Tuesday, February 23, 2016
This week was pretty decent. My new comp Elder Gariki is way great so we're having a blast here in Antsirabe. We still have a lot of people that are coming right alone for baptism which is way great. We even had 10 people at church last week, so that was way nice. The only problem is that most of the ones who are supposed to be baptized on the 5th of March didn't come for various reasons, so we will probably have to push back the bap dates to the 19th. Also some more rotten news, This time it's about Sitraka. I don't know if you all remember hearing about her, but we've been teaching her since we got here. She is 18 and was basically a member. She came to church every week, she even went to seminary. The only reason she isn't baptized is that her father won't accept it. You see her mom is catholic, her dad is Jehova's Witness, and her and her sister pray with us. Anyways they didn't like praying at different churches so her parents decided that they are all leaving their churches and joining the Lutheran church. I know it makes 0 sense at all but that's what it is. It literally breaks my heart to think how close she was. She knows that the church is true, but she can't do anything about it and it just sucks. I don't know what else to do for her. Anyways enough of that things are still good here. Our schedule is way full most days so things are still going great here. Love you all so much,
Monday, February 8, 2016
Sorry I'm a little late today. I guess something went down with a tower or something but the internet to all of Madagascar has been down most of the morning. Haha not even a 3rd world country yet probs. Things are still going great as always. This week was up and down as always. We went off and found this way cool waterfall after we emailed last P-day. I was trying to figure out how to jump across this way slick part of it and kind of slipped and fell in. It hurt a little, but let the record show that I did not swim!! Haha it was only like 3 feet deep so I just kind of sat on the bottom for a second until Elder Koplin pulled me out. Anyways that was fun, I'll send some pictures. Then we found out some good and bad news on Wednesday. Lalaina has been cleared by a psychiatrist to go back to school. That's great, but he is moving to Tana and thus will not be getting baptized here. I just really hope that he finds the church again there. In other news the area is still awesome and I love it. I don't know if I've told you about Dado yet, but he's a baller. He's about 21 years old and lives with his family. This week he came to church for the first time. After that we went and taught him and his friend showed up too. Turns out he told his friend about the white dudes that teach Jesus so now that guy is interested too! Dado says he's going to teach him. At the end of the lesson they said they're both going on missions and asked if it was ok that they have a bunch of tattoos. I laughed a little on that one and we showed them a picture of a missionary here with a tattoo and so that was fun. Anyways he's supposed to be baptized in March so I hope I'm here to see it.
Love you all so much, the church is true.
Monday, February 1, 2016
Hey everybody!! I can't believe how fast time flies!! I hit my five month mark tomorrow. It's way weird to me that it went so fast. Things are great here. My area is great, the people are great, the branch is great. I just love it over here. I'm kinda pressed for time but I'm gonna send some pictures and I guess this is it for the week. Love you all so much!!