Monday, December 28, 2015

Week 77 - The Rains Begin

Christmas was great. And so was seeing all you guys. And since I feel like I saw everyone just the other day, I'll keep this one pretty short. But did I mention that Christmas was great???

So for our Christmas we had a white elephant exchange, we played signs and watched Meet the Mormons. Then we cleaned the church, we were supposed to go caroling but we got rained on... So we cleaned the church. But then we had a bring your own meat party at our house with all the missionaries in the zone and it was lots of fun. Way cool. 

Other than that, the work was a little bit slow this last week because of Christmas, but not too bad. Elder Glazier and I killed it as much as we could.

Exciting things going on right now: President Foote is coming up here on Saturday and we'll be doing interviews and pday with him, I'm way pumped. And then we have transfers too. So... next week we'll know if Elder Glazier and Elder Rasmussen get to stick it out together or if they're going to split up. Come back next week for the news!

Malagasy Morsel for the week is orana. It means rain. And we've been starting to get some. And rainy season is just getting going. And Tamatave is the wettest part of Madagscar. Who's pumped??!?!?!

Anyway, I love you all, and I hope you all have a great week, because I sure will! I love it here! Madagascar is amazing and being a missionary is even more amazing!
Mazotoa e daholo!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from your favorite missionaries ever! Hope you are enjoying the Christmas season!
Because we sure are!!!

Merry Christmas from Madagascar!
Elder Rasmussen and Elder Glazier.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Week 76 - Celebrating Christ


Whew. My throat hurts a little bit from yelling those words as I typed them. But really, who's pumped? I'm so pumped. 

This week has been great.

We did lots of stuff. Tons of stuff. So many stuffs I can't even think of them all. But really, I'm skyping home this week, so I feel like there's not all that much to talk about.

Elder Glazier and I got some gorrilla masks that we may have used late at night one day or something like that, but no biggie. We also made a sweet Christmas card that I hope you all got. We spent FOREVER making that...

Then we went on some splits this week. Way cool. 

But no we'll just go to Malagasy Morsel time. It's Jesoa Kristy. Guess what that means. It means Jesus Christ. I'm sure that was a hard one. And that's what Christmas is all about. I love it.But I just kind of had a cool story from yesterday that I wanted to share with y'all. We got home from church and were watching Mormon Messages on Elder Snell's USB while we were making our delicious spaghetti. And there was this one video that had a little clip of Jesus walking with his disciples and I just thought to myself, "What I would give to get to walk with Him and learn from Him every day." And as soon as I thought that, the next thought came into my head, "That's exactly what you're doing right now." I get to do his work and I get to learn from Him from the scriptures every day and we all get to do that! I love it so much! That just made my day.

So I'd like to wish you all a fantastic Christmas and don't forget to do some things that our Savior would have you do to let you come unto Him while you're all celebrating Christmas.

Love you all!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Week 75 - A Full Program

HEY!!!! Guess what. It's almost CHRISTMAS!!! And I am not the slightet bit excited. I can't stand Christmas.

Whoops... did I say I can't stand Christmas? I meant I can't stand waiting for Christmas. I love Christmas.

But this last week was so fantastic. We had splits with the APs one day, they brought two other missionaries with them and just did splits in each elder's area for a week. So pretty much one missionary and one of the split dudes would teach all of the times, and the other two would go find new families all day. It was lots of fun! Most of the missionaries got two days of splits, but Elder Glazier and I just already have too many people we're teaching that they only did one day of splits with us. Haha

But really, our program is so full right now. We pretty much have times scheduled every half hour... Way full. It's fantastic though! We have a lot of people bail on us and lots of new investigators but we still managed to teach 39 times. Hah, "only" 39 times. We were killing it, it was so fantastic.

Let's see... it's kind of weird working with Brandan, especially because I can't call him Brandan... But it's way fun! We just have a blast and we are just going hard and it's beautiful.

Fun note, this week is December 19th! Happy birthday family!!!

Christmas is coming up!!! We've got some sweet ideas for a zone activity, but we'll probably save it and keep it a surprise.

Malagasy Morsel of the week is bokana and it means ripped/muscular. And Elder Glazier and I are getting bokana!!! We ran to the cyber this morning in about 17 minutes. It's way far. And it was way hot. We've been sitting in the high nineties lately with like a gajillion percent humidity. We are dripping sweat all of the time. Literally. When I walked into the cyber and leaned over to turn on the moniter, I dripped like five times on the keyboard. Cool, right?

Anyway, y'all have a great, cold week and enjoy whatever part of the world you may be in.


Monday, December 7, 2015

Week 74 - Get Back to Work Week

Work Week! Last week was Travel A Lot Week, so it was nice to get going! We've still got a bunch of stuff to get going, because we are actually whitewashing half of our area, but it's going good! Church attendance was not quite as many as I was expecting, but new branch, new people, it's all good! 

Our goal here in Tamatave is to light the place on fire. So Elder Glazier and I just went to work. Did we tract a lot? Yeah, you could say that. Did we teach a lot? Yeah, you could say that. Did we go swimming a lot? No. We're missionaries.

It was a great productive feeling week and we should be seeing some results from it in this next week! So awesome.

CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!! I don't know if you guys knew that, but there's this holiday over here where everyone gets with their family and then gets so drunk they can't remember why they were celebrating or their name. And it's excellent! Mostly it's excellent because of another holiday that's coincidentally on the same day that's about Jesus Christ. That's the really good part.

We'll even go all out and put Christmas in Malagasy for our Malagasy Morsel. Are you ready for this? It's Krismasy. Pronounced just about the same as Christmas. Crazy right??? 

Can you all tell that I'm way pumped for Christmas? It's always been my favorite time of year, and you can bet I've been playing Christmas music for like a month and a half. Bummer is that it was a different Elder's Christmas music, and then I moved and don't have any. I should get on that.

Why is Christmas so good?
Because Christ lives. And we can live forever too.
And that's really really good.

Love you all and I mirary a sambatra Christmas Season!