This week was wonderful. We had a full program every day this week and the missionary work is just exploding. Let’s start off with today and work backwards.
This morning, we went with the zone leaders, Elder Nelson and Elder Lebereko, to this place in our area called Croc Farm. It’s basically like a mini zoo. So, we bought two chickens prior to our entrance at a market. When we got there, we went to the big area where the crocodiles were and prepared our chickens to go into the pen of crocodiles. The guards said it was ok, because that is what they eat. Anyways, our chicken was named Piso (which means kitten in Malagasy), and the other missionaries name was Mpamboly Coco. At first, the crocodiles were lazy and weren’t chasing after it. After a little of time, the crocodiles started chasing after the chickens and Piso was the last the be eaten, thus the champion. Unfortunately first and second place got the same reward in this competition. It was really fun.
Also, at Croc Farm, they had lemurs that were just hanging around in the trees uncaged, throughout the park. After using some weird sounds and offering them some biscuits, they flew down from the tree tops above. They came right next to us and we fed them some sweet little biscuits/cookies. We were able to play with them for 30 minutes. They are so soft and have really weird feet/hands that help them with gripping almost any surface. I’ve wanted to play with lemurs all my life, so this was a dream come true. This is the thing that Madagascar is famous for and it was nice to be a part of it. They are so nice and cute little guys. Mom, can I take a lemur home to America?
So, the ‘explosion’ that I mentioned in the header might have been misleading. Explosion as in regards to missionary work. The work is just exploding. We’ve been teaching a lot of referrals this past week, invited new people to prepare to be baptized, and strengthening recent converts/less actives. We had 9 investigators at church this Sunday which was kind of sad, because some of them weren’t able to make it. We have a baptism this Saturday and have a great program set up for Alfred with a lot of help from the ward. If I’m being optimistic, we could have 16 people getting baptized on July 1st, if they keep coming to church and learning well. It’s going to be great if everything works out. Elder Modisakeng is doing great and I’m training a legend. Unfortunately, I only have a few weeks left with Ry Zanako Malalako until I get transferred. I love training and he’s great and become a life-long friend.
Spiritual Thought: 3 Nephi 13:19-21:
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and thieves break through and steal;
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Are you putting your time, focus, and effort on things or worries of the world, or are you embracing the gospel and serving others, or in other words, serving Heavenly Father? The things of this world are only temporary, fame, popularity, and worldly possessions are worth less than the dust of the earth when put into eternal perspectives.
Madagascar is great, love you all and I hope you have a great week. Here are some pictures below!