Elder Masse Baptism Sept 2014

Elder Masse Baptism Sept 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

JULY 21, 2014 - "Congo is sweet and I love it here" - New Mission President; Mission Split on July 1st, Training,

*these pics are all from the Bailey's Blog- Thank you!!!  What an amazing senior couple!

Comp: Elder Tweneboah (from Ghana)
Area: Pointe Noire, Congo

Dearest Mother,

It's been an incredibly fast week. I know I say it a lot, but
literally feels like I was writing you yesterday, or even a couple
hours ago. This entire week was just a huge blur and I suppose that is
due to being in a new place and having so many new people to teach and
see. It's awesome and I love it. I love Congo!

Here we go.

1.What the weirdest thing you saw this week?

 Well... I can't really think of anything weird that I saw, but
Congo definitely has it's differences from Cameroon.
2. Baptisms?
We did have baptisms this week and for the two people that got
baptized I interviewed both of them! They are really cool, a brother
and a sister, and they are both very active and integrated into the
church. They go to seminary, institute, they do choir, and they have a
ton of frends at church. It's great.

 3. What made you laugh out loud?
I can't think of anything specific as usual, but I laugh everyday
when I joke with my companions.

4. What’s something you walk by everyday?
Well, we walk by fond tie-tie which is probably the largest market
that I have ever seen in my entire life. It's massive and you can find
just about anything you can possibly think of. There seems to be no
end to it either. It just goes on and on and on.

5. How is your comp?  How is his English?
He is great and he speaks English, as in, that is his maternal
language besides his tribal language in Ghana. We understand each
other perfectly and I can say anything and he gets it. It's his French
that I am working on little by little.

6. How is it different from Cameroon?
Pointe Noire is completely flat and there aren't really any
landmarks so I have to just use my wits and the map in my brain to get
around. It's really not that hard though because everything is gridded
and I look at every situation as always having at least a couple
solutions, so I am always finding new roads and shortcuts. Ha ha. It's flat, the sand is grey, white, beige, black, it really just depends on where you are.

We have a surprsingly large number of Recent Converts and less-actives
so it appears that most of my teaching will actually be going towards
after lessons.
 I will still  always have new people to teach.
 It seems too that people are a lot more receptive to the Gospel
here, in my humble opinion. They are, by far, much more poor than
Cameroon, and that seems to have made people really humble. Last time
I checked, Cameroon wasn't even in the top 20 most poor countries of
the world whereas Congo is always within the first five. That makes a
very large difference.

7. What do you love most about it there?
I just love change. I love having new people to meet, new
challenges, new obstacles, and so on. I love change and that has
honestly been the best thing for me.

8. What are you doing today (or going to do?)
 After everything else that needs to get done is done i.e. shopping, emails,
cyber, cleaning, etc.  Elder Tripp and I are going to go home,
clean, take showers, make cinnamon rolls, turn on our air conditioner
and get the "ice box" to 55 degrees, and eat steaming hot cinnamon
rolls in a freezing room. I am so excited. Ha ha.

9. How is the marche different?
Everything is imported here because they apparently don't have a
good agricultural system themselves so everything is super expensive.

10. Have you been to the beach?
Nope. But I think the Baileys are planning a trip.

11.  Tell me anything!!
Well, Congo is sweet and I love it here.

 So this week we had Zone Conference with President Monga and it went
fantasically. I fell in love with President and Sister Monga the
moment they walked in. President Monga has the best laugh that I have
ever heard, and Sister Monga will talk to you about anything once you
start talking to her. They are so awesome!

I can't really think if anything else. My mind is pretty lost actually
for various reasons. But life is awesome! I love the Congo.

I love you! Have a great week!


Love Elder Massé

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