Wednesday, September 20, 2017

We decided to put a map of Swaziland on a wall in our flat and put photos of all the Elders we serve with here during our 18 months around it by area.  We got the Zone Leaders' photos after our Coordination Meeting and flat inspection yesterday at their house and photos of two of the Manzini Elders today when we went to Manzini for me to teach keyboard this morning to Nkosikhona. He is an RM, who served in Johannesburg and teaches Seminary in Manzini.

Last night the ZLs showed us where Sister Thuli and Sister Gertrude live (way off the main road down some very bad dirt roads).  We're SO glad we drive a bakkie (truck)!!  There were six kids there to greet us and several dogs, including a mother with three cute puppies.  We had a great visit with them and will go back next Monday night for FHE.  (Sister Thuli is less active but her four kids are always there, as is Sister Gertrude and her son, Menzy. The two other children are Sister Gertrude's grandchildren but her son and the kids are not members.)

Our ZLs flat next to a Nursery with lots of flowering
trees and bushes, including a jacaranda that we see
all over South Africa and Swaziland!

Elder Powell from Auckland, New Zealand
(His mum is Tongan and his dad is British.)

Elder Feliciana from the southern part of Brazil

Elder Smith from Ogden, UT 
(who also sat in on my keyboard lesson
and surprised us at the end by playing 
"A Hundred Days" that he taught himself
at home before he left)! 

Elder Perez from Chicago, who will be going
back home in just 4 more weeks!

Sister Thuli with baby Jaden and her girls
Busiswa "Sim" on the left and Sphesihle and
Snayo on the right with the Zone Leaders before
they left to go to another appointment and left us
to get acquainted. Sister Gertrude came home later
but I didn't get a picture of her or her mother "Gogo",
meaning Grandma.

CUTE baby Jaden 
(I forgot his Swazi name...
Many Swazis have an easier nickname besides
their first and last name in siSwati.)

We drove to Mbabane (about 15 minutes away) on Friday, September 15th to meet the four Elders serving there.  We met at the Mbabane Chapel and sat in on their District Meeting, then took them to KFC for lunch in Mbabane at a mall. They are another bunch of awesome missionaries!

The beautiful LDS Chapel in Mbabane

Lunch and soft ice cream cones at KFC in Mbabane with 
L-R: Elder Brown (Layton, UT), Elder Campbell, who is going home 
in just a week or two (Chino Hills, CA), Elder Nogueira (Brazil) and 
Elder Schwalger (La Mesa, CA near San Diego)

Women are seen everywhere here, 
carrying huge items
on their heads! 

Some pretty scenery, monkeys, and a blue-headed lizard here in Ezulwini last week...

These monkeys were just playing on the wall 
in front of our car when we pulled up at some
craft shops in Ezulwini.

Vervet monkeys

Just chillin'...

Bob got this picture of a southern tree agame lizard he saw in
back of our flat, on the way to the laundry room.

We looked him up and he is not poisonous but 
has a "fierce bite"!! 

I just can't stop taking photos of the beautiful scenery
all around us in Swaziland!! Especially Ezulwini!

We drove to Manzini to meet our four Elders serving there.  It is about 23 min. away from Ezulwini.
We met them at Riverstone Mall just as we entered Manzini and took them to lunch at Golito's downtown to get acquainted.  They are great Elders!

Scenery on the way to Manzini

Riverstone Mall

Golito's for lunch with L-R:
Elder Sinclair (Queen Creek, AZ) , Elder Chaka (Chakanyuka from Zimbabwe),
 Elder Perez (Chicago), Elder Smith (Ogden, UT)

A fruit stand in the parking lot near Golito's

We attended the Ezulwini Branch the first Sunday we were in Swaziland.  We enjoyed the branch so much and when I visited the Primary, I just had to take a photo of all of the Primary children.  They are not only cute but sing the Primary songs SO WELL!!  They are getting ready for their Primary Presentation in November.

Branch Pres. Shongwe's baby Nalidi ("star")

Primary Children

Top to Bottom: Snayo, Malubi, Malwande, Naomi, Princess,  Jesse (who just turned 12), Hlengiwe, Siphesihlwe, Notande, Mshoza, Mahle.  Their Primary leader and teacher is Sister Ketsiwe.


We made prints, mounted them and hung them on the wall in
the Primary room TODAY! (Sept. 20th)
(I am still trying to learn a few more of their names...)

Siphiwe served her mission in the UKM just
after we left! She was in Uganda. She was SO
excited to learn that we also served in the Uganda
Kampala Mission!!

Siphiwe is now YW Pres. in Ezuwini and teaches

Bro. Jaime Massango, S&I Coordinator from
Mozambique, over Swaziland visited us in our
home on that first Sunday night with his cute wife.