Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Final Letter

     We are so happy with Elder and Sister Kimball.  The Lord is helping them each and every day and they are learning and doing just fine.  We really was worried for a couple of weeks but they have great attitudes and are quick learners so we are pleased.  She has even driven the car a few times.  They are both great drivers (a little slower then mom and I) but they are doing great.  Yesterday the transfer missionaries (8) arrived safely and we showed the Kimballs what we do and they did fine.  Today we take our new missionaries to the police to get things certified and to the doctor to start the paperwork to get their residence permits.
     We will probably help them for a few hours than come back to the Motheo Apartments to pack.  Mom has already started but I will start this afternoon.  We leave here at 8:00 and go through the border about 8:30 then drive to Johannesburg mission office and drop off the car and deliver some things.  President and Sister Omer will drive us to the airport and them along with Elder and Sister Bricknell and us will have a late lunch together and visit.  Then we will go to the departure gates and check in and wait for our plane to leave.  Mike remember that we will be coming in from Atlanta so I don't think it will be in the international part of the airport like Maria came into.  It says we will be on flight number DL983 arriving in SLC at 11:50 AM from Atlanta.  We have nothing to do in Salt Lake unless you want to set up an appointment with President Monson to get us released and I could tell him that a mission needs to be set up on Botswana.  (just kidding)
     We are looking forward to seeing everyone.
Love Out Of Botswana, Dad
P.S. Grandma and Grandpa Beus are planning to stay with us Saturday night.  Mike and Didi can you share a bedroom with your kids or something for just that one night.
P.S.S.  We will have internet here all day if anyone needs to say anything.  We wish Brayden good luck on the 16th we are praying for him and Jaxon

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Week # 77 - Papa Lynn

Week 77

Dear Family and Friends,                               
               This letter will be short because I am so excited to be heading home that I think I will say too much and you won’t be very spiritual.  This has been a great week as Mom and I have moved out of the mission home/office so Elder and Sister Kimball can move in to learn and run things without our influence so much.  It is fun to be back where we started and we feel calmer than we did 18 months ago, but I think that is because we have more faith and trust in the people of Botswana.  The Kimballs are learning all they need to know and I think they will be just fine.  They will do things differently than we have done them but that is OK because we did them different than what we were taught also.  I’m not sure they will keep up the picture board of all the missionaries because it is a lot of computer work and I don’t think that is the things they are the best at learning.
               I had another surprise trip to Johannesburg Friday evening and stayed overnight and flew back on Saturday morning because we had a passport up here that was needed at 6:00 AM Saturday and I took it down.  I get to do think like that all the time.  Oh well it all pays the same in the long run.
               Today we attended the three wards here in Gaborone and it was fast and testimony meetings in each so I had the opportunity to bare my testimony in each meeting.  Mom bore testimony in two of the three meetings.  It was difficult because of our love for each of them but we got through and several wanted to have pictures with us after meetings.
               Well it won’t be long now and we will be home.  This week we bore testimony in three wards and next week reporting our mission in Unity 2nd ward.  We are very excited to see everyone.  We love you all very much.
               Love Out Of Botswana, Dad

Friday, August 5, 2011

Thoughts for Today's Reading

Dearest Family,
We are back in the office for a few minutes  while the Kimballs are gone so I grabed her computer for a minutes and I wanted to share this with all of you from our reading!
Mormon 8:31
Mormon refers to "great pollutions" in our day. 
Boyd K. Packer said: :Sadly, the effects of this great pollution are perhaps most evident in the mass media, films, television, and popular music.  If we in this nation continue to sow the images of murder, violence, drug abuse, perversion, and pornography before the eyes of millions of children, we should not be surprised if the foundations of our society rot away as if from leprosy."
Mormon 8:34 -35
President Exra Taft Benson declared that our study of the Book of Mormon should be influenced by our knowledge that Moroni saw our day and wrote with us in mind:  "We must make the Book of Mormon a center focus of study because it was written for our day.  The Nephites never had the book; neither did the Lamanites of ancient times.  It was meant for us.  Mormon wrote near the end of the Nephite civilization.  Under the inspiration of God. who sees all things from the beginning; he abridges centuries of records, choosing the stories, speeches, and events that would be most helpful to us.
Each of the major writers of the Book of Mormon testified that he wrote for future generations.
Mormon himself said, "Yea, I speak unto you, ye remnant of the house of Israel.  And Mormoni, the last of the inspired writers, actually saw our day and time.
If they saw our day and chose those things which would be of gretest worth to us, is not that how we should study the Book of Mormon?  We should constantly ask ourselves, "Why did the Lord inspire Mormon, or Moroni, or Alma to include that in his record?  What lesson can I learn from that to help me live in this day and age?  And there is example after example of how that question will be answered."
Enjoy your reading; ;we are!!!
Congratulations to Alex!  We tried to look up your mission of the Church e-mail but we couldn't even figure out how to spell it.
Don't know if we will be alone in the office again or not; but we love you all and we'll see you next Friday.
Love out of Botswana!
Mom and Dad