Some of you have seen McKenna’s post. I haven’t been able to get the word out before questions have arisen. Hopefully this answers some of them.
We received final word this morning that Neicia will be returning from her mission this week. Her Mission president, President Erickson, called me on Wednesday and asked me to call her then call him back and let him know what I thought. We knew she’d had problems with breathing in July. President Erickson called me back then to let me know she’d been in and out of the hospital and they hadn’t been able to figure out the root of her problem. He picked my brain back then to see if there was something in our family’s history, something she’s said in her emails, that might give them a clue. He said he was concerned she puts too much pressure on herself to be perfect. Later in the week I spoke (by email) with Sister Erickson. I got the impression that she’d been dealing with some other very difficult things, not related to her health, but they were hoping that as those problems went away her health might improve. I have a feeling we’ll learn much more when Neicia comes home. She doesn’t talk of anything negative. She’s been pretty quiet about things since then. We’ve thought (hoped) her health must be getting better but wondered if her reluctance to talk meant the opposite. When I ask in emails she doesn’t answer or I get a short answer. Usually an, “I’m fine.” Three weeks ago I got an, “It’s been better.” Then she changed the subject not to come back to it again. I found out this week that the mission Dr. has been trying to get her to come home for months because she’s so bad off and she’s refused, saying she can get over this, that she’ll get better, that Heavenly Father wants her there so she’ll be made well etc. Well, a week ago she lost the feeling in her feet and hands. She fasted and prayed about it and finally is at peace that Heavenly Father is very pleased with what she’s done but she needs to come home and get better. I agreed after talking to her.
About her breathing. You know that sound that babies make after they cry and cry? It’s a sort of stuttered breathing? She did that constantly during our conversation. Nonstop. By constant I mean every 3-4 words. Evidently she’s been doing this since the end of May. After talking to Neicia, me and the Medical Dr, President Erickson had a conversation with our stake president. They decided she needs to come home. We found out that the final decision had been made about 15 minutes before church today. She’ll be here Wednesday. She’s not healthy enough to travel alone so a nurse is being flown to Zambia to escort her home.
I’m at total peace with this as well. I keep thinking Heavenly Father had a definite plan for her in Africa and she’s fulfilled it and now he needs her here for something. I’m hoping other family members, friends and church members will feel the same and treat her like the returned missionary she is. She’s literally done everything she can and now her body is shutting down. I’m praying no one will make her feel like a failure.
Our stake president got up in church today and told the congregation that he spoke with her MP this week and that he is completely impressed with her as a missionary and her love for the gospel and Jesus Christ and her desire to serve. In her medical records her doctor called her determined and head strong. The stake president (who knows our family well) said, “That sounds like our Neicia.” He asked everyone to treat her like a returned missionary who has served all that the Lord wanted her to do and to not dwell that she came home early. He talked to me alone about how every young man is called for 24 months and every young woman for 18. But are we to hold Heavenly Father to that for every person’s plan or can He vary it a little so that His work can be done as He needs. Just because something seems right doesn’t mean it’s His plan. We don’t all have the same plan. Anyway, it makes sense to me. I am grateful to a loving Heavenly Father who loves us enough to allow us challenges to help us learn and grow. I think this is a huge one for her. I’m hoping she’ll be okay quickly. But whatever Heavenly Father’s will is, I’ll just be here to help her. Thanks for all your love and support over this past 11 months. I think it’s possible she shoved 18 months into the last 11. Talk about some amazing experiences!
DEAREST YOUTH THAT IS SO WONDERFUL!!
MY MOMMY TOLD ME THAT YOU HAD A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE AT YOUTH CONFERENCE!! I AM SO GLAD!! YOU PARTICIPATED IN A WONDERFUL WORK! ACTUALLY YOU PARTICIPATED IN THE BEST WORK!! IN GOD’S WORK!
HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR YOU?!! HE SENT YOU MISSIONARIES! MAYBE NOT DIRECTLY BUT SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LINE SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY WAS TAUGHT BY THE MISSIONARIES! WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR LIFE WOULD BE LIKE IF THAT WOULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED? WHERE WOULD YOU BE NOW!? HOW MANY PEOPLE IN YOUR FAMILY HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THAT! AND HOW MANY MORE WILL BE!!
