Okay, well first off, sorry for how short the last letter was. We had a couple of Elders call in having problems with their bank cards (we recently switched banks) and I had to work on that in the middle of writing time. I'm going to try and put a lot of detail in this one.
So as far as whether or not I like the mission office.... I still am not sure. I definitely did not like it last week when I wrote. I'm doing a bit better now though. As far as our duties in the office, we come in in the mornings when we would normally be proselyting. Normally, we are supposed to be out in the field after lunch. However, sometimes things pop up that keep us in. Those things are almost never planned, so it runs a hassle with investigators sometimes. It also sometimes gives office Elders the idea that they should just expect those things to show up so they shouldn't bother scheduling appointments during that time...... That's why I had so much down time at first. We are doing better at getting out now, but it's not perfect yet.
As far as official office responsibilities go, I do a lot of phone calls and translating. Our office couple has no French capacities, so every time they have to meet with a landlord or go see a potential building or go to the bank or anything like that, an office Elder has to go with them. It sometimes feels like Elder Semken is my new companion thanks to that. I also get to put the information from the baptismal recommendations into the official system. What else.... I train Sister Semken on how to work in an office, we help Sister Weed with her projects. We get the mail from the post office and run other little errands. I've decided we are the Office Minions. We can be really useful at times, but we aren't important like the assistants so when they don't want us they can just push us out of the way. I think that means that President Weed is Gru.
No I haven't received the new driver's license yet. I did have my first experience driving a stick shift this afternoon though. It went alright, but who wants to bet that I forget it all before I get behind the wheel again? I'd better get it down fast, there's a chance that I'll be needed to help run the next transfers in two weeks. Especially now that we have some apartments a bit farther out.
So you ready for this? Apparently I lived through an African coup attempt. A couple of people were arrested for apparently trying to overthrow the president. All I knew was that there were a lot of policemen out on the streets for about 4 days, and even that was only because I'm in a car a lot more lately. I'll check that box off my bucket list I guess.
I found out that one of the sons from that family I was working so much with back in Doumassesse has a baptismal date for next week. I hope that holds, I put so much effort into that family. They mean so much to me.
So on Friday we'll be taking Elder Tshizanga (one of my companions) to the doctor so he can have a cyst cut out. I wonder if they'll let me take pictures....
Speaking of pictures, I'm going to the zoo on Monday! The Finagnon zone is going up to Porto Novo to see the zoo, and I managed to snag a seat. That'll be fun, guess I will see a lion in Africa.
Haha, I actually ate a falafel this last week too Mom, there's a place nearby that makes them. Everyone else thought I was super weird for ordering it though, most Elders just order hamburgers or Chicken Shawarma.
Speaking of Shawarma and Falafel, I found something out this last week. Apparently they have just dedicated the first stake center in the Middle East. Apparently there is a stake in Abu Dhabi, which I did not know. They say that it's full of Americans and Phillipinos. So there you go.
Oh, and the curse of knowing someone that knows the other missionary continues. Elder Semken knows the Darowskis, who were effectively my bosses when I worked with the Joseph Smith Papers. Always a small world. Okay, I think I got in a bit more detail this time. Hope that makes up for the last time. Love, Elder Christensen