Sunday, November 30, 2014

Week 66 I saw impalas and a giraffe!

Hey!!!  So I am doing great!!  I don’t have many pictures today I forgot to take pictures of my area but I have a few!! I think I will be here in Swaziland for the rest of my mission!!! It’s good to hear that dad has been getting a lot of work! Is he still getting more?? I will have to admit I am a little jealous of you going to Disneyland but Africa is still better!!! This week was a great week!!
Monday: I just had family night with our investigators and said goodbye to them.  The Elder Boyd came to our house so I did meet him! ( a friend from high schools son)
Tuesday: woke up at two in the morning to drive to the mission office ( it was at two just because they were dropping off other missionaries whose flight came in late it only takes 45 min to drive there from Matola) and then we left the mission home at 10am and we drove to Swaziland. It was me and 3 other elders it took us only 4 hoursand on the way there we saw some impalas and a giraffe!!!!! It was sweet!!! We finally got to our house and I went shopping and we went out to work!! We have a river in our area and it is a very beautiful area but there are tons of hills!
Wed: it was just a long day of work so here we worked a lot harder and longer to get about the same results as in Mocambique!  My comp is a very hard worker which is great I love working with him!
Thursday: it was just a normal day and I would tell you the names of our investigators but I forgot their names they have very difficult names here and when they speak their language has clicks and tongues its very hard to learn!! The language is very close to Zulu!!!  We also found a guy from Mocambique so we got to speak Portuguese at him it was way nice!!!
Friday was a great day we had 9 lessons and 9 contacts I swear we walked like5000 miles that day knocking on every door!!! So most of our contacts are door contacts because there are only 1000000 people here so there aren’t as many on the road and here a lot of women live alone and don’t have husbands its very weird!!!
Saturday: we had district conference in Manzini!! So that was good
and Sunday we had the Sencon part in our branch building!! It was a broadcast that Elder Bednar and Elder Uchtdorf and Elder Gay spoke at  it was good!!
So are you speaking English? Yes well I am trying
How is your English? I can speak fine unless I am praying or talking about the gospel and then it’s hard I have to translate it all back to English but it’s getting easier. Sometimes during some of my prayers Portuguese words will slip in and when I am teaching they just look at me like I am an idiot it’s pretty funny!!
How many missionaries are in Swaziland?18
How many are in our apartment?4
Who is your new companion and where is he from? So his name is Elder Schachterle and he is from Vancouver Washington
How big is your branch? well this week we had a frequency of 118 so it is smaller than the branches in Mocambique but the church has had more time here
Biggest difference between Swaziland and Mozambique? well for one we speak English, most of the people here have a little more money, there are a lot of mountains, our area sucks because there are so many hills and my legs are sore, it is more Americanized, the church is stronger here, and the work is a little harder!!!
How many areas have you served in has it been 6? so my areas are Magoanine, Manga, Munhava, Matola, and now Ezulwini (where I am right now).
Is this place more Americanized? Yes very much so!!!!
Do they speak Swazi and do you have to learn another language or just English? they speak English and siSwati most everyone speaks English but we do have a few investigators that only speak the language siSwati so we have to bring translators
What are the land conditions like? foresty and mountainous Sandy no there is still a lot of poverty but not as much
Are there any sights in Swaziland that you want to see? well not that i know of yet
What are you doing for P-day? well we have thanksgiving dinner at the senior couples home today!!
Is this a hard area to teach people the gospel? No but it is harder than Matola!!!
I haven’t put any money in your account so don’t take any out I don’t want you to be overdrawn?  Hunter Wilkes works at the bank and he waived that $2.50 charge so you can check your balance in your account now without getting charged. Well thank you hunter!!!!!
So are you going back to the mission home for Christmas? Yes we will have a zone conference I was hoping you would get your box before Christmas so you could have your 12 days of Christmas?  I can just have the 12 days late What do you guys get to do for Christmas? Zone conference and I don’t know

Tell me the Elders names in your apartment so I can Blog stalk them. Elder Atkison, Elder Christensan. That's it for this week I love you guys!!!

