Archive | March 2013

E-Mail 3/18/2013

Dear Ye Olde Family,

  The week was slow. I have to admit I thought Elder Kariuki and I would tear this place up but as it turns out his idea of work and my idea of work are a little bit different. He wants to take it easy so we’re kind of slow getting out of the house and stuff. I then discovered that I apparently have a hard time taking it easy. I start to go crazy when we’re sitting in the house too long in the morning and I gotta get out. Plus I realized our apartment is one of the most consistently hot places ever. It almost never cools down, not at night or in the morning. We don’t have any solid investigators right now. We’re trying to get some but so far teh people are so so. I haven’t been real impressed with this area. We’re back to having off and on meetings. The power in our area is out just about half the time. Which if I don’t send an email one week is probably why. We had to come all the way to town today because of that and even there isn’t really a cafe in our area. We were see if could find one today but there was no power. It’s also not completely worth it to come all the way to town just to email. So we’ll see. Nothing exciting has really happened this week. We had stake conference yesterday. I found out the stake presidency here is getting released and that the africa west area pres. will also be released in the next few months. I’m not sure what I’m gonna do with Kojo Krom. I kind of don’t want to stay here for too long. As for my old companion he’s still struggling. He’s just thinking about home too much but I have to say I’m starting to get annoyed with how much he’s texting me. It’s a little bit too much.E. Kariuki is sweet. Calm, controlled, and when there’s something to do effective. thanks for reminding me I actually did call Zeb this week. During our 24 hr. no power spat I gave him a call. I think it might”ve fallen a little flat because I was unprepared. Like I had thought of what to say but I had tried a few times already the day before and the day before that but the call didn’t go through. Even that night I was calling the third time when he answered so I was caught off guard. I didn’t have too much to say but just said it would be worth it. Then I just had like a cold or something of the sort. What’s going on with G-ma rosie. Why is she acting this way?I’ll remember her in prayers and thoughts. Too much is going on right now. My trainer is getting ready to go home. His girlfriend that dear johned him is getting married the May 3rd and he’s going to be home May 1st. He said talk about a kick in the face. The fact that Jenna had a bridal shower just reminded me of that. As for the random other blessings that happened during your guys’ weeks. Cool. Sometimes wish I got see stuff like that here, but maybe I already have. Anyways before I sign off Mom, I have to thank you again for cleaning up after us. Last week I had to spend time cleaning the shower because there was mold growing on the wall tile. Today I had to go the extra mile in the kitchen cleaning up soggy soot from under the stove and cleaning the walls too. I’m starting to look at all the things that need to be cleaned. Like the countless spiderwebs on the walls. Or the random dirt stains on the floor. Or some mysterious spot that for some reason people didn’t think to  look for before. Sigh. I’m also tired of rice in the pots being left in our pots for days at a time. Or food stuff being left to mold. So thank you.
Sincerely Obaa
Your son,
Elder Holder

E-Mail & Photos 3/11/2013

Dear Family,

 Yes I have moved to my new area. Yes I am enjoying E. Kariyuki, the same Kariyuki from the MTC. Now I’m back to phase one of new area syndrome. Realizing that you actually knew people from the old area and they knew you. I will admit the members in this new area have a completely different mindset then any area I’ve been in. They actually want to give referrals and they always talk about what they can do with the missionaries. The only problem is the guy I replaced was not serious at all and so the work has apparently died down momentarily. We have to pick it up a little bit. I have to say my companion doesn’t work as hard as I would like and since I’m new to the area I kind of have to tag along until I figure things out. But I’m ready to tear this place up. Literally. The morning after transfers I had to make a call to Pres. that went like this. “Hello, Pres. Thank you I’m fine. sooooooo do you know how 20 yr. olds sometimes do things that seem like their ok and then afterwards they realize it was a bad idea? Ya I did one of those this morning.” Here’s what happened. I got up and started stretching and stuff and was trying to figure out how morning exercise would be here. I walked around our compound and realized, “hey it’s pretty dang easy to get on the roof. I’ll probably get up there one day.” Walked to the front and then about two minutes later I was on the roof. I started walking towards the front of the house when my foot fell through along with the rest of me. I ended up landing in my room on my companions suitcase with debris falling everywhere and my companion and the other guy looking at what just happened. The next two days were coordinating with the Bybee’s, couple missionaries, and some other few guys to come and fix it. We moved to the next room and cleaned everything up. The worst I got was a few cuts and scrapes and bunch of shame. Which was actually a little bit surprising since it was like a 10 ft. drop. So lucky me. So that’s my fun story of the week. My old companion won’t stop texting us but I enjoy it. The new apartment is a little hot but other than that it’s nice. It seems like I’m going to have to pick up some stuff around here. Nothing else real big to report on. As I learn more about the area I’ll send some more stuff. I’ve also been sick since I got here so that part hasn’t really been helping either. I’ve finally got money so I want to try and call Zeb this week. Just a heads up.Let’s see anything else? Nope that’s about all for now.Talks to ya latas. Say hi to everyone for me.
From the new kid on the block,
Elder Holder

 

Elder Holder falls through his roof

Elder Holder falls through his roof

 

 

Elder Holder and his companion Elder Kariyuki

Elder Holder and his companion Elder Kariyuki

 

Elder Holder and members

Elder Holder and members

 

E-Mail 3/4/2013

Dearest Family,

   I can’t believe Karlie is going on a mission. Tell her she is too young to go on mission. I don’t care what revelation from the heavens have said. Tell her to enjoy. Well as always it is mega hot here. Even the last few days here has just been killing me. Oh and I am being transferred. I’m going to western region to an area called Kojokrom. I’m gonna be with one of my Mt’s. Elder Kariyuki. He’s from Kenya and can speak Swahili. He even used to be my DL. But now I’m back to being a lowly missionary. I will walk through yesterday which was actually one of the best Sundays I had. It started with church actually being a little empty. Then it started filling as we went. Eric Vanderpuye was passing the sacrament oh and I also had the priviledge of preparing the sacrament the past two sundays. Well it was actually pretty freakin’ awesome. I put the bread on and did the water but the important part was covering “the body and blood” of the Savior with the white cloth. I imagined this is what Joseph of Arimaethea felt with Nicodemus as they took the Saviour’s body and prepared it for burial. It was pretty sweet and Aaronics get to do that every Sunday. It’ ssweet. Anyways to continue the sacrament filled up and I gave my departing testimony and tried to invite everyone to come up and bare theirs. One of the daughters of a member started crying and had to be taken out because she was just crying so much. Then the rest of the sacrament people actually went up and bore their testimonies the entire time. It was sweet. Went out and talked to a few people and saw sis. Hanna. Who almost made me cry. This freakin’ area is trying to turn me into a cry baby. She almost made me cry and then just continued talking to people until we went back to class. At class it was good lesson the same with priesthood. Then finished with my last correlation here. Did the rest of the day taking pics with people. Oh and a guy we blessed last week died. I didn’t actually feel like he was supposed to live but I did my best to do a blessing of comfort. It seems like everyone is having end of transfer tension. There have been reports of fights and arguements breaking out everywhere. My apartment, I accidently started something with one of the ap’s and my companion, other apartments. It’s getting out of control. But only two more days, thank goodness. Hey sorry about Grandpa Glen and other various hardships. Anyways my time is almost up so I’m just gonna play it safe and send this now. Loves from your favorite Mulato son. Be strong and of a good courage.
Yours truly,
Elder Holder