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Chat with mom 8/10/15

HI MOMMY I AM ON AGAIN!!

IT IS DRY WINTER!!!  IT IS ABOUT TO GO INTOT HE HOTTEST SEASON THOUGH…I AM A LITTLE NERVOUS!!  HERE WE GO 110-120+ DEGREES!!!!  YEAH IT IS WINTER!  BEEN A BIT COLD!!!  i DON’T HAVE A THERMOMETER…WISH I DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SO I DON’T REALLY KNOW THE TEMPERATURE.  BUT IT IS HOT TODAY!!
CHISOMO CHINOMWE WENT TEACHING WITH ME LAST NIGHT AND WE TOOK THE PICTURE TO SEND TO YOU!!! 😉

OK I WILL WRITE ABOUT ALL MY PEOPLE! PREPARE YOURSELF BECAUSE WE ARE BEING SO VERY BLESSED!!!
MY FAVORITES:
KHUMBU AND MENDALA!!! KHUMBU HAD A DREAM HE SAW WHITE MISSIONARIES THAT CAME AND TAUGHT HIM THE GOSPEL!!  THEN A  COUPLE DAYS LATER HE SAW US AND RAN TO US!!  HE IS SO WONDERFUL!!! HE WILL BE BAPTIZED THIS MONTH!!!  MANDELA IS HIS BROTHER (COUSIN) AND HAS A LEARNING DISABILITY!  I WOULD SAY DEVELOPMENTALLY HE IS ABOUT 10 YEARS OLD!  HE IS 19 THOUGH!  BUT HE WILL BE BAPTIZED ALSO MAYBE NEXT MONTH!  WE ARE GOING TO TEACH HIM THE LESSONS AGAIN TO MAKE SURE HE UNDERSTANDS EVERYTHING!  BUT HE IS SO FUNNY!!!  YESTERDAY HE CALLED AND SAID, “IT’S MANDELA I WANT TO TALK TO BROWN SISTER!!!!! SO I TOOK THE PHONE AND HE PROCEEDED TO TELL ME THAT HE IS SO HAPPY HE GETS TO LEARN TO FOLLOW THE GOD!!!  FOLLOWING GOD IS GOOD, RIGHT BROWN SISTER?!!!  I LOVE YOU THANK YOU FOR TEACHING ME. GOOD NIGHT NOW.” AND THAT WAS MY CONVERSATION WITH HIM!!  HE IS SO FUNNY!!
WE ALSO HAVE BRENDA!  SH IS GETTING BAPTIZED THIS MONTH ALSO!!!  SHE IS SO WONDERFUL!!

THEN WE HAVE TWO GUYS, BARTON AND WILLIAM!!  THEY WILL BE BAPTIZED NEXT MONTH WITH MANDELA PROBABLY!!  THEN THE NIRENDE FAMILY!!!  I HOPE THEY WILL ON SEPTEMBER 6!  JUST GOT TO GET THEM ALL TO COME TO CHURCH!!  HERE SCHOOL IS ON SUNDAYS SO IT’S HARD TO CONVINCE PEOPLE TO SKIP UNIVERSITY TO COME TO CHURCH!!!  WE WILL GET THERE!!!

THEN WE HAVE THIS GUY, HIS WIFE AND KIDS WHO WILL HOPEFULLY BE BAPTIZED NEXT MONTH ALSO!!!  LIFE IS GOOD!

HERE IS SOMETHING REALLY, REALLY VERY SAD!!! KEN WHEN HE GOT MARRIED TO HIS WIFE (SHE DIED IN MAY THIS YEAR) HE DIDN’T PAY THE LOBOLO! SO NOW THAT HIS WIFE IS DEAD HE IS NO LONGER PART OF THE FAMILY! WELL HE WAS LIVING IN HER HOUSE AND THE FAMILY KICKED HIM AND HIS DAUGHTER OUT BUT KIDNAPPED HIS DAUGHTER! HE IS TOO POOR TO GO GET HER BACK AND NOW MOVED AWAY. HIS DAUGHTER PASSIPUNUNU IS STILL GONE… THIS STUFF HAPPENS SOMETIMES! AND ITS SO SAD!! WELL HE PROBABLY DIDN’T WANT TO PAY IT AND HIS WIFE DIDN’T WANT HIM TO MOST LIKELY! HERE IT IS VERY HARD FOR MEMBERS TO GET MARRIED BECAUSE THE FIRST PRESIDENCY ANNOUNCED THAT LOBOLO IS NOT GOOD!!