NOW JUST THINK!!! YOU CAN GIVE THAT SAME BLESSING TO OTHERS! ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS I HAVE LEARNED ON MY MISSION IS THAT I CAN’T DO THIS WORK WITH OUT YOU! WITHOUT MEMBERS WHO ARE WILLING TO WORK WITH US! WE WERE TAUGHT THIS IN A CONFERENCE WE HAD LAST FRIDAY! WE WERE GIVEN THIS EXAMPLE!
HERE IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST SAND DUNES! ITS IN A COUNTRY HERE IN AFRICA! IN NAMIBIA!! WHAT IF I TOOK A DIME AND WENT TO THE SAND AND HID IT! THEN YOU HAD TO GO AND FIND IT!! YOU WERE GIVEN A SAND SIFTER! WHERE YOU COULD BEGIN TO SIFT THROUGH ALL THE SAND UNTIL YOU FOUND THE DIME! OR YOU COULD COME TO ME AND I’D TELL YOU WHERE IT IS! WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE!? ME!!
THAT IS HOW MISSIONARY WORK IS!! I CAN GO ALL DAY AND KNOCK ON GATES! GET DOORS SLAMMED IN MY FACE OR JUST TEACH PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT SERIOUS OR INTERESTED OR PREPARED BUT THEY WANT TO BE NICE! OR I COULD GO TO THE MEMBERS AND ASK THEM WHO THEIR FRIENDS ARE! WHO CAN I TEACH!? THAT IS SO MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE!
IF MISSIONARIES WERE TEACHING YOU WOULD YOU BE MORE LIKELY TO LISTEN TO WHAT THEY WERE TELLING YOU IF YOUR BEST FRIEND WAS THERE SUPPORTING AND TESTIFYING ALSO!? YOU WOULD! BECAUSE YOU LOVE YOUR BEST FRIEND! NOW THINK ABOUT WHO YOU ARE GOING TO SCHOOL WITH! THINK ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBORS! AND BEGIN TO GIVE GOD HIS DEEPEST DESIRE, HIS DREAM AND HIS GLORY!! SHARE THE GOSPEL! GIVE THEM A BOOK OF MORMON! INVITE THEM TO DINNER WITH THE MISSIONARIES!! INVITE THEM TO CHURCH!! GIVE THEM THE SAME GIFT THAT HAS BLESSED YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! GIVE THEM SALVATION! THEY CANT GET ALONE! THEY NEED HELP! SO HELP!
I LOVE YOU ALL! MISS YOU ALL!
THIS WEEK WE WERE ABLE TO GO AND TO HAVE ZONE CONFERENCE! WHICH IS A REALLY INTENSE MEETING THAT INCLUDES ALL OF THE MISSIONARIES IN OUR ZONE (ABOUT 30 I THINK?) THE ASSISTANTS TO THE PRESIDENT AND ALSO THE PRESIDENT AND HIS WIFE!
SO WE WERE LEARNING AND THE SPIRIT WAS SO STRONG! HERE I HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING A BIT WITH BEING LONELY! BUT IT WAS SO MUCH BETTER!! WHEN I WAS IN THAT MEETING I WAS JUST OVERCOME WITH THIS FEELING OF LOVE! I KNOW IT WAS GOD! HE LOVES ME SO MUCH! AND HE IS ALWAYS THERE! AGAIN I FELT THAT SAME LOVE YESTERDAY AS I WAS SITTING, WAITING FOR CHURCH TO BEGIN!! THIS TIME IT WAS A LOVE THAT GOD FEELS FOR ALL HIS CHILDREN!!
I ATTEND A BRANCH WHERE THERE IS NO PIANO AND THEY MEET UNDER A TENT!! IT IS SO HOT AND THE TENT JUST TRAPS THE HEAT!!! BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AROUND AT THE MEMBERS THEY ARE HAPPY!! THEY ARE SINGING!! BEFORE CHURCH STARTS THEY WILL JUST SING TOGETHER!! IT IS BEAUTIFUL!! FOR SOME REASON GOD TOOK THAT MOMENT TO LET ME KNOW HOW MUCH HE LOVES THEM!! I DO TOO!
WE HAD A WONDERFUL TALK IN CHURCH BY A YOUNG MAN WHO SHARED AN EXPERIENCE THAT HIS BROTHER HAD ON HIS MISSION!! HE SAID THAT HIS BROTHER AND HIS COMP WERE WALKING TOGETHER WHEN A MAN CAME RUNNING TO THEM YELLING “SERVANTS OF GOD, SERVANTS OF GOD, I NEED YOU TO TEACH ME.” THE MISSIONARIES NOTICED THAT THE MAN WAS DRUNK AND STARTED TO WALK AWAY! THAT MAN YELLED “SERVANTS OF GOD I WILL FOLLOW YOU ALL DAY UNTIL YOU TEACH ME.” FINALLY ONE OF THE MISSIONARIES TURNED AROUND AND ASKED “DO YOU BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST?”
