Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas & Waterfall Greatness

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!! No snow here in Ambositra but Im still dreaming it comes. 

Christmas Eve was awesome cause I could Skype my fam!!!!! So great to see them and just talk with them!!! Cant wait till Mothers Day so we can do it again!!

Christmas here was definitely different to say the least haha. Woke up to a nice hot day. The family from South Africa invited us over for lunch!! It was awesome. Great food, great conversations, and just a great time. Its fun to just talk about how different Mada is with other people who kinda get where we are coming from haha. The rest of the day we went back to work which wasnt too bad. People in the streets were blasting Christmas songs so that was great. Gaul and I jammed out to Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas is You" HAHAHA. Then a family from the branch had us over and fed us Sambosas and Malagasy pizza. So Good. Sambosas are kinda like pizza pockets in America, just bigger. They are incredible. If we bring cheese, she will make us Sambosas and Pizza on our next visit. Needless to say, Gaul and I have done that a lot. haha

Saturday was such a blessing. We had two baptisms in Anjoma. The two individuals being baptized were Dada and Marie. Great people and have been prepared by the Spirit for a long time. On the taxibe ride to Anjoma, I had a couple crazy experiences. First off we are fitting 8 individuals on a bench for 4 people....Then this little kid next to me on his mother's lap, starts throwing up...HAHAHA. Then we picked up another old man on the side of the road. No space for him sooooooo, on my lap he goes!!!! Wasnt the most comfortable ride, Ill say that hahaha. 

As we were on the taxibe to Anjoma and there were some members waiting for us on the side of the road. We stopped the taxibe and got out. We then proceeded to walk a few kilometers through some fields. All of a sudden, I see a waterfall in the distance. A kid from the branch turns to me and tells me that is the font. THE BAPTISMAL FONT IS AT THE TOP OF A WATERFALL!! I couldnt believe it!!! Its hard to describe how cool it is. I hope the pics help!!

The baptism went super well and the two baptized individuals then bore incredible testimonies about the Savior and his plan for them. The Spirit was there in abundance. Once again, it was great to see peoples lives change. One of the coolest things in the world. 

Well thats pretty much the week!! I hope everyone took the time to read Luke 2 for Christmas! What an incredible moment in history. Without Jesus' life, there is no point to ours. The Atonement of Jesus Christ opens the door for us to progress and do so many things. We can overcome any temptation and make ourselves better each and every day. I know Jesus Christ lives and loves each and every one of us. His love is prevalent in everyone of our lives. We just have to stop and look for it!! 

Love yall

Elder Hein
On the way to the baptismal font.
The baptismal font.

Dada, Marie and Elder Gaul

Members at the baptism.

Elder Gaul and I

Baptism Program



Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Baptism Week! More Pics - Video Footage

video
Really crunched for time this week, but a couple big time things happening here in Ambositra! 

First off, Thursday was Elder Gaul's year mark. Big time mark for him. The second half of the mission is gunna fly for him. He is gunna leave Ambositra at the end of January which will be rough!!

On Friday, it was Election Day here in Mada. Down to two candidates, Dr. Robinson and Hery Vaovao. Dont have time to keep up with their policies and stuff, but lets just say me and Gaul are happy that the election is over...For the past few weeks the campaigning here has been ridiculous. They call it propaganda here. Just nonstop noise. People just go around in cars blasting loud music with pictures of the candidate on the windows. Lets just say its a little different than United States campaigning haha. But, that has all come to an end and we will know the results sometime in January. 

Saturday was a big day!! President and Sister Adams came down to Ambositra to give a little training and meet with us Elders. We had a nice breakfast with them and it was good to see them. They gave a great training on the goal of the mission here in Madagascar and directly after that we had our baptism!! President and Sister Adams also stayed for that which was awesome. 

The baptism was an incredible experience. Elder Gaul baptized Odette and I was fortunate enough to baptize Richard. There was an incredible Spirit felt there and the couple was just overjoyed. There was just such a feeling of peace there thats pretty hard to explain. It has been incredible to see the change in their lives and how they have become "new creatures in Christ" like it talks about in 2 Cor 5 17. 

