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Group email 3/23/2015

WELL, I HAVE LEARNED SOME THINGS THIS WEEK! I LEARNED THAT GOD TRULY ANSWERS PRAYERS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS. NO MATTER HOW SMALL OF A THING IT IS HE WILL ANSWER YOUR PRAYER! THE OTHER THING I LEARNED IS THAT HE ALSO SOMETIMES ANSWERS TWO PRAYERS AT ONCE. ​

SO HERE WERE TWO THINGS I PRAYED ABOUT THIS WEEK:
1. TO HAVE SOMETHING TO EMAIL ABOUT.
2. TO GET RID OF THE NASTY FRUIT FLIES!

I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE THINKING, HOW IS IT THAT THESE TWO THINGS ARE IN ANYWAY RELATED. I THINK GOD MUST HAVE PONDERED THAT TOO. HE CAME US WITH A CREATIVE WAY THOUGH TO HELP ME OUT WITH BOTH.

IT ALL STARTED WHEN SISTER GRIFFUS SAID “HEY LETS HAVE CHIPS (FRENCH FRIES) FOR DINNER TONIGHT!”
“OK, WE NEED SOME MORE OIL, WE CAN PICK SOME UP AT THE MARKET ON THE WAY HOME!”
SO WE DID, ALONG WITH A LIME, AVOCADO, A CUCUMBER AND TOMATOES FOR A SALAD!
WHEN WE WERE READY TO GET DINNER STARTED WE… WELL STARTED MAKING DINNER! (DIDN’T SEE THAT ONE COMING DID YOU!) SO I MADE THE SALAD, AND PUT THE OIL TO HEAT UP ON THE STOVE WHILE SISTER GRIFFUS BEGAN PEALING POTATOES! I WALKED OVER TO WHERE SHE WAS (IN THE LIVING ROOM) AND SHE SAYS “HEY DON’T KEEP THE OIL ON THE STOVE JUST HEATING LIKE THAT OR IT WILL CATCH FIRE.” ALL OF A SUDDEN IT CAUGHT FIRE. YUP!

SO BOTH OF US REACT. ITS INTERESTING TO SEE HOW DIFFERENT PEOPLE REACT IN A TIME OF UNEASE AND UNCERTAINTY! FOR INSTANCE I RAN TO THE KITCHEN AND SISTER GRIFFUS RUNS TO GET A CAMERA.

NEITHER OF US KNOWS WHAT TO DO. MEAN WHILE THE FIRE IS BUILDING AND BUILDING! SISTER GRIFFUS IS RUNNING AROUND LIKE A LOST DOG WHILE I AM JUST TRYING TO REMEMBER WHAT TO DO! ALL I KNOW IS THAT I DON’T PUT WATER ON IT. WHY IS IT THAT WE DON’T GET TAUGHT WHAT TO DO WITH A GREASE FIRE BUT JUST WHAT NOT TO DO! THAT MAKES THINGS INCONVENIENT FOR THOSE WHO FIND THEMSELVES IN THESE TYPE OF SITUATIONS. THIS IS WHY MISSIONARIES SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO TAKE THEIR MOTHERS ON MISSION WITH THEM!

WELL MEANWHILE THE FLAMES ARE BUILDING AND I HAVE RAN OUT OF IDEAS, I WANT TO TAKE THE POT OFF THE STOVE BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE HANDLES! SO I RUN FOR HELP! SISTER GRIFFUS IS STILL GOT HER CAMERA AND NOW THE PHONE EVEN! WHY!? WHAT IS SHE GOING TO DO WITH THAT!? EVEN SHE DOESN’T KNOW! I RUN TO THE DOOR THEN TO MY GATE TRYING TO UNLOCK THE GATE. WHY DO WE HAVE TO BE SO PROTECTED IT IS HARD TO GET OUT OF THIS PLACE! THEN FINALLY RUN TO MY NEIGHBORS GATE! BANG BANG BANG BANG! NOTHING! THEN MY GUARD RUNS UP MY STAIRS AND I JUST SAY “HELP ME!” RUN INTO MY FLAT AND HE TAKE A SPATULA AND FLINGS THE PAN OFF OF MY STOVE… AT ME ACTUALLY! LUCK IT GETS STUCK ON THE OTHER HOT PLATE SO HE HAS TO FLING IT AGAIN AND I GOT OUT OF THE WAY! WELL HE FLINGS IT SPILLING GREASE ALL OVER AND NOW EVERYTHING IS ON FIRE…

THE FLAT BURNED DOWN BUT ITS OK BECAUSE ITS HIS FAULT SO WE DON’T HAVE TO PAY FOR ANYTHING. WE HAVE NO POSSESSIONS NOW AND ARE LIVING IN THE STREETS BUT ITS OK TOO AT LEAST WE HAVE THE PHONE AND CAMERA MY COMP GRABBED! MY COMP WAS EATEN MY A LION LAST NIGHT BUT HEY AT LEAST THE FUNERAL IS TOMORROW SO I STILL GET TO EMAIL PLUS THAT MEANS THE CAMERA AND PHONE ARE MINE NOW! I AM THINKING ABOUT ADOPTING A SMALL CHILD TO KEEP ME COMPANY!!!

OK I AM LYING THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN! I WOULD SEND IT BUT I AM SURE ABOUT 80% OF YOU WILL BELIEVE ME! 😉

…SPILLING GREASE ALL OVER AND NOW EVERYTHING IS ONE FIRE! BUT THEN IT ALL DIED DOWN AND MY FLAT WAS SPARED! MEAN WHILE MY COMP IS STILL IN THE FRONT ROOM! SHE MANAGED TO CALL SOMEONE THOUGH! GOOD JOB SISTER GRIFFUS! GOOD JOB! YOU CALLED SOMEBODY 4 HOURS AWAY! I AM SURE HE COULD’VE HELPED OUT A LOT! HAHA! I LOVE THAT GIRL!

