Monday, January 11, 2016

1/11/16 - Miracle of the pictures and going to Relief Society

Tena ohatra mampatruny be ny hern andro fa tsa manahy!

Hey y'all!  How's everyone doing?!  Just dandy I hope?  Mahafinaritra be izany!  Well, this was transfer week and it was fun as ever.  Haha!  We have a new office elder living with us.  His name is Elder Monsen!  He is Elder Glazier's kid and I totally prophesied to him a while back that we would either be comps or live in the same house together.  Haha!  And fate had it! BAM!  The house has been hectic lately.  People are coming and going but I think this is the last time I will see a transfer week here.  It's kind of sad that this is my last transfer in Anjanahary.  BETTAH KILL IT!!!

- Dola is such a baller!  He told us that he was a professional soccer player.  He's legit!  He showed us a video of him playing in Paris, France.  He has also played all around Africa.  He has been progressing so well.  He is so humble and was so ready for this gospel.  Whatever we ask him to do he does.  He will be baptized on the 6th of February.  For the lesson on Monday we were planning on teaching plan of salvation but felt the need to change it to discussing goals and we brought him a picture of Jesus Christ and the temple.  I took out the pic from my bag and Dola and his wife glanced and each other with wide eyes and laughed.  I asked them, "What?"  Dola told me that after church he told his wife that he really wanted a big picture of Jesus Christ and the temple to put up on his wall but his wife said she didn't know where to get one.  Next day, BAM!  Ask and ye shall receive!  Haha!

- Dola gave us a referral.  One of his workers was getting really interested and finally joined one of the lessons.  Her name is Maritina.  Come to find out, she's getting married to one of the members in the ward named Mady.  He is brothers with Willie who we are helping to prepare to go on a mission. She is way cool and came to church yesterday and she said she just loved it. She loved the spirit and the help from the talks in sacrament meeting.

- Lemanana and Ianta are so cool and are starting to progress well. Ianta and her sister came to church yesterday and had a fantastic first experience.  I attended Relief Society (I'll tell you why in a second) and they took part and felt welcomed.  I introduced them to bishop and they were like amazed because in other churches, you can't just go up and shake the pastor's hand.  A big no no.  Haha!  But they loved meeting him and bishop is a great man who builds great relationships with people.

- Rain, rain, and more rain.... Yikes!  Elder Monsen just became the new office elder but came on a split with us and he said that is the first time in his mission he has had water in his shoes.  Haha!

- Jewels brought a referral to church yesterday.  It was a deaf girl.  We were so surprised!  Jewels is soo funny.  He has been trying to teach her and has already dropped a baptism date on her!  Haha! Go Jewels!  We took Jewels teaching with us one day and he had so much fun teaching I guess that he started doing it on his own.  The thing is that this lady does Malagasy sign language and me and Jewels have been learning American sign language from some sister missionaries in DC over Skype.  So during the 3rd hour of church the APs took Jewels to priesthood and then I took his friend to Relief Society and attempted to translate for her.  It's so hard to change.  Haha!  I hope she got a lot out of it.  The Relief Society, when they do closing prayers, they hold hands in a circle and it was way weird because I had to stand in the middle of the circle and translate for Francine and the prayer was wayyy too long!!  Haha!

This was a way fun week!  I love training!  I'm bringing out Elder Tambula's loud side a little and he is sooo funny.  Haha!  I don't even think he means to be funny but he is!  Well... love you all!  Have a fantastic week!  Bisous bisous!

Elder Mack

This is not a fist bump anymore.  We call this a 'DONA'. 

This is Mirado's dad

A funeral right outside the house.  This is how they take their dead to the burial place - carry them on the top of a taxi be. 

I taught Jewels some piano!  He can play, "How Firm a Foundation" now!  Haha!

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