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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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Group Email 4/20/2015

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! ūüôā 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! DSCF4221
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!

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I hope you all liked that! It was nice right?

That was my week!
Sista Browning out!

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Pictures, chat and testimony 12/14/2014

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Sister Browning and Sister Hubert at the MTC.

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First attempt at Nishima. The hard part for her was the capenta (little whole fish including eyes and bones) and mathumbo (sheep intestines).

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Up close look at capenta and mathumbo.

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This is what happens when you fall asleep on the couch and not under your mosquito net. She counted 72!

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These 8 legged creatures can sure cause drama for a girl…or two.

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Eeek!

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I wonder if this is why they say don’t drink the water?

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Laundry time!

We have a laundry room!!! It isn’t in our flat.¬† It is right next to it but in our gate!!! So it is just ours! It hurts to wash with hands!! My comp taught me! All the Americans have scraped up wrists!!! Haha!
I am pretty good at it though!!! I wash lots!!! We went and found a lady washing outside on Friday and started helping her and man like 20 people gathered around and laughed at the azungu washing!!! Ha, It’s good for them to see!!!¬† They think we are better than them!!!¬† Like they get on their knees to shake our hands because we are “better than them.”¬† Sometimes it’s a sign of respect but it makes me sad!
So I was riding the taxi home on Thursday and somebody was behind me and kept plucking my hairs!!! I seriously just laughed!!! It doesn’t bug me because I know they are just amazed at my hair, its color and softness!!!¬†It gets touched a lot!! People pretend to do it on accident!!! It’s funny!!! But man the person plucking my hairs! Ha, probably wanted to prove to people they saw me!
Ha two packages!!! Wow!!! Yay!!! everybody has gotten theirs and then there was me but I didnt care until the zone leaders called and told me I had one too!!!¬†I waited anxiously for days like half a week only to find out it was my other suit case!!! Ha, my comp has¬†a package¬†though so I guess I¬†don’t really need to buy her things for Christmas!! She has way more then me! Ha!! It’s all good though!! I really don’t care too much!! I bought a Crunch bar and put it my stocking the Coles gave me at my homecoming!! I am excited!!! I really would love some American food in my next package! Actually, I made a list I’ll tell you later!!!
You asked about my schedule.  I
get up at 6:30
8-9 personal study
9-10 comp study
leave by 10
be home by 6, but leave area by 5!
6-10:30 dinner and planning! Then we have a lot of time that we just sit and talk or cook! stuff like that!!! It’s because it is so dangerous here at night so we just don’t get to do¬†as much work!!! Normally, we go to bed early though because we have really long days still as it is super hot and humid so we are very tired!
Sister Dlamini and I,¬†we have fun! It’s a loud apartment!!!¬† We laugh and blast Motab for all the world to hear!¬† She knows Nianja which is very similar to Chichewa!!! But she is learning still too!!! She is definitely not fluent she just picks it up faster!!! Plus she speaks 9 languages so she is used to learning new languages! Most of¬†the Africans here know lots of languages! There are 11 official languages in South Africa and that’s where she is from.
*After I talked to Neicia for a while she wanted to talk to one of her sisters.¬† I took my computer in to Jessica at 5:40 just before she had to wake up anyway.¬† Neicia wanted her to take a picture of her new phone and send it to her, which she did.¬†¬†Her last email message made¬†us laugh so hard.¬† I’m glad she always has her sense of humor.¬† This is what Neicia said in return.
Ha!¬† Wow! ¬†I like it!!! The screen is intact!! For now!! We will see next week!!! Haha!! Not even joking either! How did you get it? Did you have to pay or is it an¬†early Christmas gift? Good I will get the letters in a couple of months! ūüôā
I will send kalten some! I just had to wait until I get paid! I didnt get 20% of my money last week so I have been a bit poor!!! Plus I didnt get paid today yet! Hopefully, I will later on today! Otherwise I won’t have any food! ūüôā Literally! Ha, and no way to pay to get home! ūüôā It’s all good fun!! Our neighbors take care of us!! The Beals, they made me brownies last night! ūüėÄ
*Then Jessica let her know it was time for prayer and scriptures.
I’ll write you a spiritual thought!!!¬† 2 Nephi 22:2¬† Jesus Christ is our salvation! Only through him and his atonement can we be saved and gain that salvation. I will trust and be not afraid!!! I love that part!! Jesus Christ went through every thing we did plus more. He knows EXACTLY what we¬†go through and so we can trust in him and fall on him because he will lift us up. I love the CD by Kenneth Cope (I brought it from home) about Jesus!!¬† It’s¬†helping to¬†build my testimony a lot!! I love Jesus Christ and am eternally thankful for his sacrifice for us! Jesus¬†is your strength and your song as well!!! Let it shine Jaide!¬† Let it shine!
Pray and study your scriptures!!! Not read but study!! I love you little sister. Have fun at school! Write me emails weekly on your new phone!! You’re the best!!!¬† And you should do your hair cause you look nasty right now!!! I showed the sisters in my zone! We all laughed!! You need a shower!!! and a shirt!¬† But you were sleeping so it is ok!!!
Well little one,¬† I think my companion is almost done now so that means I get to go eat some lunch!!!¬† I am starving.¬† It’s 3:30 and I ate last at 7:30ish!¬† Oatmeal!¬† Best thing in the world now!!!¬† I can’t eat cereal because the milk here is SO gross!!!
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Group Email 12/14/2014