Thats all I got time for today! I wish everyone the best Christmas possible. Enjoy the festivities, family, food, lights, presents, bowl games, and all the rest of the season!!!! But please take a moment to remember what we are truly celebrating. Might be a little cliche, but when you think of our Saviors birth, everything seems less important. Remember his birth, life, mission, and most importantly: his Atonement. 

Christ is the reason for the Season

Love yall

Elder Hein
Odette and Richard on their baptismal day!

The best pitch I've seen yet!
This is the gym where we work out as many mornings as we can.  It is not much but it is free.  Check out the bar we use for bench pressing.  

Elder Gaul and I just having a good time.


Monday, December 16, 2013

The Week


The week started out incredibly!! In two days we found 21 investigators during our tracting time. We had really good lessons with all of them and have return appointments with all of them. They are four seperate families that all just seem awesome. The Gospel of Jesus Christ really is for everyone, but it all points to families. It is awesome to see when a whole family is all learning together and feeling The Spirit in the home. They all help each other along and the family just becomes so much closer. Awesome stuff. Gaul and I had tons of gratitude this week towards our Heavenly Father for helping us find people to teach!!
On Saturday, the Zone Leaders from Antsirabe came down to Ambositra to do baptismal interviews for our four investigators. Elder Abney and Elder Hamm. Ive become very close with Abney since I got here and its too bad that hes going home next transfer. Hamm just got transferred to Antsirabe and hes an awesome Elder as well! Every missionary in this mission is just a legendary missionary. I mean God only sends the best here I guess haha:) Anyways, the bap interviews went awesome and we are good to go. We have changed the date of Richard and Odettes baptismal service to this week, so we are super excited for this weekend!!!! It is just awesome to see how they have changed their lives. Their 12 year old son has already been baptized for a while and is super excited as well. Nothing better than The Spirit touching families lives.
We were informed by President Adams that he will be visiting us this Saturday and doing some training for the branch here in Ambositra. Gaul and I are pumped to see the President and his wife. Also, this Friday is the day of the big vote for President here in Madagascar. It will feel a little different here in Mada without propaganda all the time through the streets.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I know it. Nothing else can make people change their lives as much as this Gospel does. There is so much happiness, peace, and love in God's plan for us and through the blessing of the Atonement.
I love yall. Have fun getting that last minute Christmas shopping in!
Elder Hein
This is where I study.

This is our kitchen.

Nice little community!!

A soccer field in the distance!  The city pro team plays there.

My bed.  I am cleaning the sheet so have no worries.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Transfer News - I am staying in Ambositra


Great to get back to Ambositra with a new focus from the Zone Conference in Antsirabe! We felt refreshed and ready to work really hard this week. Which we did. It seemed like we walked a thousand miles this week, but all for some great people and families. So we are getting closer and closer to our 4 baptisms coming up and let me tell you a little bit about each of them.
Dec 28 we have 2 baptisms scheduled in Anjoma. Their names are Dada and Marie. Not related, not married. Just two great people that wanted to learn. They really grasp onto everything and you can tell the Spirit is working in their lives. Dada is a younger man. He farms and teaches school. Really funny guy. Marie is an older lady that is super intelligent. She loves learning and is super duper humble. Both of them are mazoto(dilligent, studious) and are looking forward to their baptisms.
Jan 4 we have 2 more sceduled here in Ambositra. Richard and Odette. Married couple with 3 kids. They live way up in the hills but come to church every single week. They are farmers and are probably the most humble people I have ever met. They have an incredible story. They have been learning for a while, but have had a big issue with paraky(chewing tobacco). Enough to the point where Richard couldnt sleep or would get sick if he wouldnt chew. But they have really relied on the Atonement of Jeus Christ and have overcome the addiction!!!!!!!!!! They havent chewed in almost three weeks and are doing incredible. Its amazing that through Christ we can conquer all. Amazing people. Please pray for the continual strength to overcome the addiction. 

