Monday Jan 5, 2015 Letter
Its a brand new year and looking forward to all of the excitement that is coming up!
The end to 2014 was pretty good. We got to teach some lessons and things. Watching the drunk people from our house was also rather enjoyable.
But this week was work as usual. The mission is so greats, but I feel like I dont have things to report on each week.
So Tuesday we did office work, taught english, and then we did a short skype with Sister Turley to help Jules learn english.
Then on Wednesday President Collins, the Johannesburg MTC President, and his wife visited Madagascar. We organized a small meeting for them with some current missionaries and returned missionaries to talk about their different experiences in the MTC to find out some things that could be improved on in their MTC. So there were representatives from the Johannesburg MTC, Ghana, and Provo. It was a good meeting and everyone was able to participate. Then in the afternoon and evening, we got some good work done. AKA we did a lot of tracking, and because it was New Years Eve, nobody let us in. But thats ok, it was a good day nevertheless.
Mom Note: MTC is Missionary Training Center. The church has them all over the world and missionaries go to an MTC for 2-6 weeks to learn to teach the Gospel and to learn the language where they are serving if necessary.
Thursday we went on a split. I ended up in Ambohipo with Elder Tavo and Elder Armando. We had a good day, but it involved a lot of walking. A lot of walking. But they are doing well, and we got to teach some really good times. We also got fed three times that day, because it was the 1st, everyone had lots of food and was excited to share it with us.
Malagasy's do not have much money, but they go all out on the parties. They save up money just to have some good parties for Christmas and New Years. A lot of the people do it to get drunk, but not the members.
So then on Friday we were back in our area working on some things. We had another good day, but it involved more contacting. Good day of hard work.
And then on Saturday we had another split. This time I ended up in Ambohimanarina 1. We had an excellent day of work. We taught english class in the morning and then in the afternoon got a full day of teaching in. I got to run into some old investigators that I had taught before and it was a good day. We worked hard and got a lot done.
And then on Sunday. So we now go to church at 1 instead of 10. And so it was a long day. So one really exciting thing that happened. Jules, the deaf member, bore his testimony in church, and he did it without a translator. He spoke it. It was mostly understandable. All of the members were amazed at what happened. So then they have assigned him to give the opening prayer next Sunday at church. So church went well and then we had a good rest of the day as well. Took some stats, and now its Monday again. Time just goes by so so fast. I cant believe its already the 5th.
Time keeps going, and the mission is reaching an end, but its going to a crazy marathon to the end.