"And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved."

Monday, October 6, 2014

Can't Believe it's been a Week!

Hi everyone!

Dang what a ride, I am finally here in Mada and suprising enough it is
really different from everywhere else. We arrived in Mada on Wednesday
and one of the things that stuck out to me while we were driving to
the mission office is that there are really no trffic laws. No speed
limits, you can go as fast as you want (Joseph I think you would like
that) so you are pretty much speeding down the road and dodging around
cars. Pedestrians just walk in the road or off to the side of the road
and crossing when it is convienint(don't know if that was spelled
right). There are a few main types of sellers here in Tana (thats
where I am, the area of Ankanjamamy) they are food, open meat stalls,
shoes on the road, and cell phones.

When we arrived in Mada and got fed by the President and Sister Adams
(white cheese lasagna, fresh green beans, and fruit salad that was
very good) we stayed at the APs and office elders for the night (the
APs are Elders Fox and Weber) took a shower, changed clothes, and
slept in an actual bed/mat on the floor but at least we were laying
down fully extended for the first time in three days. That next
morning we went to breakfast with the President again, his wife makes
delicious baked oatmeal and the bananas are delicious. After that we
had an orientation/training on what goes on here then we each recieved
an envelope with our companions name and our area and my comps name is
Elder Webb and he has been here just under a year and a half and
seriously he is sent from heaven or something, he is awesome. At first
he doesn't seem to care at all but its just him not showing emotion,
for some reason he is very good at that. He took us to our new house
which we share with two other elders from a neighboring area Elders
Herrin and Razafamadimy(not spelled correctly I think) and really it
is a very nice house like small American middle class nice. We have
three floors, we don't even use the bottom floor and the third leads
to the roof balcony. Our water pressure is low and the first two days
the shower was a trickle and cold but I figured out a way to get it
warm and not a trickle so that has been an improvement.

I have mostly been eating sedapa/presto which is another brand(which
is better than back home), bread, and delicious pineapple and other
flavor called grenadelle fanta. But don't worry mom we are shopping
today so the others are going to show me how to make some rice with
laoka(?)which goes on top of the rice and it has vegetables and meat
in it so don't worry.

More on Elder Webb: He is from Alpine Utah, he is super fun and hard
working, and is a great help, and he is just awesome and I am loving

First day of work we went out and tracted/look around our area.Second
day we met with our DMB (branch mission leader) and our Branch
President. Then on Sunday we went to church, I bore my testmony since
I am a new missionary which went pretty good. After church we went out
and tracted some more and it was great we ended up finding this grteat
family and we taught them the first lesson and they just ate it up.
That is all I think, we need to get going. Love you all, keep trying
your best, that is all that is required from you. I might try to get
on later to send pitures.

-Elder Nelson

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