Well, I made it to my first Transfer News!!!! It was a really exciting night Sunday night as we anxiously awaited the call from our Zone leader. In this mission, there is a transfer every six weeks. Im pretty sure most lmissions are doing that as well. It was a MASSIVE transfer with elders and sisters moving all over the island. It was especially exciting for Elder Gaul because he tests the accuracy of his "Mock Transfer." It has been up on the white board for a couple weeks, and he has made little changes here and there. Gotta give him props, he didnt do too shabby. But still nowhere close to what actually happened haha. He said he might retire from his Mock Transfer career as the mission gets younger and younger haha.
The mission is awesome. Hard to describe. Hard, fun, exhausting, wet, beautiful, disappointing, rewarding. The list goes on and on. Way better than I thought it would be. Time is absolutely flying and I know that is purely because The Lord's work is busy, but also because Im also having fun doing it. Its amazing seeing people change their lives completely to line it up with the path the Savior has layed out for them. 

God bless
Elder Hein
Lychee Season!!!!!!

Yes, the Amazon River stretches to Madagascar!!  Ha Ha!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving Week

Hello all!! Hope yall had a great Bird Day!!

The weeks just keep getting better and better and I am really enjoying all my time here!! 

The rain started coming down really hard this week. And we have had a big problem with our house flooding. It is just the front room, but it is very annoying to come home to half an inch of water that we have to clean up! The way they built the patio wasnt too smart. The patio is higher than the actual floor, and the door isnt the best, so when the patio floods, it goes straight under our door and into our living room!! Elder Gaul and I had just finished mopping it all up when it started pouring again....We just stood at the front door shoving as much water as we could hahah. "HOLD THE LINE!!!" But the water beat us and we just went to bed haha. The landlord said she will fix it soon. 

On Tuesday, we had a great meal at some great folks from South Africa! They invited all the vazhas in the city to enjoy it. We had 8 of us there and none of them were from the US besides me and Gaul. But they loved celebrating Thanksgiving all the same. She made some great bread and sausage. Very very nice family. 

On Wednesday, we went out to a part of the city that we hadnt ever been to. We tracked into an older guy that let us right in. Super nice. As I shook his hand, I noticed his skin was very very flaky. He let us know that he had been having a problem with his skin for the past week. It seriously looked like leprosy...but me and Gaul are both in good health so dont worry. The man had an appointment with the doctor the next day and Im sure will be on some medication when we have a retuen appointment. 

Saturday, we came up to Antisrabe and that is where I am now!! It is such a big city with great members. Plus they have very nice retaurants, really good ice cream, and more American food. Gaul and I have a blast coming here because we get to go to Shoprite. Its a store that is really expensive but is just a little taste of American grocery store life. Its great. But the main reason we came here was for a zone conference. We just had it this morning and it was AWESOME. Elder Renlund of the Seventy was there and brought such a special Spirit. Us as missionaries really got a lot out of it and feel super pumped to get out and start working again. 

I have been reminded over and over agin this week of the principle of faith. Its not just something you have. Its something you do. A lot of the times I feel us as humans, expect some great scripture miracle to happen to us after we say a prayer. Thats not how it works. As it says in Ether 12, we only receive the witness AFTER the trial of our faith. The Lord has to test us that we trust him. That we know, he has the reigns. And when our faith is sufficient, we can perfrom miracles. All of us can. I know it. 