WELL IT WAS A VERY FUN TIME! HERE IS A COOL PART IN IT ALL THOUGH! WE HAD A PICTURE OF JESUS ABOVE OUR STOVE. THE FLAMES CLEARLY REACHED IT! SHOULD’VE BURNED BUT NOPE! NOT EVEN A LITTLE! I WILL BE TAKING IT WITH ME THOUGH AND PUTTING IT ABOVE MY STOVE PROBABLY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE! YUP NOTHING BURNED EXCEPT FOR THE FRUIT FLIES! DEAD! DIED OR RAN AWAY! WELL I GUESS THEY WOULD’VE FLOWN AWAY! BUT YEAH! IT WAS A FUN NIGHT!

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE GOD! HE WAS PROBABLY LAUGHING THE WHOLE TIME! WATCHING US HEED TO THE ANSWER OF MY PRAYERS!

WELL IT WAS A GOOD WEEK! AND LUCKY FOR YOU ALL YOU GET SOME PICTURES!!!! WHAT!!!

STARTING AT THE TOP, I THINK I CANT SEE THEM IS:
A GRAY HAIR ON MY COMPS HEAD.
A YOUNG CHILD WHO WANTED ME TO TAKE HER PICTURE.
MY TAN.
THE MOST ATTRACTIVE PICTURE OF MY COMP EVER! HOLDING THE CHICKEN FOOT I ATE!
ME ATTEMPTING TO PLAY WITH THE CHILDREN!
A NASTY SPIDER WE FOUND RIGHT OUTSIDE OUR FLAT! I WAS HAPPY IT WAS OUTSIDE!
THE HAMBURGER I ATE! (EVERY TIME I SEE THIS PICTURE I MISS AMERICA!)
A MALAWIAN MAN WALKING HIS GOATS!
ME PONDERING THE BOOK OF MORMON
AND AGAIN IN SOME LITTER!
THIS IS JUST SWEET!
UMMMM… WE WERE SINGING “ILL MAKE A MAN OUT OF YOU” AND MY COMP BECAME TOTALLY NINJA!
THE OX LIVER I ATE THIS WEEK! WEIRD TEXTURE GOOD TASTE! COMP COULDN’T CHOKE IT DOWN!
SOME PICTURES OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN THE WORLD! I COULD BE HERE FOR EVER AND NEVER GROW TIRED OF HOW BEAUTIFUL MALAWI IS!
ONE OF OUR RECENT CONVERT BEING A PRO! THROWING AWAY HER IMMODEST CLOTHING! THAT WAS HARD FOR HER BUT SHE SHOWED SO MUCH FAITH! SHE IS WORKING FOR US SO SHE CAN EARN MONEY TO BUY MORE! I LOVE HER!
A LITTLE VILLAGE DANCER! (NOT REALLY SHE JUST GOT DONE BATHING AND SHE LOOKED SWEET SO I TOOK HER PICTURE!)
ONE MORE OF MY NEW HOME!
A BABY I DECIDED TO ADOPT THIS WEEK! AKA ETHEL’S BABY PRAISE! SOMETIMES OBEYING MISSION RULES IS HARD! CAN’T PICK THE CRYING BABY UP…

A TENDER MERCY FROM THE LORD!  LORD OF THE RINGS!!  OH SNAP! HARD TO WALK AWAY!

JUST TO BRAG ABOUT THE BEAUTY AGAIN!

GO PREACH AND TEACH MY FRIENDS.

THERE ARE MY DANCERS MY FRIENDS!

ME WORKING!  CLIMBING MY MOUNTAIN!

MONKEYS!  (THIS IS DEDICATED TO MY HOME DOG SISTER COLE!)

JANET LOOKIN’ NICE!

HA! JUST PRETENDING TO BE SOMETHING?

ETHEL DOING MY LAUNDRY

AND MY COMPS HAIR NATURAL! WHAT!!!

WELL BASI FOR THIS MONTH! I THINK THIS IS GOOD! I LOVE YOU ALL! REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE WHAT YOU STAND FOR! OHHHH!

NINA KU KONDA! (I LOVE YOU!)

SISTER BLOWN!

P.S. MY COMP MANAGED TO CAPTURE OUR LITTLE ADVENTURE ALL ON CAMERA! THAT’S WHY SHE HAD IT! HOPEFULLY SHE CAN GET IT DOWNLOADED BUT THE INTERNET IS SLOW SO YOU MIGHT HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL NEXT WEEK TO SEE MY APARTMENT GO UP IN FLAME! BY THE WAY NO I KNOW MANY WAYS TO PUT OUT GREASE FIRES! EVERYBODY HAS INFORMED ME!

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Group email 3/16/2015

SPIRITUAL AND TEMPORAL DEATH

WELL THIS WEEK WAS ONE OF THE BEST ON MISSION! IT WAS A WEEK OF TRIALS, BUT IT WAS ALSO A WEEK OF STRENGTH! LIKE THE SUBJECT OF THIS EMAIL SUGGESTS I ALMOST DIED A NUMBER OF TIMES! THAT WAS FUN! MAYBE I SHOULD JUST START WITH MONDAY. BEWARE THIS WILL PROBABLY BE LONG!

