Lettre Hebdomadaire

Yoyoyo

So this week all of the members in Anguissa were asking what happened to my hair (I chopped it all off because of how utterly terrible my last hair cut was). Everyone was telling me how they thought that I was a new missionary because they hardly recognize me with my shaved head. Of course all the ladies in our branch were dissappointed that I cut it all off, but that’s probably for the best.

This week we also recieved our transfer letters!!!!!! Everyone was really pumped and anxious this time around, because there are 20 new missionaries coming into the mission!!!!!! I will be training right here in the branch of Anguissa, I’m not gonna lie I forgot the name of the Elder I’ll be training (something like Elder Butilo), I think he might be Congolaise. But I’m really pumped to start training! This week there will be twenty eight out of thirty six companionships who are undergoing training in this mission, so wish us luck!

Ooooo I also got to help some of our recent converts with some yard work, which was fun because I got to chop things with a machete. Also we subscribed to a “gym” here, so we will be getting buff pretty soon!

The spirit is strong here in Anguissa, and we are having the time of our lives serving the lord and his children.

Au Revoir

Elder Thomas

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Elder Thomas- Bad haircuts and reptiles

Bonjour bonjour!!!!!!

This was a really great week, and wa are prepparing many amazing people for their upcoming baptism dates. Sadly a few baptismal dates that we had planned to have this week had to be postponed, but we are still working with them and prepparing them to make this important covenant with the Lord.There’s not much to write about this week, conference was amazing, and we had a great assistance at the service.

This week I got the chance to enlarge my african culinary experience in a rather reptillian manner. The second counsilor of our branch presidency invited me and my companion to eat at his house yesterday. There he preppared for us snake, with a side of caterpillars in a pistachio paste. He told us it was a viper boa, and it was a really interresting tasting but really good at the same time. It tasted like a mixture of fish and chicken. The weirdest part was eating the skin, but all in all it was really tasty!

Oooooo about two hours ago me and the other missionaries of our appartement where walking home from a heated match of soccer, and this crazy lady just came up and hugged me out of nowhere, and called me her husband. But luckily I got away from her “loving” embrace with none of my belongings stolen.

Alright that’s about it for this week Love you all!!!!!!!!

Elder Thomas

 

Elder Thomas- One Year in Africa

10-4-17

Bonjour bonjour bonjour

So this past week was really good, but there hasn’t been running water in the sector for the past six days. Which on one hand is kind of annoying because we’ve had to take a bunch of bucket showers, but on the other hand it has given us a bunch of opportunities to give service by helping our investigators find water.

We’ve also had a bunch of amazing lessons this week. One was with one of our crazier amis, Sister Julia. She really likes to be noisy, disrupt lessons, and ask questions meant to disprove our message. But she is also really good with keeping engagements. But we were talking about the plan of salvation and the importance of the fall of adam in this plan. Then she just went off asking questions and posing her theories in her rowdy fashion, without giving us time to put a word in. When she finally let us speak, we referred her directly to 2 Nephi 2. As she was reading the atmosphere in the room changed immediately. A room that was once noisy and chaotic suddenly became quiet and peaceful. I could feel the gears coming into place, and the questions becoming clear. I could feel the spirit in the room testifying to her that this message is true. This experience as well as many other experiences just like this teach me how powerful the scriptures are, and the influence that they can have in missionary lessons, as well as in lives.

This week one of our amis, brother Felix wanted to talk with me alone during church. I thought this was kind of strange, but I went along with it. He then explained how thankful he was for how we’ve teached him, and helped him to grow spiritually. Then he told me that he wanted me to baptize him. We are continuing to help Brother Felix and all of our amis make commitments, and come to know the teachings of Jesus Christ. I’m thankful for this work, and I have a testimony of it’s divinity.

Elder Thomas

 

Pictures:  my companion and I helping our investigator get water

and my very amazing african haircut

 

9-25.17

Bonjour!!!!!!

haha I don’t really have anything to write about this week, everything is pretty much the same as the last time I wrote. We are still really enjoying ourselves prepparing all of our investigators for their baptisms.

I find it kind of funny because all of the kiddos at church really like to sit next to me. I’ll sit down on one of the benches and a whole flock of kids will swarm to me. For example, yesterday I sat down on an empty bench, and by the time church started the bench was filled with kids. I guess that all the kids in my ward really love me, they all love shaking hands with me because I always do the fist bump explosion thing, although it’s overdone in the states the kiddos here in Cameroun think it’s the greatest thing ever. Also before church started yesterday I was also followed around for about ten minutes by two two-yearolds who were both named Moroni (I’ll try to send a little video of them).

Like I said, things here are pretty normal, and there’s not much to write about, haha I’ll try harder  next week.

9/4 and 9/11- Baptisms, Caterpillars and Fries

Baptisms,  Caterpillars and Fries

Sept. 11, 2017bonjour bonjour Bonjour !!!!!!

This week was pretty darn great, we had quite a few rendez-vous, and me and my companion are loving preparing all these fine folks for their baptism. We are planning on having another really big service september 30, which is pretty exciting.

