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

Monday, April 26, 2010

April 26, 2010

Sam is referring to his cousin who was just called to the Cape Town, South Africa mission. Matt was really hoping to go to Africa, and he got his wish. We are excited for him and wish him well.

Wow thats awesome about Matt! He'll love Africa! And even better he'll be able to understand the English there! South Africans are the only ones I can understand without a problem!
I'm glad that you guys had so much fun in New York! That picture of Jack and Dad reminds on the Rockefeller reminds of one me and dad took when we went! So where are you off to next? Caribbean? Alaska?
So we are still having a blast here! We are preparing our first baptism in Akpakpa to be baptized this saturday! His name is Franck, 27, he is from Cote D'Ivoire. We've been working with him since we got here and he is pretty excited to get baptized.
Today was a really fun p day. In the morning our district walked about 30 min to a very nice beach and threw around a frisbee. Here africans generally do not like water so we were basically alone at the beach. We took some photos so I'll try and get those to you eventually. Then afterwards we got together with the other missionaries and ate at a restaurant for the year marks of Elder Halterman and Carver. Next up: Elder Bertoch.
So, funny story. Yesterday after church we went to an appointment we have with a very rich nigerian investigator we have. We walk into the house, and what are they watching on tv??? The spurs-mavs playoff game. I did a little double take and had to remind myself where i was. Apparently with enough money you can get some good channels here in Africa. (BTW the lesson with her went very well. She speaks french too and has a family of seven. We taught the restoration and she says when God answers her prayer she wont hesitate to be baptized. So basically shes in the water already).
So the phone call should be good for the ninth! Maybe 12:30 your time so i think that makes 8:30pm my time but i'm not exactly sure. You might wanna check on that. If you can make it home from church of course. Let me know what you think.
Dang the most memorable event on my mission? Dang its hard to choose. Maybe the first time i committed someone to baptism (it was Yve, i was nervous haha). Baptizing mama Ahoefa was pretty cool. Coming to Jericho and reopening the area while training was probably the hardest. Leaving Togo was also pretty hard. Well my whole mission has been pretty memorable. I've been pretty blessed.
K well I love you all and I wish you an awesome week! Cant wait till next monday!
Elder Bertoch

Also i went with the couple and picked up the package finally! All the food was still delicious and i am happy to report that it is already almost gone! Thank you so much!

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