In the MTC - Sam is kneeling down in front on the left pointing to the Ivory Coast in West Africa

Friday, February 5, 2010

February 1, 2010

k sorry but this will be short again too- we went to the cyber in Elder Staritas area and it stinks. Lecon learned- my area is the best.

Ok so this week was very encouraging. After an entier week of contacting we are starting to see the fruits of our efforts. At church we had 5 investigators and we have set three baptismal dates with at least two more to follow this week. I'll tell you about one of them...hmmm..Richard is good. Hes 20 and both of his older brothers are members. Hes talked with the missionaries before but hes always said that there are too many commandments in the church. Me and E Tshibasu had a little chat with him about obedience (chastised him just a little bit) and then he said he wanted to get baptized. It was very cool.

Anyway the branch here is pretty cool. The leaders really on the missionaries a lot for advice on how to run things (most of the leaders have only been members for a few years) but we're trying to help them become more self reliant. False doctrine is all around here- yesterday someone gave a talk about the Holy Ghost, how it is really just the spirit of God and we believe in the Holy Trinity. Then another member repeated that in sunday school. We'll have to straighten that out eventually. The next big job here is to establish a branch mission plan since that hasnt been done yet. But the leaders are very sincere, and they really want to learn and help the missionary work so things will soon be booming here.

Zone conference is on wednesday so that should be exciting. Ive heard elder golden is pretty intense.

My companion speaks french but hes writing friends from home and the mtc now so thats going good. Dont feel bad or anything.

Thank you so much for the package! I cant wait! Im expecting the other one when the couple gets back from Togo.

Ok thats all I got time for! I love you all! Thanks for the email Grandma! I love hearing from everyone even if i cant write back!


Elder Bertoch

Jack, a scout already?! wow you're really old. you better not be taller than me when i get back!

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