Malaria 12.11.17

So this week started off to a pretty bad start as I got a very unwanted African souvenir, malaria. I woke up this tuesday with one of the worst migranes I’ve ever had, and spent most of the morning in bed. Then the zone leaders called and told us that we should probably go to the hospital. I was a little bit reluctant because it hurt to move, but we went anyways. We got to an intersection where we were trying to call a taxi and I vomited into the nearest sewage gutter. We eventually got to the hospital were they took my blood and I was diagnosed with a crap ton of malaria (not his actual words, but still). Because I was vomiting a lot, me and my comp had to spend the day at the hospital where I was given an IV. I’m alright now, but it was definitely not an experience I’d like to go through again.

Last Saturday we visited our african grandparents, who live a little bit far from our appartement, so we had to take a taxi to get there. But we forgot to bring money to get us back, so we ended up walking about 15 miles that day and we also got lost twice on the way. But it was a pretty fun experience because we got to see the sights of Yaounde up close.

A couple of hours ago at the market something pretty interesting happened. A crazy lady armed with a skinny pipe which she simultaneously used as a cane started following us around. We told her to go away but she refused and started hitting my companion with her cane. So we spent most of our time at the market today trying to run away from this crazy lady who just wouldn’t leave us alone.

We also had a few very spiritual experiences, only a few though, because I spent half of the week trying to get over my malaria. But during one of our lessons I had a very typical yet spiritual experience. I was explaining the importance of the gospel in our mortal existence, and I had the random impression that I needed to ask him a question. So that’s exactly what I did, I don’t even remember what I asked him, but as soon as I asked him it he opened up, and we were able to teach him according to his needs. It was a pretty stereotypical missionary experience, but it reminded me of the importance of the spirit in our teaching.

Elder Thomas

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Locusts anyone? 11-27

This week we had a rather biblical infestation at our appartement, a whole flock of locusts made our appartement their home for a couple days. They were everywhere! They caused quite a ruccus, but my companion explained to us how he had been searching for locusts like these at the market, and me and Elder Constant seemed to recall James E Talmage giving some step by step instructions on how to prepare locusts in Jesus the Christ, so we decided to collect a few and give it a shot. We collected ten, and followed the Jesus the Christ instructions, and the day after a couple kiddos who live in our appartement building collected about thirty for us,¬† so the last couple days we have been eating locusts. But I’ll have to admit, locusts are probably the tastiest bug I’ve eaten so far on my mission.

Ooooo speaking about cooking yummy things, I also made a batch of chocolate chip cookies (which is pretty hard to do in Africa).

Oooooo this Thanksgiving an American family who lives here in Cameroun invited all the missionaries in Yaound√© to their house for thanksgiving!!!!! Wow, it was the first time in my mission that I’ve eaten turkey, mashed potatoes, brownies, and a whole lot of other American foods that I usually took for granted in the US. This Thanksgiving (but of course not only Thanksgiving) I have been really thankful for the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I’m thankful that the father has given us such an opportunity to grow and progress towards perfection. I am continually touched by the exhortations of Moroni in Moroni 10:32, “Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness;” I know that in applying the Atonement in our lives we can follow this invitation to come unto Christ and be perfected in him. I’m thankful for the opportunity that I have to share this message with the people of Cameroun, and I’m thankful for the Atonement that makes this all possible.

Elder Thomas- Cameroon 11.6 and 11.13

11.13.17

Yoyoyoyo

So this week we had a very spiritual baptismal service for two of our investigators, and one kiddo. All three of our candidates chose me to be their John the Baptist, so I got the chance to get all clad in white once more. It was an amazing service, and I’m sure that everyone present felt the spirit. It was kinda funny because as they were calling the kiddo to enter into the baptismal font they said his full name, and it was in that very moment that I knew I was done for. Not only was his name freakishly long, but it also sounded like someone dropped their keyboard down the stairs. So I had to spend three minutes standing in the baptismal font trying to get the right pronunciation, and during this time the kid was freaking out because it was probably his first time in water. But once I got the name down everything went smoothly.

One of our recent converts also shared a very spiritual experience with us this week. Sister Justine a few days ago had the random impression to read Alma 20 in the Book of Mormon. She has been going through various trials lately and this impression came to her as a little suprise. But this chapter talks about the story of how Ammon was guided by the lord to find his brothers who, at this point, were in captivity. She shared with me a verse in that chapter that really touched her, the verse was one that talked about the hardships of the brothers of Ammon, it talked about how they were naked, hungy, and thirsty, yet how they remained patient in their afflictions. This really touched her, and gave her the streangth to perservere through her own trials.

