"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, February 9, 2015

Good morning Starshine! The Earth Says Hello!

(The title of this weeks letter is courtesy of my friend Sister Jessica Jackson currently serving in Germany, if you would like to make any suggestions for future topic ideas please email and a selection will be made)

Hello everyone that reads this, if you get this in an email but do not read then shame on you and begin reading 'saotra tompoko!

This week has been pretty good, we work hard, my companion got sick (no idea from what) and ended it off with a baptism. Not a bad week I suppose.

Our week began with teaching a new investigator named Erik, his brother, and his mother. Erik seemed the most interested, answering questions, even asking questions which is something that is a little rare here; most people just take what we are saying. Erik even asked for clarification of where our church is but he sadly did not come to church this week but I still have a very good opinion of him and we will work on stressing the importance of coming to church.

On Thursday we had our weekly District Meeting and our District Leader Elder Turner gave a very good lesson on needing to change our thoughts and desirous to those of the Lord, using Romans 8 and I would encourage you all to read it.

Elder Anderson was sick on Friday and he was sick all day, I could not leave, probably the worst thing ever. But at one point I got a burst of energy and just memerized words like nothing else, I probably memorized about 18 words, most of those were the verb with their acompaning passive, circumstantial, and roots. Now I just need to that that everyday and then some.

Saturday was the baptisms that I mentioned last week but unfortunately only one occurred because Eugene was suddenly asked to got to Tana for a conference so we need to reschedule with him but good news is that Florette still got baptized so that went very well. The service went well without any problems and on that Sunday she received the gift of the Holy Ghost.

I think that is the biggest points for this week, see you all later!

-Elder Nelson

An excerpt from a little note Elder Nelson sent to his dad: Some foods that I have tried are mofo akondro (banana bread but it is a whole banana covered in batter and fried), nims (little roll of fried pastry with various things that could be put inside), sambosa (same as nims but in a triangle shape), cow tongue with peas on rice, ravitoto (crushed leaves served on rice and meat if you have some), and apparently one time at a members when we asked what the food was they said it was mimy sy legume (cat and vegetables). The meat was in little sausages and it tasted funny so it very well could have been cat.

The cat and vegetables that members gave us, tasted a bit weird

Thio and his family are members and they have us over every Wednesday

Sunday, the day after the baptism

The picture of the small child and the video are of kids that live next to our member help and as they were dancing any way and wanted attention I took a video

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