.....December 7th to December 14th.....
" this is hard, this is not easy, but this is right."
hello friends, family, in-laws, loved ones, everyone!
this week was another interesting one, to say the least.
first off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHELBY!!!!
ok had to get that out. anyways, as the days are getting closer and closer to christmas, i am starting to feel farther and farther from the jolly holiday season. the only red i see is the harsh sunburn that i have. the only green is the grass and the palm trees. the only cold is the icy shower i take 3 times a day. however, thats not what christmas is about, right?
mom and dad, i got the package yesterday, but i am waiting to open til christmas, even though i already know whats inside of it. i am still excited...
this week was the first full week as district leader and as a senior companion, and things went surprisingly well. the district meeting was good. i talked about "finding people." i think it was quite effective, and i was able to mettre en pratique that which i taught, as me and companion found 16 new investigators this week. one of theses amis is named raymond. he saw us walking one day and asked us why we never stopped to teach him. i guess he had a point; us missionaries are often so preoccuied with getting to our next appointment, that we often forget there are others in our path who need the gospel too. we taught him the message of the restoration, and he was extremely interested, so we gave him a book of mormon, and invited him to the baptism on saturday, just to see what it's like. he has family members that we teach also. he's a great guy.
our apartment was partially flooded this week after a rainstorm. we leave our windows open at night because its so hot, and water just poured in. it was a pain to clean up, especially at 3 in the morning, but no harm done.
i am attaching a lot of photos to this email, or at least im going to try, most of them are older pictures from koumassi, but i figured it still might be nice to see them, considering the dvds and photos never made it there...
well just know that i love you all and i am thinking about you all this holiday season. this is hard, this is not easy, but this is right. love you and miss you!