I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve the people here in Cameroun

Love Elder Thomas

 

11.6.17

Bonjour bonjour

We have an investigator named Sr Esther, she is thirteen but really smart. Her mother is Sr Julie, another one of our investigators. Sr Esther was born and baptized into the Catholic Church, but she’s told us that she has always been suspicious about the idea of a confirmation, she doesn’t like the idea of being confirmed to a church without having an absolute certainty of it’s truth. But we have been teaching her, and really stressing the principle of praying to know what is true. Just recently we were talking to her and she expressed to us her desire to be baptized but, not only that, she wants to be baptized and confirmed.

There are a whole bunch of people here in Cameroun who are seeking the truth, however there are also whole lot of people who’d rather try to disprove our message. This week we contacted a new investigator who met the latter qualification. We taught the Plan of Salvation, and the whole time he tried to ask questions to disprove or find faults in the doctrine. We shared a scripture in the bible with him to support something we said about the Premortal existence and he told us he had a question. He then read to us the greater portion of the first chapter of the book of Jeremy. I then asked him if that was his question, and he said that it was. It was a rather profound question, and I regret to admit that we weren’t able to provide him with the answer he was searching for. I guess you win some and you lose some.

Training is going great and me and Elder Butila are having a lot of fun helping the people here in Yaounde.

10.30.17- Elder Thomas

Bonjour bonjour bonjour

So the highlight of this week was that we had a baptismal service for three of our investigators. They were all children who we have been teaching lately, and it was a really fun and spiritual experience. They asked me to baptize them, but this week I haven’t been able to put my foot in the water (I’ll explain why later). But it was a great service, and we will be starting the lessons with the mother of the two kids (who isn’t a member).

This week I also got a pretty nasty foot infection, and that made it really difficult to go into the sector. But I was able to limp my way to our investigators houses regardless. I went to a doctor though and he was able to drain and treat it (a really nasty experience). But it’s all good now, I just can’t put in water for a few days.

We had a really spiritual lesson with one of our investigators, brother Rhody. He had certain questions concerning baptism. So we were able to explain to him the ins and outs of baptism. But I could feel that he wasn’t quite satisfied with the answer. I then felt impressed to ask him if he wanted to know the requirements for baptism, and we could see that that was his true preoccupation. So we were able to teach about faith and repentance, and the covenants we make in baptism. We then asked him if he wanted to be baptized, and he immediately said yes. It was kind of a typical missionary lesson, but the spirit was tangible as we were talking with brother Rhody. It was also an important reminder for me of the absolute necessity of the Holy Ghost in missionary work.

Love you all

Elder Thomas
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Elder Thomas- 10-23-17

Bonjour Bonjour!!!!!

So this week I was supposed to get my new companion on Monday, but due to certain visa issues he ended up coming on Friday. So for the first couple of weeks I got to work with the Mimboman branch missionaries (Elder Ngoyi and Elder Constant). It was really fun to work with those guys, even though working in threesome companionships is a little bit awkward.

But Elder Butila (my new companion) came last friday fresh from the MTC. He is from the Democratic Republic of Congo (like all of my companions up to this point), he is a really cool guy and he is really excited to be a missionary. I’m excited to start training him.

We had a bunch of really spiritual lessons this week, one of which was with two kids who will be baptized this Saturday. We taught them about the Plan of Salvation and afterwards they asked us who would baptize them, we told them that they could choose themselves, and we gave them the option to choose their Grandpa (who is already a member), but instead both of these kiddos chose me to baptize them. After the lesson their mother, who has already received the lessons with other missionaries but isn’t a member of the church, came up to us and expressed her gratitude to us for the lessons, it was a pretty touching experience for me.

One of our members also gave us a new investigator this week, but he didn’t have her number so we visited her by surprise. She told us that before we arrived she was thinking about leaving to go to the market, but she had the impression that she should stay at her house for a little bit longer. She was really grateful that she did because if not she wouldn’t have met us. She also told us that the night before she had dreamt that an extremely bright light came and filled her house, she told us that she didn’t understand the meaning of that dream until we shared our message with her.

Au Revoir

Elder Thomas

A couple random roads, my new companion, and my Angel Moroni (african verson)

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

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