Yo people, what up!? So this week was eventful!!! It is like the rainy season wanted to start all over again!! Wednesday I had interviews with President and that was good! I like that man!! He is sweet! Hey it’s raining… again!!! Which brings us to Thursday!! I was glad to have a full day to keep myself from thinking about home!! So we started off our day going to our district service!! It was like a Hike! You be breathing all hard!! And we had to jump a couple rivers and what not!! Well 1,000,000,000 years later we got there and we were told to start picking up rocks!! So we did! We get rocks! They were building a wall! So we were going, going, going! 2 1/2 hours later we were told “Basi.” Stop! So we did! So we were done! We ate some bananas and then got ready to leave! We decide to pray before we went! So we did! Then during the prayer the sky opened up and it started to pour!! Well, we were on a mountain and there was no way we could get down without being swept away so we waited! and waited! Then waited more!! We missed our time to work with President! We were supposed to go out and work with him and Sister Erickson! That wasn’t going to happen!! So I called them and I was yelling to try to talk to her! We were under a thin metal roof so you can imagine how loud it was! Well finally they understood!! Anyways our two hour service project was more like 4 1/2 hours!
It has yet to stop raining! everyday it POURS! For a while!! Friday was hard!! We couldn’t teach much because all our people live on hills! And we might as well just lay into the dirt/clay because that is where we would end up if we tried to climb!!!
We got a really interesting text this week! Evidently, in South Africa all the foreigners are being killed and so all the southern countries want to kill all the foreign South Africans! So all the South Africans in the mission now have to lie and say they are from either Zambia or Malawi! And the rest of us are supposed to be really careful! We have a bunch of new rules again and will probably end up having to go in super early again or just not allowed to go out and work! Its crazy up here in Africa man! 🙂 I am safe though! Don’t worry mother! I know that you will now! But hey South Africa is cray-cray! That is why sisters aren’t allowed there!
(Literally, I can’t here the people next to me because it is raining so bad! It’s toooo loud!!!)
Let’s see! Ummm at one of my recent converts houses I looked out the window and saw death! Actually I looked into the eyes of death a couple time this week! This time though there were many eyes!! Didn’t need to watch Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to see huge spiders because I was living it!! Like 100.000,000,000 spiders all above me! Right outside her window!! Some as big as the palm of my hand and then one the size of my whole hand!! It was freaky!
I also almost stepped on a little bird!! Just a little baby! I saved it! Actually, it probably died because I had to touch it but I would rather it die this way! The Malawians would’ve just eaten it! So yeah…
Ummmmm lets see. Oh here is a story!
Once upon a time two lone missionaries were hiking this long steep hill to go email their precious families! Everything seemed very normal for these two diligent servants of the Lord! Better then normal, for the sky was clear! The trees were green and luscious and the local people were out and about! Life was good!
The sisters saw a small boy and waved, greeting him in his native tongue! He looked back at them and then they saw a face of horror strike him. Wondering what brought this on they looked away! The tall white one saw it first! A black mamba had just come onto the road.
This wasn’t normal for the sisters to see! The mambas have their colony and they have theirs! This one was a brave little guy!
By this time the other companion saw the on coming predator! It only took her about .3 seconds to take off running in the opposite direction. Guess the companion ship rule “stay within sight and sound” doesn’t apply when a mamba is involved! The white one couldn’t move! Mixed thoughts were running in her head! “I knew I should’ve bought the machete. Cool a mamba. I want to take a picture. FREAK MAN a mamba! Glad I apply the atonement daily. Where is my companion!?” These thoughts were all to much and so she just stood there! All of a sudden something happened. A loud clunk and the snake was dead! There was a rock on it now.
It was enough to snap the missionary out of her trance! She looked and the small boy child had taken a large rock and with amazing aim killed my snake. Then he just shook his head and left me. Finally the short black missionary made her way back to her companion, claiming to have found her courage and was planning on grabbing me and running away again! I believe her!
I hope you all liked that! It was nice right?
That was my week!
Sista Browning out!
Life is Good!
Well, I am blessed my friends!! So I will just tell you a little of how I
had been feeling!! Most of you know just how much I love and adore my
family!! They mean the world to me!!! My parents have had some work
changes, my brother Trevin is moving to Colorado, Jessica is turning
16 and will begin dating Mckennna just turned 18 and is about to
graduate from school! And then Kalten getting married!!! I struggled
with missing out on all this for a bit!! I took it to my Heavenly
Father!! I prayed a little and he chastised a lot!!
I realized that my family was being blessed!! That life is moving for
them! Good things are happening!! I realized that because of my
service he was blessing them!! And I was complaining for what I have
been praying for everyday! For my family to be blessed!
My parents are better than I left them! Trevin gets to go where he
wants to go! Jessica and Mckennna will be experiencing new things!
Kalten is getting married and not just to anyone, but to Allison!! How
wonderful is that!! I love her and got to meet her a few times!! Sure
I am going to miss it but, oh well!! I realized that he is happy so why
should I not be as well!! My family is bigger now and I have one more
person to love!!