“DO YOU BELIEVE THAT HE IS THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD?”
“DO YOU BELIEVE THAT HE IS GOING TO COME TO THE EARTH AGAIN?”
“DO YOU KNOW WHEN HE WILL?”
“IF HE DID RIGHT NOW WOULD YOU BE SAVED?”
…THERE WAS SILENCE AND THEN THE DRUNK MAN BEGAN TO CRY. HE PLEADED FOR HELP. THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY THAT MAN WAS AT CHURCH! THEN LATER BAPTIZED!
IT JUST MADE ME THINK! AM I READY FOR THE RETURN OF THE LORD!? IT DOESN’T MATTER WHEN HE IS COMING! SO MANY PEOPLE ARE THINKING ABOUT THIS! BUT THEY ARE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT BEING PREPARED WHEN HE DOES!!
THAT WAS WHAT I LEARNED! OR I GUESS LEARNED AGAIN! THAT GOD LOVES US!! SO MUCH! HE LOVES ME AND HE LOVE THOSE AROUND ME!! AND LIKE IT SAYS IN JOHN 3:16 FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON THAT WHO SO EVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PARISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE! WE ARE SO BLESSED!
I LOVE YOU ALL!!
PS. PICTURES!!! I WILL TAKE MORE THIS WEEK!! THE ELDERS JUST RANDOMLY BOUGHT IS THAT PIZZA 5 MINS AGO!!! YAYA!!!!
OK SO AS YOU KNOW I DEPARTED MONDAY! THAT WAS A… NICE BUS RIDE!! I ONLY HAD LIKE 500 MILLION FREAK OUTS BECAUSE I WAS ALONE!! HAHA SO NOT USED TO THAT! I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO! EVEN THOUGH I DIDN’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING!! JUST SIT THERE!! BUT YEAH!! I LIKE HAVING COMPS!! ANYWAYS SO I ARRIVED IN LILONGWE AT ABOUT 9:30 MONDAY NIGHT! THEN I WENT TO THE SISTER’S FLAT THERE AND TALKED WITH THEM! THAT WAS FUN! SISTER ZOHNER (MY PREVIOUS COMP AND DEAR FRIEND) WAS THERE AND IT WAS SO NICE TO SEE HER!! THEN WE WENT TO BED!
AT 5:30 I WOKE UP TO GO TO THE AIRPORT! WE WENT AND I GOT IN, THROUGH SECURITY AND THEN MY FLIGHT WAS CANCELLED! THEN THEY TOLD ME THAT I HAD TO GOT TO SOUTH AFRICA AND THEN I WOULD TAKE A FLIGHT TO LUSAKA! WELL I DIDN’T WANT TO DO THAT!!! SO WE CALLED THE MISSION PRESIDENT AND HE SAID NO I COULDN’T DO THAT! SO WE HAD TO BOOK ANOTHER FLIGHT!! THEY WERE BEING CONFUSING AND TRYING TO MAKE US PAY FOR ANOTHER FLIGHT!! FINALLY 2 HOURS LATER WE GOT PERMISSION TO LEAVE. SO WE LEFT AND THEN GOT A CALL FROM THE MISSION PRESIDENTS WIFE WHO TOLD US THAT THEY TRIED TO SET ME A FLIGHT BUT COULDN’T SO WE HAD TO GO BACK! SO THEN WE DID AND YEAH!!! FINALLY WE LEFT 1 HOUR LATER! WITH A PLANE TICKET FOR THURSDAY!