MONDAY: (DEATH FREE DAY) WE CELEBRATED MY COMPS BIRTHDAY WITH ALL THE SISTERS IN THE ZONE! THAT WAS FUN! THEY ALL CAME TO OUR FLAT AND WE HAD HAMBURGERS WITH REAL BACON! THAT ONLY COST THE EQUIVALENT OF A SMALL AMERIKAN (AS THEY SPELL IT HERE) CHILD! TOTALLY WORTH IT! I WOULD GLADLY GIVE UP JAIDE IF IT MEANT I GOT MORE BACON! (JUST KIDDING JESSICA YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU!) WE HAD A TON OF FOOD LEFT OVER THAT GOT DEDICATED TO THE FLAT! THAT MEANT ME! 😉 FOOOOD!
THAT NIGHT I DECIDED I SHOULD FIGURE OUT SOMETHING FOR MY COMPS BIRTHDAY! I HAD ALREADY BOUGHT HER A SMALL ONE DIRECTION PIECE OF CANDY THAT COST THE SAME MUCH AS THE BACON! (THERE GOES MCKENNA) I WANTED TO DO MORE THEN A SMALL PIECE OF CANDY THOUGH! SO I GOT A PLAN IN MY HEAD AND DRANK A TON OF WATER!
TUESDAY: MY COMPS BIRTHDAY! MY DAY STARTED AT 2 IN THE MORNING WHEN I WOKE UP HAVING TO GO TO THE RESTROOM! THE WATER HAD DONE ITS JOB BY WAKING ME UP! (INSPIRED BY MOTHER) SO I WAS UP AND SISTER GRIFFUS WAS ASLEEP! SO I WENT TO THE KITCHEN AND MADE COOKIES AND SET UP A SCAVENGER HUNT! FINALLY GOT BACK TO BED AT ABOUT 3:15 AND DIDN’T GO BACK TO SLEEP TILL 4!! WOKE UP AT 6:30 AND THEN FELL BACK ASLEEP ON ACCIDENT ON MY COUCH! JUST FOR 20 MINS BUT THAT WAS 20 MINS I NEEDED… GOT UP QUICK QUICK AND GOT TO WORK IN THE KITCHEN AGAIN! MY COMP COMES OUT OF THE BATHROOM WITH SOME CANDY AND HER 1ST CLUE DIRECTING HER TO THE COUCH! THERE SHE IS DIRECTED TO TURN ON THE TV WHEN I HAD A HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONG ON FOR HER! AND FOR AN ADDED BONUS ELVIS PRESLEY SINGING HOW GREAT THOU ART! THEN SHE WAS DIRECTED TO A PLATE OF PANCAKES I JUST WHIPPED UP FROM SCRATCH! AFTER SHE WAS DIRECTED TO GET DRESSED SO WE COULD GO TO ZONE MEETING! SHE WAS GIVEN A PICTURE OF A DOG! STILL DON’T KNOW WHY A DOG BUT SHE LIKED IT SO, OH WELL!
WELL WE WERE LATE FOR THE MEETING AND ENDED HAVING TO RUN! EVIDENTLY WE ARE OUT OF SHAPE! NICE TO KNOW! FINALLY GOT THERE AND HAD A VERY SPIRITUAL MEETING! DURING THE MEETING SISTER GRIFFUS OPENED HER PREACH MY GOSPEL BOOK WHICH CONTAINED HER NEXT CLUE THING! SO AFTER THE MEETING SHE WENT UP TO THE MISSIONARY THE CLUE DIRECTED AND SAID THE MAGIC WORD! “OSTRICH” THE MISSIONARY PROCEEDED TO SING HER HAPPY BIRTHDAY! HE IS THE BEST SINGER EVER MAN! HIS BROTHER IS IN VOCAL POINT SO YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE! THEN HE GAVE HER HER NEXT CLUE TELLING HER TO HAVE PATIENCE FOR HER NEXT STEP! THEN WE ALL ATE CAKE! 3 CAKES ACTUALLY!
THEN WE WENT TO THE AREA! AND TAUGHT A GIRL ABOUT PATIENCE! I STRATEGICALLY PLACED HER NEXT ONE IN A CHAPTER IN THE SCRIPTURES I KNEW SHE WOULD TURN TO! I WAS RIGHT! SHE WAS DIRECTED TO A BREAD SHOP! WE WENT THERE ON OUR WAY HOME! I BOUGHT YUMMY BREAD FOR OUR DINNER AND SHE WAS GIVEN A PICTURE OF A CHICKEN! OBVIOUSLY SHE WENT TO OUR FREEZER AND GOT OUT OUR CHICKEN! I PROCEEDED TO MAKE OUR FAVORITE DINNER CHICKEN SALAD! I PLACED HER NEXT CLUE IN A SMALL ZIPLOCK BAG AND PUT IT IN THE SALAD BURIED SO SHE COULDN’T SEE! THEN SHE FOUND IT AND WAS DIRECTED TO THE PLACE WHERE WE KEEP THE SNACKS! SHE WAS AMAZED AT MY AMAZING SECRET BAKING SKILLS! THEN SHE WAS DIRECTED TO GO LOOK UNDER HER BED! WHERE SHE WAS DIRECTED TO HER PILLOW WHERE I HAD HID HER ONE DIRECTION CANDY! SHE FLIPPED! THAT GIRL AND ONE DIRECTION! WELL, THAT WAS IT! FUN DAY!

