Hello from Africa,
Haha, the I pad makes silly auto-fill mistakes. Like saying it was Wes who was hit with a moto. No, I was not hit. That was Elder Montross. Over the months I've had a couple of close-ish calls (got clipped by rear-view mirrors once) but I have no plans to ever actually be hit.
As far as scorpions go, I've never seen one here, so I couldn't tell you. Elder Layton is in a sector a bit farther North, maybe that's why. Generally, I've never had any problems with safety and health. I know that I'm being protected, I normally would be long overdue for something by now.
Weather is about back to normal here. Harmattan officially ended. I can't remember when rain starts again, I think it's about May. Just 4 months. We'll probably see a few sprinkles before then though. I'm just praying that it isn't so cold back home a year from now. I do not want to go from here to below-zero weather.
So fun experience of the week. We went to the baptismal service with an investigator, and I got asked to play the piano. That wasn't too bad. The awkward part was when the missionary leading the music felt that he still needed to intone the hymn, and happened to choose a key a full whole step down. Which meant I had to try transposing on the spot while people sang. That was one of the more challenging things I've ever done, musically speaking.
We still have two branches in the building for the moment. I believe the building for the other branch has been bought, but they are repainting it or something. In a week or two we should be back to 9 AM church. For the apartment, nothing has changed. Literally every single apartment has been touched by transfers in the last month.... except us. It's obviously just a matter of time, but I'm not sure if it'll be me or my companion leaving first. I did get the chance to talk to the new Elders that just came in, already found my crazy Mormon connection with two of them. Hill Cumorah Pageant has been wonderful for that.
I really like the area we are working in, and I love most of our investigators..... I just don't know how to get them to come to church. That has been my biggest problem in Togo. Other than that, we've been working really hard and have seen some success. We did get the two sons of the Anti family to come to church yesterday, and that went well.
Thanks for always keeping me updated on people's mission calls as much as you do. Looks like I will have a bunch of homecomings I'll be able to attend.
Interviews with President Weed this week, should be interesting, first time in Togo. Also interesting because of the timing. You may not remember this (well, I know you do mom), but this week will be my 1 year mark. I can't believe how fast it has gone by. In some ways, it has all been great, I know I've grown in ways I never expected. In other ways, I see I still have so far to go. Nothing like a mission to help you see your faults and weaknesses. Probably one of the most humbling experiences I've gone through is realizing that some of the things I do are just annoying to other people. No one likes to think that it's their fault. I admire all of my companions for the massive patience they've showed me.
As far as package stuff goes, I could use some more taco seasoning. For Toiletries, Toothpaste and maybe 1 new toothbrush would be the only things I would need. I still have well over half of my deodorant. and I probably have enough floss for 3 more years. Don't think I need new razors either. Hair gel, what I've been using is Suave hair paste.... I think. I can never remember once I leave the apartment.
I love you all, very much Elder Christensen