Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sleeping Boy

This little boy was not interested in the dancing, and music going on around him.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Journal Entry

January 21, 2015

Elder Cinquini and I wrote a story for mormonnewsroom about Max's Eagle Scout Project  in South Africa.  We decided to sent a news release to his home town in Utah about his adventure, as we thought they might enjoy hearing the story.  Sure enough they visited Max's home and published an article of their own.

Currently on newsroom we have three articles we have written, Self-Reliance Center, Umlazi BB ward donations to a hospital and Max's Eagle Scout project.

We are not writers.  We have never done anything like this before. It'a a miracle to me that we are able to do these things.  The words, "Whom the Lord calls, He qualifies", is manifested in our lives here in South Africa.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Boy Scout Eagle Project

Max Oliver, 14year old from Orem, Utah, came to South Africa to finish his Eagle Scout project.  His grandparents Elder and Sister Poelman are serving a mission here and when the family decided to come for a visit, an Eagle project to help the people of South Africa was born.  Max has really made a difference for an orphanage here in the township of Umlazi U section of South Africa.  The work began in Utah, collecting money, making colorful pillowcases, and purchasing stuffed animals.  While in South Africa they were able to purchase school uniforms, shoes and school supplies, backpacks, propane stove and food for the Sphakamelo Orphanage.  You can tell by the happy faces in the pictures that they were very grateful for the donations. Max and his brother Zak (12yrs) danced with the children in Zulu costumes.  

Friday, January 2, 2015


Another traffic ticket!  I'm not sure how they identified our car in the dark. The picture shows two headlights and nothing else. We went by the area that day but not the time they say on the ticket. The date of the ticket is July  and we just received it in November.  The good news it cost R100.00 which is $10.00.  We won't fuss, just pay it and move on.

New Years Eve

New Years Eve day we went to Tala Game Reserve with the Snells.  It is a small private reserve just 45 minutes from Durban.  The only mishap was we got stuck in the mud near the hippos and had to get out of our car which is a BIG no, no!  The landscape is so magnificant, that even if we didn't see any animals it would be a beautiful drive.

Look at those EARS!

They are just playing. Nobody got hurt.

Can you read the sign.  Shame on you Elder Snell. Ha, Ha, Ha

Red Bishop


We have developed some dear friends here in South Africa.  When Sipho needed help painting his house Ed quickly volunteered us.  It was a hot, hot day and we worked about 5 hours, always looking for shady areas to paint.   The children helped as well.