Letter from March 17, 2014
So this last Saturday I officially celebrated 10 months on a mission, very soon I will be singing the praises of 1 year serving a mission. Its not that far away. Life is so great serving a mission, serving Him.
Life is so happy, and there is nothing I receive more happiness from than seeing miracles in the lives of these people here in Madagascar.
I am so happy to hear that people think that I have lost weight. I have not yet seen it in myself but we shall see.
I love teaching people about the fullness of the gospel that has been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. It blesses lives.
A sad story this past week. Yesterday we had a random lady show up to church with two young children. She talked to us, and we found out that she has been living on the street with her two kids. She was carrying a small grocery bag, and that was all the possessions they owned. They had very obviously not bathed in an extremely long time. She had heard that if she came to church with us that she could receive help. I referred her to the branch president and we will see what we can do. Unfortunately, the church cannot just give money to these people, because if we do, then all of a sudden, everyone in the country is demanding money from the church. It is really unfortunate, but it is the way things must go right now. There is a lot of people here that hear about our church, and that tell others that this is the place to go. It is really sad to see what these people go through.
The one thing that continues to shock me is the difference in the money. The dollar is so so so so strong compared to the ariary. With a single dollar a person could buy so much. People say that most malagasy people live off of two dollars a day or less.
This morning we went to a mountain in Manadona and we hiked a waterfall. I have some good pictures for us all today. It was really good. It was a lot of fun, lots of good times spent together here in Madagascar and here in Antsirabe. This week we have a zone conference on Saturday, and some other cool things coming up. More on all of that next week.
We are all servants in the Lord's vineyard, working to reap the harvest, we all need to serve the Lord and work hard to bring the results of the Lord's vineyard. It is a blessing to wake up every morning and serve in the vineyard.
The Lord blessing me everyday!