Well, we found out today, that if I grew out my beard, it would be red. I thought that was interesting. Anyways, things less interesting than that, is that today is la Fete Nationale au Cameroun, or we can say that it’s Independence Day. But this one is special, because it is to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Cameroon, but some Anglophones told me that the Francophones mixed up the date. Nonetheless, the Reunification is celebrated today. And that is why we changed pday to today, because many people were not going to be free. We also had zone conference on Wednesday. The lesson that President Headlee asked me to prepare was on the Area Book and Reporting Tools, and the Weekly Planning Session. And actually it was called a “workshop”, instead of a lesson. At first I was afraid that it was going to be super boring, but I don’t think it was that bad. The one thing I do need to work on in zone conference’s, is projecting the amount of time for each element, because I keep underestimating the time needed by a lot. Elder Thompson taught a lesson about How to Begin Teaching, and explained to us “entrer sans frapper”, (enter without
knocking) which is something we should not do. We watched to clips
in “the District 2” DVD to help. I swear the sister missionaries are
always the good examples in those clips, and the elders are the ones that "need improvement”. And we also found out the transfer should happen sometime around June 3rd. I also delegated the fun part of zone conference to Elder Tingey, and he had us play Jeopardy. The categories were: Area Book & Weekly Planning, The First Presidency, Book of Mormon, and French Verbs. It was good. My team…won. Yesterday Elder Tingey and I also got called to fix someone’s daughter. We were at Messassi having a lesson with Soeur Marie-Sylvie (who is still progressing wonderfully) and a couple other people. So as we were getting near the end of the lesson, some lady walked in and greeted us all. I assumed she was a friend of someone that lived there. But then, she just started talking to us about how she has some problems with one of her daughters, etc. She said she had seen us a few times, and thought since we are young like her daughter, we could knock some sense in to her, if that is the right translation. So, we presented our self a little and offered the help we can give. Then, she excused herself for coming into a house of people she didn’t even know, except she said she had recognized Marie-Sylvie from a hospital one time. So she must have really wanted to talk to us if she just entered the house of someone she didn’t know. So she left, and after we finished our rendezvous with Marie-Sylvie & co., we walked to where she lived, she saw us and showed us her house. Oh, and her name is Chantalle, and we found 2 of her daughters and 2 other youngens. So, we had an ok lesson, got to know them. Except at one point it started raining, and made it hard to hear. One of her daughters asked me, “Vous buvez l’alcool?” (Do you drink alcohol?).
I thought she had said,“Tu partais à l’école?” (You have left school?).
And I answered yes. Thankfully, Elder Tingey understood and was
surprised by my answer, and quickly corrected me. We’ll see them again
on Monday. Brother Patrice (friend of newly reactive member Brother Gildas) is also progressing wonderfully, as in as wonderfully as Sister Marie-Sylvie. Last Friday, we sang a hymn and opened with a prayer. And Patrice, anticipating that we were going to ask, “Avez-vous des questions?”, (Do you have any questions?) said right after the prayer
that he had no questions, but had a testimony to share. That caught
our attention. He said that 2 nights before, he was praying before
going to bed, and during his prayer he asked about the Church and what
we teach. Then he said,that he felt something he never had felt before,
it was a good feeling, and the thoughts “Thomas S. Monson est un vrai
prophète” (Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet) and “L’Eglise est vraie”
(The church is true) kept running through his head, and that he even started crying a bit. The next morning he woke up Gildas early and told him what happened, and the next day he told us his experience. I felt like I was in Preach My Gospel in the story under “Listening”, especially because there were some people’s children making a bunch of noise. Its raining hard right now. I hope the connection doesn’t go out. Oh, and we are also getting ready for a baptism tomorrow. We have 2 candidates. One is Soeur Nina, the daughter of Soeur Salome. I felt really good in her lessons this week and actually believed her when she said she wanted to be baptized. And the other is Ignace, the son of Christine. And Christine and both her sons are planning on getting confirmed this Sunday. She said last Sunday they all got ready, and around 11:30, it started raining really hard, and that she didn’t have an umbrella and she didn’t want to go out in the rain with Martin, her 3 month old baby. She expressed a real want to be confirmed, and feels kind of sad about how she hasn’t been confirmed and doing all she wants to in Church. Again, I’m really grateful how the Relief Society has supported her. This week if it starts raining hard before church again, we are just going to go get her. Well, that’s about it. Everyone enjoy their last month or less of their respective school. Je vous aime, - Elder Eric Palmer
For the burger restaurant, I would be willing to work there. I don't know why not. I'm not saying to sign me up right now for 40 hours a week. But I don't think that would be awkward. Sounds like it could be a good idea. I think I could do that running program, probably do the long runs on pday, just have to find someone to do them with me. Finding someone will probably be the biggest challenge. (1/2 marathon training) Ok, lots of people here hove lots of weird preconceived notions about Americans, and other people. Weird one from just today, is that a guy stopped us and asked about the water filtering system that he heard existed in Asia, Europe, and the USA, something to do with osmosis water. I told him I have no idea, but gave him a Restoration brochure. Other notions include: money, being fat, can't speak anything but English, only eat food that is in cans and such. Not everyone thinks all that, but different people have different notions. Je t'aime, - Elder Eric Palmer