WEDNESDAY: THIS WAS JUST A BORING OL’ DAY WHERE I WENT OUT ALL DAY TO TEACH THE WORDS OF GOD! SATAN REALLY LIKE TO TRY AND GET US ON THESE DAYS! WE WERE VERY TIRED AND VERY HOT! HE REALLY TRIED TO DRAG US DOWN! ALL OUR LESSONS WERE CANCELLED BUT WE STAYED FAITHFUL AND ENDED UP STILL BEING ABLE TO TEACH 3 LESSONS AND CONTACT SOME PEOPLE! WE STOPPED BY THE MEETING HOUSE TO USE THE RESTROOMS AND ON OUR WAY BACK WE HAD AN INTERESTING EXPERIENCE!
I WALKED OUT THE DOOR AND TURNED TO MAKE SURE I STILL HAD MY COMP WITH ME. WHEN I LOOKED AT HER I SAW HER HORRIFIED EXPRESSION. NATURALLY, I THINK ABOUT WHAT HORRIFIED ME! I SCANNED THE GROUND SEARCHING FOR A MAMBA OR A BIG SPIDER. THEN I LOOK BACK AT HER AND SHE IS LOOKING AT THE GROUND TOO! I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT SHE SEES BUT IT MUST BE SCARY SO I JUST SCREAMED CAUSE I WAS SCARED. THEN SHE SCREAMED TOO! SHE RAN IN TO THE MEETING HOUSE AND CLOSED THE GATE (STILL DON’T KNOW WHY! THAT OFFERS NO PROTECTION WITH ALL THE GAPING HOLES!) AND I JUST TOOK OFF RUNNING! DON’T KNOW WHY BUT I WAS RUNNING RELATIVELY SLOW! THEN I JUST HEAR LAUGHING. I STOP AND TURN AND SEE HER JUST LAUGHING!!! I DIED TOO! LAUGHED UNTIL MY STOMACH WAS IN PAIN! THEN FINALLY SHE OPENED THE GATE AND SAID IT WAS JUST A GUAVA PEAL!
EVIDENTLY SHE HIT HER LEG ON THIS BAR STICKING OUT OF THE DOOR WAY (THAT HAPPENS OFTEN WITH HER) AND I SAW HER FACE IN PAIN AND THEN SHE SAW ME LOOKING HORRIFIED AT THE FLOOR AND THEN SHE STARTED LOOKING AND THEN WE JUST SCREAMED AND RAN! THEN SHE REALIZED NOTHING WAS THERE! JUST THE LONE GUAVA PEAL! WHAT I DON’T UNDERSTAND THOUGH IS WHY NOBODY CAME TO OUR RESCUE! THERE WERE TWO PEOPLE IN THE MEETING HOUSE! AND THEY JUST HEARD US SCREAM AND ACTED LIKE ITS A NORMAL PART OF LIFE! THANKS! GLAD THERE WASN’T A REAL SNAKE!

