Well, I did have a story but I forgot what it was so I will tell you about my adventure this morning!!
SO I was in Zingwangwa and then we were going to get on a coombee and go to an area called Neiumbadwe where the othere sisters stay! So were are on this coombee right! Well it runs out of gas! They put the little in it that they had! Then we go back on our way!! Well, it runs out again!! SO because this happened they are to pay for everybody else to get on another coombee. So we follow them to the new one and load on! Then it all starts!
The conductor starts yelling!! Angry! He is speaking in Chichewa so i have NO IDEA what he is saying!! Then all the people next to me begin yelling!!! Now the driver is yelling! All these people are yelling! The driver and conductor at the passengers and the passengers at the driver and conductor! I was a bit scared!! Haha, no idea why anybody is yelling! They kept counting everybody! I was very confused! Then this kid who happened to be on the coombee knew Sister Griffus and she asked what was wrong! Evidently, the conductor of the last coombee paid for 3 of us and then ran away before anybody noticed!! So they were trying to kick us off and the rest of the passengers refused! Saying that they had been ripped off!! Then the conductor pulls out a gun!! Yes, thats right! I was like WHAT!!? NO!! For some reason I wasnt even afraid then I realized ,’Oh its a fake gun!!!!’ This man is xing!! He is trying to get us off with a fake gun!! Well, we decide that we have had enough of these people so we get off, right!!? We get on a new coombee who said they will take us where we want to go!! They drive like a block away charge us 150 kwacha and tell us to get off!! I was like WHAT THE FLIP!!! They said if we wanted to continue we could pay them 1000 Kwatcha! Yeah, right man! I will walk!! So I did!! We finally found a new coombee and finally able to reach the sisters flat!!
That’s my story!! Nice, right?!!!
Well on the bright side! I have learned a lot about just trying your best even though you can’t succeed!! Our whole zone has had A TON of trials his week!!! We have had people who ALWAYS work with us fall through! Nobody home, people don’t want to talk to us!!! That is not normal! Normally we have people coming up to us!! Normally we have too many lessons to fit in a week that we can’t see everybody!! This week we had to drop like half of our investagators, we only had 10 lessons the whole week! Man, it was crazy!! But I dont really care because I worked hard!! I know that the only reason we are having this challenge is because the adversary is working against us!!! We had 4 investigators come to church!! So we know that our lessons were productive!! We may of had a hard week but on sunday we were blessed with our efforts!! There were so many people in Gospel Prinicples we could barely shut the door! And there were so many in relief society we couldn’t shut the door!! So we were very blessed!! I almost hope this week is hard that way I can really work hard! Sometimes it is to easy!! I really enjoy working hard!! That’s when I feel the best!!
CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT I HAVE BEEN ON MISSION FOR A WHOLE 10 WEEKS!! IT IS TOTES CRAZY MAN!!
ANYWAYS I COULDNT REALLY THINK ABOUT WHAT I WOULD WRITE ABOUT!! BUT HEY EVERYTHING IS GOOD HERE NOW!! HOPEFULLY IT WILL STAY THAT WAY! THEY ARE EXPECTING MORE FLOODS COMING UP SOON SO KEEP MALAWI IN YOUR PRAYERS!!!
HERE IS A FUNNY STORY THAT HAPPENED ON EXCHANGES THIS WEEK!
“HELLO SISTER, WHAT IS YOUR NAME?”
“HI!” I REPLY STARTLED AT THE SUDDEN APPEARANCE OF A MUSLIM MAN! “I’M SISTER BROWNING. WHAT IS YOUR NAME?”
“WHAT?” I REPLY THINKING I MISHEARD
“GOD.” HE REPEATS, SO MATTER OF FACTUALLY.
“YOUR PARENTS GAVE YOU THAT NAME?” ASKS SISTER MNTUNWA
“THEN WHY DO YOU SAY IT IS YOUR NAME?”
“BECAUSE I AM JESUS.” HE CLEARLY STATES.
WE SIT AND TRY TO HOLD IN OUR LAUGH!!
