"Magicianary" - A missionary who does magic to bring joy and happiness as well as share the gospel with the people of Madagascar (According to Brad)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Tana!! - Oct. 17, 2011

Yes, I did get transferred. I am now in the area called Ambohibao, or more well known as Ivato. My new companion is Elder Goff, and he is amazing. He is in Elder Evans' group, so he is actually going home in a month. Which means I am taking the area over in a month... After being with him for only for 4 and a 1/2 days, I realize that I am slacking on my language capabilities. He is so good at the language and teaching. Of course he has been on a mission for 23 months now but still. He is amazing. He connects with the people here so well. In Ivato, a lot of the members actually speak English pretty well. So it's fun to joke around in Enlgish sometimes. I am still in a branch and the church building is smaller but we built it, so it is really nice inside. I haven't really met a lot of members because we just watched the morning session of General Conference on Sunday. All the other sessions all the missionaries went to the main office and watched them in English. They were all so great! I'm glad I got transferred in time to watch them in English, because everywhere else outside of Tana watches it with their members in Malagasy. All five sessions.

So in Tamatave, we used these bike things called pouses, but here in Tana we use Taxi Be's (which is pornounced "bay"). They take a normal van that could seat 8 people, and change it into a van that can seat 28. You can imagine how much wiggle room you DON'T have. Lucky for me I'm small and I fit just like a Malagasy. But it is still five to a row and when you are in the middle of not so small people, it gets pretty awkward how close you are squished together. And the other three elders that live in the same house as me get the privilege of riding them alot because we don't actually live in Tana. So we have to take a 45 min ride into Tana if  we want to go there.

I love it here:) SO the other two elders that live in the same house as me are Elder Wilson who I was born on the same house with in Tamatave, and Elder Wilson's kid, Elder Bates. It's fun to see Elder Bates on a Taxi Be because he is about 6'2'' and weighs around 280. I'm not sure, that's just my inexperienced guess. Wilson and Elder Fryer are actually training, and they are in the same group as me! So that is what our house looks like. Everyone who trains has to stay with them for three months now, it's a rule. So our house is not going to change much after Elder Goff leaves. I love my new apartment that I am staying in, it can stay so clean without even trying. The last house, you had to sweep every other day whether you wanted to (I don't know why you would) or not. So that is what's new. Sorry no pictures this week, I'm slacking, I know. But you guys will get extra amazing pictures next week!

1.  Have you gotten a small package yet? Yes I got it Saturday afternoon, I loved it! If you did, how were things inside? Fruit snacks are gone and the bag of M&M's is about to disappear as well.
2. What was the hardest thing you've experienced this week? Realizing how much I still need to learn in the language and teaching.
3. What was the best experience this week? Getting Goff as a companion, to help me with the language and teaching. 

I love this gospel and I know it is true with all my heart!!! Since I have started my mission, I have grown a huge testimony about prayer and prophets. Don't forget to pray, ever! Heavenly Father will help you in anyway, you just have to ask. He will bless you with anything, you just have to ask. Don't forget to pray. Also, I know that Thomas S. Monson is the true and living prophet today. I know that if we heed to his counsel from General Conference, we will be blessed. I love everyone so much, don't forget to live the gospel.

Elder Walker

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