I am grateful for the things that I get to miss out on! I am grateful
to My Father in Heaven for watching over my family and I’m thankful for
I had a good week and I am looking forward to another!! Heavenly
Father has blessed me again! He is going to keep me busy on Thursday
that way I don’t have to think about home to much!! I am blessed enough
to be able to go to a district service most the morning and then I get
to work with the President of the Mission (President Erickson) and his
wife for three hours!! That actually is making me a little nervous!!
But hey no complaints! What a great learning experience!!
Anyways I love you all! Thanks for the support!! I do have some home
work for you all though!! I want you all to send me at least 5
pictures of Kalten and Allison this week!! I am excited for them!!
Love you all!
The title of my email will be AfricANT!
Ok, so here is my week! We officially moved all the way in! This took WAY longer then I wanted it to! Previous missionaries left WAYYYYY to many things!! ATTENTION ALL MISSIONARIES AND FUTURE MISSIONARIES: please take your junk with you! If you don’t want to deal with it just think about how much the next missionaries don’t want to deal with it! Yup, kk! So it was really good to finally move all the way in! We got our mosquito nets up so that is a real blessing! Got bit a ton times! But that is why we take our Doxy pill every day I guess! So, no Malaria yet! Although I know a lot of missionaries that have had it! Technically, I dont know if I have it! It takes about 7-10 days to first start showing signs! So you will know by next week! Hopefully it isnt the kind that kills you! 1 in 3 chance of that! If I get that then I love you all! Thanks for the support. See you in the next life! (Don’t worry mom I am not going to die! That was a joke… sort of!)
Anyways, so on Tuesday I was enjoying my new bed and my net up! I fell asleep with nothing but the utmost happiest (not sure if that sounded wrong because I have been in africa for 5 months or because it IS wrong but you get what I mean! Happy!) Bug free thoughts! There I am sleeping when I wake up! Man, I have sand in my bed! Probably because we dont have water and I am dirty! It’s fine I have to go to the restroom anyways! 2 mins later, I am climbing back into bed! But first I put a sheet over the top of my bed so I can sleep better! I fall back alseep! 30 mins later I am awake again! Dang this is sad! Now it’s on my new sheet!!! I sweep my bed clean and try to go back to sleep! Wait the sand is back! And this grain is moving down my leg! I dont think this is sad… I get up half mad half freaked out and turn on my bathroom light so I can see! Ok yeah I have a bunch of ants crawling all over me! I brush them all off, go to my spare bedroom, rip off the matresses and take it back to my room! I throw it down and now I have no blanket and no pillow! Still I feel “sand” but not as much i just keep brushing them off and going back to sleep! Don’t get much sleep at all! Slept through the alarm! So did my comp (that isnt new though. That kid doesn’t hear anything till I tell her that its time!) So i wake up at 7:30! Oh well, I needed it! Barely functioning I went out that day!
This same thing happened to my comp the following thursday! We were about to burn down the flat on purpose this time but someone got us Doom! We sprayed our beds! We might get cancer from the fumes but at least we wont get eaten alive by ants!! 😉
Ok, that was the highlight of my week!
Now! I have been thinking a lot about Lehi’s sons lately out of the Book of Mormon! I couldn’t help to notice that they are ALL very obedient! We know that they ALL “took our journey in the wilderness.” They ALL went to Jerusalem! ALL worshiped the Lord and helped Nephi build a ship! So, if ALL four did what they were asked why is it only two recived the blessings!?
I believe it was because of the manner in which they were obedient! Laman and Lemuel murmered about everything! They had to be pushed to do what was commanded of them they didn’t do it willingly. They did how ever have testimonies. I was amazed to find out that Laman and Lemuel had testimonies. We find this out when they decided not to go back to Jerusalem! They repented! But then they went back to having bad attitudes!
I am trying to remember this when I am out working! Missionary work is not always fun! People make me very sad sometimes! But if I don’t keep a good attitude then why am I here? I am not benefiting anything and I know that I won’t be able to help others do so!
Think about this as you are all going through out your days! Why are you doing things? Because you want to!? Or because you feel obligated! Then change! That is what I am going to do!
I love you all!
Sister Neicia Marie Browning!
HEY!!! I HAVE NOOOO TIME TODAY!!! EASTER WAS OK!! I MISSED BEING WITH MY FAMILY!! BUT IT IS OK!!! WELL HERE THEY CELEBRATE EASTER ON FRIDAY THEN SUNDAY AND TODAY… EASTER MONDAY! WELL, THAT MEANS THIS PLACE IS CLOSING AT 1!!! IN 15 MINS… SO I HAVE NO TIME BECAUSE I WANT TO TALK TO MY FAMILY!!! I HAD A GOOD WEEK THOUGH!!!
SORRY FOR NOT REPLYING TO ALL THE EMAILS!! PLEASE STILL EMAIL THOUGH!!!
LOVE SISTER BROWNING
Well I have been able to find new place to email (that provides free soda!) so that is good!
I need Mckennas waiste size! Also, I would like yours! Jessica’s is the same as mine. I want to get matching skirts for us all! And the boys will get ties! Then when I come home we can all wear them to my farewell! Sister Griffus is doing it too but they are going to take family pictures! I would like to do that if everybody is in town! (Don’t tell dad) I am getting him a hawaiian style African shirt, so if you could do measurements on that I would be happy!