Monday, March 18, 2013

March 18, 2013

dear dad. oh how i do miss the snow........

sounds like march came in like a lion for sure. but you have to be thankfull for that because that means you can drive around the western side of t he country with the coming of the lamb. ( double meanings as it is easter) haha and mom sounds equaly as busy as you are. wich is always good to here. working on sundays is a hard one. and i know that its completely justifiable in our business. but iwont lie i see it ruin the spirituality of so many here. so i am scared of it. though i know that it is something that needs to be done. if not then who would have plowed the north steak center. you plow the fort sask hospital now??? good memories there huh? hahaha that was probably one of the times in my life where i laughed the hardest in my life when they shot that stuff in my arm....... your a funny guy dad. and i realiwed that the change from winter to somer is an incredible thing that lifts our spirits. but if its just hot all the time or just cold then there is no real variety and no real seasonal uplifting. i dont know if you felt the same in peru but 2 years of summer is tiring. and really its three years for me because i left at the end. so the summer before my mission and the summer now intercolide. hahaa lots of my sweat has watered the grounds of madagascar. lol

mom told me all about the ysa conference and then i asked her if she put in a good word for me with any of the ladies there hahaha. im sure she did alot of bragging about her son in madagascar ;) but i sure do miss those crousont sandwiches she makes and is so delicious! haha i am sure the whole confnrence was a blast and that the people really enoyed mom and nats food! im jealous for sure! and my mouth is watering. all though today we went and ait at this american food place that was just build and its like fast food and i dont think my tummy has hurt so much since i was first in country!!! i am going to have a hard time when i go back home i am thinking hahaha. i am just used to rice.

be carefull when you drive eh!!!!! going of the road like that hahaha. that must have been scary pulling onto the road to such a close call. i am truely happy that the lord does hear my prayers as i ask him constantly throughout the day to protect my family. although that inffection in your hand sounds fun... i hope that heals up soon. haha and dad you might have to start really hinkin hard about things to write to get lyndi bet...... she has got the long letters to a T. hahaha and i will be sure to ask elder bates faharoa if he knows his razambe. aza manahy! it would be cool if we were related!

i am doing really really well. working hard and looking for blessings. wo blessings we had this week were 2 priesthood holders that were inactive both returned to church this past week. what a blessing that is. in this area we have two things we do. we tract and we work with less actives hahaha. and i love it. the two best things to do. find new people and make the old new again. we should have some baptisms on the 30th but people are having a really hard time leaving sigars and stuff. it sucks but we are working very hard with them. and i love it. this will probabyl be my last area on my mission and i will probably hae one more companion and i am so excited to see what the future has. thank you so much for your letter. i cant wait to here from you next week. enjoy the pictures! love you!

be fitiavana mandrakizay
elder bates

more lemurs!

these two are my hommies!

stare down

nobody beats me in a stare down

you cant see me

whats that red stuff on your arm???

does that answer the question......

pretty flower.

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