Hogsback Mountain

Hogsback Mountain
Hogsback Mountain Wilderness

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Fun Never Ends

Where does the time go?  As I was reading back through my journal and reviewing the hundreds of pictures that we have taken it is amazing what we have experienced. Our camera doesn't always go with us when we are out in the Mdantsane township talking to the people, encouraging, lifting and teaching, so most of our photos are of our adventures and rather than our day-to-day service as senior missionaries.  However, I decided to try to include pictures of some of our dear friends from the Mdantsane 1st Ward.

Mama Keya our Relief Society President

Mdantsane 1st Ward R.S. Sisters

Fowers and Lubelwana Family

Sis. Fowers teaching the neighborhood Children 

Elder Fowers teaching the Young Men

In late October we traveled to Knysna, about 400 miles up the coast, to train their leaders and speak in their Sunday meetings. On the way home we took an extra day and went exploring in the Storm's River Wilderness. Further on down the road we took a detour to explore the St. Francis Bay Lighthouse.

Spring Waterfall 

Craggy Storm's River Coastline

St. Francis Bay Lighthouse 1878

Majestic Skies

Our daughter-in-law, Nikki and the grandkids along with their friends from their cooperative home school sent boxes of toys, books and school supplies to Asanda's Creche (Preschool).  We were blessed to deliver the treasures to the little ones as they explored the new toys.

The Children say Thanks!

Discovering new toys.

There are 12 senior couples currently serving in the South Africa Cape Town Mission. Last week we all gathered in Cape Town for several days of training from President and Sister Wood. The conference conveniently coincided with Thanksgiving Day so we celebrated with our mission family. We all have so much for which to be thankful, especially the friendship of such dedicated people.

Gathering for a Group Picture

Thanksgiving Feast

Pres. Wood training in Cape Town Mission Home

Our last day in Cape Town we explored the beautiful Arderne Garden which was planted in 1845.  The 167 year old trees from all over the world towered over the serene, peaceful gardens. We continue to marvel and the beauty of South Africa and know that God took a bit of extra time when he decorated this part of the world.

Standing in the majestic roots of a fig tree.

Huge tree dwarfed Elder Fowers

Arderne Garden Bridge

Allepo Pine (Mediterranean)

So Peaceful

We love to travel and see the sights, but the most beautiful sight of all is the sun setting on Gonubie River Valley that we see from our back door.

Gonubie Sunset