to except that.  He is just preparing me for something later in life. (I hope I'm not going to be a secretary) hahaha.  Well all is great in South Africa!  Thank you for all of your love and support!

Love Elder Balmforth

Picture Overload

Elder Balmforth and Elder Nzuki with the Zone Leaders

This is where the Branch in Knysna attends church

Township in Knysna, a nice area.

Elder Balmforth with Erita, Notutu, Zalu, Noluno in Knysna

Service Project with Elder Nzuki, he is very strong and hard working, gathering firewood for the members to use for cooking.

Typical meal at a members house.

Sister Nolundi a very nice member in Knysna

George Elders and Elder Balmforth and Elder Nzuki

Vaneesha, she calls Colton "Bofoam" he loves her.




Elder Nzuki and a member waiting to teach an investigator, he was in the shed smoking a doobie.


American Tourists
In English and in Afrikaanz

Feona and Janine Sayman making the missionaries a milk tart.

Feeding the elephants

Elder Balmforth and Elder Fozard

Elder Balmforth and Elder Bryers

Elder Balmforth and Elder Nzuki


Brother nolundi in Knysna.

Sister Nolundi in Knysna, she is always laughing.

Saayman Family in Knysna

Elder Nzuki and Balmforh found this older couple moving all of their furniture out so they could lay new flooring, so they stopped and helped them lay the floor, a few days later, their daughter phoned them and wanted to meet them.  The whole family is now preparing for baptism.

Mamma Conia and Family

Titi, Veronica Elder Balmforth and Pumlani, we knocked on this door and 6 weeks later they were all baptized.

Malcome and Barbara Stephenson, Elder Balmforth loved them, they are not members but fed the missionaries all the time. 

Noluvo, a sweet township traffic lady, she is being taught and coming to church.

Laticia, she was the investigator who was stabbed, but doing good now and she is now baptized.

I can't figure out how to turn the pictures. Duh.

Elder Balmforth and Elder Fozard in George

Teaching the children in Paarl.

Yeah, I am sure he did.

Guess which one is his.

This one is for Dad

His desk

Hurry, kill it!

Knysna, bungi jumping bridge.

Elder Balmforth, Nzuki and Elder and Sister Ladle.

Elder Nzuki making dinner.

Oh, no you did not come in my house.  Yes, the snake came in the house.  We caught it.

Fried snake anyone?

For Oma

Branch in Knysna

Elder Leach and Elder Balmforth teaching in Paarl.