Elder Hein
Sitting with a member

Willy Wonka's Chocolate River

Our apartment, flooded!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Howdy


Rain was back in full force this week.
What a great week!!! We had tons of work and this week absolutely flew by. Cant believe Im back in the cyber already.
First off, no rick shaw incident this week...Whew. Probably because we didnt take one haha. But......I got sick for the first time in Mada. Just ate something that my body didnt want I guess. I saw the kitchen of the restaurant we eat at, and I think that might be the reason hahahaha. Momma wouldnt be too proud of how clean that kitchen is:) Felt pretty bad Tuesday through Thursday, but nothing to keep us from going out!
Last week was a tough working week, which really brought me and Gaul to prayer. We were both praying pretty hard for a better week and more people to teach!! We just wanna get in and talk to people! Well, I can say prayers are definitely answered because we picked up some great investigators and had some really really good lessons.
The Lord works in mysterious ways: Every Wednesday we teach English at the church for anyone that wants to come. Usually there is a kid that comes that is awesome. Love him to death. We had an appointment to teach someone about his age after the English class and wanted to bring him with. Well he didnt show up....So we were gunna bring this 25 year old guy thats super cool as well. As we start walking to the appointment after the English class, 5 of his friends come up to him and start talking. I was getting a little impatient because I wanted to go teach. Well, turns out those 5 guys were bored and wanted to learn. So we changed up our plans and walked with them back to their house to teach. It was pouring down rain as we got to their house. We had to basically yell while we were teaching because of the rain hitting the metal roof so hard. But the Spirit was there and the guys were all super eager to hear the message. So Sunday rolls around and TWO OF THE GUYS COME TO CHURCH BY THEMSELVES!!! I didnt know why the kid that usually shows up didnt show to the English class, but now I do. We were supposed to teach those other guys that day.  And now we have a few great investigators!!!
Wasnt too much else this week. It just seemed like all our times were filled up and we taught some really good lessons! We also tracted into a few possible great investigators which was something new here in the Boosht. On Tuesday, vazahas from South Africa that work for the Adventist Church are inviting us over for a pre Thanksgiving feast!! I dont know what she will be serving but last time we were there, it was awesome. Saturday, Gaul and I are headed up to Antsirabe for a Zone Conference. Antsirabe is awesome and its always great to see other Elders!!
I hope everyone has a very good Thanksgiving holiday!! Eat some turkey for me and some yams as well. Also, a nice slice of apple pie with whipped cream on top...thats the good stuff. Just take a second to reflect on God's blessings and the great lives we live. He's given us everything. God bless.
Elder Hein

Found the house that Jesus talked about. "The wise man built his house upon a rock"



The Football Pitch

Another view of the Football Pitch

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Pous-Pous!


Im still alive here in Madagascar. Weather was very strange here in Ambositra, no rain. But it is getting pretty dang hot here. I bet when we get to Christmas it will be nice and steamy.
So on tuesday the Zone Leader came down from Antsirabe with his companion to do splits with us. I love our ZL but of course he goes with Elder Gaul and I get Elder Adrianaranjoa. Native missionary from Antananarivo. Great guy but I definitely had to use my Malagasy a lot more that day. Which was extremely difficult. I definitely learned a lot that day though!!!
I made the biggest improvement tjis week in the language so far. But its still TOUGH. Some lessons I go in and do great, other lessons....I walk out and ask Elder Gaul "By the beard of zeus, what just happened in there?" The language is just so different from english it is hard to explain. Grammar is all backwards and the words are like 15 letters long. Its comin along though.
The work here was tough this week. We had a few investigators move which was disappointing. We did a lot of tracting this week which meant a lot of walking. A LOT. Its all good though, its good to get a good sweat in everyday. We are working hard to get the members to help us as missionaries. The work of salvation can be so greatly helped by the members. So if you are reading this, HELP THE MISSIONARIES IN YOUR WARD. Thanks yall haha
Elder Gaul and I organized soccer this week with members!!! We had a bunch come out and it was awesome!! Played in some hills on a clay/dirt/weeds/rocks field. It was legendary. Ive always wanted to play with kids in the streets/dirt field and I got my chance. These kids are just running around barefoot on these rocks. I have no idea how their feet hold up!! Im bad at the language but it was awesome to speak with everyone through the language I do know: soccer.
Well, for the exciting story of the week. Elder Gaul wasnt feeling that great one day so we took a pous-pous back to our apartment. A pous-pous is basically a human wheelbarrow. You sit down and the guy picks it up and just runs you where youre going. Two wheels provide the pivot point on the pouspous. Well, these guys are used to carrying malagasies. Not big americans. (Yes i am big here) There is a large hill down to our flat that both me and Gaul were a little worried would cause the driver a little issue. The momentum of 400 plus pounds might have been too much. Well he proceeds to run down this hill. He is going so fast and there is so much momentum that his feet are barely touching the floor. The dude is flying. Its all he can do to keep the pouspous balanced. Well we get down to the bottom of the hill and a car is coming straight for us. The guy tries to turn the pouspous but cant........All of a sudden we slam our backs on the road. We look up and the driver is hanging from the pouspous. HAHAH it happened right at the bottom of the hill where everyone was. We just here tons of laughter and me and Gaul just start dying. It was so dang funny. The guy was so embarrassed. I felt bad for him. Two americans were just too much for him I guess. No injuries hahah
Thats the week. I was feeling real down at one point this week, but then I thought of the Savior. He did this his whole life for me. For all of us. Thats how much he loves us. He did it so we could have eternal salvation. Whats two years in the eternities?? Oh yeah, nothing. I know he lives and loves all of us.
Much love,
Elder Hein
Craving of the week: Whataburger Number 1 with fries and a Dr Pepper
Typical Neighborhood

