Africa wishes you all a happy 2013!
Wow, yeah I'm glad to not have to be dealing with Utah weather for the moment. It's pretty nice here for the moment, Harmattan kicked in a little bit more, it's relatively cool and dry for this last week.
Wow, yeah it's hard to believe that Jacob leaves this week. Even though it's been coming up for months now. But that's what it was like for my farewell too. What's he having for his last few meals?
I don't really have any suggestions for last minute stuff to get him, except that maybe he could have some reallllly cool ties to trade in the MTC? But yeah, I don't imagine he'll be doing that much walking in his mission. I still think it's funny that Wes worked in two states, me in two countries, and Jacob will serve in about two city blocks. But our missions probably all had about the same amount of people.
I heard a rumor that the new mission president has already received his call. So keep an eye out in the church news. I'm definitely sure that split will be this summer at the very least. We'll see which country I end up in, I get a feeling I'll stay here while all the other people from my time period go to Benin.
I haven't received any mail since that sheet music you sent out, but I'm assuming it'll get here soon. As far as stuff I could use, the only thing off the top of my head is that I'll probably need some more of that shoe wax stuff. Maybe some more inserts too. I still haven't gone to the America-like store here, I'm not sure what's there.
No, I was not the only one to clean before the cleaning check. Everyone pitched in. I'm pretty sure we didn't win though, our desks weren't clean enough apparently. Which isn't really our fault since our desks are so small that the area book takes up 2/3 of my desk. Oh well, lesson learned. Next time, I'll just chuck everything in the closet.
As far as I'm aware, I'm staying here in Doumassesse until at least February. There should be some transfers this week, but that call would have come in yesterday. There was a huge round of emergency transfers last week, but we weren't touched. So as far as I know, I'm staying here. Transfers are normally every six weeks, but it really is about when new Elders come in or old ones leave. Or when Elders make bad choices and have to be transferred.
Our branch doesn't attend the new building. In fact, thanks for reminding
me. As of this Sunday, our branch will be meeting at 1:30 PM. The branch
split off from us still doesn't have a new building, and the landlord for
the missionaryapartment there refused to let them hold church there, so
they have to keep using our building. Should be interesting to have to go
out proselyting in the morning and then come back in for church. Could be a few weeks, could be a few months.
Okay I'm low on time, I'm just going to copy-paste a few paragraphs from my letter to President.
This last week had a couple of bright sides. The first was the Famille Anti. We taught them twice. The first time there was a member of their church there who batted heads a little with us. After the lesson, he started feeding them a bunch of anti-talk. When we came back the second time, they started out telling us that, and also informed us that they still wanted to take the lessons with us. I was super happy. I don't want to lose this family. The son Steve totally understands our message, and he's ready to act on it. The mom still needs a little bit of reassuring, but she's going to really take the time to understand the Book of Mormon, because that was one of the things their friend attacked.
We worked a lot with a member named Jean-Gaspard this week. He was present at that second lesson with Anti and Steve. I love working with him because he bears super awesome testimonies and pretty much every time he's in a lesson, I have moments where principles and scriptures click together in my brain for the first time and I feel the Spirit working through me. It's so powerful.
Last night, we had scheduled to go see one of our newer investigators, but I felt like we should go see if one of our other investigators had come back from his vacation yet. Not only did we find him, but he told us he's been reading a little from the Book of Mormon every night and he thinks it's good. In talking about the plan of salvation we gave a baptismal date and he accepted. So far so good. I get the feeling that it'll hold too. I'm excited that we are finally having some success with young men, it's a target group I've never been able to work with a lot. If everything I'm looking at comes to fruit, at least two missionaries could come out of these few weeks I've spent with Elder Gnahore. That would be so cool, that would really give me the assurance of a lasting difference thanks to my mission. That would make up for a lot of my setbacks I had in Gbedjromede and Aibatin.
Everything will work out alright. That was the second big message I got out of conference. Rough times are ahead for all of us, but if we have faith everything will be alright.
As far as your question Mom, people around here don't really get the flu. Even getting so much as a fever usually means you're pretty badly sick. When the fever I had a few months ago made me shiver, my companion wanted to take me to the hospital right then.
LOVE TO YOU ALL, Elder Christensen
PS mom, I love the photos you attached, but next time have Dad shrink the photos first, they were a little big for the connection.