Archive | May 2013

E-Mail 5/27/2013

Dear Family,

 Sorry for last week. My companion doesn’t really have anything to do on the computer so he doesn’t care as much to go and email. So I was unable to do anything last week.  Even this week I almost didn’t come. So transfers just came and I’m still in  kojokrom. The district has been split though. I won’t be over 12 missionaries anymore. Which though it seemed as though things were getting better I was still worn out. Both the old and new districts will be 6 man districts, a lot more manangable. I have to admit last Saturday I was dead. Though we did have a sweet baptism. Patrick was finally baptized with three children of record. We ended up having to piggy back another companionships baptism and as it turned out who is the only one that showed up. Kojokrom ward. Who conducted. Kojokrom ward. Who baptized, Kojokrom ward. Who did the music, was the witnesses, and at the last second made the baptism go on, KOJOKROM WARD!!. Straight up. I was proud of them that day.The baptism was the only thing keeping me going that day after that I was finished. My zone leader can testify to that. We were on splits that day. We did not give them a good day at all. Also we’ve been out of water for maybe 6 days now. That part has been kind of suck. We’re getting a water tanker tomorrow to fill up our storage tanks. I also did get letters from the Justen and Terri. Which was sweet I just need to write back now. As for Jennifer we’ve kind of stopped teaching her. She isn’t ready to go the extra mile. We were able to get sister Faustina to come to church though. She has some similar things as Sis. Jennifer did with the husband but she promised to come and she did. She’s actually one person I’m hoping will be baptized in the next month or so. A few members brought some friends to church but for the most part they will probably go to other missionaries. I wish I could remember all the other things that have been happening this week. Oh wait I got one then I’ll be finished because my companion still needs to do wash and then we have to go to FHE. So I went to go do an interview for Eshiem elders. I sat and talked with the guy and well I was having to teach him alot with every question that came forward. I was like what are the elders doing. By the end his attendance wasn’t good for church so I couldn’t pass him. Right as we left the area of the interview the other elder got up and we went straight to the main part of this village and spoke to the branch pres. The elder didn’t really say anything to me. We sat down and the branch pres. asked how it went and then the elder deferred to me. I said for him to be taught a bit more and to come to church more. The  BP said ok. After I asked the elder about it and he said The BP was the one pushing for the guy to be baptized so soon. So he wanted the BP to hear it from me. I was like ok. There was another one with Linda from Sofokrom. She seemed alright in the interview not great but alright. But something didn’t feel right. So I told the elders to teach something and then we’ll try the next week. She happened to not be there. A day or two ago one of the elders told me that he thinks that she has committment issues and that maybe she isn’t ready to be baptized. I was like OK. Sweet now i have a reason for not feeling good about the interview. Just a few good experiences I suppose. I know I don’t have many but I got a few. As I have looked at the past few months I can see that they’ve been preparing me for something. I thought that something was going to come this transfer but since I’m still in the same place maybe not. But I’ve really seen all the things I’ve learned from different areas and companions. It’s been sweet. I just want to know what has it been for? We’ll find out in the next six weeks. Thanks Fam,

From yours truly,

Elder Holder

P.S.-If it takes a while to email again it’s not my fault. I’m also probably fine. If I’m not Pres-o Shulz will call you guys.

 