“DID YOU TELL YOUR PARENTS YOU’RE JESUS CHRIST?” SHE ASKS.
“YES I DID.”
“AND WHAT DID THEY SAY?”
“THEY TOLD ME I NEED TO STOP TELLING PEOPLE THAT.”
THE WHOLE TIME I AM SOOOOO CONFUSED!! MUSLIMS DONT EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE JESUS AS THE SON OF GOD. WHY IS THIS MAN SAYING THIS!?
“SISTER,” HE LOOKS AT ME “ARE YOU MARRIED?”
OH NO HERE IT COMES AGAIN!! STANDARD RESPONSE “YES, I AM MARRIED TO GOD FOR THE NEXT 15 MONTHS!”
“I AM GOD!!” HE REPLIES! MY COMPANION’S LOST IT AT THIS POINT.
“NO, I AM NOT MARRIED! BUT I DONT PLAN ON BEING MARRIED FOR A WHILE!”
“LETS ALL TAKE A PICTURE!” SISTER DLAMINI SAYS COMING TO MY RESCUE!
AFTER THE PICTURE THE CONFUSED MAN SAYS “I WOULD REALLY LIKE YOUR NUMBER THAT WAY WE CAN TALK ABOUT MY EXPECTATIONS OF MARRIAGE.” I JUST LOST IT! I DIDN’T TRY TO! I JUST COULDNT HELP IT!!! THIS GUY!!!
I SWEAR, WHEN I GET HOME I AM GOING TO BE TOTALLY DEPRESSED! I WON’T HAVE DAILY PROPOSALS I WON’T EVEN HAVE GUYS ASK ME OUT EVERY DAY!! LIFE WILL BE HARD!! I WAS THINKING THOUGH, I THINK I WILL HAVE A HARD TIME NOT SEEING BLACK PEOPLE EVERYWHERE!! THAT WILL BE VERY WEIRD!! SOMETIMES I DON’T EVEN REMEMBER I AM WHITE! PEOPLE STARE AND I AM THINKING “WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?” THEN I REMEMBER!! LIFE AS A MISSIONARY! MAN!!
NOW FOR A SPIRITUAL THOUGHT:
SO THIS WEEK WE WERE ABLE TO HAVE CARL COOK, THE AREA 70, COME AND TEACH US. HE WAS A VERY NICE MAN! I LEARNED A LOT! HE TAUGHT ME A LOT ABOUT MYSELF! SO ONE THING I HAVE REALLY BEEN WORKING ON IS “FORGETTING MYSELF AND GOING TO WORK.” THIS HAS BEEN A STRUGGLE. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS A LOT HARDER THAN YOU’D THINK. GROWING UP I ALWAYS THOUGHT OF MYSELF US UNSELFISH! I COULDN’T HAVE BEEN MORE WRONG. A MISSION HAS TAUGHT ME THAT EVEN IF I DO SELFLESS THINGS ONCE IN A WHILE DOESN’T MAKE ME SELFLESS. SO, LATELY I HAVE BEEN TALKING WITH MY HEAVENLY FATHER AND PRAYING FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO SERVE ALL THE TIME. IT IS HARD. IT HAS BEEN A HUMBLING EXPERIENCE. SO ALL THIS IS HAPPENING AND I GO INTO THE MISSION TOUR READY TO HEAR FROM ELDER COOK. HE TALKED TO US ABOUT BECOMING SELFLESS. BUT THEN HE TALKED ABOUT HOW WE CAN BE HARD ON OURSELVES AND ABOUT HOW THINGS WILL HAPPEN IN THE LORD’S TIME. SO THAT IS WHAT I AM IMPLEMENTING NOW. NOT BEING HARD ON MYSELF. AM I SELFISH? YES, OF COURSE I AM. I SPENT 19 YEARS OF MY LIFE NOT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT ANYONE BUT MYSELF. BUT I AM WORKING ON IT AND TRYING EVERYDAY TO IMPROVE. THE LORD WILL PROVIDE. I KNOW HE WILL! THAT IS WHAT I LEARNED. SO I HAVE A PLAN OF ACTION NOW. EVERY MORNING I GET ON MY KNEES AND ASK FOR THE GIFT OF CHARITY. I ASK FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP ME IMPROVE. THEN AS I GO THROUGHOUT THE DAY I TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE OPPORTUNITIES THE LORD GIVES ME. THEN EVERY NIGHT I REPORT TO HEAVENLY FATHER. I THANK HIM FOR TRUSTING ME WITH HIS CHILDREN AND I TELL HIM ABOUT HOW I TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES HE HAS GIVEN ME. THEN I APOLOGIZE FOR THE THINGS I COULD’VE DONE BETTER. THEN AFTER PRAYER I TAKE OUT MY BOOK OF MORMON I READ FROM IT EVERY NIGHT AND I FOCUS ON CHARITY. EVERYTHING THAT EXHIBITS CHARITY I UNDERLINE. THEN I START AGAIN IN THE MORNING.
