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Alma 26:12 - Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Life as a missionary in Mada

Letter from 9/1/2014
Mom Note:  I didn't make a lot of fixes to this one.  I wanted to leave the sentence structure. The order of his words is kind of mixed up in a couple of the sentences.  

So it may have been an interesting week.
1) Locust invasion
Yes, this is the second locust invasion during my mission, but this one was worth noting. It descended on Tana, which hasnt happened in a while. It has also been very hot here, which is what they are saying brought it here. It happened on Thursday and only lasted a few hours before they moved on. But the farmers had to all run to their fields and burn things to drive away the locusts. They burned anything they could find, and then they tried to swat away the rest of the locusts. So it was sad to see that, but I think that they did not lose very much crop.
2) Jirama.
So the power and water company is threatening to strike. The reason why is because the president of Mada put some of their people in jail, because he was mad at them, and so now they are threatening to possibly cut all the power and water to the country. So we will see how that turns out. It looks like it might not be any thing big, the president might calm down, but the missionaries are prepared, just in case. We all saved up water, bought a bunch of food, candles, matches, etc. to prepare. So hopefully nothing happens, but ill let you know.
Other than that it was a pretty normal week, nothing major any direction. We had a very good week of teaching, but the investigators that showed up were a little few, but we will rebound. We are going to have a very very good week and destroy everything.
Oh, btw, I ate a locust today. Pretty good, boiled and then deepfried.
Also I do not know where August flew, because its already September. Pretty soon it will be my birthday, and then Christmas, and then I dont even want to think about it.
I went and bought 15 ties today. And guess how much they were. A whole 7,500 AR. I know right? I payed way to much for them. hahaha jk That is each tie is a quarter. Not expensive at all. And some of them are pretty nice. I also went shopping for suit materials. (that is window shopping, just browsing) But question, what color suit should I get? Send me ideas and pictures of things you think will look good. I was thinking gray or like a really light tan color. But I am open for suggestions.
I love the work, but time is flying by too fast. At the office today, I realized that my picture is almost to the top. We have a board with all the pictures of the current missionaries, and as they go home the ones from the top are removed and the missionaries keep moving up. My group started on the 5th line I believe, and we are getting close to the top line. Top line is not normally a good thing, it means you are old. Speaking of which, people are so amazed at how young I am, but how large I am. Although I have been losing some weight. Im at just under 160 pounds.
Well thats life, and I have to go make some dessert for a soiree tonight!

Elder Weber

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Final Entry to Aug 11 Letter and Pictures

... and continuing from the previous Aug 11 post ...

Seventh - who doesnt love lemurs? There are not that many here as one might think. There are a lot, but they dont just run around willy-nilly. I saw a wild one when we hiked up the mountain in Fort Dauphin. 

Eighth - way cool scenery picture of Madagascar. Most of madagascar is considered "Ambanivohitra" which means the hicks. This is a really cool picture, unknown to me the location. 

The rest of the pictures I will let you peruse on your own time. But interesting things to note it that most things are done by manpower because it is cheaper than doing things with machines. Machines are expensive, so everyone works with their hands. And the live animals on the top of the taxi-brusse, normal, I once saw a live goat, standing up!!

But we have a lot of progress going on here in the work. The branch is getting ready to turn into a ward. 

This last Saturday I had a cool experience. We went to a wedding! So we showed up to the government building that does the wedding. And then we listened to the little ceremony, and then had to sign in these big books to officially become married. It was very good. And then on the way out, everyone who attended has to put a little money (rakitra) into a box for the malgasy government. 

I dont think that I could ever explain how much I love this place and these people. I have started thinking about my future; and I would be very happy if it included Madagascar. There are a few ideas that have come to mind, but I see flaws with all of them. But I would love to help out things here. The most reasonable thought that comes to mind is that I become a doctor in the United States, and then open a malgasy run clinic here, or hospital or something, where I help oversee it and fund it. Benefits is that I would have a positive influence on the country of madagascar. Disadvantages include having to travel sometimes to oversee the clinic here, which means lots of traveling, and also being away from family for periods of time. I still have a lot of time to think, but I would really really like to help these people. I feel like it is something very important to do. Or another thought I had was to open a good medical school here in Madagascar. But we will see. I love the malagasy people and it is really hard to watch them suffer so much. 

The church is really progressing here in Madagascar. It will be very interesting at the end of my mission, to see how much the church has progressed, and then at the end of my life to see it, will be incredible. 

Anyway, I don't have to much else to report. There are a lot things that I am learning here, that I will remember for the rest of my life. The mission is good. The church is true. The work is true.

Elder Weber 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

More photos and info from 8/11/2014 Letter

More photos and info from 8/11/2014 Letter

Third pic - this is what a lot of "tsena"s look like. A tsena is a market. People sell their individual products. This one being akondro (bananas for those that dont speak malagasy, oh wait, thats all of you.... ;)

Fourth pic - another cute kid, this time holding interesting wildlife. I have seen all sorts of cool wildlife here in Madagascar, including a few wild lemurs. 

Fifth pic - I dont really know what is going on. This doesnt look like any place I have worked. A costal area, but I didnt any of these in Fort Dauphin. 

Sixth pic - A nice picture of Tana. That is a palace up at the top of the hill. The old one is behind it where we cant see it. Also take note of the angel statue in the middle of the lake. I still havent been, but suposedly you can get up inside of the angel. Next adventure?? Final thing to note is the famous Antananarivo sign to the right. Look familar?? They copied the idea from the Hollywood sign. However, people here have stolen some of the metal that was used to build it, and so it is not complete anymore. Dont leave things out in the open, they tend to disappear. Theft is a problem here, but they have to be really sketchy about it, because if they get caught, they might be killed, if not, beaten close to death.