*From Trina-  I did a little research on this.  The church came out against lobolo because it’s turned into a game of greed.  All too often families of the bride require the groom to work for years in order to earn her before they can be married.  The price to marry is often high enough to set a family for the rest of their lives, leaving the couple to be married with nothing.  Often the couple decides to live together and never marry to avoid paying the unrealistic prices.

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Group Email 6/15/2015

OK MY WEEK WAS AWESOME! UMMM…TO BE HONEST I CAN’T REALLY REMEMBER IT!! WE HAD A GOOD MEETING WITH THE BRANCH, UMMM…I WENT ON EXCHANGES!!

KEN WAS BAPTIZED!! THAT WAS AWESOME!! VERY WONDERFUL TO SEE HIM BE BAPTIZED BY MY RECENT CONVERT. I FELT LIKE A PROUD PARENT!! 🙂 WE HAD A PARTY FOR ONE OF THE SENIOR COUPLES! THEY ARE GOING HOME! THEY JUST COMPLETED THEIR 7 MISSION! 5 BEING IN AFRICA! THEY ARE PRETTY SWEET!!
SORRY MY EMAIL IS LAME THIS WEEK! NOT MUCH TO TELL!!   I’VE JUST BEEN WORKING HARD! TRYING TO DO MY BEST AND SUPPORT MY COMP IN HER BEST!! LIFE IS GOOD THOUGH!! 🙂
LOVE YOU ALL,

M’LUNGU NAMBEWE

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Group email 6/15/15

OK MY WEEK WAS AWESOME! UMMM…TO BE HONEST I CAN’T REALLY REMEMBER IT!! WE HAD A GOOD MEETING WITH THE BRANCH, UMMM…I WENT ON EXCHANGES!!

KEN WAS BAPTIZED!! THAT WAS AWESOME!! VERY WONDERFUL TO SEE HIM BE BAPTIZED BY MY RECENT CONVERT. I FELT LIKE A PROUD PARENT!! 🙂 WE HAD A PARTY FOR ONE OF THE SENIOR COUPLES! THEY ARE GOING HOME! THEY JUST COMPLETED THEIR 7 MISSION! 5 BEING IN AFRICA! THEY ARE PRETTY SWEET!!
SORRY MY EMAIL IS LAME THIS WEEK! NOT MUCH TO TELL!!   I’VE JUST BEEN WORKING HARD! TRYING TO DO MY BEST AND SUPPORT MY COMP IN HER BEST!! LIFE IS GOOD THOUGH!! 🙂
LOVE YOU ALL

M’LUNGU NAMBEWE

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Group email 6/8/2015

OK, WELL TODAY I HAD A ZONE ACTIVITY AND SO WE DON’T HAVE MUCH TIME TO EMAIL! I WENT UP TO A SWEET MOUNTAIN AND TOOK PICTURES AND HAD A WONDERFUL DEVO. THIS WEEK WAS FULL OF SPIRITUAL UPLIFTMENT!

OK, SO MY COMP IS DOING WELL! WE HAD A CHECK UP ON THURSDAY AND DOCTOR SAID WE NEVER HAVE TO GO BACK! THAT’S GOOD! I DON’T LIKE HOSPITALS! I GET MORE SICK THERE! DON’T LIKE THE SMELL OF THE BLEACH OR SOMETHING! ALMOST PASSED OUT ONCE! THAT WAS FUN!

OK, SO WE RESUMED WORK THURSDAY MORNING! THAT WAS SOOOOOOOOO GOOD TO BE IN THE AREA AGAIN!! THEN FRIDAY MY MISSION PRESIDENT AND HIS WIFE CAME DOWN FOR ZONE CONFERENCE! THAT WAS JUST WONDERFUL! IT WAS SO UPLIFTING! IT WAS ALL DAY! ALMOST 11 HOURS! WE ALSO WATCHED MEET THE MORMONS!!  IT WAS GOOD! I WOULD LOVE TO SHOW IT TO INVESTIGATORS!!! (MOM YOU SHOULD SEND ME THAT VIDEO, AND THE EMMA SMITH MOVIE IN MY BIRTHDAY PACKAGE!)

SATURDAY WE HAD DISTRICT (A SMALL STAKE) CONFERENCE! SO ALL THE BRANCHES GOT TOGETHER! WE HAD LIKE A WHOLE WHOPPIN’ 75 PEOPLE SHOW UP!! HAHA! SATURDAY WAS SLOW!! SPENT THE WHOLE DAY AT THE CHAPEL AGAIN! (OH I HAVE A CHAPEL NOW THAT I HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED! MISS MEETING HOUSES!) AND SAME AS MOST OF SUNDAY! BUT WE ENDED SUNDAY WONDERFUL! WE WENT TO SEE A VERY SICK LADY IN OUR BRANCH WITH THE ELDERS AND THEY GAVE HER A PRIESTHOOD BLESSING AND THE SPIRIT WAS SO STRONG! THEN WE WENT TO SEE KEN! HE IS JUST DOING GREAT! HE IS BEING INTERVIEWED FOR BAPT. TOMORROW AND WILL BE BAPTIZED SUNDAY! I LOVE HIM! HE IS SUCH A HAPPY PERSON!!

