If one ever wants to know what it was in the days of Adam to live in the Garden of Eden...They need only look to Besoa. Every Tuesday is our Besoa day, and we decided last week to bring a sack lunch and to have a picnic right outside the borders of the cherubum and the flaming sword. Such sweet, sweet peace as we drank in the sweet nectar of Ft Dona.
Teaching the allegory of the olive tree, visiting Brother Richard and his family, going 4 wheeling up the mountains in order to partake of such an experience.....What more can a man ask for?
On the other hand of such a week, we went to Ibity and taught our dear dadabe Parssen. That guy is crazy! hehe We feel that every time we try to teach by the spirit...We end up just fighting with him....We literally feel that it is almost useless to go since every time he tells us "I am never going to go back to church" And then on Sunday he comes......Question mark????
We have been teaching learning classes every Wednesday and Saturday in Manandona, and it has been awesome. We teach reading, writing, math, English, and if someone wants to learn French.....I teach them Bonjour.. We just want these people to learn. Even if it's secular learning because it is SO NEEDED in the gospel to know how to read. It's been really cool to feel the Holy Ghost guide us into knowing how we can better help the branch and the people here in Manandona. It's fun, it's hard, and it's worth it.
On Saturday, we also played football with the zone leaders and the elders in Andranomanelatra, and it was SO FUN! The best part of playing sports with other missionaries is that even if you are horrible, we have a blast and make it fun. So we had this one play where Elder Christiansen throws the ball to Elder Rice, and he pitches it to me, and it then becomes almost like rugby where we start pitching it back and forth. I don't even know it was just SO SWAG! We are going to play rugby today, and I am so scared since one of the elders here (Elder Gariki) Is from Tahiti, and was on the national rugby team and won.........He is going to lay us out so bad haha
Yesterday was Way awesome. We had 97 people at church! WAHOO! It was super exciting and we had a bunch of less actives come (about 87 people) and I have also been given the andraikatra (Responsibility) to teach the young men. I love the Come Follow Me program. I wish we could just teach it in all the Sunday School classes and to the Elders Quorum. We have this one recent convert who is the most adorable thing ever. We go to visit him, and ask about the story of Joseph Smith, and the only problem with him is that he can;t remember things very well. So Elder Christiansen drew a picture for him and it had 3 churches, and some trees, and then on the part where God the Father and Jesus Christ appears to Joseph, he also drew a tree. Then we asked him to study the picture EVERY Day before he goes to bed for about 10 minutes. So we asked him "Who were the people that appeared to Joseph Smith?" And he was like "Ny HAZO! (Or Tree)" We just died laughing. He is such a sweet spirit. Haha I think we might need to draw a new picture for him but he is the best. :)
Sorry there is not a lot of stuff right now....Not much happened this week, but I love you all and I will talk to you all soon.