Last tuesday one of our investigators offered us food right after our lesson with her, it was really good but at the same time super spicy, but we perservered. Then thirty minutes later after another lesson, we were offered even spicier food (the Camerounais sure love spicy food), and we pretty much forced ourselves to eat because we were still stuffed from the last meal, it was a struggle. Speaking of food, yesterday my companion and I as well as a couple other missionarries ate at one of our members houses. He prepared us a really yummy meal of frenchfries, and chicken, but the main portion was caterpillars. So I got a pretty nice helping of caterpillars, they weren’t as bad as I thought they would be, and I actually ended up getting seconds. Though I do have to say the legs and little black heads kinda freaked me out haha.

I can’t really pin down a specific spiritual moment to share with y’all because every lesson and moment here is a pretty big spiritual high.

La vie est belle,

Elder Thomas

Sept. 4, 2017

Well howdy

So this was really an exciting week for us here in the ole sector of Anguissa, we were able to have a Waters of Mormon style baptism with a total of eight candidates! It was really amazing to see all of the smiling faces, and also to see these people who have decided to make this sacred covenant of Baptism. This was a very amazing experience for me as for the first time in my mission I was able to Baptize an entire family! Another first for me on my mission was that I was asked by three of our eight candidates to baptize them. That was really an interresting and spiritual experience for me, because though the water was extremely cold, as I was performing the ordinance I felt an overwhelming sensation of warmth radiate from within me, such a sensation was easily recognizable for me in that instant as the Holy Ghost.

I was so happy to be a part of that amazing baptismal service, and I was deeply touched by our newly baptized amis who decided to bear their testimonies after the service. Sister Justine (the mother, and the first of the family to express desire to be baptized) talked about how the lord supported her in her decision to join the church even when her family impeded her initially from being baptized. She also expressed her gratitude for the opportunity which she had to be a light for her family to guide them towards the truth.

I am continually reminded of the eternal significance of this work by the happiness that I see in each of our investigators. I am so grateful to be a Missionary called to labor in this work.

Love you all

Elder Thomas

8.28.17 From Cameroon

Bonjour bonjour bonjour!!!!!!

This week we found out that all eight of our candidates will be ready for their baptism this saturday, so fingers crossed that all will go well. That’s really exciting news because the investigators whose baptismal dates had been pushed to September 16th had really been hoping that both me and Elder Kenabualu would be there to baptize their family, and there would’ve been a chance that one of us would’ve been transferred. But everything’s good right now, and we are continually preparing them for their waters of mormon style baptism.

Today is the final pday of Elder Rakatoarimanga (Malagash names are crazy), so almost all the missionaries in yaounde celebrated by hiking Mount Fébé and singing at the top. The place we hiked to was also the place where Cameroun was dedicated for missionary work. So that was pretty exciting, and I’ll make sure to send some pictures.

This week we also had the opportunity to do a missionary activity with our branch. The branch was planning on showing the video of the restoration but just as we were about to start the activity the power went out in the area, so the we just gave a few talks instead. But it was pretty cool to see how well the branch came together to prepare this activity.

Well I guess not too much to write about, but I’ll send pics to make up for it 😉

atop ole mount Fébé part 3/my fantastic german pancake making skills

8.21.17

Bonjour bonjour bonjour

This week me and my companion have been working really hard to prepare all of our baptismal candidates for their upcoming baptisms. We are planning on having four baptisms September 2nd, and four more baptisms September 16. We where talking with one of our amis who is preparing to be baptized and we asked her if she wanted a specific person to baptize her. She said that her and her husband were talking about that and they decided that they want me to do it. I was pretty touched as this was the first time that one of our investigators had chosen me. So if all goes well Elder Spency might be donning all white pretty soon.

Oooooo I also had a chance to do a split with Elder Constant!!! We didn’t get to do any teaching, we just did baptismal interviews but it was still fun to hang out with him for the day.

Something I like about Yaoundé is that it’s a lot easier to find opportunities to give service to the people. Daily we get the chance to help people carry water, sweep their parcel, and crack pistachios. Usually people are super suprised to see a white kid ask them what he can do to help, and they usually laugh, but I love serving them.

haha I don’t really have much to write about today, but I’m still just really loving it here in Yaoundé

8.17.17 Weekly Letter

Bonjour bonjour,

This week we were able to have a zone conference, and recieve some awesome instruction from our new mission president. Also we were able to do roleplay lessons, and me and Elder Reed were teamed up (finally got to fulfil my dream of being Elder Reed’s companion, even if it was only for seven minutes). We taught our mission president’s wife and we decided to give it a go in english, and it was a struggle. Me and elder Reed were both dying laughing at how utterly incapable we are at teaching in english. After the conference we went to a restaurant, like a legit restaurant, up until this point I was unaware that restaurants existed in Africa.

We also had the chance to teach a ton of amazing lessons. We spent a lot of time teaching the Bala family, as they are preparing to get baptized September 2nd. Their youngest daughter, Jessica, got hit by a motorcycle last monday and got a little bit scraped up. So in one of our lessons she gave the opening prayer and prayed that me and elder Kenabualu wouldn’t get hit by any motorcycles on our way home. It was the cutest thing ever, and sure enough me and elder Kenabualu made it home without any unexpected motorcycle collisions.

This Sunday I was also asked to give a talk in sacrement meeting, fifteen minutes before the meeting started (thanks branch presidency). But it turned out really good, and I ended up accidently taking up more than the fifteen minutes which were given to me.

Alrighty that’s about it for this week,

A la prochaine

Elder Thomas