THURSDAY: WE THOUGHT WEDNESDAY WAS HOT! THIS WAS HOT! IT HAD TO BE ABOUT 100-105 DEGREES! WE WERE TIRED AND HAD A DAY OF CONTACTING… ALL DAY IN THE HEAT KNOCKING ON GATES! BUT WE REALIZED THAT AS WE WERE THERE THAT WE WERE PROBABLY GETTING CLOSE TO SOMEBODY WHO REALLY NEEDED TO HEAR THE MESSAGE OF THE RESTORED GOSPEL! OTHERWISE IT WOULD BE BETTER! THAT GAVE US SOME STRENGTH AND I WAS ABLE TO TAKE SOMETHING I HAD READ THAT DAY AND APPLY IT TO MY DAY! IN 2ND NEPHI CHAPTER 4 VERSES 17 TO THE END IT TALKS A LOT ABOUT US LEANING ON OUR SAVIOR FOR STRENGTH! I HAD BEEN DOING A LOT OF PRAYING LATELY AND ASKING FOR HELP AGAINST THE ADVERSARY! OUR WHOLE ZONE HAS BEEN STRUGGLING LATELY AND EVERYBODY HAS FELT VERY WEIGHED DOWN! WE DISCUSSED THAT THIS HAD TO DO WITH SATAN NOT WANTING US TO WORK! I HAVE TO ADMIT I WASN’T BEING THE BEST MISSIONARY I COULD BE! I WAS WORKING HARD BUT I COULD’VE WORKED HARDER! I FELT BAD FOR MY TIMES OF WEAKNESS AND THEN I READ THIS CHAPTER! IT WAS THE ANSWER TO MY PRAYER! THIS IS NEPHI SPEAKING:
17 …O wretched man that I am! Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities.
18 I am encompassed about, because of the temptations and the sins which do so easily beset me.
19 And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins; nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted.
THIS IS HOW I HAVE BEEN FEELING LATELY! I HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR STRENGTH WHEN I AM EXHAUSTED! THEN AS YOU CONTINUE TO READ IT SAYS:
26 O then, if I have seen so great things, if the Lord in his condescension unto the children of men hath visited men in so much mercy, why should my heart weep and my soul linger in the valley of sorrow, and my flesh waste away, and my strength slacken, because of mine afflictions?
27 And why should I yield to sin, because of my flesh? Yea, why should I give way to temptations, that the evil one have place in my heart to destroy my peace and afflict my soul? Why am I angry because of mine enemy?
THIS JUST MADE ME REALIZE HOW MUCH POWER I HAVE! I WAS REMINDED THAT THE LORD CAN NOT FORCE ME TO BE STRENGTHENED BUT I HAVE TO ACTUALLY CHOOSE TO BE! I WAS PRAYING BUT DIDN’T REALIZE THAT I HAD TO DO MORE! I WOULD WISH FOR STRENGTH BUT IT WASN’T GIVEN TO ME BECAUSE I WASN’T WORKING FOR IT AS HARD AS I CAN! “FAITH WITH OUR WORKS IS [TRULY] DEAD.” THEN I CONTINUED:
28 Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul.
29 Do not anger again because of mine enemies. Do not slacken my strength because of mine afflictions.
SO I DECIDED AT THE MOMENT I WAS WEIGHED DOWN AND ABOUT TO KNOCK ON ANOTHER GATE THAT I WASN’T GOING TO FALL AGAIN! I HAVE THE STRENGTH THE LORD GAVE ME BUT ITS UP TO ME TO USE IT.
33 O Lord, wilt thou encircle me around in the robe of thy righteousness! O Lord, wilt thou make a way for mine escape before mine enemies! Wilt thou make my path straight before me! Wilt thou not place a stumbling block in my way—but that thou wouldst clear my way before me, and hedge not up my way, but the ways of mine enemy.
35 Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me, if I ask not amiss; therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee; yea, I will cry unto thee, my God, the rock of my righteousness. Behold, my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God. Amen.
AND HE DID MAKE THAT WAY FOR MY ESCAPE. HOW GRATEFUL I AM NOW THAT I TOOK IT. AT THE END OF THE ROAD WE FOUND AN AMAZING FAMILY. WE TALKED TO THEM FOR A LONG TIME. I ALREADY LOVE THEM SO MUCH AND CAN NOT WAIT TO GO BACK NEXT SATURDAY! GOD TRULY ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS! IT IS AMAZING HOW HE LOVES EACH OF US SO MUCH!
AFTER VISITING WITH THAT FAMILY WE WENT TO GO CONTACT SOME MORE PEOPLE! WE WENT TO THIS ONE GATE AND THERE WAS A BUNCH OF PEOPLE DOING A TRIBAL DANCE. WE ASKED IF WE COULD WATCH. THEY SAID YES AND PULLED UP TWO CHAIRS FOR US AND PERFORMED FOR US! IT WAS SUPER SWEET! AFTER A COUPLE OF SONGS WE ASKED IF WE COULD JOIN IN! HAHA! THAT WAS FUN! SO WE DANCED WITH THEM FOR A SONG AND THEN ASKED IF WE COULD COME BACK AND TEACH THEM WHEN THEY WEREN’T BUSY. THEY ALL AGREED AND WE ARE ALL GOING TO COME BACK AND TEACH THEM NEXT FRIDAY!
AFTER THAT WE WENT TO AN INVESTIGATOR’S HOUSE! WHEN WE GOT IN THE GATE WE STARTED HEARING A HUGE CROWED RUNNING BY AND MAKING A BUNCH OF NOISE! WE WENT OUT TO SEE! IT WAS A BUNCH OF CHILDREN! ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL AGE! ALL RUNNING THE STREETS AND MAKING NOISE! SO WHAT DOES ONE DO!? WELL YOU TAKE A PICTURE OF THE HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN THAT CAME OUT OF NO WHERE! EVIDENTLY THEY DIDN’T LIKE THAT THOUGH! ONE GIRL RAN UP TO ME AND SAID, “NO, THEY WILL FIGHT YOU!” THEN I WAS PUSHED BACK IN THE GATE BY MY INVESTIGATOR AND THE GATE WAS CLOSED! CHILDREN PROCEEDED TO BEAT ON THE GATE! HAHAHA IT SOUNDS SCARY WHEN YOU WRITE IT OUT! BUT REALLY IT WAS A BUNCH OF KIDS SO IT REALLY WASN’T! ALTHOUGH I AM HAPPY THAT I WAS PUSHED TO SAFETY!
WELL THAT WAS ABOUT IT! THE HIGHLIGHTS! IT WAS A GOOD WEEK! ALMOST GOT HIT BY A LOT OF CARS THOUGH! ALMOST TRAMPLED BY A POSY OF SCHOOL CHILDREN AND THEN ALMOST DEVOURED BY AND IMAGINARY MUMBA! FOUND THE LORDS STRENGTH IN ME, WHICH LED ME TO SOME SWEET PEOPLE AND THEN I GOT TO DANCE WITH SOME TRIBAL DANCERS! GREAT WEEK! 🙂
I LOVE YOU ALL! REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE! 🙂
SISTER BROWNING!

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Mass email 3/9/2015

WELL THIS WEEK WAS CRAZY! IN THE WAY THAT IT WASN’T CRAZY IN ANY SORT OF WAY! IT WAS A VERY CHILL WEEK! BUT I DID GO ON EXCHANGES! THAT WAS FUN! I WENT TO A NEW AREA! THAT WAS SWEET! I GOT TO MEET SOME SWEET PEOPLE!!! UNFORTUNATELY I DIDN’T GET TO SEE MY MUSLIM JESUS FRIEND AGAIN! THAT MADE ME A LITTLE SAD! HEY CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS PLAYING ON THE RADIO! THAT IS SWEET!

SO THIS WEEK I WAS AT ONE OF MY RECENT CONVERT’S HOUSES! HER NAME IS ENITA AND SHE IS BRILLIANT! ANYWAYS I WAS THERE AND SHE TOLD ME THAT MOM HAD POSTED A PICTURE OF ME HOLDING CHEETAH ON FACEBOOK! MY COMPANION AND I DIED! WE HONESTLY LAUGHED FOR ABOUT 3 MINUTES NOT STOP! THEN WE FINALLY GOT CONTROL OF OURSELVES! THEY STARED AT US VERY WEIRD! OH WELL!

