Saturday all the senior couples in the Durban area worked on a service project in the Indian area of Durban. Afterwards we all went to lunch and then shopping at the markets. I bought a Punjabi which is a Indian suit that has a top, pants, and a scarf. They can be plain or colorful. I chose a fancier style to wear at couple functions ( like FHE ) :) A Saree is also an Indian dress that usually is a long piece of very decorative fabric that is wrapped around the body. Often the mid section of the body shows, but the LDS sisters tell us you can have them made so the top comes all the way down. Often the shop keepers will encourage young girls to wear the Saree with the short tops telling them they are young and must show their skin while it is still beautiful. We had an enjoyable day with the couples and Monday we will be together again for FHE where we will celebrate Heritage Day and Elder Cinquini and I will wear our Zulu outfits. We love the cultural diversity here in South Africa.
The sacrament meeting talks today were very inspiring. Brother Khyndile spoke about the importance of using our time wisely. He said, " it is easy to be on the bottom, to do nothing. Perhaps we stop progressing because it becomes painful or too hard. Facing our faults, letting go of pride, is not easy. Don't run away from your pain, embrace it, it means you are moving forward." Serving a mission as a senior couple has not always been easy. We are learning and growing and discovering things about ourselves just like the young missionaries. Some days it is painful, hard, unproductive. I hope and pray I can learn new things and use them to better myself, and help other people. Helaman reminds us we are free to choose to sit and do nothing or use this gift of life for good. 30; "And now remember, remember, my brethren, that whosoever perisheth, perisheth unto himself; and whosoever doeth iniquity, doeth it unto himself; for behold, ye are free ye are permitted to act for yourselves, for behold God hath given unto you a knowledge and he hath made you free." 31; "He hath given unto you that ye might know good from evil, and he hath given unto you that ye might choose life or death; and ye can do good and be restored unto that which is good, or have that which is good restored unto you, or ye can do evil, and have that which is evil restored unto you."