Week 3

Man, I’m¬†not gonna lie this was a xing week!
So Monday was wonderful!!! We emailed and then went to the market!¬†¬†I love the markets here!¬†¬†I need to take a picture! next week I’ll send one!!¬†¬†Then we ate food and went home!¬†Fun, fun! We were with the other¬†sisters in our zone! And the Zone leaders told me that I had a package in!! SOOOO EXCITED!!
Then Tuesday we went to an appointment where I had to eat nishima for the first time!!! Man, I don’t think I have ever prayed over my food so hard! Then when I was eating it¬†I prayed the whole time not to gag!!!¬† My family knows how I am with gagging!¬† Well, the nishima its self wasn’t bad! it was the capenta (little whole fish, eyes, bones, everything) and mathumbo (goat intestines) that got to me!!! Man, that was horrible! My comp was used to it cause she is African so she silently laughed at me the whole time!!!
Well after my comp was starting to feel sick so we went back home at 2:00! I feel asleep on the couch and woke up at 7:00! That is bad… 7 means dark, dark means mosquitos infested with malaria are out!¬† So I didnt think much of it I just went to my bed with my net.¬† Then it started to rain finally!!!¬† It woke me up because it set off all the car alarms!!¬† It really rains HARD here.
Wednesday we woke up and my comp was really sick so we didnt go out! but I did find 74 fresh bites on my from the day before… ya… stupid Neicia!¬† Anyways talk about the worlds most boring day!¬† Here I am in Africa the coolest place ever and I am stuck in a hot flat with no electricity¬†or water… fun stuff right?¬† No! So the zone leaders called and asked how we were doing, we told them we need Book of Mormons (we wanted them to bring our packages) and they said they would try to make it out that week!! Well, we told them we made them food!! They said they were on their way! Yeah, we didn’t make them food… well¬†I opened the door expecting to find a fresh package from my family, but instead¬†I just saw my other suit case!! I¬†wanted to slam the door on them!!¬† Package yeah right!¬† The first thing they said is “Where is the food?”¬†I handed them a chocolate bar (they’re lucky¬†I still wanted my bag) and then they left!! Well,¬† I went into our bedroom and started unpacking when a HUGE black nasty spider came into the room fast!!!¬†I screamed and ran!!! My comp, thinking I was about to die, ran in, saw the spider and¬†then we were both screaming and running!¬†I¬†went and grabbed a bowl then¬†went into the room just as¬†I saw it go under my suit case.¬† Being senior companion she delegated the job of catching and killing to me.¬† Coward.¬† I moved the bag real quick and the spider charged.¬† I threw the bowl down on it and run again. We worked up the courage and go look at it!!!¬† I didn’t know how we were gonna kill it because it was so fast!!! After about 15 minutess I finally lifted the bowl to squash it and nothing… it didn’t move. Yeah, I killed it when I either moved the bag injuring it or when I put the bowl over it!!!¬† But it died! I was mad the the unepic ending!
Thursday we went out!!!¬†¬†It was a really normal day of teaching and contacting!!¬† We went home and I decided to finish unpacking!!!¬† Seriously, man! I looked down and ANOTHER HUGE SPIDER!! I was so mad I didn’t even scream even though it was like a foot away when I saw it! but I just told my comp to make sure it didn’t move and then grabbed my camera and took a¬†picture! then I killed it with my foot! BOOOM!!
Friday was another normal day!!!  Two little kids said they want to be baptized so they will be on the 4th of next month!! Man, I am excited!!! I love teaching these kids!!!
Saturday, to be honest I don’t really remember!¬† WE did try to make brownies though!¬† Then brought them to the Beals ( a senior couple who live in our same building! They were super thin but didn’t taste to bad!! I was proud! Brownies from scratch!
Sunday! So I got to church and as always they are running late!!¬† About 10 minutes after they were supposed to start Sister Dlamini and I got called into the branch presidents office where sister Dlamini was asked to give a talk! Again being senior comp. she said I can do it!!! In her own defense she did just give a baptism talk last month!! Well, I agreed and we¬†went in and they started church!!!¬†I looked through my scriptures frantically! It was on repentance at least! Well,¬† I was¬†first to speak! It went ok actually! I almost cried though of course! Man, I am so emotional when I talk in church!¬† Well, after church we¬†went to an investigator’s house!¬† We found his brother,¬†who said¬†“Mike isn’t home, he had to go into work!” All of a sudden a very drunk Mike stumbled out of his house and told us he heard us and followed our voices! Well, we tught him anyways (it started to rain and we wanted shelter) so we taught him, his brothers and a neighbor all the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ! Haha it was a good lesson!!! We even made a return appt. Hopefully bro. Mike wont be drinking his Chibuku shake-shake (alcohol, I really like the Chichewa name for it! haha!).
So that was my week!!!
I learned some more Chichewa!! I can now understand the people too turns out I am not an azoogoo but an azoongoo! and its spelled azungu! so its azungu boh all day now that school is out! Man, I love this language!
Love you all,
Sister Neicia Marie Browning!