YEAH SO THAT IS A KITTY! HOW COULD YOU GUYS THINK THAT A BABY CHEETAH COULD BE THAT SMALL! AND MAN AFRICA IS A LOT DIFFERENT THAN PEOPLE EXPECT! ANYWAYS I LOVE YOU ALL AND YOU GUYS MAKE ME LAUGH! THAT IS JUST A KITTEN! A VERY CUTE ONE THAT SOMEBODY NAMED “BROWNING!” PRONOUNCED “BLOWN”! MY COMPANION TOLD ME THAT I SHOULD KEEP THE LIE GOING BUT I JUST COULDN’T DO IT! WEIRD I HAVE A CONSCIENCE NOW! FEELS STRANGE! OH WELL I WILL WORK ON LOSING IT AGAIN AFTER MY MISSION 😉 JUST JOKING I LIKE IT!

WELL LET ME JUST TELL YOU! I KNOW THAT IT PROBABLY SEEMS LIKE I WRITE THE SAME THING EVERY WEEK ABOUT WHAT I AM LEARNING! BUT ITS WHAT THE LORD IS TEACHING ME! SO HERE GOES:

THIS WEEK I HAVE LEARNED JUST HOW MUCH OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN LOVES US! I WAS TEACHING A LESSON TO TWO WONDERFUL INVESTIGATORS WHO I LOVE WITH ALL OF MY HEART WHEN IT JUST HIT ME! I WAS LOOKING AT STEPHAN (I WROTE ABOUT HIM LAST WEEK) AND I WAS JUST REALLY AWARE OF HOW MUCH GOD LOVED HIM! AND THEN I FELT THIS REALLY BIG WEIGHT OF RESPONSIBILITY! MY COMPANION AND I ARE THE PEOPLE OUR HEAVENLY FATHER SENT TO TEACH STEPHAN AND PHYLIS!  IT JUST MADE ME THINK ABOUT HOW BIG OF A JOB I REALLY HAVE! ON EXCHANGES THIS WEEK WE WERE TALKING ABOUT OUR PURPOSE AS MISSIONARIES! MY PURPOSE IS LITERALLY TO BE THE TOOL TO BRING GOD’S CHILDREN TO HIM! IT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO TEACH HIS CHILDREN AS BEST AS I CAN! I AM TEACHING THEM HOW THEY CAN RETURN TO HEAVENLY FATHER AGAIN! HOW THEY CAN BE HAPPY FOR ETERNITY AND HOW THEY CAN LIVE WITH EACH OTHER FOREVER! I LOVE MY JOB BUT IT IS SCARY!

THAT IS WHAT I LEARNED THIS WEEK! I AM TRYING TO WORK EVEN HARDER! I HAVE LEARNED THAT I CAN WORK HARDER! I CAN DO EVEN BETTER! I HAVE MORE! ITS WEIRD TO REALLY THINK ABOUT HOW TO GIVE YOUR ALL TO SOMETHING! THAT MEANS 24/7! WHAT I LISTEN TO WHAT I DO!! WHAT I SAY! I WANT TO BE THE BEST I CAN BE! RIGHT NOW I AM NOT! BUT I WILL BE! PONGONO PONGONO! (LITTLE BY LITTLE) THE LORD HAS TAUGHT ME TO BE PATIENT WITH MYSELF!

I LOVE IT HERE! IT IS THE BEST! WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY!

TEONANA! MIENDE BWINO! (BYE BYE, GO WELL)

NINA KU KONDA! (I LOVE YOU)

SISTA BLOWN!

*(It was difficult on this mom’s pride to post this email.  I’m often the butt of jokes with my kids.  They know I’m gullible.  When I saw last weeks picture and it said she was holding a baby cheetah I had to post it!  Why would I not believe her?  I mean, she IS in Africa!  Someone mentioned it was smaller than they expected so I googled baby cheetah’s and found out they can be as small as 5 oz. when born.  I even assured my skeptical bishop that it was real. Sigh.  Who knew she was being sarcastic?  Not me, obviously.  Good thing I love this girl.)

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Chat with mom 3/9/2015

HI MOM!
PRESIDENT TOLD ME THAT I WAS GOING TO BE STL… DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS?… THE WORST THING EVER… I HAVE TO DRIVE! IN AFRICA! I CAN’T EXPRESS TO YOU HOW MUCH I DON’T WANT TO DO THAT! MOM! I DON’T WANT A CAR!!!! JUST SO YOU KNOW!
HAHA! I DONT KNOW WHEN THAT WILL HAPPEN BUT HE SAID THAT IT WILL! ALL I WANT TO DO IS TRAIN! BUT HE SAID HE FELT PROMPTED TO TELL ME THAT I WOULD BE STL!
I REALLY LOVE THEM! THE ERICKSONS! LIKE A LOT! THEY ARE THE BEST! YOU CAN TELL THEM I SAID SO! 🙂
OK, SO ITS MY COMPS BIRTHDAY TOMORROW! I WANT TO GET HER A SUPRISE! I GOT HER SOMETHING SMALL FOR TOMORROW BUT I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD MESSAGE THIS TO HER MOM FOR ME!

DEAR SISTER GRIFFUS’S MOTHER

CAN YOU PLEASE DOWNLOAD SOME VIDEOS OF YOU GUYS FOR YOUR WONDERFUL CHILD ON YOUTUBE!? THEN SEND MY MOMMY THE LINKS! THAT WAY I CAN PUT THEM ON A FLASH AND SHE CAN WATCH THEM!? IT’S FOR HER BDAY! ADDED SUPRISE A WEEK LATER! 🙂 I THINK THAT WOULD BE SWEET! JUST SEND WHATEVER YOU THINK SHE WOULD LIKE! 🙂

THANK YOU SO MUCH! YOUR DAUGHTER IS THE BEST!

