Tuesday, June 21, 2016

WEEK 42 June 20, 2016 Transfered to Fianarantsoa mountains-leaving lots of investigators in Mahajenga-BAT yum!

Another great Week here in paradise! So yes, we did just receive transfer news and I am being transferred and my new companion will be Elder Nelson... I am getting sent to another 4 elder province called Fianarantsoa. Basically from what I hear it is a town in the mountains and right now it is really cold! Not exited for the cold and long 20 hour drive! But I am really sad to leave Mahajenga. Feels like I just got here and now I am going! But this next area will be great. Time to get my other suitcase from where I left it in Tana and try out my sweater I guess.
So update on investigators:
So Andry has been making it to church like a champion. He continues to get better and better each week with the cigarettes. He is currently down to 2 cigarettes a day which is a big improvement! Hopefully by the next week he will either be down to one or be completely done! Then he will be quick to be baptised as he really wants to, and the cigarettes are the only thing holding him back.
Fidelicia has been doing great. She has been very dilligent in the church and has been attending for a while now. She asks all the time if she can get baptised and we are currently working on her marriage papers as she isn't married according to the law. Her husband was home this week as well and he was able to learn. She already has a testimony that this is the true church but he is still a little questionable. As the lessons progress, so will he. AND their child is still scared of the big white American missionaries that come to his house so he hid behind the pole of the fan when we got to his house. Then I took a picture of him with my camera, showed it to him and we became best friends. Then I saw him at church and he was scared to death again haha.
So this week we went to teach Laza and we had a good lesson with him but we basically just reviewed the purpose of the missionaries with him and how he needs to go to church. He says that he can't make it to church because of work. So we have been trying to find something that he can do to make it so he can get to church.
Ordance, Yantra, and Justine are doing great and from the lesson yesterday we may just give them the baptismal interview in a week or two. So we were teaching them the Plan of Salvation and in the middle of the lesson they went and got a little notebook with notes from all of the lessons. They literally have been taught everything and they already know everything! So we are basically just reviewing it all with them.
Then we have another Madame Ordance that we have recently tracted into. Luckily their house is available for us to get to this season because its not flooded! Way lucky! So now might be the time for them to get the gospel! 
That's about it for investigators though. We have a couple more that are learning and doing great. So fun thing this week was our water shut down... after a couple days with no water we decided we needed to start to get our own water... Malagasy style. So we buy these  big jug things and you go to a pump, fill it up and walk it home. Luckily we have a friend that lives next to the pump and his water works and he lets us fill up at his house.
Then cool food of the week was bat! so we were riding in a bajaja from a time and saw a guy with a bunch of bats and we bought some, cooked them, and then ate them! Weirdest thing I've ever seen cooked, but luckily we had Fabrice and he knew what to do to cook them. Then last night we had baraccuda with Abel. Way good! Well that's about it for this week. Next week I should be in or driving to Fianarantsoa! Hope everyone has a great week! btw the church is true!
Elder Bowen

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