Howzit-Elder Flexy!

Elder Flexy 5:5 -email-


This week has been sweet!!! we have had some great lessons and some fun experiances. we were in some really scetch areas tracting but it was fun we didn’t get mugged so it was good. this is the last week of the transfer and i’m getting a new companion or a new area or both we find out tommorrow it should be good. me and martin have been companions for four and a half months.
1 You said a while back that someone you were teaching was getting ready for baptism. Are you still teaching them?
1.ya she hasn’t been to church since then so not for a while.
2 Do you feel like the people you are teaching feel the spirit while you’re there?
2.ya for sure the spirit is super strong in most of our lessons.
3 Are you still with Elder Martin?
4.transfers are this week so this should be cool
5 Any new investigators?
5.not too meny we have been tracting a lot but it doesn’t do much.
6 Are any investigators progressing better than others?
6.ya some are a little faster than others but thats how mission is.
7 What usually holds things up? As far as baptism goes?
7.they will not come to church in this mission if you get them to church they usually get baptised but thats the trick getting them to church.
8 Do they struggle with the word of wisdom?
8.Yep i would say 80% of people in SA have a word of wisdom problem.
9 Are the people in general, nice to you for the most part?
9.ya they are nice just not interested.
10 Do you feel like you have grown spiritually?
10.ya for sure i have grown most in knowledge.
11 How, in what way? my studies i’ve been learning lots
12 What is chair football? is like soccer but no teams its every man for himself and he protects himself and you only have three goals on your goal and you are out of the game.
Special question of the week:
13 How would you explain that God loves all of His children, when some live in terrible circumstances? Why do some have a better situation in life than others?

13.i would say because we all are differant so he puts the strong ones in harder situations because they can overcome the trials. and he puts the weak in the cradle of good surcumstances.
anyway things are going great we are still working very hard. i’ll let you know what transfer neews is next week.

                                                                   Love Elder Flexy

man i missed thanksgiving they of coarse don’t celebrate it her so we didn’t have a feast. hopefully when i get home for thanksgiving all the family will be there. man i miss snow so bad it is so fetching hot down here and if i get transfered to richards bay it will be even HOTTER. ya jazz game sounds awesome i hope you have a good time, maybe Sage can come along and shout “Go Wild Cats!” haha that was freakin funny. ya Brett the shelf maker!!
Wow so we are sitting in the email place and we hear a loud engine outside so we went out and it was a Lambergini Murchilargo its worth about 4 million rands which is about five hundred and seventy thousand dollars that is a big person car!!! anyway keep helping with mendozas and all will be well in zion!!!
                                                                     Love Elder Flexy

Sunday Best!

“Every man and every person who lives in this world wields an influence, whether for good or for evil. It is not what he says alone; it is not alone what he does. 
It is what he is. 
Every man, every person radiates what he or she really is….It is what we are and what we radiate that affects the people around us.” -David O. McKay
Hope your Sunday was the Best! Love, Joy

Family History Friday (FHF): Family Photos!

Do you have bins of photos? 
I do! 
I have a plan for what I’m going to do with them. I’m going invite my family to have a little “Family Photo Organizing Party”.  We will all sit together and go through the photos. 
This is what else we’ll do:
*Label the photos with the date, (to the best 
of our knowledge), on the back. Be sure to use a pen that is archival quality. It will be labeled “safe for photos”. (Sharpies have an alcohol base and are not good for photos.)

*Put the names of those in the pictures on the back, using the special pen again. 
*Organize them into groups: families, trips, people, year, etc.
*Then we’ll put them into some books with acid-free plastic sleeves.

One day I’ll have all of them in scrapbooks, but until then, we’ll be able to look at the photos, and be able to enjoy them. We’ll also not have to worry about remembering all the particulars about each photo. If you have a selection of older photos too, you might want to have a “Family Photo Organizing Party” with your extended family. See who remembers the important information and get it written down before it’s too late! 😉
Happy Family History Friday! Love, Joy

Receive All Things With Thankfulness!

Doctrine and Covenants 78:19

19 And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.
Receiving all things with thankfulness is sometimes a challenge. At least it is for me. (I’m still working on this.) What if we are dealing with a difficult situation? What if we are sick for a period of time? What if we are sad? What if someone we love has left or passed away? What if a choice someone else made has changed our life? The list goes on and on. We all have reasons to be sad or unhappy at times in our life. But remember, we are here to experience challenges and trials, and learn and grow. What makes life wonderful is to find the lesson in each experience and learn it (quickly, if possible), and thank God for the blessing of that experience and move on. When I think of all the struggles or challenges that I have had in my life, I can usually find a blessing associated with that struggle or challenge. Sometimes the blessing is that the struggle is over. I can see how going through tough times has made me more thoughtful of others, when I see them dealing with a challenge. I consider myself a stronger person, than I used to be. I am fairly patient. I feel like I get closer or more in tuned to our Father in Heaven when I’m struggling. The most important lesson I have learned is this. Receive all things 
with thankfulness! 
Choose joy! 
The mind that lives in joy
 does not live in complaint! 
You are in charge of how you feel! 
If your first response to a situation is negative, stop yourself and thank God for the journey. 
Put a song in your heart and be happy!
Psalm 34:1
I will, bless the Lord at all times: 
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

 Thanksgiving Day  
Love, Joy

Howzit-Elder Flexy!

 Elder Flexy 5:4 -email-
this week has been good we are still working hard. and our families are comng along very slowly. so i probably won’t be the one to baptise them but they will be baptized.ya i miss going to the temple. on saturday i won first place in chair soccer it was way fun!!
1 Do you have a favorite scripture that you use a lot while teaching?

