you have no idea what i've been through this week.
yup, its been one of those weeks. one of those weeks where you want to crack open a nice cold malta, sit back, and think about how sweet life is. (because maltas are kind of gross, and they help you realize that... although, i do like maltas though)
so, you remember how last week i explained that someone stole our side view mirrors? well we got those fixed. how? hehe...
so, on monday, Blaise (a member who works for the mission, and takes care of apartment, visa, car, stuff) takes us to Mitsubishi to get our side view mirrors. we get there, and they tell us they dont have any more. so, now what do we do. we are stuck driving in west africa with no side view mirrors. i mean, its not like people use those anyways, so why do we need them. so, we start driving back home, contemplating what will happen next. thats when i see Blaise talking to a guy on the street. If you guys knew blaise, you would understand that this togolese man doesnt take no for an answer. so, blaise is talking to this guy. thats when blaise tells us take the next righ and park on the side of the road. When we do, the guy who Blaise was talking too, grabs a piece of paper, and starts to trace the frame of our side view mirrors. then he grabs a big mirror, and starts cutting it out, in the shape of our mirrors. Great idea!!! now how is he going to stick it on... thats when he starts stuffing paper in the frame, and glues the mirror to the frame.... Blaise, you are a genius...
now, do the side view mirrors work? well, its better than nothing i guess. i do have a massive blind spot on the right side, but like i said its better than nothing. and hey, it keeps the cops away!!!
on tuesday we went to ablogames district meeting, and we fixed some problems over there. the sister missionaries have a really bad relation with the members. but, thats because they chastized them during sacrament meeting....
wednesday we had our first of three zone confrences. We started with tokoin, my old zone. president morin wanted to go to every zone individually to help motivate the missionaries, and fix problems according to that zone. the overall theme was motivation, and fasting. missionaries really need to get motivated here, so i think it helped a lot.
on thursda we had our second zone confrence this time for hedzranawoe. again, same type of stuff, but more on what that zone needed to hear.
so, wednesday we needed to print out some stuff but our printer ran out of ink. so on thursday Elder Dioulo and i went to go find ink... im going to ask you all a very serious question. Where do you find ink (more specifically HP 950 xl ink), in west africa? really think about that one...
so, our first thought was, lets go to a super market! a lot of white people go there, they must have ink. WRONG!!!! so, we drove to every supermarket in lome, to find no ink. then we went to the Grand Marché.... so, note to anyone who plans on driving in west africa, dont take a massive pick up truck into the the Grand Marché. very very small roads, that are packed with people, and motorcycles parked everywhere, and its just awful... but, in the mist of this chaos, we find a place that sells ink, so we go inside, and they sell ink!!!! HP ink!!!! but sadly they dont have 950 or 950xl printer ink. so, we begin the process again, driving through the marché, honking really load, to tell the lady selling Plantaines to move!!! and we find another place that sells HP ink! and again, nothing. Finally after the 5th time,3 hours later, we find Hp 950xl printer ink in west africa. and we didnt buy it! why? because the guy wanted to sell it to us for 80 dollars, and it was kind of a shady deal... so, finally we called a guy who works for the church here, and he told us that he would order our ink for us.... why didnt we just do that in the first place? I dont know. the thought came after we left the cavern of little boutiques selling knock off Nike shoes, and ladies selling tomatoes and onions on their heads...
so, on friday we had the last zone conference with Bekpota. that went well, it was the same kind of thing.
we taught fabrice, lodonou, and eric this week. Fabrice got the priesthood today, so we had a great lesson on that. Eric blessed the sacrament for the first time today, and lodonou fixed his baptism date for november 7th!!! he still has an alcohol problem. he was drunk at our last rendez vous.... but we are keeping him in our prayers, and hoping that everything goes well with him.
We were able to fix two baptism dates with a new investigator named Reine. she is actually our next door neighbor, so we dont have to walk very far! haha. her brother also excepted baptism.
President Morin showed us a new way to invite people to be baptized. He explained how we concentrate to much on the date, but not enough on the first engagement. which is "will you to pray to know if our message is true" he explained how focus the baptism invitation, on that phrase. and the strategy works.
lastly, i finished the book of mormon again. its still true. READ IT!!! If you haven't already, i recommend you do. If you have, read it again!!!!
so, i love you guys, and hope all goes well back at home.
remember 1.make shift side view mirrors work
2. dont drive big trucks into the Grand Marché
3.Focus on prayer
Love you guys,