THANKS MOM!
SISTER GRIFFUS GETS TO CHOOSE WHEN TO COME HOME! (SO WILL I PROBABLY) APRIL, MAY OR JUNE!
SHE IS THINKING MAY OR JUNE! WE DID A PROS AND CONS LIST AND I THINK BASED OFF OF THAT SHE SHOULD GO IN MAY! I BET SHE WILL! SHE WILL MISS TOO MANY THINGS IF SHE DOESN’T! SHE DOESN’T WANT TO FLY ALONE! THAT’S WHY SHE GETS THE CHOICE! I WILL MOST LIKELY BE IN THE SAME BOAT IN A YEAR! BUT I THINK I WILL TAKE APRIL BECAUSE IT’S TWO WEEKS EARLY, I GET TO GO HOME WITH THE BEALS AND I WOULD BE ABLE TO SEE MCKENNA! JUST DEPENDS ON THINGS! I DON’T WANT TO FLY HOME ALONE THOUGH! SO I WILL EITHER CHOOSE APRIL OR JUNE! DON’T WANT TO GO HOME WITH THE ERICKSONS AND THEY LEAVE THAT JUNE! I WANT TO BE ABLE TO GO TO THEIR FAREWELL! SO I WOULD RATHER GO HOME BEFORE THEM SO I CAN GO! ALTHOUGH IT WOULD BE SWEET TO GO HOME WITH THEM!  I WILL BASE IT OFF OF WHEN MCKENNA LEAVES FOR MISSION!

THAT IS SWEET! HAHA! IF THE CAKE TURNS OUT GOOD MCKENNA CAN DO MINE! QUESTION! WHAT TEMPLE IS KALTEN GETTING MARRIED? WHERE ARE THEY GOING TO LIVE? WHERE ARE THEY HONEYMOONING?

IS COOPER PREPARING FOR A MISSION?  I KNOW CAM IS WORKING ON HIS PAPERS!  THAT’S SWEET DEVIN IS COMING HOME IN JUNE.  CAMERON WILL PROBABLY JUST BE LEAVING! ANYWAY, I WAS JUST WONDERING IF COOPER IS PLANNING ON GOING!?

HE IS?  I WILL HAVE EVEN MANY MORE COUSINS TO TALK ON MISSIONS, TOO!

I’M IN TOWN AT PEOPLES! DID YOU EVER ASK ELDER EAL FOR THE ADDRESS TO MY FLAT?! I AM MOVING INTO THE BEAL’S APARTMENTS AND THEY’RE MOVING INTO A HOUSE IN TWO WEEKS VERY EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THE BEALS JUST GOT NEW CURTAINS AND THAT’S WHY I’M EXCITED. I’M MOVING ABOUT 10 FEET AWAY BUT IT’S STILL EXCITING!

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Email 3/2/2015

MY PEOPLE! HOW ARE YOU ALL!
WELL MY FRIENDS I MISS YOU ALL SO MUCH! SO I AM NOT GOING TO LIE. I REALLY DON’T REMEMBER THIS WEEK! SO YEAH! BUT I THINK I SHOULD JUST START KEEPING TRACK OF INTERESTING THINGS THAT HAPPEN! OH HERE IS SOMETHING THAT HASEN’T HAPPENED YET! SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO!
SO I WAS AT A LESSON YESTERDAY WITH A LADY NAMED PHYLLIS AND WE ASKED HER WHEN WE CAN COME BACK AND SHE SAID ON TUESDAY! SHE ASKED WHAT WE WANTED TO EAT (WE EAT THERE A LOT) I SAID CHICKEN! SO SHE SAID THAT SHE WOULD HAVE STEPHAN (HER HUSBAND) GO BUY A CHICKEN! (NOW THAT I AM WRITING THIS I JUST REALIZED HOW NORMAL THEIR NAMES ARE! WEIRD! WONDER WHY!) THEN SHE SAID THAT SHE WANTED ME TO KILL! IT! WELL I DIDN’T GET TO KILL THE LAST ONE SO MAN I AM SOOOOO EXCITED! DON’T REALLY KNOW WHY! BUT I AM! AND THIS TIME I AM GOING TO EAT ITS HEART OR SOMETHING! MAN I AM EXCITED! LAST TIME THEY HAD ME EAT THE CHICKEN FEET! (CANT REMEMBER IF I TOLD THIS STORY!) IT DIDNT GO TO WELL! HERE IN THE GOOD OL’ AFRICAN CONTINENT THEY EAT EVERYTHING! ALL THE CHICKEN! THE BONE EVERYTHING! I LEARNED THAT AMERICANS TEETH ARE WEAK! I CAN’T EVEN BITE THROUGH THE CARTILAGE! GIVE ME A BONE! YEAH, NO!

SO, I GOT TO HANGOUT WITH A BUNCH OF ADORABLE CHILDREN! THEY TRIED TO TEACH US HOW TO PUSH THE TIRES WITH THE TWO STICKS… FAIL! YUP! THAT IS ACTUALLY VERY HARD! SISTER BROWNING DOESNT HAVE SKILL! NEXT TIME YOUR CHILDREN COMPLAIN ABOUT BEING BORED JUST IGNORE THEM! AMERICAN CHILDREN NEED TO BE MORE CREATIVE! I LOVE THE KIDS HERE!

I FOUND THE MOST NASTY SPIDER RIGHT NEXT TO A JESUS SIGN THIS WEEK! THAT WAS LEGIT!