SO THEN I GOT TO STAY WITH THE SISTERS! THAT WAS WAY FUN!! I WAS WITH SISTERS RASBAND AND TUAI! THEY ARE FUNNY!! SISTER RASBAND HAD WORKED IN MY FIRST AREA (ZINGWANGWA) BEFORE I DID AND EVIDENTLY, WE LOOK ALIKE SO EVERYBODY ALWAYS CALLED ME SISTER RASBAND! THAT GAVE US A GOOD IDEA TO TRY AND CONVINCE PEOPLE THAT WE WERE TWINS AND I WAS VISITING HER!! IT TOTALLY WORKED!! AND IT WAS FUN TO PRETEND THAT I COULDN’T SPEAK CHECHEWA!! HAHA I LOVE PEOPLE!! WE HAD TO MUCH FUN IN THOSE COUPLE OF DAYS!! THE MOST FUN THING WAS PROBABLY THIS :
WE WERE WASHING A LADIES CLOTHES WHEN SOME LITTLE KIDS INVITED US TO PLAY JUMP ROPE!! SO WE DID OF COURSE! WELL THE LITTLE KIDS WERE PRETTY PRO AND WELL, WE ARE NOT!! THEY JUMP WITH VINES FROM A TREE AND AMERICANS ARE TALL PEOPLE SO IT WASN’T REALLY COMPATIBLE WITH MY FRAME!! ANYHOW WE STARTED GETTING BETTER AND THEN SISTER TUAI RECORDED US!!! WE GOT TWO JUMPS IN A ROW!!!
THEN LATER THAT NIGHT WE WERE IN THE FLAT AND TALKING ABOUT OUR DAY WITH THE OTHER SISTERS! WE TOLD THEM THAT WE JUMPED TWICE IN A ROW AND TUAI SAID IT WAS ONLY ONCE! RANSBAND AND I GOT DEFENSIVE AND WANTED TO PROVE HER OF OUR AWESOMENESS!!
TUAI WOULDN’T HAVE IT! SHE SAID SHE WAS RIGHT! WE DECIDED TO MAKE A BET WITH HER!! HERE IN THE MISSION PEOPLE LIKE TO DO SLAP BETS!! WHERE THE LOSER OF THE BET GETS SLAPPED BY THE WINNER! WELL I DON’T LIKE BEING SLAPPED SO I DON’T LIKE THAT BET!! SO WE COME UP WITH A BETTER ONE! LOSER HAD TO SLAP SISTER ZOHNER!! ZOHNER DIDN’T KNOW OF COURSE!
THEN WE WATCH THE RECORDING AND BOOM WE WERE RIGHT! TWO JUMPS! SISTER TUAI JUST RAN AWAY SAYING I CANT DO IT!! RANSBAND AND I RAN AFTER AND TOLD HER SHE HAD TO!!! WE WERE GIVING HER A PEP TALK WHEN ALL THE OTHER SISTERS JOINED! ZOHNER (STILL NOT KNOWING ABOUT THE REAL BET) TOLD TUAI SHE HAD TO DO IT. THEN SLAP!!!! AND THEN SCREAMING AND RUNNING!!! HAHA IS WAS SO FUNNY TO SEE THEM RUNNING AND CHASING EACH OTHER!!!
ANYWAYS, EVENTUALLY THE FUN ENDED AND I HAD TO WAKE UP AT 5:30 THURSDAY MORNING TO CATCH MY FLIGHT!! I DID SO!! I TAUGHT A NICE MAN ABOUT THE BOOK OF MORMON! THAT WAS FUN I LIKED MPHATSO (GIFT)!! HE IS A GOOD GUY!! !
I ARRIVED AT ABOUT 10AM TO LUSAKA!! THE ZONE LEADERS WERE 30 MINS LATE PICKING ME UP! THEN WE WENT TO BUY FOOD AND THEN TO A SERVICE PROJECT WITH THE SISTERS!! THEN AT 11:30 I LEFT TO GET ON A BUS TO COPPERBELT!! I GOT TO COPPERBELT AT 7:30 THURSDAY NIGHT!!
I MET MY NEW COMP SISTER NKOSI! SHE IS SWEET!! THEN I WENT TO MY NEW FLAT, UNPACKED, SHOWERED AND SLEPT!!
FRIDAY WE HAD ZONE MEETING AND THAT TOOK 45 MIN’S TRAVEL ON A BUS TO GET THERE!! THAT WAS FUN!!
THEN BACK AGAIN! TO OUR FLAT FOR LUNCH! THEN WE TAUGHT SOME LESSONS!! SATURDAY WE WATCHED A MOVIE WITH OUR BRANCH! AND SUNDAY I GOT TO MEET ALL OF THE BRANCH!! THAT WAS GOOD! THEY ARE GOOD PEOPLE! VERY UNIFIED!!
