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

Friday, August 20, 2010

August 9, 2010

Hey family!

Another good week gone by! Here in the Ivory Coast there are meetings all of the time so last week was full of zone conferences, zone meetings, and leadership meetings but we survived and with pretty good numbers too which is great.

First, zone conference was good. President talked a lot about improving ourselves and becoming more Christlike. I liked it a lot. Then he interviewed us and that was good like always. The 21st Elder Sitati (the only black 70 from Kenya) is doing a conference in Abidjan too which is exciting. I'm excited to meet him and listen to what he has to say. Appartently he is pretty intense.

Besides that, i still have fun doing door to door here. In other missions thats like the most boring thing but here i love it! We found some good families to teach. Since it is so easy to find people here, we dont have to waste time with people who dont progress, we just find people who will!

We have four baptismal dates for this mont so we are praying that they will go through. We had thirteen investigators at church (the members here are very proud of the church and will invite their neighbors and friends all the time) so im looking forward to teaching them too.

Today was an activity at the beach to say goodbye to the Baileys. It was really nice, we ate, bore testimonies, did funny skits (where i may or may not have dressed up like Sister Bailey). It was fun being with all the missionaries, in Benin when we did an activity it was with twelve missionaries, here there were like 54 there, crazy.

Also, saturday was the ivory coasts fiftieth independence day from france. Nothing exciting really happened.

Haha my companion is pretty short, maybe about to my nose or something. Ivorian french has a lot of slang in it and they call Yupougun "Yup City" or "Poy". Luckily we dont have to haul the water up everyday, every once and while the faucets work and when they do we fill up giant reserve tanks and use that to wash ourselves and the dishes and our clothes.

Well I'm already out of time so sorry if i didnt reply to all of your questions! I'll try to do better next week! Love you all!

Elder Bertoch

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