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

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

November 1, 2010


So, survived the elections. Barely. Just kiddin, yesterday was pretty calm, we went to church in the morning and then werent allowed to leave the appartment after that. So actually just really boring. Today we're not allowed to leave the appartment either (except to write home) cuz the results are starting to come out.

Thats the first time i heard about the rule that they might have to do the elections again this month. That would probably mean that we would have to stay here. Darn.

Me and my companion just missed being companionship of the month unfortunately. You know who took it from us? Elder Halterman and Elder Aiba baptizing our investigators in Niangon, so i was still happy.

Elder Halvorsen says that Yamasoukro is extremely hot and very muslim and catholic (has the largest basilic in the world). I actually think that it is very possible that when he finishes i replace him up there. That would be kinda cool.

Anyway, the work is still progressing, even in these conditions. Since me and Elder Halvorsen didn't have any investigators here, we have just been knocking doors. The first door we ever knocked on was somebody named Kouadio Nixon. We taught him the restoration and set up a return appointment in two days. Came back, taught the gospel of Jesus Christ, and committed him to baptism for this saturday (seems extremely rushed, i know, but the mission just came out with a policy that the investigators pick the day they get baptized. Its very possible that we will push that back this week when we talk about the commandments). He came to church yesterday and will have his interview on friday. So everything is a little smushed in time wise but its possible that during the two weeks we will be here that me and Elder Halvorsen will actually baptize someone. The Lord always has a reason for everything, i know we are meant to be in this area right now.

Thanks for reading Moroni 7! New reading assignment: The book of James. I've grown to love the New Testament and that is just a great book.

I'm glad you guys had a great halloween! Nope, sadly, the children here dont trick or treat, Jack. In fact, from what i could see from our appartment balcony yesterday, the streets were kinda empty. Even the Ivoriens are afraid to go out during this time.

Glad you had a fun trip dad! Have fun in Phoenix this week! Way to set the example, Mom! And I about drooled all over the keyboard when you talked about the fondue!

Well, just know that I'm safe and happy. Since we spend a lot of time at the appartment these days i started reading Doctrine and Covenants all the way through. I've read the Bible and the Book of Mormon (a few times) but this is the first time reading D and C. Very interesting stuff. I hope you guys have a great week! Love you all!

Elder Bertoch

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