MY BIRTHDAY WAS OK!! IT WAS OFF TO A ROCKY START BUT ENDED UP FANTASTIC WHEN THE SENIOR COUPLE MISSIONARIES SURPRISED ME WITH DINNER- TACOS, CAKE AND ICE CREAM AND THEN TOPPED IT OFF WITH CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES!! AND THREW ME A PARTY WITH THE SISTERS!! 🙂 THAT WAS SWEET!! THEN WE SAT AROUND AND SANG SONGS! AND NOT A SINGLE PERSON IS TONE DEAF!! I MISSED SINGING WITH PEOPLE! MADE ME MISS MY FAMILY!! ALSO THANKS TO THEM FOR MY B-DAY PACKAGE!! I LOVED IT!! ESPECIALLY THE BAT MAN SHIRT!! IT WAS PRETTY LEGIT!!
ANYWAYS, LIFE HAS BEEN AWESOME!! I AM LEARNING!!!
NAKO TEMBWA SANA (I LOVE YOU ALL VERY MUCH!! IN BEMBA!! THAT’S ABOUT ALL I KNOW IN BEMBA!! I WILL LEARN THOUGH!!)
P.S. SOMEONE GAVE ME 1,2&3 OF THE HARRY POTTER MOVIES!! I DIDN’T UNPACK THEM BECAUSE OF THE TEMPTATION!! PRETTY SWEET THOUGH!
OK!!! THIS WILL BE SHORT!! SISTER BROWNING DOESN’T HAVE MONEY!!! 🙂
SO, I GOT TRANSFERRED… I WAS PRETTY HEART BROKEN… BUT ITS OK! I HAVE COME TO TERMS WITH IT AND I AM EXCITED FOR A NEW ADVENTURE!!!
I AM GOING TO ZAMBIA! I WILL BE IN THE COPPERBELT!! MY COMP IS SISTER CLOSI (NO IDEA HOW TO SPELL IT! THE “C” IS A SOFT CLICK!!) SHE IS FROM SOUTH AFRICA AND EVIDENTLY REALLY NICE, SHORT AND HAS A THICK ACCENT!! SHE CAME 3 MONTHS AFTER ME!! I AM EXCITED TO MEET HER THOUGH!! I HAVE HEARD GOOD THINGS ABOUT HER!! SHE IS HARD WORKING!!!
THIS WEEK WAS GOOD THOUGH!! I JUST WENT AROUND AND SAID GOOD-BYE TO EVERYBODY!!! I AM GOING TO MISS THESE PEOPLE SO MUCH!!! I DIDN’T KNOW HOW MUCH THEY LOVED ME BUT I GUESS THEY DO!!! THEY MADE ME REALLY HAPPY! MAN I AM GOING TO MISS THEM!! I ALMOST CRIED WHEN THEY SANG ME “GOD BE WITH YOU TILL WE MEET AGAIN!!” IT PUTS A NEW MEANING TO THE SONG!! “TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET.” I PROBABLY WON’T MEET THEM AGAIN IN THIS LIFE! IT’S HARD BUT I AM SO THANKFUL FOR THE TIME THAT I GOT TO SPEND WITH THE MOST HUMBLE AND WONDERFUL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD!!! I LOVE THEM!!
WELL THAT WAS YESTERDAY!!! I KNOW THAT MY COMPS (SISTER SOLOMONE AND SISTER THUESON) WILL TAKE CARE OF THEM!! THEY WILL SEND ME PICTURES OF THEM!!
LIFE WILL BE GOOD!! I AM A LITTLE SCARED TO GO!! I GUESS IT IS HOOOOOOT THERE!! LIKE 120 DEGREES HOT… THAT SHOULD BE FUN!!! PRAY I DON’T GET SHINGLES AGAIN 🙂 LIFE WILL BE FINE THOUGH!! I AM EXCITED!! OH I GUESS MY BRANCH MEETS IN A TENT!! THAT WILL BE FUN!!! AND I GET TO USE MILITARY TIME!!
I AM LEAVING TODAY AT 3:30 THEN MY BUS LEAVES AT 4:30! THEN I DRIVE 5 HOURS TO LILONGWE AND SLEEP THERE! THEN I WILL GET ON A PLANE AND FLY TO LUSAKA AND I THINK SLEEP THERE. THEN I WILL GET ON A 6 HOUR BUS RIDE TO COPPERBELT WEDNESDAY!! FINALLY I WILL REACH MY AREA (LUANSHYA COPPERBELT) ITS ONLY ABOUT 20 MINUTES AWAY FROM THE CONGO BORDER!!
