No, I cannot believe that it is already the 9th. Everyone always told me that the last of the mission slows way down. That definitely hasn't been true for me. It's just flying by. I really am going to miss Africa. Do you remember how after our first year at pageant, on the plane all we did was talk about all the things we didn't like? And when you asked if we wanted to do it again, the answer was a resounding yes? That's what Africa has kind of been for me. Yes, it has been a grueling experience, but I've done so much here. I'm not at all excited to hear the news about the weather. I'm going to freeze! I'm pretty sure that first day of classes I won't be able to go to school. Someone asked me the other day if I will want to go skiing right when I get back. It would be cool, but I am pretty sure I would have to amputate a couple of toes afterwards. I still haven't heard what they want me to talk to the young men about. Having me talk about the "actual experience" of being a missionary could be really good or really bad. It would be best to avoid topics about disobediance.
As far as a dinner, It doesn't make a huge difference to me. Lets say Sunday? I was actually thinking of maybe for that first Monday, inviting the Gray family over for family home evening or something. I'll be bringing home some of his souvenirs and memory cards, and they might like the chance to chat. Haha you finally saw my belt? Yeah, I've been wearing the same belt ever since I left the MTC. I covered the front part with gorilla tape a while back to make it look a little better, but even that is peeling now. As far as sizing goes, I'm not sure what to do. As I recall, that belt was the smallest one we ever found. I've added two holes to it. I'm not sure, but I think that might mean I'm about a 28.5 waist right now. So cloth belts or the ones that can run any size are probably best. Yeah, I realized a long time ago that I'm not really a good leader. I'm not really someone that inspires action in others. I am learning a lot recently though about being charitable and loving people. Wish I could have learned it at the beginning of the mission, probably couldn't have though. The New Testament is really cool to study. Should finish in a few days. I'm wondering if that will be the theme I will find next time in the book of Mormon too. By the way, it would be a good idea to contact the Southams about how to protect souvenirs from the change in humidity and temperature. I have a recollection that there is a silicon coating that can be put on wood to keep it from cracking or something like that. On Saturday we had a hilarious lesson. Everyone fell asleep. at the beginning, I was kind of nodding off. Then my companion was doing it. Then the convert (a man in his late 60s) just straight up fell asleep. At that point, my companion joined him. I just sat there not knowing what to do. . . . We never said a closing prayer for that lesson. Yay afternoon siestas! All the missionaries here are stressing about what they are going to do for Christmas, which members houses, etc. It's really kind of funny. I'm just watching and chuckling. Love, Elder Christensen