Well it is super cool that all of you have completed or will complete your homework assignments. I guess I was already being a missionary before I realized it, committing people and following up, and having hope that it will happen. [Brad gave everyone goals: Melissa and Nat to have babies and Phil to get married. Dani is supposed to be funnier than Brad when he gets home - so that one is still to be determined.] Well, I will take this time to officially welcome Janet into the family.
Anything before that didn't count and anything after doesn't matter; you have "the Brad approval" (I was going to say "Walker" but that applies to everyone) I can't wait to see you in person.
I was going to give a detailed email of the week but today was a start of my 12th planner so I don't have a record of last week with me but I'll try.
Tuesday we had a pretty open day so we decided to go contacting in this area that already had members in it but we thought there should be more to create a stronger network kind a thing. So , we went out and started walking about. We talked to plenty of people but its trying to find the fathers and the other people that can lead the church that is hard. We got a couple good people, but not many. But we also found out that in this small closed off area there are a lot of pretty wealthy people. I think the one that tops it off is this house with a huge gate, security cameras and a huge tennis AND basketball court, with lights for night games. Ya, I was pretty amazed.
|Don't mess!! - Elder Walker and Elder Austin|
So Elder Galbreath (one of the elders in my house) got sick for his first time in country! Woohoo! I count it as a special mark on the mission haha.) I stayed with him for a half a day while Elder McLaughlin and Austin went to the office to pick him up some medicine. We have this magnetic dart board in the house so me and him got pretty good at that while they were gone.
On Friday we had this way awesome lesson with this pat member family, who the rest is going to be baptized on the 22nd of September. We basically went there to teach the littler kids of the family. We taught and acted out Lehi's dream. Austin read the little kids book and I acted out each scene. It was way fun, they all listened, it was clear and very uplifting. I loved it, I think we might do it again sometimes soon.
On Saturday we went to the office to have a meeting with all the missionaries and Elder Cook from the Seventy! It was way super cool. He talked about how we can better manage our time, who to look for and how better to keep recent converts in. He said that right now in Madagascar is the 1830's of the church. It is way new and we need to get it right now and not fix it later. SO we decided that we need to get more of the members involved in home teaching and just missionary work in general. I thought it was a way cool conference.
These last couple of weeks got me thinking of going home. Not going home early but like when I go home. It finally seems like the mission ends. Its weird. I just know that a lot of new stuff has already happened. I'm excited, I just know that I'm going to miss this place so much. I'm sure every other missionary can understand. You get so attached to something you worked so had for. It doesn't even have to be a mission but anything. I just know that it will be so hard to leave because I haven't worked for anything else harder than this. But I guess that can be counted as a blessing. And I definitely have received a lot of blessings while serving here.
I know that God is our Father. Literally. That has grown to a very firm understanding. I know he answers prayers. I know he blesses us as much as he can. He loves us and that's why he has given us prophets to guide us and the scriptures for knowledge and the Holy Ghost to comfort us.
"Because I Have Been Given Much"