Hogsback Mountain

Hogsback Mountain
Hogsback Mountain Wilderness

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Into South Africa

After a grueling 24 hour flight, plus 8 hours of layovers, we arrived safely in Cape Town, South Africa last Tuesday, July 20, 2011 at about 10:30 p.m.  With just a few cat naps along the way we were pretty wiped out when we arrived.  We are just now adjusting to the jet lag and are starting to feel ourselves again.

Mountains of Luggage

South Africa Here we Come!

We were welcomed by Elder and Sister Wood, our new mission President and his wife who got us settled into a quaint little flat (apartment) in quick time.  All we could think of at that point was a bed.  By 7:30 the next morning we were having breakfast with about 20 Elders (title of our young men who voluntarily serve two-year missions) who were at the mission home for transfers to new areas in the mission.  Of the 120 Elders in the mission about half are from the United States or Canada and about half are native African Elders from many of the surrounding countries. 

Meeting the Elder at the Mission Office

For the first couple of months, we have been assigned to serve in the mission office.  Elder Fowers (Clarke) will maintain all the cars and manage the flats while Sister Fowers (Luci) will serve as the mission secretary.  We have only had a few days of training so we will really need to scramble to get it all figured out, but with the help of the Lord we will be fine.

Our first morning---taken in front of the South Africa Cape Town Mission Office

Morning Breaks!...the view out of our mission office window.


  1. Luci, I'm enjoying already following your adventure. I suspect that office will be more organized and efficient than its ever been by the time you're done with it! When you have some time off, a couple highlights we especially enjoyed in that area: a trip to Cape Point and see the penguins on the beach -- a remarkable experience! The cable car to Table Mountain deserves its #2 tourist destination in Africa ranking (second only to the pyramids at Giza). The countryside in Stellenbosch and surroundings is breathtaking. And even those red trolley tours where you can hop on and off along the way were surprisingly good. And of course, time spent in the Townships is illuminating. Helen Lieberman's Ikamva Labantu is the organization we spent time with there -- amazing, inspiring, etc. Enjoy! -- Tara

  2. I am so happy for you! Gosh, I can't wait to go myself. It's great to see you serving the Lord. How awesome.
    Love, Minerva (Bonita 3rd Ward)