Well, you know how last week I said we have had some pretty outstanding adventures? Well, last Monday we had one that may just about top all of them haha. However, if you will complain at me for being in danger please skip this paragraph. We went to an abandoned mine out in the middle of nowhere for a zone activity. A member recommended it, and previously there had been a few things done out there by missionaries, so we assumed it would be safe. We got out there and there were a bunch of Africans who have set up an illegal mining operation, totally looks like one of those blood diamond camps, but yeah. We asked them if they cared if we played Capture the Flag there, they didn't care. As we were preparing to start a police chopper flew over us, then circled us about 10 times. That's not all that abnormal. What was abnormal was the fact they had a machine gun pointed at us as they did it. So, we were a bit confused, but carried on. All of a sudden we got a call from a group of missionaries who were on the field opposite of us and all they said was "they are shooting each other." Well, needless to say, we got out of there as fast as we could. What had happened was the miners started shooting each other, and the cops got there and started shooting the miners. We watched them shoot guys out of the helicopter, and chase the miners into ditches and shoot them. Pretty exciting if you ask me. We won't be going back to the mine anytime soon. Gotta love mission life in ghetto South Africa!
This week was pretty awesome. Best week we have had so far! Better yet, after 5 weeks of knocking on gates for hours we have finally found one person to teach! It was amazing haha, but we finally did it. This area is rough as far as the work goes. Oh well, on the bright side, biking 30 - 50 ks a day is making me lose a lota weight, and I like that!
There isn't much else to update you on, life for the most part is pretty standard. Oh, also I've started to be like Joe, all I eat is cereal.
That's about it for this week, hope all is well!
Love, Elder McClellan