WELL, THAT IS ABOUT IT!! LIFE IS SWELL!!
LOVE YOU ALL
SISTER BROWNING AND FOR THE LAST TIME M’LONGO NAMBEWE!!
(OH THAT REMINDS ME!! I AM NOW GOING TO LEARN THE LANGUAGE BEMBA!! I GUESS IT HAS A LOT OF FRENCH!!)
ALSO, WE ALL FORGOT TO TAKE PICTURES… SO HERE ARE SOME RANDOM ONES I JUST DECIDED TO TAKE!!!!!
OH HERE ARE SOME FROM WHEN I TURNED 9 MONTHS OLD ON MISSION!! THIS IS THE TRADITION HERE IN THE GREAT ZAMBIA LUSAKA MISSION!!
MOM!! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!! I CANT WATCH IT UNTIL I GET HOME!!! I HAVE NO SOUND AT THE COMPUTERS HERE!! AND I CANT USE EARPHONES!!!
DINGAPE IS FUNNY!! WHATS APP IS AN APP THAT IS REALLY BIG OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES!!! YOU CAN GET IT AND DOWNLOAD IT IF YOU WANT!! EVERYBODY HAS IT!! ITS JUST REALLY CHEAP!! SO THAT’S WHAT THEY USE!!!
NOPE!! I DON’T KNOW IF THE PACKAGE HAS ARRIVED YET THOUGH! SEEING AS IT ARRIVES IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY!! I HAVE TO WAIT FOR SOMEONE TO COME DOWN!! MAYBE THIS MONTH I WILL GET IT!!
TRANSFER CALLS WERE POSTPONED TO THIS WEEKEND! BUT MY NAME WAS CHANGED ON MY MISSION PORTAL!! SO I DON’T KNOW! I THINK I AM STILL GOING THOUGH!!
IT WAS CHANGED BY A MISTAKE BUT I AM GLAD IT WAS!! PRESIDENT WILL PROBABLY CALL ME THIS WEEK END! NORMALLY THE ZONE LEADERS CALL PEOPLE BUT I BET HE IS GOING TO WANT TO CALL ME TO MAKE SURE I DON’T HAVE A PANIC ATTACK!! HAHA! HE IS A GOOD GUY! WORRIES A LOT!!
I THOUGHT THE MEMES WERE FUNNY! I SHOWED MY COMPANIONS!!
YEAH SEND IT THERE!!! THANKS MOMMY!! MAKE THE OTHERS ALSO! IN RETURN I WILL BUY YOU SOMETHING GOOD!! ACTUALLY DON’T TELL DAD BUT I BOUGHT HIM A WOOD AFRICAN CHEST SET TODAY!! THAT IS WHAT I ENDED UP SPENDING MY $20 ON!!!
YEAH SEND IT THERE!!! THANKS MOMMY!! MAKE THE OTHERS ALSO! IN RETURN I WILL BUY YOU SOMETHING GOOD!! ACTUALLY DON’T TELL DAD BUT I BOUGHT HIM A WOOD AFRICAN CHEST SET TODAY!! THAT IS WHAT I ENDED UP SPENDING MY $20 ON!!! I GOT YOU SOMETHING PRETTY COOL TODAY!!!
I KEEP FORGETTING TO TELL YOU! EVERYBODY HERE THINKS THAT I AM JESSICA AND THAT THE PICTURE OF ME IS A DEAD SIBLING!! EVEN MY FELLOW MISSIONARIES SAY IT LOOKS LIKE A PICTURE ONE USED AT A FUNERAL! HAHAHA!!!
I HAVEN’T EATEN BONES OR GOAT INTESTINES SINCE THE FIRST TIME I MADE THAT MISTAKE! BUT I PROMISED DINGAPE THAT I WOULD EAT THE MICE SHE IS GOING TO BUY ON SATURDAY!! MUFASA IS WONDERFUL! DID YOU KNOW SIMBA MEANS LION IN SWAHILI! AND ALSO THE MAIN SONG IN LION KING IS IN A LANGUAGE CALLED COLSA (DON’T KNOW HOW TO SPELL IT! IT HAS A CLICK! I CAN SAY IT THOUGH!) AND IT IS TALKING ABOUT LEOPARD SPOTS! NOT EVEN ABOUT A LION!!! I CAN’T SPEAK THE WHOLE LANGUAGE!! JUST SAY WHAT ITS CALLED!! I CAN DO A LOT OF CLICKS! THERE ARE MISSIONARIES HERE WHO’S NAME IS A CLICK! PLUS SISTER DLAMINI SPOKE COLSA! SO YEAH!