SO YOU GUYS CAN DO THIS TOO. CHOOSE SOMETHING YOU WANT TO IMPROVE ON AND THEN CHANGE IT!!! I LOVE THIS GOSPEL MY FRIENDS!!! I REALLY DO!!
LOVE YOU ALL!! 🙂 YOU ARE THE BESTEST EVER!!
LOVE NEICIA BROWNING!!
SO MOMMY THANKS FOR THE EMAIL! YOU ARE JUST THE BEST MOMMY IN THE WORLD!! DON’T FREAK OUT IF YOU READ THIS AND I’M ALREADY OFF!!! I WILL BE BACK ON!! IT’S SISTER DLAMINI’S BIRTHDAY AND WE’RE GOING OUT TO LUNCH IN HALF AN HOUR! BUT NEICIA WILL BE BACK!!! 1:30 PM SO AT HOME THAT WOULD BE LIKE 4:30 A.M. I THINK. YOU MAY NOT EVEN BE AWAKE YET!! BUT HEY I CAN ALWAYS HOPE!! YOU ARE THE BEST MOMMY AND THANKS FOR GETTING UP SO EARLY ON MONDAYS TO TALK TO YOUR LONELY DAUGHTER IN AFRICA (I AM NOT ACTUALLY THAT LONELY, JUST WANTED TO SAY IT DRAMATICALLY!) LOVE YOU! TALK TO YOU IN A BIT!
MALAWI IS RECOVERING WELL BUT WE’RE EXPECTING MORE FLOODING. PLEASE HAVE EVERYONE SAY PRAYERS FOR MALAWI AND THE PEOPLE.
AMOS IS SWEET! HE IS AN RM AND WORKS WITH US FROM TIME TO TIME!! BY TIME TO TIME I MEAN ONCE!! HA! WE ARE WORKING ON THAT!!!! HE IS BEING REALLY GOOD TO ONE OF THE GUYS WE’RE TEACHING! OFFERED TO GO THERE AND TALK WITH HIM AND BE HIS FRIEND!!! ALSO KONDWANI BEN MKOCHI (THE GUY THE HECKS KNOW) ADDED ME AS A FRIEND! ACCEPT HIM AND ADD HIM TO YOUR FRIENDS LIST!) AMOS ALSO SERVED WITH THE HECKS! ANYWAYS, I REALLY LIKE THAT PICK OF UCHDORF AND SPIDERMAN! IT’LL GO ON MY WALL WITH THAT CAPTION. WHOEVER CAME UP WITH THAT WAS BRILLIANT!!
