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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mission Conference and Visit to the Game Park


I've ran into some computer issues but figured them out. I am not going to be able to send a weekly email for the Blog this week, I'm really mad but I just don't have time after sending all the animal photos. I had so much to talk about too, but it's just hard in Africa sometimes.

My hand looks like it was infected, but Yes it is all mosquito bites!! 

This is a pomegranate, but people here call it a "hard nut" It's actually very good!

Yes, this is sewage, running through the maize (corn) field. 
Maybe there is a reason they don't want us buying vegetables off the street?🤔 

This is John Mafunga, an investigator of ours. He's a tailor and they tailor pants for $1. 

Me wearing my tie, Zim style!!! Zimbabweans love wearing 
children's ties, like SUPER short. It's hilarious. 

Baptisms This week!  

Mad selfie with the pic wall.

A selfie with elder Sink (las vegas) and Elder Shumannis (North Carolina). 

Yes, we went to a Game Park today! Chipangali, one of the best ones!!!

{A Description of  the game park from their website:   Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage is a haven for wild animals which have little hope for survival in the wild – animals or birds which have been orphaned, abandoned, injured, born in captivity or brought up unsuccessfully as pets.
It is often the last refuge for those brought in sick or injured,
and has increasingly become a sanctuary for confiscated animals.}

This is before we went it.

This zoo isn't like American zoos. All that was keeping us from the
animals was a chain link fence, like the one around our house.
So you have to stand back, cause the monkeys will bite you and grab you.

The freaking lion!!! His name was Shaka. They had about 15 lions there. Yes, the only thing keeping us from these animals is a thin chain link fence. So sketchy. The zoo guy just kept petting the lion. I was not about to get that close to the fence. The lions actually loved being pet, but tourists aren't supposed to touch them. This one was only 2 and a half years old, and look how big it is. crazy!

They had about 15 lions there. Yes, the only thing keeping us from these 
animals is a thin chain link fence. So sketchy.

The leopard mad chillin'. This one I touched when he got close to the fence!
His name was Prince. They are so cool.

There were some HUGE crocodile. Yes I reached in through the fence and
when I touched it, it hissed at me!!! Who can say they touched a crocodile in Africa,
then had it hiss at you? It was worth risking my hand! What's sad, is they even don't lock the locks on these cages. Like, before you go in they tell you don't go inside the cages, lol. So I could have easily walked in with the crocs hahah.
The green stuff on the croc's back is just African moss! It's not like a fungus!

Look how close I am to these lions. DANG. I was so scared I can't lie. Literally just a fence between us 2 feet away. I could have easily reached out and had my finger bit off, and they were NOT happy with me it was so scary!!!

A Wild Bore

A small African deer (maybe a Kudo)

A big old African deer, a random turtle and a flamingo.

We had an AMAZING conference yesterday, the spirit was unbelievably strong. I would have put all that in my weekly email, but its already 4:30 here, and all the shops close at 6, so I have very limited time. The lock out on my computer wasted about 30 valuable minutes.

I am amazed how fast time is going, it is such a blessing. I've been having really bad stomach aches lately, like bad. For about 5 days now. And I had an opportunity to talk to president's wife about it yesterday, but didn't. But I am sure they will just go away, it is just a bug or something!

President and Sister Ellis, they are both 70! And they are just a couple who have been called all over the world because of his calling. So they lived in Idaho, then moved to Utah, then Brazil for 3 years, then Houston for 2 now Africa for 4!! They are going back home soon though, cause elder Ellis is going to be released! But it's just crazy, they love each other so much, and talk about each other so positively. You can just feel their love. There was a talk by Elder Russel M Nelson in 2003. Not sure what it is called, but it is about heart surgery. Long story short, a man came to Russel and asked him to do a heart surgery on him. They checked his heart, and it had a problem no one in the world knew how to fix. Russel told the man that he couldn't preform the surgery, that no one in the world knew how to. The man looked him in the eye and said "I have complete faith in the Lord, that he will show you how to fix it. Just please do the surgery. So Russel agreed and did. As he was cutting open the man, the nurse asked Russel, what are you gonna do? And he responded "I have no idea" Once the heart was in plain view, he just looked at it and prayed that he would know how to fix it. (He had prayed and fasted for weeks). Then Russel had a distinct picture pop into his mind of how to do the cuts, put the stitches, replace the valve, all that stuff. And he did, and the man survived, and lived for many, many more years. The whole point was the Lord knows heart surgery. Think about that. The Lord knows heart surgery. No one in the world knew how to fix that man's heart, except the Lord. And the Lord put the picture into Russel M Nelson's mind of how to fix it. This surgery actually became the best surgery for the whole world. And what Elder Ellis was trying to tell us, is that if the Lord knows how to fix a heart, that no one in the world knows how to fix, he sure knows exactly how to fix our problems.  He knows exactly how to deal with our insecurities and pains. He knows exactly what we should do, and where to go, and how to solve all our problems. So all we need to do is trust him, have complete faith, and pray!! I just love Christ so much. how can I not love him?  Love Elder Cazier

1 comment:

  1. We served in Zimbabwe (senior couple)-2013-2015. We spent 9 months in Masvingo, then to Mutare and Bindura. We have life-long friends from Zim. Reading you blog brought back so many wonderful memories. We LOVE the people there. You will love your mission too. If you are in Masvingo, give our love to Bro. Nguena. He is a rock! Thanks for your service. The Lord will bless you and your family.