E-Mail 5/6/2013

 
Dear Family,

 I had a bit of a crappy week. Lets look. Monday we did our normal thing but it wasn’t very much yet when I got home I was just worn out and I didn’t know why.Tuesday Same thing except soreness was added to my ailments. Wednesday I was really slow getting around. Sore and getting tired really fast when I shouldn’t have. Thursday morning woke up at 4 and started making runs to the bathroom. It was mostly water until about 7 when it turned into all water. We went through the day and one point I almost had an accident. Which is really funny but not so much when it happens to you. I was having to go really fast to make it to a toilet at a hopefully open chapel. Thank goodness. Friday it cooled down but was still there. Saturday I was beaten. Same thing as thursday. I was worn out, tired, sore, probably dehydrated. I was hoping the day would finish. So get it? A crappy week. It’s a pun. I made a pun.  Anyways so even with the deadness we still got out. Patrick is being pushed to the end of the month. along with a few Children of Record that apparently no one cares about. Jennifer apparently has a lot of things that will have to be resolved before she can come and be baptized and even just coming to the church. Most of it is with her husband. As for my companion. Some days I love him more than others. I’m working on it. I’ve found that praying to have that love helps a lot. Luckily we’re both even tempered so it never gets too bad. We just get kind of irked at each other and then later on it’s like nothing. Today I pulled out 300 cedis to pay for the roof and stuff.Ummm. Honestly not too much this week. I go out every day and just just try to be effective.  Elder Wheeler sent me his email. He wants to invite you guys to his homecoming on the 12th. As for Mothers day I’m not sure what’s going to happen. Well we don’t have skype close in our area and I don’t know anyone around in my area that has it and well can’t go on sunday. Right now my Zl is checking if we can go on Saturday but if not I’ll call you guys on Sunday. Maybe around 12 your time. Hopefully you’re not in church.  If we can on Saturday I’ll give a quick call to tell you guys. That’s about it for me. Talk to ya later.

E-Mail 4/29/2013

 
Dear Family,

  
  So due to circumstances that are were a little obnoxious last week I was unable to come to a cafe. As you have plainly seen. Now I’m here this week after having a successful district activity with the great powers of the world conspiring against me and others to keep me from succeeding. I will explain. I have been a district leader here for not even two weeks. I’ve had to devote at least five days of them for interviews which I was unable to split because my companion is still new to the area. On top of that our phone stopped making calls making it very hard to be able to coordinate things. Then trying to get reports and stuff for whoever. Then random power outages and trying to get the ward to do a little bit more so kojokrom can be awesome. Aside from that trying to keep this district activity organized. District feast. Well gosh dang it if I didn’t defy the odds and tell the world ” I won’t go down without a fight!” At some point last week I was at the point of being overwhelmed and falling apart when I made that statement to the world. This week I feel like I can handle it a lot better than before. My new companion is a good guy he does have a few habits I need to break him on. That was another thing, I needed to learn to love my companion a little bit more which I’ll admit I might not have been trying as hard but now I’ve seen a noticeable change. The boy Patrick is still to be baptized it will take at least another two weeks or so. We have to review with him and then this sunday we are watching general conference at the stake center. We got one of our older investigators to come to church finally. The only thing is I’m not sure if she will keep coming to church. Then another that we’re trying but the husband is indirectly stopping her from coming. and it’s impossible to meet him so I’m not real sure what we can do. Pres. is coming this week for interviews and for a district meeting. I have some few questions for him that I now need to remember and I’m half wondering if I should ask him if I can leave kojokrom. It isn’t that I don’t like it I just don’t feel like I’m here for the area. If that makes sense. I’m just kind of here right now. I’m still working and stuff but I don’t know. Anyways if he does I already have it figured out what should happen to the district. My companion should train, Elder Baird , another member of district, would be the DL. If they were smart they would shift some few people around in apartments but it would basically be the same. Because I just kind of am not having fun here anymore I’m starting to get crazy ideas to do stuff. Not bad things or even dangerous just not the normal this things. Just kind of out there type things. So the computer I’m on apparently had someone watching iron man 3 before I got on and my question is why didn’t you tell me that iron man 3 was out. I feel like that kind of important. So our district feast that I talked about was salmon, yes we somehow managed to find salmon in our area,. with lime and we cooked some fried rice along with it. It was good. Congrats to Baird, Lelea, and Kinikini for being the cooks for us. Aside from having to deal with DL stuff that’s about it for me. Oh and Kariuki still wants those pics of the girls. Remember 5 ft. 6, pretty, and a healthy weight. so signing out. Oh and Kylie my trainer elder Wheeler is going to be home this week. Wednesday if you and the family want to welcome him home with whatever. Alright peace out ,
from this your son,
Elder Holder