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

Thursday, May 20, 2010

May 17, 2010

There were a couple of changes for Sam this week. He has a new companion who is from the Ivory Coast and he is now a district leader.

Hey family!
Sorry but not too much time this week. We were stuck at the appartment all day cuz of tranfers (ppl coming and going) and then our normal internet cafe was closed so we had to find another and this one is slow.
So anyway, i have a new companion now. His name is Elder Yapo, Ivorian, hes elder staritas old companion. Hes big, like 6'5", so i dont think we should have any problems from thieves or anything. I'm now District Leader here at Akpakpa so I'll try my best to represent the Lord and the Mission President as a leader.
haha i wanna see the photo they sent you! There were eleven baptisms for Bénin but i didnt have any this time. We did bring an investigator though (Adele) who will be baptized the next service. Other good news too is that Jessy finally came to church this week and made friends with the other members so thats a big step to getting her baptized with her family.
Hmm, what else? Theres a guy from Togo that keeps showing up at the church that claims to have been baptized and going to church in England (and then Ghana then Togo) the past five years but he says he lost his passport with all his money and asks everyone for money. We asked him if he had a temple recommend...he doesnt know what that is. Or the book of mormon. Or the priesthood. Although he did have a nicely laminated baptismal certificate. OOOO the people in Africa. I'm sure this guy just looks for church members in different countries, says hes a member, and then takes their money. Crazy.
Well thats all I got time for. Still lovin life in Benin. Ready to baptize like crazy, we have people that are ready, just gotta get them there. I love you all and cant wait for next week.
Elder Bertoch

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