Monday, January 11, 2016

Week 79 - If You Want the Blessings...

Happy first week of the new year. I hope you all enjoyed it. Because we did! We had a way cool week and we had a little bit of rain in the mornings but not in the day and it's still way hot. I love it. Way rather be hot than cold! WAY rather! So it's great, but the rainy season is already overdue and it probably won't be long and we'll be in the middle of it and wading through water again. I can't wait. 

Just a real quick story for this week about S. and O. We found them my first couple of days here when we were waiting at a time and this guy next door heckled us a little and was very surprised when we responded to him in Malagasy. So then he talked to us a little bit, found out why we were wearing white shirts and ties and wondering around his neightborhood and he wanted us to come visit him. So we go to his house and teach him. His wife had just left him with his kid, he had a drinking problem and was out of money and had no job. Turns out his wife's parents had her and wouldn't let her go back until he had 40,000 ariary, about 13 dollars to his name so they knew that he could take care of her. So we kept coming, then they got together, they're reading the scriptures, they are way happy all of the time, and we went to pick them up and take them to church yesterday (they hadn't been yet) and we show up and he's dressed up like a blackjack dealer in Vegas, got a black shiny button up shirt, looking so good! Then we walk back to his house, his wife's all ready, and nailed next to the front door is the Family: A Proclamation to the World that we gave to him. They loved church, made some great friends, it was fantastic!

Selfie while riding a bike with no hands!

I'm loving Madagascar. It's just so fantastic, every day just brings some way cool things and I love it!
Malagasy Morsel for the week is manoa which means submit. And if we submit to God, we get huge blessings! I love that! I feel like it's pretty hard for us imperfect people to submit to the will of someone else: we've got stuff that we want to do, but we came here to be tested, and if you want to do well on a test, you don't color wherever you want, but you color in the bubbles. In life, if we want to do well on the test, than we have to stay in the bubbles. We're not here just to do what we want, we're here to get into the Celestial kingdom, so we gotta follow the rules to get there. The best part is that if we do that, then we get help throughout the test and then we get eternal life with our families. Nothing is better than that!

This sunset looked way cooler in real life, like way close and 3D.

I love y'all and I wish you a great week!
Mazotoa e!

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