WELL, I REALLY JUST HAVE BEEN SO HAPPY WITH LIFE! WILL BE EXCITED TO GET BACK TO WORK AND I’VE BEEN LOVING THE LAST FEW DAYS!! LIFE IS GOOD! FOR MY COMP AND ME!!!

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Letter from received 12/12/2014 written over a few days

I can now say I’m a starving child in Africa!  I haven’t gone shopping yet!  I am hungry!  It’s only been like 5 days though.  Who needs to eat?  Right?  Next time you girls look in the fridge or cabinet and complain about the food I’ll take a pic of my stuff and you’ll get on your knees and thank God for what you do have.  I do every time I go into a house here.  Count your blessings!

Sorry this paper is dirty!  I’m starting to get used to it though.  It’s dirty here.  Very dirty!  Okay so I will write you about my first week.

Monday- Leaving the MTC!  Get on a bus, go to a train station.  Get off train, get on another then finally arrive at the airport.  Meet LDS people who let me borrow their phone then gave me $20!  That was nice!  Oooh yeah, met a returned missionary who helped me from the time I was on the bus to my gate.

I get on the plane, meet somebody else who helps me get to my next plane from Dallas to London.  I have a mini heart attack in London when I realize I don’t have a ticket from Jo=bug to Zambia.  I find an Elder after about 11 hours of just sitting there! (My schedule was changed a bit, so I waited forever!)  He taught me how to get food with different money!  I hadn’t eaten since Salt Lake!  He helped me get to the plane.  So that was Tuesday in London then Wednesday get to Jo-burg meet a returned missionary from Zimbabwe and Zambia!  She helped me to my next flight!  I would like to bring to your attention that there was always a member who found me and helped me!  I would’ve starved to death and missed flights if God wasn’t looking out for me!

Finally, I get to Zambia and no Mission President!  I waited for about a half an hour freaking out because I’m in a foreign country with no idea what people are saying.  I don’t have money and couldn’t find the phone numbers I was to call in that situation!
Finally, they came and took me to their home.  Quickly, I filled out a form and emailed mommy.  Then they fed me!  I hadn’t eaten since the yogurt in London!  Then they let me sleep.  3 1/2 hours later I was awaken and driven to a flat with my temporary companions.

Didn’t really have a comp. so I just hung out with everybody. There were 4 girls there.  Sister George was born and raised in Rexburg so I liked talking to her.  She comes home in 2 weeks.  Her first name is Erica.  Look her up!

The other 3 missionaries were African’s  Two from South Africa (I think) and a one from Madagascar!  Dinner was a huge plate of rice, a relish thingy and the smallest piece of meat ever!  The relish was actually good and I didn’t gag on the rice!

Then bed.  I woke up at about 3:30 and couldn’t go back to sleep!  The time change is murder!  I wake up in the mornings and you guys haven’t even gone to bed!  Weird!  Now it’s 7:45pm (or here it would be called 20:45) and it’s 10:45am to you all!

So I go out with two of the sisters to teach a woman.  She just breast feeds her kids right there.  That’s going to be weird to get used to.  Totally x-ing!  So this kid hits up on me because I am azungu and he keeps telling me, “You have potential.  I see your potential in my life!”  In other words date me please!  My temporary comp said, “Oh heck no!  Wanna know what has potential?  My knife! You touch her and I’ll take off my missionary tag and stab you!”  I just died laughing!  So we went to the mission home for an interview and Thanksgiving dinner at the church!  That was good!  I got to meet funny missionaries and they even made me practice eating nishima!  They made me take my roll and smash it and dip it into my potatoes.  I’m surprised I remember that because I was so sleepy!  Time change!  I also met sister Dlamini, my comp for the first time!

The next day I went out with the STL’s and we taught a lady named Anita!  I liked her!  She was so happy!  Then I met up with the AP’s and Sister Dlamini!  We went to the airport to fly to Malawi!  The AP’s left and it was just us and one elder.  Elder Cloig.  We flew to Lilongwe then to Blantyre which is where I am now.  3 hour flight!  Elder and Sister Reynolds picked us up and took us to meet the STL’s in this zone.  They’re cool!  So, finally got home and met Elder and Sister Beal who have become my temporary grandparents!