Check out the Spiders
 Look at the size of the spiders!
 Found the basketball hoop in Ambositra!


 Mada at night.
 This was the hill of the famous Pous-Pous incident.
 The restaurant we eat at everyday.
What the main street looks like in the boosht!

Monday, November 11, 2013

The End of the World


Another great week here in the Boosht. (Ambositra) Lots of things to cover:
First off the rain, it absolutely pours here everyday. No point for an umbrella so we just walk right through it haha. I just look at it as my afternoon hour long shower. Other than the rain, the weather is absolutely perfect here. Sometimes it might be a little hot for the Malagasies here, but they dont know Texas summers.
Secondly the work, it is awesome. We are working a lot with the branch here and in Anjoma. The church is so new here that we have to help the branch presidents alot with how the branch works. But the branch is running pretty well on its own. Just a few things we help out with. Our main concern is less active members. We have way a large number of them. We go around visiting them a lot. It's hard work but we got a good family to come back to church this week. SO REWARDING. Awesome stuff. Also we have 4 baptism dates set for the next two months. Working on a couple others. I love the Lord's work.
Elder Gaul and I also cover a town called Anjoma about an hour away. It is not the end of the world, but you can see it from there. I challenge anyone to find a more remote place than that. It is just a farming community that covers tons of space. Me and Gaul go there every Saturday to teach people and visit. Well we taught our investigators and it started to rain...HARD. We stayed under cover for a while until it slowed down. It stopped and we decided to visit a less active about 2 miles away. 2 miles of mud and rice fields. We made it all the way there for his wife to tell us he was out of town haha. Well we turned back and started the haul back. Well, it started to hail...HARD. The hail was about the size of large marbles. It was crazy funny. We were just running, slipping on mud, almost ffalling in rice paddies all at the same time. After about a mile of that, it turned into hard hard rain. We were just soaked haha. And because of the lack of paved roads, we are basically walking through mud rivers hahahah. It was awesome. I doubt many missionaries can say they ever ran through rice fields, getting hailed on!!!!

Church meetings are so different here. Same organization and everything but just so small and quaint. Had to give a talk this week in church on the 12th article of faith.   I struggle with the language and then had to give a talk about government and following the law?!?! Missionary life i guess haha

Madagascar is so different. Really hard to explain. But so awesome. Everything in this country is dirt cheap. Gaul got a haircut today for a 1000 ariary. Thats 50 cents hahaha

I am slowly getting adjusted to the food. We eat at this restaurant every day called the Oasis. There I can eat other things than rice so its a good change haha. But I am starting to enjoy little by little, the amount of rice they eat. Also, after the meal you have to drink the burnt rice water, rano pango. Really gross to me but I am acquiring the taste and its not that bad. Kinda soothes the belly after the meal!!
I hope yall enjoy the pics and video. Just want yall to know that Im having a great time and that I feel yalls prayers in my behalf.  See the pics below.

