Friday, April 25, 2008

Brendon's Going to Johannesburg, South Africa!

YEAH!! I am so excited to announce that Brendon Blau has been called to serve a full-time, two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Johannesburg, South Africa Mission!! He reports to the MTC in Johannesburg on September 4th.

I couldn't be more excited! He called me up and read to me where he was going and I just started balling like a baby. The feeling I had in my heart only confirms what I already know. This is where he is supposed to go! I am so thrilled and am already planning on picking him up! Start the savings now baby.

In dedication to Brendon, here are some cool pics and
links of this wonderful place.

Jo’burg – from
Current Local Time – from worldclock.
Mission website

According to the website Johannesburg is the economic heart of South Africa. As the largest and richest city in South Africa, Johannesburg lifestyle is a fast-paced and hectic one.

No-one could have imagined the repercussions when an unemployed miner found a stone bearing traces of gold here in 1886, an event that led to the discovery of the world's richest natural treasure trove.

People flocked to the Johannesburg area from all ends of the earth, and the open pastoral landscape changed almost overnight. Shantytowns sprang up and were rapidly transformed into modern concrete cities. Johannesburg became 'The Gold
Capital of the World', and the entire country was catapulted into an economic boom.

For those interested in South Africa's history and cultu
re, Johannesburg offers fascinating museums. A thriving café culture and a thrumming nightlife exist in many of Johannesburg's suburbs. The townships are also interesting to tour.

Brendon, I am so excited for you my little shooshie!!


Kirsten said...

That's awesome! We have an elder and senior missionary couple from our ward serving in that mission.

Lish Fish said...

Whoo Hoo!! Grandpa called and told me last night. Insane. Grandma said that yesterday was a day with a lot of good news... Brendon and his mission call and Jed flying home from Iraq. SOO excited for everyone!!!

Unstoppable Lindsey said...

You have to let me know when Jed arrives. I want to be there with a banner or something!!

Tara Bergsjo said...

Wow, I am so happy for him! Grandpa also called me last night with the wonderful news! Please tell him I love him and that I am so Proud of him the next time you talk to him!! Love Ya

NieldFamily said...

Tell Brendon I said congrats and that we love him. We'll miss him so much. I know he will make a great missionary and will touch so many peoples lives. We are so proud of him.

Nikki said...

I can't believe THAT is Brenden! The Brenden I remember was so little and CRAZY HYPER! He was just a little guy back then...Let's see...10 or 11 years old! WOW! Time flies! What a cute young man he has become! Congratulations Brenden!

The Schneider Family said...

I can't beleive he is that old!! Sometimes I forget that I am not the only one that grows up! You look fabulous by the way!

Whitney said...

ahhhh, you called him a little shooshie! that is so exciting for your brother. so i have a blog for josh and i. you should check it out! i am linking yours to mine. love you shooshie.