Week 65 I got Transferred to SWAZILAND!!!!!

So I  got transferred  I am going to SWAZILAND!!!!! Holy Crap!!!!! and yes I  have been a little lazy on my emails!!!  but I am going to Swaziland and speaking English!!!! I  am scared!   I will try and do better on my emails!! So this week was very nice we had a family baptism and a young single lady!!! I will send pictures!!! It was a very stressful week and a very blessed week!!!

Monday: it was just a normal p-day!!  We had a lesson with a family helping them prepare for the temple! 
Tuesday:  was also a  good day we had 5 lessons 3 with members and we are teaching a nice new family who's names are Mode and Fina she just had a baby this last week!! It was like pouring all day we were soaked and my shoes were freaking muddy!!! hahah  but all in all it was a good day!!
Wed: it was a difficult day!!! We had one lesson and like 3 contacts!! It was still wet and rainy!!! hahah 
Thursday: was a normal day but in the middle of the day we got a call from our family that was to be baptized and they said they weren't going to be  baptized because they didn't have money to buy any thing for the wedding and they were scared because the parents were going to be mad so during the hole day I was thinking what to say and I thought of a great scripture (he gave the wrong reference or I would have put it in here) and that helped him a lot but she was really worrier so I asked her if she believed God could do miracles she said yes so we asked them to pray and ask for help!!
Friday: So we woke up and got a call from Mimo the guy who was getting married and he said they received the money necessary for the wedding!!! So that day was just preparing for the wedding we cleaned the chapel and in the middle of the day we got another call and they said they weren't getting married again because her family was really mad because he didn't pay lobollo ( the money for his wife) and they didn't inform any one so they were really mad and they didn't want to get married so we talked to them and talked and helped them!! 
Saturday: We had a wedding and a baptism!! there was three people who were baptized  Presiosa, Mimo, and  Elisa!!! It was a great day they were all happy it was awesome!!! It is crazy to see the change in the lives of these people and its crazy how the devil tries to stop these people because he knows that this is the truth and doesn't want to loose this family!!!   I will send pictures separate.  I am excited for this package you are sending me!!!! No I didn't see the video but i saw the link i have only gotten one of Saydis letters!! My new comp is Gregory Shacterle!! I am excited but nervous but hey my English will get better!!!! 
I love you have a good week!!

Oh and I forgot to say that weddings are the most stressful thing in the world if its not one thing its the other!! Our branch pres said the branch would provide the cake but I texted him the night before and he said  that he would not have the cake and we didn't have time to to make one so I had buy one  for 700 met and then we got called  and said the guy who was going to drive didn't have gas money and our family is really poor they didn't have money soIi had to pay 500 met so I spent in all like 1500 net on this wedding with all the other stuff!!!! but have a good week I love you!!!

Hi son are you still on?  Are you happy to be going to Swaziland?  Where is your new comp from? Do you need more money?  How much is 1500 met?
1500 like 50 bucks I don't know I am waiting to get reimbursed 1000 because I paid a plumber but that will take a few weeks I might be good!! I am happy but sad I don't want to leave Mocambique
Oh man Swaziland is far from the mission home and now you are not going to get your 12 days of Christmas package.

It is only 6 hours from the office but I will still get it just will be on Christmas day!!! hahah but its not a problem or if Pres. Kretly comes to Swazi he will bring it.  I have know more time I love you!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Week 64

Hey family this week has been good.  We have found a few new families.  Mom, the boosters sounds real fun. haha I hope Kinzie is alright. haha
Kneaders yummy I could go for some all you can eat french toast!!!
Its good that dad is getting more work!! That would be nice if dad got that big job.
So will the Wickenburg's Wild West run race be bigger this year?
And yes I got the video of the celebration.
Tobie it is ok to cry for not winning, I remember when we lost in the championship I cried as well!
So this week was just a normal week not much happened.


