Wednesday, October 21, 2015

What the families already think i am dying???? - 10/19/15

So....all the families have just been crying this week and just telling me how sad they are of when I leave. And I am just like "What the garglemesh!??? I am not even dying yet!" Lety e! Already telling me that I need to attend their weddings and funerals and need to return and do a vacation. And now that my younger brother is home from his doesn't help with all of the mahatrunkiness! Haha

Tsy maninona! Things are still going great. We had a lot of times and families fall through this week, BUT!! our attendance is just growing growing growing AND We had Tolotra and his family come to church and stay for all 3 meetings!!! YESSS!!!  So COOL! yeye yeye

Fredo and Miriam are just balling it up like it's no ones business, and bringing their kids and other family to church. Man...just so many balling families. :)

We have been having our recent converts wanting to come with us and teach people which is super fun! They are going ham, and want to share this gospel and learn it so bad. We had Roger come with us yesterday and he shared a powerful testimony to holy benwa and his family and I was just like "STUD!!" Yeye :) Then we went and taught Arnough and Julie and he again just encouraged them to visit each other because he loves getting visits, and they agreed.

SO! Highlights of the week: We are getting our recent converts visiting each other, and getting members as well to visit them more. 2. Attendance going WAY UP! 3. Ward going ham on getting less actives back, and 4. I got to go on a split with my son, AND ELDER WISCOMBE! Haha it was SO MUCH FUN! We taught a guy who is deaf, and talked in Malagasy sign language, and then we taught a couple more times and got to see my son (Elder Mack) and Elder Wiscombe teach. Also Elder Rasolofonirina came with us from 2-the end, and we had SO MUCH FUN! Haha I got to see their family and have a soire with them....and it just made me realize that Madagascar is always going to have a special place in my life. I am just so sad that it is far away. Going to have to drop Dough for calling people back here. :)

Not so highlights. we got dogged a lot this week and it was kind of mahakivy but that is ok :) We just pressed on, and are looking at the good of the week. 

This new week we are having zone conference, and then are having Elder Hallstrom from the Presidency of the 70 teach us in the Manakambahiny stake. Elder Bednar will be at the North stake, and he asked that all missionaries and members go to their assigned areas to hear the message. Kind of sad, but it's ok :)

Things are great. Trying not to be too trunky from the pics of Christian being home, but hey :) That's life.


Elder Lehr

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

New transfer, new changes - 10/12/15

Well! Its final, I get to stay in Mahamasina! SO EXCITED! 

It would stink really bad if I had to leave all of these incredible families, but! It's all fine now because I know that I am going to stay :)

With every transfer its basically like the new year. You make new (Transfer) resolutions and make new goals. I am super excited for the opportunity to make new goals and to try to be better this transfer then last. I love this work.

Yesterday we had Fredo come to church, but Miriam had to work. I was super sad, but it's ok. We are teaching them how to do a family home evening today and it's going to be a blast! Fredo hasn't smoked for almost 3 weeks! It's been really incredible to see his progression, and love for the gospel. They are just going ham , and I love how every Sunday our DMP goes with them and walks them home. During this time, Fredo expressed to Victor how the desire to smoke has completely left him and he truly feels like a changed person. SO COOL!

So exciting thing happening this week is Wednesday. I get to go on a split with my SON (Elder Mack)! Haha I am super excited! I guess my trainer is going to be with us the entire day and then we are going to see his family that night and I get to meet all of his family! Haha Yeye yeye! Then hopefully Elder Wiscombe and Elder Brown will be in the apartment so that I can see them one last time before their missions are done. 

Besides that we have been working with our recent converts John and Roger.We are still working with John...Hopefully he will go on his mission. I'm not saying that a person is any less if they don't go, but at the same time it just helps SO MUCH! You change and change from a boy into...well still a boy, but much more of a man...if that makes sense. It's just so cool! You learn things that would literally take a life time to learn in 2 years. 

OH! Our new house is going to be me, Elder Morse, Elder Kissi, and then Elder Wootan. It's going to be a balling house! I am super sad that Elder Hammer is moving to Tamatave...but that's life. He will have a great time there.

.....Other then that....tsy haiko......

Love ya all! Thanks for your prayers!


Elder Lehr

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Haha Can one ever talk to much about Mahajanga people?? - 10/5/15

Well if you are sick and tired of hearing about people from Mahajanga then just stop reading now. BECAUSE THEY ARE SO SWAG!!! Hehe
So, referral from Fredo and Miriam....they are the landlords of their house, and from what it seemed like...The guy was not at all interested in hearing us, and the woman was....Yoyo ihany. Miriam asked if we still wanted to go....Normally I would have been like "HECK NO! That ain't ok!" But I was like "You know this is a referral from our awesome referral.. I CANT LOSE FAITH!" So we went over. Lo and behold we actually had a friendly conversation with the landlord and his family, and after talking to them for a while they seem way interested!! WAHOO!! Hurrah for dope investigators! It was super cool. Also Miriam was telling us that she and her husband just wanted to get up in testimony meeting and bear their testimonies that this church is true, and how much they know that it is. They are SO COOL! I hopefully will be able to see their baptism before hand and can see Joclyn baptize them. That would make my mission. And besides the fact that they make the most incredible food :)
We had our DMP come with us to Razaha who was way open to him and they instantly became good buddies. I think this is what this ward needs to really grow is to have every investigator have a member friend....I mean that is what Preach My Gospel teaches BUT IT'S SO TRUE! Izay le izy!
So.. I have heard that conference was super dope....we shall see after I watch it, but this cyber is so slow that hopefully we will at least be able to get 1 session or so.
Elder Morse and I have made a game plan for us to be able to have Mahamasina ready to split in the next 8 months. With all of our recent converts and investigators about ready to be baptized we will have more than enough Melk. Priesthood holders, and then we shall also have about 170-180 at church in Mahamasina, making it amby ampy to split. WE ARE SO CLOSE! I am really jealous of the elders that will be able to take part of this. I wish I could be able to see it split, but that won't happen, but hopefully we can help people start catching the vision.
Well izay ihany for now. It's been a great week. Lots of fun and just pushing forward in the work.
Am-Pitiavana Elder Lehr