Sunday, July 19, 2015

I am driving in west Africa







Ladies, and gentlemen, 
im actually driving in west africa. if i could describe it in one word, it would be... lawless.... haha. because that is what it is. Rugged, lawlessness. its the wild wild
haha. At first it was stressful, but im getting it now. I've gotten used to driving a manual car... and im getting used to the way traffic works here. People move for motorcycles, motorcycles for cars, and cars for crazy drivers! 
haha! i am exhausted! Working in the office here is nuts! we have no time at all. im serious. On friday here is how are day was planned. Office in the morning, go back for lunch, go drop off some packages, and teach a couple lessons. here is what happened. at 6 we get a call from missionaires in Apedokoe (seriously.... its a village out there..) saying we need to take them to baguida for patriarchal blessings. then we need to stop at Adidogome. then go to akodessewa to drop stuff off. go to anfame to pick something off, stop at souza to drop it all off, and go back to adidogome, and then end it all at apedokoe. we started at 7 in the morning.
 we got back at 3 in the afternooon.... then i went to the office. and did something. we got back exhausted. 
That is how it has been everyday. We plan, but then everything gets mixed up....
yesterday we were able to teach though! We have started teaching in Agoi. ITs out there man! almost village... haha... IT actually belongs to the sister missionaries, but since its to far for them, we have taken it over. We taught a guy who said he was baptized at snow college... but he obviously wasnt because he said they gave him a new name at his baptism and a whole lot of other nonsense... it was cool though....  
then we taught a members family. They all came to church today which was cool. 
My ward contains every missionary in the zone. seriously. we have 12 missionaries in our ward...
there are 16 missionaries total in the zone here. so... its exciting.
but the cool part is that we are in an ACTUAL CHURCH BUILDING!!! We arent in a rented house!!! its awesome!!!
But all is well here in Togo! Tomorrow im going to cross the boarder and go to Benin! haha! (that is why i am writing you all today, since i wont be able too tomorrow)  Im going to see the beninois!!! I will be in the country that created voodoo!!! the voodoo capital of the world!
Overall, its been a crazy week. its busy here in the office. not that i wasn't busy before, but i was busy in a different way!! 
so, next time i write, ill let you guys know about the stuff i saw in benin!!
I love you all, 
stay safe, its a crazy world at there ( and driving in africa gives me that right to say that)
so long my Yovo's
Elder Magré




The debate is finished.Togo is better than Benin.
Yes i can now give my opinion.... From my first impressions of benin, i like togo better... i can say i got home sick of my beloved togo... haha.
Benin is weird. Its so much more developed, and much wealthier. But man.... Benin... Togo, things are cheaper, and its much more small town/city. Although, i never realized how poor togo was until i saw benin. Benin has a lot of paved roads, and a lot of five story buildings. however, the power does cut out a lot there.
 in my 24 hours that i was there... it cut out 2 times. Benin.... haha!!!
The drive to benin was actually really boring. just me, and a long straight road through the african a point in time though, we got to see the village built on a lake in benin. (cool story behind that. While the king of benin was selling his people into slavery, a few of the people built a city on a lake, so the king couldnt get to them...) key note togo is better because they dont sell their people into slavery....
overall, benin was good. Something that i thought was cool is that the missionaries in benin live in an apartment complex! where as here in togo we live in small house/apartments. Another reason why benin is better. The weird thing is that half of our mission is in Benin. I feel like my mission is just here in Togo, because its all i know. It was actually like i was in a hole different mission!
I got to meet some missionaries that i never even knew existed. Thats cool.
The rest of the week overall was good. We got to teach four lessons this week!!! Our investigator Valerie read the first 13 chapters of the book of mormon which is awesome! We are going to fix a baptism date with her this week! haha, She said she wasnt going to come to church today but she did!
This week i just accompanied my comp in all of the meetings he had to go to. Because president morin came to togo this week. He doesnt know lomé very well so we had to show him the waqy to every place we were going. so... that was exciting. haha. Pres morin is actually really funny.... Im not around him much, but ive come to realize that he jokes a lot.
So, this was my week. Ill tell you guys more later on the week.
But im off to benin tomorrow. So, ill let you guys know how that goes.
love you all
Elder Magré