Will you have a transfer before Christmas? Yes next week!!
Now besides dr.Pepper, candy and butterfingers is there anything that you are really needing?  socks!!!! and all the kids loved the CTR rings.   sunflower seeds, bbq sauce,  Twizzlers, pop rocks, just surprise me on the rest!!
I am sending one big box or 2 boxes this week so you will get them in time for Christmas.  I have a few gifts for your companion also.
Do they already have Christmas stuff for sale in Africa like they do here?  They had it out before Halloween!! same here they started 3 weeks ago!!!
So what did you think of our costumes for Halloween?  The Gadianton Roberts Classic!!
Did you get the small video that Shantelle sent you?  yep
Have you ever had the spirit guide you on your mission don’t just give me a yes or no answer give details share your experience. Yes, its hard to say when but I think all the people we find we were led by the spirit!!!
What are you doing today? Well we did some service this morning and helped move a huge concrete lid!!
Anything exciting that is going on this week?  We have a family baptism and a wedding on Saturday
So do you get to have a thanksgiving there? NO ITS JUST A NORMAL DAY!! hahah i am excited about this christmas package!!! 
I love you guys!!

Week 63

This week I was able to chat back and forth with Taylor a little through email so this is bits of our conversation.  
What did you guys do today?  Did you type me a letter?   I am in the process of  writing it.  My companion  wanted to buy some stuff in the city that's why I am emailing so late. 
What time is it there and what are you doing for the rest of the day?  It is 5:00 p.m. and we have a lesson with a member and some contacts and that's about it.
Do they have Halloween there or is it an American thing?  No, we celebrated it by dressing up as missionaries and instead of getting candy we gave them the gospel. hahaHaha that was funny.  
Did you see dad and mine costume and kades.   Dad says hi and he loves you.  HI DAD!!!
 that would be awesome!!! 
How does the 15th of July sound for family vacation? the 15 of July sounds great!! 

Did you have any of your new contact families come to church this week?  YES ONLY ONE BUT HEY WE HAD ONE
Tell me some things about your companion? HE IS 22  Where is he from?  MARROMEU What does his family do?  WELL HIS PARENTS ARE DIVIORCED AND HE LIVED ALONE. 
How long has he been out? THIS IS HIS 3rd TRANSFER What does he want to do after his mission? WELL WE WANT TO BUY SOME MINI BUSES AND START A BUSINESS UP IN MARROUMEU.
 Hey Im not so sure I want you living in Africa??  I wont live in Africa I will just buy two 30 passenger buses and I will be at home and just receive money!! I could make a ton of money with this and that wont be my job just a side thing.
So are you thinking flight transportation, boat transportation or just buses?  WELL THAT WON'T BE MY JOB JUST A SIDE JOB   
Well definitely something to think about or you could buy a fishing boat?  But a fishing boat costs a but ton, theses buses only cost 5,000-10,000
So any other thing you want in your package? pop rocks!! they flip out here when you give them pop rocks!! Dr pepper and butter fingers candy
Anyone bugging you yet? NOT YET
Have you seen any monkeys yet?  I figured its been a while since I asked so I thought I would again. NO I AM IN THE CITY SO I WONT SEE THEM
What animal besides dogs and cats and goats do you see running around all the time.  Like here we see rabbits what do you see?   LOTS OF CHICKENS
So any idea yet of what classes you want to be taking at BYU? NO NOT YET
Any other American restaurants in your new area? No just KFC
You said the homes are a little nicer their so what do the majority of the people do for work there.  SO IN OUR AREA WE HAVE THE RICH OF THE RICH AND THE POOR OF THE POOR
So just wondering why do you pull all of your money out of your account and take it home?  JUST TO HAVE IT AT HOME