1.well i use my mission scripture a lot for spiritual thoughts at member missionary lessons.

2 What is your favorite story about Jesus?

2.i would have to say the story of the lady who was healed by touching his clothes that one is awesome!!
3 What is your favorite Book of Mormon story?
3.Samuel the lamenite for sure!!!

4 Do you find yourself ever saying “slow and steady, wins the race?” or was that just for me?

4.ya sometimes but we try not to be in too big a hurry.

5 Are you the shortest elder?

5.yep its the same story as always
6.we see president when we go to the office and at interviews but not much else.
7.we are quite close to other elders so we see them a lot.

8 Do you think it feels so hot to you, because the humidity is so high? I looked up the temp and it was like 82 degrees, which wouldn’t be that hot in a dryer climate.

8.ya it is the humidity that is killing me i sweat so much but nothing happens its still hot!!

9 Are you still teaching the same people?

10.yes we have two families that are progressing faster but they are still not ready.
11 Have you had any faith promoting experiences? Or experiences were you have been saved by the spirit? (Remember Chad Cederlof in the alley?)
11.we have had faith building lessons but we haven’t been protected to our knowledge.(could have but we didn’t see it.)

12 Have you received any more of my letters?

12.ya i received two more and i would write back but we don’t have much time to do it.
Special question of the week:
13 What do you do when you are discouraged to help you snap out of it? or have you been discouraged? How would you encourage someone who feels like they are not loved or valued?
13.ya i’ve been discoaraged but you just get over it and go to work. i just push thoughts and feelings like that out of my mind.
anyway things are going great i hope all is well in zion. love you mama

                                                                                  Love Elder Flexy


I shall call you Mantla( means power in zulu)Baba and you shall be mine!!! 🙂 i’m glad you are still making shelfs i’m doing some wood work of my own i’m fixing our table in our flat it should be good. ya idk if they celebrate thanksgiving and that cheese cake sounds so good!!! ya i wan’t to play some one on one soccer woth you that would be awesome. anyway i better bounce love you Baba

                                                                                   Love Elder Flexy

Sunday Best!

Article of Faith 
#13 We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men: indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul–We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.  
-Joseph Smith

“We need to greatly increase religious observance in the home. Weekly family home evening and daily family prayer and scripture study are essential. We need to introduce into our homes content that is “virtuous lovely and of good report or praiseworthy.” If we make our homes holy places that shelter us from evil, we will be protected from the adverse consequences that the scriptures have foretold. 
In addition to protecting our own families, we should be a source of light in protecting our communities. The Savior said, ‘Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.'”
-Quentin L. Cook
Hope your Sunday was the Best! Love, Joy

Family History Friday (FHF): Preserving Old Family Records

We all have, or have had, a box, or boxes, of family records and history. Hopefully we have taken great care with them. How are these records being taken care of? Are they in the attic? In the garage? If we don’t take care of them properly, the condition of the records will change. 
We need to keep them: 
*In a temperature much like our bodies (like not too hot, or cold) 
*In a place that is not too drafty
*Away from direct or indirect light, especially UV light 
*The basement might not be the best place either. If a flood came, or even if a pipe in our home broke, water would fill the basement. 
*Not on the floor, especially if it is cement. 
*You don’t want animals making a nest with your records, so a plastic container would be better that cardboard. 
*And the most important thing to me, is if they can be easily rescued from the home if a fire or a natural disaster should happen. 
*One other way to care for, or preserve, your special documents is to take a picture of them with a digital camera and save them on your computer.
I keep my records together in one place, they could be easily loaded in the car if needed. But not only that, mine are not the only copies of our family history. We have several copies of our history, so if something did happen to one person’s copy, they would be able to replace it. You can find a more information about caring for you family records here!


I know, I know, she is a cartoon character. She is still one of my heroes! She actually reminds me of myself, in some ways. Those who know me, would say it’s because I can’t remember stuff for very long. I would say it’s because I remember the things that are really important, like family, or friends. Also, because my life long desire is to be positive in every situation. That’s what I love about Dory. She is a “glass half full” type of gal. She get’s her feelings hurt on occasion, but she forgets it, and moves on with her darling little life. I want to be more like Dory in that way. 
” Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.”

Marlin: The water’s going down. 
It’s-it’s-it’s going down!
Dory: Hmm. Are you sure about that?
Marlin: Look! Already it’s half-empty.
Dory: Hmm…I’d say it’s half-full. 
Marlin: Stop that! It’s half-empty!

Dory: [dreaming] Uhhh…the sea monkeys have my money…
yes, I’m a natural blue…

Dory: I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine 
and he shall be my Squishy. 
Come on, Squishy come on, little Squishy. 
[baby talk, the jellyfish stings her] 
Dory: Ow. Bad Squishy, bad Squishy.
They are inside the whale and Dory tells
 Marlin to let go of the whales mouth. 
Marlin: How do you know that nothing bad won’t happen?
Dory: I don’t.
Dory: Hey there, Mr. Grumpy Gills. When life gets you down 
do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? 
Marlin: No I don’t wanna know.
Dory: [singing] Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. 

Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. 
What do we do? We swim, swim.
Marlin: Dory, no singing.
Dory: [continuing] Ha, ha, ha, ha, ho. 
I love to swim. 
When you want to swim you want to swim. 
Marlin: Now I’m stuck with that song… Now it’s in my head. 
Dory: Sorry.