HERE’S A MESSAGE TO THE BUCK CHILDREN:
DEAREST CHILDREN, (HAHA, DON’T INCLUDE THAT)
I AM STILL ABLE TO EMAIL BECASUE THE LORD HAS BLESSED US!! THANKFULLY, TOWN WASN’T EFFECTED BY THE FLOOD AS SEVERELY AS THE COMPOUNDS (WHERE MY PEOPLE LIVE). FOR THE MOST PART THE POWER AND WATER WAS OFF FOR WEEKS HERE IN TOWN BUT NOT AS MUCH DAMAGE! THANKFULLY THE LORD CONTINUED TO BLESS HIS MISSIONARIES BECAUSE HE MADE SURE THAT WHEN WE WANTED TO EMAIL THE POWER WOULD BE ON! AND NOW WE ARE EVEN MORE BLESSED BECAUSE HE MADE IT POSSIBLE FORTHE WATER TO FINALLY TURN BACK ON ALL THROUGHOUT BLANTYRE (THE CITY). THROUGHOUT TRIALS, IF YOU HAVE A GOOD ATTITUDE, YOU WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO SEE THE LORD’S HELPING HAND! i HAVE A MUCH STRONGER TESTIMONY OF THIS NOW! THE LORD IS TRULY THERE AND KNOWS OF OUR NEEDS.”
I GOT MY FIRST PACKAGE!!! THANK YOU!!!! HAHA, BUT I LEARNED THAT NEXT TIME YOU SEND CANDY PUT IT IN A PLASTIC BAG BECAUSE IT WILL MELT ALL OVER!!! HAHA! I LAID IT ALL OUT THOUGH AND I’M DRYING IT!!! I GOT THE RIGHT BOOT!! THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF (a politicition that creeps her out who’s name I’ll with hold- I turned his picture into a stick puppet for her)! MAN HOW I MISSED THAT MAN….HA! NO BUT HE DID MAKE IT UP ON MY WALL!! WE HAD A TON OF SISTERS SLEEP IN OUR FLAT THIS WEEK AND MAN THEY WERE ALL A LITTLE CONFUSED!! HAHA! “WHY IS THERE AN OLD MAN ON YOUR WALL?” HAHA, SO THANK YOU FOR THAT!!! YOUR WONDERFUL LETTER ALSO MADE IT UP ON MY WALL!!! STAINED IN MELTED SALT WATER TAFFY AND ALL! 🙂 THAT WAS FUNNY BY THE WAY!!! 🙂 I AM VERY EXCITED FOR MY NEXT PACKAGE!! THE LEFT BOOT!!! PROBABLY WON’T BE FOR A COUPLE MORE MONTHS UNLESS IT GETS SENT DOWN FROM LUSAKA DURING TRANSFERS ON FEB. 17!!! I WON’T GET TRANSFERRED I DON’T THINK THOUGH SO DON’T WORRY! 🙂 EVERYBODY KEEPS SAYING THAT SINCE I WILL BE DONE WITH MY TRAINING THAT THEY THINK PRESIDENT WILL MAKE ME TRAIN!!! A BUNCH OF NEW SISTERS ARE COMING IN!! HAHA, I DON’T THINK SO THOUGH! ALTHOUGH I WOULD LOVE TO!! IT CAN BE HARD BEING A JR. COMP! YOU KNOW ME. I AM MORE OF A TAKE THE LEAD KIND OF PERSON! BUT I RESPECT WHAT SISTER GRIFFUS DECIDES TO DO!! ALTHOUGH I AM AT LIBERTY TO SAY HEY WE SHOULD GO NOW OR SOMETHING! THAT’S WHAT I DO! SOMETIMES WE LEAVE AND SOMETIMES WE DON’T!! I AM NOT HERE TO COMPLAIN BECAUSE I HAVE AN AWESOME COMP! HAHA, SHE IS FUNNY THOUGH! I WILL TELL YOU MORE ABOUT HER WHEN I GET HOME!! 🙂
I HAVE TO PEE MOM!! THEY DONT HAVE BATHROOMS HERE!! HEY THAT IS SOMETHING I DON’T THINK I HAVE TOLD YOU GUYS! IF I WANT TO USE THE RESTROOM I HAVE TO GO IN A HOLE IN THE GROUND! THEY SERIOUSLY HAVE OUTHOUSES HERE!! BUT IT IS JUST A HOLE YOU ARE TO HOVER OVER!! I HAVE YET TO BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO USE ONE! I EITHER WAIT TO GET TO MY FLAT OR GO TO THE MEETING HOUSE WHERE THERE ARE TWO TOILETS THANKFULLY!! ISN’T THAT JUST FUN!!
