"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, January 19, 2015

Who wants to go out and work? Well you can't because your areas on fire

Hello everyone,

This week was actually super good and if you are wondering about the title don't worry I will get to it.

Morarano is doing well, we are getting a lot of times, many of our investigators are doing well. We, Elder Anderson and I are also doing well, safe and ready to have another good week. Some news is that we may be having two baptisms by the end of the month, Eugene and a woman name Floritte. We gave both of them practice interviews and seem ready for baptism, their interviews will be this week.

This week we had a couple from the Office, the Rossiters, come down for a conference for returned meetings and to do house inspections and Sister Rossiter said "I am very impressed, this is probably the cleanest that I have ever seen this house" so it goes to show that a house of four guys can keep a house clean, at least when an inspection is coming... But with the Rossiters came two things for me, 1. some birthday cookies that I was not able to recieve in Tana and 2. a Brand New Bike. The old one that I was using was workable but was on the small side so I was a little scrunched, and the seat I had was pretty much not a seat anymore but a hollow tube that I was sitting on with a small covering for padding. Normaly this is not a cause for a whole bike but the Mission decided to get now bikes and gave one to me, so it all works out.

Now about this weeks title, which happened yesterday. Elder Anderson were working normally and were headed to Veriry (a smaller area in our area), we had gone a different way which allowed us to drop by an apparent less active and have a quick visit, nothing special. We get going on the path to our investgator and we see this pillar of smoke off to the side which is not to weird, just thought someone was burning trash. Our investigator was not home, his family said that he was not home and his family said that he had gone to the fire so we naturally went to go look at the fire. It was HUGE, when we got there a house and a place where they store wood was on fire, maybe with some trees but that is beside the point.

The thing is most of the houses here are made of very dry wood with tin roofs so it is very easy for them to burn. Now Elder Anderson and I were not idle, Elder Anderson called in what was happening and we went to help our members and investigators move their stuff to safer spots.

The fire eventually got put out leaving about 40 homes burned to the ground and some injuries but no deaths that we are aware of. Then that evening it rained super hard putting out the rest and leaving to have another evening where we get home soaked (it has rained almost every night, but it is ok because any chance of continued fire was quickly gone).

I think that is about it for this week, we are still doing good and are working hard, thank you all for your prayers and have an awesome week.

-Elder Nelson

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