I AM HOW EVER LEARNING “GOD BE WITH YOU TILL WE MEET AGAIN” IN CHICHEWA!
THANKS!! WANT TO KNOW WHAT I GOT YOU!? I FEEL LIKE TELLING YOU!! I WOULD SEND A PICTURE BUT THAT WOULD BE WEIRD BECAUSE I AM IN PUBLIC!
I BOUGHT YOU A NOAH’S ARC! WITH ALL THE ANIMALS! SOMEONE MADE IT! ITS PRETTY SWEET!! YOU SHOULD LIKE THESE! I WILL PLAY WITH IT WHEN I GET HOME!! :)
TELL DAD THAT WHEN I GET HOME ALL I WAS IS YOUR (MOMS) CHICKEN WINGS, SHRIMP, PANDA EXPRESS AND A TERIYAKI BURGER FROM CARL’S JR!!!
WELL… PRETTY SURE I JUST GOT TRANSFERRED… STL, DRIVING, IN LUSAKA… LEAVING MY HOME… LEAVING THE LANGUAGE… THIS IS GOING TO BE VERY HARD AND SAD… BUT IT WILL BE FINE!!! PRAY FOR MY DRIVING…
YEAH THEY WILL TEACH ME… ITS OK!!! I AM ALSO EXCITED!!! I KNEW THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN!!! I WILL BE COMPS WITH SISTER QUEY! I THINK THAT IS HOW TO SPELL HER NAME!~? SHE IS FROM GHANA!!!! I HAVE MET HER BEFORE BUT DON’T KNOW HER TO WELL!~!! I KNOW THAT SHE IS SUPER NICE THOUGH!!!
PRESIDENT ASKED ME WHEN SISTER MUTHENGI LEFT THAT I WAS COMING DOWN TO LUSAKA SO HE COULD WATCH ME, THEN HE ASKED ME HOW I FELT ABOUT IT AND I TOLD HIM I DIDN’T WANT TO GO! THAT I FELT GOOD HERE AND THIS WOULD BE BEST TO HELP ME!! WELL I KNOW PRESIDENT SO I KNEW THAT HE WOULD LET ME STAY FOR A BIT THEN TAKE ME!!! SO YUP… I FELT IT COMING!!
WE ACTUALLY HAVEN’T GOTTEN TRANSFER CALLS YET!! WE THINK THAT THE OFFICE ELDERS ACCIDENTALLY CHANGED UP THE WEBSITE TO EARLY!! WHEN WE GOT ON THIS MORNING WE HAD NEW COMPS AND NEW AREAS… THE SISTERS (MY COMPS) ARE STAYING TOGETHER!!! I AM GLAD!! THEY ARE GOOD TOGETHER AND ALREADY LOVE THE PEOPLE WE TEACH!! PLUS I WILL GET PICS OF ALL THE BAPT. WE HAVE A LOT FOR THIS MONTH SO I AM HAPPY I WILL GET THE PICTURES!!!
CAN YOU PUT THAT VIDEO OF MCKENNA ON YOUTUBE!? I WANT VIDEO’S FOR MY B-DAY!!!
I TOLD YOU I DON’T KNOW!!! I NEVER EVEN GOT THE CALL!!! I JUST SAW MY NAME IN THE STL’S AREA IN LUSAKA WITH A NEW COMP!!!
ITS OK!!! YOU CAN JUST MAKE HER SING IT AGAIN AND VIDEO TAPE IT IF YOU WANT!! 🙂 IT’LL BE THE SAME TO ME!!!
HAHA YEAH RIGHT!!! TRANSFERS WERE ONLY 4 WEEKS AGO!!! NOW AGAIN!! THINGS ARE WAY DIFFERENT HERE!!!
THANKS FOR THE VIDEO MOMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT’S EQUALLY AS GOOD AS A LETTER!!!! I LOVED IT!!!!!!!
I HAVEN’T GOTTEN THE HUG YET!! I HOPE I DO THOUGH!!!
