We also hope your Christmas was very Merry and awesome and you were all able to celebrate with your family!
We wish you very Happy New Year filled with blessings and happiness!
We are reminded each day of the many blessings we have and the amazing experience we are having here. The beautiful South African people that we have come to love, and the Elders . . . oooohhhhh the Elders! The choir we are in, the investigators we are helping to teach, the less actives we are trying to help renew their blessings of living the gospel, and also the new members who are striving so diligently to live the gospel!
We miss you all and our family! It's a good thing that we can Skype our kids and grandkids every single Sunday and we are still able to see them grow and change. We have been here for 1 year now, and all our grandkids are a year older. Even little Kate is now 1 year old!
Part of November was filled with an incredible visit from some of our wonderful friends from St. George. We then had a missionary couples conference the week of Thanksgiving. Here we are, with our friends, getting ready to do the Zip Line near Knysna, South Africa.
We arrived back in Cape Town on the 23rd of November. We all climbed Table Mountain on Monday morning. This is a rigorous hike that took us 2 hours. It's not for the weak or feeble!! Table Mountain is a land mark for South Africa and is one of the new 7 wonders of the world. Everyone who can, will climb it, when they come to South Africa. It's on the right side of my head in this picture.
Then we returned home to East London to take care of things here. We were missed by the Elders, and we had a lot to catch up on.
We decorated our flat for Christmas as you can see in the picture below - yep - that's it! This is extent of our Christmas decorations and it all sits on our kitchen table!
We just heard from the AP's and they told us that they are almost done! This was an unforgettable experience!
Here are pictures of our meals. We did a snack for breakfast, and a lunch and a dinner. It was a BIG day for us! Then we set out the next day to tour the rest of the mission.
This is our car - loaded to the hilt!
This is the table with the gift bag that we prepared for each Elder - notice the candy kisses scattered on the table - We sisters can't give the Elders a hug but I can give them a kiss!
The evening meal was Pizza and ice cream bars, by then they weren't even hungry - well . . maybe . .
After visiting each Zone in the mission we took a day off and climbed Lion's Head with President and Sister Wood! Another great hike in Cape Town South Africa. These are not the most appealing photos so look at the view and not the old people!
Christmas Day we had an open house for the Elders. Of course food . . . and they were able to Skype their family. We had about 20 of them at our home. It was a fun day.
After they left we were able to Skype our kids and grandkids! It was fun to see them on Skype and see their excitement of Christmas!
One of the most memorable and exciting thing about this Christmas are the SMS (Texts) we receive from the Elders as they tell us about their experiences of memorizing "The Living Christ". They share with us how it makes them feel, how it has change their life and how it changes the way they look at the Savior and how it has changed how they look at Christmas. It has also helped them as they teach the gospel to investigators. They are working so hard and some of them are so fast at memorizing, yet some say "it is much harder than they thought but has been well worth it!" It seems that every SMS we receive from them brings tears!
We thank you all for the support, love and prayers you send our way! We love what we are doing and are having an amazing time doing it!
May the New Year bring blessings and hope to you and your family and may you, like us, have an increased appreciation for all the blessings that are bestowed upon each of us from our Heavenly Father each day!
Happy New Year and "Go Well"!
Elder and Sister Boyce