So here is what happened to me this past week. First off, is an unfortunate piece of news. It doesn't look like
Douglas will be getting baptized this weekend.
Also, last p-day we missed playing basketball again. First off, Elders Kesler and Lamb got home 1 hour later than they were supposed to in order to go play basketball at the American School. And then, 2 missionaries from the other side of town called us and said they got in, but there was no ball. So we ended up playing this card game called Monopoly Deal. I lost every time. We did get to watch all of General Conference this past weekend, though! And I watched all 10 hours of it in French. It did get kind of hard to pay attention, because I was kind of tired, and just listening to frenchy
french is not something easy. I understand it, but it takes more effort than English. I still think that Elder Nelson's talk from the priesthood session is my favorite one this time. But I also got an awesome coordonnée (referral) because I sat in on the French section! When I came in Sunday morning, it was still kind of empty, and I sat on an empty bench. And right when I sat down 2 other gentlemen came and sat next to me. We soon started talking, and I learned that the older man sitting next to me is a member who lives in Léon, France, and that he goes by "Papa Daniel". He had come back down to Cameroon for his wife's funeral. He left Sunday evening, but he came to church in the morning. And he told me when he woke up, he felt like he should bring one of his sons, named Franc, to church. And he was very pleased that the first time his son came to church he would get to watch General Conference. And he told me that when I walked in, he felt prompted to come sit by me and exchange contact information
with me and his son. He said he was very surprised to see American missionaries in his country too. But when he left, we took some pictures, and he took my email and said he would send it to me, so I'll check soon and see if its there. But briefly he told me his story, and when he lived in Cameroon he used to be a pastor. But when he found the missionaries in France, he changed and gave up his old job. He also was telling his son a lot about temples and sealings. So we will see his son tomorrow, because he has been busy this week. And missionaries talk about "golden coordonnées", and if I ever received one, this is it. He took my pen to take notes during conference, so I'll be really excited to start teaching him with Elder Acorda. This week in weekly planning, Elder Acorda and I dropped a lot of investigators, and did a lot of contacting, especially Sunday night. So we have a few people who have progressed and kept some commitments, and a lot of new people. And we have started seeing a good number of less actives, and I think that might be our biggest focus this next transfer. We contacted one who came to conference on Sunday named Frère Ndzana. He has been a member since 2007. But when we visited him, he told us after he joined the church the missionaries left. He used the word,
"relachement", I don't know how to use it in English. But I basically decided that it
came down to him not getting home taught. And that unfortunately seems to be a common thing here. But it looks like he will be back, was happy when we talked about the branch mission plan, and has children and some family members we could help too. So it seems that people haven't gone inactive because they don't like the church, but because they weren't involved enough or had enough friends. One really good thing, is that Elder Acorda and I finally had a lesson with Soeur Christine. We had a lesson with Frère Simplice, who is in the branch presidency, who introduced her to the church. I think it had been over a month since she let us sit down and talk with her. She told us that with the passing of her mother, and trying to keep her children in school she has become quiet stressed and overwhelmed. Frère Simplice talked about eternal families and the temple, and then Acorda and I talked about obedience and the blessings and help it gives us. So we really want to get her back to church this Sunday. She said she still wants to be baptized,
so we just need to get her back doing the things she was before her trials came along. Also, the investigator we found by doing service at Christine's funeral told us on Tuesday evening that she would be willing to find and choose a wife for Elder Acorda and me. And then she asked if she should come pick one at our church. Elder Acorda said she could pick one but that he wouldn't promise to marry her. And about transfers, no one in Yaoundé is getting moved, and we don't think anyone in Douala is getting moved either. That was a surprise, because there is one companionship in Douala who has already done 4 transfers together, which is basically 6 months. I don't care who my companion is, 4 transfers is too much, not to mention 5. So that's that. Elder Acorda and I will be together 6 more weeks, but there is a transfer right before Christmas when 4 of the 19 north Americans go home. So chances are Acorda and I will split up to be with younger elders. So you can send a Christmas package according to what you think is best.
Je vous aime, - Eric
So Adam (an investigator) is well, but he has moved to a farther quartier, also highly populated with non-Christians. We are waiting for his phone call, because we don't know exactly where he is, so he is supposed to call us or bip us. (bip?)
Dennis is ok, he still isnt understanding 1 church, but says he wants to get baptized. I don't think we'll make it on his date we set, but he is progressing slowly. (Do you know who the freemasons are?) Yes, I know now a lot about the freemasons.
But some people here buy random DVDs off the side of the road about who knows what
made by no one knows who and such. But at least Tchobang has been reading her Book of Mormon a lot. (Did you go to the Halloween party at the Embassy?) We didn't go to the Halloween party.
Nor did we play basketball. But, I really want to play American football on Thanksgiving. Je t'aime,
Um, I don't think any one here in Yaoundé is from Arizona, but I'll ask around. There is no Halloween here, unless you are at the American embassy. (You mentioned that you run for about 30 minutes… that would be about 5k or 3 miles, right? (Or perhaps a little more since you have young legs!)) And this
morning my thighs really hurt during the run. That's probably what I get for eating a Snickers bar for the first time in forever the night before. (What are the education experiences/opportunities for the African missionaries in your mission? Do they have education opportunities? Do you know what they do when the return home from their missions?) So in
Cameroon they still don't have some church organizations and such. But I know in several places they have the Perpetual Education Fund.
I don't know too much, here there are 2 RMs I know. One is in a branch presidency. Lots get married, maybe even faster than most RMs chez nous. Je t'aime, - Eric