We ate at the Beals and then unpacked and went to bed!  That was Friday.  Saturday we had branch council.  Here they have NO sense of time!  8 hours later we left feeling exhausted!  WOW!

Sunday, yesterday, church!  Wow!  So sacrament meeting.  We sat in a tiny room inside a little house and just proceeded as normal.  That was fun.  Sister Dlamini and I bore our testimonies.  Then we had gospel principles.  Hard to understand but I had the book so it was better.  Then it was Relief Society.  Wow!  HOLY FLIP!  CRAZY! So picture this!

  • Room about the size of Mark’s bedroom.
  • 27 people
  • 25 chairs (I shared…)
  • People only speak Chichewa
  • Others (me) that speak xing English
  • translator that speaks “English”
  • 1,000,000 degrees!

That was Relief Society!  I still don’t know what was taught!

Then sacrament meeting.  The building is so small they split that hour into two sections.  Komah (a youth gave a talk and every time he said righteous it sounded like he was saying luscious! Took me forever to figure that out.

I forgot to tell you something!  Here the chorister sings the first line or so then stops.  Says, “On three.  One, two, three.”  Then the rest of the rest of the congregation joins in!I learned that the hard way in branch council!  Started singing and nobody joined in so I just kept going until my comp finally stops me half way through the song and tells me how things work down here in Malawi.  Also, before the prayer is said they say, “Let us pray.” then they pray.

So after sacrament meeting was a baptism!  4 new converts!  3 of them were mine evidently!  I get to teach them the new member lessons though!  So then talks!  Finally at 2:00 (we  started at 8:00) we left!  We visited the new members and met them!  I like them!

Monday:  Tummy hurts…Don’t care.  It’s P-Day.  Hiking!  Hiking in Africa is the best!  We have monkeys!  Not baboons but cute monkeys!  I caught a chameleon.  I liked putting him on the African’s!  They FREAK! Superstitious!  Plus Paschal would change black on them.  Funny!

So we actually hiked in a tourist spot so look it up!  Just type in, :2nd tallest mountain in Africa” or “Tall mountain in Malawi!”  Also type in “tea and coffee farms in Malawi!”  Beautiful!  Right out of a movie!  We hiked as a zone!  Then we had a devo and food right there in the most beautiful place in the world!  With monkeys!;)

So then emailing and now home!  I figured out why my tummy hurt!  So the bread here and everything else is different.  The little green spots on the bread I ate…mold!  Not whatever else they put on it!

Things to get used to:  mosquitos, mosquito nets, showering in dirty water, not having running water, cockroaches in my refrigerator, time change, new language, new English words like Xing (which I love) black people staring.  Children running up to you and saying “boe”.  Getting hit on all the time, new money, weird food, shopping in markets (which are awesome!)People coming up to me and asking about the gospel, the heat! Wow, the heat!  Im ‘a be tan!

Anyways, I love you all .  Here is some kwacha!  It’s for Jaide!  It’s worth about .20.  It isn’t worth anything.  I get 50,000 kwacha every two weeks!  It’s Malawian Kwacha.  There is Zambian Kwacha too!  It looks different and is worth a lot more!  More will come with more letters!  McKenna I’ll send some for you too.  I guess you get pink!

New language:  “xing”- no exact English translation.  It kind of means ghetto!) “Fire” -said like ‘Don’t give me fire!’ like sassy kind of.  “Mazuka Bwanji” – Good morning.  “Tazuka Bwino” – Good morning (reply).  “Mwaswela bwnaji – Good afternoon.  “Taswela bwino” Good afternoon reply.  “Mugone bwino” – Good night. “Zikomo kwambili”- Thank you very much.  “Boe”- Hello. It’s a fun but xing language!  He is now she and she is he! “Azungu.”- White girl.  “Mazungo -white boy.I love you all!  You’re awesome!  I must study now.  Today was good I can’t wait to get back to work though!  It’s different here than most missions.  No working on Mondays!  We work from 10am until 6pm then we have to be back home.

That’s my jam.  Boom!  Neicia out!  Can’t stop this!

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Email to Mom 12/1/2014

This is some of the email Sister Browning wrote me.

Sorry no pics.  No time I was hiking all day!! I got sun burned on my hand for some reason but no where else!!!! The bananas here are awesome!!!  I need rain boots really bad!!!! My comp is like 4 feet tall!!  Tell Kalten he is a goober for not emailing me!!! Love that kid! Miss the girls!!! I already have three baptisms and I never even taught them!!! The missionary transferred out and I got here and they became mine and got baptized two days later!  Boom!! I am just that good!!!!

I would say goodbye in Chechewa but I don’t remember how! So I’ll say diddy buino! that means I am well!
Love you, Mommy!