Monday, January 20, 2014

What a Week!

First off it rained every day and didnt stop for three days straight. Yeah we got pretty wet. 

On Tuesday the Zone Leaders came down from Antsirabe to do some splits!! Love the Zone Leaders. Elder Abney and Elder Hamm. Both great solid missionaries. Abney was actually born here like me so we got a special connection haha. Gaul went with Abney and I went with Hamm. Hamm is a big time Michael Jordan fan, which obviously led us to talking about him pushing off in The Finals. Dont worry Dad, we are talking about it in Mada too. Great day. Taught some gopod times, and it is always cool to see how someone else teaches. Abney goes home this week so the family that owns the restaurant we go to everyday, invited us over for a big feast after all our times. It was awesome. They love the missionaries and the missionaries love them. Hamm and Abney left early Wednesday morning and we had to say goodbye to Abney. Tough to do, the guy Elder is awesome. He promised to send us pictures of all the American food he will be eating soon. Cant say Im too excited to get those emails...

On Friday, another missionary couple came down from Antananarivo. The Shupes!! They are awesome. They taught a great training about how to teach lessons and how to make them exciting. It was relaxing for me because Gaul had to translate haha. It was good practice for him!! Lets just say Im not at that level yet haha. It was pretty late when the training finished so we went to dinner with the Shupes and had a nice time. 

Saturday was AWESOME!! Richard (recent convert from a few weeks ago) baptized his 8 year old daughter. It was an incredible experience. After the baptism, she bore her testimony and it was honestly one of the happiest moments on my mission. Just to see everything go full circle in that family. I just realized that that is what a mission is all about. The people you meet and the opportunity you have to see the gospel change families lives. Ill admit, I had to fight back some tears. 

Then it was basically just a waiting game till Sunday night. What was gunna be the Transfer News?? Where was Gaul gunna go?? And who was I going to get?? Pretty stressful haha. Finished a great day of work after church and made it back to the house to await the news. We made Potato Bake like we did last transfer news. Its gunna be my Transfer tradition. We sat there anticipating the phone call and it finally came...

GAUL IS GOING ZONE LEADER IN TANA!!! So pumped for him. Hes a boss and will be a boss leader in Tana. Hes really excited. And who is coming to the Boosht....

ELDER DICKSON. Dont know too much about him. Hes working in Tana right now and has 3 months left on his mission. So he is coming to die here in Ambositra. Not a bad place to end your mission! Everyone says hes a funny guy so Im sure we will get along. Gaul leaves Thursday morning and Dickson comes in Thursday afternoon. Pretty excited. 

Well, thats the news this week!! Big time stuff. Hope my writing captured the intensity of it hahaha. 

God bless,

Elder Hein
Early Wednesday morning saying goodbye to Elder Abney
A family progressing in the gospel.  Such a great day!

My favorite picture from the mission so far.  This is Elliot.  He's from the congregation.  I love this kid!

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