Sunday, March 22, 2015

Our First Wedding

Brother and Sister Gwala were married in the Johannesburg Temple on March 19, 2015.  On Saturday March 21 (our 45th wedding anniversary) they had their reception.  It was very beautiful and interesting.  I'm sure it was the wedding of her dreams.  Brother Gwala is a high school teacher, he paid the family Labolla which I believe helped pay for the wedding. The wedding party arrived
21/2 hours late.  Thats right, we sat in the chapel for 2 1/2 hours on the hottest day of the year.  The talks took 1 1/2 hours and almost all of them were in Zulu only.  Besides a couple of other missionaries we were the only white people in the room.  When everyone began to file into the hall they had snacks waiting on the table, which was a good thing because now it was 3:00 pm and no one had lunch or drinks. Everything was decorated so amazingly as you can see in the pictures.  One course of the meal was tripe.  I couldn't stand the smell, but Elder Cinquini gave it a try and he did not like it at all!  For two days he complained about the taste and smell.   There were hundreds of people but very few gifts.  I heard the party is for neighbors and friends and gifts are not required. They are going to make a wonderful couple and we felt happy to celebrate this day with them.

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