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

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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

 

8.7.17

Salut!!!!!

c’est comment?

This was a very amazing and productive week, me and my companion were really able to hit the pavement, and had an average of six lessons per day.

If you recall a few emails ago I was telling you about one of our investigators who wanted to get baptized, but her husband wouldn’t let her. Then her husband miraculously decided to let her get baptized on the condition that they get baptized as a family. Well one of the problems with this senario was that it was very difficult for the husband to get sundays off of work, to allow for him to come to church. But, miraculously there was very recently a sudden change in the schedule which switched his rest day from saturday to sunday. So Frere Bala, his wife, and their daughter Jessica are now able to come to church, and they also have a baptism date set for the second of september.

It’s pretty cool, because we started this week with zero baptismal dates, but we are ending it now with seven. If all goes as planned, September 2nd is going to be a huge day.

Well in the midst of all this progress and all these amazing investigators, there are always a few who are crazy. We had one investigator who, after learning about how jesus established his church, asked us the very thought provoking question of, “why did god love david so much?” Another investigator spent about thirty minutes telling us about how multiple things can be turned into alcohol. Oh and another crazy guy named papa bongo who, while drunk, gave us his contact information, turned out to be dead when we tried to contact him fifteen days later. I suppose you win some and you lose some.

La vie est belle

Elder Thomas

7.31.17 Cameroon

Pics- Les Grandparents, On the edge of the jungle/us sitting in the bushes

and Random roads

7.31.17 Letter

Hey hey hey,

This week Elder Kenabualu and I had the opportunity to go out to the more villagey area of our sector once more to teach our investigator out there. Sigh, but sadly he decided not to show up (happens all the time), so me and Elder Kenabualu took a bunch of pictures out there so that the trip wouldn’t be in vain.

We also had the chance to teach my African grandparents (our investigators who are around ninety years old). I love them so much, they are such amazing and happy folks. I asked my African grandma if I could take a picture with her and she got so excited, I showed the picture to her and she excitedly exclaimed “Oh it’s me with my son!” I also took a picture with African grandpa, and when I showed it to grandma she laughed because african grandpa is blind and wasn’t looking at the camera. We also started to teach them about the restoration, but we shifted the lesson to the Plan of Salvation because they worriedly asked us whether or not they would see their family again when they die. They explained to us about how they hadn’t had the opportunity to know their parents very well and about how their brothers and sisters where already dead. They were so excited to hear about how families can be eternal. It’s funny how simple truths that I have taken for granted my entire life can lighten the loads, and brighten the lives of others in such amazing ways.

Ooooooo I also learned a very important fact, if you accidently fall asleep in a taxi with the windows rolled down, the people outside will smack your face.

Alrighty I think that’s it for this week

A la prochaine

Elder Thomas

7.24 Letter

Bonjour bonjour bonjour

This week we were able to have our district conference. that was a fun experience as we were able to hear some amazing talks from our Mission President, and also from one of the area seventies. The member who I was talking about in my last email (the one who’s child me and my companion were able to heal last week) also got to bear his testimony, he bore his testimony on the power of the priesthood and he mentioned the experience we had last week. It’s interesting to see the impact one unknowingly makes on the lives and testimonies of others when one is simply doing his duty to god.

This week me and Elder Kenabualu where also able to go out to one of the more villagy areas of our sector to teach a new investigator. I really wish that I had my camera because this area was bordering a really jungly area. His name is Fr Pierre, and he really opened up to us (even though it was the first visit) about all the hardships he’s gone through in his life, one of which included being a prisoner. We were able to offer him consolation with the simple message that god love’s us. We are excited to be with him and we hope that he will continue to grow and strengthen his testimony.

Ooooo this week was transfers week, and I’m happy to say that I’m staying right here in Anguissa with Elder Kenabualu. In fact no one in Yaoundé was moved, which I’m happy about as everyone here is really cool.

Well I think that that’s about it for this week

Je vous aime

Elder Thomas

Weekly letter yo

Boooooonjouruuruuur

So we were supposed to have a baptism this week for the Soeur I was describing the last time buuuuuuuuut…… pas vraiment. She decided (or rather her husband decided) that she wants to wait so that she can be baptised with her whole family, which is a good thing as it’s always better for things to be done as a family, but it’s a bad thing if her family doesn’t progress. But we are working with them a lot and trying to teach everyone in the family. The only thing that could impede them from progressing is that Fr Bala (the husband) has to work every Sunday, but we are working with him and trying to get his schedule changed.

A few days ago me and my companion went to one of our investigators houses and found out that he wasn’t there (pretty normal) so we decided to pay some of our other investigators a visit. We arrived at their house and we found a group of people gathered at the door, which we thought was a bit strange. We went inside and found that our investigator’s daughter was lying on the couch semiconscious and unresponsive, with her mother on another couch in the same condition. No one was quite sure what the problem was, I think they had some problem breathing. They had wanted to call the missionaries so that we could give them a blessing, however they didn’t have the credits to make the call. But we arrived, and the father told us that the moment we had walked into the room the daughter’s eyes opened and she started to be more responsive. We were able to offer a blessing, and we were told that they were both back to normal by the evening.

Ooooooo I was able to meet our new mission president!!!!!! He is an amazing and very spiritual man, we were able to have a very spiritual zone conference with him as well. Also, his name, President Thompson, is similar to my name so I’ve had to endure several jokes from the members of our branch. Haha now the members get to call me President Thompson, in addition to calling my Thomas Spencer Monson.

Alright I love you all, and I’m loving life here in Yaoundé

Elder Thomas/Thompson/Thomas S Monson

Lettre hebdomadaire

Bonjour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

C’est comment?

Hmmmmm so this week was pretty regular, not much stuff happening, and not really much to explain. We have one person scheduled to be baptized next saturday. We are also helping out our new branch presidency as they were just called last week. We are also still teaching a lot, finding a lot of new investigators, and over all just loving the work.

Earlier this day we got the chance to play soccer, so I, with my extraordinary soccer skills, got the chance to be a meat sheild (In other words I didn’t really contribute to the outcome of the game). But it was pretty cool because we played on a field that is located at the base of one of the mountains of Yaoundé.

Oooo we had a family home evening yesterday at the home of the second counselor of our branch presidency. We taught about agency, and the lesson was good (up until the point where it turned into an intervention for one of their sons). He promised that next week he will cook us either caterpillars, or dog.

I’m a little tired from all the energy I exerted from not really doing anything in that soccer game earlier today, so I’m just gonna end for today.

Au revoir et je vous aime,

Pics:  Football in paradise, Appartement d’Anguissa, Gombo, a vegetable with the texture of mucus, Me and Moroni

Elder Thomas