CALL MCKENNNA AND SAY “IT’S NEICIA! I JUST WANTED TO SAY HI AND TO HAVE A GREAT DAY! AND I LOVE YOUR FACE!! TEONANA.” THEN HANG UP ON HER!
WE’RE TEACHING A DRUNK MAN. HEY HE WANTS TO BE BAPTIZED!! BUT TO BE HONEST, HE JUST WANTS TO SEE GOD I THINK!! HE LOVES JOSEPH SMITH BECAUSE HE SAW GOD! THAT MAN!
ANYWAYS! WHATS COOKIN’ GOOD LOOKIN’? YOU SHOULD SEND ME MORE RECIPES AND PICTURES!! PICTURES NOW, RECIPES LATER! I AM GOING TO PRINT THEM ALL SOON SO I WOULD LOVE SOME MORE TO PRINT! CURRENT ONES! I LIKE THOSE (bread, cinnamon rolls and cookie recipes)! BUT I DON’T HAVE CHOCOLATE CHIPS!!! IT IS LIKE 600 KWACHA FOR LIKE 10!!! MAN THEY ARE EXPENSIVE!!
CAN YOU SEND ME A PICTURE OF JOHN LEGEND!? I AM TEACHING A GUY WHO LOOKS LIKE HIM!! IT WAS FUNNY TOO, WE CALLED HIM AND HE WAS LISTENING TO ONE OF HIS SONGS!!! HIS NAME IS CHINDIKANI! I ACTUALLY LIKE THAT NAME AND I DON’T KNOW WHY! IT MEANS PRAISE I THINK!
(I told her I needed to start getting the boys up for school. She evidently missed that message and I saw this a few minutes later. )WHERE DID YOU GO MAN!? YOU JUST UP AND LEAVE YOUR CHILD!
HEY THANKS FOR THE PICTURE OF TREVIN!! I’D REALLY LOVE SOME FLASH DRIVES!!!! THEY CAN DO EVERYTHING!!! I HAVE ANOTHER CAMERA CHIP BUT I NEED FLASHES!! THEY ARE LIKE WAY EXPENSIVE HERE!!! ALTHOUGH REALLY IT’S LIKE SUPER CHEAP CONVERTED TO MERCAN DOLLARS!!! HAHA THE OTHER DAY SOMEBODY TRIED CHARGING ME 200 KWACHA TO GET HOME!! I WAS LIKE “OH HECK NO!!! EY DELAMA!!” AND THEN I REALIZED IF I WAS IN MERCA AND THEY ASKED ME TO PAY THAT MUCH I WOULD NEVER WALK!!! I WOULD GLADLY PAY LIKE A NICKLE TO GET HOME!!! HAHA!!! LIFE IN MALAWI!!!
QUESTION: CAN YOU PLEASE FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET PICTURES FROM KALTEN’S HOMECOMING? THE ONES AT THE AIRPORT!! THERE ARE SOME ON FB! I LOVE THEM!! SEND ME THOSE!! I JUST WANT LOTS OF RECENT PHOTOS OF THE FAMILY!!!
MAN LET ME JUST TELL YOU I LOVE MALAWI!! THEY PLAY HYMNS ON THE RADIO! ALL THE BUSES AND STORES HAVE NAMES RELATING TO GOD!! IT IS JUST SUCH A HUMBLE PLACE!!! IT IS TOTALLY SWEET!! I DONT’ REMEMBER THE LAST TIME I HEARD A BAD WORD!!! ACTUALLY I DID ON SOMEONE’S TV THE OTHER DAY BUT THEY JUST TURN IT OFF! MOM I REALLY HAVE TO PEE!!!!!!!
(We debated whether or not to add the pee comments and decided to. It’s her goofiness. She’d have told any of you the same thing.)