Time flies when you're having fun. Especially on a mission. I'm coming close to 10 months. Next thing you'll know I'll be closer to home than the start of my mission.
June has just finished but it's been a crazy month!
Not much actually happened.
Ah mission life is hectic! It can take so long to do a simple letter. So much so that this is a month late now, so this will be double as long I guess to compensate.
May and June I guess actually had a lot happen in them. I left Mdantsane to my surprise to go to Queenstown. Only 6 short weeks in an area. It wasn't long enough by the end. But my new mission companion is/was someone I really like. Elder Alexander, a South African. Me and him had SO much fun together. June was a little rough on my health, I will admit. My unknown illness kicked it up a gear. To put it nicely, lots of toiler paper lool. But that is probably just too much information. Still I had quite a few doctor visits in Queens. Eventually the suggestion was that I see a specialist in P.E. However that would have meant I'd be transferred. The guy in charge wasn't willing to let me have a road trip (shame) but some people nearby (2 hours drive) in East London, found a surgeon who could perform the tests that were asked for. At the end of June, Elder Alexander was getting transferred to Cape Town so we were able to schedule the tests for transfer day. All I'll say is that it was awkward. But I cannot remember what happened during the test. The whole thing was embarrassing. Also, I went for a CT scan, which took ages because I needed to drink berium over the course of an hour! In the end after all this, Monday 1st July I got the results (the tests were June 26th), they showed nothing wrong! Can you believe it! So the illness remains unsolved. I've decided to consult Snape to see if he has something brewing which will save me.
Other major events in June, well a fellow missionary got hit by a car on his back. A miracle, he was relatively unharmed, just a few cuts and stuff. But we also learnt about how expensive medical care in SA is, like R900 to open an account in the emergency room and R600 for x-rays. They were going to ask us to pay an additional R4,000 to admit him overnight but he wasn't that bad the doctor says. It was crazy. They make lots of money. As a UK kid with free medical care, all this was alien to me and a little shocking too. It took me back to January when I needed to go to the hospital, luckily that one accepted a guarantee of payment from the church and even that took ages whilst I had to wait but this was just so bad. They treated him but wouldn't call the doctor until money was paid. The nurses did most of the work beforehand. Still, in that hospital there were 14 missionaries, it was so funny. There are lots who live in Queens and some of the most senior missionaries had come down that night to visit. That was the 6th of June however so all the excitement was sort of already used up. The rest of June was relatively quiet.
Our main focus for Queens was helping a lovely father named Richard. Now the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does not agree with smoking, drinking alcohol tea, coffee or taking drugs. Richard had a problem with 2 of these things (I won't say what). The 5 things mentioned are called the Word of Wisdom, so we are trying to help him overcome these things through building his faith in Jesus Christ. It hasn't always been easy but as of July he's been free from those addictions and hopefully baptised on the 21st.
Towards the end of June though we had another East London trip to a special missionary conference. A big member of the church was there to give us some special training. It wasn't too bad, it was nice to see some of my missionary friends again though.
Not sure if this was already mentioned but we found the best sweet shop in Queens. It's called Lekkerland. It has awesome sweets and chocolate for cheap! Oh I'm wasting my money there. Coupled with the fact that I found British Irn Bru, oh junk food is good here for those two reasons alone.
I mentioned earlier that Elder Alexander was going to Cape Town even though we only spent 6 weeks together. My new companion is Elder Mahoney from Utah. He's a cool kid; on mission only 6 weeks longer than me. It was a rough adjustment to each other till we became good friends. With Queens being supported by the university, the holidays have meant that many people have left so we have very few people to teach. It means we have to find. I hate knocking on doors so one of our approaches is/was setting up a booth. It actually worked well!
Queens has turned out to be a very good place for me. Not too sure how long I'll stay because we are not far from 3 months but we'll see come August. I'm almost 11 months out now. The good has definitely outweighed the bad.
Thanks for your support
Keep righteous and rock on,