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PLAYED SOCCER THIS WEEK! MAN DIDNT KNOW HOW BAD I WAS! ACTUALLY IT’S JUST THE PEOPLE HERE! FREAKISHLY AMAZING! MOM AND DAD THANKS FOR PROVIDING THE BALL! IT DIDN’T LAST! AFRICA IS ROUGH! HAHA! PEOPLE WERE LIKE WHAT KIND OF WEAK THINGS DO THEY MAKE IN AMERICA! HAHA! BUT IT MADE A CHILD HAPPY WHEN I GAVE HIM THE REMAINING BLACK BALL! 🙂

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WELL, THIS WEEK I CAN SAY THAT I HAVE WORKED HARD! IT HAS BEEN VERY HARD IN THE AREA LATELY! BUT WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED SO MUCH! I HAVE BEEN BLESSED SO MUCH! I THINK MAINLY I HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH SUCH A STRONG DESIRE TO SERVE GOD AND HIS CHILDREN! MY LOVE FOR THE GOSPEL HAS BEEN STRENGTHENED SOOOOO MUCH! I HAVE BEEN THINKING A LOT ABOUT GOING HOME! PROBABLY BECAUSE MY COMP IS ABOUT TO! I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT WHEN IT IS MY TURN TO GO HOME I DON’T WANT TO CHANGE WHO I AM! I KNOW THAT LIFE WONT BE THE SAME AND IT SCARES ME! I LOVE IT HERE! I LOVE MY MISSION SO MUCH! I CAN’T IMAGINE LIVING DIFFERENTLY NOW! HOW I WISH LIFE COULD ALWAYS BE THIS WAY!
MY MISSION HAS HELPED ME FEEL THE LOVE THAT GOD HAS FOR ALL HIS CHILDREN! HE HAS HELPED ME LEARN HOW TO LOVE SO MUCH BETTER! I HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS HAPPY! NOT IN MY ENTIRE LIFE! I COULD STAY HERE AND BE CONTENT FOREVER! (IF I WAS ALLOWED TO GET MARRIED AND STUFF LIKE THAT!) BUT I LOVE IT HERE! THAT’S REALLY ALL I CAN SAY! JUST THAT I AM SO THANKFUL THE LORD HAS TRUSTED ME TO COME AND BE HIS MOUTH PIECE! HOW I LOVE THIS PLACE! I WISH I COULD JUST GIVE YOU ALL ALL MY FEELINGS! WORDS DONT DO ANYTHING JUSTICE! JUST KNOW THAT I LOVE IT MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY!
WELL LIFE IS GOOD! I AM GOOD! THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT!
LOVE SISTER BROWNING!

OH YEAH GOT TO HOLD A BABY CHEETAH… LOVE AFRICA!

cheetah

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Chat with mom 3/2/2015

I WILL RESPOND TO YOUR EMAIL WHEN I HAVE TIME TO READ IT! BUT I LIKE TO HAVE A LONG ONE TOO SO NO WORRIES! MAYBE I WILL PRINT IT AND READ IT LATER! THAT WOULD BE LIKE HAVING A LETTER! CAN I SAVE IT TO READ TOMORROW!? THAT WAY I GET A LETTER FROM YOU TOMORROW!
THANKS SOOOOOOOOOO MUCH FOR THE PICTURES! HONESTLY I LOVED THEM! I PRINTED OFF SOME! COST ME THE EQUIVALENT OF A SMALL CHILD! BUT HEY! I LOVE GETTING PICTURES! EVEN RANDOM ONES! PICTURES JUST MAKE ME HAPPY!
MOTHER! I HAVE A MISSION FOR YOU! WHEN YOU GET TIME CAN YOU PLEASE FIND ME A TALK OR SOMETHING ON THE HOLY GHOST AND HIS SACRIFICE!? I REALLY WANT ONE! YOU ARE THE ONE WHO MADE ME CURIOUS!
MOMMY!? ALMOST TIME FOR ME TO GO! I AM HUNGRY! BRING ME FOOD! HAHA TALK TO YOU SOON! GONNA GO HAVE MERICAN FOOD AND EAT A HOT DOG! 😉 I’LL BE BACK AT ABOUT 15:00 THAT’S 3:00 I THINK! WHATEVER TIME THAT IS FOR YOU!

ON!  WE ENDED UP HAVING TO GO TO A SENIOR COUPLE’S TO EMAIL BECAUSE MY COMP HAS NO MONEY!  EMAILING COSTS MONEY!  WE DON’T USE THERE’S ALL THE TIME BECAUSE THEY’RE OFFICE MISSIONARIES.  THEY NEED THEIR COMPUTER.
SISTER GRIFFUS DOWN LOADED A VIDEO OF US ON HER BLOG! IT IS SHORT SHORT BUT WE THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY!  http://tiandratakesonzambia.blogspot.com/

PLEASE GIVE THIS TO SISTER CHANDLER!

“SISTER CHANDLER:
MAN THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE PACKAGE! IT REALLY MEANT A LOT TO ME THAT YOU CARE FOR ME ENOUGH TO REMEMBER ME AND SEND IT! SAY THANKS TO YOUR DAD FOR ME TOO! THAT WAS REALLY AWESOME! I EVEN WROTE YOU A LETTER THANKING YOU BETTER! YOU SHOULD BE GETTING IT IN A MONTH OR TWO! WELL ACTUALLY MY PARENTS SHOULD BE! I DONT HAVE YOUR ADDRESS TO WHERE YOU LIVE SO I SENT IT TO MY FAMILY!
THANK YOU SO MUCH! YOU’RE THE BEST!
LOVE YOU!
SISTER BROWNING!”

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Pictures from the awesome Sister Griffus