Hello March! It has come fast for sure.
So this week we were still in Tamatave on Monday and Tuesday. We had some wonderful splits there and everything was great! And then on Wednesday we drove back to Tana. That took most of the day. Thurday was a great day!
Thursday we got to attend the fisoratana of one of our investigators! That is her legal marriage. She has been investigating the church for over 9 years, and the only thing stopping her from baptism was the marriage. And so we have been working with her for a long time and we finally got the marriage done Thursday morning. I will send some pictures. And then after that we had to go to the airport which always takes a while. Then Thursday evening we started catching up a little on office work and preparing for the next three upcoming Zone conferences this week and next week. We also visited Nadia and talked to her about the marriage and the upcoming baptism.
Friday we had office meeting in the morning and then we met with President regarding transfers. And then we did yet more office work. We did also teach some which was good.
Saturday - We had a nice baptismal service for Nadia and her daughter Mirana. It was a great baptism and everyone had a great experience. It was a day long awaited. And then later in the afternoon we attended the Adult Session of Stake Conference. Sunday we also attended the general session, both sessions were presided by Elder VanReenen who is an Area Seventy for the Africa Southeast Area. It was a good conference. I spent time reflecting on my mission and I realized that I have spent 15 months of my mission serving in this stake. I have served in 4 different areas inside of this stake. It was cool to look out over the audience and see all these people that I know from the areas in which I served and also to see all the investigators that I have taught from many of those areas now active members in the church. It was a very humbling experience and I realized just how much I am going to miss Madagascar.
Mom asked for pictures and then asked about transfers. So I will explain a little bit about the whole transfer system for the mission. Mom Note: No pictures yet. :)
Missionaries report to the MTC on a Wednesday. We currently have missionaries attending Provo or Ghana and will be adding Johannsburg soon. And then that lines up exactly with our transfer dates here. We have a transfer every 6 weeks. And so for missionaries coming to the mission, they leave the MTC on Monday morning and arrive here Wednesday afternoon. For the missionaries that are already in the mission, they find out Sunday night about transfer news, that is, who is going where. And then the transfer moves are conducted normally Monday through Thursday, and we make a program telling everyone when they are going to be moving. And since we have long bus rides in this mission we have to plan it out well. Going to some places takes as much as 10 hours and so we have to figure out how to get everyone everywhere without leaving any missionaries stranded without a companion. Talk about fun logistics. So the assistants plan transfers with President over several weeks throughout the transfer and then missionaries wont find out until that Sunday. For example there is a transfer on the 18th of March. And so the missionaries in the MTC went there on February 4th. On the 16th they will leave the MTC. On the 15th, all the missionaries will know about the transfer. And so thats a little about how the transfers work. So the new missionaries show up on the Wednesday and then they get a nice dinner and some paperwork and stuff and then on Thursday they get trained and head to their new areas.
So thats kinda how it works. And I will talk to you guys later!