We have a couple of investigators that are doing really well. We actually have one sister that will probably be getting baptized next weekend. We need to talk a little bit about that. Rosemonde (literal translation of name "pink world") wants to get baptized and is totally willing to respect the commandments, but hasn't entirely grasped all of the implications of the apostasy and the restoration. Teaching her has been a lot of fun though, she understands incredibly fast. We've actually been teaching her with Elder Semken, which has been very interesting (Elder Semken needs constant translation). I'm pretty sure she'll pull everything together though. It would be nice to have a baptism at least. I've gone a long time without having a baptism. That's really been getting me down for a while. We have another sister (Deborah) who has stated that she wants to get baptized, but she really wants to understand everything before she does it, apparently she's been baptized in 4 or 5 other churches, wants to be really sure. Our newest investigator is named Gospel. He's from Nigeria, ran into the church a little bit but never attended. Well, he just up and decided to come to church with us on Sunday, and now he wants to come every Sunday. Even though he only understands maybe a third of whats going on. I'm honestly not sure how well he understands our accents either. He was super happy to get a copy of the Book of Mormon though, so that was nice.
Interviews with President Weed went pretty well. I think. This time it was a LOT longer than usual. Probably because he only had to do five the whole morning, so he actually had some time. As far as I can tell, I'm staying in the office for a while. No reason to think I'll be heading out at the end of the month (except for the irony of the MTC elders showing up with my drivers license, and I wouldn't need it any more. That would be funny). But I really expect to be here until at least June, if not August or September. I get mixed feelings about that sometimes.
I did talk to President about whether or not I would be able to come home early for school. He recommended that I look into doing the second block first, see if that would be possible. I'd honestly never considered it, but it sounds not to bad. I'd get to be at home for probably a month, so not to long nor short. The only problem is that I don't know if I can do that with my scholarship. Could you look into that mom? If it is possible, what kinds of classes are given second block?
I did not burn a pair of pants and a tie at my year mark. I don't recall really doing anything special. I think I got an ice cream cone. I haven't been big on celebrating events out here. I don't like being all "okay, now we're going to go do something I want to do" to my companions.
My pictures were in a small format? I know that some of them were bigger than others, but I don't remember if any were "small". I'll look into it on my camera. I might have cropped certain photos. I'm sorry I don't take "cityscape" pictures, but I reallllllly hate looking like a tourist. Everyone already sees us a mile away because we're white guys in ties, but to whip out a camera and start flashing is really uncomfortable for me. Related, I'll get you that better photo for the drivers license. I can't do it right now because I don't have time (see below). Elder and Sister Semken will understand, they want another driver too.
We might be getting our Conference Liahonas a little bit faster this time. The April Liahona came about the 3rd of April. Is that because I was assigned to write a complaint to Distribution Services in Accra, and CC the Director of Temporal Affairs? Possibly. Six months without English Liahonas was just not fair. In any case, I'm super excited to read conference. It sounds like it was a really good one. Here's a shocker for you though... One more conference until I come home. Wow, it's weird to be able to say that.
No I haven't used all the jdawgs sauce yet. I've actually not used hardly any since coming back to Benin, we've been meaning to go and buy some real hotdogs or even sausages (instead of the chicken-dogs everyone eats normally) and make us some really good jdawgs. We've been talking about that for a month though, so we'll see if it actually happens. We have actually started making more root beer though. I hereby report that dumping milk powder into root beer creates melted root beer float, and it is delicious. So shortly after coming in to start writing, we noticed water flowing down the hall.... The water heater in the kitchen broke somehow. So we had to mop that all up. Yay! Hence why I can't do the pictures today.
Speaking of mechanics breaking, yesterday was a little nerve wracking. Let's just say a moto wasn't paying attention until the last minute. Threw himself off of his bike right before he hit us. Luckily, he never did hit us. As our Elder Quorum president/Police Chief informed us, in Africa the law is 'no contact, no fault'. The blessing is that this all happened on the street where said EQP/PC lives. So he was there in like 2 minutes. I think it wasn't our fault anyways, but I wasn't really paying attention at the time so I'm not 100% sure. The man calmed down pretty fast (his moto wasn't all too badly damaged), and at the end of it we explained who we were and ended up taking his contact info for other missionaries. I'm sure that will be a very interesting first lesson.
In other news, my CD player now works again. Apparently letting it sit still for 3 weeks fixed it. Go figure.
Okay I got to go now, love you all (but especially you mom!) Elder Christensen