So lets start with the big question on everybody's mind. What happened with transfer news?? Well....
So my companion is heading out of Tana to an area called Fianarantsoa. He will be finishing his mission down there. He was not super excited when he heard about that, but its life.
But with me.... It was a curveball out of left field. So I had some ideas that I may be training, and thats true. I am training this next transfer.
There are 6 elders that came in my group that are training, and I am one of them. But wait... There's more. They have decided to whitewash my area of Ankadindramamy with sisters, and so I am being transferred as well. I will be doing my training in an area called Ivandry that is also in Tana and it is not that far away from where I am currently. It is in the same stake and zone. So I am whitewash training in Ivandry. You now know almost the same amount of stuff as me for my new area. It is going to be extremely difficult. Whitewashing is hard, training is hard, and together combined with only being here for 2.5 months myself, makes it way hard. But wait there's more, I will actually be in a threesome companionship for a few weeks because I am going to have a mini as well to help. A mini is a priest or elder from a branch or ward that go on missions for a transfer at a time or whenever the mission needs help. I am pretty sure that my mini's name is Elder Herimalala, and he is way cool! I have already met him before and he is working in Ivandry right now so he will be around to help us for about 3 weeks learn the area and help me get started in that area. So its not a complete whitewash, but kinda. On thursday I will find out my trainee and we will get to work.
This news was completely unexpected and so luckily we have done a good job with Ankadindramamy that the sisters that take over will be able to just keep going with the work. None of our investigators should fall through the cracks and get forgotten about. We have good records set up and in place to get the work to not stop or go back, but to keep climbing the way it is.
But yeah thats my transfer news. Kinda crazy out of left field and I had no idea that it was coming. All the elders in my group that are training are training in their areas except for me. I now have to pack up and move. I will probably not see my new house until my trainee and I see it together.
It is going to be a rollercoaster ride.
Anways enough of that, you'll be hearing a lot about that in the next 12 weeks I am sure. Yesterday we had stake conference which was fun. I last week had been asked to play at stake conference and accompany the choir. So I had like 8 days to prepare two choir arrangements to play and then I also accompanied the choir on prelude music, I played prelude music for the meeting for an hour and a half, and I also played the congregational hymns.
SO MUCH PLAYING!! But it was fun, but really tiring.
Cool story from this week:
There is this boy named Fitiavana which translates as love. There was one night where we gave these kids a package of Saltos, which are crackers.
There were 6 kids around and I had them do the math, there were 18 crackers and 6 kid and so they did the math and agreed that there were 3 a person. I opened the package and started handing out the three to each kid. I had knowledge that most of these kids were hungry and hadn't either eaten dinner or had not had very much. Afterwards I told the kids to enjoy eating, and he was the the first to thank me which was cool, but then he turned and offered me one of his crackers. I was way impressed by this young kid who is hungry having the desire to share the food that I had given him, because he had seen that I didn't get any. I was really impressed, and I realized that the Savior must feel the same way I felt when we take the gift that he has given us, the Atonement, and then because of the gift, thank him and offer ourselves to him. We obviously are not offering him back the atonement, but we can offer ourselves to his will and to his service.
That I think is the letter for this week! There was more, but I don't want to bore you with more.