Maztoa (Be diligent, see ya, adios)
Elder Hein


This is the view from my apartment.

This is the view from the church.

This is the chapel in Ambositra.

Rice field chillin'

My Companion Elder Gaul eating a mango.

The church house in Ambositra.

Traffic jam in Ambositra

The End of the World - Anjoma

Anjoma

A Dung Beetle!

Monday, November 4, 2013

MADAGASCAR


Sweet Mada...BA BA BA good times never felt so good.
 
Well I made it to the island Wednesday afternoon. So great to feel some humidity and smell the nice poopy smell here. We finished some paperwork, met the mission president and his wife, and the other senior couples here. We then had interviews and dinner with the Mission president, assistants, and senior couples. The mission home serves as three purposes: Church building, mission office, and Mission president's house. I love the Pres Adams. He's very intimidating but you can feel his love big time. He knows exactly what this mission needs and is on track to accomplishing that.
 
Thursday we woke up and went downtown Antananarivo to finalize our visas and other documents. Then that afternoon we got our trainers and areas. I got assigned to work with Elder Gaul and we are working in AMBOSITRA. It's literally in the middle of Madagascar. So we took a taxibe (bus) down that night. The ride shoulda been 6 hours. It turned out to be ten....and it was so uncomfortable haha. These taxibes are supposed to fit like 14 people, but they always manage to squish 20 plus. Its crazy, I love it. It is just me and Elder Gaul in Ambositra. We also have a town an hour away called Anjoma. It's just us against the world haha.
 
Elder Gaul is a boss. Hes been in country for 8 months or so. Great at the language. Great teacher. FREAKIN HUGE. He is like six foot two and 250. Hes a offensive guard in football from Orem, Utah. Love him to death. And he makes pancakes every morning so that  is pretty sweet.
 
The language is so dang difficult. I barely follow along. Sometimes I just get lost haha. It doesnt help that in Ambositra they have a different dialect. It is just so hard to understand the locals. I can follow what my companion is saying probably like fifty percent of the time. The language will soon start to come, I just need some faith.
 
The Mada life: evrything is very muddy and dirty. It is incredible to see how humble these people are. I can definitely say Im not in Plano anymore haha. But honestly I really dont mind it. I love it here. It is just a different culture and environment but they are all still God's children. It's pretty fun to just walk through the streets and think: Im in MADAGASCAR. All the little kids are really cute and the people are super nice. They do like to call us vazahas, which is kina derogatory to foreigners, especially white people. When little kids call us vazahas, we just respond with, Where are the vazahas????? The little kids just start cracking up haha. It rains here everyday. Beautiful in the morning and then pouring down rain in the afternoon. It gets super muddy and we just walk right through it. My black shoes are already brown haha. The food is not too bad. When I heard they liked rice here, I heard wrong. THEY LOVE RICE. Every meal we have rice with some kinda topping on it. Like some meat or beans or veggies. It is just very plain but all the missionaries grow to love it. I think i figured out why I got called here: I can kinda fit into taxibes hahaha. My comp has such a hard time. I feel bad. Its rough for me so I cant imagine him. I think  I saw a world record being broken. In a space that would be tight for three Americans, they fit 11 Malagasies. 4 of them were toddlers, but still, it was amazing. I was dying laughing.
 
We teach a lot here in Mada. People love hearing about Jesus Christ and are very welcoming. They are super faithful people. It's incredible to me how I can be halfway around the world but still feel the same Spirit I do at home. God cares about every single one of his children. And he loves them all the same. Hard to wrap the mind around it but I know that's true. Just in these past few days I have learned even more that it doesnt matter what you have, people can still be happy. That is clearly evident here in Mada. It is great to see. This week has just been great and Im thankful for this opportunity. Christ died for every single one of us, remember that.

