(French for: "This is Africa") A common term used by the missionaries when they want to express "thats just the way it is because "THIS IS AFRICA"! ie..."the power went out..AGAIN... C'est Afrique...or sometimes denoted as TIA...This Is Africa!!)) Elder Halvorsen has been serving a full time mission since January of 2009 in the Ivory Coast, Abidjan West Africa Mission. This mission encompasses the countries of Benin, Togo and Ivory Coast. He loves it there and is enjoying his experiences serving the Lord and the people of West Africa!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Weather, markets, and blistered toes

man that was a lot... well first the Golf sounds like it's not doing so hot right now... 26 degrees? that sounds nice right now... it doesn't go below 85 at night. then add the humidty. i think it's 95 to 100 each day and add the humidty... sweat all the time... that's great about the boys sports!!! sounds like a lot of fun!!!

ya i need to write to people at home depot... said i would... that sucks about Chans stuff... bet he was super mad... Yes i can use my electric razor. the adapter is perfect. but you're not gonig to see pictures until i get back because the adapter i bought uses a different card... we have a water filter thing that's pretty big so we're set on water. unless the water goes out like it did again last week for a day and our reserve is gone..

thanks for the B_day money!!! i already ordered some SWEET soccer jerseys and two Baylou's which are traditional african suit things... i think i spelled it right so you can google it or something...church is interesting. it's kind of indoor and out. we just saw conference this last dimanche and it was in french so i didnt understand. i'll just wait for the liahona.

the people here build up an immunity to malaria when they grow up. like us and chicken pox. but if it doesn't build, they die. i'm in a nicer place though called Koumassi. i think i described temperature last week but i did it again. it's kinda of the rainy season. the rain is AWESOME! it's always ridiculously heavy and it's always a storm with lightning. since i'm in the city i've only seen a ton of lizards. i've ben told that if i go north to Yamosukro that I'll see the sahara type creatures.

ya the people are receptive and i can teach but we dont contact so i cant really tell you the receptive level of the people. i will be able to explain next transfer... actually i haven't taken any other meds than my malaria stuff... there's not many mosquitos here at all... i will if we're in an area of high concentration. it's really not that bad here. [which is kind of interesting because the following week Elder Halvorsen contracted malaria!!]

the market is interesting. you buy everything from this place with a ton of food everywhere. grocery stores don't exist... we have to wash everything. that's loads of fun. Baka is incredibly good. a typical day is waking up. i read my french scriptures and study french. then we eat whatever. then we leave the apatment at about 9 30 and teach till 12 30 or 1. then we eat lunch, i study again or take a nap or shower, then we go back out and teach till about 8 30. then we head home. our furtherest house in our district is about and hour and half walk. I had seven blisters last week. one of my toes have completely caloused over... it's pretty gross...

some young kids screal when they see me... it's pretty funny. the older 8ish year old kids alway say le blanc or bonjour and if i anwser (cause i dont always hear them) they smile real big. lol. the people are all amazing. All the girls look at me. i'm not kidding. like i've had about 5 marriage proposels and people asking me to take them to America... lol.

well i gotta go. i love you all very much! Oh. i also taught a nigerian. nigerians speak english. it was nice being the one in control of the lesson. : )

Love Elder Halvorsen

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