Tuesday, June 23, 2015

What the land? - 6/22/15

Happy Fathers day and this Friday happy independence day for Madagascar! what a week!...not going to lie it was kind of a time to have a mental meltdown but I am doing a lot better today. Just feeling the weight of about 200 members on my shoulders but that's ok. Things are going a lot better.

On Friday I had the AWESOME opportunity to receive the experience of building a house, and feeling like I was in the Prince of Egypt. I became..... A pit dancer. I danced in the pits making mud for about 4 hours and boy oh boy do I feel for those Children of Israel. Haha we even put music in the background just to make it that much more real. All I needed was to have a staff and be like "LET MY PEOPLE GO!" Haha I tell you one of my new goals is to make a house in my backyard out of mud and then I can use that for my children when they get older, and the best part is that it is free! :) Time to become a master of the mud pits!

Eliane is doing awesome, and is learning really well. She is so ready to be baptized and I am super excited for her. SO AWESOME!

One of the exciting things this week is that Elder Coleman and Reynolds should be coming to move into our house. So that is going to be Incredible! I am way excited for that.

Other then that things are going great and I am still loving it here in the great land of Manandona. Haha good old Fort D.

Well I love you all. Thanks for all your prayers. They are really needed.

Love Elder Lehr

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Howdy yall! - 6/15/15

You know, One of the things that I realized this week is that if we don't get baptized....We can not enter the kingdom of God. I mean we just can't!!! It's so obvious! (That was for you Elder Christiansen)

How is everyone doing!!? Things are just AWESOME Here in Manandona. I love it so so so so much! 

Recently we talked to a dadabe who lives WAY FAR AWAY! And was super diligent, but now has firmly decided that he is to old to continue and as such is going to stop coming to church and is joining a different church......We are still not giving up on him!!! :)

We have also been planning a couple of formations to teach teachers how to teach, and also to teach people about the wonderful principle known as BUDGETING! Seriously!! These last couple of weeks have been very interesting as I have seen the blessings that have come from doing a budget. 

On Friday we helped a sister who needs a house built, and we started the foundation. It's SUPER COOL how they do it. They start by just bringing BUCKETS of water to make mud, and you have people that are just focusing on making as much mud as possible, and then you had people doing measurements and digging areas for the Pillars to go, and the walls, and it literally looked like a miracle. I thought it was one of the coolest things ever.

Again.....I am SO SORRY! We just got a call that we need to head over to the house since there are some people there. I really do hope that there can come a time when I can just sit down and type an email, and actually have a p-day. haha fa TSY MANINONA! Izay ny fiainana!

Ok Love you all and hope you have a great week.


Elder Lehr

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Aoka Lesy! - 6/8/15

ooo ahy!  Things are going great. We have been having fun as always, and have been having things happen in peoples lives which I think is good in a sense because they are realizing that that need to be more humble in order to get ready for the temple, so that is good.

Manandona is still the best place on earth, and gets me every time with its just pure beauty. Right now everyone is planting their potatoes and their green peas, and things are just going well. Its gotten a little cold here not going to lie, but I still love it here, and it's great to be with Elder Tsetra. 

On Thursday I went on a split with Elder Obioma Which was WAY AWESOME! We had a great time in Manandona and he is just chuck full of great ideas in how to improve an area. I was super grateful to have been able to go on the split with him and to just see his desire to be the best person that he can be, and to help others be that as well. It was super duper fun.

Saturday we had zone conference, and it was amazing but super sad at the same time since President Adams is going home July 2nd. Fun fun fun all the time :)

One of the things that I have been trying to work on recently is my speech. It's so easy to get caught in using regular words, but its very true that no matter how you dress, or how you walk or how you do a certain thing, the most dignifying part of a person is probably his speech and the kinds of words that he uses. So that is what I have been trying to work on recently and I have seen a difference as I have been striving to do this.

.....other then that.....Tsy dia haiko laotra.....hmmm.....Well things are still going great, and I am healthy right now so that is a blessing. Eliane is still going strong and it's been a great miracle to have her in the branch and striving to understand this gospel. I love this work.

Well Am-Manaraka.

Elder Lehr