Hey how is it going everyone? I hope that everyone had a great thanksgiving and even though it doesn't exist here we still had a great time but more about that later, here is how our week went,
Monday we took it a bit slow again and got everything ready for when Elder Razafimandimby moved so not much happened. But that evening we stopped by a lot of people to give them pictures and say final goodbyes ten that evening we stopped by at our Branch Presidents house for a little family home evening for a missionary that was just about ot head out to Congo, we were all very excited for him.
Tuesday was a pretty normal day as Elder Razafimandimby was not leaving until Wednesday so we went and sent him out with a great day of work. Probably the most amazing parts of that day was visiting Claude and his family. They are just so amazing but they just cannot get to church for some reason, any ways we taught them about the Book of Mormon and Elder Razafimandimby just bore such a powerful testimony about it, this is just what we always tell those we teach, "don't trust us because we are not perfect, even though we are possibly good teachers, or nice, or you enjoy having visitors. You need to ask for yourself because no one else can do it for you, not your pastor, nun, religious leader, or family because they won't know but ask God and we can promise you that He will answer you if you truly ask sincerely".
Then the other thing would be our last visit to Richard and Lolona and Elder Razafimandimby gave an amazing spritual thought on the relationship between what Gods goal is and what our purpose is. He brought the spirit in very well and I could tell that he was trying very hard not to cry, I know that he was not really ready to leave Antsirabe yet.
Wednesday, as it was Razafimandimby's last day, we borrowed some of the other elders bikes and did some last minute stops at peoples houses. That around eleven he left I I began a three day split with Elder Koncurat until our new companions came.
Thursday was Thanksgiving so because of that we went out to this amazingly nice vazaha (white tourist person) restraunt and it was just so good, I got a pizza and the crust was so light and fluffy. That day we were also able to visit Rivo and Ivonne, we were supposed to learn about the Book of Mormon with them as well but we unfortunetally did not have a book to give them (we were out and had not gotten any more yet) so we reviewed alot on prayer; the reason we do it, the way to pray ect. and they all gotten it very well and began to apply they had learned. These people are just so cool, I feel that they will progress very well. Then that evening we were supposed to meet with some other missionaries for dinner but they ended up not waiting for us but we were able to meet up with them for some ice cream which was a great end to the day.
Friday I was still working with Elder Koncurat and the day was ok, it was a bit hard to catch people but that evening our real companions came in. Elder Sweeten is this giant kid from Orem Utah and his is just such a stud. He enjoys working hard and loves being a missionary, what more can I ask for! Plus is seems that we will get along very well, I am looking forward to working with him more.
Saturday we had interviews with President Foote as he came down to Antsirabe for a District Conference. It was great talking with him and learn more about how he wants the mission to go. After that we went out to work and managed to teach Claude and Haingo again and we began learning about the Plan of Salvation and I do have to say that it was a very great lesson. Everything just flowed well and everyone understood. Then I wanted to talk about why they would not come to church and they couldn't really give a good answer, we will see how that goes with them.
Then that afternoon we were able to attend the adult session of our District Conference with two visiting seventies. The session was great and I believe that everyone got some great instruction out of it, specifically on the importance of councils in the church; whether they be family or ward councils.
Ok I think that is about it, we had an amazing week and look forward to another! Wishing you all a great time,