Dear Mom (I love you!),
Africa is still just about as crazy as ever. It has been a very interesting time in Finagnon. It is not a new area, the branch was created right about the time I got to Africa. But my particular area was closed for a few weeks and then the new elder got sick, so not much got done. Things are hard, but not impossible. Something that I love about the area is that the houses are really cool. The name of the neighboorhood is "embassy zone", because initially the idea was to have a bunch of embassies there. Then that didn't work out, but it is still really cool looking. But Door to Door is a little challenging because rich houses mean either the person is muslim, not home, or not interested. We are working on it though and we have a few investigators. President Weed called us the other day to explain that we are co-senior companions, but that Elder Lala is district leader. I'm not fussed about that, but it is still a little weird. President said that I may be with Elder Lala to the end, he isn't sure yet. I am not in Elder Gray's apartment, but I am in his zone. He's doing good, we had a basketball activity this morning. The two Elders in my apartment are Elder Ritchie and Elder Boto, our zone leaders. Elder Ritchie is one of the most level missionaries I know, and Elder Boto and I were in Doumassesse together and I really like him.
Yes I am playing the piano again. Unfortunately, there is ZERO air circulation where they put the piano. I about melted yesterday. And then afterward, no less than 6 people walked up and asked me to teach them piano. I'm sorry, but even if you had a piano at home and you practiced an hour a day I probably couldn't get you up to simplified hymns in 6 weeks....
The last few days we have had a giant wedding going on in our street. Like they put up tents and chairs in the middle of the street. This is not unusual actually. But the music was loud. It has been a little hard getting to sleep at night.
This morning I went and bought some fabric so I could get a set or two of traditional clothes made. I need to do that before the Christmas rush....
I don't think I will be able to get a monkey head (even if I can find it, I doubt that is allowed through customs.
Oh yes, my tan is coming back very well. I've been out walking a lot lately, and it has been making a difference. Not that you will see it, I'll be so covered in coats and blankets.
For my homecoming talk I was thinking about talking about "putting your confidence in God" or something like that. I think it would be a good way to approach a faith talk. I was thinking about talking about consecration, but then I realized that that would be difficult to come up with good stories about members and what-not. Tell the Wades congratulations for me, that will be very exciting for them. I'm not too fussed about a musical number, if the Wades have something they want to do that is cool.
I got an email from Grandma Christensen this week. I didn't know they were already great grandparents! That was a shocker for me. One of our elders lives in the ward over from them, I may bring some souvenirs home for him (I'm already planning to bring some home for Elder Gray).
Did you ever find me an apartment? And what do you think I really need to bring back (other than souvenirs)?
Someone in this cyber is playing Windows pinball, and it's making all sorts of noises. Haha.
I'm in HTML simplified mode, I have no idea if this is a long email or not.
Oh yeah, this morning I found a little tiny Chinese supermarket. I bought some candy and some beef jerky, it made me think about Jacob haha.
I can't believe how fast time is going! This week is halfway through November. That is just crazy. Okay, I think I'm done for the week, I didn't have much time because the guy in charge of the cyber was gone for like 20 minutes when I first got here, I couldn't buy any hours until he showed up.
Love, Elder Christensen