Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Now for a good story... I can't think of a REALLY good one. I'll tell you some things you might see regularly if you ever come to Mada.
1. geckos in your apartment.
2. huge spiders in the trees
3. little kids yelling "bonjour vazaha" (vazaha means foreigner or white person) because they think you are french
4. the ocean (if you are by the ocean, which I am...)
5. and amazing people
That's pretty much all of Mada right there for you. haha
So it's the dry season right now, and it just rained like nothing I've ever seen the past two days! No offense to Mr. Mac but their rain coats cannot handle Madagascar rains. I was soaked by the time of our first appoinment. Luckily it was still warm so I wasn't freezing. But being completely wet isn't fun either. :)
So I just had my first baptism ever! It was way cool. It was in the ocean, her name was Zoma Joseotte. I didn't know her very well but it was still awesome. We had 30 baptisms all together combined as a zone on
Saturday. Me and Elder Evans have another three next Saturday. I love it here. I'm trying to send a picture but the internet is really slow and everything is in French.
Well everything is great here, me and Elder Evans are working hard just for you.
|One of the spiders we found in the tree right outside our apartment. Don't worry it doesn't bite, I promise.|
|The beach we played soccer, frisbee, and football on.|
Monday, June 13, 2011
Following are questions I asked Brad at the end of my email to him. He answered SOME of them. Not bad.
1. What is Elder Evans full name, where is he from and how long has
he been out? (I'm going to list your companions on the blog.)
2. Tell us about your apt. and city.
3. What did you have for breakfast this morning or dinner last night?
4. How's the language?
5. How long do you get on the computer on P-day?
Hey Family! I'm sorry if my typing is a little off, the keyboards here are different! It was tough getting rid of jet-lag but it's all good now :) Thats right, my companion is Elder Evans, he's British and he is awesome. He has been out for, I think, a year and 7 months. We slept in the AP's apt. for the first two nights. It's tiny! But the apt. that I am in now is huge! The city that I am in is called Toamasina, but a lot of people call it Tamatave, which is what I'll more likely say, but just in case it slips out, you'll know. I've had normal food so far. But then again, I haven't eaten at a member's or investigator's house yet :) A lot of their stuff is in Enlgish in the stores and stuff. The language is coming along, surely but slowly.
The Malagasy people are really patient, they are usually never in a hurry. I have definitely developed patience over the last week. The bus ride to Tamatave was actually 9 hours! That took a lot of patience! And it's not like the big buses you take for long trips; it has two seats on one side, an aisle and then another seat on the other. And since Elder Wilson also came with me and is a big dude, he took up a lot of space. I think he was getting a little annoyed because the seats are made for short Malagasy people.
Tamatave and the people here are amazing! The members are so fun! My nickname here is either Elder Pandeha-tongatra (which means walker in Malagasy) or Elder Cyclist. Because we always ride bikes here. I love it here, and I'm sorry, but if I could explain everything I see every day, you would be jealous!! Anyways, work hard everyone, and be diligent. Veloma!
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Everyone, please continue to write him using Dear Elder. I know he loves those letters! Thanks for your support!
DES DERNIERS JOURS
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Antananarivo 101 Madagascar
Téléphone 22 417 51 - Fax 22.418.54
N° 0000-10 / MM-SL
In the middle of the night on Tuesday, June 7th (so I guess really June 8th) he called Mike and I from Johannesburg. He only had 5 minutes to talk but he sounded great! He said that the turbulence from London to Johannesburg was brutal and they saw three huge lightning strikes outside the plane window! He said his poor companion threw up in a bag and it had a hole in it! Luckily he was one of the few elders who had brought 2 suits so he was able to change. He'd only slept about 4 hours out of 42.
He really appreciated the piano music I had sent him just before he left. He played "God Speed the Right" in sacrament meeting his last Sunday in the MTC. I'm so glad he appreciates music and loves to play the piano!
We were cut off suddenly when the minutes ran out but it was so good to talk to him. Just had to shed a few tears afterwards. Sigh.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Then I got home today, and I had a letter from Brad! Double win!
I am writing not on my P-day so I have to be quick.
Words with friends?! My friend Broc and I were the first ones to use that game! That's funny that everyone is playing it now. I could totally see Mom go "squinty eyes" and start crying after "jus zayin." :)
It's crazy, the snow here! Actually, I haven't seen any snow down here, just rain. I was just trying to be sympathetic. Me and you are or might be moving to places where it's gonna rain a lot! What a coincidence! Quincidence? Agh! I'm going to be the best speller after I got back from my mission!
How was Pirates 4? Movies now aren't as good as they used to be. Ya know, back in the good ol' days. :) Be sure to watch Kung Fu Panda 2, and tell me your favorite line from it though! :)
Well, I don't have anything wise to share with you. I guess, just read my last email. Ooo, and get a cool quote from it! I've always wanted my own quote. :) Because if I became famous, you could say, "Hey, I gotta quote from when he was 19, oh and he's my brother." But I'm sure people would care more about the quote. I guess I did have some wisdom to share. ;)
Well, remember to work hard, be obedient, be thankful, love one another and be patient. I'm praying for you.
Elder Bradford Walker
(Brad then tried to sign his name really spiky like our dad does.)
am I becoming like Dad yet?
Post script: Tell Momma thank you for all the extra sheet music too! Oh, and that Carol Campbell and Nyla Miller sent me some cinnamon rolls and made me a cool animal pillowcase.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
I'm so excited to go to Madagascar! It's going to be kind of weird not seeing you for so long. I think the longest I have gone without seeing you is a week or two. You are so amazing. I want you to know that you have made me what I am today. I am so glad to have you as my mom. It seems like I have learned how to act around certain people, what to say, and see a different perspective so much more than most missionaries. So techinically, technacally, technically (too bad I wasn't better at spelling though) you are the one helping the people of Madagascar.
I knew Gentry [Anderson] and we were friends but we didn't hang out much. That's cool that he's going to Alabama. I've seen Cache [Guzy] and we actually have almost the exact same schedule. Everything is the same except TRC [Teaching Resource Center]. It's so good to see him 5 times a day but it's also bad. :)
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