SISTER THUESON’S MOM SAID SHE HASN’T GOTTEN A HOLD OF GRANDMA YET!!! SO CAN YOU GET THAT NUMBER
THE MISSION SCHEDULE CHANGED!! SO P-DAY DOESN’T START UNTIL 12!! SO THERE YOU GO!! I WILL PROBABLY START EMAILING ABOUT THIS TIME EVERY MONDAY!! IT IS 2 HERE!! HAHA TELL THAT MAN THAT HE HASN’T EMAILED HIS CHILD FOREVER!!
HE DID? OK GOOD!!! I AM GOING TO SEND YOU ALL SOMETHING LIGHT!! CAN I HAVE TREVIN’S ADDRESS!!??
SWEET!!! I REALLY WISH I GOT MORE LETTERS!! THAT IS THE FIRST THING I GO FOR WHEN I GET A PACKAGE!! LAST TIME I TOOK ME LIKE 30 MINS TO LOOK AT THE OTHER STUFF!! JUST SEEING YOUR HAND WRITING MAKES ME HAPPY!!
YEAH SHE TOLD ME THAT YOU SAID TO EAT IT IF SHE SERVES IT!! I TOLD HER THAT I WOULDN’T!!! HAHA!!! AND NOW SHE WANTS TO FEED ME MICE!! AGAIN I SAID NO!!! THEY FED US GOAT INTESTINE LIKE 20 MINS AGO AND I DIDN’T EAT IT!! NOR DID MY COMPS!!! DING-AWE-PAY!! THAT IS SWEET PEOPLE!! I THINK, I KNOW, THAT I WOULD TRY MY VERY HARDEST TO GET TO SOUTH AFRICA WHEN THEY ARE SEALED!! WE ALREADY DISCUSSED IT AS A COMPANIONSHIP!! WHEN IT HAPPENS WE WILL TRY OUR BEST TO BE THERE!!
WE BAPTIZED A LADY NAMED BRENDA! THE ONE THAT WAS JUST MARRIED ON YOUR ANNIVERSARY!! HER HUSBAND BAPTIZED HER WHICH WAS REALLY COOL!!
si IS FROM BOUNTIFUL! JUST NEAR SALT LAKE!! THERE IS A MISSIONARY GOING HOME TO UTAH IN THREE WEEKS!! I WILL SEND HIM WITH A PACKAGE FOR YOU!? DON’T KNOW WHERE HE LIVES THOUGH!
I DON’T THINK MY COMPS WILL LET ME OPEN MY PACKAGE EARLY IF I GET IT BEFORE MY BDAY!! SISTER ZOHNER IS SENDING ME A B-DAY PACKAGE TOO SO HOPEFULLY THAT WILL TIDE ME OVER!! QUESTION!! DID SISTER COLE ASK FOR MY BLACK YOGA PANTS!? SHE ASKED WHAT SHE COULD SEND ME AND I JUST WANT THOSE!! I MISS THEN TO MUCH!
ALLISON TOLD ME THE BRACELET GOT LOST!! I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT BRACELET!! HAHA!! IS IT THE ONES I SEND FOR EVERY BODY IN HOUSE!? I WILL MAKE HER ANOTHER!! AND SEND IT!! DID THEY GET THE COASTERS I SENT!!??
* I received a message from one of Neicia’s investigators.
Dingape- “hy mum ccta browning was home yesterday and she said i must told u that she loves u and she missed most bt she refused takin fish wen i asked her y she doesnt take fish she said i must ask u”
My response- “Lol. Sister Browning and I don’t like fish. But remind her that she has to eat what she’s given or she goes hungry. Thanks for taking good care of her.”
YEAH DINGAPE TOLD ME THAT YOU SAID TO EAT IT IF SHE SERVES IT!! I TOLD HER THAT I WOULDN’T!!! HAHA!!! AND NOW SHE WANTS TO FEED ME MICE!! AGAIN I SAID NO!!! DING-AWE-PAY IS HOW YOU SAY HER NAME!! THEY ARE SWEET PEOPLE!! I THINK, I KNOW, THAT I WOULD TRY MY VERY HARDEST TO GET TO SOUTH AFRICA WHEN THEY ARE SEALED!! WE ALREADY DISCUSSED IT AS A COMPANIONSHIP!! WHEN IT HAPPENS WE WILL TRY OUR BEST TO BE THERE!!
WE BAPTIZED A LADY NAMED BRENDA! THE ONE THAT WAS JUST MARRIED ON YOUR ANNIVERSARY!! HER HUSBAND BAPTIZED HER WHICH WAS REALLY COOL!!