I have to by a converter for my sd-card so I can post more pics.  So....pics will be coming.
 
Have a good herin-andro
 
Elder Hein
My Mission President and his wife.

My first companion - Elder Gaul from Orem, Utah

Friday, October 25, 2013

Last Week in the MTC



Last week here at the MTC!! Getting my last few breaths of American air and last few sightings of snow for a couple years. The weather was really nice this week and I heard the snow will be coming down right after we leave, I was happy about that. 

Finally getting down to the nitty gritty of the MTC experience. Getting our flight plans last Friday was a BIG DEAL!! It also made this last week a little slower haha. We've got a nice bit of travelling ahead of us. We leave Salt Lake City on Monday and fly to Chicago O'Hare. From Chicago, fly across the pond overnight to London Heathrow. From London, a very very very very very long flight to Johannesburg and then finally over to the ISLAND. We will get there late afternoon Wednesday....Yeah pray for us haha

Our Malagasy teachers this week have been talking about Madagascar culture a lot. They hold off till the last week so we arent always asking about Madagascar and such. Seeing their pictures and videos makes me that much more excited. Trust me, yall will probably get loads of pics next week haha. 

Its incredible how fast time has gone here at the MTC. They told us when we got here, "The days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days" Couldnt be anymore true. It has just flown by and I'm really glad it has. 

This week I realized on a few occasions that this whole life is based on one thing: LOVE. As it says in the scriptures, God's purpose for us is "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." The whole reason he created this Earth was for US! What an incredible concept. All the challenges that are thrown at us, are for us to improve and grow. We are given certain challenges in this life because he knows we can handle them. He knows we are strong enough to overcome. He knows our limits and will never push us past them. Proverbs 3 tells us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts. And to not rely on our own understanding. He has a plan for us. I know he does. 

Have a good week yall,

Elder Hein


Found my boy REID!!! BYU Soccer repping at the MTC. Send this to the coaching staff. My neck looks massive. I haven't gained weight though. (haha)


Got some suspenders. I heard GQ wants a cover boy for a potential Mormon missionary issue. Send them this pic hahaha

Friday, October 18, 2013

Anxiety, Week 5, Malaria

Manahoana, 

Not too busy a week here at the MTC. It seems like it has been the same thing for the past few weeks haha. I love it though. Each day goes by faster and faster. Our district has become super close with our teachers and they have really helped us out with the idea of planning. Not just for missionary life, but for life in general. I've already seen the benefits big time.  

We are counting down the days left here at the MTC. My district is getting super anxious. Sure, we might not be ready for the language, but we are ready to go TO THE ISLAND. Cant wait to feel some humidity and see some lemurs. The whiteboard gets a little boring sometimes. We leave on the 28th which means 11 days from tomorrow!!! We get our flight plans tomorrow and everyone is super excited to see what airports we will be sleeping at overnight....hahaha. Two and a half days of travel will be tough, Im preparing my mind and body. Im preparing my body by sitting in class with my feet barely extending past my knees. I am also preparing my knees by jamming them into my desk during class. Even for a dwarf like me, you gotta prepare for that spacious leg room. 

I guess the big event of this week was Wednesday's meeting with the doctor to discuss Malaria. Madagascar is home to the deadliest form of Malaria...very comforting. But they talked to us for a while about prevention methods and signs of getting the virus. There is a cure...dont worry Mom. We have also been given pills to start taking next week. Doxycycline or something like that. One of those bad boys a day for two years...YUMMY

Well thats pretty much it! One more email from the United States and I will be off to Madagascar. This gospel is the gospel of Jesus Christ. No doubt in my mind. I know it is. I woulda ran home already had I not known it was true. When Christ atoned for us, he had each one of us in mind. EACH ONE OF US. Very hard to wrap your mind around. But I know he did. 

I feel my Savior's love. 

Love yall

Elder Hein
Me and one of my good friends from BYU. He left Monday morning for Cancun Mexico. Great elder